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Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 20%- reader reviewed and recommended

Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 20% 4.0 oz


Makes dry, scaly skin silky smooth without parabens or dyes


Not for those who don't like the smell of pumpkin pie
April 16, 2013 Reviewed by Leslie 2 Comments
An effective two-in-one moisturizer and exfoliatant

This. Product. Is. Amazing. I love everything about the Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 20% ($35) – the color, the dispenser, the fragrance, the ingredients, the results... and the price.

I could have written this review after the first time I used it. But for the sake of the scientific method, I decided to wait the requisite four to six weeks. My mind hasn’t changed about this product at all. The test for me was the heels of my feet. I take pretty good care of my feet, but in winter particularly, when I’m not wearing sandals and not paying as much attention, my heels can get pretty tough and dry in a short period of time. I’ve tried many heel creams over the years, including Bag Balm, which can toughen the driest skin quite well (and quickly). But even Bag Balm doesn’t have a lasting effect and it’s not particularly pleasant to smear all over your feet.

When I applied the Arcona Pumpkin Lotion on my heels (as well as the rest of my body), the next morning my skin felt like a baby’s bottom – I kid you not. And it has continued to stay soft and supple. The rest of my skin also appears and feels smoother, fresher and less dry/scaly than it has with any other body lotion that I’ve ever tried. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense since Arcona Pumpkin Lotion contains glycolic acid. We use face creams with glycolic acid to regenerate new cell growth and slough off the old. So why wouldn’t a body lotion employ the same exfoliating ingredient?

This lotion (and all Arcona products) are free of petrochemicals, binders or fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, perfumes, dyes – or any other caustic, toxic ingredients. Arcona states, “There is no scientific evidence that such additives support more than a brief, cosmetic change in the skin, and there is proof that these substances clog the pores and block the restoration of healthy, balanced skin.” As a layperson, this also sounds perfectly plausible.

A tiny bit of the lotion goes a long way, and the pump dispenses a requisite small amount. I find that it spreads easier when my skin is still damp after a shower. Sometimes I’ll apply it over my other body lotion just to help it go on smoother, as it’s a little hard to evenly spread such a small amount on a large area. I give one squirt each to my lower legs, my thighs, and my arms. Then I give a half a squirt to spread on my feet and heels. After six weeks, I still have more than half a bottle left.

The dispenser bottle is elegant and looks like a lovely frosted glass, but is in fact actually plastic. While I don’t know what kind of plastic is used, Arcona currently has a recycling incentive to bring in any empty bottle to their store for a 10% discount. I hope this is only one small gesture toward more sustainable practices for the future.

The lotion itself is a lovely peach color with the creamy consistency of yogurt. And it smells like nutmeg and pumpkin pie. I’m not at all a fan of food-scented candles or soaps, but I have to say, this fragrance is subtle and very finely tuned. I love it.

Editor’s note: Arcona has since discontinued the Pumpkin Lotion 20%; however, the Pumpkin Lotion 10% is available in the shop.

Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Glycerides, Glycerol Stearate, Desert Cellulose, Super Concentrated Pumpkin Extracts, Glycolic Acid, Beta-glucosamine, Beta-fructan, Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo) Seed Oil, Pumpkin Enzymes, D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Essential Oils, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract

  • April 17, 2013

    by Marta

    I've been using the 10% version and find it very effective. My skin tingles noticeably for a minute or two after application, but it is not irritating. I find that it leaves my skin looking much clearer and smoother. The 10% seems powerful enough for me (but then I'm on the whimpy side) and I am a total convert.

  • April 16, 2013

    by Jan

    Sounds heavenly!

    Would love to try it on my feet as mine too get unbelievably dry in the winter, even with the most emollient lotions, oils, plastic wrap and socks. Frequent pedicures help but I cannot afford one every week.

    Am disappointed to see that the 20% Pumplin Lotion has been discontinued and wonder if the 10% would provide the same or similar result that Leslie experienced. I'm thinking it would not and therefore am hesitant to order it.

    Great review Leslie.

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