As soon as pumpkin-flavored everything starts hitting shelves, you know it’s the beginning of fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin creamer, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin candles. The list goes on. But when I heard about the Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment at SiSpa, I had to pause. I’ve never heard of that one before. Pamper me in that delicious pumpkin smell? Done.
I headed over to the SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa (pictured above) to try this fall special out. Do note: it’s a limited edition treatment, available only until Dec. 31.
The treatment uses products from FarmHouse Fresh, a bath and body company that uses natural and naturally derived ingredients. All FarmHouse Fresh products are also free of parabens and sulfates, making the treatment that much more enticing.
The Muddy Pumpkin started off with a full-body exfoliation, my skin scrubbed and buffed gently to remove dead skin cells. I was given the option to exfoliate my abdominal area or skip over it if I preferred. The therapist wiped off the exfoliating granules after rubbing it in, so no shower time was required yet. As I flipped over from my stomach to my back, a warm headrest was placed underneath my neck and a warm towel applied over my eyes, with a protective sheet in between of course so my face stayed dry.
Then came the pumpkin mud mask cocoon wrap. Yep, you read that correctly. The therapist took the sheet off the treatment bed (somehow managing to do this without asking me to get up or exposing me in any way – it’s magic, I swear!) revealing a colored plastic sheet underneath. My back, arms, legs, stomach and neck area were covered in a mask made with organic pumpkin puree, active yogurt cultures and Illite and Bentonite clays. The mask has the consistently of a gel, which went on warm and cooled off shortly after application. The result was a contrast of sensations that was both soothing and refreshing. The plastic sheet was then wrapped around me like a cocoon, with a heated blanket placed on top, warming me right back up again.
I got a foot massage while I lay there and absorbed the mask’s cleansing and healing powers (it shrinks pores and improves uneven skin tone and the effects of broken capillaries). Then I was whisked off into a large stone shower, located conveniently in the same room, where I rinsed off and wished wistfully that I could have laid there for a few more minutes. Or hours. Or days…
After returning to the table, the therapist rubbed me from head to foot with a cinnamon-scented oil, then wiped my feet off with warmed towels, I assume so that no excess oils caused any slippage.
While it was my full intention to use the private whirlpool area (exclusive only to spa guests) post-treatment, I wanted to preserve the pumpkin smell that enveloped my body for as long as possible. As I exited SiSpa, a hotel guest passed by and commented on how delicious the area smelled. I smiled discreetly.
The Muddy Pumpkin Treatment is $99 and is available at the following SiSpa locations: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa (3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach // 561/340-1755) and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa (200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach // 954/944-9528)
P.S. Ask for Tabatha. She was wonderful!