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Pumpkin Enzyme Peels

PTR Pumpkin Mask

There are a few Pumpkin Enzyme Peels that I would say are the most popular or at least they come up in a lot of google searches, but which one has the best ingredients for the hype. Not to say that you would be getting a great peel no matter which one of these you choose. They are all good because they all have some really good ingredients.

Enzyme Peels are one of my favorite types of peels or mild facial exfoliants. They use fruit enzymes found in nature or products of nature to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Most fruits contain an enzyme that helps with this process and provides a different added benefit to the skin.

Fruit Enzymes

For instance, Papaya (pineapple) aids in regenerating the skin. Raspberry soothes irritated skin, it is usually combined with another enzyme (or fruit) for more exfoliation. Pomegranate enzyme is a potent antioxidant and skin brightener.

If you are looking for an all-natural face peel using fruit enzymes, you will have to make those yourself. They don’t have a very long shelf life (1 to 2 days usually). I will do some recipes for those in the future.

Three Pumpkin Enzyme Peels

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

This Pumpkin Enzyme Mask has a cult following and with good reason. It is a great mask. Peter Thomas Roth also does a great job of researching their products. This brand uses what works (ingredients that have results), but this brand is pricey. This mask goes for $60.00 for 5 oz. That is $12.00 an oz.

It smells so good. Like pumpkin pie. You can smell it most of the time it is on your face. If you don’t like the smell of pumpkin, I don’t think you will like any of these masks. I like it.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
image by brand

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Alumina, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Lactate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Fragrance/Parfum. 

My Markup of ingredients:

(The markup: The highlighted/colored ingredients are found in the other products mentioned here. The Red ingredients are just good ingredients they are not found in the others.)

As you can see the pumpkin is the 2nd and 6th ingredients. PTR has the least amount of ingredients, as you know, I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing.

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth also goes out of their way to market quite a few value sets. That is how I got the one that I am using, it was from a value set. So you can try their products with a very small investment. I am sure they do this because they know they are good products and you will come back for more. Not a bad marketing plan.

But they aren’t the only ones with this type of mask with great ingredients either.

Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask
Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask, image by Brand

I also tried out Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse from a mini size from Target. I don’t see it on their website now, but depending on where you live they may have it. However, the full size is $12.99 for 1.7 oz (which is available in stores and on their website), which is almost half the price for Peter Thomas Roth. There is more to why you should probably try out this product. The ingredients are first-rate as well. So you really are getting a great product for a lower price.

It also has the same pumpkin pie smell. It does have visible little beads in it. Smooth like pumpkin pie filling and evenly applies on your face. I do like this one and I will be repurchasing (full size this time) after I finish up with my Peter Thomas Roth.

Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Cucurbita Maxima Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cellulose, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Xylityl Sesquicaprylate, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bromelain, Papain, Lactobacillus Ferment, Glycolipids, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Corn Oil, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Maltodextrin, Sodium Phytate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Eugenol, Beta-Carotene (CI 40800), Red 4 (CI 14700). 

My Mark up

Mark up of Bliss Pumpkin Mask Ingredients

Mark up is the same as I did in PTR, above. As you can see, pumpkin is much further down the list in ingredients. But number 2 is a fruit extract that according to Bliss is an enzyme. This product does contain quite a few humectants. I also like that it contains 3 doses of a form of pumpkin. I don’t like the fragrance and red dye. However, it will be on the skin for 10 minutes, not all day and in those 10 minutes, it removes dead skin cells gently.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, image by brand

This one is usually used as a dupe for Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Poor Peter, he gets copied a lot or at least other companies like to make products like his company.

I have to admit I have never tried this one. I have seen it in the tester and from the naked eye it appears to be about the same. It has great reviews and I am sure it works quite well. It is $14.99 for 1.7 oz at Target which is just a few dollars more than the Bliss. But when I compare the ingredients, I have decided to go with the product with a bigger punch of enzymes.

It does have great ingredients for exfoliation and hydration of the skin. The other two just have more enzyme power when looking at the ingredients. Although this peel probably makes up for that in the fact that it has Glycolic, which neither of the other two products do.

Glycolic is a great form of chemical peel. I use it in pads and toner. I love this ingredient. But it isn’t what I am looking for in this mask. I am looking for a different form of exfoliation than I use all of the time. As I am aging, I just want all of the help I can get.

However, if you don’t use Glycolic in your routine, this may be one for you.


Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree*, Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Juice*, Pectin, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lecithin, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) and Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oils, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*^, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon), Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) and Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Powders*. 

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

As you can see the 1st ingredient in this product is pumpkin (not water) and it has a lot of great ingredients at the top of the ingredients list. They also have a berry complex for their product.

I also didn’t choose this product for the spices. Yes, it is a pumpkin mask and those spices do make it smell like the fall in a jar. They also can be irritating to sensitive skin types.

As you can see they are not dupes for the PTR mask but they are great masks on their own. I hope this gives you some information to choose which of these enzyme masks would work for your skin and your budget but still get great results.

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