Using a body exfoliant is an easy way to introduce some self-care into your shower routine. However, some exfoliants are packed with artificial colors and fragrances, and some even contain microbeads that get into our water system and pollute the oceans.
Here are eight of our favorite scrubs we think you need to try:
1. Brooklyn Botany Brown Sugar Body Scrub
If your sweet tooth extends to your shower routine, you will love this Brooklyn Botany Brown Sugar Body Scrub! It’s made from brown sugar, vegetable glycerin, and several oils like sweet almond oil. This body scrub is great for sensitive skin and can be used on your body and face. All of Brooklyn Botany’s products are cruelty-free, vegan, and made in New York. This is a great option for individuals struggling to get rid of pimples, blackheads, and bumps! Depending on the size container you get, this sugar scrub costs $9.99 to $13.99.
Jen Mclean says, “I really, really love this brown sugar scrub!! It does smell exactly like the brown sugar from the baking aisle (I know, surprise, surprise) but I couldn’t stop taking whiffs of it. The scrub itself feels so good going on – the granules are small and soft and goes on so smooth. There are scratchy scrubs out there and this one wasn’t like that. Also, I do like the oils in scrubs (including this one) for shaving as it makes my results silkier. Really enjoyed this scrub and highly recommend it. I definitely will be buying this too as gifts. (Just make sure your bathtub isn’t slippery when done)”
2. Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Sugar Scrub
Sometimes, fragrances can be a little overpowering. That’s when Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Sugar Scrub comes in handy. It’s fragrance-free and is made from organic sugar, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil. It also doesn’t contain any synthetic dyes or colorings, so what you see is what you get! This is a great scrub for when you want the benefits of an exfoliant without all the extra add-ins brands put in to make the product more marketable. As a bonus, the sugar scrub is also PETA-certified! A 64-ounce jar costs $44.99 and should last you quite a while!
Dana says, “I was looking for a quality bare-bones sugar scrub and this product is perfect. I can add essential oils to create whatever scent profile I desire. I am allergic to many over-the-counter products And this simple formula does not irritate my skin. Highly recommend!”
3. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub
Want something sophisticated to make shower time feel a little luxurious? This Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub’s packaging is minimal and chic, and the scrub itself is cruelty-free, vegan, and hydrating. The key ingredients are bamboo stem, pumice, and geranium leaf. Aesop describes the scent as green, citrus, and fresh. This scrub can be enjoyed once or twice a week from your neck down to your toes. We’d recommend it for an adult who wants a delicate-scented scrub to cleanse their pores and leave their skin feeling soft and rejuvenated. A 6.1-ounce tube costs $37.00.
Stephane Plante says, “The smell is so delicate and not overpowering. Great scrub without over-exfoliating. I am a fan!”
4. Bare Botanics Body Scrub (Coconut Vanilla)
We love this Bare Botanics Body Scrub in the coconut vanilla scent because it’s small-batch, handcrafted, and smells delicious! This salt scrub is a little more aggressive than a sugar scrub, so it’s perfect for those nights where you want to go all-in. It’s also super moisturizing and contains several oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil. Bare Botanics’ products are made in Wisconsin, are synthetic fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and never include nut oils. A 24-ounce jar costs $22.49. Make sure to check out their other scents, too!
Caitlin B. says, “I normally never leave product reviews, but this product was THAT fantastic! Fantastic customer service – from communication to packaging and most importantly quality. My skin has never been softer and brighter. The price point may seem steep but for the quantity and quality, it’s money well spent (it’s a big jar). So many products claim to be all-natural and work wonders, only to find out with some not great packaging and lackluster quality it’s nothing more than a body wash with some salt. This is SO different! The packaging comes in a personal box with wrapping making it feel like a true gift. Quality is impeccable with truly all-natural and one week later I can feel the difference – my skin is glowing, softer, and brighter due to this awesome all-natural combo. Currently looking at which scrub to try next! I’m hooked.”
5. Cake Beauty Milk Made Vegan Body Sugar Scrub
This Cake Beauty Milk Sugar Scrub is made from candied oat milk and marshmallow root extract. It helps remove dead skin and makes your skin look plump and glowy! Cake Beauty Milk is certified as cruelty-free and vegan by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies. One thing to note is that while the product says it’s for women, we think individuals of any gender or sex would enjoy using it. It’s a great budget-friendly gift idea, especially for younger family members who would enjoy the sweet, mouth-watering smell of sugar and candied oat milk! An 8.8-ounce package costs $8.99.
Jazzy says, “Got my package delivered today and immediately ran to the shower to try it out right then and there! I was so excited after reading all about the product and company. And wow… I’ve tried my fair share of scrubs and this is the 1st one that left my skin so so SOFT and MOISTURIZED after the FIRST use. I didn’t even feel the need to put lotion on. A review said it was “oily”, not at all IMO. Gently rub your skin (if this is the case for you) and it will absorb into your skin.”
6. Cedros Bay Coconut & Coffee Body Scrub
Coffee body scrub, like this one from Cedros Bay boots circulation, is known to reduce the appearance of cellulite and brighten the skin. The scrub contains arabica coffee, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, sugar, sea salt, and several other moisturizing and natural ingredients. This product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain any parabens or microbeads. A 3.6-ounce jar costs $22.00.
Ryan Mohammed says, “Absolutely in love with this amazing coconut coffee body scrub. My skin is sensitive to almost everything and this did not break me out it’s gentle enough to use every day like I do!”
7. OSEA Salts of the Earth Body Scrub
The OSEA Salts of the Earth Body Scrub is perfect for sun-damaged skin that needs to be revitalized. It contains pure essential oils which not only nourish the skin but relaxes you mentally. The scrub has a variety of exotic salts in it, from Dead Sea salt to Himalayan pink salt. It’s a luxurious product that leaves the skin glowing. Make sure to stir it well before applying it to the body. A 12-ounce jar costs $42.00.
One user says, “Luxurious. I use [it] while relaxing in my bubble bath time. Smells wonderful like the ocean. It’s worth the money. I use [it] all over even my feet. Going to order more products from this family-owned company.”
8. BLUEBYRD Soap Co. Lovespell Raw Sugar Scrub
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This organic raw sugar hand and foot scrub is made from natural ingredients. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA. The BLUEBYRD Soap Co. Lovespell Raw Sugar Scrub is their most popular scent. It has notes of peach, bergamot, strawberry, coconut milk, and white musk. To keep the skin moisturized, the scrub contains coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. A 10-ounce tub costs $12.99.
One user says, “Like the scrub, how it smells and has a long-lasting smell.”
Which Sounds the Best to You?
Here comes the hard part: deciding which one to try out first! Will you go for the delicate Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub? Or discover the joys of candied oat milk with the Cake Beauty Milk Made Vegan Body Sugar Scrub?
Just remember, a sugar scrub is the more gentle exfoliant option, so opt for that if you have sensitive skin!
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