Is it just me, or does anyone else find it a bit sad that when we talk about skincare, we’re usually only talking about our skin from the neck up? Our whole body deserves just as much TLC as our face (even when we’re hiding the majority of it under our winter clothes). In honor of one of the more unappreciated sides of the beauty industry, I’ve got five amazing body scrubs to recommend.
Yes, they’re a little more indulgent and special than what you might pick up at your local drugstore, but I promise, they’re totally worth it. From cleaner ingredients, to eco-friendly exfoliating agents, these scrubs are not only better for you, but they’re also better for the environment. Plastic microbeads? Not in my shower. So, if you’re ready to discover some amazing new treats to pamper your skin, keep on reading!
Perhaps the simplest and most natural of all the products in this post is the Organic to Green Rainforest Organic Sugar Scrub ($20). This scrub is a blend of sugar, coconut oil, and Vitamin E. Could you easily DIY this product at home? For sure. But if time and convenience is of the essence, buying it pre-mixed might be the way to go. The coconut oil base is incredibly hydrating, which means you can save time and skip moisturizer after your shower. And while it naturally smells like coconuts, you can also add in your favorite essential oil to customize the scent. One thing to note is that sugar crystals dissolve fairly quickly once wet, so I’d recommend applying to dry skin first, and then adding water once you’ve given yourself a good scrub.
As a huge supporter of DefineMe Fragrance and their line of perfumes you can imagine how stoked I was to find out they were adding body scrubs to their lineup this year. The DefineMe Fragrance Whipped Body Polish ($33) contains a mix of shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, cane sugar, a proprietary blend of fragrance and essential oils, and natural caprylic acid. Texture-wise this scrub is very similar to the Organic to Green one, if even more moisturizing. It also is a bit more expensive ($33 versus $20) but contains twice the amount of product (8 oz versus 4). I wouldn’t recommend using this on your legs prior to shaving, if only because all of the oils that are left behind on your skin that can clog up your razor in a single stroke. Still, if you want to feel buttery soft and smell like your favorite DefineMe perfume, it’s totally worth picking up!
Now, if you’re looking to cleanse AND exfoliate your skin, the LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub ($39) is where it’s at. This scrub creates a rich, foamy lather while also providing deep exfoliation. Since the primary exfoliating agents in this product are bamboo stem and walnut shell powder, they won’t lose their intensity when wet. It also rinses completely clean and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind, making it the perfect pre-shaving prep. Did I mention that the lemongrass scent is also to die for? Yeah, it’s kind of amazing.
As a die-hard coffee lover, there’s also something oh-so-satisfying about a good coffee scrub. Of all the ones I’ve tried, the Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub ($36) might just be my favorite. The coffee is ground extra fine, which makes it actually cling to the skin instead of flying everywhere as you’re trying to rub yourself down, AND it’s in a convenient squeeze tube. This one also has a coconut oil base for extra hydration and doubles as a moisturizer in a pinch.
Finally, we have the Brooklyn Botany Blueberry Scrub ($26.50). This super fine salt scrub is packed full of actual blueberries and smells legit like a jar of fresh jam. It’s got plenty of moisturizing oils to keep your skin from drying out, but doesn’t leave your skin feeling quite as slick as those scrubs with a coconut oil base. Much like the sugar scrubs I mentioned previously, this will lose its exfoliating power fairly quickly once water is involved. If you want a super intense scrub, start out on dry or slightly damp skin.
Hopefully this little collection of products will have you feeling inspired to put aside some time for your own self-care routine. If you’ve got any recommendations for what I should try next, leave them in the comments below!