The Best Body Exfoliators Every Skin Type Can Indulge In

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Want skin that’s smoother than a baby’s bottom? Yeah, we do, too. Baby-soft skin is hard to come by, especially in the winter. Our favorite trick? Body scrubs!

The right body scrub leaves your skin soft, glowy, nourished, and moisturized while offering a gentle cleansing. What’s more, using a scrub is the Taco Tuesday of skin care – which is to say that it’s a delicious experience you’ll want to repeat again and again.

There are a bajillion scrubs on the market, so how do you choose the right one? Especially since all scrubs have similar ingredients: a hydrator, a cleanser, and an abrasive ingredient to slough skin. 

What To Look For In The Best Body Exfoliating Scrub

  • If you have dry skin, you’ll want to look for one with a powerful moisturizing agent, like essential oils or a cream base.

  • If you want to exfoliate frequently or have sensitive skin, pick a body scrub with smaller granules. Or you can use large granules to get more intense exfoliation.

  • If you have oily skin, look for scrubs with natural ingredients like oatmeal or lemon.

  • For your face or other acne-prone areas, use a scrub with an active acne-fighting ingredient, like salicylic acid.

  • If your skin is particularly sensitive, look for a gentle, sugar-based exfoliator.

Now that you’re armed with knowledge, check out our favorite body scrubs below!

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

Smell like a tropical vacation with this pistachio-colored body scrub. The scrub itself is chock full of hydrating ingredients like evening primrose, avocado, macadamia, and sweet almond oils.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

SHOP AT ULTA – $10.49

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish 

Dove, known for its commitment to body positivity, comes through with a body polish designed to make you feel like a freaking rock star. Crushed macadamia gently smooths rough skin, while rice milk hydrates.

dove exfoliating body scrub


Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub 

The body scrub that’s as fun to use as it is to say, the Bum Bum Body Scrub has a serious cult following on social media. The top-rated scrub uses crushed seeds and sugar crystals to exfoliate and leaves your skin as smooth as a baby’s butt.

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub


Joon x Moon Whipped Sugar Scrub 

I have the Joon x Moon champagne exfoliating cubes and LOVE them. They’re the perfect exfoliant to take on vacay as they don’t count toward your TSA toiletries allotment. I had no idea about the whipped sugar scrub, which uses many of the same ingredients as the cubes. Bonus points for the ultra gorgeous, icing-like product.

joon x moon exfoliating whipped sugar scrub


Herbivore Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub 

I fangirl over Herbivore products, and this body scrub is near the top of the list. Let’s start with the smell — the combination of rose petals, coconut oil, and sugar is decadent and lush. The pretty pink exfoliant feels good, too. The sugar gently exfoliates without being harsh on your skin.

Herbivore Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub


Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish 

Arguably the one that started it all, the Fresh Brown Sugar exfoliant promises to keep your skin moisturized for an impressive 24 hours. Oh, and it smells like a lemon drop martini. You’re welcome.

fresh original brown sugar body polish


Sunday Rain Exfoliating Cube

These travel-friendly exfoliating cubes gently buff your skin with sugar, while shea butter moisturizes. And they’re the coolest shade of pink, so they’ll look great in your bathroom.

Sunday Rain Exfoliating Cubes


Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub

This is, by far, my favorite body scrub ever. The coffee smell wakes me up on those bleary mornings when I can’t quite get out of the house, which I love (and doesn’t linger long after my shower). 

frank body Original Coffee Scrub

SHOP AT ULTA – $9.95

Truly Moon Rocks Body Scrub

Blue tansy is a superstar ingredient, and it’s added to this body scrub to help fight inflammation. Add the calming smell of lavender and the softening properties of jojoba oil, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Truly Moon Rocks Body Scrub

SHOP AT ULTA – $20.00

Soap & Glory Original Pink Flake Away Body Scrub 

This highly-rated body scrub uses apricot seed powder, sugar, and salt to exfoliate, a trio designed to give you the softest skin ever. 

Soap & Glory Original Pink Flake Away Body Scrub

SHOP AT ULTA – $15.00

Drunk Elephant Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub 

Smell like the world’s best latte with the Drunk Elephant coffee and almond milk-infused scrub. When you’re finished, the entire container is recyclable.

drunk elephant sugared koffie almond milk body scrub

SHOP AT ULTA – $28.00

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow

Mineral salts and Tahitian monoi oil are the main ingredients in this lush body scrub. The exfoliant also uses hibiscus, which is chock full of Vitamin C to help as an antioxidant.

ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow

SHOP AT ULTA – $60.00

Skinfix Resurfacing + Glycolic & Lactic Acid Renewing Body Scrub

This gluten-free body scrub formula uses glycolic and lactic acids as a body polish — perfect for people who prefer to slough skin without a granular exfoliant.

skinfix resurface body scrub


Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant

One of my favorite ways to make hot chocolate is to add a pinch of cinnamon to the mix, so I’m super stoked about this scrub by Pacifica. The exfoliant is enriched with cocoa butter, for hydration, and cinnamon, which aids in smoothing the skin. 

Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant

SHOP AT ULTA – $14.00


Do you use full-body exfoliators? What’s your favorite brand? Share with us in the comment section below!

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