The 5 Best Body Scrubs


Using a body scrub in the shower will leave your skin soft and smooth before you ever apply lotion. A salt scrub is one of the most popular body treatments at the spa, but you don’t need to spend extra money at a spa to get those intense results. With the right body scrub, you can reveal your most beautiful skin from home.

What Is Body Scrub?

Body scrub is a skin care item that can cleanse and exfoliate the body. It can also stimulate circulation in the skin, remove dead skin cells, and provide a refreshing massage first thing in the morning. The scrubs typically contain a combination of sugar or salt to gently scrub the skin and remove the outer dead layer of skin to reveal a new layer of softer, brighter skin underneath. With continued use, a quality scrub can provide you with smoother, firmer skin and a range of other beauty and health benefits.

Body scrub can be applied directly to the skin, or it can be applied with a loofah or washcloth. After your shower, slather on a quality moisturizer or body butter and your skin will feel silky smooth all day. (See also: The 5 Best Body Butters)

Top 5 Body Scrubs

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

The award-winning Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub uses whole sugar grains to provide an effective, yet gentle, exfoliation and remove dead skin cells. It contains Shea Nut Oil, certified organic Shea Butter products, Amazon Pequi extract, and other beneficial natural extracts to repair and moisturize your skin. It is also enriched with Safflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Orange Oil, and vitamins A, C, and E to keep your skin looking youthful and feeling soft. It has a thick texture and unlike many other body scrubs, this one will not separate into two parts (the scrub and the oil), so you won’t have to worry about mixing it up before using it.

Most reviewers have noticeable results from the very first use, and some even experienced great results on acne and dark spots. It can also help promote elasticity, provide anti-aging benefits, improve complexion, support collagen formation, detoxify and rejuvenate the skin, reduce sun damage, and provide your skin with a natural sheen. It also has an exotic tropical scent that most reviewers can’t seem to get enough of.

The paraben-free scrub is really affordable, but can stand up to the more expensive sugar scrubs. Available in a number of tempting scents, you are sure to find one that brightens your mornings and awakens your skin. This is a TotalBeauty “Best of” top-rated beauty product and has outstanding reviews online from both men and women, including on Amazon and Ulta.

Currently $9.29 on Amazon

Neutrogena Body Clear Scrub

The Neutrogena Body Clear Scrub is a cult classic for a reason. You won’t find a better selection for acne-prone skin. It has a light, clean scent and contains sandy scrubbing beads that won’t tear up your skin or cause any irritation. It works quickly so you can expect real results, real fast, even on stubborn acne. It uses salicylic acid and gentle exfoliators to cleanse your skin, fight acne breakouts, and even prevent future breakouts from forming. It was the first of its kind to contain salicylic acid, and is a must-have for anyone suffering from body acne. It is oil-free and will buff away dead skin cells to leave your skin soft and smooth after every use. It is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores or lead to further breakouts.

The dermatologist-recommended scrub is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It can be used on the entire body, or only on acne-prone areas. It is an Allure Readers’ Choice Winner and has outstanding reviews from acne sufferers.

Currently $5.97 on Amazon

Bath & Body Works AROMATHERAPY Stress Relief Sugar Scrub

The Bath & Body Works AROMATHERAPY Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar Scrub contains eucalyptus oil and tea to help soothe your mind before you deal with the stresses of the day. The sugar scrub is gritty, but gentle, and contains quite a bit of oil, which allows the scrub to glide over the skin. Once you wash away the scrub, it will leave your skin shimmery from the oil, and glowing from the scrub. The scent will remind you of an upscale salon, so you’ll feel like you’re spending a day at the spa every time you shower.

Bath & Body Works body scrubs top the charts for the most beloved scrubs on the market. You can choose from endless scents to find the one that best suits your personal style. This eucalyptus spearmint scent offers stress relief benefits and is the perfect way to start or end your day. To intensify the effects, breathe deeply to promote stress relief. It is a TotalBeauty “Best of” top-rated beauty product and has outstanding online reviews from both men and women. In fact, many reviewers said this is their daily beauty must-have.

Currently $13.99 on Amazon

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Aveeno Smoothing Body Wash

The Aveeno Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash uses the power of rice beads, walnut shells, and natural exfoliants to remove dry, dull skin. This results in a scrub that is grainy, but not scratchy. Your skin will feel softer and look radiantly bright after every use. It is lightly scented with pomegranate, and contains nourishing oils that work with the steam of your shower. Reviewers tend to agree that this has a very pleasant scent that isn’t strong, so it shouldn’t interfere with your perfume or cologne.

You can’t go wrong with anything from the Aveeno brand. After all, if it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston’s flawless skin, it’s worth a shot. The Aveeno brand has also been recommended by dermatologists for more than 60 years. This scrub is also the 2015 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner and has outstanding reviews online.

Currently $10.99 on Amazon

100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub

Most people agree that a Natural Arabica coffee scrub will work wonders on your skin, and there are a number of highly rated coffee scrubs available for you to choose from, but none are as highly rated as the 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub with Organic Coffee, Coconut, and Shea Butter. It can help you fight acne, whiteheads, blackheads, cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, dark spots, scarring, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, age spots, dry skin, and wrinkles, all at once. It accomplishes so much, all while hydrating, detoxifying, tightening, and beautifying the skin. The caffeine can also serve as a vascular restrictor, meaning that it will reduce the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins by shrinking the blood vessels. It is completely natural and safe enough to use on any area of the body or face, even around the sensitive eye area.

It offers gentle, yet effective, exfoliation with beneficial ingredients like coffee, Organic Shea Butter, Dead Sea Salt, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Grape Seed Oil, and Cacao Extract. It is also loaded with antioxidants, which can nourish and protect your skin from further damage. The all-natural scrub will leave your skin soft, smooth, moisturized, and glowing. It can also restore elasticity, stimulate blood flow and circulation, boost cell turnover, repair sun damage, even skin tone, and reduce fine lines, swelling, and inflammation. While it doesn’t have a strong scent, some reviewers detected a faint smell of coffee after getting out of the shower.

This offers a great deal and can save you time in the morning because the same product can be used on both the face and the body. It is an Amazon best seller, one of the “most wished for” items on Amazon, and has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you are bound to be happy.

Currently $14.50 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best body scrubs. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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I was at a spa years ago and while I was waiting for my massage appointment, one of the workers came out to the waiting area and took the filter with the coffee grounds out of the machine and carried it to the back with her. I asked my massage therapist about that and she said "Yeah, you know our Caribbean Coffee Body Scrub?" Turns out the "secret recipe" was body wash and used coffee grounds from the coffee machine in the reception area!

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