The Best Body Scrubs to Buy And DIY

Whether you spend $40 or $10 (or even less), a fragrant scrub is a bath time luxury.
Publish date:
July 21, 2014
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If I'm going to have my limbs out all summer, I want them to be disgustingly soft and smooth. To that end, I’ve become a bit of a scrub hoarder, cheating on my staple Soap and Glory Sugar Crush scrub and amassing every body scrub I can grab.

While there are other methods of body exfoliating, like dry brushing or lactic acid body lotions, I love the luxurious ritual of using a scrub. It's the highlight of my weekend body care routine. Here are some favorites (plus one DIY) that I’ve discovered this summer.

Caudalie Divine Scrub

If you’re going to splurge on a luxury scrub, make it this one. It's made with brown sugar and a blend of two of my favorite oils--argan and sesame. The texture is thicker and waxier than most scrubs, so it won't drip or run if you prefer to apply scrubs to dry skin outside of the shower like I do. It also smells true to it's name, divine, with a warm and woodsy base of white musk, cedar, and vanilla set off by a pop of rose and grapefruit. The price is a bit steep, but I can see myself picking it up as a treat as often as I can.

The Body Shop Moringa Cream Body Scrub

I had to get my hands on this scrub after I tried The Body Shop's deliciously fresh and floral Moringa Body Butter. The fragrance didn’t disappoint, and neither did the scrub. It has smaller granules made from powdered rice, walnuts, and coconut shells suspended in a creamy, lotion-like base. If you like a gentle scrub on weekdays, or between more serious exfoliation, I highly recommend it.

LUSH Rub Rub Rub

My nose picked this one, too. (Notice a pattern here?) It smells just like my favorite LUSH bath bomb, Sakura. LUSH describes it as fresh lemon and mimosa flower, but it reminds me of PEZ candy. The watery blue gel contains sea salt crystals for scrubbing action, and you have to be careful or it'll slip right through your fingers. I give it points for uniqueness because this scrub foams and can double as a shower gel. It’s my favorite for after a hike or beach day when I want to really get clean clean.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sea Salt Body Scrub

With tons of jojoba, sunflower, and avocado oils, this is an awesome drugstore find. You can see the layer of oil on top when you open the jar, and it clings nicely on your skin for post-shower moisturizing. The scent is fresh and lemony and huge sea salt crystals do a solid job of sloughing away dead skin. At $10 for 15 ounces, it's also the cheapest scrub I have.

DIY Salt Scrub

DIY is a scrub hoarder's most budget-friendly option. Do you have olive oil and table sugar in your pantry? Then you have a scrub. Sure, it's a little boring, but it does the trick. I like to mix it up by adding a couple drops of essential oil or fragrance-infused oil. On Trista’s recommendation, I picked up some Parfumerie Tiki Monoi Oil, a beautiful coconut oil infused with gardenia flowers.

Here's the how-to: Combine oil and sugar (or salt crystals, which have more grit) until you reach your desired consistency. Then, if using, add your scented oil. I used Himalayan pink salt for extra mineral content and gorgeous color. If you scrub it on before you step in the bath, the crystals dissolve in the water and you're left with a mineral-rich bath oil sensation. It's a luxurious experience at a minimum cost.

Do you use body scrubs? What are your favorites? Any DIY tips?