If you’re like me, winter usually means piling on the moisturizer. I go through bottles of creams and lotions like crazy as the temperatures drop. In addition to keeping skin hydrated, regular exfoliation can also help in the fight against winter dryness. I know I’m guilty of skipping this step, but when I do it, I can really tell a difference in my skin. I decided to pull together a collage of cruelty-free body scrubs that look particularly promising to me (in a range of price points).
Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox
The inclusion of coffee is what caught my interest about the Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox ($28.00, 13 oz). Coffee scrubs can apparently minimize the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in the coffee bean interacts with the fat cells and somehow temporarily smooths the skin’s surface. Some reviews have said they’ve seen an effect – I’d be really curious to try it out. Logical Harmony lists Pacifica as cruelty-free and vegan.
Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub
What’s more winter-y than hot chocolate? Reviews say Giovanni Hot Chocolate Scrub ($13.95, 9 oz) is a good for exfoliation, but not moisturizing. This apparently warms upon contact with skin (like those 90s face masks, anyone? Loved those as a kid). Giovanni is Leaping Bunny-certified and PETA-approved.
AHAVA Juniper Mineral Salt
The AHAVA Juniper Mineral Salt ($22, 32 oz) actually isn’t a scrub, but rather is designed to be added to bath water. These salt crystals are taken from the Dead Sea and are thought to nourish and soften skin. It’s AHAVA is PETA-approved and vegan.
Desert Essence Exfoliating Shea Butter Body Scrub
I’ve used the Desert Essence Shea Butter Scrub ($10.99, 6 oz) before. It’s an excellent, gentle scrub that contains shea butter and jojoba oil, making it very moisturizing. The drawback is the scent – I can’t describe it, but I’m not a big fan. Desert Essence is Leaping Bunny-certified and PETA-approved.
Alba Botanica Sugar Cane Body Polish
The Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Polish Sugar Cane ($12.49, 10 oz) gets great reviews on scent. Key ingredients are macadamia oil and honey. It’s one of the most affordable scrubs when you look at cost per ounce. Alba Botanica is Leaping Bunny-certified and PETA-approved.
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish
One of The Body Shop’s bestsellers, the Satsuma Body Polish ($20, 6.75 oz) contains walnut shells to help buff away dead skin. This citrus-y scrub also includes Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia. TBS is Leaping Bunny-certified and PETA-approved. It’s a subsidiary of L’Oreal, which tests on animals.
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub
According to TBS, Ximenia is an oil from a native African tree. TBS Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub ($28, 13.5) combines this moisturizing oil with shea butter in this salt scrub. The Body Shop imports its shea butter from Ghana, where it’s harvested by the Tungteiya Women’s Shea Butter Association has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools.
Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite body scrub?