Cruelty-Free Body Scrubs

Body Scrubs JPG Cruelty Free Body Scrubs

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 Cruelty Free Body Scrubs ($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 Cruelty Free Body Scrubs ($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?

  • Lena L

    great picks :)
    i’ve tried Alba botanica and liked it enough to use it up. i’m not big on scrubs usually.

    • Catherine

      Thanks, Lena! I like that the Alba one is relatively affordable. I don’t always use them, but when my skin is really dry, I notice a difference when I use one then follow with a heavy moisturizer or oil. ♥

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, great picks! I haven’t tried any of these but I’d definitely love to! If Aesop and Caudalie are cruelty-free (I THINK they are), then I have tried a couple of cruelty-free body scrubs and love them as well!

    • Catherine

      Thanks, Sunny! I haven’t used either brand, I’d have to double check. I’m not sure Aesop is available here, or if it is, I haven’t seen it. ♥

  • LifeOfBun

    Oehhh hot chocolate can’t be bad.. ^_^

    • Catherine

      Haha agreed. ♥

  • Catherine

    SARA! Thanks for stopping by! How’d you like the Giovanni scrub? ♥

  • Martha

    As soon as I saw “coffee scrub”, I was like, YESSSS! Love anything with coffee LOL. Right now I just make my own sugar scrub with essential oils, but I would love a coffee one, even if it didn’t do anything for cellulite–I would love the scent to perk me up in the morning!!

    • Catherine

      Hi Martha! I think making my own scrubs are my favorite, but I’m just not patient enough… I always make a huge amount and can’t use it all before it goes bad, too. I never believed that a cream or scrub could make a difference for cellulite, but apparently there’s some evidence it COULD, so I’m very curious (though very skeptical still). ♥

  • Christine

    I feel a need for the Giovanni scrub – I mean, how do you resist Hot Chocolate? :) And the Pacifica one sounds great too! I love the Ximenia scrub. I usually love rougher scrubs, but that one’s great! I don’t love the scent, but it’s not objectionable either.

    • Catherine

      Hi Christine! I remember seeing the Ximenia one on your blog :) I feel like that with a lot of TBS scents… also sometimes they’re just too strong for me. ♥

      • Christine

        The Ximenia is not so much that it’s strong, it just has a real natural spa kind of scent. I tend to like fruity or vanilla-based scents when it comes to body products.

      • Christine

        I also went out and saw the Hot Chocolate Scrub at the store later that day and bought it! :) It’s actually a really nice scrub. It’s emulsified so it’s not too oily. It has got tons of sugar in it too, so it actually does something without being too rough! I really like it! :)