Whether you’re feeling sluggish in spirit or needing to reawaken your skin, a body scrub transcends mere exfoliation. Physical benefits of body scrubs aside—clarifying and buffing away dull, dead skin cells is a given—the botanicals and oils in scrubs help nourish and hydrate skin, preparing it to receive the best of your body lotions that follow thereafter.
Create an at-home spa experience from the comfort of your own bathroom by setting your intention, be it to purify mind and body or just to unlock your inner radiance, light a candle, and begin scrubbing your body in circular motions on dry skin. There’s no better way to spend quality time with yourself.
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Clarins Tonic Polisher
It’s the spa in a jar with sugar and salt crystals helping to refine and buff scaly skin, while reviving essential oils of rosemary, rosewood, and mint offer a truly sensorial experience for mind and body. Rinse off and massage the slip of oil into the skin after the scrub.
Clarins Tonic Polisher, $69 for 250g; available at Clarins
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Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub
The closest thing that will sensorially transport you to Bali right now, this peppermint-scented foaming gel scrub buffs and exfoliates the skin with ground pumice, amino acid-based cleansers, and hydrating glycerin. It rinses clean, free of residue ensuring no gritty bits get in the wrong places.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub, $66; available at Beauty Emporium
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Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish
If you’re after a creamy, comforting body scrub, this nurturing body polish enriched with moisturising shea and jojoba butters, and cold-pressed sweet almond oil will tick all the right boxes. Enriched with pure honey and soy milk protein, it is gentle enough to be enjoyed daily by all skin types.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, $45 for 200ml; available at Kiehl’s
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Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub
Revitalise and awaken your bod with this smoothing sugar body scrub. Buff onto dry skin then activate with water, watching it transform into a creamy, cleansing lather. What we look forward to most—supple skin aside—is the heavenly aroma of warming ginger, subtly spicy cardamom and eucalyptus essential oils that will permeate your skin and bathroom after your at-home body scrub treatment.
Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, $70 for 200ml; available at Tangs
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Aesop Redemption Body Scrub
If like us, you are extra discerning about the scent of your physical exfoliators, then Aesop’s Redemption Body Scrub presents a sophisticated alternative to many synthetic-smelling scrubs out there. It presents a melange of fir, pine needle, sage leaf and clove essential oils in finely milled pumice and bamboo stem for a truly aromatic in-shower experience.
Aesop Redemption Body Scrub, $51 for 180ml; available at Aesop
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Espa Detoxifying Salt Scrub
You can always count on Espa for gorgeous body care products. This cleansing body scrub refines and clarifies the skin with natural sea salt, while pure essential oils of grapefruit, cypress, and eucalyptus in nourishing sweet almond oil reinvigorates the skin and senses. Use on dry skin for best results.
ESPA Detoxifying Salt Scrub, $111 for 700g; available at Ritz Carlton Spa
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Le Labo Body Scrub
If a perk-me-up is what you’re after, Le Labo’s body scrub is nothing short of energising. Made of ground coffee and sunflower seeds, be prepared for it to get a little messy in the shower as you buff this into your skin, polishing away dead skin cells. Rinse, and massage the film of hydrating sunflower oil on the body thereafter. Not into oil-based residue? No problem. Cleanse and reset with our pick, Rose 31 shower gel.
Le Labo Body Scrub, $68 for 500ml; available at Le Labo
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Jo Malone London Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub
Buff and worship your skin with this gentle body scrub comprising of refined walnut shell fragments, conditioning sunflower seed and shea butter, and the fresh, vibrant scent of geranium. Gentle enough for frequent use.
Jo Malone London Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub, $72 for 200g; available at Jo Malone London
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The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Scrub
Dull, lacklustre skin with its dry patches don’t stand a chance against The Body Shop’sAlmond Milk and Honey Body Scrub. It employs crushed almond shells to exfoliate dried, dead skin cells while creamy organic almond milk, Community Trade honey and organic almond oil nourish and moisturise the body. Suitable for sensitive and dry skin types.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Cream Body Scrub, $31; available at The Body Shop
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Aman Purifying Quartz Scrub and Soak
Recreate your own indulgent Aman spa experience from the comfort of your own bathroom with this nourishing two-in-one bath treatment. It combines the healing properties of mineral-rich quartz crystal to remove dead skin cells, stimulate circulation, and clear negative energy fields. Kombu extract with marine algae with antioxidant properties helps boost the metabolic function of skin, leaving even the dehydrated of limbs pampered and moisturised. A little goes a long way with this emollient scrub if you’re enjoying it in the shower.
Aman Purifying Quartz Scrub and Soak, $112.50 for 320g excluding tax; available at Aman
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Fresh The Original Brown Sugar Body Polish
For skin that’s soft, supple and smooth as silk, this scrub containing real, naturally-humectant brown sugar crystals promises to buff away dead skin cells, while a blend of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba oils nourish and moisturise the skin. The scrub also contains ginseng root extract, peppermint, and citrus oils to revive the senses and restore mind-body wellbeing.
Fresh The Original Brown Sugar Body Polish, $65 for 200g; available at Sephora