Body scrubs are glorious. Removing those layers of dry skin makes your surface softer and better able to accept the moisturizing benefits from any products you add on top. Many dermatologists prefer scrubs to chemical peels on those with sensitive skin because you can control the level of exfoliation (read: pressure) as you whish the grains across every inch. Not only do I feel incredibly fresh and clean after a good scrub, but my skin just feels so alive—particularly if the formula is infused with invigorating ingredients like citrus, mint, or coffee.
However, these ingredients all stimulate your senses in different ways. While citrus essential oils like lemon, orange, and grapefruit are energizing and joyful, the smell of coffee alone can wake you up and make you feel sharper, and the tingly feeling of mint is seriously refreshing. To wake up your body and your senses, shop six of our favorite invigorating body scrubs below.
6 invigorating body scrubs to try now
1. Malin & Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub
The smell of the peppermint in this Malin & Goetz scrub is enough to get you feeling energized and alert; however, the pumice scrub intensifies that while invigorating your skin and buffing away any dull and dry patches. It also includes amino acids for a deeper yet hydrating clean, leaving you feeling refreshed.
2. Lovefresh Lemon Verbena Sugar Scrub
Lemon verbena mixes with sugar to create this gentle exfoliant from Lovefresh. Because it’s a physical exfoliant, it increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system. It also contains coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E, so your skin feels soft and smooth.
3. Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub
Made with sugar crystals, coconut oil, lemongrass, lemon balm, jojoba oil, and vanilla, this exfoliating scrub revitalizes the skin and while adding hydration. The tropical scents will make you feel energized yet peaceful, and your skin will feel refreshed and luminous.
4. Le Labo Body Scrub
This nourishing plant-based scrub from Le Labo mixes coffee and sunflower seeds with safflower oil into a powerful (yet messy) exfoliating scrub with a unique, rich texture. Trust us: When you feel how soft your skin is when you’re done, the coffee grain remnants in your tub will have been worth it.
5. Céla Natural Seed to Skin Scrub
Finely milled Amazonian cupuaçu seeds in this scrub work to gently exfoliate your skin, dislodging surface impurities and debris while stimulating your lymphatic system. It’s paired with pampering Abyssinian oil and moisture-replenishing shea butter so you aren’t left feeling super dry. Notes of orange peel, cedarwood, and patchouli essential oils combine for a calming and balancing sensorial experience.
6. Lovefresh Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
Scrubbing with grapefruit-scented grains will instantly make your shower feel like summer no matter what season it is. While the grapefruit wakes up your senses, the sugar whisks away dead skin while stimulating your lymphatic system. It also includes nourishing moisturizers like coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E so your skin feels clean and soft when you wash it off.