Updated: December 13, 2020
By Derek Martin
Guys, it’s time to take a stand against rough, dry skin.
Women got the memo many years ago and now it’s our turn to step up our game and kick the shit out of that dry, coarse skin that is taking over our bodies.
The truth is body scrub is one of those skincare products that most men simply ignore.
And if I’m being honest, I too spent many years pretending like body scrub didn’t exist. While I always understood the benefits that body scrub offered, I simply didn’t want to add another product —or step— to my daily skincare routine.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind taking care of my skin. I just prefer to do it in the simplest, easiest, most lazy way possible.
In fact it wasn’t until I was gifted a jar of body scrub that I finally broke down and decided to give it a try.
Not only was I immediately impressed by the effects it had on my skin — smooth as a babies ass would be an understatement— but I was also glad to realize that using body scrub on a daily basis is not at all necessary. In fact just once or twice a week is typically enough for most men.
So not only does body scrub kick the shit out of coarse, dry skin, but the fact that it only has to be used once or twice a week makes it easy for any man to squeeze into his busy schedule. Kind of a win-win if you ask me.
So if you’re interested in taking your skincare routine to the next level, keep scrolling for my list of best body scrubs for men. Stay smooth gentlemen.
- Tame the Beast – Exfoliating Body Scrub for Men
- Anthony – Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub for Men
- Jack Black – Turbo Body Scrub for Men
- Brickell – Polishing Body Scrub for Men
- Majestic Pure – Arabica Coffee Body Scrub
- PureScrubs – Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub
- Marlowe – No. 104 Body Scrub for Men
- Olivina Men – Exfoliating Body Scrub for Men
Best Body Scrubs (Exfoliators) for Men Reviewed
Tame the Beast – Exfoliating Body Scrub
Exfoliation powered by: Volcanic lava rock
Blast through dry skin and rough patches like a real man with this exfoliating body scrub by Tame the Beast. Powered by gritty volcanic lava rock, this scrub is specifically designed for men and is intended to exfoliate, smooth, soften, moisturize, and even provide a refreshingly cool tingle to the skin that feels pretty damn refreshing.
One of the reasons why this scrub is so great is because of its perfect level of grittiness. It not only does a kick ass job of softening and smoothing the skin, but it also has no trouble powering through thick, coarse skin commonly found on the hands, feet, knees, and elbows.
Another unique feature about this Tame the Beast body scrub is the menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint powered tingle that feels really great on the skin. It feels cool and refreshing, and also helps awaken the senses during those early morning showers.
Performance aside, one of the first things you’ll notice about this body scrub is the fresh, manly scent. Featuring Tame the Beast’s signature “YAWP” fragrance, this body scrub smells very clean, musky, and undeniably masculine as hell. It’s also pretty long lasting too; staying detectable on the skin for hours.
Another thing that I really like about this body scrub is that it’s formulated with a bunch of all-natural botanicals and extracts. Here’s some of the key ingredients: Eucalyptus oil, menthol, peppermint oil, vegetable glycerin, sugarcane extract, apple extract, green tea extract, orange extract, lemon extract, lavender oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, volcanic lava rock.
Anthony – Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub for Men
Exfoliation powered by: Sea salt
When it comes to choosing the best body scrub for men, you simply can’t go wrong with Anthony Blue Sea Kelp Body Scrub. Formulated with exfoliating sea salt, this body scrub powers through rough, dry patches of skin while it provides nourishment and hydration thanks to its unique list of ingredients, including: Sea kelp extract, aloe vera, glycerin, nutmeg extract, and vitamin C.
Not only does this scrub leave the skin feeling silky soft and smooth, but it also provides a ton of moisture and hydration: two things you won’t find in most other body scrubs.
Another thing I really like about Anthony Body Scrub is how simple and easy it is to use. It features a unique texture that’s sort of a cross between body wash and body scrub. Not only does this allow it to be easily worked into the skin, but I also find that you don’t need to use much of it to get the job done.
It’s also worth mentioning that this scrub has an awesome, long-lasting scent that’s reminiscent of the sea. It smells fresh, clean, and unmistakably masculine as all hell. Two thumbs up.
Jack Black – Turbo Body Scrub for Men
Exfoliation powered by: Hawaiian sea salt, Dead Sea salt, epsom salt
When it comes to the best skincare products for men, Jack Black is hands down one of my favorite brands. Their premium line of skincare products are packed with all-natural ingredients that are safe and gentle on the skin, but don’t compromise when it comes to performance and effectiveness.
One of my favorite products from Jack Black is their Turbo Body Scrub. This unique body scrub is designed to gently exfoliate the skin while moisturizing ingredients restore hydration and even help relax tired, achey muscles.
Once this scrub is applied to the skin you can really feel it going to work. While the scrubbing particles do an awesome job of softening and smoothing the skin, eucalyptus oil provides a refreshing cooling sensation that is perfect for achey muscles and joints.
Here’s a look at some of the key ingredients: Hawaiian sea salt, Dead Sea salt, epsom salt, arnica, capsaicin, shea butter, soybean oil, eucalyptus oil, glycerin.
Bottom line: Jack Black Turbo Body Scrub is a one-of-a-kind scrub that is worth experiencing for yourself. And although the price of this scrub is a bit on the steeper side, it more than makes up for the cost with its premium quality and performance.
Brickell – Polishing Body Scrub for Men
Exfoliation powered by: Walnut shell powder
If all-natural and organic ingredients are important to you, I highly recommend you check out this Polishing Body Scrub from Brickell. Known for their premium line of grooming products for men, Brickell emphasizes safe, all-natural, and organic ingredients in all of their products.
Their polishing body scrub for men is formulated to eliminate dirt, grime, bacteria, and of coarse dead skin, while helping to eliminate acne and prevent future breakouts.
One of the things that stands out about this body scrub for men is that it contains glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and willow bark extract that penetrate and help gently remove the top layer of dead skin. It also contains walnut powder which adds grit and helps exfoliate dry skin and rough patches for a soft, smooth finish.
Here’s a look at some of the key ingredients: Walnut shell powder, aloe leaf juice, lavender flower water, chamomile flower water, glycerin, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, glycolic acid, hydrolyzed wheat protein, provitamin B-5, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, oatstraw extract, willow bark extract, peppermint oil.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for an excellent performing body scrub for men, you cant go wrong with Brickell. It is a little bit on the pricier side, but it’s formulated with premium, all-natural ingredients that work really well and are completely safe for sensitive skin.
Majestic Pure – Arabica Coffee Body Scrub
Exfoliation powered by: Kona coffee grounds and Dead Sea salt
This body scrub from Majestic Pure might look and smell like ground coffee, but don’t expect it to make a good cup of joe. Although it does contain organic Kona coffee grounds for exfoliation, it’s also infused with Dead Sea salt, olive oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, Arabica coffee seed oil, shea butter, cacao extract, and coconut extract.
While this body scrubs most distinguishing feature is undoubtedly its awesome coffee scent (think fresh Colombian brew), its ability to obliterate coarse, dry skin is the true reason why I included it on this list.
Thanks to the power of Kona coffee grounds and Dead Sea salt, this all-natural body scrub gently sloughs away dead, dry skin while the organic oils and extracts leave the skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated.
And while this body scrub is technically formulated for both men and women, I find that the fresh coffee scent is bold, rugged, masculine and perfectly suited for discerning gentlemen such as ourselves.
PureScrubs – Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub
Exfoliation powered by: Dead Sea salt
Exfoliate your skin the all-natural way with this Dead Sea Salt body scrub from PureScrubs. Formulated using only all-natural and organic ingredients, this body scrub is designed to exfoliate, cleanse, nourish, and hydrate the skin while it leaves you smelling fresh, clean, and masculine thanks to the awesome sandalwood scent.
PureScrubs contains fine grain Dead Sea salt that provides gentle, yet effective exfoliation that powers through dry skin and rough patches, leaving smooth, healthy skin behind in its wake.
One of the things (well, 4 things) that I like about PureScrubs is the 4-in-1 formula that is designed to exfoliate, cleanse, nourish, and moisturize. While most body scrubs just provide exfoliation, this scrub actually cleanses the skin and provides a ton of moisture and hydration thanks to the all-natural and organic ingredients.
Here’s what’s inside: Dead Sea salt, organic aloe vera, organic argan oil, organic shea butter, vitamin E, organic sweet almond oil, organic jojoba oil, organic avocado oil, organic sandalwood essential oil, organic geranium seed oil, organic carrot seed oil.
If you’re looking for an all-natural and organic body scrub for men, I highly recommend you check out PureScrubs. While their sandalwood scented scrub is my personal favorite, they also offer a bunch of other scent options (including an unscented version) to suit any guy’s preference.
Marlowe – No. 104 Body Scrub for Men
Exfoliation powered by: Apricot seed powder and pumice
For a more mild, yet still highly effective, body scrub for men, you might want to consider this body scrub + body wash from Marlowe. This combination body scrub/wash is designed to gently exfoliate the skin while it simultaneously cleanses and re-hydrates.
While the grittiness or aggressiveness of this scrub is not quite what you will find with a dedicated body scrub, it still provides a noticeably soft, smooth finish to the skin that is great for gentlemen who have sensitive skin or simply do not like the aggressiveness of typical body scrubs.
Aside from its ability to gently exfoliate the skin, this scrub also acts as a moisturizing body wash. This 2-in-1 feature is very convenient and a big time saver for gentlemen on the go. It’s also easier on the wallet since it eliminates the need to purchase a separate body scrub and body wash. Definitely something to consider if you’re on a tight budget.
Another thing that’s great about this scrub is that it’s formulated with Marlowe’s proprietary blend of skin beneficial ingredients, including: Green tea extract, willow bark extract, passionflower extract, and deep sea algae extract. Apricot seed powder and pumice provide gentle exfoliation.
Bottom line: Marlowe No. 104 Body Scrub & Wash is a convenient, highly effective option for men who want to exfoliate their skin, but prefer to avoid the aggressiveness of typical body scrubs. It’s also a great option for men on a budget considering that it’s fairly inexpensive and the fact that it’s a 2-in-1 (scrub/wash).
Olivina Men – Exfoliating Body Scrub for Men
Exfoliation powered by: Ground walnut shell
If you’re looking for a full body scrub that smells great, I highly recommend you check out this All-in-One Scrub from Olivina. Featuring gentle exfoliation thanks to ground walnut shell, this scrub is designed to be safe for use everywhere on the body — including the face.
I would describe the grittiness of this scrub as being gentle, yet effective. It’s not quite as aggressive as a dedicated body scrub which allows it to be safely used on the face and sensitive areas. Perfect for gentlemen who don’t like coarse body scrubs, or if you’re looking for a scrub that can be safely used on both the face and body.
Aside from its effective exfoliating power, my favorite aspect of this scrub has to be the awesome, all-natural fragrance. Featuring a manly blend of bourbon and cedar, this scrub is one of the better smelling scrubs I’ve had the pleasure of encountering.
Another thing that’s great about this Olivina Scrub is that it’s packed with skin beneficial ingredients. Here’s some of the key ingredients: Ground walnut shell, organic aloe vera, organic white birch extract, mate leaf extract, elderberry fruit extract, buckthorn bark extract, juniper berry fruit extract, hemp seed oil, basil extract, grapeseed oil.
Bottom line: Olivina All-in-One Scrub is an excellent head to toe scrub that isn’t overly harsh or abrasive. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while moisturizing ingredients hydrate the skin. It also features an excellent masculine fragrance that is sure to please.
How to Use Body Scrub – 3 Tips for Men
One of the most commonly asked questions regarding body scrub is how to use it properly. Thankfully the process for using body scrub is pretty simple and straightforward.
While the frequency of usage will vary from individual to individual, it’s generally recommended to use body scrub 1-3 times per week. Based on my personal experience I suggest staying in the 1-2 times per week range.
Anything more than that seems a bit like overkill and wasteful in my opinion. But I’ll let you make that decision based on your particular skincare needs.
Once you settle on frequency of use, here’s how to properly implement a body scrub into your skincare routine:
1. Soften your skin
Before you apply the body scrub it’s important to hydrate and soften your skin with warm water for 5-10 minutes. This will help soften and lift any dead skin; allowing the body scrub to do its job more easily and effectively.
2. Circular motions
Once your body is fully hydrated, apply the body scrub and gently scrub in circular motions without applying too much pressure. Many body scrubs can scratch or mark the skin if too much pressure is applied.
3. Target trouble areas
Work the body scrub over the entirety of your body while paying close attention to trouble areas. Most men suffer from patches of dry skin on their feet, hands, elbows, and knees, so spend a little bit of extra time in these areas.
Thanks for checking out my list of best body scrubs for men. If you found this article helpful be sure to check out my list of best face scrubs for preventing ingrown hairs. As always, if you have any comments or questions feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.