8 Exfoliating Body Scrubs Without Microbreads

by Sienna Fantozzi

You may have heard by now that microbeads are a pretty terrible thing to have in beauty products. Though the beads, which are actually tiny bits of plastic, pop up in all kinds of scrubs, thanks to their exfoliating properties, they actually pose a serious environmental hazard, according to Forbes. So how are you going to exfoliate without them? I've rounded up several exfoliating body scrubs without microbreads, so you can take care of your skin without contributing to environmental harm.

If you're wondering what the big deal is, know this: Microbreads are dangerous because they can't be filtered, according to the Energy and Commerce Committee. What does that mean? Basically, they go down the drain, into the water, and then can be consumed by things we eventually eat, like fish. Do you really want to be eating plastic beads? I didn't think so.

Fortunately, there have been movements to ban products with microbreads, forcing brands to come up with new products that will get the same job done, without any of the toxic side effects, which is better for the environment, as well as our health. But since we still have a ways to go before shopping for exfoliating products is fool-proof, I've rounded up eight exfoliating body scrubs that don't contain any microbreads, so you can exfoliate with a clear conscience.

1. Kopari

Kopari Sugar Scrub, $38, Kopari Beauty

This sugar scrub also has coconut oil, so it's moisturizing as well as exfoliating.

2. You Are Amazing

Coconut Water Exfoliating Scrub, $4, Target

If you're obsessed with coconut oil, it's time to try coconut water.

3. J.R. Watkins

Sugar And Shea Grapefruit Scrub, $12, Amazon

Spoiler: This all-natural scrub smells amaze.


Sea In A Scrub, $32, Target

This product uses Brazilian sea salt to naturally exfoliate your skin.

5. Shea Moisture

Hand & Body Scrub, $12, Amazon

This lavender and wild orchid scented scrub will heal as well as exfoliate.

6. Dead Sea Essentials

Dead Sea Sugar Salt Spa Scrub, $12, Target

Using a blend of salt and sugar, this scrub will remove impurities to leave your skin smooth and soft.

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7. Yes To Coconut

Polishing Body Scrub, $9, Target

Because you can always use more coconut in your beauty routine.

8. Be Delectable

Smoothing Body Polish, $14, Target

Warning: It smells good enough to eat.

Whether you're looking for an eco-friendlier way to exfoliate or you just want a yummy smelling scrub, look no further than these products.

Images: Target; @KopariBeauty/Instagram