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What is an exfoliant?  It is an additive that adds texture and sloughs away dead skin cells making the skin brighter,smoother and healthier.  They are an important part of good skin care whether buffing away dead skin from your face or your body.  They come in many forms and range from very gentle for facial products to rough for products requiring the ability to really scrub.

The face is very delicate and needs a very mild exfoliant to prevent damage to the skin tissue.  The body can take on a medium exfoliant, while the rougher surface of feet can handle a strong exfoliant.  Additionally, natural exfoliants not only add sloughing ability, they also have vital nutrients for healthy skin.  Below you will find a list of natural additives by the level of their exfoliating properties.


Strong Exfoliants - Should be used on tough areas, like the feet. They are too rough for most areas of the body, and are far too rough for the face.

Bora Bora White Sand

Dead Sea Mud Grains

Dead Sea Salt

Pumice Powder

Tahitian Black Sand (Volcanic)

Walnut Shell Powder


Medium Exfoliants - Good exfoliation ability, but mild enough to be used on your body. Do not use these ingredients on your face or other very delicate areas. Salts and powders listed can be fine or coarse. Recommended for body scrubs.

Black Raspberry Fruit Seeds

Blackberry Fruit Seeds

Blueberry Fruit Seeds

Bolivian Pink Salt

Brown Sugar

Coffee Grounds

Corn Meal

Cranberry Fruit Seeds

Dead Sea Salt

Demerara Sugar

Dutch Blue Poppy Seeds

Eucalyptus Leaves

Himalayan Pink Salt

Jojoba Beads


Kiwi Fruit Seeds

Lemon Peel Powder

Loofah (some of these can be harsh)


Orange Peel Powder

Patchouli Bark

Peppermint Leaves

Raspberry Fruit Seeds

Rice Bran Powder

Rosehip Seed Powder

Sandalwood Powder

Sea Salt

Shredded Coconut

Spearmint Leaves

Strawberry Fruit Seeds

Tapioca Pearls

Turbinado Sugar

Walnut Shell Powder


Mild Exfoliants - Have a gentle scrubbing ability. Recommended for facial products, such as scrubs. Any flours or powders listed in this category should be fine grain only.

Adzuki Bean Powder

Almond Flour

Bamboo Powder

Bentonite Clay

Blueberry Fruit Fiber

Calendula Flower Petals

Chamomile Flowers

Chickpea Flour

Coral Calcium Powder

Cranberry Fruit Fiber

French Green Clay

Grape Seed Powder

Jojoba Wax Beads

Kaolin Clay

Kiwi Fruit Fiber

Lavender Buds

Oat Flour

Pink Clay

Pumpkin Puree

Raspberry Seed Powder

Red Moroccan

Rhassoul Clay

Rice Bran Powder

Rice Flour

Rose Clay

Rose Hips

Rose Petals

Tea Leaves

Vanilla Bean Specks

White Kaolin Clay


Very Mild Exfoliants

-Contain lactic acids or fruit acids to loosen dead skin cells, for the gentlest possible exfoliation.  Recommended for facial products, such as masks. 

Buttermilk Powder

Coconut Milk Powder

Fresh Berry Puree

Goat Milk Powder

Whole Milk Powder

Yogurt Powder

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