I found this Body Shop bath brush tucked away in the airing cupboard during a recent clear out. I remember looking for it ages ago and when I couldn't find it I bought another one as I do like to use a bath brush occasionally when I have a bath. This one from the Body Shop is a light woodencolour and it has a hole at the end so you can hang it up if you want to, but I always keep things like this in a basket at the side of the bath. The whole brush measures 35cm and the head is 8cm wide and is round in shape. It has a lot of tightly packed bristles which feel quite soft but they still do the job and you can feel them working on your skin.
I must have had it for a couple of years before it went missing and it is still in excellent condition with no signs of the bristles bending or missing. The handle is the right size to be easy to control and to use the right amount of pressure for the different parts of your body, and it does feel very sturdy to use.
To use I will pour a small amount of shower gel or cream onto the brush but I find that I don't need to use very much as the bristles are quite close the shower gel seems to stay in the bristles and then work its way out as you are using it. I will usually start with my back and find that it is long enough to reach all over. I also use it for my legs and feet and will scrub a bit harder here as the skin here isn't as sensitive as my back.
I don't use it every time I have a bath but would say that I use it about once a fortnight and I am always glad when I have used it as my skin does feel very refreshed and clean afterwards although it is sometimes a bit tingly straight after. I think that a good back brush does assist your health as it helps with circulation and also gets rid of any dead skin cells to keep your skin healthy.
As it was some time since I bought it I really can't remember how much I paid for it but I have looked online and although the Body Shop have replaced it with a new version you can pick this one up from Ebay and online sites for around £3 to £5
I originally bought this thinking it was a Body Brush rather than a Bath Brush. I had been coveting it for quite some time but couldn't bring myself to part with £9 for it! As I have a 'Love your Body' card, I used my free £5 towards the cost of this. However, it is very good quality and I would expect it to last a long time so a £9 outlay is actually quite reasonable.
As shown in the picture, the brush is wooden with natural coloured bristles. I couldn't find what the brush or bristles are made from on the Body Shop website so I'm afraid I don't know what relevance the Cactus has to this brush! The bristles are stiff as you would expect. Used dry as a body brush they are just the right level of firmness; they feel very effective but are not too rough. Strangely, I find that when they are used wet they are much more harsh on the skin and almost verge on painful, still, no pain no gain!
The other thing that immediately leapt out at me when using this brush wet was that it gave off quite a strong smell, almost a vegetable smell but definitely not a pleasant one and one I found seriously offputting - I didn't want to risk leaving my house smelling like a compost heap! This has diminished over time but I can still detect a whiff now and again. Another drawback is that, as the product is wooden, bringing it into contact with water has caused it to discolour slightly which is a shame.
I didn't really find that this brush lathered up well at all with my shower gel either, certainly not as well as my usual shower puff. So, taking all that into account, I predominantly use this brush dry before showering, as a body brush to imporove my skin and boost circulation. All my previous grumbles aside, I find that the brush works really well when used this way. The long handle makes it very easy to reach all those tricky spots and there is something really satisfying about a good back scrub! I find that a quick going over with this brush in the morning really helps to wake me up and energises me for the day ahead. The long handle also makes it easy to do long smooth strokes - I have read that you should always brush towards from your hands/feet in long strokes towards your heart so always try to keep to this.
I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin after using this, especially on my upper arms, and think that my skin looks healthier and more glowing all over. I also love the 'wake-up effect' that this has in the morning. Even though I use this brush in a totally different way to its intended function, I am still a huge fan and am sure that I will continue to use this for a long time to come.