“ Type: Brushes / Brand: The Body Shop / Brush / Subcategory: Hand Brush „
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.