A couple of years ago the ‘Ped egg’ was all the rage and it seemed like everyone had one including me. I also had the much cheaper and much less trendy ‘Ped Orb’ which cost me around a pound.
They say that you “get what you pay for” but in the case of the Ped Orb, it isn't any less a product than its more expensive and more famous brother the Ped Egg. The main difference is that it’s round rather than oval and for that reason you need to take a bit more care to make sure that you’re holding it correctly than with the egg.
So what are these devices? They are a way to remove hard and dry skin from your feet and they are designed in such a way that a lot of the skin you remove gets caught inside the orb instead of going all over the floor. This prevents a lot of the usual “Oops, someone dropped parmesan on the carpet” that you get with a normal file.
The Ped Orb comes in two parts. One is the cover for the blades and it also has a small sanding disc on the outside. I’ve not found any use for that. The main part - the bit that does the job - is a hemisphere with a metal cover. In this metal cover, the metal is cut in such a way that lots of sharp blades are exposed to the skin but can only slice the outermost dry skin off the feet. It looks and feels a lot like a cheese grater.
I find it works best when the feet are dry and unmoisturised. Holding the Pedorb in one hand and making sure that the blades are aligned to run along your foot as you move the orb, you simply run it up and down the patches of dried skin. The blades slice off the dry skin in very thin pieces. If you make your feet bleed or hurt then you’ve gone at it much too vigorously.
I would advise to take it gently at first and to give your feet a good thick dose of moisturiser in between shavings. It’s really quite an addictive thing to do and you’ll soon find you’re checking the device to see how much you’ve scraped off each time. That’s one of the great things about this design - it gives you the evidence in your hand of what you’ve achieved.
If you can find one of these for around a pound or two, and if you need a highly effective foot scraper, then this is a great buy. I prefer my Ped Egg because the shape is easier to use and to handle, but at a tiny fraction of the price, I also appreciate my Ped Orb.
I have been thinking about buying the JML Ped egg for some time but felt that the price of £9.99 was a little steep. I was also put off by some mixed reviews and didn't want to waste £10 on something that I would only use once.
I wasn't actively looking for the Ped egg when I was in my local B&M store but stumbled across the Ped Orb whilst browsing.
Like the Ped Egg the Ped Orb is a device for removing hard dead skin from your feet with a grater type blade and collecting the shavings in a collecting chamber to avoid mess. To use either product you simply rub the grater across the hard dead skin and it is removed by the blades.
The first thing that attracted me to the Ped Orb was the price of 89p. This is the normal price for the item and it looked very similar to the Ped Egg so I bought one.
The Ped Orb I purchased was lilac in colour but they also had white available. I don't know if there are others colours available from B&M but I have seen them in pink and blue online.
The Orb comes in a sealed clear plastic pack that you have to cut open. Inside the pack you get the three pieces that make up the Orb, and two buffing pads. There are no separate instructions but it is pretty straight forward to use.
The three pieces of the Orb are the grater part that attaches to the round container and a lid. The two buffer pads are like very thin emery boards.
To use the Orb you simply attach the grater to the rounded part which collects all the shavings and then you are ready to go. There is a small lip on either side of the grater that needs to click into a corresponding dip on the collecting chamber.
I had read that the Ped Egg was time consuming and often left you feet feeling sore after use so I approached my foot with the Ped Orb very cautiously. I am very happy to report that the Ped Orb is very gentle bearing in mind what it is and what it is doing. I have tried applying varying amounts of pressure but have not suffered sore feet at all.
The first time I used the Ped Orb I was quite gentle with it and only used it for a couple of minutes on each foot but the results were instant. Even after only a small amount of use the skin on my feet felt soft and looked much better. I didn't use the buffing pads on my first attempt but my feet felt soft and looked less cracked than before.
I have used the ped Orb a couple of times since and have been more adventurous and experimental with it. I have found that it is very easy to use on all areas of your foot even the balls of the foot and the sides of the toes.
The only criticism I have is that it can be a little messy. Obviously if you keep the orb positioned so that the grater is facing upwards all the shavings fall into the collection part and so there isn't a problem. Unfortunately I am not a contortionist and found trying to reach some parts of my foot was almost impossible without turning the orb upside down which then means all the shavings fall out.
The orb itself is very easy to clean and all fits together into a neat little ball when not in use.
Despite the mess I would recommend the Ped Orb to anyone wanting to try this on their hard skin it is very easy to use, there is no pain or soreness and it works very quickly. Why pay the extra for the JL version when this works so well.