I picked this up on a CVS run a few weeks ago, deciding that my rough, dry feet could no longer be ignored. It's a simple idea--the flower-shaped sponge has one soft side infused with all sorts of oils and moisturizing agents, and the other side is really scrubby and hard. Simply use the gentler side all over your feet to shower them in creamy goodness and then go over your heels or other rough spots with the harsher side.
It performs small wonders for your feet as the rich lather that comes out of the squishier side is really nice and hydrating--plus all the lavender aromatherapy oils smell divine. But it's actually the really rough side that I love best. I use a loofah in the shower, but sometimes when I really want to scrub at a certain area (say, my knees) I find that it's too loose--the wiry strands of the loofah move around too much to do a proper job. Body scrubs are no better as the handful of scrubby bits disperses too quickly, sliding down my legs.
I tried the scruffy side on my knees one day, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Now, when I say things like "scruffy" "scrubby" and "hard", you should know that this side of the sponge will actually hurt you if you rub with it too hard. My knees had been looking a little bit dry lately, so I went to town on them with the harsher side and emerged with bright red, slightly stinging kneecaps. Obviously, you don't have to (and probably shouldn't) be as vigorous as I was, but for certain parts of my body, I like a really rough exfoliation.
The packaging on the product says it'll last for 20+ washes, and while my sponge is still in perfectly good condition (the picture is of a second one I bought for my mom), it no longer produces that creamy hydrating lather. The moisturizing oils might stick around longer, though, if you take the sponge out of the shower when you're not using it. And I don't know if this is just the case with mine, but the hard side has turned a slightly unappealing yellow color.
In any case, I really love this sponge and lately, haven't been able to go a single shower without using it. I've only ever seen this particular item by Spongeables at CVS (for around $7!) but on a a trip to Ulta this weekend I saw that they do a whole range of body sponges as well. You can check out all of their products here.
If any of you like doing home pedicures, or just like a slightly more thorough body treatment whilst in the shower, give this little guy a try!
It's late here and I've had a really busy day between school and work, so I'm unwinding the only way I know how...
I don't know what's going on with the double thumbs-up, but we'll just roll with it. =)