Q. How Do You Clean The Brushes?
A. Cleaning the SpaVerde brush is a very quick process. There are just 3 goals you have to keep in mind while cleaning it:
1. Avoid getting the wood wet (wood and water are not friends and the brush will degrade in time if it stays wet)
2. Kill bacteria in the brush - so we'll use an antibacterial solution
3. Remove dead skin cells which accumulated between the bristles.
Here is my 4-step super-easy cleaning process I always use:
1. Fill a bowl with water and 3 drops of essential oil.
(The level of the water should be the same as the height of the bristles. The essential oil is the antibacterial agent - you can use aegle, ageratum, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa, patchouli or peppermint essential oil. Personally I prefer peppermint.)
2. Place the brush (without the handle) in the bowl, bristles facing down, such that only the bristles get damped, but not the wood.
(It helps to move the brush around in the water to get the essential oil mixed and running through the bristles. Do this for 1 minute.)
3. Repeat the above process, but this time using just water with no oil - to rinse the brush.
4. Take the brush out and dry it.
(Here you have several options:
a) you may place it in the dryer together with your clothes and leave it in there for 20 minutes
b) You may use a hair dryer for 2-3 minutes
c) You may simply roll it inside a towel and allow the towel to absorb the water.
d) If it's sunny and warm outside, the best way to dry the brush is to leave it in the sun, bristles facing up. The sun will not only dry it, but the UV rays will also kill any bacteria that might have remained.
Personally I prefer option d) when possible, option b) when the weather is not suitable)
Q. Can you use alcohol to clean the brush?
A. Alcohol is fine for disinfecting, however it's not the best choice for cleaning the brush. Alcohol is very drying and in time it destroys natural fibers (including boar bristles).
I use an artistic brush cleaner (Mona Lisa's Pink Soap), but any soap with a bit of water works just fine. Baby shampoo works great too! Only make sure you dry the brush after cleaning it (either with a blow dryer or by hanging it in a warm, dry place).
So, a 70% alcohol solution is great for disinfecting every once in a while, but don't use it for cleaning the brush. Either use a artistic brush cleaner, soap with water or baby shampoo.
Q. Is this scratchy or harsh on the skin?
A. No, this isn't' harsh on your skin at all, very soft and feels so refreshing.
Q. Having trouble getting brush on handle,should I force it? It is in the correct placement, flat side down?
A. Groove of back of brush should taper narrower (toward tip) as well as the handle to wedge snuggly and easily.
My brush securely wedges tightly, but easy enough to remove. If your brush had gotten wet, perhaps wood expanded and changed fit?
Q. Are the bristles on the face brush less stiff/rough than the body brush?
A. Yes, so that they are more gentle on your face. I have very sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I can't say the brush is "soft" since it needs to exfoliate, but you can use gentle pressure as needed. It's definitely not too stiff in my opinion.