The brush itself is excellent for some soaps: I use Harris Windsor. It's great to use as a spare or a travel brush, or when you feel like something different or want to experiment. But I'm not going to trade my Simpson Commodore for this thing. For what it is and costs, it deserves five starts, but get real. Thankfully, it fits an old stand, because I wouldn't want to spend $20 on a stand for a $9 brush.