I have only ever used orangewood sticks to push back my cuticles. I do not like that I cannot easily sanitize/wash those after use. This gorgeous tool is easily washable and performs 1,000 times better!!! The two ends both have this gently gritty surface that buffs away dead skin or hangnails, so not only are you pushing back your cuticles, you are exfoliating away dead skin! I am amazed at how effective and easy this is to use. The thoughtfulness that went into this tool is exceptional.