For those that don’t know, a vegan shaving brush is a small brush that is used to apply vegan shaving soap or natural shaving cream to the face before shaving. Many years ago, the handles were made of bronze, ivory, gold, or wood and the bristles were a usual horse or badger hair. Shaving brushes, back in the day were something of a status symbol, and purchasing an elaborate and eccentric-looking brush made of luxurious materials was a way of expressing oneself.
Today, the handles on commercial brushes have become plastic and the animal hairs used to make them are considered not ethically sound, as well as not suitable for vegans.
At Peace With The Wild, we recommend using a vegan shaving brush! The purpose of a vegan shaving brush is to generate a rich and warm lather by whipping air into the vegan shaving soap as you apply it. It also works by softening hairs and lifting them from the surface of the skin to ensure a closer shave as well as opening pores and lubricating your skin to keep it softer and healthier. Vegan shaving brushes with the lather from a vegan shaving soap can also work as a gentle exfoliator, the circular motion of the bristles lift dead skin which helps achieve a cleaner shave when using your reusable safety razor.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, and care about using cruelty-free products, you might find yourself in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to using a commercial shaving brush. As the trend of traditional shaving increases and more and more people require incorporating a shaving brush into their shaving regimen, the necessity to consider both eco and animal friendly versions has increased.
We stock a collection of vegan shaving brushes that are made with 100% synthetic bristles instead of animal hairs. This means it is 100% vegan and cruelty free as well as being cheaper, and lasting longer than the other variety. Whilst you may be hesitant to use something with synthetic vegan fibres, this is a much kinder alternative to animal fibres and leaves a much smaller overall carbon footprint.
When choosing a vegan shaving brush also look out for the handle. Its best to opt for a vegan shaving brush that has a handle that is sustainable, eco and made of natural wood. At Peace With The Wild our vegan shaving brushes are eco friendly, sustainable and supplied in plastic free packaging!