For those that don’t know, a shaving brush is a small brush that is used to apply shaving soap or cream to the face before shaving. Many years ago, the handles were made of bronze, ivory, gold, or wood and the bristles were 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 have become plastic and the animal hairs used to make them are considered not ethically sound, as well as not suitable for vegans.
The purpose of a shaving brush is to generate a rich and warm lather by whipping air into the 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
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 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.
A vegan shaving brush is one that is used 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 fibres, this is actually a much kinder alternative to animal fibres and leaves a much smaller overall carbon footprint.
You should also pay attention to the handle. Look for brushes that are plastic free and are made with wood from sustainable sources.