Use and Care

 Breaking In Your Brush

      All new badger hair brushes need to be washed thoroughly prior to using for the first time. The badger’s natural oils keep the hair supple and prevent drying and breaking during manufacture. Unfortunately, these oils also mean the brush still smells like a badger. Proper washing removes these oils (and dirt). This will eliminate the smell and prepare the brush for proper lathering.

To wash your brush, you will need the following:

  • Mild detergent soap (Non-antibacterial dish soap works well)
  • Hot tap water
  • Shaving cream

1)Soak the brush in a solution of one teaspoon of soap to 2 cups of warm water for 20-30 minutes, agitating every 5 minutes. It will not be pretty.

2)Rinse hair thoroughly with warm tap water.

3)Lather as directed under “Using your Brush” with one of our imported shaving creams.

4)Let stand for minimum 2 hours to overnight.

5)Rinse dried lather thoroughly from brush, shake vigorously and allow to dry.

6)Fluff dried hair by brushing over fingers rapidly.

The brush may lose a small number of hairs during this process; this is normal. If a faint “wet badger” smell remains, the process may be repeated. Normal use will also further reduce any remaining aroma.

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 Using Your Brush

      Using a shaving brush is surprisingly easy. Adding proper lather to your shaving routine will not add an appreciable amount of time to your process, but the improvement in the quality of your shave is well worth it!

The best time to shave is immediately after bathing. Your skin and hair will be soft and your pores will be open.

1)Fill lathering bowl with hot water and soak your brush while in the shower or bath. This will hydrate the brush and warm the bowl. This is critical to a luxurious lather. A dry brush is lather’s worst enemy. When you are ready to build your lather, empty the bowl and shake the excess water from the brush with 1-2 sharp flicks of your wrist.

2)Load brush by dipping gently into shaving cream or swirling on a hard shaving soap. The amount of cream or soap you will need depends on size of area to be shaved as well as personal preference. 

3)Build lather by swirling the brush in the bottom of the lathering bowl. The lather should have a uniform smooth appearance, like whipped cream. Slowly drip additional hot water into bowl as needed. Dense, overly thick lather that does not build volume is a sign of too little water; large soap bubbles are a sign of too much. 

4)Apply lather to skin using a circular motion. This lifts the hair and scrubs built up dirt and oils away from the base of the hair, ensuring the closest possible shave. Once area is fully lathered, even out the lather using a “paintbrush” motion.

You are now ready to shave with the razor of your choice.

5)Rinse brush thoroughly with warm water. Pay special attention to the center of the brush, as this is the most difficult area to rinse.

6)Shake the brush vigorously to remove as much water as possible.   Do not wring the brush, as this will damage the hair. 

7)Store your brush in a well ventilated location.  Hanging the brush hair down in a brush stand is the ideal storage option. This allows any water remaining to flow away from the core of the brush. Though not ideal, your brush may also be stored standing on its base. In this case, proper airflow is even more critical.

Your brush needs to breathe. DO NOT store brush inside an enclosed space like a medicine cabinet. Insufficient airflow will promote mildew growth that will destroy the brush. Besides, who would want to keep something so beautiful hidden?

Occasional Deep Cleaning

      Your brush will accumulate contaminants over time. This can affect the quality of your lather and increase soap or cream usage. We recommend deep cleaning your brush 2-4 times per year using the “Breaking In Your Brush” procedure, substituting a teaspoon Borax for detergent soap.