For a while now a team of testers have been testing synthetic brushes. The results of these tests have been displayed throughout the traditional shaving community on various forums and blogs for some time. The discussions of these tests, threads and blogs were basically three fold in nature. The first was individual evaluations of various brushes to see if synthetics were truly a viable player in the shaving brush market. This required the testers to obtain a large number of brushes to test and review. The testing team noted that in the past three years especially there has been enough advancements in this area that Synthetic brushes are a viable player, and a growing sector in the shaving brush market, for various reasons that this discussed elsewhere. The second was to research and explore the history of synthetic brushes and what areas of fiber development in other areas, such as the toothbrush, paintbrush and cosmetic brush industries supported and allowed fibers to be developed, which eventually allow for fibers to exist to be used in today’s synthetic shaving brushes. The third area was to try to find common ground between groups of brushes that used the same fiber or very similar fibers, along with how the brushes felt at the tip, backbone, etc. Based on all the testing information I developed the “Synthetic Generations” concept to help users compare brushes and to understand the differences within synthetic brushes. In addition to data that the Synthetic testing team produced, discussions from various forums and blogs were also taken into account when refining the generations listings as displayed in the following threads and the threads that are linked within.
For the past six weeks we have been evaluating artisan shaving soaps with a Fall or Winter seasonal scent in a “scent off.” Entries have come from Mystic Water, Barrister and Mann, How To Grow A Moustache (HTGAM), Fitjar, Petal Pusher Fancies, and Green Mountain. Now we’ve crossed the finish line and it’s time to crown a winner!
Crowdfunding is getting more common these days, with shaving-related projects no exception. Our friends at Pacific Shaving recently dropped us a line that they’ve started an Indiegogo campaign for developing a caffeinated shaving cream. Click the link and give it a look!