In personal care news, I got a new shaving brush. Exciting.
In case you didn’t catch it before, for the last five years I’ve been into retro “wet shaving” with a double-edged safety razor and shaving brush. There’s some pretty serious shave nerds on the internet and I’m kind of one of them.
I say kind of because most of them have made a hobby out of acquiring a never-ending variety of razors, blades, creams, soaps, brushes, splashes, balms and goodness knows what all else. Me, I’ve experimented with a few shaving creams and soaps, but I’ve had the same razor and brush for five years. I’ve even settled on one brand of blades, too.
Turns out, all I needed was a little push. Internet pal and shaving guru, Leisureguy, tweeted about a contest to win a high end shaving brush the other day. I decided to enter the contest by purchasing a new brush of my own. Nothing too fancy or expensive: a Vulfix 660 Super Badger, Large. (The winner of the drawing gets a Plisson European white, size 10, handmade in France.)
The guy who runs BullGoose Shaving Supplies turns out to be a pretty personable dude, something I discovered when we exchanged a few emails subsequent to my order.
Badger brushes tend to be a little funky when you first use them, so in an effort to break it in I washed it with dish soap last night and lathered it up with shaving cream this morning. No discernible funk, I’m happy to report. Tomorrow I will try it for reals.