10 days till Christmas…And we’re badgering you about brushes!

When shopping for a new shaving brush, there are several factors to consider, and a wide range of brush types to choose from. But don’t be overwhelmed! Selecting the brush that will work best for you may not be what works best for someone else; we are each unique, as our brush should be!

There are three types of shaving brushes available: badger hair, boar bristle, and synthetic, with badger hair largely the most popular choice. Badger hair has been used for centuries in the manufacturing of top quality shaving brushes, predominantly because of its heavy water absorbency. This is essential to accomplishing a clean, close wet shave, and leaving the skin fresh and smooth. Using a brush, wet from warm water, to mix your shaving soap or cream introduces air that will work up a rich lather, helping you get the consistency you desire without going through too much product. It massages the surface of your skin, raises the beard hairs and enables your razor to glide across your face with ease. Furthermore, many badger brushes are quality graded based off appearance and softness of the hairs, with the common classifications “Pure”, “Best”, “Super”, and “Silvertip”. Here is a breakdown:

PURE BADGER

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Pure badger hair is the most readily available grade of hair since it covers a large percentage of the badger’s body. Because of its high availability, pure badger hair is the least expensive of badger types and makes a great starting point for a beginning shaver who wants to learn wet shaving before moving on to a higher quality and more expensive brush. Pure badger typically ranges in color from dark tan to black, and is usually coarser in texture than higher grade hair.

Brushes filled with pure badger are often manufactured with the tips trimmed to form the final shape of the brush loft. This makes the tips of the hair blunt and gives them a scratchier feel on the face that some men find appealing for exfoliation. The courser texture of pure badger also makes it very useful for lathering soaps well because of its ability to agitate the surface of the soap very easily. Some manufacturers offer variations of pure, such as black badger brushes, which comprise only the darkest hairs to create brushes that have longer lofts and more stiffness in the overall feel of the knot. Over time the tips of pure badger hair will soften and feel a bit more broken in, but will never be as soft on the face as higher grades of badger hair.

BEST BADGER

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Best badger offers a significant improvement in feel and quality over pure. Best grade hair is harvested from large areas of the badger, including the belly area of the animal. The hair ranges in color from lighter brown to gray and has more color separation in the length of the hair, often referred to as “banded.” Best badger hair has better water absorbing capabilities than pure badger, making it a more ideal brush for creating quality shaving lather, particularly with dense creams that require more water to properly hydrate when lathering.

On the face, best grade hair has a softer feel and not as scratchy as pure; however, it still has some light scrubbiness to it and offers a good middle-of-the-road texture between the scratchy pure badgers and very soft super and silvertip grades. Many men have found that best graded brushes from reputable manufacturers, such as Edwin Jagger and Parker offer some of the best values in quality for the price. Many models in this grade are priced very reasonably and will provide outstanding results without compromising quality.

SUPER BADGER

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Super badger hair is a finer gauge of hair and has a softer feel than best grade hair. Super badger is not as readily available as best, and it is harvested from the back of the animal. The hair has a distinctive color pattern with a black banded midsection in the hair and whiter tips than the lower quality hair types. The white tips of super badger are very soft on the face and have little to no scratchiness on the skin.

Super badger hair is often color treated by some brush makers to further enhance the whiteness of the brush’s cap; however, the tips have the natural taper of the hair shaft and are not trimmed to form the shape of the brush loft. The white tips of the hair are often short and make up the smallest percentage of the length of the hair shaft. Because the brushes are filled with finer hair, more individual hairs are required to fill the brush’s knot making them very dense yet soft and luxurious in feel.

Proper care of the shaving brush becomes increasingly more important with super badger brushes. These brushes are filled with more delicate hair and are more susceptible to damage if the brush is abused or not dried properly after each use. The finer gauge of super badger gives it superior water absorbing properties over lower grades of badger hair. The density and water holding capacity of super badger brushes offers a noticeable difference in performance when lathering soaps and creams. These brushes are capable of easily creating some of the richest and creamiest lather making them a popular choice for men who want the finest quality of shaving brushes available.

SILVERTIP

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Found only in the neck area of the badger, silvertip is the rarest and highest grade of hair. There is often a bit of confusion regarding the difference between super and true silvertip badger hair. The silvertip hair is sorted and graded based on very specific characteristics of softness and coloring. Like super badger hair, the silvertip has a very distinct color banding, yet it has the softest and most luxurious natural tips and usually the most defined contrast in color between the black and white color bands. It is also very delicate and caring for the brush properly is very important to prevent the hair from breaking or becoming damaged.

The tips of the hair are never color treated and are left in their natural white to off-white color. The hair is fine gauge and has the most superior water absorbency of any of the badger hair grades. Although the hair is more exquisite in color and feel than Super, they do create a very similar quality of lathering from soaps or creams. Both are capable of producing a rich and dense lather because of their ability to absorb water easily and infuse it with the product, but the Silvertip has a distinctive quality in the feel against your skin.

On the face, silvertip hair is gentle and luxurious, like a soft cushion that massages the lather on to the face. Many recognize silvertip brushes as the finest available in the world.

Years of luxurious shaving await you with harmonizing all aspects of your shaving routine. Revolucion provides that distinction with our collection of some of the world’s top quality shaving brands: Edwin Jagger, Kent, and Parker.

 

 
Sourced material: Shaving 101: Wet Shaving Education and Reviews; “Understanding Hair Grades of Brushes”: http://www.shaving101.com/index.php/education/shaving-brush-basics/105-understanding-hair-grades-of-badger-brushes.html
Edwin Jagger Official Site; “Shaving Brushes”: http://www.edwinjagger.com/

 

 

12 days till Christmas…Enjoy and indulge this holiday season with Royal Apothic

Royal Apothic caters to men’s and women’s tastes alike. For men we carry the Heroes & Aristocrats line featuring top quality men’s grooming products and kits. For the lovely ladies we carry the mini Eau de Perfume and the luxurious hand cremes available in various scents. Royal Apothic uses a highly delicate formula that is truly designed to enhance the performance of its products for the skin and body. The men’s products are packaged in an elegant gift box that is both modern and traditional while the women’s products showcase a vintage design.  A dedicated cult of fans have made this product line a must-have!

The Royal Apothic line is the creation by Sean O’Mara, a Los Angeles and London based designer. O’Mara started his career working for prominent and established companies like Proctor & Gamble and Murad Global Skincare.   He worked with many influential brands, so surrounding himself with glamorous photo shoot settings and gorgeous locations were of second nature. O’Mara was inspired, after directing many photo shoots, “about translating the glamour and elegance of these big-budget campaigns into everyday space.”

This line of thinking drove O’Mara into a secondary career path. He had built a reputation for taking lackluster properties and turning them into glamorous spaces. His unique eye for design quickly gained him popularity in the Los Angeles and London markets.

In 2006, he found his inspiration in a Notting Hill bookstore. O’Mara came across, a centuries-old apothecary manual that would spark the idea for the sophisticated Royal Apothic line which allowed him to combine both his beauty and design background. O’Mara says, “I wanted to create a product so beautiful, you just have to leave it out on display, “And a formula so decadent you just have to use it.” The Royal Apothic line is truly exceptional from the inside out!

 

 

 

 

 

History of Movember

Did you know……

 

Since 2003, there have been 4,027,688 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that participate in this global awareness campaign, 574 million dollars raised,  770 men’s health projects have been funded and 21 countries around the world officially take part in “Movember”, to support men’s health. Movember officially launched in Canada in 2007.

Two mates from Melbourne, Australia, encouraged their friends, with the help of a friend’s mother, who was raising money for breast cancer awareness, to grow a Mo. They sent around an email titled “Are you man enough to be a man?” and found 30 men willing to take on the challenge. They designed rules and guidelines, which are still in place today and charged each man $10 dollars.

The first 30 Mo Bros grew their moustaches with such enthusiasm that in 2004 a formal concept was created that participants would grow for a cause. After much research into various men’s health issues they decided that Prostate Cancer was going to be their cause.

That year, Spain and the UK  joined to become the first international Mo Bros. With 450 participants now, they were able to raise AUD $54,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PFCA). This very first Movember cheque was the largest that the PFCA had ever received.

In 2005,  the Urchin team formed, founders Travis (Trav) Garone and Luke Slattery, along with JC ( Justin Coghlan) and Adam Garone.  They created a new campaign with the concept ” Give Prostate Cancer a Kick in the Arse” and a formal agreement between Movember and the PFCA was made, making them the first official men’s health partner. That year 9,315 Mo Bros raised AUD 1.2 million for the PFCA.

In 2006, the co-founders established an official Australian Charity, the Movember Foundation. The campaign used to be managed on evenings and weekends but had grown so big that the Movember Foundation had to hire their very first employee. Luke Slattery also developed Movember’s official tagline: Changing the Face of Men’s Health. Depression was also on the rise in Australia that year so the Movember Foundation took on Beyondblue” as their second official Men’s health partner.

New Zealand joined in 2006  and partnered with the Prostate Cancer foundation of New Zealand. Small unofficial campaigns were also run in the UK and in Spain. A total of 56,129 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in Australia and New Zealand raised AUD 9.3 million dollars.

In 2007, the news spread. The enthusiasm of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from around the world was growing in popularity. The co-founders decided to grow the campaign. In an effort, Adam moved to LA to help grow the US and Canadian campaigns, in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada. JC helped grow the UK Campaign and partnered with Prostate Cancer Charity and Luke continued to run the Australian and NZ campaigns.  There were 134,171 participants that year that raised 21.5 million.

Now there are over millions of supporters world wide. What once started as a simple concept to grow a moustache has  gained global popularity and has achieved great success to bringing awareness to men’s health issues and creating a strong foundation to helping Prostate cancer charities around the world.

Grow to support Men’s health this “Movember”

 

source: ca.movember.com