The shaving brush that’s nice to badgers

PRO BLACK (on own)You might not have realised it but today is National Badger Day. What has this to do with male grooming? Well, plenty actually, because for over 250 years the finest shaving brushes have been made of badger hair. I’ve used them myself in the past and always used to recommend them. But as an animal lover (and especially of badgers) I’ve always felt slightly uneasy about them and in the last year or so have stopped recommending them altogether in favour of synthetic brushes. Why? Well, most of the badger hair for brushes comes from China where, let’s be honest, animal rights are pretty much non-existent.

When I contacted Peta (People For The Ethical Teatment of Animals) about the provenance of badger hair last year they were a little vague about the specifics of  how animals are treated (I’m not sure many people had questioned them about it before to be honest) but they did point out that badgers are most commonly killed by bludgeoning or gassing and that the skin is then peeled from the body. Having seen some truly nightmare-inducing videos of dogs being skinned alive in China I’m naturally rather suspicious about how badger hair might be sourced for brushes. If you are, too, then I strongly suggest you think about a synthetic alternative like men-ü‘s new Pro Black brush instead.

With smooth, nonabsorbent bristles it’s great for whipping up a lather, lifts hairs brilliantly and dries much faster than a badger hair brush. It’s considerably cheaper than an average badger hair brush too. Traditionalists probably wouldn’t be seen dead with a synthetic brush, of course, but then there are lots of people  who wouldn’t be seen with a dead badger in their hands either.

The men-ü PRO Black shaving brush is available from men-u.co.uk priced £19.95 

For more information about badgers and the ethical aspect of badger hair brushes click here.

Big it up for Bulldog!

As a real animal lover, Peta supporter and member of the League Against Cruel Sports, I was really pleased to hear recently that Bulldog has become the  first male grooming company to be recognised and approved by the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) under their Humane Cosmetics Standard (represented by a leaping Bunny logo). This is the only recognised scheme that enables consumers to identify products that have not been tested on animals.

Personally, I think it’s great that there’s a brand out there for what you might call  ‘men of conscience’ and it’s a bloody good one too (their moisturisers are especially good). What’s more, their products are free of chemical nasties like parabens, sodium laureth sulfate and synthetic fragrances. So if you’re looking for skin-friendly, cruelty-free products bag yourself some Bulldog!

For more info go to www.meetthebulldog.com and for more information about the BUVA’s excellent work click here.

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