The Best Shaving Brush For Travelling
If you are a guy who travels a lot, then we have done a review of some of the best travel shaving brushes currently available. This article was inspired by Charles here at the Shaving Emporium, as he has been asking us to write this article for about 6 months. Charles is someone who is a heavy traveller, and he does like to wet shave whenever possible. Trying to take your normal wet shaving kit with you is something he has tried and just wouldn’t do again.
There are any number of reasons for that, such as the fear of leaving the shaving brush behind, or having it damaged during travel. (He has had one safety razor confiscated at a UK airport as it was considered a dangerous weapon…I guess shaving a pilot might be considered dangerous)
The good news is though that for a travel brush, especially for shorter trips, you don’t need to or I am sure want to spend a great deal of money. We are not therefore talking about some of the more expensive brushes, but you will still want something of decent quality that will not cost the earth, moon and stars either.
So how do you go about combining good quality with a decent price point? We have picked out a few of the better brushes, all made from badger hair, that we believe will do a very good job for you. Most of these come with what is called a travel tube, which not only protects your brush, but also helps keep it safe when travelling.
There are not a great deal of choices and we have left out some of the brands as to be honest, their prices are rather expensive. There is no doubting the quality of what they are offering, but for travelling around, we wanted something relatively cheap and cheerful. If I lost a £20 brush I would not be happy about it, but if I lost my £100 brush, I would be livid. For us here at the Emporium, we just wanted to find a nice balance.
Progress Vulfix 2190 Badger Hair Travel Shaving BrushThis one will cost you less than £20, so although not a top of the range brush, it is still good enough in our opinion to work up a good lather that will allow you a close shave. This one comes with a white plastic travel tube to help keep it safe. It is smaller than a normal shaving brush, so will take up less room, and easily will fit into most wash bags.
One little tip is to break this brush in before you travel. Many of the reviews that we read about this advised users to do this, so well worth keeping in mind. The reason for this is that a few people stated that this brush was a little stiffer than what they were used to. This one has a 3 mm handle ans a 40 mm loft. That is a nice compact size when travelling.
Kent Travel Shaving BrushThis is the one that Charles uses himself and is also the one that he would highly recommend. It rates 4.8 out of 5 stars so we can certainly see why he would pick this one. The only downside is that it is in and around the £35 price point. We just happen to think that is a tad expensive for a shaving brush that will be used mainly when travelling.
That said the Kent company are known for high quality products, and this one is most certainly one of those. It is a pure badger brush which is housed inside a black anodized aluminium handle. It certainly looks the part as I am sure you will agree. To open this one up, you unscrew the handle, slide out the head, and then reattach using the same threads. It is actually quite a neat assembly we think.
With this one you are getting a quality shaving brush specifically designed for the travelling man.Some people are quite happy to travel with their own shaving brush. It is always a good idea to have this protected with a travel tube. This one We have shown here is a typical type of travel tube.
It has small ventilation holes, which are important to allow your brush to breathe. It has a pretty sturdy feel to it and will offer more than enough protection when travelling. It is 4.5″ long so if your brush will fit inside this, then it should be ideal for you to use.
Any form of tube is better than none. It will stop your brush from just laying around in a travel kit, and will protect the bristles and allow them to breathe. That will in turn add years of life to your brush.