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Best Hair Brushes and Combs For Men With Thinning Hair

Let's face it – no matter how many times your GP or hair professional tells you that losing hair is an inevitable sign of aging, it's hard to accept the balding scalp. And the truth is – there are ways to slow down the process and support healthy hair growth.

After you fix your diet and lifestyle, make sure to inspect your grooming kit. Is your hair comb or brush up for the job of preserving hair? Is it able to provide seamless gliding without tearing or breaking hair? Does it stimulate blood circulation in the follicles where hair growth starts?
If you are unsure about your answers, here is a helpful guide about the best hair brushes and combs for thinning hair.

It's all about Natural

Best Mens Combs For Thinning Hair

We have all heard about trendy all-natural and organic cosmetics, haven't we? Especially when it comes to the beauty sets of our partners which are abundant in products with green labels. However, the same applies to hair brushes and combs. 

Natural hair combs (made of wood, rubber or horn) are considered the best materials to have close to your hair. Hercules Sagemann, a heritage German manufacturer of premium hard rubber combs, since 1856 has been producing top notch natural hair combs made of natural gum and hardened in a special way, so you can enjoy a piece of nature every time you need to tame your hair.

Moreover, Hercules hair combs are made in 35 manual steps, including polishing, cutting and sawing. This makes every Hercules comb a masterpiece that:

  • is 100% burr free and ensures seamless gliding. No tearing, no breaking and no damaging of the hair
  • has rounded tips that do not scratch the scalp. Instead, they gently stimulate sensitive root ends and improve blood circulation. So the hair looks and feels its best
  • feels great on the head and is a pleasure to use.

The same is true for hair brushes. Traditionally, the best hair brushes have been made with natural bristles of a wild boar. Responsible manufacturers, like Hercules Saegemann, use the bristles that are a by-product of the food industry, so no animals are killed for the sake of brush making.

What makes boar hair brushes so unique?

Best hair brushes for men with thinning hair

Boar bristles have a similar structure to the human hair. When you brush your hair with a boar brush, it closes the top layer of the hair so protective cuticles lay flat. As a result, hair reflects more shine and healthy glow. 

  • Boar bristles also help distribute natural sebum (oils produced by the hair root for hair nourishment & conditioning) from roots to ends. This in turn moisturises the tips and prevents prevents hair split.
  • Another benefit of a good boar brush is expertly graded bristles. You may find a cheap boar bristle hair brush, however if it feels harsh on your hair and does not go through you coiffure, it needs to be replaced.
  • Hercules hair brushes are made with hand graded bristles of medium density. This allows the brush to reach the scalp (a problem with many poorly made hair brushes) and softly detangle the knots. The hair is guided through the bristles, thus the brush glides without any pulling or tearing.
  • If you are concerned with thinning hair, your doctor may recommend soft massage with a high quality hair brush. Hercules Sagemann hair brushes offer exceptional massaging effect as they do not scratch the skin and gently stimulate follicles so hair receives more nutrients for healthy growth. Pneumatic cushions regulate the pressure you apply when hair brushing, so the brush feels pleasant on the head.

So when you are ready to step up and invest in a high quality hair brush or hair comb, view Hercules collection of the world's best hair brushes and combs. Give your hair mother's care and enjoy naturally beautiful, re-growing coiffure.

Stay groomed, team


Top Mens Fragrances Colognes and EDT

The world of Italian colognes for men is abundant with well known brands of mens fragrances. They are spoken in the media and familiar to anyone who likes to invest in charming European scents. However, there is one brand that does not fit the mass market of mens grooming. It is Mondial 1908 - traditional Italian cologne made to sophisticate the man without screaming big names.

For over a century, since the little artisan workshop was set in Florence, four family generations have been passionately creating shaving masterpieces in authentic barber traditions with undoubted commitment to top quality. Mondial 1908 collection of fragrances evolved from highly popular luxury mens shaving brushes and razors, which had been commissioned by Mondial 1908 for the world's most prestigious shaving brands. Addition of Mondial luxury mens perfumes has gone through the same meticulous research, refinement and collaboration with the most renowned Italian perfumerists, to delight men with classic scents.

Mondial 1908 collection of mens fragrances is a celebration of masculinity, timelessness, style and handsomeness. It is designed for the man of great taste who likes subtle yet beautifully orchestrated scents that highlight his individuality. The man who appreciates artisanal craftsmanship and enjoys the best things in life. The man who wants to find his unique scent that blends with his lifestyle. To help him have the right fragrance for every mood or occasion, Mondial 1908 has developed 5 mens fragrances inspired by elegance, wisdom and enchantment.

Antica Barberia Cologne

Top Mens Fragrances Colognes and EDT

Fresh, vibrant and above all a high class Italian perfume for men. The intriguing and sparkling fragrance ”Original Citrus” mixed with deep woody notes adds its distinctive and resolute feature. It opens with handsomely masculine Lemon & Bergamot that blend beautifully with Sandalwood, Cedar and Vetiver creating a real masterpiece among the best mens colognes the world has seen.

N.908 Homme Eau de Toilette

Luxury Italian Brand of Mens Perfumes

Timeless, classic and refined perfume with a resolute character and great charm. Its long-lasting fragrance opens with fresh citrus head notes and is grounded with a masculine base of precious woods and musk. Elegant and lingering eau de toilette ideally suits men who value the best things in life.

Axolute Homme Eau de Toilette

Best Italian Colognes and EDT for Men

Fresh and spicy mens perfume with a classy Mediterranean character that's suited to year-round wear. Unique combination of fresh citrus and bergamot notes intoxicates with a lingering mix of spices and precious woods, such as vetiver and cedar. Perfect fragrance for a man who appreciates a unique Italian perfume that is masculine, unique and seductive.

Nobilis Cologne Suprema

Mens Colognes and Fragrances Made in Italy

Signature mens fragrance from Mondial 1908 collection of the world's most luxurious scents. Freshness of citruses harmonises wisely with precious woods, and a spicy note of black pepper enhances its perpetual nobility. Formulated with well-balanced aromatic combination, Nobilis cologne lingers long after it leaves the bottle and adds a warm and refreshing note to boost your appearance during the day.

Florence Cologne Suprema

Mens Perfume Colognes and EDT

Italian heritage brand Mondial embodies the timeless charm of the ever-beautiful city of Florence in this iconic mens fragrance. Just like Florence is a mastership of the human craftsmanship, so is the Florence Cologne with its luxury formulation of fresh and spiced scent grounded in splendid amber tones.

With undoubtedly supreme masculine character, Florence cologne opens with a burst of Citrus and Bergamot revealing pleasant heart notes of Cedar, Ginger and Allspices. Cypress and Sandalwood add to the mix and create a long lasting vibrant fragrance with a romantic grace.

Every scent is masterfully translated to the complete collection of luxury mens shaving gear, including after shave lotion sprays, pre shave creams and after shave gels, shower gels and hand soaps. Check our website to see the whole collection and choose yours to complete your presentation.

Stay groomed, team


Xmas Gifts For Men

Christmas is around the corner and if your shopping list involves high quality Christmas gifts, then this article is for you. 

Today we'll talk about a very important aspect of mens grooming – mens fingers & toes. And we'll discuss what you need to look for in the best manicure and pedicure set for men. So get ready for a few useful tips that will help you pick the best Christmas gift for your husband, son, grandson or friend.

No secret that mens' nail care often requires strong, reliable nail cutters capable of trimming thick and tough mens nails easily. Nail clippers, nail nippers, nail scissors – whichever tool you choose, it needs to be up for the job. And it needs to last.
Let's talk about what makes the best manicure and pedicure tool that will delight and keep your nails in tip top shape.


Quality of nail cutters is described as a function of sharpness, precision and durability. Steel quality, high Rockwell number responsible for steel hardness, number of grinding steps and manual craftsmanship define a high quality nail instrument. The harder the steel, the longer the cutting edge retains its sharpness.

To keep things simple, the best nail instruments are made of hot-forged steel which is a ultra strong, or hard grade of steel.

Manicure and pedicure tools made of hot forged steel are the most durable because they stay sharp for decades, or even a lifetime, without any need of sharpening. 

So if you want the manicure set delight with exceptional sharpness and precision for many years ahead, choose high quality manicure and pedicure sets made of hot forged steel. They go through multiple-step precision grinding process and hand sharpened, to ensure long and trouble-free service. 

Traditionally, the best manicure & pedicure sets have been made in Solingen (Germany). It is a small city in Western Germany with abundant forestry, river sand and water resources which attracted Europe's blacksmiths since the 14th century.


Mens hands are generally larger and require comfortable tools that give maximum control when cutting fingernails and toenails. There is little pleasure in holding a nail cutter if its handles are too short, poorly designed and hurt the palm. 

Choose large nail clippers, nail nippers and nail cutters that are ergonomically designed to suit mens hands. Not only they are comfortable to hold, they also give the best precision when manoeuvring around the fingers or toes, making nail care a pleasant chore.

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Stainless vs Non-Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has an obvious benefit: it stains less. It is particularly important if you live or travel in a humid climate. If you tend to leave your tools on the bathroom bench, or if you are in certain areas with humidity above average, then the safest choice for you is a manicure set made of stainless steel.

Stainless steel manicure & pedicure tools are also a go-go if you have fungal nails, because they can be easily and frequently disinfected without any risk of corrosion.

Having said that, if you are diligent in wiping your tools after use and keeping them away from moist, you'll enjoy non-stainless tools for many years without any issue. For example, high quality Solingen nail clippers made of nickel-plated steel.

Manicure & Pedicure Sets For Men

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There are manicure sets for men with nail instruments for fingernails only, and there are complete manicure sets to take care of your fingernails and toenails at the same time. If you are looking for a stunning Xmas gift, Father's Day Gift or Birthday present, the safest option is to choose a complete manicure set comprised of manicure & pedicure instruments.

This way, he will have a good choice of instruments to use, and all his nail care needs will be covered with one convenient set.

If you are looking for a gift for a man who is a frequent traveller, then compact and lightweight manicure sets would be a great choice, always welcome in his luggage bag.


Well known brands of manicure and pedicure sets present their instruments in genuine leather cases. From simple and practical, to something more sophisticated – a leather case is the indicator of high quality instruments that are made for a long lasting service. 

Check our collection of high quality German manicure and pedicure sets for men in classic leather cases. And if you have any questions, email us

Choosing the best Christmas gift for him is a very important task, and we would be delighted to make suggestions so you delight your loved one with a special gift.

Stay groomed, team

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High Quality Mens Manicue & Pedicure Sets

Let’s talk straight guys – we often reach for the easiest solution, whether it’s our partner’s nail clippers or the scissors that are made for trimming anything else but strong mens nails. Result – overgrown, even unsightly toes and fingers that certainly don’t represent who we are.

The truth is we are so much used to poorly made nail clippers and cutters that we put up with whatever is there in the drawer or on the shop shelf. The good thing is – your nails deserve the best nail care with high quality nail tools. And these tools do exist!

In this article we talk about how to choose sharp nail cutters for men that work on tough and thick nails. And last without re-sharpening for many years.

So what makes the best nail instruments for mens manicure and pedicure?

As with anything, Quality determines how well and for how long your tool will work. Quality of the steel, forging process, quality of the mould – all play a big (and we mean it) role in how good the tool will turn out.

In simple words, the best tools (such as nail clippers for men, nail scissors or toenail cutters) are made of hot forged steel. Heat treatment under extreme temperatures changes steel molecular structure. This advanced way of tempering makes steel ultra strong, so it retains the cutting edge for decades without any maintenance. So if you want the clipper to easily trim strong mens nails, invest in a high quality piece made of hot forged steel.

Need to trim very thick toenails? Buy professional podiatry clippers.

Men generally have thicker and tougher nails, and there are specialised heavy duty pedicure tools that are specially designed to trim very thick nails. For example, ZOHL Nail Nipper for Very Thick Toenails has opening of approximately 1cm and is a typical podiatry tool you’d find in a podiatrist’s room. No matter how thick your nails are, it works brilliantly and trims nails smoothly thanks to reinforced design and strong double spring.

It takes 2 to tango: Sharpness and Durability. Do they co-exist?

Yes, if you are prepared to invest in the best quality nail instruments. Traditionally, German manicure tools have been highly regarded by nail experts for their enduring sharpness and great precision. German metal engineering takes care of every detail in the manicure implement, with sharpness of the blade manually tested. So if you want sharp blades that stay sharp for a very long time, then look for premium German manicure brands, like ZOHL. Its SHARPtec® nail instruments are crafted by hand from surgical stainless steel and boast long lasting sharpness of the blades. It means that your nail clipper or scissors will give you a lifetime service and delight with a clean cut, time after time.

Do not hide your toes – buy high quality nail grooming sets for men that can be used on fingernail and toenails.

The smart way to buy a good manicure set is to look for nail instruments that can give excellent service for mens manicure and pedicure at the same time. Since mens nails are generally large, most tools (if they are truly high quality nail tools) will work perfectly on your hands and feet. A good pair of nail clippers, like German nail clippers SHARPtec by ZOHL, work great for trimming fingernails and toenails.

If you are a clipper type person, look for the sets that include these. If your preference is traditional nail scissors, then look for manicure sets with 1 or 2 pairs of nail scissors. Either way, it is worth to do your research or ask yourself which instruments you are likely to use for your nail care. At the end of the day, what you want is to have the tools you regularly used rather than them sitting in the set untouched.

Choose stainless steel manicure sets if you tend to have fungal nails, or if you share your nail tools with someone else.

Professional manicure and pedicure instruments are typically made of rust proof stainless steel. Stainless means it “stains less”. It is resistant to most common disinfectants and professional autoclaving, hence maintaining your tools in between use is easy and helps stop fungi or bacteria spread. Check stainless steel manicure and pedicure sets for men in the ZOHL collection of luxury German nail sets.

These sets have the highest quality German nail instruments in one convenient set so your nail care is easy and hassle-free. And the great thing they last because they are made of super strong hot forged steel that keeps the blades sharp for decades without any need of sharpening.


Stay groomed, team


Best Razor blades for shaving

The Best Safety Razor Blades – How Are They Made?

These days soccer fans all over the world are closely following FIFA 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia. While there is a lot of beer being drunk and rocking sounds of vuvuzellas fill the green fields, we decided to talk about a very famous Russian shaving brand of shaving razor blades which makes an indispensable part of daily grooming of many traditional wet shavers.

RAPIRA Blades – the best double edge razor blades as admitted by shaving enthusiasts and professional barbers all over the globe. And not without a reason.

For over 110 years, Russian shaving razor blades RAPIRA have been expertly made in the Russian capital – Moscow, and until today all manufacturing stages of original RAPIRA blades are carried in the same factory located along the Setun river in the western suburbs of Moscow outskirts. The core value of the company's management is Top quality, despite of challenges brought by political changes following the collapse of the Soviet era and subsequent sale of the leading state company to private investors.

RAPIRA razor blades for safety razors are made of high quality stainless steel to ensure the razors you buy meet the requirements of the highest quality razor blades. Three-level sharpening and 23-degrees angle of the cutting edge help achieve the most optimal cutting of the hair. Just 0.1mm thick and 22.4mm wide, the blade must be precisely molded to allow the best shaving results.

After the molds are cut, the blade tape goes through forging. Hardening is preceded by extensive cooling at extremely low temperatures below -50C.

Next comes sharpening which is meticulously done through multiple precision steps. The final polishing is performed by real leather abrasives to give the sharp point required for a clean shave.

The blade tape is then cut into individual blades, cleaned and ready for the final treatment of the cutting edge – the most important factor that determines the comfort and safety of the blade.

RAPIRA blades are proudly manufactured in a variety of options to suit different beard types and double edge razors. Thus, you will find Rapira DE blades with teflon, chrome, platinum coating, or combination of these elements. For example, chrome makes the blade more rust resistant and durable, while teflon slightly reduces the sharpness of the edge making it the best razor blade for beginners in traditional wet shaving.

Russian blades RAPIRA are very high, hard to find quality. No wonder there are many fakes that imitate original Russian blades. Yet, they are unable to imitate the shaving result achieved with the RAPIRA blade, whether Voskhod, Platinum Lux, Super Stainless or Ladas. Every one of these blades is meticulously sharpened and will delight with a very close and clean shave.

Our website sells only original Russian blades so when you buy yours, rest assured you are investing in a great shaving experience with very high quality shaving blades. 

Lastly, to decide which blade to choose, try our Double Edge blade sampler packs. As many wet shaving experts admit, this is the best way to choose the right blade which will work on your beard, suit your style and razor. Once you know "the one", you can continue buying in bulk and save money.

As always, stay groomed and enjoy the festive soccer season! team


What Makes The Best Shaving Bag?

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Luxury Shaving Bags For Men

Let’s talk straight. The best shaving bags are those you can trust will keep your shaving gear well in place and protect your luggage from spills when on travels. While many aspiring men’s brands offer synthetic shaving bags, the truth remains: for centuries, high quality shaving bags have been made of real leather. Breathability, durability and luxury look associated with leather are all important attributes of accessories for men of good taste. 

Today, we talk about what makes the best leather shaving bag. What to look for in the myriads of men’s toiletry bags? Let’s get down to business.


Leather shaving bags for men offer top notch quality and long lasting accessory that should outlast their travels with proper care. Even with ever-changing technologies and emerging new materials, traditional leather bags never go out of fashion and remain a handsome accessory for every man. It’s a timeless luxury and no wonder leather goods for men remain the mainstream among the most sought-after gifts. 

However, every leather grade has its own characteristics. 

Many of us firmly believe that genuine leather is the label of the highest quality. While leather goods indeed offer superior durability, in fact Genuine Leather is considered the third grade of quality, preceded by Full Grain Leather and Top Grain Leather.

The first two grades come from the upper layers of the cow skin and feature distinctive graining pattern. These grades of leather boast maximum durability and is usually more robust than lower layers. These leathers are usually used for saddle seats, handbags and robust leather products where sturdiness is required.

Genuine leather grade is obtained after cutting the top layers and flesh. It is slightly thinner and easier to work with. Genuine leather toiletry bags are very popular for their ability to keep the shape and softness associated with high quality leather goods.


The bag should be smart as well as beautiful. Smart design means that you are able to store your grooming gear without taking much space in your luggage bag or bathroom drawer.

Well thought compartments, a variety of zippered and sleeve pockets will ensure you fit everything you need and organise your items for a quick reach while avoiding unnecessary damage or scratching of the contents inside. 

 Spill-Proof Lining

Leather shaving bags for men are made to carry your shaving essentials, yet the last thing you want is to have the cream or lotion spilled inside your luggage bag. To avoid this, washable lining is the solution.

Shaving bags with synthetic lining (often matching the leather on the outside) are easy to wipe when needed and keep the residues of the spill inside the bag. So if you care about protecting your luggage from unpleasant spills of your toiletries, always look for shaving bags with synthetic lining on the inside. 

Made in Germany

“Made in Germany” is the label of trusted quality that will give you long lasting service. No wonder Germany has been the world's hub of the high tech, durable and reliable solutions in many industries. Hans Kniebes and ZOHL leather shaving bags are hand crafted in Germany from the finest of leathers and will secure your shaving gear no matter where life journey brings you next. Straight lines, high quality, carefully selected leather combined with spacious design, German mens toiletry bags are sure to delight and make a perfect gift for a man on any occasion. 


Choose yours from our luxury collection of high quality leather shaving bags.

Stay groomed, team 

Shaving Bags



quality shaving brush handles

Choosing the best shaving brush can be a journey in itself because there is much to consider – Bristle Types, Size. Today, we talk about another important aspect of a shaving brush – the Handle.

Take these same considerations into account when selecting your handle.

How Shaving Brush is Used

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Those who lather on their face may hold the brush differently to those who bowl lather. In addition, you may have a personal preference to a type of grip and would prefer something longer or shorter. 

Salon vs Home 

Barber shave brushes

Professional barber shaving brushes feature longer handles for optimal handling and control. Having said that, larger handles may be an ideal fit if your palms are naturally large. 

Handle Weight

Heavier handles feel like a hefty, masculine precision-built tool made to give you a perfect balance and highlight premium aesthetics. More refined brushes usually come with solid handles, featuring premium materials or bristles. But it is not always the case. To keep the price more affordable, even premium silvertip badger brushes come with handles made of more economical material.

Handle Material

The handles of shaving brushes are meant to be balanced, to fit comfortably in your hand, and have a solid grip.
A wide variety of materials is used for handles. The most common are metal, wood and synthetic.

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Metal handles are often made of brass and are subsequently plated with chrome or nickel to increase their durability. Chrome shines brightly while nickel appears somewhat darker and warmer. Aluminum, on the other hand, is anodized to harden the surface and to increase its resistance to water and scratching.

The wooden handles can be made of all kind of wood types such as Olive wood (often chosen for its warm, natural tones) or more exotic African Black wood Wenge (highly water resistant by nature with distinctive black veins).

Premium shaving brushes often come with a combination of metal and wood. Wood adds the natural touch of luxury while metal adds weight for a perfect fit in the palm. These brushes are often constructed with premium badger bristles, such as Silvertip, Super or Best badger. (read more about Different Bristle Types)

Synthetic handles are often made of plastic or solid resin for a better grip. Traditionally, more economical brushes come with light plastic handles whereas more luxurious shaving brushes come with precious handles made of high quality moisture protective resin or wood handles. 

As you continue your wet shaving journey, you would be able to identify the materials that work for you and those that don’t. As with anything in wet shaving, personal preference is the key. So don't be afraid to experiment to find the best shaving brush that suits your shaving style.

Stay groomed, team


High quality shaving brushes how to choose one

We continue the series of guides about the best brushes for beginners in traditional wet shaving. Today, we will talk about diferent features of the shaving brush:

  • Loft
  • Knot
  • Overall height
  • Bloom


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The loft is the length of the actual hair from the height from the base to the tip of the bristles, or bristle’s length.

Longer lofts will provide a wider splay whereas shorter lofts offer more control in smaller areas, like moustache area.


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The knot (or the diameter of the knot base where the bristles are tied together) is an indication of the amount of hair packed into the handle.

By the way, the knot dimension can be a little sketchy because hair can be packed in tightly or loosely. Also, handmade knots are much denser so keep this in mind when comparing measurements.

Many beginners prefer shaving brushes with 50mm lofts and 20mm knots because they offer more control and precision. Others opt for larger brushes that tend to work better lathering large areas more quickly. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference, though the big diameter knot brushes with a high loft are generally softer and more expensive than the smaller brushes.

Bristle Bloom

High quality shaving brushes traditional wet shaving Italy A brush’s bloom indicates the way the bristles fall when held upright. Usually, badger brushes are softer and will give a full bloom when looked at side-on. Alternatively, coarser boar brushes will have a narrow bloom as the bristles stand on their ends.

A brush’s bloom can be used to indicate its quality but it also comes down to personal preference. If you want a thicker brush that exfoliates the skin, then narrower blooms are the best choice.

However, if you’re looking for something wide and soft, then look at larger blooms instead.

Overall Height

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The handles of shaving brushes are meant to be balanced, to fit comfortably in your hand, and have a solid grip. Their size is factored in to determine the overall height of the brush.

Measuring the distance from the palm of your hand to the pad of your thumb may give you a good indication of the maximum length of the handle.

And remember: Hand made shave brushes tend to shed much less hair than those made by a machine. Hence, having a high quality shaving brush in your collection is a worthy investment and will result in a longer and more reliable service over the years.

Stay groomed, team


High Quality Shaving Brushes For Beginners

Recently, we introduced our guide to The Best Razors for Beginners, but there is another grooming tool that is just as important – the shaving brush. Whether you are just starting your journey into the wet shaving world, or stepping up from shaving foams, having the best shaving brush to suit your beard type and shaving style is paramount to a well shaved look. 

Experienced wet shavers say that once you use a shaving brush, you will never go back. It generates a rich and warm lather by whipping air into shaving cream or soap. Rich lather is important because it protects the skin from the blade stress and creates lubrication. Also, the gentle friction of the bristles helps soften the beard and open the pores. This lifts the whiskers off the face and prepares them for the blade.

The shaving brush is also ideal for ensuring adequate moisture to the face when shaving: it captures and transports the moisture from the sink, through the bristles to your skin and beard. This is a far more efficient method of wetting your skin than cupping water in your hands and bringing it to your face when shaving, which is what you have to do without a brush. Finally, the brush provides gentle exfoliation and removes dead cells, something that fingers alone cannot do.

To create a masterpiece, traditional manufacturers like Mondial Shaving 1908 (Italy) blend the science with the finest materials. Mondial 1908 shaving brushes therefore represent the pinnacle in Italian shaving that is passionately passed from father to son through four generations.

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In this article, we will look at the most popular shaving brushes for beginners who are starting traditional wet shaving.

Badger Brushes

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Badger brushes offer a luxurious shave thanks to flexible, water absorbent bristles known for being particularly soft against the skin. 

Badgers are nocturnal mammals found in various part of the world and known for their burrowing ability. They have short legs and flattish body covered in long silvery hair.

 Responsible manufacturers, like Mondial Shaving 1908, obtain badger bristles as bi-products of the food industry to make sure animals do not get killed for the sake of making shaving brushes.

Badger bristles classification

The benefit of badger brushes is they are highly absorbent therefore, able to create a rich lather from any shaving soap or cream. The value and durability of the badger shaving brush depends on the grade of hair used:


Silvertip badger shaving brush handmade by Mondial 1908 Italy

Silvertip is the best, rare and the most expensive grade of badger hair.

Obtained from the badger neck, Silver tip hairs are distinguished by the softest, whitest bristles that give your skin a silky touch like a soft sponge that massages the lather on to the face.

Silver tip badger brushes contain natural untrimmed hair whose tips appear white naturally, without the use of bleaching or any other processes.

The pure and distinctive colouring of each silvertip shaving brush is enhanced carefully by the hand grading. Due to their extreme water retention capacity, a Silvertip badger brush can create an all-round well-formed shaving lather quickly and easily. 

Super Badger 

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Super Badger brush feels very soft on the face and has little to no scratchiness on the skin.

Super Badger bristles come from the upper side of the badger and boast exceptional density and water holding capacity. Super Badger brush is ideal for men with sensitive skin. 

Best Badger

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Best Badger brushes are created using bristles picked from the underside of the animal. They are firmer and great for tougher, heavier beards.

Best Badger brushes ideally are suited for men who do not like soft brushes and prefer a stiffer badger bristle to raise the whiskers.

Pure Badger 

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Pure Badger is the most economy grade of badger brushes and therefore, the least expensive of the four grades. The hairs are more flexible than boar bristles and usually coarser in texture than higher grade badger hair.

Their stable quality will perform well for wet shavers who like a massaging effect while preparing to shave.

Boar Brushes 

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The bristles taken from boars are harder than badger hair and are at first very coarse. The courser texture of the bristles makes it very useful for lathering soaps well because of its ability to agitate the surface of the soap very easily. Over time, the tips of the bristles will soften a bit and feel a bit more broken in, but still stay firm enough for exfoliation and great lathering.


Synthetic Brushes

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Free from animal hairs, synthetic brushes mimic lathering qualities of Silvertip badger brushes. Longer durability and faster drying makes them an ideal brush for travelling.

Synthetic shave brushes feel very soft on the face and they react well to harsh treatment such as splaying when lathering up.

If you are looking for the best shaving brush for beginners, you do not necessarily need to have to purchase a labeled "beginner's brush". Many men prefer to start with boar or synthetic brushes and gradually upgrade to badger brushes. Read more about Shaving Brush Characteristics, Shaving Brush Handles and Shaving Brush Mantenance to help you choose the best shaving brush for beginners. 

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Christmas Gifts For Men Christmas Gift Ideas For Men Mens Gifts

Need inspiration for the best Christmas gifts for men who have everything? Then choose premium quality mens grooming gear that will make his shaving & personal care a pleasant chore. Whether it's high quality mens manicure and pedicure sets, luxury mens colognes, shaving gift sets or leather shaving bags, give him the best gift and he will be forever grateful for making his grooming routine an easy one.

We've put together a fantastic collection of luxury Christmas gifts for men who like the best things in life and high quality grooming tools hand made by Mondial (Italy) Niegeloh (Germany) and Sonnenschein (Germany). If you have a husband, boyfriend, son, brother or any other man in your life, explore our Christmas gift ideas for men and select the gift that will be his favourite companion to look his best anywhere life journey brings him next.

Mens Shaving Gift Packs

Mondial 1908 has been a traditional Italian brand renowned for the finest mens shaving and grooming products since 1908. Established in Florence, Italy, Mondial shaving gift kits are infused with the best possible quality for mens shaving and skin restoration after the stress of a shaver. It's a luxury gift for every man who has seen it all yet prefers the world's best shaving tools for the perfect shave he ever had.

Christmas Gifts For Men Christmas Gift Ideas For Men Mens Gifts

High class Italian shaving gift set for men will please the gent of good taste with classic and handsome mens fragrance featuring fresh Citrus with warm Cedar and Musky woods.

Includes the highest quality Pre Shave Cream, Natural Shaving Cream and Aftershave Lotion Splash composed to give the best possible shave and lingering aftershave scent in a truly gentleman's style.

Mondial 1908 Men's Shaving Gift Set (Italy)  

Christmas Gifts For Men Christmas Gift Ideas For Men Mens Gifts

Perfect Christmas gift for a man who likes to use the best quality shaving products on his skin.

Complete with natural Pure Badger Shaving brush, matching Brush Stand, Shaving Razor Mach3 and Natural Shaving Cream, this set makes a perfect Christmas gift for a man of good taste.

Mondial 1908 Shaving Gift Pack (Italy)

Mens Manicure Pedicure Sets Solingen Germany

Among the best manicure and pedicure sets for men, Niegeloh leather set (Solingen, Germany) tops the list.

Made of strong rust proof stainless steel TopInox, they stay sharp for decades without any need of sharpening. Included are manicure scissors, ear & nose safety scissors, fingernail & toenail clippers, tweezers, durable sapphire nail file and nail nipper ideal for thicker toenails. All housed in a luxury leather case with a magnetic closure. 

Niegeloh Solingen Mens Manicure Pedicure Set (Germany)

Italian Mens Cologne Antica Barberia by Mondial 1908

High end mens fragrance as it used to be in the old Italian barbershops – masculine, lingering and irresistibly handsome.

With a classic and invigorating mixture of citrus and woods, this is a fantastic Christmas gift idea for a man who likes timeless mens colognes re-worked in a modern way.

Antica Barberia Mens Cologne (Italy)

Leather Shaving Bag For Men Christmas Gifts For Men

Premium mens shaving bag is hand made in Germany to please the man with the best quality cowhide and smart design.

Carefully sourced from the finest German tanneries, classic black leather boasts high durability resistant to wear and makes a reliable companion for the frequent traveller.

Large size neatly houses all shaving gear, while washable lining makes the luggage spill-proof.

Sonnemnschein Shaving Bag 100% Leather (Germany)

Shop our choices for the best men’s Christmas gift ideas! And contact us if you need any information. We are happy to assist with suggestions and additional infoirmation about any of our products.

Merry Christmas!

Executive Grooming team

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