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    Synthetic brushes dry real fast because the plastic bristles don't really absorb the water in the first place and they come with a neat container that matches the brush. What do you think is the best one out there?

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    Read this : Cheap travel shaving brush

    Then L'Occitane Travel Brush $28 :

    Whips shaving cream or shaving soap into a copious lather. Synthetic bristles lift beard off of skin, to allow for the closest shave. Aluminum handle.
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    I saw it on sale for about 9.99 a while ago, too bad it was sold out...

    It doesn't have to be the cheapest or smallest, but it should be very good at the one thing it should do - make good lather. The fast drying bristles and matching case are just a bonus.


    If it helps any, I'm using an EJ small synthetic ivory travel brush. It's on par with any other brush in terms of making a decent lather but it's still limited by it's physical properties - the fact that it's made out of plastic. The bristles in general aren't as soft as a badgers' (even though the tips of mine are soft) and they don't really absorb water, it just sort of carries it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verdict View Post
    I saw it on sale for about 9.99 a while ago, too bad it was sold out...

    It doesn't have to be the cheapest or smallest, but it should be very good at the one thing it should do - make good lather. The fast drying bristles and matching case are just a bonus.


    If it helps any, I'm using an EJ small synthetic ivory travel brush. It's on par with any other brush in terms of making a decent lather but it's still limited by it's physical properties - the fact that it's made out of plastic. The bristles in general aren't as soft as a badgers' (even though the tips of mine are soft) and they don't really absorb water, it just sort of carries it.
    $9.99 is still too much to pay for that brush. I personally can't stand it.

    The Body Shop's synthetic brush is inexpensive, readily available and works. It's a little different to lather than your average badger or boar, but I found it works really well face lathering. More details here.
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    i would think the body shop synthetic or a nice EJ would be a good way to go. i've heard BAD things about the l'occitane brush
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    I have an Omega synthetic brush. Even though it's not "travel-centric" brush, it does come with a stand and container than can be used for traveling.

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    I have been considering a synthetic brush for travel as well. I think the Edwin Jagger Chatsworth looks nice, but kind of pricey.

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    For year s I have been using a C&E travel brush that is badger. I always pack it away while it is still damp on the last day of the trip and sometimes forget to remove it from the tube when I return. I've never had a funk develop in that brush because of that.
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    I like the Omega Syntex. It is only 8 to 10 dollars and I use mine almost everyday, both out of a mug and face. All of the other synthetic brushes in that price range aren't as good in my opinion (not as dense, too scratchy, etc), and the ones a level up may be too expensive for this purpose. There is also a 'pro loft' version if you wanted it a bit bigger.

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    I have the Omega Lucretia Borgia - paid 33 bucks for it from Phil @ bullgoose.

    It dries fast (but not immediately) and it does a great job face lathering the shave sticks I like to use ( Valobra, Speik, QED ) when traveling.

    The Omega brushes come in their own carrying tube with a stand. I drilled some extra holes in mine for more airflow.

    I rarely use it when I'm at home.

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    I've got one from TGN that is excellent. It's not my favorite brush, but it dries out quickly, can be ABUSED and take it all, and it's a full size brush that can take being compressed

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