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Ecotools: The new starter shaving brush

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I’m making the Ecotools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki brush my standard beginner brush recommendation, though it’s too bad you have to buy a pack of two (at $10.48, Amazon Prime). Still, the spare can be given to a buddy (for shaving) or a girlfriend/wife (for makeup). It is just a dynamtie little brush and the price of $5.24 is hard to beat.

Once again I got a terrific lather with the brush, and a lather with a special character—somewhat more stiffish than regular lather. Because the brush is so soft, you do have to load a little longer than you expect, but it does a make a fine lather and feels great on the skin. The lather today is from the superb Strop Shoppe Special Edition Teakwood, a soap you really should try.

Three smooth and easy light passes of the bakelite slant with an Astra Superior Platinum blade resulted in the usual BBS outcome I get with this razor, and a hearty splash of Saint Charles Shave Woods aftershave finished the shave in grand style.

In fact, I will now recommend you get everything in the photo and treat yourself well. The total cost is modest compared to the quality of the items. Do it to put some punch in your Thanksgiving.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 November 2012 at 7:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I dont think that the woods aftershave is still available


    16 November 2012 at 8:02 am

  2. Oh, rats. But she may simply be out. You can email to her and check for sure.


    16 November 2012 at 8:05 am

  3. Person behing Strop shoppe: He or She? Just curious.

    I myself am trying to order some of those, probably enter S.S.Club, but noone answers emails or PMs on B&B and I gave up after several tries…


    16 November 2012 at 9:55 am

  4. The person is a she, and she has a full-time job and a family with young children as well as a suddenly burgeoning soap business, so I imagine that she doesn’t have time to sign on B&B. I highly recommend that you place an order at her site, : very good soap. If you have a question about the soap, perhaps I can answer, so feel free to ask here.


    16 November 2012 at 10:10 am

  5. She is a bit swamped with lot of recent orders and as leisureguy pointed out, has a full daytime job and two young kids. I had to wait three weeks to get my order, but when I got it, Kali (the owner) had thrown in multiple free items to make up for the delay. Very nice person indeed.


    16 November 2012 at 10:10 am

  6. Actually, i have no doubt in LG taste, so I am sure soaps are wonderful. What I was interested in is a S.S. club, as I believe 100E shipped to EU for 12 soaps is a great deal and I was wondering if it was possible to choose next soap and if it is possible to pay a little extra to get some of them in Special edition…

    Oh well, will try to write again…

    Thank you gentlemen.


    16 November 2012 at 11:53 am

  7. Meh, I just signed and paid to S.S. Club, so looking forward to receive 12 soaps in next 12 months. I will work out the details later, artisans deserve to be supported.


    16 November 2012 at 12:09 pm

  8. I recently tried Stropshoppe Black Tie and London Morning and love them both. The scents are intoxicating and the soap builds a perfect lather. I was wondering if you have tried the Ecotools Kabuki retractable brush. It appears to be more of a powder brush, but at $8.50 I’m just wondering if it could make a good travel shave brush, as well.

    Christopher H.

    25 March 2013 at 4:32 pm

  9. I have not tried it, but someone on Wicked_Edge mentioned that he was getting one. My usual travel brush is a Simpson Wee Scot or their Case with its storage tube.


    25 March 2013 at 4:48 pm

  10. Ok. Well, maybe I will try one and post the results on Badger & Blade. I do have a Frank Shaving Pure in a chrome travel case, but just like any other wet shaving addict I’m always willing to try something new, especially if it might be an undiscovered bargain.

    Christopher H.

    25 March 2013 at 4:59 pm

  11. I have the Finishing Kabuki Brush by Ecotools, but I find it a little too thin/not dense enough for my tastes. But, I have another brush from Ecotools that works great. Actually, it is one of my favorite brushes, of which I have about 25 of, ranging from expensive Badger Silvertip brushes, to Boar brushes, and recently, I bought a nice Synthetic brush made by The Grooming Company. The Ecotools brush I use, and like over all my other brushes, is a ‘Domed Bronzer Brush.’ It has a 29 mm knot (they don’t call it that, of course) with a loft of 37 mm, and it is extremely soft •and• quite dense. The top of the brush, is somewhat flat rather than coming to a point as do some ‘bulb shaped’ knots. I found that this works nice for picking up soap from a puck, and it feels nice when applying the lather to my face. The handle is 4 inches long, including the metal ferule. I was able to take the wood part of the handle out, and I ‘turned’ it using a drill press, so it is easier to hold onto. I can’t say enough good things about this brush. It feels wonderful on my face when applying lather, and it makes it easy to work up a hardy, thick, jelly-like, moist lather. The Domed Bronzer Brush by Ecotools is easy to find in the Cosmetic sections of many stores, like Walgreens, or my local Pick ‘n Save Grocery Store. It only costs around $10, and I must say, it puts my other brushes to shame as well as it works. The Grooming Company Brush that I recently acquired seems to have identical hairs as the Domed Bronzer (as far as how they look, feel, and function), but the hairs are not packed as densely as the Domed Bronzer, and they are about 17 mm longer (the hairs in The Grooming Company Brush). I like the Grooming Company brush just fine, and think they did a good job of making it, but the Ecotools Domed Bronzer works better and feels better when applying lather to my face. So, even though it’s a ‘makeup brush’, I will use the Domed Bronzer over the Grooming Company brush, and any other brush for that matter, any day of the week. The Ecotools Domed Bronzer is just an amazing brush! Try it, and see what I mean.

    Kenneth T. Bruseth

    13 September 2014 at 2:11 pm

  12. Good to know. Thanks.


    13 September 2014 at 2:45 pm

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