05-13-2012, 03:31 PM
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  • Teiste
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Thanks to a good friend from Spain (thanks mate) I had the chance to test this synthetic shaving brush sold by L'occitane Cade stores.

[Image: P1240137.JPG?m=1336947983]

This is basically a travel brush and it has 3 sections,as we can see in the pics.

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This brush has a handy size,and thats all good that I can say about it...

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Its bristles are so rough both dry and wet that I would easily confused it with a boar brush.

Its basically impossible to use this brush with circular movements on the face,unless that you want a super serious peeling or loose your skin.With lateral movements is better,but really scritchy...

[Image: P1240140.JPG?m=1336947999]

Water retention: Does it hold water sufficiently enough?

No at all,almost doesnt retains water.Terrible in this side too.

Loading: Does it pick up soaps and creams easily?

Yes,it does,specially with hard soaps,but having those rough bristles,it was expected.

Lather: Does it built and apply lather well?

In bowl,yes,it makes quick lather,but you have to add more water like two or three times.
In the face or in the palm on the hand is so uncomfortable to use,specially with circular movements.

Application: Does it allow for a soft/smooth/effective application of lather to the skin.

No,either with circular or lateral movements.

Quality feel: Does the synthetic brush have the “quality” feel against the skin? Would it pass a blindfold test against naturals?

No way!Light years away than the new Muhle Silvertip or Black Fibre brushes.It can be confused with a boar which tips ends have been cut off...

Appearance: Is the look of the brush attractive?

The handle is,the bristles no (at least for me).

This is not a cheap brush : it cost 30 dollars on the Loccitane Cade stores.Honestly,The Body Shop synthetic brush is much better and cost half the price,and if I compare it with the Frank Shaving synthetic,the sense of ripped off is even bigger...

Please,stay away from this brush and save your money.

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 05-13-2012, 03:47 PM
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(05-13-2012, 03:31 PM)Teiste Wrote:
[Image: P1240136.JPG?m=1336947932]

Thanks to a good friend from Spain (thanks mate) I had the chance to test this synthetic shaving brush sold by L'occitane Cade stores.

[Image: P1240137.JPG?m=1336947983]

This is basically a travel brush and it has 3 sections,as we can see in the pics.

[Image: P1240138.JPG?m=1336947976]

This brush has a handy size,and thats all good that I can say about it...

[Image: P1240139.JPG?m=1336947983]

Its bristles are so rough both dry and wet that I would easily confused it with a boar brush.

Its basically impossible to use this brush with circular movements on the face,unless that you want a super serious peeling or loose your skin.With lateral movements is better,but really scritchy...

[Image: P1240140.JPG?m=1336947999]

Water retention: Does it hold water sufficiently enough?

No at all,almost doesnt retains water.Terrible in this side too.

Loading: Does it pick up soaps and creams easily?

Yes,it does,specially with hard soaps,but having those rough bristles,it was expected.

Lather: Does it built and apply lather well?

In bowl,yes,it makes quick lather,but you have to add more water like two or three times.
In the face or in the palm on the hand is so uncomfortable to use,specially with circular movements.

Application: Does it allow for a soft/smooth/effective application of lather to the skin.

No,either with circular or lateral movements.

Quality feel: Does the synthetic brush have the “quality” feel against the skin? Would it pass a blindfold test against naturals?

No way!Light years away than the new Muhle Silvertip or Black Fibre brushes.It can be confused with a boar which tips ends have been cut off...

Appearance: Is the look of the brush attractive?

The handle is,the bristles no (at least for me).

This is not a cheap brush : it cost 30 dollars on the Loccitane Cade stores.Honestly,The Body Shop synthetic brush is much better and cost half the price,and if I compare it with the Frank Shaving synthetic,the sense of ripped off is even bigger...

Please,stay away from this brush and save your money.

This is an old style nylon fiber from well before what we are seeing now. That technology has been around since the 1950s and really needs to go away. Synthetic fibers have come a long way from the straight white nylon only days.

What is the knot size on it? You know what I am thinking that you should do with that great brush case/handle! Biggrin

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 05-13-2012, 04:08 PM
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Thanks for the PSA Teiste!

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 05-13-2012, 04:51 PM
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  • Codfish
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Note to self: Scratch this one off my wish list! Tongue Teiste, thanks for the honest appraisal. It seems like a good idea executed poorly.

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 05-13-2012, 07:28 PM
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  • tgutc
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Thanks for the review. The container is really good idea that's to bad they screw it up.

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 05-13-2012, 08:45 PM
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Great review, Teiste!

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 05-13-2012, 11:06 PM
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I think I am not going to buy this indeed :-)

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 05-13-2012, 11:40 PM
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when I was in a l'occitane getting a puck of the cade I picked up the brushed. Thought it looked pretty good, but it wasn't marked for what the knot was made out of. the women working in the store, picked it out of my hand, opened it up and said it is made from synthetic fibers and is specially manufactured to provided a more pleasing experience than you would with a boar or badger hair brush.

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 05-14-2012, 02:48 AM
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  • ben74
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Like the container... Not the knot!

If you're after synthetic, I think you'd be better placed giving your money to Muhle.

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 05-14-2012, 05:30 AM
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  • TexBilly
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I've always admired the design of this brush but thought it was awfully rough when I've seen it in stores. Thanks, Teiste, for confirming my suspicions!

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 05-14-2012, 02:32 PM
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  • Teiste
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This is how it looks now :

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Time to get a badger hair knot for this handle.

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 05-14-2012, 02:39 PM
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That will bring a new live to that brush. Cool

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 05-15-2012, 04:44 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-14-2012, 02:39 PM)oversaturn Wrote: That will bring a new live to that brush. Cool

Agreed, build a better brush with badger!

I think saving the handle/container is worth the re-knot...

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 03-09-2016, 06:01 AM
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  • P911
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The old Travel brush had the white synthetic knot which was as hard as nails.  L'Occitane updated it to the badger coloured synthetic version, which was much better, but still to harsh for me - I use it for cleaning the keyboard on my mac.


A few bucks on eBay and a cup of boiling water later and I've replaced the knot with a Silvertip Bagder.   
It's now a superb traveling brush.

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 03-09-2016, 07:32 AM
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Good move P911.

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