Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Best brushes for men

If you are a man or a lady thinking about purchasing for your man you do not have time to search through pages and pages of what might be the best brushes for men. And of course you are not interested in combs otherwise you would have inquired about best combs that and not the best brushes. Therefore no combs are listed below unless they come included in a kit with the brush. There are a few vent style brushes included but for a more in-depth write-up see my article entitled "Vented Brushes". I have done all the work for you and rounded up the best and explained why they are the best brushes. Take a look.

Best brushes for men
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The ultimate list of best brushes for men

Here are 30 of the best brushes for men. Starting out with the most expensive and going down the list to the least costly. These are some of the best you can buy as of this writing.
  1. Torino Pro Wave Brush #820 By Brush King - $199.00
  2. 1 Torino Pro Wave Brush #820 By Brush King
    1. This is a palm waving brush.
    2. The Torino Pro #820 is the most firm of all medium square palms. 
    3. The TP820 is a true brush of medium texture. 
    4. This is the ultimate workhorse that is great for all wave stages. 
    5. Great for vertical brushing, too. 
    6. And what I like the most is you can count on Brush King to use 100 percent medium boar; no nylon bristles. 
    7. The TP820 is not for long hair
    8. This brush should last many many years or even a lifetime. 
  3. Kent OS11 Dual Timber Rectangular Club Hair Brush - $136.00
  4. 2 Kent OS11 Dual Timber Rectangular Club Hair Brush
    1. What I like about it is that it is a dual timber grooming brush with a beautiful satin wood back and a beech wood base. Gloss paint is sprayed to accentuate natural grains on the handle. It is filled with pure white ultra soft boar bristle, ideal for men with fine or thinning hair. 
    2. Makes a great gift for all men regardless of age and comes with a beautiful presentation box.
    3. Completely manufactured in England and hand polished that is why it is more expensive. You basically paying for 200 years of expertise. The workmanship is superb and it could almost be a work of art.
    4. The brush comes in a nice presentation box and underneath the box liner is a cleaning and maintenance manual. By following the instructions you will insure your brush will last a lifetime.
    5. Kent was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production recognized by the granting of royal warrants for nine reigns. The Kent family continued to run the company for six generations until the last of the three Kent brothers passed away in 1932.
    6. A new chapter was then opened in the long history of Kent, and since that time the company has been under the direction of the family. Today, with his wife, son and one of his three daughters working for the business, mar Alan hall cozy, grandson to Eric cozy is the managing director and chairman. The company headquarters moved from London to their existing factory in Aspley, Hertfordshire on February 6, 1984, and remains there to this day. The company continues to retain the craftsmanship and unprecedented quality that is the reputation of Kent.   
  5. Kent - Gentleman's Hairbrush Model No. MG3 - $58.00
  6. 3 Kent - Gentleman's Hairbrush Model No MG3
    1. This is a medium very comfortable brush to use.
    2. Please note this isn't a styling brush. Boar bristles on this particular brush are to be used as a gentle natural cleaning agent as they rub against your hair shafts. They also gently distribute the natural oils in your hair to create a beautiful natural shine. When brushing with boar bristles, hair should always be dry. Your hair while wet is at it's weakest point and can be damaged easily. In addition, since this is a wood brush it's not made to get wet or soak in water for long periods of time. This will ruin your brush. For wet hair and when styling with gels, use a comb or plastic nylon bristles that are impervious to moisture. Synthetic based bristles and synthetic plastic brushes work well.
    3. A good way to clean your brush is to begin by removing loose hair from the tufts regularly by inserting a Kent hair brush cleaner (LPC2) or a comb at the side of the brush and remove the old hair. But make sure not to scrape the cleaner back and forth over the top of the tufts as this can cause damage to pure bristles. Then wash occasionally with warm soapy water, but make sure never to use ammonia or harsh detergents. Submerge just the tufts, not the back brush, and jiggle the brush back and forth. Rinse in cold water and remove excess water. I always use a towel to wipe down and then let it air dry naturally away from sunlight, or any artificial heat. This method preserves the wood. What you don't want is the wood to start cracking due to repetitively getting wet.  
  7. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush - $29.95
  8. 4 Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush
    1. What I love about this brush is the high-quality Pear wood handle with a very comfortable indent which really gives it a suburb grip.
    2. It's made in Germany's Black Forest region with a design inspired by the original military brushes of the 1700s. Very nice looking and high quality. Would make an excellent gift for the right person who does not have thin hair.
    3. It has rather stiff bristles so if you are looking for a soft boar brush this is not for you. The bristles are not going to have much flex in them and for that reason I can't recommend it for folks who have thin hair.
    4. More about Fendrihan. Since 2007, they have been North America's leading online shaving and grooming retailer, offering the best of men's essential shaving, grooming products, and accessories. They bring to you the world's best including classic German shaving staples, products from London's historic barbering district, hidden gems from Portugal and Spain, and of course, thier very own Fendrihan product line.
  9. Torino Pro Medium Hard Curve Brush By Brush King - #1620 - $26.99
  10. 5 Torino Pro Medium Hard Curve Brush By Brush King - 1620
    1. I love the color. You've never seen such colors on a brush before. That's because this one was designed by the King himself. The colors on this brush were made with Brush King's Dynamic Blend Method and it turned out to be exquisite.
    2. The TP1620 is great for cuts 2.5 and up. With the extra long bristles, you get an insane grip and pull on your waves. 
    3. This brush is not for fresh cuts.
    4. Every Torino Pro includes a maintenance card inside the box that tells you how to take care of the brush to make it last.
    5. This brush will do exactly what you need it to do. And as a result you may not have to jump to a harder one.
  11. Torino Pro Wave Brush #630 By Brush King - $26.99
  12. 6 Torino Pro Wave Brush 630 By Brush King
    1. The TP630 is a true texture medium which has massive coverage and and awesome pull. Need I say more. But there is more to say, in that it also has great crown isolation. 
    2. You will really like the handle ergonomics which gives you suburb control. Handles like a fine Ferrari Italian luxury sports car at less than half the price. Enzo would be proud.
  13. Torino Pro Wave Brush #570 By Brush King - $26.99
  14. 7 Torino Pro Wave Brush 570 By Brush King
    1. The TP570 is much firmer than a medium but more on the medium side. It's going to be less firm than the TP600.
    2. It's going to be excellent for cuts 2.5 to Wolfing Stage, has great pull and does a great job of penetrating all layers of hair.
    3.  It's not going to be good for long hair, fresh cuts or tender scalps.
    4. Remember that keeping up with your brush work and laying down your hair when wolfing is essential. As new hair grows in you want to train it to follow the pattern of waves. This makes a difference in the definition of your waves and in the distinction between controlled and uncontrolled wolfing. 
  15. Torino Pro Wave Brush #490 by Brush King - $26.99
  16. 8 Torino Pro Wave Brush 490 by Brush King
    1. The Torino Pro is designed for waving purposes. 
    2. Almost the same as the TP350, though; not much firmer. Mid-sized 100% boar, no bristles with nylon. 
    3. The TP490 is suitable for all stages of waving from fresh cut to wolfing. 
    4. Bristles which will not lean, which means it's faster and has better hook-ups and tension.
    5. You get the exquisite candy paint for which Turino is known for. 
  17. Torino Pro Curve Wave Brush by Brush King #450 - $26.99
  18. 9 Torino Pro Curve Wave Brush by Brush King 450
    1. This is a true texture medium hard wave brush and good for cuts 2.5 to Wolfing Stage.
    2. Has great pull and also has excellent penetration due to the medium hard bristles.
    3. The TP450 is firmer than a medium & softer than a hard but still is very firm.
    4. The curve of the brush contours to the shape of your head which results in a better grip.
    5. The TP450 is NOT for long hair, fresh cuts or tender scalps.
    6. Brush King is the king of the world's best wave brushes.
  19. Detangling Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set by Belula - $25.95
  20. 10 Detangling Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set by Belula
    1. It's hard to get through thick or long hair with a soft boar bristle brush. So some manufactures like this one will add nylon pins to the brush for better penetration and so you can easily detangle your hair. This one brush may be able to replace your curly hair brush, or hairbrush for thick hair since it is so versatile.
    2. The handle is made from premium bamboo wood.
    3. What I really like about this product is the boar bristles are harvested by simply shearing the bristles from the boar. The animal does not get hurt in any way during the process. And that's a good thing. It's cruelty free.
    4. Great for almost all types of hair and all lengths. 
  21. Beard Brush & Comb For Men by Stone and Clark - $21.99
  22. 11 Beard Brush and Comb For Men by Stone and Clark
    1. This is an all-natural wood and 100% boar bristle hair brush that will keep your beard smooth, detangled and styled all day long.
    2. Without making a mess, you can easily apply beard balm or oils. Use this brush to evenly distribute products for conditioning, natural oils, and without snagging. Use the brush style your beard, mustache, or just brush your hair.
    3. I recommend this because I feel you will be amazed at the quality for the price. When I first saw the price I though there was no way and was very skeptical. But in the end it will make a believer out of you.
    4. It's made from high quality green sandalwood and ages over time. This set makes high quality gift for most any occasion.
  23. Kent KFM3 9-Row Narrow Half Radial - $20.50
  24. 12 Kent KFM3 9-Row Narrow Half Radial
    1. This brush is great for curly hair and is manufactured in England. This maybe one of the best brushes you will own.
    2. Bristles are wide and well spaced.
    3. I do not recommend this brush for folks who have thin hair or tender scalps. Now that's not to say you can;t use it, but you are going to have to use very little pressure as not to hurt your scalp. There are better options out there for thin haired tender scalp folks.
    4. I do not recommend this product for styling while using a blow dryer. There are better brushes out there for high heat styling. This one has "gel bristles", which are not going to be able to withstand much heat. You might be able to get away with a little heat but you really have to be careful. I personally would not take the chance on using any heat.
    5. Kent claims it has volcanic andosite quartz crystals, which emit negative ions and when added to resin, and then it is formed into brushes or bristles. When used in brushing, it produces quills that have a safe natural energy. The capillary vessels are stimulated and the cuticular layer is tightened which seals in natural oils and leaves the hair soft and vitalized. Now that being said I am not sure there is any scientific proof this really does anything. But for being almost twice the price of a Denman 9 row it better have something cool about it. So there you go. I would recommend it because I like the way it looks over a Denman or for that matter most other gel brushes.
  25. Rocky Mountain Barber Company Boar Hair Beard Brush for Men - $18.99
  26. 13 Rocky Mountain Barber Company Boar Hair Beard Brush for Men
    1. Nice price for under $19.00. They focused on providing you with a premium brush and no bonus combs or gadgets are included here. What a bummer, not really. I would rather all the money go into a good solid brush and not spent on unnecessary pieces and parts that I will most likely not use. This is just a good solid product that hit the mark.
    2. I would say this one is on the softer side but has decent penetration. It should be fine for most all hair types.
    3. Made in China. That might make a difference for some folks but the price is real good for a solid brush made with100% pure boar bristles. 
    4. The only complaint I have is that I am not a big fan of logos and lettering running down the side of the brush where I am going to be gripping the brush. Over time I am most likely going to wear off most of the lettering and it's going to look, well you guessed it.
    5. I would not recommend getting it wet or using it with wet hair. You are going to achieve much better results when your beard or head hair is dry. 
  27. Badass 100% Boars Hair Beard Brush by Badass Beard Care - $17.99
  28. 14 Badass 100 percent Boars Hair Beard Brush by Badass Beard Care
    1. Painted black with a nice handle, a silver Badass logo and 100% pure boars bristles for under $18.00, now that's Badass.
    2. Bristles are claimed to be static free but don't get your hopes up too high because I never found any that actually lived up to that claim. But with a little spritz of moisture or conditioning products you can diffidently make it so.
    3. Made for shorter beards, not long hair and it's on the soft side.
    4. I like em because they are veteran owned and of course they are Badass.
  29.  YS Park Pro Straight Air Styler Brush - $17.88
  30. 15 YS Park Pro Straight Air Styler Brush
    1. This is one of my favorites. I love the way it looks. The blue color is awesome. Come in black also.
    2. Excellent for styling and drying.
    3. The bristles is not ball tipped but that's OK because that means they won't come off and then scratch your scalp.
    4. Build quality is very good.
    5. Made in Japan.
  31. Seven Potions Beard Brush For Men - $17.97
  32. 16 Seven Potions Beard Brush For Men
    1. Bristles are firm, this is not a soft bristle brush. For less than $18.00 you get a 100% natural boar bristle brush set in Pear wood. It fits in the palm of your hand perfectly.
    2. What I like about this brush other than the price is it has just the right amount of flex, it has first cut bristles that are stiff. This brush untangles your whiskers expertly without pulling at all. It glides seamlessly through your beard with the right amount of space between each bristle regardless of its growth or thickness. Ideal for men who like simple techniques of beard tidying, this brush gives you free hair tangling while also cleaning and softening. The boar hairs work with every stroke to carry the natural oil of your skin called Sebum from root to tip. They also work to lift and remove dirt from your hair as well as grimness.
    3. It great for distributing balms and oils evenly with no product waste. Never have clumps of balm in your beard or unsoiled spots of hair and your hair will always look as well as it feels.
    4. Every bristle is perfectly spaced, dense but not too dense. Men with varying thicknesses and hair growth will enjoy using this one.
    5. About the brand of Seven Potions. Back in 2014, after testing 100s of different formulations, they were conceived as an idea. They evaluated the quality and performance of competitive products and worked with suppliers who shared a similar vision in order to offer superior products. They are based out of London.
  33. Bass Brushes 100% Wild Boar Bristle Classic Men's Club Style Hair Brush - $16.16
  34. 17 Bass Brushes 100 percent Wild Boar Bristle Classic Men's Club Style Hair Brush
    1. This is reasonably priced and good bang for the buck brush. The brush is made in China and is 100% boar bristles that are on the firm side. This is not a soft brush.
    2. It features a natural bamboo classic men's club style handle which is comfortable.
  35. Torino Pro Wave Brush #960 By Brush King - $14.99
  36. 18 Torino Pro Wave Brush #960 By Brush King
    1. The TP960 is a 7 row medium hard brush perfect if you are currently wolfing. You are going to like this one because of its amazing pull. It's for wavers with a cut 2.5+ and thick, or coarse hair. It has excellent penetration.
    2. At this price this for a Torino Pro this is a buy buy buy...
  37. ZilberHaar Soft Pocket Beard Brush by ZilberHaar - $13.99 
  38. 19 ZilberHaar Soft Pocket Beard Brush by ZilberHaar
    1. Why I like ZilberHaar is because they are made from pure boar bristles and only the best wood and bristles are used. This one is made only of natural ingredients, therefore some imperfections in the bristles are to be expected. But that's what shows it's authentic and in my opinion give it character. 
    2. It's made from second cut which is the slightly weaker part of the bristles therefore this is what gives it it's softness. First cut is stiffer and good for longer beards.
    3. This one is best for shorter beards. And best suited for men who have sensitive skin or who feel a regular brush is much too aggressive. Easily fits into your pocket, not too big and not too small.
    4. ZilberHaar is carved from a single pear wood block. And I might add that this is a unique accessory for men and manufactured with care and attention down to the last detail. The brushes are not lacquered to limit any static effects of electricity when using the brush. Everything is done to deliver the best possible quality. 
    5. Made in Germany, nice quality at a great price.
  39. Boar Bristle Hair Brush Men by Sonvera - $13.89
  40. 20 Boar Bristle Hair Brush Men by Sonvera
    1. It's a handmade 100% brush boar bristle brush with a nice wooden handle. 
    2. I recommend this brush for thin or fine hair types as the bristles are on the softer side.
    3. Good for tender heads.
  41. Denman Cushion Brush Nylon Bristles, 9-Row - $12.90
  42. 21 Denman Cushion Brush Nylon Bristles 9-Row
    1. Another one of my all time favorites. This brush is perfect for: Controlled styling. Detangling dry and wet hair to some extent depending on your hair type. Not good for thin or thinning hair. Good for sculpting, styling and smoothing hair. Has good grip, tension and control. 
    2. The brush works by the sculpted rounded nylon pins penetrate and separate thick hair and defining curls. There are nine rows of pins and larger head accommodate larger or longer hair with increased tension and grip. The half-round brush 's styling edges create tension when shaping the hair during drying. I like it because the unique pin pattern gives extra grip and tension while styling.
  43. Uppercut Deluxe Quiff Roller - $11.49
  44. 22 Uppercut Deluxe Quiff Roller
    1. Is your hair letting you down? Do you need to add more height to your pompadour hairstyle? Or do you need a lot more lift in your pump? Well if you need any of thoese styling features this is the brush for you. 
    2. The Uppercut deluxe quiff roller brush is perfect for using a hairdryer to set your style in place before adding your favorite styling product to finish it off.
    3. And all you have to spend is only $11.74.
  45. Boar Bristle Beard Brush by Hundred Beard Co. - $10.95 
  46. 23 Boar Bristle Beard Brush by Hundred Beard Co
    1. A good brush for less than $12.00. Comes in a nice cardboard box. The fit and finish is pretty much standard for a brush at this price range so don't expect anything extraordinary. 
    2. In this price range you can expect to have some really good ones and then some not so good ones. Quality is not going to be as consistent as other brushes costing much more but the reason why I like this one is because they stand behind their product. They offer a guarantee. At the time of this writing you can return this brush if you are not satisfied and at this price point that amazing.
  47. Baasha Hair Brush, Vent Brush For Men - $9.99
  48. 24 Baasha Hair Brush, Vent Brush For Men
    1. Has a good vented base that is excellent for use with a hair dryer. It has a good solid one piece plastic handle. The Baasha is great at creating volume. I do not recommend his brush for thin or very thin hair. 
    2. It's a large 11- row tunnel vented brush that will excel at fast blow drying. Has ball-tipped bristles for confort and come in a nice manly back color.
  49. Viking Revolution Beard Comb for Men by Viking Revolution - $9.98
  50. 25 Viking Revolution Beard Comb for Men by Viking Revolution
    1. They use only natural and sustainable raw materials that help your beard look and feel great. I am not sure how only using natural and sustainable materials will help your beard. But I do like the build quality at this price.
    2.  The product is made in China.
    3. For less than $10.00 you get a cardboard box, travel bag, a 100% board brush and a wooden comb made of Bamboo & Pear Wood. 
    4. Plus you open the package it smells of a Viking, nice natural smelling fresh wood. Leif Ericson would be proud.
  51. Beardclass Curved Boar Beard Brush and Dual Sided Comb Kit Set by Beardclass - $9.95
  52. 26 Beardclass Curved Boar Beard Brush and Dual Sided Comb Kit Set by Beardclass
    1. For less than $10.00 you get an entire kit. Honestly i do not know how they can sell all that for under $10.00. You get a cardboard box, curved boar beard brush, dual sided comb, mustache nose scissors and a small plastic comb. But wait, I left out one important item. You also get a key chain, yep a key chain all for less than $10.00.
    2. Beardclass main goal is customer satisfaction. They are a supplier of innovative products related to men's personal care. They have a 30 day refund policy so if you purchase you should check it out in the first 30 days. But at less than 10 bucks I would not be too worried, right?
  53. Beard Captain Boar Bristle Bamboo Base Beard Brush - $9.95
  54. 27 Beard Captain Boar Bristle Bamboo Base Beard Brush
    1. Bristles are on the soft side and short. I do not recommend this brush for long beards or long hair. You are just not going to get enough penetration.
    2. Good solid beard soft brush at at a great price.
  55. MayaBeauty Double-Sided Men's Club Brush - $7.99
  56. 28 MayaBeauty Double-Sided Mens Club Brush
    1. The brush quality is good. One side is a soft to medium density, and the other side is stiff enough to get through thick curly hair.
    2. I am not a big fan of double sided club brushes but this one is an exception because of the 100% natural boar bristles and very nice looking varnished dark wood handle.
  57. Beautify Beauties Detangling Hair Brush by Beautify Beauties - $7.99
  58. 29 Beautify Beauties Detangling Hair Brush by Beautify Beauties
    1. This one is kind of pushing the envelope for a manly brush. But once in you hand you are not able to see the Beautify Beauties logo and all is well. Just make sure you get the back color. This is a paraben-free and chemical-free brush of premium quality.
    2. Honestly one you use it you will not care. It detangles your hair with ease. Will detangle  wet or dry hair. It eliminates stubborn knots and tangles without any hair loss and breakage. It can be used on all types of hair, curly, thick, thin, straight, and wavy. 
    3. The brush has soft bristles, which are very thin and flexible, but strong to detangle your hair plus comfortable to use on sensitive scalps. The bristles easily bounce back to their original shape after every stroke. This action allows you to attack tangles from any angle.
    4. The balls of the bristles produce massaging affect and are pleasant to your scalp.
  59. Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Brush - $6.95
  60. 30 Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Brush
    1. When you get down into this price range I start to get worried about quality. This one could very well be an exception. After you make a purchase check that the pad is glued in good and does not come out. If that's the case then you got a good paddle brush at a great price.
    2. This brush has a two piece plastic handle so when using be careful not to put too much tension on the handle it could snap.
    3. This is a good brush for almost any hair, especially good for thick long hair. The paddle style covers more hair with every brush.
Prices quoted above are as of the time of this writing and are subject to change.

Why the best brushes have boar bristles?


Brushing with a boar bristle brush is similar to a conditioning treatment. Thanks to the unique structure boar bristles carry the sebum from the scalp, to the tip of your hair strands, adding a lustrous shine. Did you know that regular brushing will improve the texture of your hair. It will add volume and shine to straight hair, or it will condition and slightly loosen the curl for curly hair.

For many folks there's no need to shop for an anti-frizz serum. You already have the best, and your scalp produces it, free of charge. By brushing using a boar bristle brush you lubricate each hair strand with sebum, you will notice a significant reduction in frizz. For some folks with regular brushing, you'll have healthier, softer, and conditioned hair. That means you don't have to use leave-in conditioners or hair serums anymore. Each person is different so everyone may not have the same results.
I would recommend boar for those men who are concerned about the health of their hair, and are seeking to reduce the amount of chemicals that touch their hair.

Why the best brushes have wood handles?


One piece wood handles are going to last much longer with proper care. What I have found is that most plastic handles, especially two piece plastic handles snap over time. When you start to apply tension to the brush while styling the two piece handles just can't handle it and it snaps.
Now the down side is that you do not want to get wood wet. 
That is a recipe for disaster. Always follow manufactures cleaning instructions in which most cases tell you not to let the wood stay in contact with water for long periods of time.

Environmental friendly wood handles


Now that being said just because the handle is made of wood does not mean the brush is environmental friendly and made without chemicals. Bamboo often uses formaldehyde bases glues and VOC finishes all of which release fumes into the air. Unlike wood products that are simply cut from a chunk of wood, bamboo shoots need to be glued together to create a finished product.
I am not sure how some of the above mentioned Bamboo brush handles are made, so unless the manufacture specifically states how it made it's going to be hard to tell.

How are high quality wood handles made?


Wood is usually delivered in large quantities in either blocks or stacks. For example many high quality brush handles are made from pear wood and comes from a well know source like from the Black Forest of Germany for example.

The wood then goes through a selection process where only the best is selected for handle material based on their grain and quality. The wood then gets cut down into a more manageable size and prepared for the next stage in processing. Handles are then cut into their final shape and sanded to remove any rough edges. Usually this some sort of tumbling process. After tumbling it's sanded and inspected to make sure there are no rough edges.

Now here is where things are a little different between manufactures. Some will apply a light coat of natural oil to the wood handle to bring out the beautiful wood grains and others will apply a beautiful coat of paint.

Bristles usually are already bundled, labeled and have gone through a cleaning process at the point of origin. The next step is to plug the bristles into the wooden handle.

The last step is to apply engraving or printing and then package for shipping. Even in the most high quality brushes it's normal for a brush to loose some bristles but to retain the plug. If an entire plug falls out that is not normal and you should return the brush.

Best brushes don't smell like plastic and rubber


A bit about the rubber, plastic and boar smells in brushes. Often in brushes from China when you open the package you get hit with a heavy smell of either plastic, rubber or in the case of natural boar bristles, boar.

Most of these materials their unfinished state is not suitable for consumers, so manufacturers add other chemicals and or coatings to improve the material's stability and usability. This includes things like anti-oxidants, plasticisers to make things softer, processing aids that help improve durability in the manufacturing process and plastic sunblock. In the case of boar bristles they boil them in hot water and go through a cleaning or bleaching process. As a result of the use of various chemicals can bring out the distinctive smell of rubbery and other plastic like smells. Combine this with packaging and shipping when you open the bag you get hit with all these smells.
Maybe the rubber backing in your brush is made of recycled rubber. 

Did you know new manufacturing innovations from China have enabled manufacturers to use a variety of recycled materials to make their goods? Did you know that America is shipping much of its plastic and other recycling to China. One such innovation in manufacturing is the use of recycled tires. This form of rubberized plastic uses benzene and other hydrocarbons such as ethylbenzene, xylene and toluene. This is very well what you may be smelling when you open your package.
My advice is simple, if a product has any bad smells, it's best not to buy it. 
For example, a heavy bad smell indicates that the plastic is offgassing. Offgasing in the case of plastic means the product is releasing part of the plasticizer or stabilizer into the surrounding air and could go into your lungs and eyes. It can also be released to come in contact with your skin and perhaps absorbed into your body.
Give your product the smell test and help change the world buy voting with your wallet.

What do you use and why? Feel free to comment below.

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