The theme of this brush ties in with our 'African Rainbow' range in a new way in that the bulk part of resin is replaced with coarse salt, and not just any type of salt either, one of the purest forms of salt on the planet!
We obtain the salt from www.Oryxsdesertsalt.co.za, who harvests it from the Kalahari region where the salt is a ever-replenishing, renewable source. This source was discovered beneath a 50 km2 salt pan where three underground streams converge and replenish an ancient underground salt lake of 55 million tons from which the salt water is deposited into pans under the hot Kalahari sun and sun-dried. This process lives in harmony with the natural rainfall and the surrounding environment, wisely they only extract what nature provides. Did you know there is a 90% chance you are consuming salt with plastics in it? Read this and reconsider changing to 'Oryx' for the benefit of yourself and also the environment, their online service is top notch, even before I started using their salt in brushes I bought buckets from them that lasted me years!
This salty feature makes the brush even more charged up on the eco-friendly side as we only use about a third of the resin we'd normally use. Although you lose some visual attributes of the resin, you gain exceptional grip as the salt on the exposed surface of the brush is dissolved in water and leaves these pockets that feels will enhance grip dramatically, especially around the curves of the brush and your fingers. All salty's will be made up from around 66% and higher natural materials, this one is estimated to contain a mere 25% resin.
Some interesting additional features we discovered is a brush that retains heat in the handle a lot better while in use (I fully submerge my brushes in hot water prior to a shave), and then becomes chillingly cold when rested after use. You may detect some more salt residue as you use your brush, nothing to worry and you can simply wipe it away with water, this in on account of some more inner crystals that are dissolving as we can only spend so much time rinsing a brush handle. I think it would be so cool if all the salt could be washed out completely, it would look wicked! Who knows maybe after years of use....
This brush has some well matured African Olive (Olienhout) that runs a course from top to bottom, essentially it is a single piece of wood with some salt and resin rubbed into its cuts and bruises, the wood grain complements the flow of the resin streaks very well. The knot has been lathered and cleaned and is ready for its first use right out of the starting blocks.
We have applied a coat of a new aftershave balm we are developing made from tallow, olive oil and a few other ingredients, and we love the natural sheen of this product, so as a bonus you will receive a small tub of this to keep for your brush, and to try on your face, now if that is not the type functionality you'd love from a shaving product we'll have a hard time to please you!
The brush stands 137 mm tall, with the loft at 53 mm. It has a waist of 23 mm and a belly of 38 mm. The brush weighs 96 grams and has a 24 mm Silvertip knot in it.