I received a VDH badger hair brush for Christmas. I used it once and it really smells bad, wet dog bad. Is this normal for a badger hair brush? My boar hair brush does not smell bad to me. If this is normal, does the smell subside over time?
+1. I've had at least a couple of badger brushes that were pretty rank at first. One was a Simpson Tulip 3 in Manchurian and another was (still is slightly after a couple of uses) an M&F in Blonde that's virtually indistinguishable from the T3 in terms of hair. Sometimes it takes a few lathers. Consult the stickies for brush break-in recommendations. I wouldn't worry.Sometimes it happens. With a new brush I use Tabac and all troubles stop.
Don't give up on it yet. My brush still stunk a bit after 7 shampoos. The smell dissipated pretty quickly after that with each successive lather.I just got a Simpson Special 1 and it STIIIIIIIIINKS. Gave it a couple test lathers + shampooed it twice. Still smells. Oh well.