My two cents, and that's probably what all its worth. My favorite brush by far is an Omega boar. Firm, soft, great feel and makes amazing lather with any soap I have ever had. Have another boat that is just okay. Have a decent badger that is also pretty good. It just kind of becomes a "cotton swab" on the third pass. It has tendency to "gum up". Have tried two different synthetics. One was highly rated, the other was on the cheap side. Neither worked for me and were given away. Neither made good lather in my opion. I tried both many times with different soaps. Neither worked for me. Will never try another. If I ever need another brush it will without a doubt be an Omega boar. Hope this helps.