The history of the men’s shaving brush can be traced back to France in the 1750s when the French began calling the brush a blaireau, or “badger,” after the bristles used to make the brush. Handles were often made of luxurious materials like ivory, gold, silver or tortoise shell. In the 1800s, the folding-handle straight razor became more popular, and made it practical for men to shave themselves rather than visit a barber, making the shaving brush a status symbol.
The revival of the classic wet-shave has brought back a higher demand for luxury shaving brushes. Acqua di Parma makes one of the finest badger-hair brushes available for men. Its sleek design and sturdy bristles make for the perfect base for your wet shave. The Marais branch of Acqua di Parma in Paris is happy to help you find your perfect shave brush, as well as their fine skincare products for men.
We've done some research and bring you our selection of the top venues for gentlemen's treatments in the City of Lights:
Les Thermes de Lutèce by Zvonko
Les Thermes de Lutèce offers entirely ecological products by Zvonko in an exclusive setting as well as traditional wet shaves.
70 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville
Le Comptoir de l’Homme
Originally a boutique exclusively dedicated to men, at Le Comptoir de l’Homme you can get hold of all the best quality products from Nickel, Kiehl’s, Biotherm Homme or Shiseido Men, and their expert skincare advice.
5 Rue de Tournon
La Barbière de Paris
Their traditional shaving technique tends the most careful attention to your skin. Here, they can do much more than a classic beard shave.
14, Rue Condorcet
The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental
The award-winning Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Paris is delighted to now offer Gentleman Essentials, we recommend the Gentlemen’s Essential Face & Body Treatment
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
251 Rue Saint- Honoré
U Spa Barrière
This is the ideal destination for a day of relaxation, boasting one of the largest indoor pools in Paris, as well as a hammam, a sauna, and an extensive spa menu.
Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière
46 Avenue George V
Pershing Hall Spa
The Spa at the Pershing Hall hotel offers a select choice of treatments using top products. Let their specialist recommend the treatment that will best suit your needs and indulge in one of their fantastic massages.
49 Rue Pierre Charron
The Dior Institute spa proposes special treatment packages just for men make it the perfect gentleman’s escape. Their relaxation lounge, steam baths, saunas and fitness centre complete the scenery.
Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris
25 Avenue Montaigne
Alain Maître Barbier
One of the most revered barbers in all of Paris, Alain Maitre Barbier knows how to treat a beard in the perfect way to leave you feeling like a new man.
8 Rue Saint-Claude
Les Mauvais Garçons at Le Bon Marché
New to Le Bon Marché this salon mixes luxury with rock n’ roll. Whether you are looking for a head-shave, a moustache or beard trimming or a classic wet shave, this family of barbers have the best hands and grooming products and a cool attitude.
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche
24 rue de Sèvres,