I was doing some shopping the other night when some Penhaligon's bottles caught my eye in a storefront. It has always been hard to find Penhaligon's to sample in San Francisco. I then realized that it was an actual Penhaligon's boutique! I spoke briefly with an SA, and she said that they are popping up worldwide.
Here is what Penhaligon's has to say about it, from their FAQs page:
-Do you use badger hair in your shaving brushes?
-Yes we do as this is by far the most superior fibre for applying shaving lubricants. However, as a part of gaining our warrant status we have proven to the Royal Warrant Holders Association (who re-issued our warrant in 2006), that our shaving brush supplier only purchases from ethical badger farms in a part of the world where badgers are not endangered and are in fact primarily farmed for their meat.
While I love the scent of Lothair, I can't buy it. I have turned towards not supporting perfume companies that sell stuff like natural brushes, leather, etc., as I learn more about cruelty in the perfume and clothing industries. It's not cool at all.
It was fun to check out the new shop, and I am glad I got some clarification on whether they are a vegan company or not (they aren't), and also to provide this info to those who might have the same questions as I did. I still appreciate, in any case, that their perfumes have been formulated to not contain anything that is produced by cruel methods. And they smell so good! Now, if they could just ditch the brushes and leather, it would be perfection.