December 24, 2004

Travel Tip for Mach3 Power

6025.jpgShavingStuff.com presents... its first Travel Tip!

If you're traveling this holiday season with a Mach3 Power, we suggest you remove the battery before you throw the razor in your toiletries bag. Otherwise the razor can accidentally turn on and completely wear your battery out. Anyone got a spare triple-A?

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December 23, 2004

Merry Christmas

christmas_tree.jpgFrom all of us at ShavingStuff.com to all our readers,

  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good shave.

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December 22, 2004

Shaving Mythbusters

'Twas the day before Christmas and all throughout work,
No one could leave early because your boss is a jerk.

So instead you surfed on over to ShavingStuff.com for a few minutes of diversion and what did you find? Shaving MythBusters, brought to you by shaving.com (run by Schick).

Did you know that the average human face contains 615 hairs per square centimeter?

I'll bet you didn't. And, I'll bet you subscribed to at least one myth these guys debunk. Read on...

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December 21, 2004

Review of Total Shaving Solution's Shaving Oil

TotalShavingSolution.jpgI got my free sample of Total Shaving Solution's shaving oil a few weeks ago and I've used it a few times now. Overall review - eh. It's fine. It gets the job done. But it wasn't a vastly different shaving experience, and quite frankly, I can't say for sure what it does.

There's a big leap of faith to begin with. You're supposed to use very little of it. Three drops to be exact. And when I say three drops I mean imagine yourself putting three tiny drops of anything on your hand and then convincing yourself that that's enough to give you a smooth shave. Faith. Maybe I don't have it. In later shaves I may have sinned when I went to five and six drops. You have to have faith that this tiny amount of oil you're putting on your hand is enough to create a smooth coating over your beard. In the end, I didn't.

One of their claims is that the shaving oil goes on clear so that you can see your skin and avoid any nicks or cuts you already have. The flip-side to this is that when you initially put it on your face you don't know for sure that you've got an even covering. Perhaps shaving companies should be inspired by the ceiling paint which goes on pink but dries white.

For the record I shaved with a Mach3 Power with Mach3 Turbo cartridges. This is a wet shave, so you wet your face, smooth the oil on, and then they recommend wetting your face again before you start. I tried shaving with new and slightly used cartridges - I usually get four to five shaves per cartridge. Again, the shave was fine, but nothing that new. I know some people who shave without shaving cream, their reasoning being that the little strip of aloe and soap on the razor cartridge is all you need. I don't quite buy this, and I couldn't help wondering if I were approximating that type of shave with a microscope layer of oil on my face.

I will say one thing for the Total Shaving Solution shaving oil. It'll make you smell like a man. None of this fancy eucalyptus, menthol, or coconut crap. A couple drops of that oil and you are the fucking man. Look out ladies.

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December 20, 2004

Extend the life of your razors with RazorGuard

razorguard.jpgRazorGuard claims they can help you save up to $100 per year in the cost of razors by soaking them in their magic solution when you're done. Actually, there's real science to back them up:

Research proves that by rinsing, then storing your razor in the open air, razorblades calcify and oxidize rendering them ineffective in a matter of days. RazorGuard coats and protects your blade keeping it clean and sharp months longer. Nature's finest essential oils lubricate your shave and moisturize your skin for "The World's Smoothest Shave".

I'd link to their photos from the "Scanning Electron Microanalysis Conducted at The University of Southern California" but their site is based on frames and you'd probably end up in an unnavigable hell. Instead, just go to their site and click on "How it Works" on the left. It's actually really impressive.

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December 16, 2004

Fog Free Mirrors

fogfreemirror.jpgHere's a quick and simple last-minute shaving gift idea - a fog-free mirror. Allows someone to shave in the shower. Brookstone offers a few options - this lighted one for $40 even has a slot for your razor. Amazon has a cheaper one for $19. Or, you could go nuts and spend $134 for this guy, cause really, why pay less?

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December 15, 2004

Remington Travel Electric Razor

microscreen.jpgIs your man on the move? Does he travel light? No room for a bulky electric shaver? Then get your hubby the Remington MicroScreen® Compact.

The MicroScreen® Compact Battery Shaver is designed for people on the go. With it's compact, ergonomic design, this product is perfect to use at home, at the gym, in the car, or anywhere.

I wouldn't recommend replacing your regular electric shaver with this little guy. Generally electric razors which run on batteries tend to give a slightly less powerful shave, especially as the batteries start to run out. But as a portable, this little guy sings. And the cool blue design will have heads turning.

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December 14, 2004

The Art of Shaving

aos-logo.gifWant to drop some serious coin on some serious shaving products? You need to know about The Art of Shaving

In October 1996 husband and wife team Eric Malka and Myriam Zaoui sold their car and opened The Art of Shaving shop on New York’s Upper East Side. The Art of Shaving was the first shop dedicated to the finest selection of men’s shaving and grooming products. Within the first year, sales far exceeded expectations, leading the company to open a second location, on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, which contained an in-store Barber Spa. A third Manhattan location quickly followed.

Nordstrom's is carrying The Art of Shaving Blue Box Gift Set for $100 which includes "everything you need for a close, clean shave [...] Shaving Cream, Pre-Shave Oil, After-Shave Balm, Pure Badger Brush plus The Art of Shaving Book." Deal? Um, yeah.

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December 13, 2004

Colonel Conk Gift Set

cconk.gifLooking for an old-school brush and razor set? Want to shave with the Colonel's secret blend of herbs and spices? Check out the Colonel Conk #222 Shaving Gift Set, available for $50 at Pipesforless.com. Put together the same set of items at Amazon and you'll easily spend twice that amount.

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December 8, 2004

Notes From the Field

My dad, who prefers shaving before showering so that he can wash off the shaving cream in the shower, reports that the shaving system I recommended - Mach3 Power and Kiehl's Shave Cream (Blue Eagle) - works equally well before and after a shower. Conventional wisdom is that shaving after you shower is better since your skin and beard hair is softer, however it's good to know that if you want to buck the trend you have that option.

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December 5, 2004

Review of Schick Quattro

The Schick Quattro is the latest entry in the razor wars between Schick and Gillette. No doubt you’ve heard (and probably joked) about its four razors, skipping the three razor evolution like Netscape skipped version 5. Recently a free Schick Quattro showed up in the mail so I decided to give it a try. I've been using various incarnations of the Mach3 for several years now, so this review will mostly compare the two.

Cartridge Sizesize.jpg
The Schick Quattro is a big razor. There are four razors packed into each cartridge, and if you haven’t gotten used to shaving with the three-blade cartridge of the Mach3, this is going to be quite a difference.

Overall the size didn’t create any difficultly in shaving except around the nostrils. As cartridges have gotten bigger, this is the one area of the face which seems to be overlooked. Shaving whiskers right under your nose is getting more challenging - with both the Mach3 and the Schick Quattro - and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the next innovations in razors is a head which is slightly thinner on the sides to reach these hard-to-get areas.

Handleside_view.jpg
The handle of the Schick Quattro is a little short. It’s molded to get thinner at the end, and when holding the Quattro during a shave, the handle barely spans the length of my palm. I would have preferred a longer handle, which would have given me a more confident grip. The handle also has a bigger curve than the Mach3 as it reaches the razor cartridge, which causes you to hold it further from your face.


Swivel/Pivot
swivel.jpgThis was one of the major differences in feel during the shave and I’ve tried to illustrate it in the picture to the right. Whereas the Mach3 blade is anchored on one side (blue arrow) and simply pivots up and down, the Quattro’s blade swivels where it attaches to the handle (red arrows), allowing the head to adjust more as it travels across your face. I actually think this is a slightly superior design. Due to the shape of the handle, you end up holding the Quattro further from your face; as a result, the razor head can more readily adjust to the contours of your face.

Shave
Overall the Schick Quattro gave a good shave, just as close as any Mach3 I’ve used. I only needed to do one pass over my face, and even when I went against the grain (which is a big no-no) the Quattro performed fine. I did get the occasional nick, but I get those with any razor - I think it’s more a matter of the smoothness of your face at the time you shave (acne, previous cuts) than the razor.

Summary
If you’re used to shaving with any razor except the Mach3 Power I think you will enjoy the Schick Quattro. Multi-blade razor cartridges make sense, and while it may seem silly to leapfrog Gillette and go from two blades to four, the Schick Quattro is an improvement on previous Schick razors.

Adding vibrations is where Gillette has made its one unparalleled improvement. Using a Mach3 Power doesn’t feel like shaving. You don’t pull the razor across your face and you don’t feel resistance when cutting beard hair - it seems to just glide. I would like to see Schick come up with some sort of equivalent technology.

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December 4, 2004

Nose Hair Trimmer

nh_trimmer.jpgIf you don't have one - get one. And get an electric one. Want to spend $9.99? Here's one at Target. Want to spend $39.95? Here's one at Sharper Image. You will be in a Target and in a Sharper Image this Christmas season. Do youself a favor and throw one of these in your shopping cart.

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