January 28, 2005

Gillette to be bought by Procter and Gamble

g_thegillettecompany.gifIn a deal worth $55 billion dollars, Gillette has agreed to acquistion terms offered by consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble. As a local resident I'm stunned and saddened to see this Boston institution sell out, however never having been offered $55 billion, I can't quite say I'd act differently given the chance. News all over the radio and local papers has made sure to point out the estimated 6,000 jobs which will most likely be lost. Tough day for Gillette employes. Read more in this boston.com article.

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January 27, 2005

Wooden Shower Stool

teak_shower_stool.jpgRecently, we received this email from one of our readers at ShavingStuff.com:

I am a pregnant woman with a hard time shaving. I cut myself the other day. I need a waterproof wood stool for my shower. Can you recommend one please?

Shower stools come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and price. There are quite a few aimed at the geriatric crowd which may not be hip enough for the young expectant mother. If you're willing to spend the dough, Amazon has a teak shower stool with white metal legs for $129 (also available through Brookstone).

Perfect for toweling off or creating a more restful shower experience, the teak shower stool is a welcome addition to any bathroom. Comfortable, smooth extra-wide teak seat is vented to prevent soap and water buildup. Over time, it will âweatherâ in your shower without shrinking or swelling as it gradually turns a silvery gray, or you can keep the rich teak color with periodic application of teak oil. Stands firmly on powder-coated aluminum legs with ABS non-scratching feet to protect tub or shower stall. Use it out of the shower, too. Made from sustainably harvested plantation-grown teak.
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January 26, 2005

Winter and Summer After Shave

winter_after_shave.jpgIn the winter I like to use Ultimate Mens After-Shave Balm and Moisturizer after I shave. It's a little thicker and a little more moisturizing, which helps protect my skin against the cold weather of New England.

Formulated especially for the shaven area of a man's face, this rich cream contains such beneficial ingredients as Allantoin, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize the skin after the impact of shaving- or anytime.

summer_after_shave.jpgIn the summer I like to use Multi-Purpose Facial Formula For Men. It's a lighter cream, which is helpful because my face tends to be a little oily during the humid months and doesn't need all the moisturizer of the winter one.

This extraordinary preparation is a cooling, alcohol-free facial moisturizer and multi-purpose treatment to address the specific concerns of a man's skin. Enriched with moisturizers to protect against dryness and pollution. Natural mineral clays absorb excess oil on the skin's surface. Formulated with Eucalyptus Extract and Caffeine to waken and refresh as well as Astaxanthin Complex (Astaxanthin and other carotenoids), derived from micro algae, which provides powerful antioxidant benefits.
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January 25, 2005

Tub or Tube?

kiehls_tub.jpgTub.

It's that easy.

Tub (or "jar", as they like to call it) is 8 oz. for $16.50. Tube is 5 oz. for $14.00. Even if you totally suck at math you still can realize the tub is far more shave for the buck. Also, you'll waste less with the tub. With the tube you'll accidentally squeeze out more than you need - and you don't need a lot of Kiehl's to shave with. It's been 6 months and I'm still not close to halfway through my first tub of Blue Eagle.

Also, it looks cooler. Sit the tub out on your bathroom sink and make a statement about your shaving. It's bold. It's squat. It won't get knocked over like the tube.

Finally... travel. Order Kiehl's online and get some free samples of shaving cream. Use those for travel. You don't need a tube to travel with. Get a tiny container from Target and transfer some to that.

Tub.

We're done.

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January 24, 2005

Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner

keihls_toner.jpgI've been using Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner for about a month now.

A very effective, alcohol-free toner made with pure, soothing herbal extracts. Also contains Burdock extract, known for its soothing properties. Excellent for use after shaving or to improve the appearance of problem areas and other minor skin irritations.

I use it after I'm finished shaving but before I put on any aftershave or lotion. I was looking forward to trying it since a good friend recommended using some sort of toner after shaving, but honestly I can't say my face feels or appears any different in the month I've been using it. Not sure the best way to apply it, but I moisten a cotton ball with the toner and wipe it across my face, which is the way Kiehl's recommends using it. If you're ordering from Kiehl's you get three free samples. Might as well try some toner. I'd love to hear feedback from anyone using this or a similar product. Jury's still out for me.

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January 7, 2005

Norelco v Remington

titanium.jpegSo Norelco's at home watching TV last month when an ad comes on for the Remington Titanium Microscreen Ultra electric razor. The ad

...features a saw cutting through a sports car, then boasts: "The world's only shaver with the sharpness of titanium-coated trimmer blades."

Norelco's like "Oh no you didn't!", because it knows that the Remington razor actually uses titanium nitride, which is a ceramic, and not really titanium metal. Norelco's like "Remington, you best be pulling that ad." And Remington's like "Chill dawg. Why you gots to be such a player hater?" And Norelco's like "It's on, biotch!" and promptly sued. Read more here.

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January 5, 2005

Gillette v Remington

boxingGloves.jpegDay 3 of patent, copyright, and lawsuit week. In the left, wearing the green trunks, from Boston, a little battered but still sharp as a Mach3... Gillette! And in the right, in the red trunks, from Wisconsin, the challenger... Remington! Let the bout begin:

Gillette's court documents call Remington's Titanium Smart System dry shaver system, which was launched in October, "an unauthorized use of Braun's patented technology." Remington is a subsidiary of Madison, Wis.-based Rayovac Corp.

Oh sit! You hear that trash? Biotch, you got served.

I think these guys are in round 4 of 9. No news on a settlement yet. And by the way, that makes a third company which makes shaving products and batteries. What gives?

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January 4, 2005

"Sensor" razors from anyone

sensor.jpegIn day two of patent, copyright, and lawsuit week, we feature our own Boston based company again. Gillette seems to be struggling in the European courts. In this case, they seem to have lost the exclusive use of the word "Sensor" as relating to razors.

Boston-based Gillette Co. can't stop a Finnish company from using its "Sensor" trademark on replacement-blade packages, said an aide at Europe's highest court.

Not being an expert on copyrights and trademarks I can't speak authoritatively on this one, but it sure seems Gillette has a name they could protect within the shaving world. These guys need to get a new team of trademake and copyright laywers.

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January 3, 2005

Schick 4 - Gillette 3

gavel.jpgWelcome to patent, copyright, and lawsuit week at ShavingStuff.com. The holiday season has passed and no new products will be announced for a while, so to bide the time we'll focus on the darker side of business - lawsuits - or, as our PR people like to say, protecting intellectual property.

According to a German court, you just have to add another blade to a razor to be original. In this article from the Boston Business Journal:

The court said Wilkinson Sword GmBH's four-bladed Quattro razor does not infringe on Gillette's European patent for the three-bladed design. The court also ordered Boston-based Gillette to reimburse Energizer's court costs.

My advice, skip making the razors and just patent a 5-blade razor, a 6-blade, 7 - 10. That oughtta cover the foreseeable future.

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