January 31, 2006

January Wrap-Up

Yet another big month for ShavingStuff, led by the release of the Gillette Fusion and Fusion Power. We've already had reader reviews from Terry of TADspot and Greg in Texas. ShavingStuff was featured prominently this month on Gizmodo in this article, and Greg was the target of their sarcasm. Oh Gizmodo writers, why must you be so mean? I defend you Greg. You had the guts and zeal to write in the first review of the Fusion. Bravo! Keep on shaving.

January was a great month for media exposure of ShavingStuff. Aside from being featured on Gizmodo we were named the Link of the Day by Adam Curry's Daily Source Code podcast. Listen for the metrosexual moments in show #321 from January 23rd. Thanks Adam! Means a lot to us, especially coming from you.

This past month we featured a review of Zia for Men, specifically their Skin Clearning Set ($19.95) which we highly endorse. All natural goodness with crazy ingredients leads to a great shave. Worth checking out. We also had the second part of our review of KENMEN products, which didn't score as well. Read the review and see if they're right for you.

Finally we started a new segment called Celebrity Facial Hair Fridays, where we take a look at how everyone's favorite Hollywood stars are sporting their whiskers. This month we featured Mel Gibson (shave it!), Pierce Bronsnan (shave it!), and Matthew Fox (save it!).

Coming up in February we've got the media launch of the Gillette Fusion. Watch for it during Super Bowl XL on Sunday February 5th. We'll have more readers reviews of the new Fusion, including our own ShavingStuff review of both the powered and unpowered versions. Have a great month!

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January 30, 2006

More Gillette Fusion Reader Reviews

Blog-o-sphere Gillette Fusion update - fellow blogger Terry of TADspot has posted his first experience with the new Gillette Fusion Power, which he bought for only $9 at his local Safeway supermarket.

Can I tell any difference in the quality of the shave? Hell no, but now I do have the sexiest, most powerful, most bladiest razor known to man. Apparently putting all of those blades onto one cartridge has caused some sort of shortage because Gillette didn’t package even one extra cartridge...

OK, that's kind of lame. The Mach3 came with an extra blade, and so did Sensors before that.

Read all of Terry's review, and see the hot shaving action shots, at TADspot.com.

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January 27, 2006

Gillette Fusion is Available!

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The Gillette Fusion is available in stores as of Thursday January 26th. Readers from around the country are reporting availability in Costco, Walgreen's and CVS. We've even got out first reader review from Greg in Texas:

I got my Fusion last night (1/26/06) in Houston. I used it and I think it's a winner. The blade cartridge is much larger but the individual blades are about 50% smaller than the Mach3 Turbo. The shave feels much different than the M3T. Maybe it was because it was a new cartridge, but the shave seemed closer with less razor burn. The single blade on the back is a great addition too, but I think it will take some practice to get the perfect sideburns.

Huge day in the shaving world. HUGE! 15 and 30 second teaser ads are starting to air now, and then the big media kickoff starts during Super Bowl XL next Sunday. Here's the press release detailing to rollout. Suggested price for the non-powered Fusion is $9.99, while the Fusion Power will retail at $11.99. I have no doubt you'll find them on sale over the next few weeks. A quick check at Amazon shows that the Gillette Fusion Power is down to $9.57.

Gentlemen, start your razors!

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January 27, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Matthew Fox

Like this guy needs an introduction... If somehow you've been stuck under a rock for the last year or have never seen the modern wonder we call TV, today's facial hair Friday celebrity is Matthew Fox, better known to America as Jack from Lost. You may also remember him as Charlie from Party of Five, not to be confused with Charlie from Lost, who is played by Dominic Monaghan. Got that straight? If not, maybe you should crawl back under that rock.

Matthew Fox is today's Don Johnson, perpetually sporting a couple day's growth. And why not? If you were marooned on an island, wouldn't you take a break from shaving everyday? Especially if you looked that good. Oh Jack... sometimes I wished I weren't so heterosexual. The man is bringing stubble back into the mainstream. So long razor. Hello electric clippers.

Final call - Shave it or save it? I vote for the save. What do you think?

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January 27, 2006

January 26, 2006

Gillette Fusion Available in Chicago

top_costco_logo.gifReader Alert!

ShavingStuff reader Chris has written in to say that the new 5-bladed Gillette Fusion is now available at Costco in Chicago. I was under the impression that the national launch was next Sunday during the Superbowl, but perhaps they're seeding the market early.

Just wanted to see if anyone spotted the Gillette Fusion yet and have tried it. I thought it was going to be out in a week or so. However, I was at Costco in Chicago today and they had a huge crate of them sitting out. I was somewhat surprised.

So, if you want to be the first kid on the block with the cool new tool, head on over to Costco and score yourself some cred.

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Text to the X with Schick

EXTREME TEXTING!!! Woo-HOO!!!

Time for you to win free tickets to the the X Games this summer, courtesy of Schick. And while you're at it, pick up a free Schick Quattro razor while supplies last. How does it work? Click here to register (which of course means you give up your address, phone number, email, and first born). Then, as you're watching the winter X Games on ESPN, you text your magic code when you see the "Text to the X" symbol flash on the screen. Note that's the winter X Games, and not the winter Olympics. And you'll need to be watching live, for all you TiVo owners.

Peronally, I can't wait to see a snowboarder whip out his Quattro Power while doing a 720 and shave his goatee. It's shaving... to the EXTREME!

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January 25, 2006

Walmart Soundcheck and the new Gillette Fusion

logo_always.gifWe're only weeks away from the launch of the Gillette Fusion, which will coincide with the Superbowl on Feb 5th, and here's the first inkling of the upcoming media blitz which will surely come. The Gillette Fusion is sponsoring Walmart's new Soundcheck promotion -

a new, original music performance series dedicated to bringing exclusive, cutting-edge and popular music content to customers both in stores and online at Walmart.com

If you're in a Walmart, head on over the the HDTV wall (as if you weren't going there anyway) and you'll see performances by known and emerging artists in glorious high-def, as well as promotions for the new Gillette Fusion. If you're on a computer, click on over to soundcheck.walmart.com to see those same perforamces in slightly less glorious streaming video, as well as promotions for the new Gillette Fusion. Sorry Mac users (including me), Soundcheck is Internet Explorer only. Somebody tell me if Yellowcard is any good.

Read the full press release here

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January 24, 2006

Numb Your Face with The Common Man by Philosophy

Here's one for the sensitive man, and by that I don't mean emotional. I mean raw, gritty, bristly skin which abhors a shave. Say hello to the common man by philosophy. Corey A. Mathers, a fellow blogger, sums up the common man's secret sauce thusly:

What sets The Common Man apart is the addition of a mild anaesthetic to the mix; it numbs your face! The effect lasts long enough to emerge from the shower and apply lotion. No burning, no redness. It is simply outstanding stuff.

Read all of Corey's post on his blog thedeadhand.com.

And here's another distinguishing tidbit about the common man - philosophy recommends you do the upshave.

...shave in the shower if you have a mirror. apply a thin, see-through layer to a warm, wet face. shave down first. re-apply another see-through layer. shave upwards. follow with hope in a jar.

Now as we all know shaving against the grain is a big no-no. And, as we all know, shaving against the grain gives you an even closer shave. Is this the first shaving cream designed for the unthinkable? the common man is $12 for 3.3 oz. Try it if you dare.

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January 20, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Mel Gibson

mel-gibson-beard.jpgUm... is that really Mel Gibson? Indeed it is. You may remember Mel Gibson from such clean shaven roles as Mad Max, or Danny Glover's crazy partner in the Lethal Weapon movies. These days Mr. Gibson is sporting what I like to call "The Hussein". Why? Here's the skinny from the New York Times:

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Mel Gibson, whose "The Passion of the Christ" was assailed by critics as an anti-Semitic passion play - and whose father has been on record as a Holocaust denier - has a new project under way: a nonfiction miniseries about the Holocaust.

Oh. OK. I get it. He needs to look the part of a concentration camp victim.

It is not expected that Mr. Gibson will act in the miniseries

Oh. OK. I don't get it. Why does he have that beard?

Feedback time! New segment in celebrity facial hair Friday - "Save it or Shave it!" I say shave it. Sound off in the comments.

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January 18, 2006

Pubic Shave dot com

It's been a couple months since we last broached the subject, and I think my puritanical ancestors need a good stirring in their graves, so here we go again...

Check out, you guessed it, pubicshave.com. This site is amazingly thorough and covers men's and women's public shaving, as well as ass, back, and armpits. Lovely. But seriously, there are very few pubic-shaving sites which aren't loaded with pop-ups and indecent animations. Pubicshave.com is a quality site. Case in point - their general shaving tips page, which, while it does start with a naked woman sunbathing, guides you through all the decisions, styles, techniques, and products you need to shave. And, if shaving ain't your thing, there are also pages on waxing and bleaching.

So, as they say on pubicshave.com, "If you need [...] help keeping George Bush inside the white house," click on over and start reading.

UPDATE: (4/18/06)
This site appears to have been sold to adultfriendfinder.com and no longer displays its public shaving content. Kind of sad really. If you still want to see the old pages you can find them in the Way Back Machine at www.archive.org. It's a little slow, but the old stuff is there.

UPDATE: (5/2/06)
Pubic Shaving is back! This time at PubicShavingAdvice.com. Turns out their domain was hijacked so they had to relocate. Click on over and check out their new home.

You can also buy Pubic Shavers here...

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January 17, 2006

Kristan Bromley - British Bob Skeleton Champion

Oh baby, have I got Olympic fever. I've always loved the winter olympics more than the summer. More speed. Whether is screaming down a mountain or careening down an ice chute, the winter olympics are all about going fast over the ice and snow. And this year I'll be taking time out from rooting for team USA to cheer for Kristan Bromley, sponsored by our good friends over at King of Shaves. Excuse me - that's Kristan Bromley Ph D.

32 year old Kristan Bromley from Bath is the current World Cup and European Bob Skeleton Champion, winning five out of the seven World Cup events in 2004. He is very hopeful of winning a British medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. This would be one of only six Gold medals ever won by Britain in the winter Olympics, which began in 1924. The King of Shaves sponsorship deal will enable Kristan to develop his Skeleton bobsleigh and remain on track in his quest to win the event.

Read more here. And while you're there, check out the Flash game where you can pretend to sled like a champ. I landed in a tree the first time I tried, but the next time I finished in style. Maybe I can get Gillette or Schick to sponsor me at the olympics...

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January 16, 2006

Review of Zia for Men, part 1

About a month ago we received two shaving gift sets from Zia, their Skin Clearing Set and their Skin Hydrating Set, both of which are available from their website for only $19.95. If you haven't checked out their site, Zia is dedicated to bringing you "natural skin care products using whole foods, pure essential oils and healing botanicals." Now you've heard me say in the past that I don't care what's in my shaving creams as long as I get the best shave, but with Zia you can have the best of both worlds. For the last month we've been testing the Skin Clearing Set and today we're declaring it a big winner. Great shave. Great products. Great ingredients.

Each Skin Clearing Gift Set contains:
  5 oz. ActiClean Face Scrub
  5 oz. ActiShield Shave Gel
  2.5 oz. DualAction Face Lotion

First the ActiClean Face Scrub - As you probably know, shaving works best on a clean face. But it also works best on an exfoliated face - one that's been clensed of that upper layer of dead skin and dirt. The ActiClean face scrub is your all-in-one solution here. Turns out corn cob and pineapple unblock pores. Who knew? Also, tea tree and willow bark fight breakouts and razor bumps. Again, did not know that. But they do. In the month that I've been using this Zia set my skin has been noticably clearer of breakouts, and while I don't usually suffer from razor bumps, I'm inclined to believe it will work there too.

Next up, the ActiShield Shave Gel - This is a shaving gel, so if you're one of the few who got the Conair Hot Lather Machine for Christmas, make sure you got the model which handles gel. Some are only made for cream. But I digress. The ActiShield Shave Gel goes on clear but works up a nice subtle lather as you work it in your face. What's in this one? I'm glad you asked - why, it's eucalytpus and plantain to treat razor bumps and breakouts. What else? Glycerin and algae to prevent razor drag. And I'll attest to that - the ActiShield shave gel worked great with a new and old razor, and after one, two, and three days of growth. Very few nicks in the entire month I shaved. Also, ActiShield worked great around common trouble spots - Adam's apple, under the nose, around the lips. I liked that it left a smooth layer of slickness after I had made my first pass with a razor, so if I needed a second clean-up pass I didn't need to re-apply. This is great stuff. Seriously. I would have no hesitation recommending this shaving cream to anyone.

Finally we come to the DualAction Face Lotion - I liked this so much I used it after a shave in the morning and then later in the evening after I washed my face before going to bed. Especially great if you have an oily face, the lotion adds just the right amount of moisture and nothing more. None of the Zia shaving products have an overwhelming smell, but I think the face lotion is the most pronounced. Slightly lemony or citrusy with a hint of black pepper. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's good. So what's in this one? Would you believe extract of cork tree? Also more plantain and some barley.

Final summation - the Zia Skin Clearing shaving set rocks. And for $19.95, it's a steal. If you're into all natural products this stuff was made for you. If not, this stuff was still made for you. Again, I would recommend these shaving products to anyone.

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January 13, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Pierce Brosnan

Welcome to celebrity facial hair Friday - a new segment we're trying out on ShavingStuff where we look at facial fashion sported by our favorite Hollywood stars. First up - Pierce Brosnan. You may remember him from such clean-shaven roles as Remington Steele, or more recently James Bond. These days Pierce is going wild wild west with this hairy protrusion. WTF you might ask? Relax. He's doing it for the money. Pierce is currently filming Seraphim Falls, a western co-starring Liam Neeson.

So will Pierce make old-school waxed moustaches and bushy goatees hip and modern? I doubt it. Ten bucks says he shaves it once they wrap shooting.

See more pictures of Pierce and his facial hair here

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Best of the Blogpire

Slingplayermacintosh2-350Another week and another Best of the Blogpire. It looks like the Mac OS X is finally getting some GPS support: Garmin Announces MAC OS X Support and other devices like the new Sling device are making SlingPlayer.

Single Serve Coffee.com continues the onslaught of coffee reviews with Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker and if you're a coffee pod user Review: Eight 0' Clock Colombian Coffee Pods.

Just The Chips finds two new books - one on Poker humor: A collection of poker wit and a return to a classic poker book Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players.

Want to get a new cool fridge? Kitchen Contraptions finds 50's Inspired Refrigerators from Smeg and GE Custom Cabinet Refrigerators & Freezers.

Shaving Stuff.com continues their Review of KENMEN products, part 2.

TV Snob.com also has an amazing run down of all the cool new gadgets from CES: TVSnob CES 2006 Roundup.

Shirt Snob.com has found new Hoodies at Threadless!!!.

Want to know how to find better wine? Wine News: 10 ways to become a smarter, thriftier wine buyer.

And of course we save the best for last - check out The Liquor Snobby Awards: Best of 2005. Magic.

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January 12, 2006

The King Has Entered the Building

kosfa_info.jpgBig thanks goes out to the good folks over at King of Shaves who just sent over some new products to review. Starting with a clean face we have the XCD Primer Pre Shave Face Wash. Next we'll slick up with Formula Alpha Shaving Oil Supercooled Menthol (pictured) for a smooth shave. Finally we'll top it off with XCD Defender Facial Moisturiser. Sounds like a good regimen to me. As an added bonus the King sent over a tube of their Jellyfish Firm Hold Styling Gel. Thanks your highness! ShavingStuff is getting the royal treatment. We'll be trying these products out over the next month and have a review up soon.

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January 10, 2006

London Calling

This past Sunday's New York Times had an interesting little article about Geo F. Trumper, a shop specializing in shaving and grooming since 1875. Doesn't get much more old school than that.

The founder's specialty were bespoke fragrances, which were made on the premises and named after the noblemen who commissioned them. Trumper's own-made range today still uses ingredients of sandalwood and limes that were originally imports from corners of the British Empire. Lime-based aftershaves are packaged in pink paper because the government of the early 1940's appropriated all other colors, including green, for the war effort.

What?!? Nothing pink during WWII? I seem to remember...

Well, anyway, if you're planning a trip to England and are in a shaving mood, head on over to Trumper. You can even sign up for "a one-to-one session with a barber where the customer learns the best technique to use for their skin-type and how to perfect their shave."

Read the whole Times article here, although if you're viewing this a couple weeks from now the Times may have moved to the their Select section. www.trumpers.com will always be available.

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January 7, 2006

Review of KENMEN products, part 2

I've been struggling a bit on how to write the second part of the review of KENMEN products. If you remember from our first review, we were very happy with the products they sent over. These next four, however, didn't live up to the first. It's always tough to write negatively about a product when a manufacturer has sent over a free sample, but no one ever said writing a shaving blog was going to be easy.

So let's talk about these products. Actually, let's first talk about the product names. You'll notice that the three tubes look quite similar, and each has a somewhat mystifying name. Even though the website calls the shaving cream "Baby Face Healing Shaving Cream", the tube says "Baby Face Cure-Gel Rasage". The website may say "Battlescars - Healing Body & Face Cream", but the tube says "Battle Scars Cure Detoxifiante". At 6:00 in the morning I had a tough time remembering which was for shaving and which was for after. A little bit of French might have helped, but I took Spanish in high school. Que lastima.

Next, let's talk about the actual containers. Each is a 6 oz. tube which unscrews and allows you to squeeze out the contents. There's a little plastic insert in the hole where the contents comes out which essentially makes the hole smaller. My guess is that there's one standard opening for the tube, and then this insert is added if you want a smaller flow of cream or gel to come out with each squeeze. The thing is, if you squeeze too hard, the plastic insert comes out, and you've got quite a mess on your hands. Not a huge deal if you're using the exfoliant in the shower, but a bit of a pain when you're cleaning up shaving cream from the sink. Squeeze these tubes gently, and mind the insert.

h20showergel.jpgSpeaking of exfoliant, H2O-Synergie Shower Gel & Scrub ($28) was probably my favorite of the three. A nice, gentle exfoliant for use on the face and the body. Smells a lot like ginger ale. I'm not kidding. But not in a bad way. And you can use it in place of soap.

ArrowContinue reading: "Review of KENMEN products, part 2"

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January 6, 2006

Best of the Blogpire

Blopire 120Welcome to 2006 and Happy New Year from Blogpire Productions. Everyone here is geared up for the new year filled with cool products, news, and of course our witty banter and we're dedicated to bringing you all three (we're working on a fourth) everday. So sit back and relax and check out the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee.com: Review: My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter - Best of Single Serve Coffee.com 2005

Just The Chips.com: PSP World Series of Poker Revisited - Illustrated Royalty Poker Chips

Kitchen Contraptions.com: Making Eggs Singapore Style - simplehuman Butterfly Step Can

Shaving Stuff.com: New York Facial Hair Patterns and Shaving Trends - High-End Shaving Gear from Penhaligons

TV Snob.com: Futurama Coming Back to TV ? - Finding the Right HDTV for the Xbox 360

Shirt Snob.com: New Tees at Threadless - Big Sale at Girlshop

GPS Lodge.com: Turn your Magellan Roadmate 800 into a DivX Movie Player - Pharos Traveler 525 GPS -

The Cooking News.com: Food News: Fast Food More Than Twice Weekly Adds Pounds - Wine News: 2006 looks to be a good year for wine

Liquor Snob.com: Belly Up To TheBar.com - Bottle Blaster Review

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January 5, 2006

New York Facial Hair Patterns and Shaving Trends

newyork.jpgA ShavingStuff reader from the New York photo studio The Green Room writes in

here in the birthplace of all trends and items of cultural interest, New York City, most trend-setting men DON'T shave every day, nor do they shave their entire face; in fact, many have a customized routine of mixing a blade shave with an electric one, letting facial hair grow in one place while keeping it clean in others. One thing that's definitely OUT is the goatee (PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!): not one of the people you will see on the following sites sports one: http://www.ambrel.net/, http://www.lastnightsparty.com/, http://www.thecobrasnake.com/

You know what? You're right. The goatee is out. 2005 marks the end of the goatee. 2006 is all about getting creative with your facial hair. Think I'm wrong? Which would you rather look like - this guy, or this guy? Exactly. Click around and get inspired. Or just check out the dancing girls.

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January 4, 2006

High-End Shaving Gear from Penhaligons

Laura from sister site ShirtSnob sent in this link to the English company Penhaligons which has some high-end shaving gear for the high-class shaver. Check out the Nickel Shaving Soap Bowl (£30), picture to the right. Or how about the Black Marble Shaving Set (£45) to help store your brush in an upside down position so it dries properly.

Don't miss the rest of their shaving and grooming products on their site. They ship to the UK, the EU, the "the rest of the world." How Euro-centric.

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January 3, 2006

Gentlemen, Dry Your Razors

hairdryer.jpgI while back we reviewed RazorMax, an oil which helps preserve the life of a razor. I definitely saw a difference in prolonging the life of a cartridge using RazorMax. Blades which lasted four shaves without the oil now lasted eight. One of the steps in the instructions had you dry your razor really well before putting it in the oil. Really well. So I decided to see how much of the process was drying the razor and how much was the oil. Conclusion: drying your razor will add several shaves to the life of the blades.

For the last month or so I've taken an extra minute and really dried my razor. That means patting it gently with a towel to get all the visible moisture off of it, and then flicking it or waving it around quickly to get those extra few drops off. Feels kind of silly but it totally works. I easily get six shaves out of each cartridge now, up from four. That's a decent savings given the price of Mach3 blades. Try it out and let me know if it makes a difference for you.

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