October 31, 2006

October Wrap-Up

Another October come and gone. The biggest news was our long-awaited review of MenScience shaving products, which we split into five parts - Daily Face Wash, Face Buff Brush, Advanced Shave Formula, Post-shave Repair, and Advanced Face Lotion. A definite must-read if you missed it. Also a great second read if you've already seen it. MenScience also announced a TSA-compliant Travel Kit which combines all the grooming products a traveling man needs with the ability to bring it on a plane. Genius.

We received a bunch of new products in the ShavingStuff testing labs - John Allan's, REN, a|MEN|ity, even a bottle of the new cologne ILLICIT from Billy Jealousy. Look for reviews soon. We're currently testing out the The Perfect Shave from Anthony Logistics For Men, so expect that review next.

The Philips Norelco BodyGroom continues to be a hot seller. Guess no one can say no to that extra optical inch. We had a nice crossover with our sister site LiquorSnob - the TweezerMan for getting rid of ingrown hairs, and Screech Rum for prior disinfecting and post-extraction celebration.

And in celebrity facial hair we saw Franky G (show was cancelled), Aaron Douglas (shaved beard in recent episode), Danny Glover (still needs help), and Masi Oka (adorable!).

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October 30, 2006

This Just In - a|MEN|ity

press-dl-balm.jpga|MEN|ity recently launched their new product line and we've been fortunate enough to receive several sample - The Balm, a moisturizer; Anti-Breakout Gel; and Gel Face Cleanser. They've got several other grooming products including Shave Cream and After Shave & Face Moisturizer.

a|MEN|ity's recently revamped product line is focused on quality and simplicity. Premium ingredients in a daily regime suitable for all. "Clean, shave, moisturize." 'Cause honestly, that's all most men really want to deal with. In fact

the Amenity team collected a list of over 100 male grievances. They distilled those to the six most common complaints and then set a team of leading chemists and doctors to the task of developing an ingredient complex that would work to combat each.

Any guess what the other 94 grievances are? Anyway, the upshot is Pro-Form 6 - six ingredients in various quantities which make up the foundation of all their new products. Think of them as the basic building blocks to a better you. Amino acids for grooming. The Justice League. Or don't think of them at all. Just clean, shave, moisturize with a|MEN|ity, and get on with your life.

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October 27, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Masi Oka (Hiro)

hiro.jpgThis week's celebrity facial hair Friday pick is actor Masi Oka who plays Hiro on the new hit NBC show Heroes. While Masa no doubt made the best of his roles as "Japanese Pedestrian" in Austin Powers or "Talking Rock" in CBS's Yes, Dear, his portrayal of the space/time bending emerging superhero is unquestionably his finest role to date.

At the end of episode 5 "Collision", Hiro appears as himself from the future, sporting a distinctive thin vertical strip of facial hair under his mouth. This is the best picture I could find, so if you didn't see the episode you'll have to take my word for it. It was the perfect touch to contrast his normally giddy, bumbling self. Future-Hiro is smooth and confident. The facial hair serves to emphasize his maturity and uniqueness. It's a signature look, just like any superhero should have. Well done!

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October 26, 2006

Gillette Fusion and Carson Daly Team Up for National Fire Safety Month

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Hey kids - October is fire safety month. And there's no better way to bone up on your fire safety than with the Gillette Fusion's Fire Safety program. Fire safety fun fact #3: "Children start nearly 100,00 fire each year." Kids - that means you! So to spread fire safety and the Gillette brand,
... Gillette has partnered with the Boston Fire Department to develop fire safety materials, which are available to the public at http://www.GilletteFusion.com. Free Fusion razors will also be provided to firefighters in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles throughout the month of October.

(Read the entire press release here.)

They've also made a $50,000 donation to the (Dennis) Leary Firefighters Foundation. Not too shabby. There's also a fire safety checklist which you can download to make sure your home is as safe as can be. Here's a tip they seem to have missed - replace nuclear fusion with Gillette Fusion. Hmm... maybe I should send that one to Kim Jong-il.

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October 25, 2006

Andis Improved Master Clipper/trimmer ML 01557

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A couple weeks ago the New York Times published their fall edition of Men's T Style magazine, and this was one of the items they mentioned - the Andis Improved Master Clipper/trimmer. It's "improved" because they improved it. That's marketing genius. Andis actually makes a wide range of trimmers and clippers, from consumer to professional grade, to even small and large animal models. Don't you and Fifi need matching clippers?

The ML 01557 is professional grade, but of course you're worth it.

Unbreakable, lightweight aluminum housing for years of dependable service
Powerful magnetic motor generates 14,000 cutting strokes per minute
Precision built to run quiet and cool

Hey, there's only so much you can do with a razor. At some point those sideburns get out of control, and you've got to take your game to the next level. My barber Filippo is a master at the sideburns trim-down. The man works magic with clippers and a comb, and I think I'm ready to give it a try at home. Please don't tell him I'm seeing Andis.

The Andis Improved Master Clipper/trimmer is currently $96.99 at Amazon.

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October 24, 2006

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

Blogpire 144 Our special guest Jake Jamieson from Liquorsnob.com teaches us about Tequila, and we taste test P.I.N.K. caffeinated Vodka. And of course, we have the latest news and views from around the 'pire. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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Illicit - The New Cologne for Men by Billy Jealousy

illicit.gifThe creative juices are still flowing over at Billy Jealousy, and this time they've concocted a new secret formula designed to enhance your "sophisticated bad boy" image. Introducing Illicit, the new cologne for men, the latest in Billy's expanding line of quality men's products.

Now I'm not really a cologne guy, so when they say "Lush Citrus Bergamot forms the foundation of this wicked new fragrance, while a smoothe intermission of Ivy and Ginger lead to a cool finale of Tea and Sandalwood," for all I know they could be talking about a chardonnay. But I will tell you this, Illicit smells pretty darn good. It's subtle and not overpowering, yet noticeable and arousing enough for ShavingStuff wife to ask me to use it again later in the evening. Apparently I'd been a very bad boy.

Illicit packaging comes with Billy's trademark wit:

WARNING: Keep away from heat, flame, minors and probation officers. ILLICIT can only be shipped via ground due to hazmat regulations.

Illicit is $65 for 3.4oz (100mL) and is available now.

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October 23, 2006

This Just In - Ren Shaving Products

renShavingOil.gifrenAftershave.gifOnce again our friends over at Details for Men have sent over some shaving products to try. This time they're products from REN, which I have to admit I had never heard of before. Here's a little quote from REN's website:

At REN we believe in beautiful, healthy skin. That is why we pioneered the concept of Clean Bio Active Skincare. Skincare products that are formulated with cutting edge, clinically proven bio actives whilst being free from skin unfriendly ingredients. Our philosophy is summarised in our 5 principles: Right Ingredients, Right Science, Right Product Experience, Right Environmental Impact, Right Attitude.

All right!

Not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but their packaging is pretty darn unique. (And recyclable) Haven't seen a shaving cream or oil in a pump-top dispenser before. Definitely looking forward to putting REN to the test.

We've just finished up our MenScience reviews, and are about to start on an Anthony Logistics for Men Kit (also courtesy of Details for Men), so expect the full REN review toward the end of the year.

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October 20, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Danny Glover

dannyGlover.jpgThis week's celebrity facial hair Friday pick is actor Danny Glover, star of like thirteen hundred films. Danny's often sporting some kind of facial hair, from a salt-and-pepper goatee in the Royal Tenenbaums, to even a decent mustache in the Lethal Weapon series. And that's saying something. I'm not a big fan of the mustache.

Which is why I need to point out Danny's recent mustache, pictured to the right. I'm not crazy about it. I think it's shaped wrong for his face. Looks like he's wearing a trapezoid, or a lopped-off pyramid (which is probably also called a trapezoid). I can't figure out if it's too thick under the nose, or too thin near the sides of the lips.

Shave it or save it? I'm going with a third option - shape it. And if that doesn't work for you, shave it off and try something new.

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Review of MenScience - Advanced Face Lotion

We've reached the end of MenScience review week, and that means we've come to the last product - MenScience Advanced Face Lotion. "Ultralight" and "Oil Free" they describe it, and right they are. My face literally drank this stuff up.

Restores suppleness and elasticity, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines

Yep.

Softens skin by combating dryness and rough areas
Check.

Gently smoothes and renews the skin, stimulating cell renewal mechanisms
That's cool.

Nourishes and helps protect from the damaging effects of free radicals
I'll take your word for it.

About the only thing this skin cream doesn't do is provide sunblock. (Check out MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30 for that.)

Like all of their products, Advanced Face Lotion is chock-full of prime ingredients - AHA, BHA, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydro-Silicones, Glycerin, Green Tea, Vitamin A, C, E. I'm a big fan, and I think anyone who's looking to try something new will quickly become a fan too.

MenScience Advanced Face Lotion is $36 for 4oz.

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October 19, 2006

Mega Mega's Review of the Philips Norelco BG2020 BodyGroom

Every so often I like to check in on items we covered in the past, and since the BodyGroom remains a hot seller, we're looking at it again today. Now there are a ton of articles and reviews on the web, but the one that everyone seems to have picked up on is by Amazon reviewer Mega Mega. Everyone is quoting Mega Mega's review of the BodyGroom. Sometimes you've got to follow the crowd.

Lets just say the "Bodygroom" is Shaft, Beanbag, and Starfish safe. No nicks or any pain...no worries...that does not mean go in there like a maniac...take your time [...] Here is a word of warning, if you are a hairy man in the posterior / back (buttocks cheeks) region, I would not suggest going bald there...although the bodygroom does yield very smooth results, re-growth maybe a little annoying. [...] All in All the boodygroom is a great product and offers a safe way to prep those sensitive areas. I can not at this time give you a female perspective on this product...I can only assume that it will yeild similar results...I will keep you informed of any new developments.

And if Mega Mega suddenly turns into a female, we'll keep you informed of that development as well. The Philips Norelco Bodygroom is $39.99 at Amazon.

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Review of MenScience - Post-Shave Repair

OK, so you've shaved, you've rinsed your face with cool water, and you're about to use an after-shave moisturizer. Wait one sec! You've got a quick step before that. It's spritz time.

Allow me to introduce you to MenScience Post-Shave Repair, in a spray bottle! Love the spray bottle. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is a toner, and all the toners we've tried before come in an open-mouth bottle and are applied with a cotton ball. Have you tried applying toner with a cotton ball? If you're not careful, you end up with a wispy mess. But not with the spritz. Just remember to close your eyes while applying.

MenScience Post-Shave Repair "immediately calms redness and razor burn with anti-inflammatory ingredients." OK, maybe not immediately, but it certainly helps calm your face after it's been sliced with hot steel. It's also great at getting the last stubborn bits of shaving cream off your face. And it contains tons of the good stuff - Allantoin, Azulene, Witch Hazel, Aloe, Tea Tree Extract, Salicylic Acid, Camphor, and Rosemary. Check the MenScience site for the benefits of each of these.

Bottom line - do you need it? No. Do you want it? Yes. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is $28 for a 4oz. bottle.

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October 18, 2006

Buzzskin Says It's Time To Start Thinking About Gifts

buzzskinLogo.jpgSure, Christmas isn't for another two months, but just think - Christmas is only two month away! Time to get a jump on your gift buying. Wasn't that your resolution after last holiday season?

Buzzskin's got you covered in the shaving world with their Gift Guide. Neatly categorized into Under $25, $25 - $40, and Over $40, there's something for everyone. Me - I hope I get the Baxter Journey Man - Travel Kit or the Jack Black Shave-In-A-Bag. Santa, I've been good. Honest.

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Review of MenScience - Advanced Shave Formula

OK, so there's pre-shave and post-shave, but let's get to the shave already. We wouldn't be here otherwise. MenScience describes their Advanced Shave Formula as "foamless", which is definitely accurate. I was initially uncertain as this cream didn't seem to do much on my face. Many of the shaving creams and gels we've reviewed slightly transform on your face, either by foaming or lathering up. MenScience Advanced Shave Formula just kind of went on. The shaves were good, but it wasn't until a couple weeks later that I realized that I hadn't had any nicks, cuts, or scraps. You may remember a while back we received some products from a company called By142 which helped with skin and scar repair. They had suggested we use them after shaving to reduce razor burn and inflammation. The thing was, I wasn't getting any of that with MenScience Advanced Shave Formula, so I never had any reason to use the stuff. Kind of funny. If that isn't an endorsement for MenScience, I don't know what is.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is pretty much odorless, although it has a slight smell of Play-dough. Yum. Always loved that stuff as a kid. It's a little goopy, but it doesn't clog your razor, and it's pretty easy to apply. Using your fingers is the best approach. I tried using a shaving brush a couple times but it doesn't have the right consistency to be spread that way. MenScience recommends you wait 30 seconds after applying (which is always a good idea) to let the ingredients absorb into your skin and further soften your whiskers.

And what are those ingredients, you ask? Glycerin, Aloe, Allantoin, Azulene, Avocado Extract, Grapeseed, Salicylic Acid, and Tea Tree Extract. Clearly a lot of research has gone into making the best shaving cream possible with the highest quality natural ingredients. Sure there's the occasional phenophoxophuccinol, but for the most part everything is recognizable. My favorite - Glycerin:

Humectant with impressive capability to continually absorb water from the environment and bind it to the skin. Increases the skin’s softness, suppleness and elasticity. Its lubricating properties make it superior to foaming ingredients for shaving preparations.

Bind humectant, bind! Damn, that's impressive.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is $25 for a 6oz tub. If you've had it up to here with foam, or just want to try something new, MenScience Advanced Shave Formula definitely worth it.

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October 17, 2006

The Battery Ran Out In My Gillette Fusion

The battery ran out in my Gillette Fusion. So I'm blogging about it. ShavingStuff is a blog after all, so by that token I probably should be telling you what I fed my cat this morning. But rest assured - unless my cat somehow miraculously starts shaving, you'll never read about Mr. Wigglesworth.

So anyway, I was shaving this morning, and the little low-battery indicator on the Fusion started flashing. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later, no more vibrations. Kind of sad, but kind of cool. My M3Power never told me when I was running low. And I have to say, the battery lasted since the beginning of February. That's eight and a half months. Not bad in my book.

Anyway, I had to raid a TV remote to finish the shave. I'm kind of addicted to the vibrations. And I replaced the AAA with whatever was in the remote, which I think was an Everyready. Shh! Don't tell Gillette I didn't use a Duracell.

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Review of MenScience - Face Buff Brush

A face brush? A face brush in a bottle? And for men? I have to admit I was quite excited when this little guy showed. I've never tried a face brush before. In fact I had never heard of such a thing. ShavingStuff wife had to explain that women have had face brushes for years now. OK, so now it's time for the men.

The MenScience Face Buff Brush is exactly what you think it is - a brush for washing your face. Throw a little MenScience Daily Face Wash on your face and start brushing! Up and down. Round and round in circles. Brushing can be fun! Because you're using bristles instead of your fingers, you get a deeper clean along with exfoliation.

OK, I'll admit that I don't use the brush every day. It's an extra step, and you should really make sure you dry it well afterwards. Otherwise nasties can start growing in there. I liked using the brush in the shower - less issue if you make a mess. Unless you're a brush expert, the first few times you use it will be a little awkward. Felt like I was suddenly a lefty. But I did end up liking this guy. If you're looking to take your shave to the next level, give it a shot. If not, you'll be ok without it.

The MenScience Face Buff Brush is $13.

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October 16, 2006

Splitting Hairs - The documentary about the United States Beard and Moustache Team

splittingHairs.gifLadies and gentlemen, please let me introduce four members of the US Beard and Moustache team - Gary Johnson, Phil Olsen, Bruce Roe, and Gary Hagen. Mere mortals by day. Facial hair powerhouses by night. Learn their story at a cineplex near you.

Splitting Hairs is a documentary film that follows the United States Beard and Moustache Team through Europe as it prepares to take on the dominant Association of German Beard Clubs at the World Beard and Moustache Championships (WBMC).

The project combines elements of "Spellbound" and "Waiting for Guffman" with competitive facial hair cultivation to create an off-kilter story that spans 5 countries and two continents, culminating at the 2005 WBMC in Berlin.

Now if you didn't follow the World Beards (as the kids like to call it), don't worry, I won't spoil it for you. This film is sure to be a nail biter even if you know the outcome. So start that popcorn popping, and melt some butter. Splitting Hairs is currently in post-production and will be out "soon". I can only guess that means they're adding laser bolts and getting Jar Jar just right.

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Review of MenScience - Daily Face Wash

It's review time again, and this time we're stretching it out over a whole week. Welcome to MenScience review week! We received five products from MenScience. There are five days in a week. Perfect! If you need a background on MenScience, I suggest starting with this post. If not, read on...

First up is MenScience Daily Face Wash. As we've been hammering into your head, great shaves start with clean skin, and MenScience Daily Face Wash is a great way to start. Their face wash is a clear, thick gel which is easy to apply, and foams up to a slight lather when you work it into your skin. Key ingredients include Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Aloe, and Urea. That last one isn't as bad as it sounds.

Urea: Moisturizer capable of attracting and retaining water. Helps in the absorption of other ingredients. Credited with protecting the skin, due to buffering and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Click on over to the MenScience Daily Face Wash to learn about all the ingredients.

MenScience Daily Face Wash did a great job on my skin. I only ever needed a tiny quarter-size amount, it was easy to wash off, and it never left my skin too dry. Subsequent shaves were great, but that's equally due to their shaving cream (which we'll cover on Wednesday). I've used it happily every day for two months and I'm barely half-way through the bottle.

MenScience Daily Face Wash is $25 for 8oz.

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October 15, 2006

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze

We review a lot of products at ShavingStuff designed to prevent ingrown hairs, but let's face it - despite our best efforts, sometimes they still happen. For all of you who reach for your Leatherman, may we instead suggest the Tweezerman, an "unsurpassed" stainless-steel tweezing system designed especially for you.

To remove ingrown hairs, wash area with soap and water, dip tweezer in alcohol to disinfect, and use tip of tweezer to isolate the ingrown hair. Tweeze hair out gently in the direction of hair growth.

Tweezerman suggests you "Keep one in your medicine cabinet and one for your toolbox." I guess that means you should buy two. Good thing the Tweezerman is only $8.97 at Amazon. For disinfectant alcohol recommendations, (as well as celebratory alcohol recommendations once that pesky hair is out) we suggest visiting our sister site LiquorSnob.com.

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October 13, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Aaron Douglas

This week's celebrity facial hair Friday pick is actor Aaron Douglas. Who, you might ask, is Aaron Douglas? Stop any self-respecting pocket-protecting nerd on the street and they'll tell you - Aaron plays Chief Tyrol on the hit sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica, which recently started its third season.

One of the things I like about the new Battlestar Galactica series is the grit. People are dirty. It isn't the typical Star Trek view of the future where everything is clean and technologically advanced. Aside from spaceflight, the humans in Battlestar Galactica don't have much else. And that leads to some unshaven beards, like that seen here on Aaron Douglas.

Now you may remember back in August we featured BSG co-star Edward James Olmos, who suddenly appeared with a horrible mustache on the show. He's still got it. And we still hope he shaves it. But as far as Aaron's concerned, the beard suits him. And his character. Keep the rugged, harried look. And watch your back. You never know who's a cylon.

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October 12, 2006

Fly and Comply with MenScience

Here's a great idea from the folks at MenScience - a TSA Compliant Travel Kit. Have you traveled lately? It's like your entire life has to fit inside a zip-lock bag. Luckily, all your shaving products now can. Here's the skinny:

10 Travel-size items, each 3 ounces or less.
ONE kit for all of your grooming and skincare needs.
All liquid products fit comfortably in a zip-top bag (included - nice!).

Genius! Genius in the face of madness. Also included are ear plugs, a night sleep mask, shampoo, deodorant, lip protection, and a travel bag. Hell, they'll probably throw in the next book from Dan Brown if you ask them nicely (and it's allowed on the plane). The TSA Compliant Travel Kit is $78 and available now from their website. That's a hell of a lot cheaper than having all your shaving gear confiscated.

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October 11, 2006

Review of Superior Brushes and QED Shaving Stick from Leisure Guy

LesiureGuy's been busy again. This time he's trying out a new shaving brush from SuperiorBrushes.com and a shaving stick from QED. He wrote in:

A couple of firefighters in Clovis NM make shaving brushes to order: 22mm, 25mm, and 30mm knot sizes, including silvertip. They turn the handles in the color and style you want, and the brushes are really reasonably priced. I have all three sizes and used the 22mm this morning---great brush, soft like an Omega Silvertip. I used it with a Mocha-Java shaving stick (soap in stick form) from QED and got a terrific and wonderful smelling lather.

Firefighers who make shaving brushes in their spare time? How did he find these guys? Brushes range from $40 to $100 and are hand-made of "100% real Asian badger hair imported from China". Is that even legal? You can ask them for custom requests too. More info here, and read LeisureGuy's full review here.

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October 10, 2006

This Just In - John Allan Shaving Products

Our good friends over at Details for Men have just sent over a tube of John Allan's Shave Cream and a bottle of John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm. A history lesson, it you'll permit me... In 1988 John Allan branched out from New York's Jean Louis David International Salons and launched his own salon, store, and product line.

He designed his formulas specifically for the needs of men, and used the latest ingredients containing vitamins, botanicals, and marine plant extracts. John Allan also addressed the issues of performance, packaging and scent. In formulating his products, he used the best testing lab he could find - his thousands of New York City clients. Utilizing feedback from a select group of clients and members who splashed, spread, scrubbed, shaved, shampooed and showered with each and every product, John Allan and his team developed a high quality line with proven performance.

Well, we're not exactly one of his New York city clients, but we are ready to splash, spread, scrub, and shave. Currently in the ShavingStuff test lab we're finishing up our MenScience review, and up next is the Anthony's Logistics for Men shaving kit (also from Details for Men). There just aren't enough shaves in a day.

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October 9, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06

Blogpire 144We feature all the things you need to get your Fall spirit rolling. Recipes and products from TheCookingNews.com and KitchenContraptions.com. Hear about all the latest natural products at ReallyNatural.com, and find out why we're excited about the Magic the Gathering card game expansion.

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Exclusive American Dragster DVD Offer for BRUT Insiders!

Ron_Car.jpgHey kids - can't get enough of the drag racing? Missed a couple of episodes of the first season of American Dragster? It's your lucky day. Here's your chance to own the complete season one on DVD, courtesy of your friends at Brut.

You’ll get the story behind the scenes of Top Level of Professional NHRA Drag Racing, with the drivers, the crews, the names you know. It’s an in-depth, fast-paced look at the lives of Top Fuel Drivers, Ron Capps, Tony Schumacher and more that shows you what it takes to be a winner in the world’s fastest sport.

OK, I'll admit it. $3 off this DVD is not the greatest deal. And I can speak from past experience that the free sample of Brut Moisturizing After Shave Balm that they send you is a miniscule foil-wrapped 5 milliliters. But hey - maybe drag racing is your thing, and maybe you've been looking to try some Brut. I guess what I'm saying is that I'll report on anything shaving-related. Anything.

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October 6, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Franky G

This week's celebrity facial hair Friday pick is Franky G who plays Joe on CBS's new hit show Smith. Smith stars Ray Liotta (user of KENMEN products) as the head of a crime team specializing in museum and jewel heists. It's one of those morally ambiguous shows where the protagonist is a criminal, like the Sopranos. Only a little more suited for network TV. And not really in the same league. Whatever...

Franky is Liotta's sidekick, and I think the facial hair suits him. Broken goatee and soul patch. He can be menacing, but he can also be charming. Perfect for moving between the high-life and the low. A taste of style, and a taste of recklessness. Save it. At least until the network tells you otherwise.

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October 5, 2006

Hitachi Rotary Razaq

Back in March we had an update on the Hitachi RM-SX100 which at the time was only available in Japan. There's been a recent resurgence of activity on this electric razor, most prominently from this Gizmodo post. The design of this electric razor has been updated to a sleeker, more modern look, and the name has been changed from Unix command line speak "RM-SX100" to the more consumer friendly "Rotary Razaq". No word yet on US or European availability, but I can only imagine real-soon-now. More updates as we get them...

The Hitachi Rotary Razaq is currently available in silver and blue from Amazon Japan for ¥5,480.

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October 4, 2006

Hand-Crafted Straight Razors from Knife Maker Frank Warner

Knife Maker Frank Warner recently started making straight razors, and they are a thing of beauty. "... spring steel, anodized titanium and presentation grade gold lip mother of pearl handles." Check out this page of straight razors to see what I'm talking about. They aren't cheap. The Gold Lip Straight Razor, which is the only one currently available, is $400. But here's why:
Frank performs nearly all production phases of his knives himself, from design to profiling, drilling, shaping, heat-treating, polishing and final sharpening. Occasionally he will engage the services of a jeweler or another knifemaker for assistance with tasks for which he lacks the proper tools or confident expertise. All of his knives come with a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing that they are one-of-a-kind custom handcrafted knives and a full 90-day warrantee against defects in materials and workmanship.

(Read more about Frank Warner here.)

The other razors will be available soon and will be in the same price range. Email Frank if you are interested. His contact info is here.

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October 3, 2006

Pre-Order Your Remington DA-307 Microscreen 2 Men's Shaver Today

October 18, 2006 is the ship date for the new Remington DA-307 Microscreen 2, but you can pre-order this bad boy today on Amazon. $25.95 (which qualifies for free shipping) guarantees you'll be the envy of all the kids with the latest shaving gadget. The Remington DA-307 Microscreen 2 "has advanced dual foil microscreens... [and] is rechargeable and has a 40 minute run time." Probably not your primary electric, but a great travel or backup razor. And it comes in cool blue!

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Zap your Zits with Zeno

zeno.jpgA lot of products we review here at ShavingStuff deal with reducing ingrown hairs and razor burn, but there's another unsightly problem that shaving can cause - zits! Here's a novel approach to fighting acne break-out from Tyrell called the Zeno. From their about Zeno page:

Zeno™ is a simple electronic product designed to safely heat an acne lesion to a pre-set temperature range known to generate heat shock response. Heat shock response is a reaction bacteria have to heat whereby they transcript a number of genes and activate heat-shock proteins. These heat-shock proteins participate in the bacteria's death by causing the bacteria to self-destruct.

Huh. Uh... ok. Does that mean my zits go away?

Zeno can clear up a pimple in just hours. Two to three 2½-minute treatments spread over 24 hours are sufficient for most pimples. Often, only one treatment is needed. Most other medications can take days or even weeks to work.

Yes! My zits do go away! And did anyone notice how cool the device looked?

The Zeno is available from their website, and also at Amazon for $225.

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October 2, 2006

September Wrap-Up

Another month come and gone. September's out, hello October.

We finished up our reviews of ZIRH products with one on pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and shaving gel and one on post-shaving products such as toner and moisturizer rated SPF 15. We found ZIRH products to be top-notch. Don't forget you can still get 12% off orders $40 or more by entering coupon code 'ShavingStuff' at checkout.

One of my favorite things this month was being the special guest on the latest edition of the Blogpire podcast. Jay and Russell (another Russell) review all the recent posts from around the Blogpire family of sites, and ShavingStuff was the featured blog. Subscribe on iTunes or download the mp3 directly.

Two new pieces of shaving equipment to report on - the MANGROOMER for shaving your back, and the Caldo shaving brush from Target. Two new shaving sites to report on - LeisureGuy's amazing essays on shaving with safety razors, and SlyBaldGuy with great info for head-shavers.

Celebrity facial hair picks included Ashton Kutcher (shave it!), Matt Leinart (save it), Howie Mandel (go away), and George Lucas (the force is strong with this one).

Coming up in October we'll have our review of MenScience products, our review of BY142 products, and we'll start testing out the shaving kit from Anthony Logistics for Men which we got from our friends over at Details for Men. We'll see some amazing hand-crafted straight-razors from knife-maker Frank Warner. And who knows what else? I guess you'll just have to come back and see.

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