November 30, 2006

Shaving Websites Which Ship Outside the US

logo_skinstore.gifShavingStuff reader Cam recently wrote in and asked that we mention a few shaving sites which ship outside of the US. Shame on us for being so Ameri-centric. Cam recommends SkinStore.com, GroomingLounge.com (which wasn't up when we checked last night), and MenEssentials.com.

SkinStore has a regular mail catalog which you can request here. Get 10% off your next order if you sign up. MenEssentials has gift certificates if you want to let your giftee decide what to get. mensessentials.jpgAll the brands you know and love are represented, plus a bunch you've probably never heard of. Plenty of other gift ideas too.

I was able to confirm that SkinStore will ship all around the world. MenEssentials may only ship to the US and Canada.

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November 29, 2006

Free Shipping on All Orders from BuzzSkin.com

buzzskinLogo.jpg'Twas the holiday season,
And all through the shave,
Not a creature paid for shipping,
And money they did save.

Yep, it's that most wonderful time of the year when online retailers entice you with deals, deals, deals. Like this one from Buzz Skin - Free shipping on all orders from now until Christmas. And not only do you get free shipping, you get free samples too. Buy a gift for him, get a gift for yourself.

Looking for some ideas? Click on over to their Gift Guy'd (get it?) and see what the experts have picked out for you. Tons of gift ideas in the $10 to $70 range. Can't vouch for all of them, but that Baxter kit and the MenScience kit are both top notch. You won't go wrong there.

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November 28, 2006

The Close Shaves of Kent Waddington

Punk_Shaving_Waddington_Exhibit.jpgAbout four years ago, photographer Kent Waddington started taking pictures of men shaving. Why? You don't ask an artist why. The reasons are not always apparent at the beginning. And now some greater good is coming out of his work.

In early October, a web master (www.closeshave.nl) and university professor in communications in The Netherlands saw Waddington’s work online and approached him to participate in a fundraising site featuring guys shaving - benefits to help Villa Pardoes (www.villapardoes.nl), a themed holiday resort for children with life threatening diseases.

(full story here)

The result is the website Close Shave, or the Dutch version Scherende Heren, where you can you can browse over 300 pictures of over 30 men in various states of shave. It's shaving porn. And it's guilt-free! Couple of favs - Henri-Pierre's around-the-neck technique (gotta try that one tomorrow) and this mess from an anonymous shaver (dude, take a deep breath and chill).

Check out CloseShave.nl for all the photos, and if you're feeling generous, make a donation to the Villa Pardoes charity. Finally, if you're up in the Ontario, Canada area between now and the end of the year, stop by the Barry’s Bay and Area Public Library to see about a dozen of the photographs on display.

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November 27, 2006

Free Gift-Wrapping and Shipping on Select Philips Products at Amazon

philipsBodyGroomSmall.jpgWelcome to Cyber Monday - the day we all buy everything online that we didn't buy over the weekend. A great way to ease into the work week without doing any work. Tons of deals out there. Here's a good one from Amazon for all of us lazy folks - free gift-wrapping and free shipping of select Philips Norelco products including the wildly popular BodyGroom, as well as the Norelco 9190XL SmartTouchXL Shaving System.

9190xlSmall.jpgAlso included on this list is the Senseo HD7832/55 Supreme Single-Serve Gourmet Coffeemaker, for any of your surfers who clicked over from our sister site Single Serve Coffee

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November 24, 2006

Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides from Around the Blogpire

Our editors have been hard at work coming up with the latest products to give as gifts this holiday season. Each of our different sites has their own holiday gift guide on various topics including: shaving, hdtv, gps, gaming, coffee and espresso, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and more.

Make your holiday gift giving easier this season by visiting the holiday shopping guides below, and get your shopping done online without the crowds and hassle of ever leaving your comfy couch or computer chair.

Electronics - TV and GPS

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Holiday Shopping Guide from TVSnob.com

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Holiday Shopping Guide from GPSLodge.com

Natural Products & Organic Living

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Holiday Shopping Guide from ReallyNatural.com

Shaving

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Holiday Gift Guide from ShavingStuff.com

Coffee & Espresso

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeCoffee.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from SingleServeEspresso.com

Games

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Holiday Gift Guide from CriticalGamers.com

Liquor and Spirts

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Holiday Shopping Guide from LiquorSnob.com

Kitchen Related

Holiday Shopping Guides Kc

Holiday Shopping Guide from KitchenContraptions.com

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Holiday Gift Guide from The Cooking News.com

Baby Related

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Holiday Gift Guide from SuperCoolBaby.com

Poker & Casino Related
Holiday Gift Guide from CasinoSnob.com

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November 23, 2006

Turkey Beards

beardrack.jpgPlease don't get grossed out. I wanted to do something Thanksgiving and shaving-related, and I ended up with this - Turkey Beards. I'm not making this up. A turkey's beard is the black, hair-like feathers on a male's breast.

There are actually a fair number of sites showing you how to remove and preserve the turkey beard, filled with very helpful explicit photography. You don't want to see it, especially on Thanksgiving. So take my word for it - the turkey beard of one of the prized possessions hunters display after a successful wild turkey hunt. No doubt the Pilgrims had many hanging from their walls.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ShavingStuff. Now go shave your turkey.

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November 22, 2006

ShavingCream.com

shavingCreamCom.gifIn case you haven't come across this site, ShavingCream.com is another great online retailer of high-quality shaving products. They sell a wide selection of men's shaving brands, with a focus on old-school straight-razor and shaving brush shaving - Truefitt & Hill and Proraso, to name a few. (I have to admit there are several brands here I don't recognize.) The site also has a brick and mortar presence in the non-virtual world, so if you live around Silicon Valley, head on over to S H A V E in Palo Alto, CA.

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November 21, 2006

German Shaving Site - DerGepflegteMann.de

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Attention German-speaking readers - just got word of DerGepflegteMann.de (The Groomed Man), a German shaving website with high-quality men's grooming products from brands like ZIRH, Nickel, and more. They also run Jack's Grooming Blog with posts on shaving news, men's style issues, and the occasional over-the-top piercing. You may notice some of the posts look familiar. Looks like they've been a fan of ShavingStuff for a while now. Always wanted to know what our site would look like translated into German. Looks... German.

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November 20, 2006

Review of Anthony Logistics for Men

It's review time again. For the last month or so we've been putting the products from Anthony Logistics for Men (which we got from our friends at Details for Men) through the ShavingStuff ringer. More specifically - the products from The Perfect Shave kit, which include their Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Pre-Shave Oil, Shave Cream, and After Shave Balm. An $83 value, yours for only $50. Act now and we'll throw in a black mesh dopp bag and a grooming instruction guide. Hurry! Supplies are limited.

Not really. They've got plenty.

GlycolicFacialCleanser.gifFirst up is the Glycolic Facial Cleanser. Broken record time - great shaves start with clean skin. You must wash! I was initially skeptical of the Glycolic Facial Cleanser. Most cleansers I've used from other men's grooming lines either foam or lather up. Kind of a visual confirmation that they're really doing something. This did neither. It just sat there on my face, no matter how aggressively I worked in over my skin. The thing is, it did the job well. Anthony's cleanser does in fact get the dirt and oil off your face, and actually washes off your face better than any other cleanser I've used. Most other cleansers leave your skin slightly slick, like you can't wash off that last layer of soap film. Anthony's cleanser came off clean. Good stuff.

AnthonyPreShavOil.gifOK, let's shave. The Perfect Shave includes both Pre-Shave Oil and Shave Cream. It also includes an instruction sheet, which I always think is a good idea. In this case, though, I think the instructions are missing a step. Step 1 is clean your face. Easy. Done. Step 2 tells you to "apply a thin layer of Anthony Logistics Pre-Shave Oil to help lubricate the skin and soften the beard hairs." Step 3 is to "apply a thin layer of Anthony Logistics Shave Cream." What they don't tell you to do, and what I think is really important, is to apply a little water to your face between steps 2 and 3. Not a lot of water will stick to your face, since you've got a base of oil in there, and what does stick will tend to bead up. But I found that Anthony's Shave Cream lathers up much better with a little water in the mix. Also, you'll get a smoother shaving experience - less tug of the razor against your skin. I tried it both ways - with and without the middle layer of water - and found that the water definitely adds to the comfort of the shave.

AnthonyShaveCream.gifThat said I have two complaints with Anthony's shave system. The first is packaging - the bottle which holds the Pre-Shave Oil has a wide mouth which makes it difficult to get a small amount out at a time. I ended up holding the bottle against my palm and tipping the entire thing over, getting a nickel size each time. However then the oil is in my palm and not my fingertips, making it more difficult to apply to my face. I would have preferred either a squeeze bottle or a smaller mouth.

The second complaint was with the closeness of the shave. Some of my beard hairs grow straight out from the skin, and some grow parallel to the skin. I've used shaving creams before which do a great job at standing these troubled hairs up. With Anthony's Shave Cream, I often would find myself looking in the mirror after I was all done and seeing an patch of skin which could have been shaved closer. The only thing left to do at that point was to get out the electric razor.

Anthony's Shave Cream foams up to a rich, thick, white lather, and there's enough left on your face for a second pass of the razor even when it looks like you've taken it all off with the first. That's good. If you've got facial hair like a mustache or goatee which you're trying to preserve though, you might consider going with a shaving cream which is a little more clear.

anthonyAfterShave.jpg Done shaving? Throw a little After Shave Balm on your face. Your skin will drink it up. This stuff is great. No complaints whatsoever.

All of the Anthony products we tested are labeled as "Fragrance Free", but all do have a noticeable smell. The Glycolic Facial Cleanser is slightly sweet and fruity, and the rest are all slightly minty. Overall very nice and not overpowering. I would definitely recommend the Glycolic Facial Cleanser and the After Shave Balm to anyone. I'm a little more hesitant about the Pre-Shave Oil and Shave Cream. If you've got a light beard or don't need to shave every day, they might work well for you. If you've got a heavy beard and are looking for the seriously smooth shave, I'd probably look elsewhere.

The Perfect Shave Kit from Anthony's Logistics for Men is $50. For the holidays, consider giving it to someone who needs to be broken from the drug store shaving cream habit. It would make a good entree into higher quality men's grooming products.

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November 17, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Jack Black

tenaciousJackBlack.jpgThis week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Jack Black, comedian, movie star, rock star. Jack is one half of the greatest band of all time - Tenacious D. (WARNING: The Tenacious D website is not suitable for browsing while at work, especially on computers with speakers.) And this Wednesday, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny opens in theaters nationwide - no doubt the greatest movie of all time. (The website for the movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a riot, and while marginally more suitable for work than the band website, really is the greatest website of all time. Click over and have a laugh.)

Jack is one of the few people in Hollywood who really seems to have fun with his facial hair. Whether it's the outrageous mustache in Nacho Libre, or the random beards in his various TV appearances, Jack's facial hair knows no bounds. For the Tenacious D movie Jack sports a little bit of scruff below the lip (and later a full beard). It's the perfect subtle touch to a not-so-subtle actor. When he's calm, the scruff reminds you he could explode at any moment. And when he's on, it makes him look like the devil. And we all know devil-worship is the soul of rock and roll. (Funny story - Jack and his partner Kyle once battled Satan and defeated him by playing the greatest and best song in the world. Unfortunately, they have since forgotten how to play it.)

I'd like to clear up one bit of constant confusion before we end this post. Jack Black the comedian is in no way related to Jack Black the men's grooming line. I get asked that question more often that you'd think. I'm sure Jack Black the company does too.

Well, there you have it. Jack Black is today's celebrity facial hair Friday pick, which makes this post the greatest celebrity facial hair Friday pick of all time.

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November 16, 2006

This Just In - Nickel

NickelMorningAfterRescueGel.gifGot a few more products in from our friends over at Details for Men. This time they sent us a couple of items from the world famous Nickel Spa for Men in New York. Now, if you happen to be in New York (or Paris, London, or San Francisco), you can book yourself a little appointment for a facial, pedicure, massage, the works. And if you're not in the area, Nickel products can come to you.

In the shaving category they've got Smooth Operator Shave Gel ($15)

Even tough guys can be sensitive, especially when it comes to their beard and skin. So that shaving is not a nightmare, Nickel has created the first shaving gel for every type of skin and beard.

FireInsuranceAfterShave.gifFollow that up with a little Fire Insurance After Shave ($30)

Razor burn demands fast action. This extra-fresh and light gel instantly calms and soothes your skin with its peroxygenated corn oil.

You know, I've always heard that peroxygenated corn oil is good for putting out fires. And making french fries.

Finally, we got a tube of Morning After Rescue Gel ($40)

Alcohol, tobacco, fatigue...after a night of partying, your face says it all. The Morning After Rescue-Gel is a shock treatment for those mornings when waking up is tough.

I know nothing about what you speak.

To validate their claims, it looks like we'll have to have several late nights of partying. Oh, the things I do in the name of shaving...

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November 14, 2006

The ShavingStuff 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgTrying to figure out the perfect gift for a loved one this year? You've come to the right place. It's the 2006 ShavingStuff Holiday Guide, and it's jam-packed with home runs from the shaving world. Hey Santa - I've been good. Real good.

Shaving Kits
Shaving kits are great way to go in the sub-$100 range. They generally provide shaving cream and a post-shave moisturizer, and are a great way in introduce someone to a brand's shaving system. Additional items often include handy travel bags and pre-shave cleansers. Here are some we think are winners:
MenScience TSA-Allowed Travel Kit $78
Daily Shave Kit from Menscience $55
Anything from the ZIRH holiday gift center $50 - $70 (and one for $239)
Baxter of California Shave 1.2.3 (with Dopp Bag) $75
The Hits Vol 1 from Billy Jealousy $50
The Perfect Shave from Anthony Logistics for Men $50
a|MEN|ity Limited Edition Gift Set $250
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Razors
We like power. Three, four, or five blades, shaving is better with power. Want the Cadillac of razors? Get the Fusion. Mid-range SUV? Schick Quattro. The old work-horse? M3Power.
Gillette-Fusion Power Razor and 4 Cartridge Pack $22.99
Schick Quattro Power $12.95
Gillette M3Power $6

Electric Razors
Electric razors are a great way to shave if you're beard grows slowly, you've got tough skin, or you just need a quick shave. They're also a great travel alternative where you can't predict your sink and lighting. Here are a couple we recommend:
Panasonic ES8077S Vortex Hydraclean System - $109.99
Braun 7505 Syncro UltraSpeed Shaver - $89.99
Norelco 7745X Cool Skin Wet / Dry Electric Shaver - $109.99
Panasonic ES7801S Triple Blade Wet/Dry Rechargeable Men's Shaver - $49.99

Accessories
Sometimes you have to dress your shave up. Accessorize! For that old-school barbershop shave experience right in the comfort of your own home, we recommend the Conair Hot Lather Machine. For those ingrown nasties which verge on requiring surgery, we recommend the Tweezerman. And for hair growing in places it shouldn't, we recommend the Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer.
ConAir Chrome Hot Lather Machine - $29.99
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze - $8.97
Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer - $5.99

Head Shaving
As we said last year, you could shave your head with a regular razor, or you could shave your head with something specially designed for the job. Hey - it's still your head.
HeadBlade Classic (in yellow) - $10.95
HeadBlade S4 (Signature Series Stainless Steel) - $74.95
DOVO Head Shaver - $19.99

Back Shaving
You may think you're bringing sexy back, but if you're bringing hairy back, you're bringing lonely back. Luckily there's a solution, aside from being mistaken for Azamat from the Borat movie.
MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver - $39.95

Pubic Shaving
Last, but certainly not least, we have the category of pubic shaving. Men just love that extra optical inch provided by the BodyGroom, and women (and men) just love that smooth, clean... well... you know.
Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom - $34.99
Seiko Cleancut - $53.25

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The Baxter Makeover

You know how people tell you not to judge a book by it's cover? You know why people tell you that? Because everyone judges books by their covers. So sometimes it pays to change your cover.

That's right, I'm talking about the Baxter of California packaging update which launches this Wednesday November 15th. Click on the image to the right to see an example of the new look. Is that ascii art on the side? Nice.

According to this men.style.com article:

Baxter is scrapping its current logo (introduced just five years ago) and going with a more current—i.e., self-consciously old-fashioned—look. The change is "completely aesthetic," admits company president Jean-Pierre Mastey. "Our old packaging said 'apothecary,' but we wanted a design that looked more 'lifestyle.'" Or, as Chris DiGiacomo, whose firm, Digi-Akimo, crafted the redesign, puts it, "The new look should appeal to people who are buying $200 jeans and limited-edition sneakers."

Well, I'm not buying $200 jeans, but I want to look like I am. Are you starting to get it now people? Lifestyle!

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November 13, 2006

Jesus Shaves T-Shirt, part 2 (or part 1?)

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A while back we featured a Jesus Shaves T-Shirt over at BustedTees.com. Got an email the other day from sixten who claiming to have originated the idea. Now I'm not going to get in the middle of a I-said/he-said war, but what I will to is give everyone equal air time. So, check out this Jesus Shaves T-shirt, available both in men's and women's sizes for $39. And if you like sixten's design, check out his website www.thismachinekills.com for more killer stuff.

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November 10, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - K Fed

kevin_federline.jpgA lot of stuff happened this week - midterm elections, Rumsfeld's resignation, Cosby settled his groping suit - and a certain couple took a trip to splitsville a couple days ago which I fear might have gotten lost in the shuffle. Yes, we're talking about Britney and K Fed.

Now I have to admit, while I know the name, I don't really know much about Mr. Fed. So I asked around and here's what I learned - he's an aspiring musician, he and Britney have two kids, and the 'K' stands for korn. Also, ShavingStuff wife calls him the poor man's Justin Timberlake.

His image is street and dangerous, thus the unshaven stubble. And honestly, it's not bad. If he had carved "Britney-4-eva" into his sideburns, then we could ding him on facial hair, but the truth is he's stylin'. Guess we'll have to call him on something. Dude, you can't sing. For your sake, I hope you get alimony.

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November 9, 2006

Edge ActiveCare and the Life of a Brand

edgeactivecare.jpgI saw an ad in a magazine recently for Edge ActiveCare shaving cream. Having never heard of Edge ActiveCare I started with their website www.edgeactivecare.com, where it turns out there are actually four varieties of Edge ActiveCare - Revitalizing, Deep Hydrating, Deep Cleansing, and Therapy. The first three are actually creams, only the last one is a gel. Kind of weird since I always associate Edge with gel. Those commercials are burned into my head. So is this a replacement of the old Edge Gel? Is this a new premium brand?

laura.gifAs I continued to surf around, I came across marketing guru Laura Ries's analysis on Edge ActiveCare, which validated a lot of my confusion. Laura begins by detailing Edge's rise to glory, trumping shaving creams and foams with a new concept - "shaving gel." Then,

[...] what really boggles the mind is SC Johnson’s latest entry in the shaving category which it is calling Edge ActiveCare. What is an ActiveCare you might be thinking? Well ActiveCare is a shaving cream. Yup, they seem to be going backwards. Maybe the ad slogan should be “Edge ActiveCare, it’s not your Grandfather’s shaving cream.”

Her post is spot on. Is this stuff better than Edge's traditional gel? Should I switch? And why would I want to go to the Edge ActiveCare website and create MP3s? (Click on Music Mixer once you're there.) Read all of Laura Ries's analysis here, and discover why she does indeed deserve the "guru" moniker.

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November 8, 2006

8-Pack of Gillette Fusion Power Razors for $16.95

gilletteFusionPowerRazors.jpgAttention ShavingStuff shoppers - blue light special at Amazon. An 8-Pack of Gillette Fusion Power Razors is currently only $16.95. Yeah, yeah, I know. $2 a razor is pretty steep. But if you're already hooked (like me), you've got to score somewhere. And trust me, this is a great deal. Buy two 8-packs and get free shipping. You won't find a cheaper price anywhere. I've looked.

And one more thing - Fusion Power razors fit both the Fusion and Fusion Power razor handle, and Fusion (non-power) razors fit both the Fusion and Fusion Power handle. Why an 8-Pack of Gillette Fusion (non-power) Razors is currently $8 more at $24.95 is totally beyond me. Buy the cheaper Fusion Power Razors. They're even considered the premium version of the unpowered ones.

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The MenScience Blog

MenScienceBlogs. Everybody's got one. Even my sister's blogging now. But shaving blogs are still few and far between. That's why when I find one, I blog about it. Blogs - they're self-perpetuating.

MenScience. You've read our reviews, you've perused their site, now it's time to check out their blog. Updated every few days/weeks with product announcements, shaving facts, and random musings. Add it to your RSS feeds and be pleasantly surprised.

From my favorite entry

There are over 30,000 beard hairs on the face of the average man (the greatest concentration on the chin and upper lip).
Hair grows an average of half a millimeter a day.
Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
The average guy begins to shave regularly when he begins to work regularly.

Yep. That's about when I started shaving regularly too.

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November 7, 2006

This Just In - a|MEN|ity - UPDATED!

press-dl-balm.jpgLast week we got a shipment of a|MEN|ity products in for review - moisturizer, cleanser - and curiously missing was shaving cream. But fear not, brothers in grooming were reunited this weekend by the arrival of Amenity Shave Cream.

Razor and skin are hardly friends. This indecently rich, non-lathering, ‘tough beard’ shave cream is the first-of-its-kind to contain a patent-pending ingredient complex to protect and care for the beard area.

We've got a few products lines to get through before a|MEN|ity heads into the ShavingStuff test studios, so in the meantime we recommend surfing around the a|MEN|ity site, starting with this grooming quiz. And Americans, don't forget your mid-term civic duty. Get out there and vote today!

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November 6, 2006

Shave Center Kit from Anthony for $30

shaveKitAnthony.jpgAnthony Logistics for Men is running a special on their Shave Center Kit which includes

  • Glycolic Facial Cleanser (8floz/237ml)
  • Facial Scrub (4oz/113g)
  • Shave Cream (2oz/56g)
  • After Shave Balm (2.5oz/70g)
  • Reusable storage box great for storing personal items.

According to their website this kit is a $79 value, and with their current sale price of $30 you save "$29". I've been over this several times and I can't quite get the math to work. Always knew I should have paid attention in calculus.

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November 3, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Borat

Jagshemash! This week's celebrity facial hair pick is a faux Kazakhstani reporter Borat Sagdiyev, known more affectionately as simply Borat. Borat is the creation of Sacha Baron Cohen, and until now could only be seen as one of the characters Cohen plays on Da Ali G Show. However today Borat steps out on his own in the movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". If you have a sense of humor, go see it. If not, stay very far away.

Borat is notoriously over the top, and his facial hair suits him. The moustache is exaggerated, just like the Borat character. It's fake (he's a fake reporter), it's foreign, (Kazakhstani), it's ridiculous. It's also designed to make you instantly judge the man as out-of-touch and awkward - the piece de resistance to put his interviewees at ease. And then toy with them as only Borat/Cohen can.

It takes a talented man to pull this off. Think you've got the "hram"?

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November 2, 2006

What's Inside - Shaving Cream

edgeAdvanced.jpgI'm a big fan of Wired magazine, so when I saw in their November issue this one-pager on shaving cream, it filled me with tears of joy. In What's Inside: Shaving Cream the Wired staffers list the entire ingredients of Edge Advanced Shaving Gel, Sensitive Skin with Aloe, from Palmitic acid to Blue #1, describing each as if it this were the answers to a high-school chemistry pop quiz. There's

Palmitic acid: This long-chain lipid is found in palm oil and animal fats. A major component in soapmaking, it helps create a thick, stable lather that enfolds follicles and holds them upright.

That sounds pretty cool.

Triethanolamine: A thickener and wetting agent, TEA allows water to flow more freely by reducing the surface tension that holds droplets together. It's also a precursor chemical for the blistering weapon nitrogen mustard gas.

Uh... what?

Sunflower oil monoglycerides: This plant oil has seemingly magical properties. Its fatty acids attach to a carbon backbone and keep the product in gel form. But rubbing the gel in your hands introduces air. Voilà: foam.

Nice. I like magic in my shaving cream.

Wired - you get an A+. Read the whole article here.

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November 1, 2006

TSA Says "I Do" to The Edge

landing-travel.jpgI went to Washington D.C recently, and before I left for the flight I checked the TSA website to find out the latest Do's and Don'ts.

Do
> bring three-ounce containers only
> Use a quart-size and zip-top bag
> Declare medications and baby items
Don't
> Bring any container larger than three ounces
> Use a one-gallon bag
> Over pack your plastic bag

And hey - what's that product placed prominently in plastic? Why it's Edge shaving gel. Wow! How did that get there? Hey - when I travel, I should really bring Edge shaving gel. Because the TSA says so.

Well, I think these types of drugstore shaving creams and gels are ok in a pinch, but for your normal daily routine you should pony up for quality. If you're looking to carry on something a little more high-end, we recommend the MenScience TSA-Compliant Shaving Kit.

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