March 30, 2007

March 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

March came in like a lion, shaved, and looked damn good, if I don't say so myself.

Reviews
Two reviews this month - John Allan's shaving products and the Nashville Knife Shop. John Allan's products were surprisingly good, overcoming my initial assumption that these would be an after-thought to a storefront spa. Not so. Top shelf shaving cream and after-shave balm. The Nashville Knife Shop has some great shaving supplies for the old-school shaver - brushes, stands, real razors, and yes - knives. For those looking to take their first step into this world I highly recommend a badger-hair brush. The Nashville Knife Shop has several high-quality choices at reasonable prices.

Coming Up
Our friends over at Details for Men sent us an assortment of products from The Gentlemen's Refinery, including their entire four-step shaving regimen plus eye cream. Currently in the Shaving Stuff test studios were lathering up with Maine Shave. Look for reviews of both of these products in the upcoming weeks.

Celebrities
This story keeps getting weirder and weirder. Brad Delp, former lead singer of Boston, was mediator to 30 years of feuding band-mates, which in the end caused him to take his own life. And then his friends aren't invited to his funeral. I prescribe a pair of headphones and an iPod loaded up with "Peace of Mind". Other celebs included the be-mustached Henry Waxman, the de-coiffed Kevin Federline, and the clean-shaven Martin Scorsese.

Misc
Hi ZIRH girls. Whatcha doing later? Wanna come over and Pimp My Shave? I'll let you play with my Shaving in the Tub set.

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March 29, 2007

New Women's Shaver from Wenzhou Anda Smoking Sets Co. Ltd

wenzhou.jpgI'm all for new products as long as there's real research and quality behind it. That's why I'm a little unsure about the "Model AB001" from Wenzhou Anda Smoking Sets Co.,Ltd. Here's a summary about this company:

Established in 1990, our company specializes in developing and manufacturing smoking sets. We expanded our product lines in 1999 to include household electronic appliances, including electric toothbrushes, beauty trimmers and shoe brushes. You can also come to us for a wide range of belts.

Are you sure you want to trust your tender spots to a company which specializes in smoking sets? Or belts?

And here's the kicker - "Price is $1.45, with a minimum order of 1,000 sets." If I see these things show up in The Sharper Image this Christmas selling for $19.99, someone's going to have hell to pay.

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March 28, 2007

Gillette Introduces First Nuclear-Powered Razor

theSpoof.jpgPretty funny article from TheSpoof.com entitled Gillette Introduces First Nuclear-Powered Razor. I almost wish the website were a little more subtly named. This would fool a bunch of people.

"Once you've gone to three blades, the nuclear option is inevitable," said Carl Thomas, a spokesman for Procter & Gamble, which bought Gillette for $57 billion in 2005. "We could sit back while podunk powers like Pakistan develop nuclear razors, or we could get out in front by seizing the first-mover advantage and other business magazine cliches."

Definitely worth a click and a chuckle. Glad to see that we have an Under Assistant Secretary of Men's Toiletries in Washington these days.

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March 27, 2007

Pimp My Shave from King of Shaves

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It's about time someone took shaving to the street. King of Shaves is kicking it old-school with Pimp My Shave, a website a la Am I Hot or Not, but for the pimpin' shaving underground.
If you look in the mirror after a fresh shave and think to yourself, “I should be getting paid to look this good!” just remember that you can and you should! Whip out the digital, snap a shot, and click here to upload your images. Let us be the judge whilst soliciting the jeers of haters nationwide. Please note that King of Shaves urges those haters to stop hating, and start cooperating by also submitting their photos.

Judging by the photos which are up there now, you've got plenty of chances to win. Um hello? Where's the guy who's installed a PSP is his beard? I saw them put a Playstation in an old VW Bug on Pimp My Ride so I know it can be done.

Prizes include $100 vouchers to shave.com, and the mac daddy of pimpin' shaves gets a trip for two to New York, hotel, Knicks tickets and "an 'unwinding session' at the famous Paul Molé Barber Shop." You may need to provide your own satin suit, diamond tipped cane, and grill.

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March 26, 2007

Free Trouble Fix Duo at ZIRH

vball.jpgOh ZIRH. You caught me staring at the ZIRH girls. Sadly I was brought to this page with the message

tsk tsk. - Looking for more pics of the ZIRH girls? Well, take better care of your skin and perhaps you can meet some for real...

Humph.

"Use code MyDuo and get a free Trouble Fix Duo with purchase of any of these Kits - through 3/26 only." You can also get the free kit if you spend $50 or more at ZIRH. As far as a visit from the girls, I'm still searching for that promo code.

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March 23, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Henry Waxman

Lots of political scandals in Washington these days - Walter Reed, the Justice Department, and who was that CIA agent again? Oh yeah, Valerie Plame. Before this whole US Attorney firings blew up, we were being treated to testimony on who and why Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent was leaked. And leading that charge was California's 30th district Representative (the fightin' 30th!) Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Well today we're taking a break from all that probing and posturing, and instead pondering the protrusion on Waxman's upper lip. Yep, I'm talkin' 'bout the 'stache. Doesn't it make him look a little like David Cross's Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development? (Yeah, I just whipped out the umlaut.) Makes we wonder what he'd look like without it. Probably not a lot better, although slightly younger.

On the shave it or save choice I'm going to have to go with save it. Never thought I'd say that for a mustache, but I think he'd look even goofier without it. And what's that silly grin all about? These are tough, divisive times.

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March 22, 2007

Accessorize at the Nashville Knife Shop

nashvilleknifeshop.jpgA couple month ago I received the Dad's Old Time Razor Set from the Nashville Knife Shop. At first I was psyched to try this set, which includes a badger brush, brush and razor stand, Muehle-Pinsel Shaving Soap with Aloe, and a safety razor and razor blade. As time went by I realized this set was going to expose me as a fraud. I have no experience shaving with a real razor. My life has been confined to cartridges and electronics. And any straight razor which has touched my face has been in the able hands of a trained professional.

Alas, I have not used the safety razor. But I have used everything else.

badgerBrush.gifFirst off - badgers rule. Do yourself a favor and get a badger-hair brush. The one included in the set is awesome. The Nashville Knife Shop has several individual shaving brushes for you to choose from, ranging in price from $29.99 to $395.00. The low-end badger hair ones will work just fine for you.

brushAndRazorStand.gifSecond, you're going to need a stand. Don't skimp out here and ignore this. You want your brush to dry upside down so that the water can fall out. The Nashville Knife Shop has brush stands from $3.95 to $24.95. Personal preference as to what you want. The $3.95 one looks, well, like it costs $3.95. I like the simplicity of this $19.95 one or this (pictured) $24.95 one which also has a slot for your razor.

Now, if you're a Gillette/Schick razor man, you can stop right here. But if you're old-school straight or "safety" razor, click on over the Nashville Knife Shop's razor selection and feast you eyes on these beauties. My advice if you're looking for a recommendation on a straight-razor or shaving soap is to head on over to LeisureGuy's guide to the gourmet shaving experience and see what he has to say. The man is a review machine. He puts me to shame.

On top of all of this, the Nashville Knife Shop also has knives. Who knew? Cutlery, sporting, hunting, even Swiss Army knives. If it needs cutting, you're sure to find a blade for the job.

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March 21, 2007

Braun 1775 FreeControl Electric Shaver

BraunFreeControl.jpgLooking for a budget electric razor without sacrificing quality? Then check out the Braun 1775 FreeControl Rechargeable, Washable Men's Shaver for $29.99.

Braun FreeControl is the new, easy way to a close shave. The new FreeFloat System with an extra-wide foil effortlessly follows your facial contours for a close, comfortable shave. It's rechargeable (30 minutes shave time/1 hour recharge) and washable for added convenience. Its streamlined design fits perfectly in your hand for easy handling.

I've had great luck with Braun electric razors in the past. They're no-nonsense workhorses. I particularly like the pop-up trimmer for evening out my sideburns, although I'll be damned if I can keep them level.

Hey! That would be a great new feature - a razor with a one of those little levels on it where you have to keep the bubble between the two lines. It would prevent you from ending up with diagonal sideburns. I smell patent!

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March 20, 2007

WholeMan - Body Maintenance for Men

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ShavingStuff reader "Mr M Evans" wrote in recently to tell us about his great experience at WholeMan, a store in London specializing in "body maintenance for men". Says Bob Ager, Chairman of WholeMan:
We have scoured the world to bring you the very best in men's grooming, with products from established companies as well as smaller, more specialist brands.

So if you're in London, head on over to WholeMan at 67 New Bond Street where not only do they have the storefront (pictured above), but also a full-services spa. And if you're not in London (but still in the UK), click on over to www.wholeman.co.uk where you can browse virtually. (Do they still use that word anymore?) Tons of shaving products from high-quality brands like Baxter of California, REN, MenScience, Jack Black, and Lab Series, and many that I've never even heard of before.

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March 19, 2007

"Shaving in the Tub" from Alex Toys

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I know I already blogged about this back in November of 2005, but I ran across it in a toy store yesterday and it was like discovering it again for the first time. And for all you folks who started reading ShavingStuff recently and haven't trolled through the archives, this will be new to you.

It's "Shaving in the Tub" from Alex Toys.

How about lathering up for a nice shave? Shaving set comes with a 7 oz. can of Foaming Body Soap, plastic play razor, shaving brush, comb and an unbreakable, child-safe mirror. It's good clean fun!

Don't worry. "Shaving in the Tub" doesn't have a real razor it in, although they would be wise to create a powered version of their plastic play razor. Also, "Shaving in the Tub" won the iParenting Media Award, Parents Magazine - Best Toys of the Year 2004. Plus it's so darn cute. Look at that little guy! What great technique.

"Shaving in the Tub" is available on Amazon for $8.60. One thing to know if you click through - there's some broken HTML on the page, so to get to the "add to shopping cart" button you need to scroll to the right a ways. That threw me for a minute.

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March 16, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Brad Delp

bbfs.jpg70s rock and roll lost one of it's pioneers recently with the suicide of Brad Delp. Brad, or as my college friend Sonny used to call him - "The Human Vocal Chord" - was the lead singer of the band Boston. I probably listened to their albums a hundred times over back then. And more recently I've had the pleasure of seeing Brad and his latest band Beatlejuice, a Beatles cover band, as they often play at Johnny D's in Somerville MA. They sounded just like the fab four.



0.jpgThe upper right photo shows 70s Brad, rockstar curls, full beard and mustache. The lower right photo shows recent Brad, still sporting the hair (neck-length instead of shoulder-length) with full beard and mustache. A rocker aging gracefully. I'm not crazy about the mix of gray and brown, but I admire the boldness for not trying to hide it.

So sad.

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March 15, 2007

Fun Facts From Gillette

copperWire.jpgPart of the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power press kit included a page of tips for the best shave ever. We've gone over most these before - shave after you shower, shave with the grain, rinse afterwards with cool water - but there was an interesting little piece of trivia which I thought was worth sharing:

Although beard hair is as tough as copper wire, applying warm water causes hair to expand, making it softer and easier to cut. The force required to cut beard hair is reduced by almost 70 percent after a two-minute application of warm water.

So, still shaving before you shower? Try taking your razor to some speaker wire and see how well it does.

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March 14, 2007

Review of John Allan's Shaving Products

I've been using John Allan's Shave Cream and Calming Aftershave Balm now for about a month, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. When I started using these products I had a preconceived notion that since they came out of a membership club/spa, the products would be an afterthought to the stores and the services. Well, I was wrong. John Allan's products are top shelf.

John Allan's Shave Cream
John Allan's Shave Cream is a white, almost fluffy cream, which smells like oats. Reminds me of those Molton Brown Oatmeal Soaps you sometimes find in fine hotels or restaurant bathrooms. The cream goes on easily and remains visibly white on your face, although it doesn't foam up so you can still easily see your skin underneath. Best to use your fingers when applying. It's a little too thick for a brush, and despite your best efforts (with fingers or with a brush), the cream will never look truly uniform on your face. I was initially concerned about this, but it turned out to be a non-issue. The shave is great. Far fewer nicks and cuts than other shaving creams. Great lubrication - no razor burn whatsoever. Also, John Allan's did a great job of lifting even my stubborn hairs up, so I always got a smooth, close shave.

As I said before, I was initially unsure about product. Boy was I wrong. John Allan's Shave Cream is great stuff and I would highly recommend it to anyone. John Allan's Shave Cream comes in a 4.1oz tube for $14.50.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm
John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is a very light aftershave which has a slight scent of grapefruit (at least to me). It does a great job of restoring your face to normal after you've taken a hot blade to it. This is purely an aftershave balm, and I occasionally need a little more moisture. I found that I would apply a layer of Calming Aftershave Balm first, and then after a minute or so if my face was still feeling tight I'd go for a light moisturizer. I actually prefer this approach to a heavy aftershave/moisturizer since you can target the areas which are a little drier.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is $22.50 for a 4oz/118 ml bottle.

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner
johnAllansConditioner.jpgIn addition to these two shaving products, the good folks over at Details for Men sent over a bottle of John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner. I really don't know much about conditioners so I'm not going to pretend to give an educated review. Instead I'll defer to other experts in the field, namely Esquire magazine, which named John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner best conditioner of 2006. How's that for an endorsement?

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner is $17.00 for a 12.6 Ounce/375 ml bottle.

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March 13, 2007

Free Old Spice Razor

oldSpice.jpgHere's a free razor opportunity for all you willing to give up a little personal information. Old Spice will send you a free razor if you hand over an email and a snail-mail address. Here's the link to the Old Spice Free Razor offer. (You don't have to give them a phone number.)

oldSpicePowerDisposable.jpgNow I have to admit I don't know which razor you get. The graphic at the top shows the Old Spice High Endurance 4 X 4 (billed as the world's first disposable 4-bladed razor) as well as the Old Spice Navigator Power Disposable Razor (billed as the world's first disposable powered razor). Frankly I'm curious to try both. If you don't want to end up on an a mailing list, you can find these razors at Amazon or your local drug store. The Old Spice High Endurance 4 X 4 is currently $5.99 at Amazon, and the Old Spice Navigator Power Disposable Razor is $7.90 at Amazon. That last guy looks like my stud-finder I got at Home Depot. Wild.

Via Dealnews

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March 12, 2007

This Just In - Gentlemen's Refinery

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The cooking world has their master chefs - Emeril, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller. The shaving world has their master barbers. Perry Gastis is one such master of the barb, and after stints with The Art of Shaving and Truefitt and Hill, he decided to open his own restaurant, er..., men's grooming line, with Gentlemen's Refinery.
Dissatisfied with the synthetic additives present in most men’s grooming products, Perry partnered with an organic chemist, and after years of research and development formulated The Gentlemens Refinery: A sophisticated paraben and alcohol free men’s grooming line utilizing the rarest and finest natural ingredients (certified organic wherever possible).

Details for Men just announced that it has started carrying Gentlemen's Refinery, and in an act of shameless self-promotion, they've sent over some samples for us to review. Oh the shame... I think I can live with it.

Here's what we got:

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Pre Shave Oil

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Shave Cream

  • The Gentlemens Refinery After Shave Balm

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Eye Gel
  • We'll be putting these products to the test over the next month or so. Stay tuned for our review. In the meantime, click on over to the Ask the Barber page where Perry Gastis answers your questions (and quite well I might add).

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    March 9, 2007

    Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kevin Federline

    kFedAndBritney.jpgThe saga continues!!! A couple weeks ago the country watched in shock and glee as Britney Spears shaved her head. Since then she's checked into rehab and called herself the antichrist, sparking endless speculation about her mental health. And now she's getting support from a most unlikely person - ex hubby K Fed.

    That's right. In a show of solidarity, Kevin Federline has also shaved his head. I guess he's trying to distract us with his own crazy antics. It's like "Oh look, K Fed shaved his head. He's crazy! Britney who?" Or maybe it's more like "Well K Fed did it too, so it can't be that nuts. Maybe I should shave my head."

    Here's one thing I think is particularly funny about this story. Despite K Fed's attempt at media deflection, his story is mostly being covered by such news sources as The Himalayan Times and the Miami Poetry Review. There's definitely something poetic about all this. Two star-crossed lovers...

    So I've been writing this Celebrity Facial Hair column now for about a year, and Kevin Federline has the dubious distinction of being the first repeat profile. Back in November we featured K Fed when he was in the news for Britney and his divorce. Now the two are talking about getting back together. And who knows, maybe headshaving will become the new trend. Life certainly does has a funny way of working itself out.

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    March 8, 2007

    Beauty Swap Shop

    beautySwapShop.gifJust got word of a new site Beauty Swap Shop from its founder Fiona Costello.

    beautyswapshop aims to provide a specialist beauty exchange site for women and men. With free membership and no hidden costs, busy onliners will find a friendly forum in which to swap their favourite beauty tips.

    In addition, you will also have the opportunity to buy, sell and exchange your beauty products and advertise your jobs and services within the industry.

    While the site is only about 2 months old, there's already a decent amount of discussion happening at the (free) forums. Couple of hair-removal posts, mostly related to women, like this one on ingrown hairs or this one on bikini lines. Me? I heading over to the Ugly Betty discussion. OMG can you believe Salma Hayek totally used Daniel? Love it!

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    March 7, 2007

    The Latest in Laser Hair Removal

    laser.jpgI'm on a bunch of email lists, some directly shaving-related, and some only distantly. One of them recently provided the following information on the latest state of laser hair removal. While I really don't know much about this procedure, it's totally fascinating, and I'm sure we'll all be shaving with the Gillette Zappette 3000 within ten years.

    So this information is attributed to a "Dr. Kaplan", who might be this Dr. Harold J. Kaplan. (Not 100% sure.)

    Laser is now considered the most effective way to remove hair. It is quick, covers large areas, and is readily available. However, until recently, it worked only on dark hair, and could not be used on olive or black skin because it could lighten the skin. This has now changed.

    The newest Lasers can now be used for all ethnic types and skin colors, including Asian, Black, and Hispanic. In addition, blonde hair can now be treated as well. I believe the Sciton laser is one of the best lasers to treat all skin types and hair colors.

    Another problem with lasers was that they could not remove gray or white hair. So women, who had mostly pigmented hairs, but some gray hairs too, would still have their gray hairs remaining after laser treatment. This has now changed also. A recent study looked at using Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in women who wanted hair removal, but had some gray or white hairs. Using Levulan, and activating it with Intense Pulse Light, effective hair removal of terminal white hairs was achieved. However, white peach fuzz hairs did not respond to treatment

    Here are some links to Levulan, the Sciton laser, and Photodynamic Therapy. Lot's of reading ahead of you if you're thinking about this. Not a lot of agreement.

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    March 6, 2007

    Couple Notes on the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

    gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgGot a little press-kit for the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor in the mail the other day, which included one Phantom in that god-awful, impenetrable plastic wrap. That stuff is my kryptonite. But apparently some genius over at Gillette feels the same way. The back of the plastic was perforated, and the razor came right out! I wish I remembered whether or not my original Fusion or Fusion Power was packaged this way. If this is new, it's is reason enough to buy the Phantom.

    Some quick notes on the Phantom - it's pretty much just a color change from the Fusion Power. Instead of a silver handle, the Phantom is black. Takes the same razors as the Fusion of Fusion Power. If you already have a Fusion Power, you don't need the Phantom. If you're looking to make the switch to the Fusion line, definitely get with the Fusion Power or the Phantom Fusion Power. The power is awesome, and if for some reason you don't like it, just don't turn it on.

    And don't forget - Gillette has a moneyback guarantee. Save those receipts and UPC symbols, and they'll refund you the purchase price (up to $11.99). Here's the link.

    I've seen the Phantom available at my local Target and CVS. Why is it not available on Amazon?

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    March 5, 2007

    Need Help Storing My Razor Collection

    question.jpgAttention ShavingStuff readers! Put on your thinking caps. ShavingStuff reader Joseph recently wrote in with a question which stumped me, so I'm turning it over to you. He writes:

    I have been buying more and more razors. I have "collected" almost every razor that was once sold in Wal-Mart or Target since early 1980s. Storage of these razors, however, has become unmanageable. I could not find a suitable storage box that would rightly fit each of these razors. I wonder if you or your readers have any suggestion on the storage of the razor "collections." Thank you.

    Any ideas? Leave your answers in the comments section for this post, or if you don't want them to be public simply email your suggestions to shavingstuff@shavingstuff.com and I'll forward them on.

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    March 2, 2007

    Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Martin Scorsese

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    Can you name these fine four gentlemen? Let's see, there's big beard, no beard, thin beard, and squinty. Actually, this is a picture of directors Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at last week's Oscar awards, where Mr. Scorsese (beardless) walked away with the Best Director award for his latest masterpiece The Departed. Or, as we like to say in Boston, The Depahh-ted. Hmm... four tuxes. Four pairs of glasses. Three venerable, distinguished, gray beards. One Oscar. What does that say to you? Guess Oscar was in a clean-shaven mood this year. (Not that the others were nominated.) Anyway, congrats to Martin Scorsese on his win, and for being this weeks Celebrity (anti) Facial Hair Friday pick.
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    March 1, 2007

    Free Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm With $50 Order

    baxterHydroSalve.jpgBaxter of California is offering a tube of their new Hydro Salve: Lip Balm with all orders over $50. Follow these instructions carefully:

    1. Add Hydro Salve: Lip Balm to your shopping cart
    2. Spend at least $50 on Baxter of California's website
    3. Enter promo code "BALM" (all-caps) when checking out

    Offer is good until March 20th, but why wait? Did you know that Baxter's Hydro Salve is mojito flavored? Mojitos are the "in" drink these days. They brought Sonny Crockett and that Asian/Cuban chick together in the recent Maimi Vice. They probably also tore them apart. If only they had mojitos in lip balm form.

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