April 30, 2007

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April 30, 2007

April 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

April brought crazy weather here in the Northeast. Tons of rain. Some unseasonably hot days. Can't tell if it's going to be a shorts or wool pants. One thing I do know - gotta shave.

Reviews
This month featured Maine Shave's Four Step Shaving Ritual:
1) Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser
2) Maine Shave All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream
3) Maine Shave Natural Facial Toner
4) Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer.
Even though I've moved on to testing Brave Soldier products, I'm still occasionally dipping back into the Maine Shave cache. Love the toner. So frivolous. So wonderful.

We also had a quick review of the Vidal Sassoon Nose Trimmer which totally rocks, and a reader review of the Personna Matrix3 Razor from ShavingStuff reader Joseph.

Sites
Bunch of special deals from ZIRH, BuzzSkin, and others (which sadly have expired). We also welcome Osrow to the world of online men's grooming e-tailers.

Celebs
In honor of all the presidential happenings these days we had a presidential themed celebrity facial hair Friday which I thought was near impossible. Turns our ShavingStuff readers are also history buffs. We also honored the acceptibly be-mustached Kurt Vonnegut and the unacceptably (and finally) de-mustached Sean Penn.

Future
May's shaping up to be an interesting month. Already on tap are new products from MenScience and a very cryptic email from Braun. Also stay tuned for our review of Brave Soldier products which starts tomorrow.

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April 26, 2007

Grand Online Opening - Osrow

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Just got word from Taylor over at Osrow about the launch of their new online men's grooming site.
We specialize in the highest quality face, skin, body, hair, and shave products geared toward men. We carefully select the product lines we sell, so you can shop with complete confidence.

Shop by category. Shop by ailment. Shop 'til you drop for all I care. For shaving-related items you've got choices from Billy Jealousy, Men-U, and 4VOO. I imagine more will be added shortly.

And finally, in celebration of Osrow's grand opening they're offering 10% off all orders as well as free shipping on orders over $50. Nice!

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April 25, 2007

The Libertarian View on Shaving

lib_shaving_cream.gifHere's an interesting article I stumbled across recently by Jeffrey A. Tucker entitled The Shaving Cream Racket. In it Mr. Tucker makes the case that the greatest hoax perpetrated on man is making us believe we actually need shaving cream. The basic argument is this - shaving cream weakens our face, thus creating a market for all the post-shave/after-shave healing products which we need for nicks, cuts, and redness.

I suppose it's a decent argument, however I think Mr. Tucker is starting from a bad premise. Namely, bad shaving cream. That stuff you buy in the aerosol can at the local drug store for $1.99 ain't going to cut it. In fact, it's going to cut you. There are some major differences in the way the shaving creams we've tested for this site set up your whiskers for shaving. Some lubricate well. Some help stand your beard hairs up. Some do all that and more.

In my (humble) opinion, Mr. Tucker starts to loose his credibility with this sentence:

There are many thing that are true – the state is a parasite on society, private property would solve most social problems, rock music is tedious and stupid – but are nonetheless not generally known or applied.

Hmm... I appreciate opposing views, but it sounds like you've got a little anger you need to deal with. I suggest a good shave.

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April 24, 2007

15% Off Billy Jealousy's Fuzzy Logic Shampoo From BuzzSkin

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How's that other hair on your head? Not the stuff you shave (at least, not all of us shave it), but the stuff on the top. You taking care of that?

We actually got an early bottle of BIlly Jealousy's Fuzzy Logic Shampoo way back in May of last year when it came out, and we promptly went right through it. Here's a link to our review which prompted the now legendary "Hey, you smell good." comment from shavingstuff wife.

Want to smell good too? Enter promo code "buzzoff15" when you check out at BuzzSkin and you'll feel good as well. You got until the end of the month.

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April 23, 2007

Panasonic ES-8168S Men's Vortex Hydraclean Wet and Dry Shaver

PanasonicES-8168S.jpgThe Panasonic ES-8168S Men's Vortex Hydraclean Wet and Dry Shaver is only $99.99 at JR.com. That's $80 less than Amazon's price, which is usually one of the best. The ES-8168S features

  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable
  • Linear Motor with speeds to 13,000 RPM
  • Adjustable Pivot Head
  • Convex Foil
  • LCD Screen

Amazing price for what you get.

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April 20, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Sean Penn

seanPenn.jpgThis is an awful picture of Sean Penn. I'm not showing it because I dislike Sean Penn or the way he speaks his mind, I'm showing it because it's an example of the media picking the worst depiction of a person to use when someone has said something controversial. And I'm picking it because it's an example of a horrible mustache.

Horrible!

I mean, what was he thinking? Seriously, if you're going to speak publicly at a town meeting and say things which you know some people aren't going to like, at least look presentable. I'm not crazy about the hair, but that mustache has got to go. Is it real? It looks so manicured. Shave it!

Thankfully that's just want Mr. Penn did. Last night Sean Penn appeared on The Colbert Report in response to Stephen Colbert's Meta-Free-Phor-All challenge. Penn was sans-mustache, which probably gave him the edge despite Colbert's home turf.

Sean - no more mustaches. Unless it's for a movie.

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April 19, 2007

Reader Review of the Personna Matrix3 Razor

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ShavingStuff reader Joseph wrote in recently with this positive review of the Matrix3 razor:

Last week I picked up razor, Matrix3 by American Safety Razor, at Wal-Mart for about $4.50 (a handle plus three cartridges or four cartridges). The cartridge contains three titanium coated blades. I only used it once but was very impressed with its performance. It gave probably the closest shave I had lately, more so than the Fusion Power. Of course, it does not vibrate. The handle feels much lighter than the Fusion Power. Try it.

Here's the product features from Amazon:

  • One Razor with Two Refill Cartridges.
  • Not tested on animals.
  • 100% Vegan.

What?!? 100% vegan? Is this razor made of recycled corn husks?

From the American Safety Razor Company website:

The handle is made of brushed steel and rubber with an ergonomic design that provides a superior grip when wet, and the heavier handle improves balance and control.

I think whoever entered the info about this razor on Amazon was smoking something 100% vegan.

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April 18, 2007

Free Fedex Ground Shipping at ZIRH

zirh.gifBetween now and Tuesday April 24th you can get free Fedex ground shipping on ZIRH products when you use the promo code "TWO" at checkout.

May we recommend the Razorburn Relief Kit which includes PREPARE shave oil, SHAVE GEL (jar size), SOOTHE post-shave healer and ERASE, all for only $68. Hmm, actually that probably counts as only one item. OK, throw in a little CLEAN for $14 to eliminate excess dirt and oil.

Oh. Want 15% off? Use promo code 'ShavingStuffZ' as well. Nice!!!

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April 17, 2007

William's Response to Razor Longevity

response.jpgEvery once in a while a reader writes a comment which is so good it stands on its own. This is ShavingStuff reader William's take on razor blade longevity, originally in response to the post Get 130 Shaves Per Razor with Razor Saver? (which generated some great feedback).

Well in the past I used rubbing alcohol to keep my blades from oxidizing. You don't need to buy anything a cup will work perfect. When you expose your razor to water & salt from your skin its causes the blade to oxidize faster thus dulling it. See hair does not dull your blades it's the chemical reaction that cause the blade to dull. Surgical knifes are stored in oxygen free package that way when needed they are sharp and clean.

Also the remember that if you see a manufacture release titanium blades this may seem like it solved the oxidation issue and it does however, straight titanium tends to dull easy that's why you never see truly titanium drill bits. The best solution for the oxidation problem is for the manufactures to plasma coat their blades with 3 rotational layers of Titanium nitride/ Titanium Carbon Nitride/ Titanium aluminum nitride. This is a MAD easy process that even and idiot with MBA could understand and would only require them to install a couple vacuum chambers and plasma stuff.

Then the biggest problem is the wear strip on the razor. I can see some guy selling new pads for the strips. In any case I believe you will see the company that is the current loser of the razor war release blades that have the three sets of coatings thus making the blade replacement argument a HUGE issue when deciding to purchase your next razor set. Can you see the advertisement you could have the three monkeys with red buttons again.

Or maybe you show the guy putting five dollars in the trash every week.

I only wish I could fix my cable/electric bill.

Word.

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April 16, 2007

Review - The Vidal Sassoon Nose Trimmer Rocks!

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As you know from my recent posts I did not have much luck the Panasonic ER421KC Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer. The situation was getting critical since I was in dire need of a trim. As luck would have it I was at Target recently and I stopped by the electric razor aisle. For $9.99 they had a Vidal Sassoon nose trimmer. I figured, what the hell...

Turns out Vidal turned my nose hair hell into a clean-shaven heaven. The Vidal Sassoon nose hair trimmer is far better than the Panasonic. No fancy useless LED lights on the side. A much more powerful motor means I'm in and out quickly. And you can still rinse it out when you're done. Only lame thing about it - doesn't come with the one AA battery it needs to run.

The link above goes to the Vidal Sassoon nose hair trimmer on Amazon, which is currently $7.95, and comes with some extras like a stand and a comb which I didn't get from Target.

I guess their old slogan is true - "If you don't look good, we don't look good." And, damn! I look good. Well, at least a lot better now.

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April 13, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kurt Vonnegut

KurtVonnegut.jpgIt seems so silly to sum up a man's life with a comment on his mustache, but here I go...

Author Kurt Vonnegut died two days ago. A celebrated author and World War II veteran, Vonnegut had a unique writing style often mixing science fiction, political satire, and personal experience. I first read Cat's Cradle and Player Piano in high school and have been a fan ever since. The world has lost one of the great literary voices.

And one the great mustaches. That's right. A great mustache. It's not often that I come out in favor of the mustache, but in Vonnegut's case it suits him to a tee. A perfect accent to the somewhat unruly hair, and the somewhat counter-culture writings and teachings. Being clean-shaven would have been a sign of conformity. And being scraggly bearded would have meant he was lost in the disassociated world of academia. Instead the mustache bridges the gap and allows him to live on the edge as an observer of all.

Well shaved, sir.

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April 12, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer

maineShaveMoisture.jpgWelcome to day four in our four-day review of Maine Shave products. We've cleansed, shaved, and toned. Now it's time to moisturize with Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer.

Packaging
Oh! What's that in the picture? A pump? Yes indeed! I am pumped. So easy to use. Need a little more? I can get that for you.

Ingredients
Time for the all-natural ingredient roll call:

It contains allantion to heal and soften skin by rejuvenating skin cells. Sweet almond oil, olive oil and shea butter preserve skin from moisture loss. Lemon and orange extract reduce inflammation and rehydrate skin by increasing circulation. Chamomile soothes and heals skin due to everyday shaving.

Scent
I am once again at a lose to describe the scent of this cream. There's only the slightest hints of citrus from the lemon and orange extract. I feel like I can sense the chamomile, but only because I know it's there. It might be floral, but only in the really natural pollen-like sense. Definitely not a fake flowery scent.

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April 11, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Facial Toner

maineShaveToner.jpgStep three of Maine Shave's Four-Step Shaving Ritual is Natural Facial Toner. Tonify yourself. Tonification across the nation.

Our facial toner is a natural astringent that refreshes skin as it tightens pores and controls shine, while it brings skin's pH back to normal.

See, you've got all that shaving cream on your face, and while it's great for softening up your beard and skin, you really don't want to leave it on forever. Toner is a great way to start shutting things down.

Ingredients

Linden petals, (an anti-inflammatory) leave skin feeling fresh and calm. Birch extract soothes irritation caused by shaving and increases skin elasticity, leaving it feeling more supple. Rose petals leave skin feeling soft and cool to the touch.

Thoughts
I've tried a lot of toners from a lot of different companies, and I'll be honest - I really don't know if they help or not. I can tell a great shaving cream from a lousy one. I can identify an exfoliant which is too rough. But I haven't found the right way to judge a toner. So my recommendation is this. If you're curious about Maine Shave, get the Four-Step Shaving Ritual which includes the toner. If you want to pick a cream here or a cleanser there, you'd be ok to pass. I really enjoyed splashing the toner on my face after a shave, but partly because it seemed so decadent. My skin seemed to like it too, but I didn't notice a marked improvement over when I didn't use it.

The Skinny
Maine Shave's Natural Facial Toner is $18 for a 6oz. bottle, or comes as part of the Four-Step Shaving Ritual for $80.

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April 10, 2007

Review of Maine Shave All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream

maineShaveCream.jpgDay two of Maine Shave review week and we're ready to shave with Maine Shave's All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream.

Ingredients
Maine Shave's shaving cream is all-natural because it doesn't contain any of that poly-zantac-60 or mono-lipitors. Just oils and extracts from shea butter, sea kelp, grapefruit seed, coconut, olive, castor, jojoba, and more. Sounds delicious and nutritious as well.

Smell
I've had a hard time characterizing the smell of this shaving cream. It's manly but not Old Spice. It's soapy but definitely not floral. It verges on old-school without smelling like grandpa. I like the smell, but I can't describe it too well.

Application
It may be a little hard to tell from the picture but Maine Shave's All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream comes in a short wide jar, perfect for use with a brush. The instructions on the side of the box say

Take a dime size amount and work it into a lather using a shaving brush or your hands and a small amount of water.

I found that the easiest way to shave with this shaving cream was to actually put the brush in the jar. I'd start with some warm water on my face. Then I'd get the tip of a shaving brush slightly wet, and swirl it gently around the wide jar getting a surprisingly small amount of shaving cream on the brush. After that I'd use the brush to apply the shaving cream to my face, which lathered up nicely after working it in for about 30 seconds. If you use this method you will be amazed at how little shaving cream you'll use and still get a uniform covering on your face. In my opinion this shaving cream is meant for a brush. I got a much better shave when using a brush and I used far less shaving cream. If you're not into applying shaving cream with a brush, I don't think you'll get the full benefits of this shaving cream.

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April 9, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

maineShaveCleanser.jpgWelcome to Maine Shave review week! We've been using Maine Shave's Four Step Shaving Ritual - which includes a facial cleanser, shaving cream, toner, and moisturizer - for about a month now, and the verdict is in. We'll profile one product each day over the next four days, so be sure to check in throughout the week.

Natural Ingredients
First up is Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser. Natural. That will be a common theme this week. There may be some big words on the ingredients list, but they're always followed by a friendly source. For example - "Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein." My spell-checker had a little trouble with those first couple words, but it did fine with "wheat". Hey wheat - thanks for making my face clean!

Packaging
As you can see from the picture Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser comes in a handy pump. Love the pump. I've said it before. More products should be packaged like this. Two or three squirts and you're off to the races.

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April 6, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Presidents!

160px-William_Howard_Taft.jpgWith all this talk of presidential candidate and how much money they've raised, I thought it might be a good time to ask - Who was the last president to sport facial hair? Give up? Why it's our 27th president William Howard Taft, in office from 1909 to 1913. That means it's been almost 100 years since our last president with facial hair. What does can we glean from that? People with facial hair aren't as trustworthy? Or clean-shaven men are more likely to want to rule the free world.

Whatever it is, the trend seems likely to continue. The current list of Democratic and Republican 2008 presidential candidates shows an entirely clean-shaven field. I'm sure the pollster geniuses in the backrooms have determined that facial hair today is the kiss of death for a candidate.

Anyway, for a full run-down of all things presidential and facial-hair related, visit Nicholas Whyte's Facial Hair and Presidential elections site, filled with fun facts like

  • 1 election where a candidate with a moustache beat a cleanshaven opponent: 1908
  • 3 elections where a candidate with a beard beat a candidate with a moustache: 1864, 1880, 1888 (at least officially)
  • 1 election where both major candidates had moustaches: 1904

And in case all of you were wondering, the last president to have a full beard was Benjamin Harrison (1889 - 1893).

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April 5, 2007

Definition: Yak Shaving

yak.jpgMain Entry: Yak Shaving
Pronunciation: 'yak 'shA-vi[ng]
Function: Impressing people with obscure references
Usage (from Wikipedia):

Yak shaving is a neologism which describes the act of performing seemingly unrelated and often annoying tasks which stand in the way of an ultimate goal. Often these tasks stack up on each other, where one task becomes impossible due to some obstacle, which leads to another unrelated task, yet another obstacle, and so on.

10 extra credit points for using it in a sentence. 20 extra credit points for actually shaving a yak.

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April 4, 2007

Sharper Image Turbo-Groomer 5.0 Nose Hair Trimmer

sharperImageNose.jpg3... 2... 1... Ignition... Blast-Off!!!

And we have lift off of the Sharper Image Turbo-Groomer 5.0 Nose Hair Trimmer (SI639PLT) on this beautiful April 4th, 2007.

  • First cutting head has rotary blades that whirl at 6,000 rpm to neatly and comfortably trim away unsightly hair from the nose and inside the ears to 1/16th of an inch.
  • Two Ice White LED lights eliminate shadows to help ensure nothing is missed.
  • The second interchangeable head is like a mini clipper that's designed to remove unwanted hair on the ear's outer edge. It also deftly trims eyebrows, mustaches, beards and sideburns.
  • A unique waterproof seal makes cleanup a breeze: Just switch on and rinse the running blades in water after each use.
  • Platinum-finish body measures 7" long. Runs on 2 C batteries (order separately); a stack of five cool blue LEDs indicate battery strength.

If you've been reading this blog you may have caught my disappointing review of the Panasonic ER421KC Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer. Recently my luck with the Panasonic got even worse. I dropped it, and several pieces of obviously important plastic went in all directions. So now I'm on the market for a new nose hair trimmer, and there's a certain time pressure on me. See, I could use a trim.

But 2 C batteries? How big is this thing? And $39.95 for a nose hair trimmer? Seems like a steep price to pay, though if this pocket rocket lasts 7 years like my previous Braun then honestly I think it's worth it. Anyone have any recommendations? This one or others?

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April 3, 2007

ShaveMate - Disposable Razor with Cream in the Handle!

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Here's a novel approach to downsizing - stick the shaving cream in the handle of the razor. I came across the ShaveMate when reading this article from the Washington Post. ShaveMate is aimed at
Travelers who are packing light, fliers who can't find a can of cream smaller than 3 ounces and anyone who needs a quick shave on the run but doesn't want to carry both a razor and a can of shaving cream.

Looks like reviewer Cindy Loose thought they were pretty good. (At least the women's "Diva" worked for her.)

...the Diva is pretty slick at stripping hair off legs well overdue for a good shave. The shaving cream comes out of the handle as promised when you turn a little button, and it smells nice. The company claims that the handle holds a supply of shaving cream that will last "a week or more." Unless your body hair grows at an alarming rate, I think the cream in the Diva should last well beyond a week.

I'd be a little hesitant about this men's "Titan". In my opinion you're better off getting a few free samples from Details for Men or BuzzSkin and using those on your next trip. However for $3.99 you don't have a lot to lose if you want to try one.

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April 2, 2007

Shed My Coat from Remington

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Here's a cute site from Remington called ShedMyCoat.com featuring fun Flash where you can shave the back of one hairy gent. See the picture above? That's my personalized touch. Not bad eh?

Also at shedmycoat.com is the Remington Man-O-Scope, where you answer a few questions about your grooming habit and they tell you what your sign is. Apparently I'm a "groomophobe". I demand a recount!

So you have a bit of an aversion to grooming. This deep-seated issue may be caused by a lack of time, desire to be considered "manly" or a general confusion as to how to proceed with appropriate trimming and shaving. You're not alone. Guy's guys like Vince Vaughn, Jack Black and Big Ben Rothlisberger are in your category.

They recommended the Remington High Precision Personal Groomer to solve my grooming woes. Oddly enough, there was no link on the page to buy one. Don't these guys know about capitalism?

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