May 31, 2007

May 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Time to close the books on May 2007 with this look back on the month.

Reviews
Two sets of reviews this month. The first covered Brave Soldier shaving products - specifically Brave Soldier's Brave Shave and Brave Soldier's Code Blue. The second covered a good part of the Elemis suite - specifically Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and Energising Skin Scrub, Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil and Skin Soothe Shave Gel, and Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask and S.O.S. Survival Cream.

Products
We saw several products this month worth mentioning related to men's grooming: MenScience TiO2 Sunblock, Derek Jeter shaving products, the mysterious Japanese Hyper "X" (and the follow up), and the probable launch of the upcoming Braun Pulsonic. (Still haven't been able to confirm that one.)

Literature and Art
Leisure Guy's book Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable came out this book. It rocks, and not just because ShavingStuff gets a mention. Learn all about the ancient art of wet-shaving, and maybe a new word or two. Pogonology, anyone? And on the other side of the literature spectrum, a shaving-related cartoon from The New Yorker

Future
Currently up in the ShavingStuff shaving studios is Bold for Men, a different kind of shaving lotion in that you don't use any water. Should have the review within a week or two. Stay tuned.

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May 30, 2007

Crap from the Future - a New Yorker Cartoon

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The New Yorker. You know the magazine. You know you should be reading it. But it's weekly. And it piles up quicker than junk mail. You find yourself paging through it reading just the cartoons. And you justify your subscription that way. Because they're intelligent and witty. But I digress...

Here's a cute little cartoon from Kim Warp entitled Crap from the Future (A razor with many superfluous parts.). Published in The New Yorker on May 14, 2007. Chuckle, chortle, choo.

Wired magazine's monthly Artifacts from the Future is often more sharp and satirical, but this razor-related cartoon will do. Who knows, maybe Gillette or Schick has already patented it.

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May 29, 2007

Trump Magazine's Best Ever Shaving Stuff 2007

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Of course Donald Trump has his own magazine. In fact, he probably has like 10, but they're so exclusive that us regular folk only know about this one - Trump Magazine. And while I'll either be launching JetStuff.com or YachtStuff.com in the fall, today we're going to focus on our bread and butter - shaving.

So who made the cut in Trump Magazine's Best Ever 2007 awards? Well, front and center is our good friend Baxter of California. Also representin' is Anthony Logistics for Men, movie star (not) Jack Black, Moulton Brown, and a few others.

It looks like The Donald, or his writers, may actually have some taste. We've reviewed many of Baxter of California's products in the past quite favorably. Too bad Baxter can't do something for the hideous comb-over. Stylist in a Bottle, anyone?

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May 25, 2007

Elemis Review Wrap-Up

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Over the last three days we've cleanser, shaved, and healed. We've covered six of the eleven products which come in the Elemis Universal Traveller Kit. But there are five more.
  • Aching Muscle Super Soak
  • Sharp Shower
  • Lip Rescue
  • Bright Eyes Recovery Gel
  • Instant Refreshing Gel

My first reaction to the $139 price of Elemis Universal Traveller Kit was that it was a little steep, but the truth is you get a ton of stuff. And let's not forget the travel bag. This is one of the few travel bags which you'd actually want to keep and use.

I really enjoyed all of the Elemis products. If you're looking to try a new product line, the Elemis Universal Traveller Kit is a great way to sample a wide variety of all they offer.

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May 24, 2007

Review of Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask and S.O.S. Survival Cream

elemisMask.jpgYesterday we shaved with Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil and Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel. Today we're recovering with a mask and some cream.

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask
With every other line of shaving products we've tried at ShavingStuff, the follow-up to the shave is some sort of moisturizer. Occasionally there's a toner thrown in for good measure. Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask is the first mask I've ever tried, and there's something so indulgent about it.

Here's how it works: After you're done shaving and you've rinsed your face with cool water, apply some Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask to your freshly shaven area and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water. Simple!

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask isn't one of those big goopy green-colored masks that you see in ads for spas. In fact it's pretty much invisible once it's on your face. You can definitely forget to wash it off if you're not careful. I kind of wondered what would happen if I intentionally left it on, but on the off chance that something bad would happen to my face I never tried. Sorry readers. I have my limits.

This is definitely a decadence. If you're running around getting ready in the morning and don't have an extra 10-15 minutes, the mask ain't for you. But if you have a leisurely morning ritual and want to feel extra pampered, try the mask.

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask is $46 for a 75ml tube.

elemisSosCream.jpgElemis S.O.S. Survival Cream
We've reached the last step in Elemis's shaving routine - moisturizing. Scent is important to all Elemis products, and Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is no slouch. Key ingredients include Lavender Absolute, Myrrh, Meadowsweet, Centella Asiatica, and Rice Starch, but in the end it just smells manly. Kind of verging on cologne without being overwhelming.

Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is a little thicker than other moisturizers I've tried and slightly tacky. (The "sticky" meaning of tacky, not "poor taste".) The fact that it was slightly thicker was great for me because I often have sections of dry skin after a shave that need a little more than a light moisturizer. The tackiness was a little inconvenient since it left my skin a little sticky, but not a huge deal. I liked this stuff but it is a bit pricey.

Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is $72 for a 50ml bottle.

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May 23, 2007

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Review of Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil and Skin Soothe Shave Gel

elemisShaveOil.jpgOK, so yesterday we got all buff and clean with Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and Elemis Energising Skin Scrub. Today, we're shaving!

Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil
First up, Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil. This is a true shave oil, so for some men this is all they'll need. A surprisingly small amount of oil will cover your face and you'll be good to go. If you've got a light beard or especially resilient skin, this is a great option.

For the rest of us I'd recommend using Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil as a base for either one of their shaving gels. A layer of warm water, a couple drops of oil, followed by shaving gel worked best for me. Elemis recommends four drops. I usually used a few more. Who needs to be frugal when the price is nicks and razor burn?

As with all Elemis products, scent is key. Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil smells like some sort of wood oil. Something you might find in a wood-working shop. Key ingredients are Jojoba, Grapeseed, Meadowsweet, Sweet Almond Oil, Hazelnut Oil, and Rose Hip Seed Oil, but again I wasn't able to identify one predominant aroma. Instead they all just work together.

My one recommendation with this product is open the bottle before you start and your hands are still dry. The bottle's design is really cool, but the little metal nub at the top is hard to open once your hands are wet.

Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil is $34 for a 35ml bottle. This is same size that comes in the Elemis Universal Traveller. Remember, a little goes a long way.

elemisShaveGel.jpgElemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel
Next up is Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel. Every time I shave with opaque creams I'm always so happy to return to a translucent gel. If you've never tried a gel before, and I don't mean a foaming gel, give one a shot. Seeing is believing. (That was kind of a pun.)

Anyway, the instructions for Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel say "Squeeze a small amount of Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel into palms. Rub the hands together to activate the micro-capsules." At first I didn't pay much attention to this, but then I noticed that within the green/blue gel were these occasional little white balls. Rubbing them in my hands broke them up and dispersed what I'm guessing are the capsules. Huh. I guess is pays to read the instructions. (And I guess I'm a typical man.)

The cool thing about the shaving oil and the gel is after you're done applying both, your hands will be slick with a mixture of each and you can really feel (in your hands) the lubrication that's on your face. Total protective barrier.

Again, aroma is huge. Key ingredients are Jojoba, Witch Hazel, Menthol, Aloe Vera, and Arnica, and here I think the menthol slightly wins out.

Oh, and the shave is great, as expected.

Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel is $34 for a 150ml tube. Elemis also has a Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel for $34. I didn't get a chance to sample this, but I'd recommend the non-foaming gel to start, again because being able to see your skin is a big plus.

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May 22, 2007

Review of Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and Energising Skin Scrub

elemisCleanse.jpgBack in February we got in the Elemis Universal Traveller kit which, as the name implies, contains travel-size versions of most of the Elemis men's grooming line. We've finally been able to spend a little time with Elemis, so for the next few days we're going to be reviewing these products.

As we mentioned in our original post, Elemis operates some high-end spas in London and Miami Beach, and recently created an online presence with TimeToSpa.com. Their men's line contains the full range or products from shower to shaving, moisturizers to masks. So it should come as no surprise that scent is a key component to each of their products. Each cream or gel has its own unique and distinctive aroma. They've clearly done their best to bring a little bit of the spa home to you.

Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is a deep golden color and smells like clean. Clean in a bottle. Key ingredients include Oak Bark, Spearmint, Peppermint, and Milk Protein, although I couldn't discern any of these specifically. Instead you get the deep essence of clean. Imagine it being an aperitif to your shave. That's what Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is. Oh, and it works too.

Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is $28 for a 200ml bottle.

elemisScrub.jpgElemis Energising Skin Scrub
Elemis Energising Skin Scrub is the exfoliant in the line of men's grooming products. Here again it's all about the aroma. Key ingredients are Vitamin E, Marine Phytoplankton, Hops, Meadowsweet, Shea Butter, Beeswax, but to me there was this warm, salty, putty-ness to it which I found fabulous.

As with all good exfoliants, Elemis's Scrub has tiny, fine grit which removes dead skin and lifts hair for better shaving. Too coarse grit will scratch your skin, but that's not the case here. Elemis recommends you use the scrub twice a week, and that seemed like enough to me. You exfoliate already by shaving, but that only gets your beard area. Foreheads and noses need some attention too.

Elemis Energising Skin Scrub is $46 for a 75ml bottle.

Tomorrow we shave!

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May 21, 2007

1967 Noxzema Commercial

ShavingStuff reader Daniil sent in a link to this vintage 1967 commercial for Noxzema medicated shave. Does it stand the test of time? Er... well... it's still around, so I guess yes.

As for the man shaving, it's painfully clear that he's clean-shaven under all that Noxzema. Otherwise he'd be in serious pain given the way he shaves.

And in case you're wondering, Noxzema Medicated Shave is still around today. $3.75 for a 11oz bottle. Guess it really does stand the test of time.

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May 18, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Brad Delson

linkinPark.jpgLong live rock 'n roll. Today's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Linkin Park's leader guitarist Brad Delson (pictured right). Linkin Park was on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago with former SNL alum Molly Shannon, promoting their new album Minutes to Midnight.

Guitarist Brad has undergone something of a transformation recently. He's sporting the "let it all hang out" look. Well, maybe the "let it all grow out" look. Now you may think Brad Delson's look is unique, but I think he's emulating the great drummer from the band Boston - Sib Hashian (pictured left). A facial (and head) hair homage to the great uncontrollable hair of the 70s.

How long will this last? I'm guessing it comes off in the summer. Once the weather gets warmer that hair is going to be hot.

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May 17, 2007

Mens German Challenge

mensChallenge.jpgMichael from the German men's grooming site www.DerGepflegteMann.de recently wrote to let us know about the site Mens-Challenge.com. There seems to be some sort of challenge, involving men. And jet skis. I'm not sure what else. The site's in german.

But there is this rather hot woman who shows up just about everywhere you click. She reminds me of Gillette's Cassandra from their Fusion website. And if women aren't your thing, there's an Am-I-Hot-Or-Not section with pictures of men for you to vote on.

The site is sponsored by Gillette, Braun, Head and Shoulders, and Wellaflex, and has a section on the new Braun Pulsonic which had a big press event in New York yesterday. (More on that in future posts.) Again in german though.

Some of you may want to jump directly to the men, but I was stuck on the woman to the right. I have no idea what she's saying, but german never sounded so good. I did make out the words Porsche Cayenne, and Michael confirmed that there is a contest associated with this website where you can win one.

I did learn one word through. "Mehr". As in, click here for mehr.

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May 16, 2007

MenScience TiO2 Sunblock

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and to promote skin cancer research and prevention MenScience has been making donations to the American Cancer Society. What can you do to prevent skin cancer? Wear sunblock.

We're big fans of MenScience products here at ShavingStuff. (We reviewed their line of cleansers and shaving products a while back.) So we were thrilled to receive a bottle of MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30.

Combines advanced ingredients for the ultimate sunscreen; an ultralight, non-greasy waterproof and sweatproof formula that provides maximum protection (SPF30) while moisturizing, nurturing and helping to repair the damaging effects of the sun. For everyday use or for extreme environmental conditions.

The main sunblocking ingredient is Titanium Dioxide, but there's also tons of other good stuff in there which make TiO2 double as a regular moisturizer. Aloe, Allantoin, Antioxidants, Green Tea, Urea, Green Tea, Vitamin E, and Chamomile. Throw this on dry skin, a shaved head, or even your face in the morning and you're all set for a summer day.

MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30 is $31 for a 4oz bottle.

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May 15, 2007

Derek Jeter Shaving Products

derekJeter.jpgIf you're a baseball fan, you undoubtedly know who Derek Jeter is. For those who don't, he's the shortstop of the New York Yankees. And as much as a Boston Red Sox fan loves to hate the Yankees, it's hard not to respect a class act such as Derek Jeter.

Imagine my surprise to learn that Derek Jeter has his own line of shaving and men's grooming products. I've seen his cologne "Driven" in stores, right next to Beckham's "Instinct", but I haven't seen Derek Jeter Driven Ultimate Shave Gel ($5), and Derek Jeter Driven After Shave Balm ($20), both from Avon.

What does Derek Jeter know about shaving? Well, probably a lot. The Yankees are the only team in baseball to have a policy on hair. Specifically, no facial hair below the lip. That means no crazy mustaches, and no beards. Also, no crazy head hair. Even Johnny Damon got a shave and a hair cut when he joined the Yankees.

So if you're looking for the essence of Derek Jeter, keep your eye on the ball and look for his "Driven" line of men's grooming products. It'll make you a catch. (My goofy tagline, not his.)

Special thanks to Laura K at Shirt Snob for sending this in.

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May 14, 2007

More on Hyper "X"

hyperX.gifShavingStuff reader Kyo wrote in over the weekend about his search for Hyper "X". He found a link using Japanese Yahoo to an online store which sells Hyper "X". Neither he nor I read Japanese, but I did run the link through Google's translation service. Not sure that's out of beta yet.

Everyday self-depreciation shaving serious. Self-depreciation shaving the mark becomes matter of concern. Cool you yearn to image. Slippery you have yearned to [subesube] state.

According to the translation Hyper "X" costs 7,140 Yen (including tax) or 68 Yahoo acquisition points. Anyone speak Japanese?

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May 11, 2007

What is Hyper "X"?

st_primpin_m.jpgI'm a big fan of Wired magazine. Each month they have a page called Japanese Schoolgirl Watch, devoted to the latest craze that young women in Japan are into. Usually it involves high-tech gadgetry accessories. This month they did something a little different - a Japanese Schoolboy Watch - on gyaru-o — "male gals".

Tanned, fabulously coiffed, and usually hetero, these foppish hipsters can be found cruising the Shibuya boutiques, spending as much time and money on their appearance as any trendsetting schoolgirl.

Here's what caught my eye when they detailed a typical gyaru-o's man-products:

Hyper "X": Reconstruct in Sense of Beauty for Men ($61)
Shaving is for losers. A little dab of this gel will keep your face as smooth as Astroboy's butt.

Does anyone know what this product Hyper "X" is? I wrote to Wired but got no response. As you might imagine, it's hard to search on Hyper "X". Sounds more like a game than a grooming product. If anyone has any info about this product I'd be very thankful if you could send it in. Thanks.

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May 10, 2007

$10 Off Gillette Products at Amazon

gilletteStuff.jpgJust got word of this great deal on Gillette products at Amazon:

Save $10 instantly when you spend $39 or more on Gillette products offered by Amazon.com. Enter code BREEZMAY at checkout. Here's how. Offer expires May 31, 2007.

Yeah, yeah, I know. All you old-school shavers out there are paying 39 cents a blade. But for the rest of us who need our safety razors, saving ten bucks goes a long way. Don't forget you'll get free shipping too.

Via Dealnews.

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May 9, 2007

Definition: Pogonology

clarkLane.jpgSo if you clicked over to LeisureGuy's book yesterday you might have noticed a strange word in the publisher's name - Pogonotomy. I have to admit that I had never heard of this word before, but given LeisureGuy's incredible vocabulary, I figured it must be something shaving-related. So I started googling around.

From LeisureGuy:

pogonotrophy (po-guh-NAW-truh-fee) noun
The growing of a beard.
[From Greek pogon (beard) + -trophy (nourishment, growth).]

And some variations:

Pogonic: of or pertaining to a beard
Pogonologist: a writer on beards
Pogonology: a treatise on beards
Pogonotomy: to cutting of the beard
Pogonotrophy: cultivation of the beard, beard growing

And pictured to the right is the somewhat scary Clark Lane from whose site those I found those variations. Click on through if you want to see Clark pogonotomize his beard. Warning. Clark is... well... he's got a quote on his site from Anna Julia Cooper which I think accurately sums up his look:

a great burly six feet of masculinity with ...sloping shoulders and unkempt beard

Err... well put Anna.

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May 8, 2007

Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable

leisureGuyBook.jpgA while back we met LeisureGuy and his site leisureguy.wordpress.com which put my little blog to shame. LeisureGuy covers all things shaving-related, with a special focus on traditional, old-school wet-shaving. We're taking real razors. Real men don't need safety.

Now LeisureGuy has gone old-school again, trading his digital publishing for traditional ink and paper. Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable is now available from lulu.com for only $11.95.

The book rocks, and not just because I got a copy signed by the author, and not just because there's a little mention of shavingstuff at the end. It's chock full of useful info, step-by-step instructions, the culmination of years of trial and error.

Plus there are crazy ideas and anecdotes for you to draw on. Some men report positive results by use hair conditioner as shaving cream. Some men create "superlather" - a combination of shaving soap and shaving cream. Some men throw damp towels in the microwave and then treat themselves to the true barbershop "hot towel" experience.

If you've got any curiosity about the art of wet-shaving, this book is for you. Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable is available now for only $11.95.

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May 7, 2007

This Just In - Omega 3 Supplement Formula from MenScience

menScienceOmega3.jpgJust received the latest pharmaceuticals from MenScience Androceuticals. It's the Omega 3 Supplement Formula, featuring pharmaceutical-grade EPA/DHA. What's all this? Let me distill it down to something we all can understand. You know how your doctor tells you to eat more fish? It's because fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very good for you.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are well recognized by doctors and numerous scientific studies as essential to maintaining optimal health, particularly in critical areas of a man’s body like the heart, brain and joints. They help support the health of the cardiovascular system, maintain triglyceride and cholesterol levels and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in men.

Oh, and in case you were wondering what EPA and HDA stand for, it's Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid.

MenScience's Omega 3 Supplement Formula is $29 for a bottle of 60 softgel capsules. And while you're on their site, you may want to check out their fine selection of shaving products (which we've reviewed quite favorably here).

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May 4, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - JaMarcus Russell

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is none other than football's first draft pick JaMarcus Russell. We're talking first pick of the first round. First. JaMarcus was the quarterback from LSU and will now be playing from the Oakland Raiders. From his website:

JaMarcus Russell throws the ball with such velocity he has been known to break the fingers of his wide receivers.

That may be something he should work on.

But what doesn't need fixing is the facial hair. I call this the "implied goatee." There's the mustache, the chin scruff, and the creeping connectors, but it's left up to you to connect the dots. Always nice when facial hair becomes interactive. A great look for a star athlete. Save it. Unless of course he's superstitious. And then if he starts to slump it'll be time for a shave.

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May 3, 2007

Braun Pulsonic Launch?

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Got cryptic invite in my inbox last week for a major launch by Braun on Tuesday May 15th. Not sure but I think it might be the US release of the Braun Pulsonic. Can anyone who speaks German read this Braun website? The above pic was the best I could get from the invite. Guess we'll have to wait another two weeks. We'll have coverage of the launch when it happens. Stay tuned...
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May 2, 2007

Review of Brave Soldier's Code Blue

codeBlue.gifWelcome to day two of our Brave Soldier review. Yesterday we shaved. Today we after-shave.

Sure, shaving gets all the glory. After all, it's the part with the razor sharp steel. But after-shave is equally important. After you've shaved, your skin is completely vulnerable. It's stripped of its protective fur, softened to ease cutting. You've got to throw some protective lovin' on there or bad things can happen.

Code Blue to the rescue!

Brave Soldier's Code Blue is a blue cooling gel which hits the spot. Highlighted ingredients include:

Witch Hazel, Lidocaine HCL (2.5% ), Tricolosan, Glycerin, [...] Aloe Vera Gel 10X, Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Tea Tree Oil, Menthol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Eucalyptus Oil, Comfrey Extract, Green Tea Extract, Hawaiian Sea Algae, Spirulina, Salicylic Acid (2%), [...] Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, Quench T (guarana, mate)

One of my favorite attributes of Code Blue is its thickness. Many after-shaves we've reviewed are a little thin, and I often find myself needing to use a second cream around my lips and under my nose to handle some drier skin. Not so with Code Blue. One coating of its blueness was all I needed.

I liked Code Blue and I recommend it. In the interest of complete disclosure I feel that I should mention that I have a slight allergic reaction to it. Kind of makes my lips numb. Had the same reaction to Pacific Shaving Oil a while back. Still trying to figure out what the common ingredient is. That said I paid a little extra attention when I was applying it and the never had a problem again. This is good stuff, but don't eat it.

Brave Soldier's Code Blue is $18 for a 3.4oz (100mL) bottle.

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May 1, 2007

Review of Brave Soldier's Brave Shave

braveShave.gifA couple months ago we received a tube of Brave Soldier's Brave Shave and a bottle of Details for Men. Today and tomorrow we'll present out review.

History
First a little history. Brave Soldier is a California company with its roots in outdoor life, and treating the inevitable bumps and bruises which come from pushing yourself to the extreme. As we mentioned in our first post when these products came in, Brave Soldier's original product was an Antiseptic Healing Ointment designed for athletes who needed to treat scrapes, cuts, and bruises from their occasional missteps. Since then they've branched out to all forms of men's and women's grooming, including Brave Shave.

Originally formulated for athletes like bicyclists, swimmers and bodybuilders who shave their bodies, Brave Shave’s super-rich formula quickly caught on as the ultimate face shave.

Substance
Key ingredients include "Infusion of yarrow flowers, comfrey root, Jojoba oil, elder flowers, burdock root, chamomile, Aloe gel, vitamin E acetate, Pro-vitamin B-5, glycerin and panthenol."

Brave Shave is a white shaving cream with a slightly lemony scent. The smell is not offensive, but it does verge on antispectic. A reader wrote in a while ago complaining about the scent. I don't think it's that bad, but it's not manly soldier (if that's what you're expecting). It's lemony fresh.

The Shave
Lather up! As it says on the back of the tube, "Apply liberally to moist skin." If you're more of a red-state person, I'd suggest resisting your urge to "apply conservatively to moist skin" and use a little more. Brave Shave is best applied with your hands. It's a little too thick for a shaving brush, so fingers work best. Let it sit for 30-60 seconds on your skin before shaving so the ingredients have time to soften your whiskers.

The shave from Brave Shave is good. Little or no nicks or cuts. If you're worried about getting your razor all gunky with shaving cream then perhaps you'll react negatively to Brave Shave, but honestly if you're letting your razor get all gunky then you're not rinsing it enough. Rinse, stroke, rinse, stroke. Drop and give me ten, soldier!

Brave shave did a decent job of lifting my hairs up so I got a close shave. It's not a clear shaving gel but if you're shaving your entire face each day then there's no worry here. There was a decent amount of lubrication if I wanted to take a second pass, although I often threw a little more on there for a second pass of my chin, which has got some pretty stubborn hairs at times.

Final Assessment
Brave Shave is solidly in the good camp. At $15 for a 6oz. (177 mL) tube it's reasonably priced and a good value for your buck. For further reading there's a short positive customer review on Amazon and several positive customer reviews on Men Essentials.

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