June 29, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Steve Jobs

Today's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. Is there really anyone else we could have picked today? Is anyone writing any articles today about anything other than the iPhone? I doubt it.

In the distance past Steve was another silicon valley geek, wearing outdated clothes and sporting the 'stache. These days Jobs wears his signature black turtleneck and jeans. Some days he's clean shaven, some days he's stubbly. But every day, he's just frickin' cool.

Unless you've been living under a rock recently you've no doubt been inundated with iPhone press. The glass screen. The YouTube app. The battery life. The unlimited data plan. I want one. You want one. At 6:00pm today we all can get one. In fact, who's to say I'm not camped out in line at an Apple store right now. Wearing a black turtle neck and jeans. Sporting a couple days growth. (I want to be just like him.)

Steve - call me. On my iPhone.

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June 28, 2007

First Thoughts On The Philips Norelco Arcitec

arcitec.jpgHad my first shave with the Philips Norelco Arcitec the other day. It's been a while since I've shaved with an electric razor and the technology has improved greatly. Here are three of my initial reactions:

Plus - Ease of Cleaning
The three heads of the top of the razor pop open and allow for easy cleaning. Not only that but you can run them under water. Very convenient and very easy. And worth it. I was shaving on several days growth, and after I cleaned out the hairs halfway through, the shave got noticeable better.

Plus - Wide and Forgiving Shaving Area
The Arcitec's three heads cover a lot of ground. I was able to shave my cheeks with a couple swirls. Also, the heads are mounted on springs so they have a little give. This makes them mold to your face rather than dig out a divot.

Minus - Trimmer
While I consider it a big plus that the Arcitec has a trimmer (for sideburns or other existing facial hair), the trimmer wasn't able to shave close enough to double as a razor itself. I think with some practice I would be able to maintain the lines of my sideburns with one of the rounded heads on the top of the Arcitec, but I was hoping that the trimmer - since it's a straight line - would be able to do that for me.

More to come as I use the Artitec again.

The Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 will be available on July 8th.

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June 27, 2007

Sucker Punch from Billy Jealousy

suckerpunch.jpgBilly Jealousy just added new item to their fine line of men's grooming products - Sucker Punch Face Scrub. As the name might imply, it's going to be a little rough on your face. But in a good way. We're talking exfoliation.

Dislodge dirt, dead surface skin cells and other impurities with Sucker Punch Face Scrub, a powerful combination of crushed walnut shells, vitamins and essential oils. Sucker Punch will give you the edge you need to go all the way, champ.

Ever wonder what became of those discarded walnut shells? Well now you know. I wonder if there's a need for pistachio shells. I'm a master at those.

Sucker Punch Face Scrub is available now for $18 for a 3.5oz/103mL bottle.

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June 26, 2007

The Hair eRazor Pubic Shaver

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A reader wrote in recently about the Hair eRazor pubic shaver and I figured, hey, it's summer time. People are trimming down there for the beach. It's time for another pubic product. So check out the Hair eRazor, which, for $47.50 (plus $6.95 for shipping) comes with a free trimmer to help you get your pubes into a manageable, shaveable state.

And for a somewhat amusing comparison between the Hair eRazor and the always strong selling Seiko Clean-Cut, check out www.hairremovalshavers.com. I found this paragraph particularly entertaining:

Much is made about the difference between Japanese manufactured shavers and Chinese. The truth is that Chinese quality is now excellent. For example China is where your IPOD comes from. The Chinese are so advanced technologically that they are one of ONLY three nations to have put a man into Space. Nearly 99% of all shavers are made in China including some shavers which claim to be "made" in Japan but are actually made in China and simply assembled in Japan or vice versa. In short you can get a top quality pubic shaver with all recent the technological advances FOR LESS by buying the Hair eRazor.

Oh, snap! Japan, you just got served.

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June 25, 2007

My Daddy Is Scratchy

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In the mood for kids music with a shaving theme? Look no further than Jamie Broza's seminal work from 2005 - My Daddy Is Scratchy. You know why your daddy is scratchy? Because he's not getting a good shave. I suggest reading the ShavingStuff reviews and finding a new set of products.

In the meantime, listen to the first two tracks -"Grow A Beard?" and "My Daddy Is Scratchy", which you can preview on Amazon or iTunes. The rest are pure kid. "I Met A Vegetable I Didn't Like", "I Get Really Mad", "Stop It Dad You're Embarrassing Me". All classics. And so true.

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June 22, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kevin Youkilis

kevinYoukilis.jpgBaseball has a long history of men with crazy facial hair. In fact Maxim did a profile of ten great mustaches in baseball recently. Also, ever seen a picture of Rollie Fingers? I've tried to avoid pulling from baseball for this segment since there are basically two camps - people who like baseball, and people who could care less. But for a wide variety of good and bad, there's really no better place for facial hair.

Kevin Youkilis is the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox. In previous years he's been nice and clean shaven. Recent though he's grown a goatee. A really bushy goatee. Now I love the guy as much as the next Red Sox fan. You might think people hate him for all the boos he seems to be get, but that's really people yelling "Youuuuuuuuu-k"! Unfortunate name, in some respects. Also, he's often mistaken for being Greek. Again the name.

But as far as the goatee goes, I'm going to have to come down against it. It's way too big. Goatees need to be manicured and stylish. Next time you're in a slump and need a change, I say it's the first thing to go.

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June 21, 2007

This Just In - Musgo Real

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What's in the mail this week from our good friends over at Details for Men? Why it's several products from Musgo Real.
Musgo Real for men brings European tradition together with modern trends and technologies. This classic fragrance has been recreated from an archived recipe of a cologne by the same name. Musgo real was originally introduced in the 1920's and sold throughout Europe during the sixties and seventies.

The Musgo Real line now includes shaving products, such as

Pretty reasonable prices for a product imported from Portugal. I wonder if they have vintage years?

Anyway, we're looking forward to shaving with Musgo Real, so stay tuned for our full review.

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June 20, 2007

This Just In - Philips Norelco Arcitec

arcitec.jpgThe Philips Norelco Arcitec hits online and retail stores on July 8th, and we've been fortunate enough to receive one several weeks in advance. (Hey Steve Jobs - how about an iPhone?) This is a totally new and futuristic design from Philips Norelco - three heads floating above the base. The picture to the right shows the Arcitec in its stand (which smartly has several suction cups on the bottom so you don't mistakenly knock it over). The 1090 model which we got also includes a plastic case (great for travel) which complete encloses the Arcitec, but still provides the ability to charge even when encased. What I'm trying to say it, the thing looks really well designed.

Other cool features include:

  • Multi-Purpose Display: Battery Full and Charging Indicators, Shaving Head Replacement and Cleaning Indicator
  • Hair Collection Chamber
  • Washable
  • 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Full Two-Year Warranty.

The Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 will start at $239, and there will be several other models coming in at a lower price point. We'll be trying the Arcitec out over the next week or two and will report back our findings. In the meantime click on over to Gizmodo's Arcitec review and see how this new electric razor stacks up.

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June 19, 2007

This Just In - Bump Patrol

BP-Sensitive_Product_Photo.JPG.jpgGot a shipment in the other day from Bump Patrol, a line of shaving products with a focus on reducing those pesky ingrown hairs. Haven't heard of them? Well, if you don't get razor bumps, count yourself lucky. If you do, then keep reading.

Razor bumps affect almost 80% of African-American men and 20% of Caucasians. Known clinically as pseudofolliculitis barbae, they're basically a vicious negative feedback loop. Shaving causes irritation. Irritation causes inflammation. Inflammation causes the hair pore to close and a bump to form. The hair becomes trapped, and thus in-grown. Yuck!

Thankfully there's Bump Patrol to the rescue! Bump Patrol has actually been around for over 10 years, but they've recently introduced an updated look and website. There are two shaving creams - Bump Patrol Cool Shaving Gel ($4.29) and Bump Patrol Aerosol Ultra Sensitive with Aloe Vera (also $4.29), and three different aftershaves - Bump Patrol Razor Bump Intensive Treatment (Sensitive Formula) ($8.59), Bump Patrol Razor Bump Intensive Treatment (Original Formula) ($8.59), and NEW EXTRA STRENGTH Bump Patrol Razor Bump Intensive Treatment ($9.29).

bumpPatrolTech.jpgBump Patrol's website is a wealth of information. There's a FAQ plus tons of free contact info. There's a great instruction sheet which you can download (one of the best I've ever seen). And there are 12 minutes of video demonstrations showing you shaving techniques for face and head, as well as how to avoid razor bumps. While the background music might be a little too upbeat for the subject matter, master barber Will Williams is 100% serious when it comes to your skin. What makes him a master? Have you ever seen someone determine the direction your hair grows with a credit card? 'Nuf said, MacGyver.

We'll be trying these products out soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, you've got your homework assignment. Click on over to Bump Patrol and watch some videos. Then impress your friends will cool terms like "pseudofolliculitis barbae".

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June 18, 2007

The Trac LXXVI Razor from Mad Magazine

PL_72_shave_2.jpgBack when the 5-bladed Gillette Fusion came out a bunch of readers wrote in about the Onion's prescient spoof article about a ridiculous sounding 5-bladed razor. Recently ShavingStuff reader Crosius wrote in about an earlier piece from seminal comedy rag Mad Magazine (and presented by Wired). Seems Al Jaffee and his gang of misfits dreamed up the Trac LXXVI (that's 76 for all you roman numeral fans) razor years before:

Seventy-six cutting edges … wrap around an entire face and shave it close and clean in two or three effortless moves.

That was in response to the Schick Quattro, which at the time had an outlandish 4 blades.

For the M3Power, the first vibrating power razor from Gillette, Mad came up with a

battery-powered shaver produces "a high-frequency electromagnetic ray [that] instantly withers hairs and reduces them to ash."

I'm still waiting for the laser treatment which guilts hair follicles into lying dormant in therapy until a special psychological cream is applied to overcome their performance anxiety.

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June 15, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Eddie Murphy

eddie_murphy.jpgFunny-man Eddie Murphy has been in the news recently, and not because he's doing another family-friendly blockbuster like Norbit, and it's not because he picked up another transvestite hooker. No, this time it's due to a potential paternity suit. See, ex Spice Girl Mel "Scary" B has a newborn baby and says that Eddie Murphy is the father. Eddie, using the "Billy Jean" defense, says the kid is not my son. (er, daughter) In other words, Scary is saying that she and Eddie had sex, and Eddie is saying that Scary had sex with a lot of people.

So while we all wait with baited breath for the results of the upcoming DNA test, I would like to offer a much simpler way of figuring out who the father is. If the baby was born with that trademark Eddie Murphy mustache, it's his. Otherwise, it's clearly not.

There. Problem solved. Now let the man get on to Beverly Hills Cop IV, which is what the world really cares about.

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June 14, 2007

Philips Norelco 7110X Rechargeable Shaver for $30

PhilipsNorelco7110X.jpgAmazon is offering the Philips Norelco 7110X Cordless Rechargeable Shaver for only $29.99. With free shipping that's a great deal for an entry-level electric razor.

The 7110X offers the Precision Cutting System, the Patented Reflex Action® System, Individually Floating Heads, and three more marketing phrases designed to stimulate your inner shaving desire. That said, it's rated four stars over an average of 52 reviews, so a fair number of people like it.

If you're in the market for a new electric razor definitely click over to the 7110X page on Amazon. Even if you don't end up buying the 7110X there's a great comparison chart showing all models of Norelco electric razors and which features are on which models. The 7110X is definitely the low end (although it's the cheapest) at $29.99. At the top we've got the Philips Norelco 9170XLCC SmartTouch-XL Jet Clean Men's Shaving Set weighing in at $169.99. Hey, if you've got to have a Multi-function LCD display and a SmartTouch contour following system on your electric razor, expect to shell out the big bucks.

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June 13, 2007

Review of Bold For Men

boldForMen.jpgTime for another one of these things we call reviews. For the past month or so we've been shaving with Bold For Men, a maverick in the shaving world. How so? With Bold For Men, you don't use any water. Aside from shaving oils, the only other product I've used which didn't call for a base of wet skin was Kiehl's. But while Kiehl's is a drier paste, Bold For Men is a more liquidy gel. Smells vaguely like banana.

Background
Applying Bold For Men couldn't be easier. After a shower just smooth some over your beard. That's it. No pre-shave oil. No warm water. Just squeeze and apply. Obviously Bold For Men wins the no-mess award hands down. If you're annoyed by splashes of water running down your chest and all over your sink, you've just met your savior.

The Shave
Shaving with Bold For Men is no different than other shaving creams. Wait 30 seconds for Bold to sink in, then get your blade hot and wet, stroke, and rinse often. The shave is pretty darn good too. My only complaint with the shave was that Bold For Men wasn't the best at lifting up finicky hairs. You know those hairs that seem to grow parallel instead of perpendicular. (Oh, did I just bust out the geometry?)

I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about using Bold For Men the first time. No water seemed like a recipe for disaster. Also, I've seen a few too many videos on YouTube of bad shaving behavior. But my fears we unfounded. Nicks and cuts were rare, and again, the shave was pretty darn good.

Caveats
There is something in Bold For Men that gives me pause. Immediately after applying Bold my lips felt a little numb. I've had that before with several products - Brave Soldier, Pacific Shaving Oil - and the tingling did go away quickly. Might be me since I seem to have sensitive lips. (My wife agrees.)

Also, sensitive skin - like under the eyes and below the ears - got a little red from Bold For Men. I'm talking about the areas just beyond where you shave, but areas where shaving cream typically ends up as you spread it over your face. The redness went away quickly, so I wasn't concerned, but if you've got especially delicate skin, you might steer clear.

Get Some
Bold For Men is $20. Free shipping between now and July 15th. Also recommended for head shaving.

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June 12, 2007

This Just in - Proraso

proraso.jpgTarget may have stopped carrying Proraso products, but Details for Men has stepped up to the plate. They're offering four of the Italian-made shaving products at very reasonable prices.

These aren't just American products disguised as Italian. While most of the packaging has both Italian and English on it, the Wheat Germ shaving cream (red tube) is entirely in Italian. Luckily you use it like any other shaving cream. However, if you want a translation of the ingredient list or special instruction, see this Details for Men page.

We'll be trying these out in the coming months. Currently in the Shaving Stuff shave studios are products from Gentlemen's Refinery, so stay tuned...

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June 11, 2007

Gizmodo's Take on the Braun Pulsonic

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The Braun Pulsonic will be released on Friday July 13th, and the guys over at Gizmodo have posted a video of their sneak peek. It's really worth a view. Not only do you get Louis's reactions while he's shaving, but you also get an idea of dimensions. The Pulsonic itself looks like other Braun electric razors. The cleaning and recharging base-station looks as big as, well, a base-station.

There's also a nice write-up of his experience with the Pulsonic, which he ends up liking, although not as much as wet-shaving:

The Pulsonic's motor delivers over 10,000 vibrations per minute, which the folks at Braun claim will expose and shave more hair. The first time I used it—it left a few patches here and there. Not to mention my neck was tomato red. (To be fair, this was the first time I had used an electric razor in years).

The Pulsonic will be available in two models - 9585CC with LED Lights which retails for $239, and the 9595CC with LCD Screen which retails for $269. No doubt you'll be able to get them a little cheaper with a couple minutes of googling. More info to come as it becomes available.

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June 8, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Stan Lee

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair pick is super-hero inventor and comic book legend Stan Lee. Working late one evening in his lab - a dreary, dilapidated building filled with test tubes, beakers, and one radioactive arachnid - Stan produced the amazing Spider-Man. Who would guess that years later Spidey would become three major motion pictures, countless comic books, and hands down the best ride at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Florida.

It's a big summer for Stan. Not only did Spider-man 3 open recently, but the next installment of the Fantastic Four - Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer - opens in a week. Yep - Stan did them too. Along with X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man, and a host of others.

OK, back to business. Stan has a mustache. A slightly cheesy, slightly sleazy mustache. Now hold on, all you Stan-luvas. Before you go labeling me a hater, hear me out. I have a theory. Have you ever seen Stan Lee and Spider-man in the same room together? Nope. How about Stan and the Hulk? Nunca. Coincidence? Perhaps not. See, I think the mustache might be fake. Think Clark Kent's glasses. It's all part of the disguise, so us mere mortals won't figure out his true identity.

Well I see past that mustache, Stan! I see the clean-shaven skin above your lip, and I'm calling you out. It's time to register yourself under the Superhuman Registration Act, or else it's Captain America time for you!

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June 7, 2007

More Fathers' Day Specials

dad.gifLots of men's grooming websites are running specials for Fathers' Day - Sunday June 17 (which is fast approaching). Here's a quick round up of a few:

BuzzSkin
Free Fedex ground shipping at BuzzSkin between now until Friday June 15th.

SkinStore
Tons of "dote on dad" specials at SkinStore from all the major brands like The Art of Shaving, Jack Black, MenScience, and aMENity.

Bold For Men
Free shipping between now and July 15th (that's right, July!) at Bold For Men.

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June 6, 2007

Fathers' Day Suggestions from ZIRH - Includes Free Steak!

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There's nothing dad likes more than a clean shave and a nice juicy steak. And now he can have both with ZIRH's '25forDad' promotion. For a limited time buy your dad one of ZIRH's Fathers' Day Gift Sets, enter promo code '25forDad' when checking out, and get a $25 gift card from Dining Dough.
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June 5, 2007

This Just In - Baxter of California Clay Pomade and Hydro Salve: Lip Balm

baxterLipBalm.jpgclayPomade.jpgWho's sporting a clean shave? That's right you are! Now it's time for a little stylin' and profilin' with a couple Baxter of California accessories. I'm talking about Hydo Salve: Lip Balm for those luscious lips, and Baxter of California Clay Pomade - "Styling clay for men’s hair".

A blend of natural clay and wax gives hold and texture to hair. Leaves hair with a matte look.

Baxter of California's Clay Pomade was also a Best Styling Product winner in the May 2007 issue of Men's Health. I'm quite sure that the last time I had clay in my hair was in Mrs. Jenkins' art class in elementary school, and I didn't win any prizes.

Baxter of California Clay Pomade is $16 for a 2.5 oz./75 ml jar.

Hydo Salve: Lip Balm is $8 for a .5 oz./15 ml. tube. Way cooler than your black chapstick and comes in deliciously kissable mojito flavor.

Also, make sure you click over to the (almost) free samples when you're checking out. Great way to try a few new things or get some travel sizes for your on-the-road bag.

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June 4, 2007

Quick and Easy Fathers' Day Gifts at Best4Men.com

best4men.jpgSo you want to get dad a shaving upgrade but you don't want to wade through 100 user comments at Amazon or 50 reviews at (ahem) ShavingStuff. Let someone else do the winnowing at Best4Men.

Shopping at Best4Men.com is a breeze. When you visit, you're not going to find dozens of choices, all claiming to be the right one for you. Instead, there's just one of everything, carefully and painstakingly selected for each category. Driven by the thought that "sometimes 100 choices are 99 too many", Brett Thorson, founder and CEO of Best4Men, LLC, wanted to make it simple for today's man to find the right grooming product.

Shaving Cream - Hydroplane by Billy Jealousy. Pre-shave oil - Anthony Logistics For Men. Still need a gift idea? Click on over to their Gift Ideas page where you can choose a pre-made bundle or BYOK. (That's Build Your Own Kit, for the acronym-challenged.) Shipping is a flat $7, or free for orders over $75. Fathers' Day is less than two weeks away. Start shopping!

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June 1, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Alberto Gonzalez

alberto-gonzales-mustache.jpgalberto-gonzalez-no-mustache.jpgToday's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is our current Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez. Ooo, Alberto! What ever happened to Alberto VO5? Anyway...

Pictured left is the Alberto of a few years ago. So young and naive. Unaware of the scandals to come. And with mustache. To the right we have present-day Alberto. Hardened. Embroiled in controversy. Clean-shaven.

Does he remember his be-mustached days? Does he long for the simpler times when life wasn't under a microscope? Does he even remember?

I doubt it. My guess is one of his subordinates shaved him without his knowledge. Probably Monica Goodling when she was crossing a line. Good work Monica. Definitely the right move.

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