September 28, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - DIY

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So I figured with the new fall TV season starting I'd find a ripe celeb with some sort of facial hair to blog about. Instead I stumbled across this ingenious site which let's you create your own - Mustache TV. Here's how it works:
  1. Order a mustache kit for $6
  2. Affix mustache to TV screen
  3. Laugh hysterically when celebrities unintentionally sport mustaches

This might provide fodder for Friday's column for years to come!

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September 27, 2007

This Just In - Barbasol

Got a shipment of Barbasol in recently. Set up the cans on a shelf because they looked cool. People keep coming by and saying it reminds them of an Andy Warhol. The funny thing is that the folks over at Barbasol sent a CD of product images we could use. They're really good; professional quality. And here we are displaying their product with a consumer-grade camera against my painted wall. That's art, right? I assume Andy Warhol would be proud.
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September 26, 2007

The 2007 Esquire Grooming Awards

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The 2007 Esquire Grooming Awards are in and we'd like to give a big round of applause to Billy Jealousy Hydroplane for winning best shaving cream.
Good for both light and burlier beards, this cream provides armorlike protection for your skin and rinses off clean. Versatile and effective.

You know Esquire, if you were looking for the best shaving cream, you could have just called us.

As you probably know we're big fans of Billy around here. We recommend the killer combination of Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment along with Hydroplane Shaving Cream. Your skin was never treated so right.

Check out the rest of the Esquire winners for best Aftershave, Pre-shave Oil, Face Wash, and more.

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September 25, 2007

Venereous Mountain Mist

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So, you're thinking of shaving down there. Or perhaps you already have. Do you have an aftershave specially formulated for your nether region?

Allow me to introduce you to Venereous Mountain Mist from NewfBrand.com. Venereous Mountain Mist is 100% all natural with ingredients like Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel, Liquid Silk Protein, Vitamin E, Essential Fragrance Oils. Want to put some Polysorbate 80 on your hotchie-coo? Look elsewhere.

Venereous (pronounced "Ve`neĀ“re`ous") has two common definitions. The first is:" Venereal; exciting lust; aphrodisiac." The second definition of venereous is: "Lustful; lascivious; libidinous."

Newfbrand is home-grown and family operated. Husband and wife team created the aftershave. Mom runs the company which is named after the dog (a Newfoundland). Got any questions? I'll bet they answer them personally.

Venereous Mountain Mist is $7.95 for a 4 oz. spray bottle or $11.95 for a 8 oz. spray bottle.

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September 24, 2007

This Just In - The Art of Shaving

theArtOfShaving.gifWe're very excited to have received shaving products from The Art of Shaving courtesy of our friends over at Details for Men. The Art of Shaving has long been held as the acme of shaving, and it's about time we at ShavingStuff chimed in with our own opinion. In particular, I'm especially interested to see how The Art of Shaving stacks up against the Gentlemen's Refinery. Astute readers will remember that master barber Perry Gastis left The Art of Shaving to found Gentlemen's Refinery, which is without a doubt the best line of products we've tried this year.

So what did we get?

Aside from the regular shaving products I'm totally psyched to try to alum block. Never used one before. Will it sting? I'm guessing yes. Will it fix a nick or cut? I hope so. Will I get an nicks or cuts with the Art of Shaving products? You'll just have to tune in once the review is in.

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September 21, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 5

norelco8060X.jpgSo we've come to the end of Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System review week. Thought I'd take a moment to highlight what we've learned. This will be on the test.

There are three models of Moisture Shaving System. We cover the exact differences here. Basically they are manual or automatic Nivea shaving conditioner loading, and quicker recharging times.

You're going to be buying Nivea HS800 Shaving Conditioner replacement bottles which I've seen on the web for between $8 and $10 a bottle. Probably can get them cheaper if you buy in bulk. I'm sure Costco sells a gross of them for $100. Good luck fitting them behind your mirror.

Some things we didn't talk about - the 8040X and the 8060X come with a travel pouch which is actually pretty nice (not just some junky vinyl). Also there's a sideburn trimmer which snaps on in place of the floating heads. I like it better than the one of the Arcitec because it's wider.

Can't decide between the Arcitec and the Moisture Shaving System? We recommend the latter. The Arcitec is nice, but nothing beats the comfort of wet/dry shaving with a lubricating lotion. Get the Moisture Shaving System. $79.99 - $149.99.

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September 20, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 4

Norelco-8060X.jpgWelcome back to our set of reviews about the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X. Seems like we've talked about everything but the shave, so let's finally dive in.

The Heat
One of my biggest complaints about electric razors is that they get hot. I take a shower, come out and dry off, and start shaving with an electric razor. Half way through the foils are hot, my skin starts to sweat, and the razor gets tripped up on my skin. Not fun.

Wet/Dry Shaving
The Moisture Shaving System solves this by encouraging you to shave with a wet face (and with the the Nivea lotion). Wet your face before you start shaving, and then as you're working on an area of your face, press the lotion-dispensing button to lay down a nice layer of lubrication. Ahhh!!! Now we're talking. Finally I'm having a truly comfortable electric shaver experience.

The Shave
I found the shave with the 8060X to be quite good, although it took me several uses to get something approximating what I can do with a blade. I imagine I will get even better as time goes on. If you're used to shaving with a blade, you'll have an adjustment period where you'll wonder how close a shave you really can get. But keep working at it. If you're used to shaving with an electric razor that's not wet/dry, I think you're really going like the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System. It's a big step up from dry electric razors.

Couple more notes on the shave:

Sideburns
Because the rotaries are circular, it takes some practice shaving around sideburns and existing facial hair. This would probably be easier with an electric razor with a straight cutting surface. That said you can keep lines straight or even but it's going to take some experimenting and familiarity with where the cutting sections of the razor actually begin.

Difficult Hairs
Everybody's got the few hairs which seem to grow in the opposite direction of parallel to the skin. I found that I had to go over sections of my face several times to get a clean shave, whereas with a blade I could get everything with one or two passes. That said, a blade has it's own set of difficult hairs - most notably under the nose. Trying to get those hairs with your Fusion paddle can be its own type of challenge.

Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X wrap-up tomorrow.

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September 19, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 3

nivea_8060X.jpgWelcome to day three of Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X review week. Today we'll take a closer look at the "moisture" in this shaving system.

As we've mentioned before, the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System family is relatively unique among electric shavers in that it dispenses lotion as you shave. This isn't the first Norelco to do this, but I don't know of any other brand which has a shaver with this feature.

There is one major drawback to this type of system, and that is that you're going to be buying replacement bottles of Nivea HS800 Shaving Conditioner at around $9.99 a pop. (So that's what the "HS800" from the Quick Start Guide refers to!) Think of it like the equivalent of razors and cartridges. They want to lock you in. It's probably one reason that the top of the line Moisture Shaving System is about $100 less than the top of the line Arcitec.

Again, if you've got the 8060X, the Nivea shaving conditioner goes in the razor automatically. If you've got the 8020X or the 8040X you're going to need to put the Nivea in yourself. See the photo on the left for the input on the back of the razor.

But where does it come out? I've highlighted the top two holes in the photo on the right. There are two buttons on the front of the razor. One turns the shaver on and off, and you don't need to hold this button down in order to keep the razor running. The other controls the dispensing of the Nivea shaving conditioner. Holding this button down dispenses the lotion. Releasing it stops the flow. Again, the conditioner only comes out of the top two rotaries.

The sound the razor makes while dispensing the lotion is kind of comical. Reminds me of some cheap 80s sci fi special effect sound from Buck Rogers or Wonder Woman. I should have recorded it for you. There's nothing wrong with it, but if you're a fan of those cheesy sci fi shows, you'll get a kick out of it. Eee-ee er eee-ee er eee-ee.

More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow!

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September 18, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 2

This is part 2 of our review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X. If you missed part 1 where we covered the Quick Start Guide, the basics of wet/dry shaving, and the lotion dispensing, go catch up and then click back. We'll wait...

Assembly
OK, so you've taken everything out of the box (or confounding plastic wrap), and now you're wondering how all the pieces fit together. The first step is to put the Nivea lotion container in the charging stand. That's what the three pictures on the right are showing you. The bottle simply goes in upside down without any kind of snap. The blue cap then twists on and provides a snug fit. Totally easy. Finally, you snap the electric razor into the stand on the front.

Charging and Filling
Be ready for a little bit of a surprise the first time you plug the charging cord into the outlet. Your Moisture Shaving System 8060X will be empty of Nivea shaving conditioner, so aside from charging the base stand is immediately going to start filling your razor. Sounds like a little motor churning, and honestly it's not at all annoying, but it definitely gave me a start when I plugged it in. Didn't expect that.

Of course if you get the 8020X or the 8040X you'll need to add the Nivea lotion yourself. This is an easy process as you simply insert the top of the Nivea bottle into the back of the Moisture Shaving System razor.

Keep in mind one of the main differences between the three models is charging time. The 8020X takes 8 hours for a full charge; the 8040X charges in 4 hours; and the 8060X charges in only an hour and a half. Pick the one that's right for you.

More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow!

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September 17, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 1

As faithful readers know, we received a Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X not too long ago. This wet/dry electric razor is the top end model of three in the new Moisture Shaving System family, which basically means it charges faster and has a stand which automatically refills the Nivea shaving lotion. (Click here for a full run down of the differences between the three models - 8020X, 8040X, and the 8060X.) I was very excited to try this new razor, especially after trying the new Philips Noreclo Arcitec, which is a similarly designed new electric razor but not meant for wet skin. We'll go through the details of the 8060X, but if you're someone who needs to know how the story ends up front, we recommend the Moisture Shaving System over the Arcitec. How did we end up with that recommendation? You'll have to keep reading.

Quick Start Guide
One of the first things you'll notice after opening the box is the Quick Start Guide - a double-sided page with diagrams showing you how to assemble, shave, clean, and care for your new Moisture Shaving System. Apologies for the dark pictures on the right. My Photoshop-fu is lacking. (Unsolved mystery alert: Why is the model number listed as HS8000.) If you're like me, you hate reading directions. I found this guide useful and intuitive, and while I may have puzzled over a picture or two for 30 seconds, I was up and charging within 5 minutes.

Wet/Dry Shaving
As we mentioned before, the Moisture Shaving System is a wet/dry electric razor, which means you can shave with it on wet or dry skin. This razor is really designed for wet skin, so if you're not planning on using that way, I'd recommend getting the Philips Norelco Arcitec. (Although we recommend wet electric shaving if given the choice.)

The unique thing about this razor is that it dispenses a shaving lotion while you shave, for closer comfort. More on the actual shave later, but this means that in addition to a wet face (which softens your beard hairs) you've got Nivea lotion adding a lubricating layer. Very nice.

End of part 1. More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow.

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September 14, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kevin Everett

Unless you actively stay away from all sports-related news, you know that last Sunday Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered a terrible injury while making a tackle on opening day. The initial prognoses ranged from paralysis to "life-threatening", however thanks to modern medicine and some incredible stamina, there seems to be some hope for a better outcome.

So to bolster that hope we select Kevin Everett as our Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick. A classy trifecta of facial hair - partial mustache, small soul-patch, and half beard. Three winners in our book. A personal statement with facial hair without being too outlandish. Here's to a speedy recovery.

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September 13, 2007

Two New Products From Billy Jealousy

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Billy Jealousy just added two new products to their amazing men's grooming line - Combination Code Face Moisturizer and Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Lotion.

Combination Code Face Moisturizer ($26):

Tell Father Time to get bent with Combination Code Face Moisturizer. Lightweight and easily absorbed, Combination Code will hydrate, smooth and soften your face in no time. Unlock the code to great-looking skin.

Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Lotion ($28):

Rough, dry hands will become a thing of the past with Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Cream. A tropical brew of botanical extracts like Monoi de Tahiti, Golden Gloves absorbs quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize your hardworking mitts.

And here's the cool part - be one of the first 50 orders to buy both and get a free 8 oz bottle of Hydroplane Shave Cream. Um, that's stuff's good. In fact its like the best we've ever shaved with. Oh, and I just got this promotional email late this afternoon, so there's a good chance if you order now you'll be one of the first 50.

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September 12, 2007

Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - Updated

leisureGuyBook.jpgBack in May LeisureGuy's book Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable came out - masterpiece of pogonotomy. Since then LeisureGuy has been anything but leisurely. He's been busy updating his book and his amazing shaving blog leisureguy.wordpress.com.

And now he's proud to announce that Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable v1.94 is available from lulu.com. (I love the version number. Was this guy a software developer in a previous life?)

You can also get the book at Amazon and Borders, but he recommends you wait until late September/early October if you're going to order from there to make sure you get the latest version. Look for the September publish date as opposed to May. Lulu, on the other hand, has v1.94 in stock now for only $11.95.

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September 11, 2007

This Just In - Jack Black

jackBlackLogo.gifThe Jack Black actor / Jack Black shaving products joke has been made zillions of times in the shaving world. Oh? You didn't know there were regular jokes in the shaving world? Well, hang around for a while and you'll learn a few.

I've only had the opportunity to use small samples of Jack Black products before, so I'm thrilled to have received a full compliment of Jack Black shaving supplies from our friends at Details for Men. When Jack comes up in the rotation we'll be reviewing:

Very cool. Always nice to not only get a chance to review a line's shaving supplies, but also their other men's grooming products. Most of their items fall within the $10 to $30 range, with gift sets and colognes running a bit more. Click on over to the Jack Black website to learn a little more about this top-shelf brand.

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September 10, 2007

Review of Musgo Real After Shave Balm

musgoRealAfterShave.gifThe final product we reviewed from Musgo Real was their After Shave Balm. In general the balm worked well after shaving - helping my skin recover from hot water and a sharp blade. I have no complaints there. However I wasn't thrilled with the scent. Musgo Real After Shave Balm is definitely designed for an older generation. I could imagine my grandfather wearing something like this, and I suppose it makes sense since this brand was resurrected based on a cologne which was popular in the '60s and '70s. Think distinguished gentleman emerging from a barber shop. It's not a bad smell. Just not for me.

The second issue I had was with the packaging. The flask-shaped glass bottle works will for Musgo Real's Pre Shave Oil, which pours out easily, but not as well with the balm, which is more viscous. I love the old-school design, but when you get more than half way through the bottle you're really going to want a squeezable plastic container.

Musgo Real After Shave Balm is $22 for a 3.33oz bottle.

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September 7, 2007

Review of Musgo Real Pre Shave Oil

musgoPreShaveOil.gifWe're doing things a little backwards here. Yesterday we wrote about Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil Soap and today we're going to talk about Musgo Real Pre Shave Oil. When you shave you'll use the oil first and then the soap. Mixing things up! Making sure everyone is still awake.

Musgo Real Pre Shave Oil comes in a glass bottle with a design reminiscent of the early part of the last century. Kind of reminds me of a flask you might stash in your overcoat for a cold night. The oil comes out easily (perhaps a little too easily). A small amount is all that is needed to cover your entire shaving area. I must say, after using products from Gentlemen's Refinery I've become a fan of the layer of pre-shave oil followed by a layer of cream.

Once you're lubed up it's time for the Glycerine Lime Oil Soap which we talked about yesterday. One thing I didn't mention yesterday was that when I was spreading a lathered up Glycerine Lime Oil Soap with my shaving brush, I'd invariably get some in my ears. The lather, made up of tiny soap bubbles, would start popping, and for the next 60 seconds I'd listen to a loud snap-crackle-pop of Rice Krispies. Funny the first time. Kind of annoying after that.

The overall shave was decent. Not the best I'd had, but not the worst. Very little irritation or cuts, but just not the closest. I imagine old-school jedi-shave masters might do the second pass against the grain, but in the morning I often need to shave and then move on. I'm curious to know what other people's experience with these shaving products is. I think I may be a little too amateur to appreciate them, and I wouldn't be surprised that some straight-razor shavers swear by this stuff. For me, I'll probably stick with something a little more modern.

Musgo Real Pre Shave Oil is $22 for a 3.33oz bottle.

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September 6, 2007

Review of Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil Soap

musgoRealSoap.gifBeen shaving with products from Musgo Real courtesy of our friends at Details for Men. A quick refresher - these are Portuguese shaving products based on a 1920s cologne. These are also a more old-school shaving style than I've been used to - bar of shaving soap to be applied with a brush.

The large rustic bar is made especially for cleaning the face before shaving. Glyce contains lime oil to refresh the face, castor oil to soak and soften whiskers before shaving, and a trace of alcohol to remove the dirt which restricts razor glide.

Now I know some of you readers are masters of the blade and brush, but the rest of us are happy for the modern day convenience of cream and cartridge. Here's my first question - what do I do with this bar of soap? I could put it in a mug. I could put it in a bowl. In fact I've done both of these. But from my research, you want to put your soap in a container with a lot of drainage.

Next question - what if the bar of soap doesn't fit? More research suggests you can melt the soap by applying gentle heat (like on a stove) and then pour it into your container of choice. Really? Look, my time is valuable. I barely have time to heat up a bowl of soup at night. Last thing I want to do is prep my shaving cream.

Whatever method you go with, the next step is to wet your brush and swirl it around to work a little soap into it. This may take longer than expected, especially if it's the first few times you've used the soap. I will say this - in the end you use a surprisingly small amount of soap to cover your face. This bar is going to last a long, long time.

Tomorrow we'll talk about Musgo Real's shaving oil in conjunction with the soap, and the shave itself.

Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil Soap is $6 for a 5.8oz bar.

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September 5, 2007

Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer Promotion

baxterPromoOil.gifDoes Kanye West use Baxter of California products? I have no idea. But I do know of this nice little promotion going on at Baxter of California website:

Spend $60 and receive a free full sized bottle of oil free moisturizer.

You may have read our reviews of Baxter of California in the past, and if you have, you'll know we think Baxter's line of men's grooming products is among the finest we've used. Their moisturizer is particularly good. I went through that stuff in a hurry.

To take advantage of this offer, add their oil-free moisturizer to your cart, spend at least $60, and enter "OIL" (in all caps) for the promo code when checking out. Oh, and do it by the end of this month. You'll be glad you did.

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September 4, 2007

Old Spice Pacific Surge Body Wash

oldSpicePacificSurge.jpgYou'll remember a couple weeks ago we got a shipment of Old Spice products in to try out. Well, last week we were on vacation and guess who came with me? That's right, Old Spice High Endurance Body Wash, Pacific Surge.

See, we had easy access to the beach, a nice grill, and my favorite - an outdoor shower. And after a full day of swimming in the Atlantic, nothing felt better than showering off with a little Pacific Surge. And a beer. Actually, the beer gave the Old Spice a run for its money. But we're really talking two different categories here. Whatever.

Old Spice High Endurance Body Wash, Pacific Surge comes in a giant 18oz container and contains enough for a tons of showers, if you have a wash cloth. If you don't (I didn't bring one), you'll still get plenty of use out of the bottle, but plan on lathering up a wash cloth for maximum efficiency. I was concerned that Pacific Surge would have an overwhelming artificial scent, but the truth was it was rather mild which I liked. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't a purely natural Pacific ocean aroma a la some of the other products we've reviewed on this site. But at $4.99 for a zillion uses, I don't think anyone's going to be complaining too loudly.

Old Spice High Endurance Body Wash, Pacific Surge is $4.99 for a 18oz bottle.

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