June 30, 2008

Reader Review of the MANGROOMER Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver

Shaving Stuff reader Kit recently wrote in with this thorough and positive review of the MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver. It's in the comments section of the MANGROOMER post we did a while back, but I thought it was worth it's own front-page time. So here goes:

After reading the reviews on this web page I have to admit I was reluctant to purchase the Mangroomer. Although I am by no means a gorilla and have the greatest sympathy for those men that are close, I have had comments about my back hair. On a recent trip to Lake Havasu I was described as a "silverback", being 54 has more than on disadvantage. For years I have used an old Remington electric razor with a trimmer about four inches wide on my back, I usually spent about 45 minutes to get a clean shave. Most of the time I only had to do this about once every four months. I decide to gamble and went to my local Bed, Bath and Beyond and spent the $40.00 plus tax on a Mangroomer. After shaving about on quarter of my back I noticed the shaver seemed to be getting clogged as stated in the reviews I had read on this web site. But I also noticed that hair was sticking all over the handle also. I tried to brush it off the handle and the blades but it was very difficult. Living in Southern California I am familiar with the problems of static electricity. Lucky for me I had a spray bottle of "Static Guard" handy. I sprayed this on the handles and the blades of the Mangroomer and the problem was solved! After discovering this cure I spent about five more minutes and had the smoothest back since I was ten years old. I want to thank Marut Enterprises LLC. for importing this product and Bed, Bath and Beyond for having the insight to sell it.

Possibly the first use of Static Guard in a shaving story. Well done Kit! Or shall I call you MacGyver?

The MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver is $39.95 at Amazon and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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June 27, 2008

Review of John Allan's Matte Styling Pomade

ja_matte.jpegToday we're going to take a quick look at our final John Allan's product in what has turned out to be John Allan's review week at Shaving Stuff. I've never been much of a hair product man, but a strange confluence of events recently led me to start experimenting in styling. And what I found is that I tend to shy away from the shine, and hold out for the hold.
John Allan's Matte styling pomade fits that bill perfectly.

A light-weight, water-based pomade that gives hair detail without the shine. It can be used on all hair types to provide separation, direction and a light, flexible hold. As a pliable styling tool, this pomade allows you to create and recreate any look or style and washes out easily. Nourishes and conditions hair and scalp with botanical extracts of Orange Flower, Lemongrass, Lime, and Grapefruit.

If you're looking for greased-back lines or the I-just-got-out-of-the-shower tease, try one of his other products. But if you like the subtle hold which doesn't look like you have any product in your hair, Matte's where it's at.

John Allan's Matte Style Pomade is $22 for a 2.4oz jar.

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June 26, 2008

Review of John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer

ja_face.jpgSo we talked about John Allan's Splash aftershave on Tuesday, but that only covers half of your face. What about your forehead? It needs love too. Enter John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer, which I've been using on my forehead with great results after I shave (after showering) and also on my whole face after I wash up at night.

An advanced hydrating formula that utilizes a combination of essential vitamins, botanical extracts and natural emollients to replenish skin and helps to diminish the effects of aging. It also helps to soothe and protect dry or irritated skin caused by shaving, extreme weather conditions or years of neglect.

Extreme weather!!! Woot! I don't know about you, but we had a hail storm in New England on an 80 degree summer day this week. If that doesn't qualify for extreme weather, I don't know what does.

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, JA's Face moisturizer. What's in it?

Hydrates using Shea Butter, Coca Butter and Jojoba. Provides advanced anti-aging correction and prevention using Vitamins A, B2, C, D, E, K. Helps to protect skin with Oat and Willow Bark Extracts.

So butter, vitamins, and bark. And somehow if manages to soothe your face. And smell pretty good too. Shaving Stuff wife says it vaguely reminds her of grapefruit. Also, she says "You smell clean." Thanks John. Can I call you John?

John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer is $24.50 for a 4oz bottle.

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June 25, 2008

Review of John Allan's Scrub

ja_scrub.jpegRub a dub dub, it's time for a Scrub. John Allan's Scrub, that is. We've gone through exfoliants a bunch of times on this site, so I won't bore you with the background. Basically there are two camps - one which thinks you should exfoliate before you shave, and one which thinks you should exfoliate a couple times a week, preferrably when you don't shave. Personally, I'm in the latter camp. Shaving exfoliates enough by itself.

John Allan's Scrub is a green, grainy (not gritty) goo. The grains are not too fine, not too coarse, and they are plentiful. Like the recent exfoliant we reviewed from Mensgroom, John Allan's Scrub looks like something you might make a superball out of. Lime green substance with flecks suspended in it. (Those flecks are "Volcanic Pumice". Very cool. Or hot, depending on how fresh the volcanic pumice is.)

And I'm a fan. Smells great - mildly floral, washes off easily, and gets the job done. Plus, they do the dangerous job of harvesting the volcano. What else do you need? John Allan's Face Exfoliant Scrub is $17 for a 4.8oz tube.

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June 24, 2008

Review of John Allan's Splash After Shave

ja_splash.jpg[A plea to my humble reader - please read this entire review. What may seem like a lost cause turns into a happy ending.]

There's a reason they call John Allan's Splash After Shave "an old school after-shave splash with a bite." Alcohol. And lots of it. What looks like a friendly bottle of bubbles turns out to be a harsh wake-up after your shave. Splash some Splash on your freshly shaven face and feel the bite.

[Note to humble reader: keep reading]

But then something magical happens. Your face actually feels good. And it doesn't need any more love. Last time around we after-shaved with John Allan's Calming After Shave Balm, and if you remember, we often needed to supplement with a little heavier cream. Splash is the total package. Could be the Chamomilla Extract & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. Could be the Willow Bark and Cucumber Extracts. Could be that anything feels better after being slapped by an alcohol induced rage. Whatever it is, I came to really like John Allan's Splash.

I'm recommending this after shave whole heartedly. I had no redness or irritation from this product. In fact my skin seems clearer and healthier than before. I fully expect to get some feedback about the horrors of "the bite", or the use of alcohol in after shave, but I'm standing by my man John (or J.A., as I like to call him). He's made a believer out of me again.

John Allan's Splash After Shave is $18.50 for a 4oz bottle.

[Final note to humble reader: You rock!]

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June 23, 2008

Review of John Allan's Shave

Every so often we get the chance to go back and visit an old favorite. Such is the case with John Allan's. A couple months ago we got a bunch of new products in and we've been steadily working our way through them.

Some history, for those new to John Allan's - starts in Europe, studies with the best, comes to New York, opens membership club, starts his own product line, products are awesome. What? Too much for you in today's information overload world? (Full history is here.)

I've been shaving with John Allan's Shave for about a month now, and it's like seeing a good friend after a year's absence. Great shave, great scent, great to catch up. In fact, my old review still holds true. Allow myself to quote myself, (unless of course the A. P. objects):

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

Like I said, it's good to see you again, Mr. John Allan. Over the next few days we'll check out some other John Allan's products which are new to Shaving Stuff. In the meantime, John Allan's Shave is $14.50 for a 4oz tube. Get some.

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June 20, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Mike Myers

mikemyers.jpgBeen a while since we've done a Celebrity Facial Hair Friday post, and who better to get us back in the schwing of things than funnyman Mike Myers. From Wayne to Dieter to Austin Powers to Dr Evil, Myers is the king of character creation. And now he's back in his first live-action role since the god awful Cat in the Hat. This Friday Love Guru opens, and we get to meet Mike's latest creation - Guru Pitka.

OK, so obviously the beard is a site gag. It's funny at first, and normally I'd worry it would gets old fast, but Myers has a talent for pulling off the inane. I'll withhold judgment, but I'm hoping that by the end of the movie, Pitka's beard gets the same treatment as Austin Powers' teeth. Plus, I hope there's a lot of Jessica Alba.

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June 19, 2008

Remington CODE Young Man's Shaver

remingtoncodeyoungman.jpgYoung man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
You just need a Remington CODE.

Hard to convey the phrasing of that last line. In my head it works.

Anyway, I just figured it was time to look at the Remington CODE Young Man's Shaver again. We last checked out this electric razor back in August of ought seven when they were running their Get the CODE pick up line contest. Perhaps you've grown out of the "young man" demographic, but there are new young-uns coming right behind you.

So, for all you new young men, check out the Remington CODE! With a "Unique cutting system engineered specifically for a younger man's beard", the CODE makes a great first razor for those firmly planted in the awkward puberty years. Plus its green glow makes you think its part alien. And at $25, you'll still have allowance money left over to buy a Wii Fit. (The Wii Fit is the hot new game, right? I'm so old.)

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June 18, 2008

Reader Review of Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream and Balm

barbasol_014.jpgShaving Stuff reader Keith recently wrote in with this review of Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin shaving cream and balm.

I switched to the Kiss My Face line of shaving lotions a number of years ago after trying a sample because I felt it did as good a job as my current shaving cream and better prevented razor burn. I chanced across this Barbasol shaving cream by accident and necessity and was impressed with how much nicer the shaving experience was. I felt it was both a smoother and more effective shave and haven't had any razor burn issues. It is now my new shaving cream. Oh - and the moisture balm is nice at conditioning the skin without any sting or discomfort which is a nice added bonus. I'd recommend these products to anyone with sensitive skin trying to avoid razor burn while getting a nice close shave.

Nice! Sounds like we've got a winner. You can find Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin at most major supermarkets and drugstores, typically for under $5.

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June 17, 2008

Proraso Products at Bath and Body Works Under the C.O. Bigelow Name

cobigelowshave.jpgProraso is an old-school Italian shaving brand which wasn't seen much in the States until Target started carrying it. Then one day their shelves went empty, never to be refilled. Perhaps Proraso didn't have the same mass market appeal as a 250 count box of Hefty Cinch Sacks. Whatever.

Eagle-eye Shaving Stuff reader Scott recently wrote in with this tip:

Bath and Body Works is selling Proraso shave cream under the name "C.O. Bigelow". If you look closely under the Bigelow banner on the box it says "made by Proraso for C.O. Bigelow"

I haven't made it to my local Bath and Body Works shop to verify this, but aside from the item being listed as "Domestic" on their website, I have no reason to doubt this information. If someone out there in shaving land can corroborate, we'd all appreciate.

In the meantime, if you're desperate to get your Proraso on, head on over to Details for Men for a little taste of the Italian import.

Thanks for the tip Scott!

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June 16, 2008

Third Arcitec Winner

Thumbnail image for philips_arcitec_vertical.jpgA big ShavingStuff congratulations to Jared, who has won himself an arcitec razor. Jared's story is, how do I say this, south of the border. And while he's won himself a Philips Norelco arcitec, perhaps he'd be better served with a BodyGroom:

I was about 16, had started shaving maybe a year earlier, and was starting to understand that one's face isn't necessarily the only area of the body that can be shaved. Being ... curious ... i decided that I should shave my um, euphemisms. So i took my Mach 3 downtown and got to work. Naturally, I got nicked. It wasn't particularly more painful than any other area, but it just WOULDN'T stop bleeding! I washed off and dried off and sat in the bathroom for what seemed like hours waiting for it to stop bleeding. Being a kind of nervous 16 year old, i got more and more worried, until i reached the point of full-on freaking out. So, I did the only thing i could think of doing... i started yelling for my dad. He came to the bathroom door and yelled "What?" and i told him what happened. He stood outside the door, totally silent for a few seconds. Then just yelled back "Well why the hell did you do that?" I responded "Well i didn't try to cut myself!" to which he replied, "I wasn't talking about cutting yourself, you peckerhead!" Anyways, he told me what in hindsight was the obvious solution--hold some toilet paper on the cut until it stops bleeding, which occurred shortly thereafter. I couldn't look my dad in the face for at least a full day, I was so embarrassed!

Oof. Harsh father. If shaving didn't scar you for life, his words might have. Hope you two have made up.

Well, that about sums up our contest. A big thanks to Philips Norelco for providing us and our winners with arcitec razors, and thanks to everyone who wrote in or signed up to our mailing list. There's nothing like a good, mildly embarrassing shaving story. We'll have to do this again sometime.

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June 13, 2008

Second Arcitec Winner Announced! One Day Left To Win Your Own!

Thumbnail image for philips_arcitec_vertical.jpgA big congratulations to Buck, our second ShavingStuff arcitec winner! Buck wrote in with a sweet romantic story which one can only imagine had a Harlequin ending.

When I was dating my future wife, we were about to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together. I thought I would surprise my fiancee by shaving a heart into the top of my head. I had a buzz cut at the time. Everything went well. The heart was centered on top of my head, and had the proper shape. There was also a nice contrast between my dark hair and the pale white of my bare scalp. Anyway, On Valentine's Day I arrive at my gal's apartment wearing my usual ballcap. I present her with a card, flowers, and a small gift. Then I removed my hat and said, "Happy Valentine's Day honey" She smiled and laughed, then said: "Is that what I think it is?" "Yes" I replied "I have a Heart-On for you!"

Oh visual puns. It takes a tough man to pull one off. And in the end, Buck gets the girl. Well played sir. Hope you enjoy your new arcitec razor.

There's still one day left and three razors to go! Send in your shaving story or sign up for our mailing list. Full details are here.

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June 12, 2008

Gimme A Light - NXT Light Shave Gel

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What do you do when you've got a great new product and zero advertising budget? Bake the advertising into the product. Here's a great article from the New York Times about NXT Light Shave Gel - men's grooming products that actually light up!

To call attention to themselves, the products, which are aimed at 18- to 24-year-old men, will glow on the shelves, inviting customers to pick them up. Every 15 seconds, a light-emitting diode (LED) in the bottom of the container flares on, stays lighted for a few seconds, then fades out.

Neat idea, and well thought out.

Each NXT light is powered by two or three AAA batteries, and a rolling switch turns off the contraption when it's upside down or sideways. The light will flash for about a year, so the product is shipped upside-down from its plant in China in boxes that say "This Side Up" in five languages.

NXT Light Shave Gel is aimed at men with sensitive skin. Those who need a light shave. Get it? And for $5, NXT Light Shave Gel is light on your wallet. Look for their products at Target, CVS, Wal*Mart, and other major retailers.

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June 11, 2008

Gifts for Dad: The Man Can

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Here's another cleverly packaged Fathers Day grooming kit. It's The Man Can, and yes!, it comes with can!

Don't skimp this Father's Day, get him everything he'll need in one great package - get him the One and Only Man Can!! All the bath goodies a man could handle come in this cleverly packaged kit. Can includes Fisherman's Hand Butter, Fisherman's Scrub Soap, Spicy Shave Gel, Bay Rum After Shower Oil, Body Mitt, and Man Can Container.

The Man Can contains products from the Plum Island Soap Company (whose site is hard to link to due to their use of frames). Plum Island - I spent a week there as a kid. Fun place. Awesome beaches. Don't remember using much soap though.

The Man Can is $44.50.

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June 10, 2008

Take Advantage Of More Fathers Day Specials

dad.jpgTake advantage of these Fathers Day specials, some of which end today, whether you are shopping for your father or yourself:

  • Baxter of California - 20% off with promo code "DARTH". Ends today (June 10th). Why Darth? He's a father of sorts. Just see their site.
  • John Allan's - 10% off with promo code "GIFTS08". Ends tomorrow (June 11th). Will somebody please buy me the Roll Up
  • Best4Men - $10 off their Men's Ultimate Grooming Toolkit with promo code "JUNE10". Ends June 30th.
  • ZIRH - Free 2nd day shipping with promo code "DAD" as long as you place your order by 12pm EST tomorrow (June 11th).
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June 9, 2008

First Arcitec Winner Announced! Still Time To Win Your Own.

Thumbnail image for philips_arcitec_vertical.jpgA big congratulations to John, our first ShavingStuff arcitec winner! John's shaving story is an instant classic - a tale of modest beginnings, mistaken identity, and comedic outcome. I think we can all relate.

I started using a shaving cream that came in a short wide top container,you put a small amount in your palm and then used a brush to lather it up and apply it. I used this method for some time and it always worked great, however my wife used a product called hemp body lotion that came in a similar container and placed it near my product in the cabinet. I soon began to notice that my cream would not lather up and my morning shave was not getting the job done, I finally put on my reading glasses and realized that I had been trying to lather up and apply her body lotion for 3 or 4 days, it's hell getting old!

It certainly is. Luckily the arcitec looks nothing like a short wide top container of hemp.

Hey ShavingStuff readers! Want your own arcitec? There's still time, and there are still four left. Submit your own shaving story or sign up for our mailing list by Friday. Full details are here.

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June 6, 2008

One Week Left To Win An Arcitec!

shaving_story_ad_shavingstuff_small.jpgWant a present for Fathers Day, even if you're not a father? Yeah you do. Want a new electric razor? Yes, yes indeed. You've come to the right place.

Send us your funniest or most embarrassing shaving story and we'll make it happen. We've got five arcitec razors from Philips Norelco, and one of them has your name on it. So make Friday the 13th your lucky day and send in your story or sign up for our mailing list. Then sit back and let the loot roll in. Full details of the contest are here. We'll start announcing winners next week.

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June 5, 2008

Philips Norelco BodyGroom for $29.99

philipsBodyGroomSmall.jpgWe've been highlighting a bunch of Father's Day gifts recently. All of them have been super sweet dopp kits or variations on that theme. Pretty safe gift. Pretty sweet gift. We make no guarantee about today's item.

The Philips Norelco BodyGroom has been quite the popular item since its introduction a couple years ago. A brilliant viral marketing campaign at shaveeverywhere.com didn't hurt either. Here's the question - how do you give one of these body trimmers to a loved one and still say I love you just the way you are? There's an implicit statement built into these things which says, "hey, you're a little too hairy." It's a fine line to walk.

So if you've got a strong relationship with your man, and he's a little too neanderthal, this body trimmer is on sale for $5 off its normal low price. The Philips Norelco BodyGroom is currently on sale at Amazon for $29.99. Good luck.

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June 4, 2008

Gifts for Dad: Anthony Logistics

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Next up on our shaving tour of Father's Day gifts is The Dropp Kit Tray from Anthony Logistics for Men. That's not a typo. This isn't a dopp kit. It's a "dropp" kit.

Empty your change, remove that bulging wallet from your back pocket, take off that watch that you check incessantly to keep up with your hectic schedule, and place your keys (with no worries that you won't know where they are tomorrow morning) on your new personal valet tray.

The Dropp Kit is packaged on a thick, black, Italian Leather Valet Tray made exclusively for Anthony Logistics For Men by Arte & Cuoio.

What? You've never heard of Arte & Cuoio? Yeah, well neither had I. But their designs are pretty cool. Check out their website for a little edumacation in modern Italian art.

Anyway, aside from the leather dropp-ings, the kit also comes with Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Pre-Shave Oil, Shave Cream, and After Shave Balm. The Dropp Kit Tray from Anthony Logistics for Men is $175. Your dad's bulging back pocket will thank you.

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June 3, 2008

Gifts for Dad: ZIRH

deluxe_kit.jpgZIRH's got a whole page of shaving gifts, from the Three Step Shave Kit at $39 to the Deluxe Kit at $299, and many more in between. Kits for dry skin, kits for oily skin, travel kits, and age-defying kits. You want kits? ZIRH's got kits.

And while you're shopping, check out ZIRH's new Platinum line. No kits (or shaving creams), but high quality (and high priced) products for high quality high priced men.

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June 2, 2008

May 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

We're already a couple days into June, but let's take a moment to recap our accomplishments from May.

Reviews

We took a good, hard look at products from Ritual, which has all the basics to get you through your morning shave, shower and sh!t. Shower with Trifecta Body, Hair, and Face Wash; sterilize your razor with Razor Rinse; shave with The Whip; heal with The Balm Post-Shave Gel; and finally cover up your foggy bottom with Nature Calls. Buy them individually, or all in one with "The Kit". Would make a great father's day gift.

Father's Day

Speaking of Father's Day, John Allan's Roll Up might just be the coolest shaving-related gift on the market. Indiana Jones would carry one of these if they had been invented back in the day. Also, the aMENity Limited Edition Gift Set makes a great gift if you're looking for the more traditional leather dopp bag. We had a couple ideas for dads in the Military from Best4Men, and Baxter of California came through if your dad just happens to want to rule the galaxy with the dark side of the force.

Contests

Lots of shaving-related contests going on these days. Schick and YouTube picked a Winner. The window for entering Gillette's Search for the Next Phenom has closed, but voting is about to begin. MenScience's Father's Day 'Dad that Shines the Brightest Award' Contest is accepting submissions up until Father's Day. And then there's our very own Funny Shaving Story contest from Philips Norelco. You've got plenty of time to submit your funny shaving story and win one of five arcitec razors. Start typin'!
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