September 30, 2008

Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull

shavinginsideskull.jpgYou know how they say no one ever goes past the first page of search results on Google? Well, as an experiment I decided to jump to page seven after searching for "shaving", and here's what I found: Mel Ash's book Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull. That certainly piqued my interest. Here's the Amazon review:

Zen monks traditionally shave their heads as a symbol of their renunciation of the world. But author Mel Ash points out that it's not enough to shave the outside. Why not shave the inside as well? This is one wild and crazy book. Ash gives us "razors" to use that are really creative homework assignments to help us shave all the beliefs, isms, and self-limitations that hold us back. Topics for enlightenment include picking your nose in your car, tracing your tree of belief, and finding your secret name--and that's just on one page!

The first five pages are available for your perusal at Amazon through their "Look Inside This Book" technology. Read up about Ash's razor metaphor, his shaving schedule, and decide if this book is right for you. Nine out of nine people gave it five stars. There must be some pearls of wisdom in there. But just to clear the air of any legal responsibility, we certainly do not advocate or suggest literally shaving the inside of your skull. Or anyone else's. Thank you. Please shave responsibly.

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September 29, 2008

Baxter of California Saves the World's Financial Markets

baxterlogo.gifWhile the fine men and women of the House and Senate debate how best to apply $700 billion of financial aid, Baxter of California ran the numbers and sent out the following for your review:

With the proposed 700 Billion Dollar Bail Out Plan that congress is mulling over, we thought it would be interesting to know how many bottles of Baxter could be distributed to the entire U.S population.

Invigorating Body Wash: a free bottle every month for the next 15 + years.
Baxter Lip Balm: a free tube every month for the next 24 years.
Baxter Travel Kit: a free kit every year, for the next 46 years.

Let's see... Wall Street CEOs walk away with millions in severance, or we all get kick-ass grooming products. I choose the latter.

Since it's unlikely that we the taxpayer will ever see that money, Baxter has created the following promo codes for you instead:

  • Free Shave Cream: AIG
  • Free Body Wash: Fanny
  • Free Under Eye Complex: Freddy

Take advantage of this offer before the men's grooming markets collapse, or September 30th, whichever comes first.

(Minimum Purchase $70 / One code per order / Put the items in your cart / Stop checking your 401k)

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September 24, 2008

BalderaZZi - Imagined Head-Shaving Fun With Photoshop

Angelina-Jolie-shaved.jpgWhat do you do if you've got some mad Photoshop skillz and a little too much free time? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I mean after you've put Jessica Biel's head on a naked body. For the tenth time. Well, if you're into the chrome dome, you imagine your favorite celebrities bald. And then you imagine lots of other celebrities bald.

I believe that seeing how good it looks on most cases, can be a big help for thous [sic] of you who consider shaving their head. As the owner of BaldlyGo.com, a site where I present head shaving as a solution for baldness, I noticed that some visitors actually decide to shave their head simply by seeing the virtual head-shaving gallery that I host there, without even using it's [sic] free service of virtual head-shaving.

So, if you're thing is imagining bald celebrities - from Amy Adams to Zac Efron - then have we got the site for you. Check out BalderaZZi and marvel at one man's obsession with the perfectly shaven head.

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September 23, 2008

South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club

SCAKBMCpatch.jpgAlaska's been getting quite a bit of attention recently, what with the surprise pick of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. Here's a little slice of Alaska which deserves its time in the limelight. It's the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, and it's gearing up to host the World Beard and Moustache Championships on May 23rd, 2009. That means construction's already well underway on the bearded toboggan run, the track for the mustache relay race, and of course the giant goatee slalom. Nobody's expecting opening ceremonies to beat China's recent masterpiece, but let's just say there may be a couple of guys flying around the rooftop suspended by their handlebars.

Our club was founded in 2003 to extend the annual Mr. Fur Face competition at the Miner's and Trapper's Ball into a year-round celebration of competition and comradery. Members include former Mr. Fur Face title holders , World Champions, and world class competitors.

Here's what I can infer from the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. There are a lot of beard and moustache clubs in Alaska. There's the North Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, the Southeast Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, and who could forget the Due West Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. I hear you can see Russia from their main offices.

Anyway, start planning your trip now for the World Beards in '09 in Anchorage. Now where are my Michelle Shocked tapes? And where can I get me one of those patches?

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September 22, 2008

Sculpt Yourself Into Gillette History

gillettedesign.jpgCalling all sculptors! Calling all artists! Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters, located just a few miles from my humble abode, is getting an extreme makeover. And the piece de resistance could be made by you!

P&G/Gillette is undertaking the most significant renovation of its World Shaving Headquarters in its 100-year history. When complete, the 33-acre site, located in South Boston, will house P&G/Gillette's Research and Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing and business support. To mark the significance of this endeavor, the Company is launching a single-phased design competition for a signature sculpture or landmark icon to mark the entry to the World Shaving Headquarters complex.

Think you got a shaving-inspired "signature sculpture" in you? You've got until October 6th to submit your designs. Details are at GilletteDesignCompetition.com. Good luck!

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September 19, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Bill Melendez

BillMelendez.jpgWho? That's what I said at first. Actually, first I said, "Whoa, old-timer! The saloon ain't servin' whiskey no more." Then I said "who". And then I said nice 'stache!

You may not know Bill Melendez. I certainly hadn't heard of him. But I have heard him, and chances are you have too. Bill Melendez was the animator for the Peanuts cartoon specials like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". And, he was the voice of Snoopy! And Woodstock! I wonder if he was the voice of the parents too. WAH wah WAH WAH WAH! You can check out clips of his work on YouTube.

Bill Melendez passed away earlier this month, we're sorry to say. That's why we're honoring the man and his old-school mustache by choosing him as this Friday's Celebrity Facial Hair pick. So long Bill. Thanks for the good grief.

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September 18, 2008

Shaving Study in India

indiaonline.gifHere's a little shaving story from India Infoline, where, if you haven't already read their tag line to the right, "It's all about money, honey!". Gee. You seem like a reputable news source

Apparently AC Neilsen and Gillette conducted a study on men's shaving habits and preferences, and what they found just might shock you. No, I'm not talking about the fact that "93% [of] men like to be clean shaven in India and 80% of men feel more handsome after shaving." I'm talking about these two findings:

  • Women in Chennai (97%) agree that men are more likely to be caught by bouncers if they are unshaven more than other towns
  • 85% women from Bangalore agree that unshaven men are lazy more than most towns

Yeah, um, what?!? Is there a problem with men taunting bouncers in Chennai? And how are men with beards lazier than most towns? Hey Gillette. Not sure you got your money's worth on that study. For more illuminating Indian shaving trivia, read the full story about Urban Indian Men's Shaving Habits and Perceptions here.

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September 17, 2008

TSA-Sized Grooming Products from The Gentlemen's Refinery

grlogo.gifThey say good things come in small packages. Whoever "they" are must have been thinking about the TSA, who would one day mandate that all good things on airplanes must come in small packages. The TSA. They're all good things.

Anyway, The Gentlemen's Refinery would like you to be able to board a plane carrying their amazing line of shaving and grooming products, which is why they recently launched TSA-Approved travel sized versions of all their wares. If you aren't packing a little Gentlemen in your travel kit, you are missing out my friend. The Gentlemen's Refinery is one of the all-time greats in our opinion. Check out our Gentlemen's Refinery category page for all our past reviews and news. Then click on over to their TSA page and stock up on good things in small packages.

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September 16, 2008

Review of eShave White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter

eshaveaftershave.jpgOK, so yesterday we shaved with eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Today we're finishing things up with eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter.

Packed with moisturizing natural ingredients and antioxidant vitamins A and E, eShave After Shave Creams are the essential final step toward silky skin. Shea butter, aloe vera and comfrey extracts make eShave After Shave Creams an ideal post-shave. The highly concentrated formula penetrates easily, leaving skin toned, moist and soft.

I will attest to the accuracy of the "packed" and "high concentrated" claims. This after shave cream is almost syrupy. You definitely don't want to put too much on, or it'll have a tough time absorbing into your face. Details for Men recommends "a dime size amount", and I agree. For all you non-US readers, a dime is our smallest coin (even though a penny and a nickel are worth less. Doesn't make any sense) Anyway, start out using far less of eShave's after shave than you think. It actually works really well, but you'll have a tough time getting your skin to absorb more than a little bit.

Also, it smells great. Mmm... white tea.

eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter is $22 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 15, 2008

Review of eShave's White Tea Shave Cream

eshavewhiteteashave.jpegIt's review time! And it's about time. Got a shipment of eShave products in from our friends over at Details for Men back in April, and we're only now finally getting to them. Shave on us.

First up - eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Mmm... white tea. This has got to be one of my favorite scents on earth. In fact if you haven't checked out Urth products, they're full of white tea and worth a look. But today we're talking about eShave.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is a light, almost fluffy/whipped shaving cream which is best applied with a brush. Place a small dab in the bristles of your brush, hold the tip of the brush under hot water for a few seconds, and then apply to your pre-moistened face. You'll be amazed at how little shaving cream you need to get a nice lather.

Sadly, I felt that the lather ultimately didn't protect my face against the evils of five razor-sharp blades. Perhaps it needed a little extra oil to act more as a lubricant, or maybe it works much better with eShave's Pre-Shave Oil as a base. I'm no chemist, so frankly I don't know what it needs. All I can say is that I was a little underwhelmed at eShave's ability to protect my face against nicks and cuts. (Luckily I had my new Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company, but more on that in another post.)

The shave with eShave was decent, although it wasn't the best at lifting up my whiskers. I often found myself reapplying shaving cream for a second pass over a particularly tricky section of skin. Not a huge deal in my book, but I've used shaving creams that have done better on the first pass.

Overall I wasn't that enthusiastic about eShave's shaving cream. Perhaps expectations were too high at the start. I was so excited by the white tea that I built up eShave to be the perfect shave before the first stroke. Anyway, we've had people write in and tell us how much they love it, so it may work great for you.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is $20 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 12, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kanye West

kanyewest.jpgI respect the man who speaks his mind and takes action. That's why today's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is rapper and recent jailbird Kanye West. Seems Mr. West and his road manager Don Crowley were waiting for a plane at LAX when some poop-arazzi showed up with cameras rolling. Kanye and Crowley went all Russell Crowe and Sean Penn on them. That's right. They took care of business. And frankly, I don't blame them. Couple of pushy tabloid photographers get up in your grill, you best be ready to deal. Anyway, Kanye and his manager ended up in jail for a couple hours, and George Bush took a break from his 9/11 ceremonies to reaffirm his love of black people.

Oh yeah. And Kanye's sporting a killer mustache. Don't mess with my man.

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September 11, 2008

ShavingStuff on your Kindle

shaingstuffkindle.jpgFile this under the shameless self-promotion category.

Hey kids! Got one of those new-fangled Amazon e-reader Kindle thingies? Well now you can get your daily dose of ShavingStuff delivered wirelessly over the ether right to your fingertips. Check out Shaving Stuff (Kindle Edition). Same great shaving news. New optimized format! Nominal fee. Only $0.99 per month. What will they think of next?

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September 10, 2008

Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer

wahl_trim-n-vac_trimmer_m.jpgHere's one from our friends over at Dealnews. It's the Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer, available today only for the low price of $17.95 from Yugster.com. How do they find these sites?

Trim WITHOUT leaving a mess! Combination trimmer and vacuum keeps your morning routine tidy. Features 11 position range, rotating 90 degree pivoting head, and full set of accessories including comb, brush, oil, stand and pouch

How do they fit a vacuum in a tiny shaver? Simple. You know that large hadron super collider which went online today in Europe? Well, instead of all those little black holes it produces ending the universe as we know it, they're being bundled in the Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer to suck up your freshly shorn whiskers. Sweet. And environmentally conscious. Shaving saves civilization.

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September 9, 2008

Anthony Logistics for Men Sings the Prostate Cancer Blues

anthonyenergyshave.jpgIt's September, and that can only mean one thing at Anthony Logistics for Men - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Once again Anthony is raising awareness and money for research and treatment through their "Blue" line of products. And for the shaving fans, there's Energy Shaving Cream:

Shave Cream with vitamins, aloe, squalene, and glycerin softens your beard and makes your razor glide. Promotes a smoothe shave. Lightly scented with your favorite Anthony scent that refreshes but never overpowers.

Squalene? Wikipedia time!

Squalene is a natural organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes primarily from shark liver oil, though there are botanic sources as well, including amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives. All higher organisms produce squalene, including humans.

Don't worry. Very unlikely that Anthony is harvesting their squalene from humans a la Fight Club. I'm sure they're out there hunting sharks with lasers.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to prostate cancer research, so stock up on some great products and take stock that you're helping the fight against cancer.

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September 4, 2008

Free ZIRH Grooming Trio With $75 Purchase

zirhtrio.jpgHere's a quick goodie bag from ZIRH for all you travelers: Get a free ZIRH Grooming Trio bag with all orders over $75 of ZIRH products. The bag includes the bare minimum you need to shave and wash your face.

  • Soothe 1.7 oz - Calms redness, razor burn and other shaving irritations.
  • Shave Gel 7ml - A clear, Aloe Vera based gel that delivers a smooth shave every time.
  • Clean 2.5 oz - Powerful Alpha Hydroxy face wash removes dirt and oil.

Whoa! 2.5 ounces of Clean? That's cutting it a little close to the 3 ounce limit imposed by the TSA. They'll let you onto the plane, but you might get some funny looks.

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September 3, 2008

Getting The Proper Beard Length

beard-line.jpgHere's a seldom mentioned topic which you need to get right - beards, how low can you go? Getting the right looking beard means the difference between respectable and unabomber. Thankfully Esquire magazine has hired the etchers from the front page of the Wall Street Journal to bring you this proper beard length diagram.

It helps to think of your face as a map, your beard an invading army. If you don't control the front line, there's really no reason to stay in the fight. Stopped too close to the jawbone (line a), a beard makes you look uptight.

Also, think of your razor as a peacekeeper, not a sword. And shaving cream as liberating cream. Whiskers just want their freedom. We'll stand down once the hairs stand up. Actually, we'd rather have the hairs stay down. It's the fact that they keep standing up that we have to stay. Wow, we could be shaving in this region for like 100 years.

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September 2, 2008

August 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

And we're back! I've been on vacation for a week, laying on the beach, grillin' and chillin'. Didn't shave for 8 days and 8 nights. A miracle in some religions. Anyway, I hope you've a great end of the summer. Before we launch into the fall segment of ShavingStuff, let's recap August.

Reviews

Only review this month was for Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream. I know, I'm slacking. But we're current shaving with products from eShave, and we just got in The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving Company, so check back soon for our reviews of those.

Shaving Accessories

Couple of unconventional shaving accessories to help you rid your skin of unwanted hair. First, the Epila Personal Laser Hair Remover. Lasers! Must be from the future. Second, the Goatee Saver, a decidedly low-tech device for shaving within the lines. Must be from the past. No lasers.

Couture

My personal favorite from this past month was the introduction of a couple of Hip Shaving T-Shirts from Ritual. Check out Shave Guevara and Shave Anything, and get a chuckle from your friends.

Celebrities

We mourned the passing of Dave Matthew's Band saxaphonist LeRoi Moore. We examined the newest form of juicing - the steroid-injecting mustache sported by hitting machine Jason Giambi. And we marveled as the John Allan's mobile man spa rolled into Madison Square Garden to shave ten years off of Police front-man Sting during their final show.
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