November 26, 2008

Turkey Beards Redux

turkey_beard_board.jpgA couple years ago I did a random Google search for a Thanksgiving-themed shaving post and ended up reading about Turkey Beards. "A turkey's beard is the black, hair-like feathers on a male's breast." And these are quite the prize. Certain turkey hunters covet the beard, so much so that the NWTF (what, you haven't heard of the National Wild Turkey Federation?) keeps their own set of records on who has bagged the longest beard. Wanna see the list? Sure you do.

In first place in the Eastern division is Robert Tremblay, who shot a wild turkey with an 18.125 inch beard on 5/2/98. Damn, Bobby. Nice kill. That totally smokes the Florida league where Kenny Hinote leads with a 13.625 turkey beard acquired on 1/3/04. Guess we know who's favored in the Wild Turkey Beard World Series later this year.

(Full turkey beard record board here.)

Surprisingly, Wikipedia, the source of all Internet knowledge, doesn't have a page on turkey beards. Instead, they have this page on Turkey's Beard, aka Xerophyllum - a "popular garden plant, producing spikes of white flowers." Lame. Where's the fun in killing a plant?

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November 25, 2008

The Swerve Neck and Back Razor

Here's a problem I always have - you go to the barber and get a haircut. Two weeks later, the top of your head still looks fine, the but the back of your neck says otherwise. Introducing The Swerve, a new razor designed primarily for men to shave the back their neck and upper back. Genius! With a custom contoured plastic casing designed to fit between your index and middle fingers, the Swerve allows you to keep your neck smooth and stubble-free. I called it self-service shaving for hard to reach places. (I know, I should be in marketing. Or on Mad Men.)

Here's a little video animation demonstration on YouTube if you can't quite picture it.

The Swerve is $4.99 for one or $12.99 for three.


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November 24, 2008

Best4Men's "Best Shave Ever" Men's Shaving Kit

bestshaveerer.jpgIf our Shaving Stuff Holiday Gift Guide wasn't enough for you, the experts at Best4Men have put together a couple gift packs of harmonious grooming products. In particular, we like their Best Shave Ever - Men's Shaving Kit ($63), which contains

  • Pre-Shave Oil by Anthony For Men
  • Shave Cream by Billy Jealousy
  • After-Shave Balm by Billy Jealousy

And yes, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Half Cube bag comes with, and yes, there's free shipping. Holiday shopping made easy.

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November 21, 2008

The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.

Shaving Cream
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245

Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49

On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95

Electric Razors
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219

Pubic Shaving
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Nose Shaving
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99

Back Shaving
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.

Shaving Accessories
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99

Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20

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November 20, 2008

This Just In - The Braun Series 7 Electric Razor

S7_790.jpgGot in a new Braun Series 7 the other day for testing. Looks an awful lot like last year's Braun Pulsonic. I have to admit I've been a little confused about all the different types of Braun electric razors. There's the Pulsonic, the Synchro, the Activator, the Cruzer, the Series 1, 3, 5, and 7. I can't figure them all out. Thankfully, someone at Braun couldn't either, and issued a branding overhaul. Welcome to order. The current line of Braun electric razors now fall into four distinct groups.

  • Series 1 offers smooth and convenient shaving, featuring ultra thin foil technology for an incredible shave at an affordable price. Series 1 shavers range in price from $34 - $39.
  • Series 3 is perfect for consumers seeking a smooth shave and an adaptable shaver. Featuring Braun's renowned 3-stage cutting system, Series 3 models incorporate Braun's Contour Hugging Head for extra smoothness. Series 3 shavers range in price from $64 to $119.
  • Series 5 provides a smooth and precise shave, incorporating Gillette Blade Technology and Braun's unique Power Comb to lift and cut problem hairs lying flat against the skin. Series 5 shavers are fully washable under running water and available with Braun's patented Clean&Renew™ system. This model also includes an adjustable long hair trimmer and comes in a variety of colors. Series 5 shavers range in price from $169 to $229.
  • Series 7 offers outstanding smoothness and skin comfort, with all the shaving tools needed to achieve Braun's most thorough and comfortable shave ever. Series 7's shaver head is the world's first with Pulsonic Technology, an active head oscillating at over 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute to help deliver Braun's closest shave ever. Series 7 shavers range in price from $249 to $289.

And for what it's worth, last year's kick-ass Pulsonic razor is now the Series 7. We wrote a bunch of positive reviews last year of the Pulsonic (scroll down a bit in that last link), and we're going to revisit the Series 7 to see if it still stands up. We're pretty confident it will, and we're recommending it in our upcoming holiday gift guide. Check back soon for a full re-review.

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November 19, 2008

Fog-Free Shaving Mirrors

InterDesign_power_lock_LG.jpgAre you a shower multitasker? Do you brush your teeth and listen to the radio while you're shampooing and rinsing? If so, and you have a lot of light in your shower, perhaps you'd be interested in a fog-free shaving mirror.

ShavingDirect has a great selection of fog-free shaving mirrors. Some with suction cups. Some which clip on to your shower head. Some with magnification. Some with an iPod hookup. (Not kidding!) Some with a light.

While I haven't tested all these brands with lights, my general reaction has been disappointment. The lights on these mirrors tend to be battery-powered LEDs with underwhelming brightness. That's why I really only recommend shaving in the shower if you've got a lot of light already.

And if you do, get a mirror! Shaving in the shower is great. No need to worry about making a mess with shaving cream. Easy to rinse off after you are done. Just shave toward the end of your shower after your skin and whiskers have had a little time to soften. Then try to figure out what you're going to do with all that free time.

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November 18, 2008

This Just In - Proraso

prorasoshavingfoam.jpgprorasoshavinsoap.jpgGot another shipment in recently from our friends at Details for Men. This time Santa sent us two containers of Proraso shaving products - Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Soap (pictured right - $9) and Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Foam (pictured left - $9). Proraso shaving soap is designed to be lathered up with a shaving brush, so make sure you've got your badger hair (or high-quality synthetic) on hand before ordering. Praraso shaving foam is like the more common shaving creams you find in your drugstore or supermarket. No old-school shaving accoutrement needed.

We'll be shaving with this classic Italian brand after we finish our testing of REN, so check back for our review soon.

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November 17, 2008

Take Advantage Of Anthony Logistics For Men's Friends And Family Sale

You've got until this coming Sunday to save 20% of your entire order. All the info you need is listed above. Happy s(h)aving!

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November 14, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Thomas Beatie

beatie.jpgIf you scoff at The National Enquirer at the checkout lane of your local supermarket, you're not alone. But it turns out they were right about John Edwards having an affair months before he admitted to it. And they were right about a man being pregnant. And that man, Thomas Beatie, who gave birth to a happy healthy daughter, is pregnant again.

Now, you all probably know this story already. Thomas Beatie was actually born Susan Beatie, underwent a sex change operation, but kept some key parts of his female anatomy. He/she is one of those people who touch off heated debates on all that is wrong or all that is right with today's society.

Here's my take on it: I believe in the Republican mantra that government should stay out of our life. I believe in the Democrat mantra that a person should have rights over their own body. And I understand that this won't sit will with a lot of people.

Personally, I only wish that Thomas could grow a thicker beard.

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November 13, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax

moltonshavewax.jpgYou may have been wondering why I've been so calm recently. Is it my new Zen outlook on life? Is it that the election is finally over? Nope. I've been shaving with Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax, and it leaves me ultra calm.

So "shavewax". What's that all about? Conjures up painful images of something many women do just before bikini season. Thankfully, there is no pain. (You are receding.) Shavewax presumably refers to the consistency of this shaving cream, which lies somewhere on the scale between lotion and cream. This makes it easy to work with and easy to apply. Definitely use your fingers though. This stuff was not designed to be applied with a brush.

I'm always interested in scent. I think we need to come up with a term for the scent of a shaving cream like "nose", referring to the various aromas evoked by wine. The ingredients for Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax list lemon leaf, violet leaf, and ginger, but I when I breathe in I get essence of cucumber. Also hints of cherries, black currents, and dark chocolate, but that might be the glass of Zinfandel on the counter. Whatever. The stuff smells good. Not traditionally manly (which is good) and not too flowery (which is also good).

OK, so how's the shave? Nice and close, like I like it. The white shavewax goes on pretty thin, so you can mostly see the skin underneath. That will help if you have some trouble spots or areas your trying to maintain. My only complaint was that I got a few nicks and cuts every so often. Never got any redness or irritation, but I did reach for the Nick Stick on occasion. You don't need a ton of Shavewax for each shave, but this isn't one of those products which lathers up out of nothing. Expect to go through the tube at a normal clip.

Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax is $33 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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November 12, 2008

Innovative Shaving Brushes Video

Here's a nice little video from YouTube on four innovative shaving brushes, interspliced with some good old fashion WWII news reel and 50s scientist videos. mantic59 (clearly an alias) covers four shaving brushes which buck the traditional trend of simple badger hair on a stick.

Excellent video on traditional shaving brush alternatives, and some mad video editing skillz to boot.

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November 11, 2008

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1050 for $140

arcitec.jpgI think there are two main camps in the electric razor world - rotary head and foil. If you're into the former, the Arcitec, excuse me, the arcitec, is latest razor from Philips Norelco. Introduced last year in both standard and shaving-cream-dispensing incarnations, we had a chance to give those rotary heads a spin. Check out our arcitec review from way back in '07.

And then check out this deal at Amazon - the Philips Norelco Arcitec 1050 for $140, plus a $40 gift card.

Get $40 off a future purchase when you spend $139 or more on select Norelco, Sonicare, and Bliss Philips products offered by, including this item. Here's how (restrictions apply). Offer valid through November 30, 2008.

Um, I call that a recession-busting steal of a deal!

Via Dealnews.

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November 10, 2008

This Just In - Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgIt's been almost 2 years since we had some very pleasurable shaves with products from REN. Our friends at Details for Men just sent over a tube of Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, a recent arrival at their online men's grooming product store.

Formulated to soften and lift whiskers it contains Biosaccharides to help reduce inflammation and redness, bisabolo from Calendula to soothe and Peppermint Leaf Oil to cool. In addition, essential trace elements (Magnesium, Copper, Zinc) keep skin energized while Pumpkin Fruit Enzymes help prevent ingrown hair.

I have to say, I'm very glad to see another use for pumpkins besides Halloween and state fairs. I recently saw a truly gigantic pumpkin (among many other truly gigantic pumpkins) win first prize at the Topsfield Fair. What happens to that pumpkin after the fair is over? Does some nice family adopt it and care for it? Now I know. It ends up in shaving cream helping to prevent ingrown hairs. That makes me happy.

Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. Check back soon for our full review.

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November 7, 2008

Happy Movember!

You may remember last year around this time we covered a little underground global shaving movement called Movember. Well it's back, baby, and in full world-spanning force!

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo (Australian slang for moustache), raising money and awareness along the way for men's health and the fight against prostate cancer.

And ShavingStuff reader Daniil has graciously volunteered to go down under and provide on-site reports of the men and their 'staches. Actually he's spending a year in New Zealand for other reasons, but he did send us this great photos of Mo-mite billboards. "Mo-mite - because my upper lip deserves the best." Never heard of Mo-mite? Me neither. Think of it as invigorating moustache spread.

For a long time now, many have thought it's the B-vitamins in Mo-mite that stimulate mo-follicles. Others have thought it's the unique blend of yeast and herbs. Some reckon it's just a load of bull. It's hard to be certain. All we know for sure is that it tastes good and as long as it keeps our mo's soft, voluptuous and full of shine, it's got to be a good thing. Just like Movember.

Mmm, mmm! A little mo-mite for the stache. A little vegemite for the mouth. I love Movember down under!


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November 6, 2008

Hans Langseth and the Longest Beard Ever

hans.jpgHere's another shaving historical gem I came across recently while wandering through the darker sections of the net. Ever wonder who had the longest beard ever, and how long was it? Meet Hans Langseth:

The longest beard ever was grown by Hans Langseth of Norway, whose whiskers stretched an incredible 5.33 m (17 6 in) when measured upon his death in Kensett, Iowa, in 1927. The beard was presented to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in 1967.

Can you imagine Mr. Smithson receiving a 17 and a half foot detached beard for his collection? My guess is Hans's benefactors thought they were talking to the Guinness World Record people, and old James was too kind to correct their mistake. Blech!

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November 5, 2008

October 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff


Blogs and Websites



Celebrity Facial Hair

Electric Shaving

General News

Molton Brown

Pacific Shaving

Philips Norelco

Pubic Shaving

Regular Shaving


Shaving Accessories

Shaving Creams & Gels

Shaving Gifts

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