December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays from Shaving Stuff!

Snowflake_300h.jpgWe're going to take a few days off and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. We suggest you do the same. Eat, drink, and be merry. Safe travels wherever you're going.

And stop shaving. Give your face a holiday too. It's been a long year.

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December 23, 2008

Close Shave - A Photographer's Study Of Shaving

Close_Shave_Cover_Peter.jpgWe first learned about Kent Waddington and his photographic treatise on shaving two years ago. At that time Kent had four years of shaving photo essays under his belt and was starting to get some recognition for his shaving work.

Well, we're pleased to report that Kent is still going strong, and he's back with a new website, his first series of a woman shaving (her legs, cheeky monkeys), and a book!

After a very long delay, we are pleased to announce the launch of Close SHAVE - the website for your viewing pleasure. Contained within our many pages of cyberspace you will find dozens of colour and black & white images taken from our ongoing shave series which started about seven years ago. Throughout that time we have worked with models, wanna-be-models and non-models, in private and in public spaces both in North America and Europe.

Back in 2006 I described the site as guilt-free shaving porn. But that's selling it short. While there are a lot of people shaving in odd public places, there are also the touching moments where a shave is a symbol of something much larger. For example, John and Peter shows a moment we hope never to have to experience - a son shaving his hospitalized father.

Keep up the great work Kent! We look forward to seeing what comes next.

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December 22, 2008

Free Corduroy Messanger Bag From ZIRH

zirhbag.jpgHere's a great offer from one of our favorite brands - spend $50 on ZIRH products at their website and get this corduroy messenger bag free! Offer is good today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday). Plus, you get a free holiday body bar, a bunch of samples, and if you spend an extra $10 for a minimum of $60, you get a free year's subscription to Details magazine. Not too shabby.

If you're not familiar with ZIRH, check out our review of ZIRH shaving cream and gel from a couple years ago, which we're still standing by. Also a big winner in the long-term department has been ZIRH DEFEND SPF 15 Face Moisturizer which has come in very handy during the summer months. Easily ten times better than putting generic sunscreen lotion on your face.

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December 19, 2008

Billy Jealousy Gets Personal With Gifts

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In the age of big corporations and outsourced phone support, it's nice to come across a company that still has a personal touch. Today only, buy $40 worth of grooming products from Billy Jealousy (at their site) and you and a friend will both receive a free 2oz bottle of Hydroplane shaving cream (which is one of the absolute best shaving creams out there, and we should know).

Here's the personal part - place your order on billyjealousy.com, then send an email to Melissa at Billy Jealousy telling her the name and address of the friend you'd like the Hydroplane to go to, and she'll make it happen. What? No online impersonal form? No faceless click? I'm so not used to interacting with people the way. It feels weird... and good, at the same time.

We've purposely not mentioned Melissa's email address, but you should be able to figure it out, Sherlock. If not, click the picture above for an expanded view and look in the lower left corner. Damn you spammers! You have to make everything difficult.

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December 18, 2008

Baxter of California Saves You 20%

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Only two more days to save 20% off your order from Baxter of California. Enter promo code "FINLEY" at checkout to score big. They've got a huge selection of shaving and grooming gifts for you to choose from, including a pretty sweet Travel Kit for $50 filled with "TSA Approved travel ready 2oz. tubes." Isn't that what the Internet is made out of?

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December 17, 2008

Holiday Deals From Anthony Logistics For Men

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Anthony over at Logistics for Men has been going nuts with the holiday emails and specials. Seems I'm getting several emails a week about gifts and promo codes. So here's the latest - enter "SHIP2008" at checkout and receive free shipping on all orders from now presumably until Christmas.

They've got their gift guide set up by type of man in your life -

Gifts for you and the husband. How very progressive.

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December 16, 2008

Review of REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgBeen shaving with REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream for the last couple weeks. It's about time we chat.

Now REN shaving cream is one of the few creams which is intended for a dry face. Kiehl's is another brand which comes to mind when thinking about shaving creams like this. There aren't that many of them. The prevailing philosophy is that you want a good base of water or oil to start with. But REN shaving cream makes it work.

The big advantage of a "dry" shave is that it's quicker and much less messier. You don't end up with water and lather dripping down your chest, and you can skip the step of waiting for the water to heat up before priming your face. The downside, at least for REN, is the gunk factor.

Now I've read a lot of shaving reviews where the reviewer is obsessed with shaving cream gunking up his razor. And for a while I too graded shaving creams on their gunkiness. But then I moved on. Never really bothered me. Until REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, which stubbornly refused to remove itself from my five-bladed Gillette Fusion. So I dropped down to four blades and whipped out my Schick Quattro. Still a high gunk factor. So I dropped down the three blades and whipped out my Mach3. Sweet spot achieved! (Which is good news since my two-bladed Gillette Sensor is buried somewhere deep under the sink.)

My recommendation - REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream works best with three blades or less. And it works really well. Nice close shave. Occasional nick or cut, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

REN recommends trying High Glide with their Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil. I didn't have any around, but I did just receive a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, (which smells awesome!), and that improved the shave a little, but not enough to make me say you have to use an oil base. That said, the Taylor of Old Bond smells like a wonderfully aromatic gin, and the REN High Glide smells vaguely floral, so I felt like I was shaving in some fancy high-class cocktail. Love it!

REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. If you're interested in a dry shave, and you use a three-bladed razor or less, give REN a shot.

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December 15, 2008

Fox News's Review of Save-A-Blade

Judging by the amount of feedback we got about the Save-A-Blade, there are a lot of people out there looking to pinch a few pennies when it comes to razors. So let us turn to the "Fair and Balanced" Fox News to learn the truth about this miracle contraption.

Deal or dud, they ask? You really want me to spoil it for you? C'mon, just watch it. Actually, it's quite possibly the best piece of reporting I've ever seen on Fox. They consult a scientist. And he uses a microscope. And they get the company to change its packaging. And everyone remains civil.

OK, I really don't want to spoil it for you, but if you insist on not watching, probably best to avoid this product if you're a Schick Quattro man.

Special thanks for ShavingStuff reader Eric for sending this in.

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December 11, 2008

This Just In - Cremo Cream

creamocream.JPGIt could be the premise for the next blockbuster prime-time drama: A man, dissatisfied with the vast selection of sub-par shaving creams, sets out to create a better shaving experience, and in doing so, changes the world. Tune in tonight on NBC. (I'd watch it over Jay Leno five more times a week.)

Anyway, here's what protagonist Mike Boone learned about most shaving creams. One, they're mostly air. And two, after air, they're mostly glycerin or oil.

The solution, Cremo Cream has no air and no trace ingredients: it's a rich cream made only from significant, noticeably beneficial ingredients. It contains very unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules that have been specially compounded with other truly powerful skin conditioners. Together, they make your blade glide smoothly over your skin like an ice skate; they make your hairs stick out and stand up straight so your blade cuts them more deeply; and they nourish and moisturize your skin. Your skin will look and feel astonishingly soft and smooth. Your shave will last longer. Better than anything else you have ever used.

And Mike must guard that "unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules" secret with his life, while simultaneously getting his kids to school, loving his wife, and dealing with a very wacky neighbor. I'm telling you, it's going to be huge.

Anyway, we just got a in a couple tubes of Cremo Cream and we're looking forward to trying them out. Check back in soon for our review, and lobby NBC for a shaving-related crime drama.

Cremo Cream is $8 for a 6oz tube.

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December 10, 2008

This Just In - MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment

solution2.jpgJust got in a sample of MiN New York's Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment. Solution2 is a very versatile product for the prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs, redness, bumps, and skin irritation from shaving and waxing. It's made for men and women, for all parts of the body where you might remove hair, and it can be used before, during, or after shaving. Heck, I'm just sitting here writing this blog post and I'm using it now. Also, it's made with spearmint and aspirin, which might mean it'll get rid of your aches and pains and leave you with minty fresh breathe, but I wouldn't count on it.

MiN New York's site has a huge range of high-quality men's and women's grooming products. They've got shaving products from NICKEL to Geo F Trumper, plus a few of their own. They also sent over a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, which we're very excited to try out.

MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment is $60.00 for both the rollerball applicator and the refill bottle. Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil is $20 for a 30ml bottle. Check back soon for our reviews.

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December 9, 2008

This Just In - The Swerve Neck and Back Razor

swerveshaver.jpgLast month we learned about The Swerve - a razor specifically designed for shaving your back and neck. Self-shaving your back and neck, to be specific. This past week we got some samples in. And just in time! Someone in this house is starting to look a little ragged back there, and it's not my one year old kid.

The Swerve contains a triple-action blade for swift cutting precision and a lubricating strip designed to help the Swerve glide smoothly along the contours of your body. Use the Swerve weekly to keep your swerve appeal. Replace it every four-six weeks or when the blade begins to dull. The Swerve comes in a unique, flexible storage tube making it a great travel companion.

The three-pack tube of The Swerve is pictured to the right and goes for $12.99. There's a one-pack version too for $4.99 (which we lent out to a particularly hairy friend). You can see a video demonstration of the Swerve on YouTube. And soon we'll have our full review. Until then, I'm heading up to the bathroom to take care of a little unsightly problem.

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December 8, 2008

This Just In - Razor Mate

razormate1.pngJudging by the amount of feedback we got for the Save A Blade, there's clearly a big market for products which prolong the life of disposable razors and cartridges. The Razor Mate is the latest entry in this category, and we just received one to try out. How does it work?

The Razor Mate uses a magnetic draw to remove the small contours in your blade. By simply placing your razor on the Razor Mate and letting the electro-magnetic pull go to work, your average blade life will increase by up to twenty times, keeping it straight and irritation free!

Now I have to admit I'm a little skeptical. Magnets? Really? But it turns out these aren't any ordinary magnets. They're NASA magnets.

Strategically aligned magnets within the Razor Mate are what keep your blade perfectly straight. John Hastie discovered this principle while working as a NASA engineer on magnetostriction.

My computer's spell-checker may think that magnetostriction isn't a word, but Wikipedia knows what it means. It probably used to work for NASA too.

We'll be trying out the Razor Mate over the next couple weeks on some old and used razors, and we'll report back soon. If you're interested in the meantime, the Razor Mate is $19.99 and comes with a "100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee".

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December 5, 2008

Get Your BodyGroom Manalogue On FunnyOrDie

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You may remember our recent mention of The Manalogues - the latest web campaign for the Philips Norelco Bodygroom. Well now the Bodygroom has teamed up with Funny or Die to bring you a chance for your own 15 minutes of fame, and a couple hairless McNuggetts, should you choose.

Presenting the Bodygroom Manalogues! Has body hair played a part in your life? Here's a chance to tell your tale in 3000 characters or less. Share your story by entering it at www.shaveeverywhere.com

Two winners will have their story professionally produced and performed by Bryan Callen of MadTV. And trust me, as talented as you think you are, you really want a professional telling your embarrassing pube story. That's what they're trained to do.

Check out the video above to get an idea of what they're looking for. Here's my favorite euphemism:

I accidentally opened the blast doors on the Millennium Falcon and she caught site of my Chewbacca.

Whoa! What a Wookie.

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December 3, 2008

Shaving Tips From Moroccan Street Shavers

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Here's a cool article from AskMen.com entitled Shaving Tips From Moroccan Street Shavers. Who would have thought that Moroccan street shavers would hold the secret to great shaves, but then again David Blaine street magician holds the secret to levitation. (How does he do it?)

Anyway, there are some great tips for great shaves here. Some info you'll know. Some you won't. Like this tip, which was news to me:

Instead of stretching the skin just before the passage of the blade -- "a common mistake," he told me -- he ensured that the area being shaven remained loose by gently pushing the skin on my cheek toward the blade with his free hand, thus creating a little wave or mound of skin to shave over. Doing so prevents the beheading of protuberances, anesthetic cuts and bleeding dots.

Fascinating. I usually pull my skin taught when shaving. I think I'll try loose for a little while and see what happens. You learn something new every day!

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December 2, 2008

November 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Hope you had a great Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Oh, and a good Thanksgiving too. Before we get too far into December lets recap our last month, starting with The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. We've got recommendations from shaving tools to shaving creams, electric shavers to back shavers to head shavers. Even nether-shavers. It's your one stop razor shop.

Reviews
Only one review this past month - Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax. We reviewed Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream the month before. We received a shipment of Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream and we're currently shaving with it now. Expect our review this month. After that we'll crack open a couple of cans of Proraso.

Turkey Fun
Another Thanksgiving and another time to check out the oddities that are Turkey Beards. Have you seen these things? They're a prize possession in certain crowds. Also, the folks down under are at it again, celebrating Movember! by growing "mo's". And for a purely random piece of fun, check out Hans Langseth and the Longest Beard Ever.

Shaving Accessories
There are lots of ways to accessorize your morning shave. There are a whole range of high quality synthetic Shaving Brushes as demonstrated in this video. There are also a bunch of Fog-Free Shaving Mirrors for those of you who like to kill two birds with one stone. And, for the neanderthal in all of us, the Swerve Neck and Back Razor just might save you an extra trip to the barber, and some embarrassment.

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December 1, 2008

Cyber Monday Deals at Best4Men

best4men_02.jpgDid you sleep through Black Friday with a belly stuffed with slow-release tryptophan? No worries, Cyber Monday is here and the deals are still pouring in. Like this one from Best4Men:

Purchase $100 or more and get $15 off. Enter code CYBER15 at checkout. This offer is valid on all products and can be used multiple times, so share it with others. All other current promotions (see our website) can be combined with this offer.

Their gift sets start at $50 and have free shipping. Get one for someone you love. Get one for yourself.

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