March 31, 2009
"You've been shaving for years. Now do it right. A long time ago, you learned to shave from your dad, the same man who is still using a twin-blade disposable. Time to rethink what you thought you knew."
March 30, 2009
So you can't wear a beard because of work, or maybe you can't really grow a full one, or maybe you don't want to wait through the scratchy transition phase...
Now you can simply buy one.
Artist Erin Dollar, of Portland, Oregon, makes beards by hand and sells them through Etsy. Pick up a pre-made beard or order a custom one from Erin, and you'll be the talk of the town.
Surf on over to her shop at Etsy, and head over to her blog I Made You a Beard and get in on the action.
March 27, 2009
For the guy who has everything (or the guy who forgets to shave before leaving the house), the Cool 758 razor phone has an electric shaver that pops out of the bottom. For just $112 you get a phone, a VGA camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity, and an FM radio.
Far out, eh? If you're interested, pick one up here.
March 26, 2009
Eamon Daly is using the power of facial hair to raise money for the Off the Street Club, his charity of choice. For every $100 raised, Eamon adds another pound to his weekly beard lift. On Week 6, he lifted 42 lbs of meat from his face. On Friday, he will lift a 50 pound boy with his beard... Not something you see very often, eh?
"My name is Eamon Daly. I've been growing my beard since August of 2008 and only recently came to appreciate its amazing power: the power to lift heavy objects... and the human spirit. Help my beard help Chicago's Off the Street Club as we start an incredible journey together to discover the Things My Beard Can Lift! Make a donation today!"
Eamon has raised $5185 so far with his beard lifting skills. For more info, or to make a donation, check out Things My Beard Can LIft.
March 25, 2009
From now until March 31, get the Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom Shaver from Amazon for only $29.99, and you also get free shipping. Use coupon code "PHLGRMR9" to take advantage of this deal.
And remember, you'll get a chance to win some cool stuff from West Coast Shaving if you sign up for the mailing list before April 1!
March 24, 2009
From now until April 15th, you can take advantage of some hot deals on select Art of Shaving items: Up to 50% off!
This Fine Badger Shaving Brush with a real wood handle is only $126, regularly $180 (that's 30% off). The same brush, but with a horn handle, is only $122.50, regularly $175. Grab one for yourself, or pick one up as a superb gift for your buddy's birthday. I just put one on my wish list.
"The Art of Shaving manufactures and handcrafts each Shaving Brush using only the finest badger hair available. All of our brush handles are designed for elegance and durability, as well as for their comfortable shape. The Art of Shaving Shaving Brushes generate a rich and warm lather, soften and lift the beard, open pores, bring sufficient water to the skin and gently exfoliate."
If you want some style for your shaving setup, the Classic Stand for Brush & Razor is 30% off, $140, down from $200.
The Art of Shaving Classic Shaving Soap, with a teak wood bowl, is regularly $45, but now it goes for only $22.50 - that's 50% off!
The After-Shave Gel is also 50% off, now only $17.50:
"The Art of Shaving After-Shave Gel soothes refreshes and regenerates the skin after shaving. The Gel is antiseptic oil and alcohol-free. The After-Shave Gel is recommended for normal to oily skin and for applying during humid summer months. Enriched with algae and herbal extracts it hydrates and tightens pores and maintains healthy skin."
Purchases over $50 get free shipping, so go check out the hot deals on the Art of Shaving items today!
March 23, 2009
Lee Jacobs was searching for a product that would protect and care for his entire head, including his scalp, but found that in order to get what he wanted, he had to buy multiple products. So he started his own skin care line: Lescoja. He took two years for the research and development before introducing Lescoja's first product, Matte For Men Complete Head and Face Care Lotion.
I've been using this All-In-One lotion for a short time now, and I can recommend this as a great non-sticky moisturizer without a strong smell (one thing I don't like about some lotions). It absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving any oil on the surface to stain clothes, papers, keyboards, etc. For men that shave their head, this seems like just the ticket.
According to Matte for Men:
All-In-One provides powerful broad spectrum protection against UVA / UVB rays with SPF 25 sunscreen
It reduces the appearance of unwanted skin and scalp shine
The lotion moisturizes and conditions your skin and scalp
All-In-One nourishes your skin and scalp with antioxidants to help maintain a healthy balance
Another great product from Matte For Men is the Antioxidant Shave Gel.
The Shave Gel is a light, transparent gel, and helps to keep your face moisturized to minimize dry skin. It's got antioxidants from Olive leaf, white tea, and grape seed extracts, glycerin to moisturize, and Witch Hazel to minimize skin inflammation.
"Our antioxidant formula is safe for sensitive skin and will: Leave skin moisturized and nourished while providing the closest shave possible, provide soothing relief from irritation caused by frequent shaving, allow for easy "shaping and defining" of facial hair, protect against damaging "Free Radicals" and other environmental pollutants, and is mildly exfoliate."
Right now, Matte for Men is offering free shipping on all orders over $30, so it's a great time to check out this skin care line!
From now until March 31, get the Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom Shaver from Amazon for only $29.99, with free shipping.
"The Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver is the All-in-One grooming solution, exclusively for men, that safely trims and shaves all body zones. With the Bodygroom, men can trim and shave hair from their chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders. Bodygroom features the very latest technology and ergonomic design to offer a convenient, easy and pain-free way to remove and trim body hair. Bodygroom's advanced design allows for it to be used wet or dry and even in the shower. Its hypoallergenic foil protects even the most sensitive skin against nicks, cuts or irritation, and its stainless-steel blades ensure long-lasting performance."
Use coupon code "PHLGRMR9" to grab this deal.
March 20, 2009
Maybe your hairline is receding, or maybe you're a cage fighter, or maybe you just need a new spring look. Whatever the reason, if you're going to be scraping your skull with a razor on a regular basis, you're going to need a tool that works its wonders without taking forever to get the job done.
Although there are some other head shavers out there, one of the most recommended head shaving tools is the HeadBlade.
Take a look at MMA fighter Frank Trigg using the HeadBlade:
If you need a new method of shaving your head, give a look to the HeadBlade. Also recommended is the Headslick Shave Cream...
And hey - if you want a chance to win some cool stuff from West Coast Shaving, sign up for our mailing list before April 1st!
March 19, 2009
A Quick and Easy "Watch and Then Try it at Home!" Tutorial
How to use a Cut Throat Razor
Straight Razor Barber Shave
March 18, 2009
The VIOlight Razor Sanitizer and Storage case is a new product from the makers of the VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer, which uses a UV light to kill up to 99.9% of germs on your toothbrush (I bet you didn't know how dirty a toothbrush could be...)
The Razor Sanitizer fits both men's and women's razors, including Gillette and Schick, and works automatically as soon as you close the door. The case is also a handy travel container, keeping your razor safe and clean, not bouncing around in your Dopp kit.
According to VIOlight, exposed razors can be a magnet for germs in the bathroom, including E. coli and salmonella. Not something you want to have on an exposed blade that you scrape over your face, eh?
The Solution Ultraviolet light "kills fungi like yeasts and molds; disease-causing bacteria like strep, salmonella, and E. coli; and even some hearty viruses like influenza and hepatitis."
The UV light inside the VIOlight Razor case turns on when you close the door, has an auto-off function after 6 minutes, so your batteries aren't wasted, and the case has a removable drip tray for cleaning.
If you're a very clean kind of guy, not willing to chance infecting a cut on your face with your razor, check out the VIOlight Razor Sanitizer.
And if you want a chance to win some cool shaving stuff from West Coast Shaving, be sure to sign up for our mailing list. We'll be picking a winner on April 1, so don't be fooled, sign up today!
March 17, 2009
Right now, the Gillette Men's Mach3 Cartridge 12-Pack is available at Amazon for $18.18. If you buy three 12-packs (36 total cartridges) for $54.54, you get free shipping. Even better, use coupon code "MAR9GWII" for a grand total of $44.54. That's only $1.24 per cartridge!
"Made for use with the Mach3 razor, Gillette Mach3 Cartridges feature three blades that offer a close, comfortable shave. Each blade is specially positioned to extend gradually closer to your beard, resulting in fewer strokes. Plus, each of these blades has a patented DLC Comfort Edge, which means less irritation every time you shave. It's also easy to know when to change blades: the advanced indicator lubricating strip includes a blue stripe that fades away when you are no longer getting the optimal MACH3 shaving experience."
March 16, 2009
The latest shaving accessory to hit my bathroom cabinet is Jack Black's Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather (now that's a mouthful to remember...) I don't want to call it a shaving cream, but not many people call it 'lather', so we'll go with cream.
I liked it. It's thick and rich, and kind of nutty. What other shave cream has macadamia nut oil in it? Supreme Creme made a rich lather and went on my face easily, even without a brush. My shave was smooth and cut-free (I don't know if the cut-free part can be attributed to the Supreme Creme or not, but what the heck?) and I had no razor burn afterward.
The drilldown on Jack Black Supreme Creme:
- Dermatologist tested
- Macadamia Nut Oil and Jojoba Oil to penetrate tough whiskers
- Soybean Oil and Glycerin to soften and protect skin
- Certified Organic Edelweiss and Plantago Leaf Extracts (antioxidants)
- Licorice Root Extract (anti-irritant)
I used this on a heavy-whisker day, not expecting much from it, and I was really satisfied with the quality of shave. If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious lather, pick up some Jack Black Supreme Cream. You won't be disappointed.
March 13, 2009
West Coast Shaving has provided us with some cool shaving stuff to giveaway - some Taylor Shaving Cream and Men-U Modern shaving cream. You'll get a little of the old school and new school shaving experience if you win. How do you win? Simply sign up for our mailing list by visiting our sign up page, or you can use the form below. Details on the products and our sponsor are below. We'll pick a winner on April 1st - so the the jokes on you if you don't sign up to win.
Sign Up and Win some Cool Shaving Stuff from West Coast Shaving:
What You'll Win
Taylor of Old Bond Street manufactures traditional toiletries as they've done for over 200 years. Tried and true, these luxuries offer old world charm and perform as good as anything on the market today. The winner receives a Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream of the scent of their choosing.
men-u is a modern company which manufacturs "High performance, simple & effective products made just for guys." Their Synthetic Shaving brush is made from an outstanding synthetic bristle and is the closest thing to natural badger hair found on the market today. The winner receives this brush in black and stand.
About our Sponsor
West Coast Shaving evolved from an idea I had from my early days on the shaving forums, such as BadgerandBlade.com. It was rather expensive for people new to double edge shaving (such as myself) to try all the popular blades. Some could only be purchased in bulk, others only from overseas vendors. I put together sampler kits of blades and sold them on the forums. It became quite popular, and three years later with lots of expansion, we now offer a wide variety of high quality wet shaving products. Spending years obsessed with finding the ultimate shave, I trully believe traditional wet shaving with a double edge razor or straight razor is the best of the best.
March 11, 2009
Guys like gadgets.
Manly, easy in the hand, full of buttons, useful gadgets.
I'm a gadget guy, myself, but the closest to a real shaving gadget I had was the Wahl Groomsman beard trimmer, which I used to achieve the stubbly Miami Vice look a couple of times a week. Not really a tasty gadget...
I've tried other electric razors, but nothing really stood out as remarkable. Until now.
In my humble opinion, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is simply the best electric razor out there.
The Braun shaves close (10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers. The head can be locked in place for precision shaving, or can swivel freely to follow the contours of my face.
It's not too loud, and the Lithium-ion batteries run for a long time (~50 minutes) without having to be recharged (of course, when it sits in its cradle, it's charging automatically). The cord can plug directly into the razor if you need to shave and it's not charged, which is a plus for any rechargeable razor.
Here's the extra geeky bit:
The LCD display on the end of the handle shows you how much of a charge is left, and the state of the razor's 'hygiene' (if it's dirty enough to clean with the cleaning station or not). If the Pulsonic needs a cleaning, pop it in the base station and choose either the 'eco' (short), 'normal', or 'intensive' cleaning cycle, and the cleaning station flushes it with cleaning fluid and then uses heat to dry it. The cleaning fluid also contains a lubricant, so you don't have to oil it afterward. How cool is that? It's like a mini shaving robot, except it doesn't shave you robotically...
You can simply rinse the Pulsonic under running water if you want, but then you can't tell your friends about how cool the automatic cleaning cycle is. The one drawback to the system is having to purchase the cleaning cartridge, and the manual says that the fluid will evaporate in 8 weeks if not used daily. One option is to follow a reader's suggestion (probably not recommended by Braun, of course) for a homemade solution.
The Pulsonic's display also lets you know when it's time to replace the foil and cutter cassette, which should be done every 18 months.
If you want the (in my opinion) ultimate shaving gadget, you'll pick up the Braun Pulsonic for yourself. Ladies, this would make a superb Father's Day or birthday gift for the man in your life, and you'll get to enjoy the super smoothness for yourself...
And right now, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is about $50 off the regular price, so take advantage of that!
I just got to try out a cool new product from ShavWet, the Fogless Portable Shower Shaving Mirror, and I was impressed. I don't normally shave in the shower, I wait until after I get out, but I thought I'd give it a whirl this time.
The mirror has easy to grip edges, plus a big handle, so you won't drop it. I liked the shape. It felt good in my hand. The size is perfect for traveling, and with the molded plastic frame, I don't think you'll break this one easily.
The ShavWet also comes with a long lanyard for hanging it up, plus a quick-release buckle. I thought the clarity of the mirror was excellent, and it did not fog up, as advertised. The fact that you can focus the mirror exactly where you want it is also a big plus over wall-mounted shaving mirrors.
The one thing that I might add to the design (if anyone's asking) is a light (an LED or something small). I found that in my shower, the light was really poor, so that I took twice as long to shave. That might not be a problem for most, but my house is old and the lighting is not so hot.
If you're looking for a great wet shaving mirror for everyday use, then I recommend the ShavWet. If you're looking for a shaving mirror that fits in your travel kit, then I again recommend the ShavWet. It comes in yellow, black, or blue, and includes a bottle of the ShavWet mirror conditioner and a sample of their 'Ultimate ShavWet Cream'.
March 10, 2009
Cast your memories back to the summer of '04. The stock market was still on the climb. The Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in 96 years. And a shaving novice was chatting with his friend Jay about these newfangled doohickeys called blogs. Five years and a thousand shaves later, it's still hard to believe you can write a website on shaving, and have so much fun doing it.
But it's time for me to hang up my razor and hand the reigns over to someone new. I hope you all have been enjoying Derek's posts as much as I have the last month. Can't wait to see where he takes the site.
I want to thank all the people who have helped make this site a success. I've met a ton of wonderful people in the shaving world, and I'm grateful for all the support they've given, the products they've sent for review, and knowledge they've imparted. I also want to thank all the readers of the site. I've appreciated all your tips and feedback, even when you haven't agreed with every review or opinion. It's great to have the social interaction that comes with being on the web, and I'll miss that tremendously.
But most of all I want to thank my friend Jay, who's gone on to found Blogpire and now runs a very successful company with a wide family of niche blogs. None of this would have been possible without you.
So that's it. Until the next blog, keep those razors sharp and your skin smooth. Happy shaving everyone!
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March 9, 2009
I'm all for innovation and trying new things, but fire shaving? I don't know, man... Seems a little too far out. But hey, different strokes, right?
I think I'll stick with a razor any day over fire shaving...
March 6, 2009
The guys over at BeardHead have a product that'll let you enjoy the benefits of a beard without having to actually grow one:
Beard Head knit beard caps combine the comfort and warmth of a traditional knit cap with the amazing styling of having a massive beard and moustache growing on your face! What person could pass up the incredible opportunity to sport his or her very own beard! We know we couldn't!
Beard Head knit beard caps are one size fits (mostly) all, durable and machine washable! They are perfect for skiers, snowboarders, sports fans and people who enjoy all types outdoor activities!
The unique design of the Beard Head allows your entire face to remain warm, even in the harshest weather. Your chin, cheeks and upper lips will thank you as the Beard Head keeps them toasty warm!
And for a little taste of the eccentric moustache crowd, watch this quick Handlebar Moustache Club video:
Whaddya think? Is the handlebar coming back?
March 5, 2009
From now until March 8, get a free messenger bag from ZIRH with orders over $75, and get free shipping for orders over $100!
Try the Shave Essentials Kit:
This kit includes SOOTHE post-shave treatment, SCRUB exfoliator and a tube of SHAVE GEL. Washing with SCRUB just prior to shaving helps remove excess oil and dead skin cells, allowing an even closer, smoother shave.
Or pick up the Corduroy Shave Set - an $88 Value for just $62!
ZIRH is also giving out free samples of IKON fragrance with each order, so be sure to grab that as well. All orders over $60 will get a free year's subscription to Details magazine.
ZIRH's Platinum line is gaining traction all over the country. Find out why:
ZIRH PLATINUM is the most luxurious and superior skincare range available to men. The advanced ingredient technology and proprietary formulas are what sets ZIRH PLATINUM apart from the rest. Specially developed and carefully constructed, the products are designed specifically with men's skincare needs in mind.
For more info on ZIRH products, read our previous review of their Shave Cream and Shaving Gel.
Image: joebeone at Flickr
March 4, 2009
What does the name "Slickwater" make you think of? Quicksand? An oil spill? Or perhaps some Clinton era scandal? Whatever you associate with Slickwater, it's all slippery and lubricated goodness when applied to shaving. There's nothing wrong with adding an extra layer of protection against that razor sharp steel doing battle with your whiskers. And John Allan has come through with another fine product which does just that.
John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is a new pre-shave oil which goes underneath your regular shaving cream. I have been using Slickwater with Cremo Cream and REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream and it works well with both. Cremo cream doesn't really need a pre-shave oil, but I got a few more shaves with my razor when I was using it. REN High Glide definitely benefits from a layer of Slickwater, since it's a dry shave to begin with.
For me the major improvement that Slickwater brings to the pre-shave oil is in the area of application. Pre-shave oils are very viscous, and are often difficult to transfer from your hands to your face. The packaging will say use two or three drops, but you're never sure if any of that ended up on your face. Slickwater is a snap to apply and the slight shine on your face will let you know where it is. That's a big plus in my book.
Now, I'd like to take a moment out of this review to deconstruct the full name of this product and show you the true genius of Mr. Allan's marketing department. You see, this product is not called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Oil. It's called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution. Why is that important? Because if there's one thing that's rubbed off from me schmoozing my MBA friends, you don't sell products; you sell solutions.
I like Slickwater and I think you will too. It's a got a pleasant herbal smell, goes on easily, and adds an extra layer of protection to your shave. If you've got extra sensitive skin or just feel you could benefit from another layer of smoothness, give Slickwater a try.
John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.
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March 3, 2009
Well, February is over, and the winds of March are rapidly blowing Spring our way, bringing fresh changes and smooth shaves... If you missed any of our posts for February, here's the monthly wrap up for Shaving Stuff:
Blogs and Websites
Celebrity Facial Hair
Details for Men
Image: laszlo-photo at Flickr under CC license
A while back we received for testing the Razor Mate, a device which restores your razor blades to new using magnets. Simply place your disposable razor/cartridge on top of the Razor Mate, and the blades are pulled back into correct shape by the strategically placed magnets within. Seems simple enough, and somewhat dubious. Could something as simple as magnets really make your razor last 20 times longer?
Short answer: I'm not sure.
My first razor definitely lasted twice as long as normal. Not a 4x improvement as the FAQ claims, but something I'd happily take given the exorbitant price of Fusion blades. Alas, the second razor didn't fare as well. Lasted about as long as it normally does.
I really wish I had access to one of those electron scanning microscopes that they used in this Fox News report to debunk a similar device which purported to extend the life of your blades. That way I'd know for sure. Here's what I should have done: alternate shaving between two blades. One always rests on the Razor Mate; the other doesn't. Keep all other variables (shaving cream, shaving oil) constant. Instead I reverted to my seven years old self and simply took the Razor Mate apart.
Which wasn't easy.
The Razor Mate is made of two plastic sections which are glued together. I nearly took my finger off opening the back. Do not try this at home.
But there were the magnets. And to my surprise, they were on a diagonal. Bizarre! I took a little physics in high school but not enough to explain this. Maybe some master of the right-hand rule out on the Interwebs can explain to me how this might work. The razor lays horizontally in the divot on top. The magnet is rotated 45 degrees. If I only had a bag of iron filings...
So I did the next best thing - I compared the strength of the Razor Mate magnets to my son's alphabet magnets on our kitchen refrigerator. Conclusion: the magnet in the letter W is stronger than the magnet in the Razor Mate.
So what does this all mean? I wish I could say conclusively. If I had devised a better scientific test I might have been able to tell you something meaningful. Instead I'm left with inconclusive anecdotal evidence. I fear I have failed you, my dear reader.
The Razor Mate is $19.99 and comes with a "100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee". Write in and let us know your experience with this device.
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March 2, 2009
Pick up some Panasonic personal care items with a $30 coupon on orders over $99 through March 31!
Pictured above is the Panasonic ES8077S Vortex Hydraclean System, regularly $129.99, now only $69.99 with the coupon.
"Wet or dry, the Vortex delivers a clean, smooth shave with the power to cut through even the nastiest of beards. This razor is fully immersible in water for a great shave in or out of the shower. With Panasonic's wet-or-dry technology, you can shave wet with lather or dry for a quick trim. When you're done shaving, simply rinse under clean water, click the Vortex into the HydraClean dock, and your razor will be ready the next morning."
Another smoking deal is the Panasonic ES8228S Men's Linear Vortex Nano, regularly $249.99, now only $76.94 with the coupon. That's a huge savings!
"The powerful and intelligent HydraClean Hygienic Cleaning System includes automatic charge, clean and dry functions, while refreshing the shaver for its next use. All these functions can be used together or independently. Included in the drying feature is a heating element for an extra dry shaving head, leaving no wetness or moisture behind. The cleaning base will heat dry the entire shaver head and then fan dry any leftover moisture. This system uses a water/ detergent-infused cleansing process instead of alcohol for safe effective cleaning of the razor that will remove any and all debris."
To cash in on these savings, enter the coupon code "PANAMRC9" at checkout.
The coupon applies to all Panasonic personal care item orders at Amazon over $99.