April 30, 2009

The RotoShave Mows Down the Whiskers

rotoshave2.jpgThe Emjoi RotoShave AP-3RS Rechargeable Electric Razor looks like a push mower, but for your face, not the lawn. It isn't manually operated, though, so don't fear having to drag it back and forth over your face...

"At the heart of the Rotoshave are nine rotating blades that operate at 30 revolutions per second, which means that your face will be shaved with an amazing 270 strokes per second.

No other shaver can match this performance or give you a closer, faster or smoother shave.

In addition, the Rotoshave makes shaving safer and more comfortable than ever, with two unique design features: the shaver's patented safety guards protect your skin from each blade stroke, ensuring fewer nicks and cuts than other razors, while its patented Spiral Windings virtually eliminate irritation."

rotoshaver1.jpgThe RotoShave comes with two cartridges (each featuring nine blades), a 1 hour automatic switching charger (100-240 volts), charging stand, carrying case, an instructional DVD, and an instruction manual.

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April 29, 2009

Review: American Crew Lubricating Shave Oil

Along with American Crew's Moisturizing Shave Cream that I reviewed in yesterday's post, I also got a bottle of the company's Lubricating Shave Oil to check out. It seemed like such a small bottle when I first got it, but now I realize that you can get by with only using a little bit per shave.

I used it both alone and as a pre-shave (under the shave cream), and to be honest, I didn't really think it was necessary to use under another cream. The box does say that it counters razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and nicks, so if you have issues with those, then it may pay to use it underneath a cream. It worked awesome all by itself though, and my skin felt great afterward.

The Lubricating Shave Oil has a really great cinnamon scent, along with a host of other herbal oils that make for a very pleasing sensation on the skin. It's got both rosemary and clove extracts for their astringent cleansing properties, and 10 other oils to moisturize and soothe the skin. One caveat with the oil: be very careful when applying it around your nose and lips, as it can feel pretty hot if it's on those tender surfaces.

If you want a light shave oil that leaves your skin tingling, pick up some American Crew Lubricating Shave Oil. You won't regret it.

[Update: Ask for it exclusively at professional salons, as product at other outlets may not be genuine. Try the Salon Locater.]

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April 28, 2009

Review: American Crew Shave Cream


I received some American Crew shaving goodies last week, and I've been giving them some good usage in my shaving routine since then. The first thing I picked out to use was the Moisturizing Shave Cream (first things first, eh?), so let's start with that.

My initial reaction to the American Crew Shave Cream was that I felt it was too thin and wouldn't work well for me. My second reaction was, "Man, that smells good!" So I put it through its paces, shaving with one day's growth, and then again after about 4 days of growth just to compare.

It turns out I was completely wrong about it being too thin. The cream went on easily and stayed on my whiskers without having to use very much at all. The shave itself was smooth and easy, regardless of the length of my beard, and my skin felt moisturized afterward. The herbal scent is potent yet light and refreshing, without seeming perfume-y (is that a word?).

American Crew Moisturizing Shave Cream has aloe, almond, and avocado oil for moisturizing; clove, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil for antiseptic effects; and a blend of herbal extracts to heal and soothe the skin.

"Conditioning formula with powerful antioxidants ensures razor glide without drying skin. Soothing aloe and healing avocado oil provide maximum protection for dry or sensitive skin. Moisturizing Shave Cream is also recommended for skin that requires extra hydration and those that want to see exactly where they've shaved."

If you haven't had the pleasure of using any of the American Crew line, I think you'll be very happy with the shave cream. I definitely recommend it.

[Update: Ask for it exclusively at professional salons, as product at other outlets may not be genuine. Try the Salon Locater.]

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April 27, 2009

The Lost Art of Old School Shaving

straightrazor.jpgIf you haven't read this post over at The Art of Manliness, I really think it deserves a look:

"Proper shaving has become a lost art. Today's average male has no clue about the fine art of the traditional wet shave that their grandfathers and some of their fathers used to take part in. Instead, they're only accustomed to the cheap and disposable shaving products that companies market. I'm not sure when or why it happened, but the tradition of passing down the secrets of a clean shave abruptly stopped. Thankfully, this glorious male ritual is making a comeback."

Read the rest: How To Shave Like Your Grandpa

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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April 24, 2009

Free Shick Quattro Titanium Trimmer

titaniumtrimmer.jpgShick Quattro is offering a free Quattro Titanium Trimmer through May 31.

To get the free sample, go to the Shick Quattro site:

1. Click on "Product"
2. Click on "Quattro Titanium Trimmer"
3. Click on "Free Sample" and fill out the form

The directions aren't as obvious as they sound, but eventually you do come to the form to receive a free sample.

And don't forget: 500 Free Gillette Fusion Razors Given Away Every Day Until May 16

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April 23, 2009

Shaving News 4.23.09: Kings, Collectibles, Headlocks and Neosexuals

Close Shave!.jpg[Image: Roadside barber delivering his services to rural customer in Rajasthan]

Shaving the Web:

From the Scotsman, we have a look at the King of Shaves, who started at his kitchen sink:

"Redundancy gave one entrepreneur the chance to hand-fill 10,000 bottles of shaving oil. The effort paid off."

News-Antique.com has an auction listing that includes "occupational shaving mugs":

"A highly specialized collection with crossover interest throughout, the Bob Miller occupational shaving mug collection includes more than 60 examples. A top entry is the boxing-themed personal shaving mug of Charles Hitte, a celebrated turn of the 20th century pugilist who died tragically and ironically of a non-boxing-related injury."

In Australia, a shaving supplies store was robbed at knifepoint:

"A knife-wielding man put a female staff member into a headlock during a lunchtime robbery at a store at a western Sydney shopping centre."

From the New Zealand Herald, a columnist riffs on stereotypes:

"Now we have, according to a survey conducted by a deodorant company, the neosexual - someone with traditional masculine qualities who is also sensitive and emotional. As one commentator observed, that's not a man, that's a lesbian."

And a writer for the Seattle Times questions an American Idol contestant's "almost-moustache":

"While Anoop Dogg does have a sweet voice, he's just bland as oatmeal. "Dim All the Lights" was an OK choice, but with that almost-moustache I was hoping for something a little more suave, even sinister."

Finally, a Saudi woman is jailed, lashed, and fined for shaving her step-daughter's head:

"A Saudi woman who shaved off the hair of her step-daughter was sentenced to a jail term of three months, 70 lashes and a fine of SR3,000 to be paid to her ex-husband."

Image: Koshyk at Flickr

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April 22, 2009

One Year of Walking and Time-Lapse Beard Video

Christoph Rehage takes a picture of himself almost every single day in his "Longest Way" video chronicling a year-long, 4500km walk across China. Fascinating!

For more info, visit his site, Longest Way.

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April 21, 2009

Save $10 on Wahl Shavers

wahl.jpgSave $10 when you spend $39 or more on eligible Wahl shavers at Amazon.com.

Use this promotional code when you check out: WAHLAPR9

We suggest the Wahl 79111-100 Balder 10-Piece Ultra-Close Haircut Kit, or the Wahl 9877-500 Goatee & Mustache Trimmer, but there's a lot of Wahl stuff that will qualify for the deal, so take a look around!

More goodness in the news, sort of related to shaving:

Thomas Friedman Will Have to Sell His Moustache For Food

Does Shia LaBeouf Have Hollywood's Worst Facial Hair?

American Moustache Institute: To Be Green

Laughing At The Devil: An Account Of Burma's Moustache Brothers

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April 20, 2009

500 Free Gillette Fusion Razors Given Away Every Day Until May 16

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The first 500 people to log-in or register every day at Gillette get a free Gillette Fusion Razor. The promotion runs until May 16. Just click "Get My Razor Now" to log in or register. All you need to do is fill in your email address, name, mailing address, phone number, gender and birth date. If you don't get one today, head back over and try again tomorrow. No price like free, eh?


From now until April 30, get a $50 certificate towards a future Amazon purchase by spending over $139 on Braun products!

Details for Men: Free Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Cream with $40 Order

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April 17, 2009

Collecting Razors, Shaving Lawsuits, and Playoff Beards

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Want an unusual hobby? Start a straight razor collection.

There is an elegance even to a 19th or 20th-century mass-market cut-throat, and luxury, cased sets of seven, marked for the days of the week, marry beauty to function. Unsurprisingly, they attract collectors. The best are expensive, but there is a wider collecting field for other types of razor and shaving equipment generally, with opportunities for all pockets. Early safety razors have their own enthusiasts.

NY facility pays $20,000 for shaving Sikh patient's beard:

A New York healthcare facility where a nurse negligently shaved an elderly Sikh patient's beard, eyebrows and moustache a month before his death has paid $20,000 in compensation to his family after a lawsuit.

Playoff Beard: Where Hockey Gets Hairy

In January of 2006, I took it upon myself to call attention not only to the accomplishments of our NHL greats, but to call out a less heralded group, who are worthy of the same if not greater accolades. These warriors who forsake the razor, and embrace their ancestral roots when entering the post season of the NHL deserved a hall of honor in which their names could echo in eternity! Playoff Beard .com was born.

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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April 16, 2009

Build a Beard Workshop: Fake Beards, Real Fundraising

Build a Beard Workshop.jpgBuild a Beard is a project from atto, a design firm with some fun ideas. The project benefits Kiva microloans:

"Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need."

If this appeals to your sense of fun and justice, go Build a Beard today!

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April 15, 2009

Is It Time to Mow the Lawn? [VIDEO]

"Is it time to trim your bush? Mow the lawn and get spruced up for summer.

Check out this kooky new film from Wilkinson Sword featuring a bunch of glamorous girls getting busy mowing their lawns, trimming their bushes and having a general 'tidy up' in their gardens...!"

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April 14, 2009

The Faux Bois Beard T-Shirt

If you've been looking for a fun way to show off your facial hair affinity, look no further. The Faux Bois Beard T-shirt lets you go clean shaven, yet still be able to pull up your beard at any time! Great for men or women, the Faux Bois shirt is sure to be an attention grabber wherever you go.

To pick one up, head over to the Etsy shop of hideandseekclothing and tell 'em we sent you.

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April 13, 2009

Details for Men: Free Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Cream with $40 Order

Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Cream .jpgFrom now until April 17th, Details for Men is giving you a free tube of Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Cream with orders over $40.

My choices at Details are the Merkur Razors, anything made by Speick, or Urth Skin Solutions.

To take advantage of the free gift, enter the coupon code "proraso" at checkout.

Details for Men stocks a large selection of excellent shaving accessories, so click over there and take a look around!

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April 10, 2009

Jon Dyer's Beard Pages

Expanded Beard Type Chart
If you haven't made a trip over to Jon Dyer's blog, it's well worth it just for the Beard Pages. The above image is just the top section of his Beard Type Chart, so if you need a facial hair reference, bookmark that page to come back to.

Jon is also on a "Quest For Every Beard Type", and he's got photos and funny blurbs about 25 of the 35 types listed on the Beard Type Chart that he's managed to grow. Maybe it'll inspire you to come up with a quest of your own, or maybe you'd like to follow his quest, one facial hair style at a time...

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April 9, 2009

$50 Gift Certificate With $139 Braun Purchase

Braun790.jpgFrom now until April 30, get a $50 certificate towards a future Amazon purchase by spending over $139 on Braun products!

My recommendation is the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver, a fantastic electric razor that shaves extremely close. The Series 7 also has an automatic cleaning, lubricating, drying, and charging system that works at the touch of a button. It's my favorite gadget, and the razor charges fully in one hour (or a quick charge in 5 minutes), shaves for an hour on Lithium-ion batteries (that's way more time than I've ever spent shaving), and it comes with a two year warranty. The price is so sweet right now that I can't even mention it, but it's about $40 off of the regular price.

The $50 certificate will be emailed to you between June 12 and June 26 if you purchase between now and April 30.

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April 8, 2009

Recessionary Beards

Is the recession affecting your facial hair?

And from WalletPop:

"On March 14, hirsute New Yorkers competed in the city's fourth annual contest for the best beard in the five boroughs. In addition to its normal selection of events, including "Full Beard Natural," "Full Beard Freestyle" and even "Ladies' Artificial," this year's competition debuted a new category: "Recession Beards." To compete in the Recession Beard event, contestants had to fulfill two requirements: they had to be out of work, and they had to be proud of their beards."

Read the rest of the article: Recessionary beards: When the going gets tough, the tough stop shaving!

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April 7, 2009

Matte for Men Complete Cleansing Cloths


"Complete facial cleansing "On The Go" with no water necessary, Matte For Men Complete Cleansing Cloths are designed to effectively and conveniently remove dirt, oil, and environmental pollutants from the face and head. The Vitamin A, Retinol, and Collagen formula helps exfoliate, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revealing healthier looking skin. Perfect for use before bed, when traveling, at the gym / office, or on the golf course."

No, they aren't baby wipes, they're a waterless cleansing accessory for men. If you need to freshen up before a meeting or after lunch, these wipes are perfect. They've got no soapy residue, no over-the-top fragrance, and they're full of good skin care ingredients. Complete Cleansing Cloths come in a re-sealable package and are the perfect compliment to your desk drawer toiletries.

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April 6, 2009

All Star Mustache Team


"Spring is in the air, and baseball season is less than a week away. But few fans often take the time to ponder some of the game's greatest players- those that helped to make the sport what it is today. At first mention, this would cause many to reflect on players that have affected the way the game is played. Today, however, we are going to take a look at the way the game was worn, specifically with regards to facial hair. Incidentally, there seems to be a positive correlation between a player's ability and the awesomeness of his mustache."

If you're a fan of baseball and facial hair, I think you'll get a kick out of this post over at Pop Crunch -
"Baseball's All Star Team of Mustaches".

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April 3, 2009

Deal: Wahl 27-Piece Deluxe Chrome Pro

wahlpro.jpgPick up the Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro with Multi-Cut Clipper & Trimmer right now for only $31.16 after the coupon, and get free shipping thrown in on top of that! Use coupon code "WAHLAPR9" at checkout.

"The Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro 27-Piece Complete Haircut Kit has all the tools you need to make haircutting at home easier than ever. Perfect for total body grooming, this haircut kit is used by a wide variety of people for their haircutting needs, including professional cyclists, swimmers, and other athletes to trim body hair."

To complete the manscaping kit, grab a Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver at the same time and save!

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April 2, 2009

March Shaving Stuff Wrap-Up: In Case You Missed Anything, It's All Here

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Electric Shaving

General News


Head Shaving


Jack Black

John Allan's


Matte For Men

Philips Norelco

Regular Shaving


Shaving Accessories

Shaving Oils

Straight Razors

The Art of Shaving



Image: Doggettx at Flickr
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April 1, 2009

Review of Speick Men Shave Cream & After Shave Balm

speickshavecream.jpg I just got through shaving with Speick Shave Cream, and was so psyched about it that I had to come blog about it right away.

The cream is thick and rich, and it only took a tiny bit to shave my entire face. It smells out of this world - manly and earthy, with a hint of lavender. The shave itself was very smooth, and the cream contains beeswax and glycerin for a gentle, moisturizing feeling on my face.

speickshavebalm.jpg I followed up my shave with the Speick After Shave Balm, which is even more fragrant without being overpowering. The balm is very light and soothing, and a little bit went a long way. This bottle is going to last me a long time.

Speick After Shave Balm contains extracts from natural herbs and calendula, and is manufactured without preservatives. It also has soybean oil and Aloe in it to soothe and moisturize. I think I'm hooked!

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