"How pleased would your wife be if you could shave each morning without leaving a sink full of stubble? Wahl's Trim-n-Vac beard and mustache trimmer has a vacuum intake port at the trimmer head to capture and draw cut facial hair into a collection chamber at the shaver's base. The vacuum is, at minimum, 85 percent effective (depending on the length of the hair being cut), and the collection chamber is easy to open and clean. This innovative design, along with the Trim-n-Vac's ability to operate without a cord, make the trimmer great for travelers with hectic schedules who may need a quick shave while in the car or at the airport."
"In the long-term, the old-fashioned razors are more economical. The metal blades, which are good for about five shaves, are inexpensive. And there's less waste. Razors last for years, not like the disposable plastic shavers that end up in the landfill after a few shaves. The blades are even recyclable.
"America has a disposable, throw-away society."
What's your preference? Help me out by answering this shaving poll:
OK, this isn't about shaving, but it does apply to men, and it's an important topic.
Men, if you haven't heard of this excellent mission, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of the Good Men Project book (and soon to be a DVD as well). The book examines what it's like to be a man today, through a series of essays by men from all walks of life.
"The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood is a collection of first-person stories about what it means to be a man in America today -- from Pulitzer winners and Poet Laureates to ex-cons, Pro Football Hall of Famers and just regular guys. The authors describe their defining challenges, losses and triumphs through honest and simple truths, and are hoping to spark conversations about what it means to be a good man today."
"The stories in The Good Men Project are powerful, poignant, funny, and courageous. The book has what few other books dealing with the subject of what it means to be a man in today's society have: balls." - David Kohan, creator and executive producer of Will and Grace
The Good Men Project has a home online, as well as a series of videos (most recently a visit to Sing Sing prison), and all the money from sales goes to a charitable corporation dedicated to helping organizations that provide educational, social, financial or legal support to men and boys at risk.
According to sifynews, the term 'boyzilian wax' is now replacing 'manscaping' in the new Macquarie Dictionary:
"The dictionary's new edition, which will hit the markets next month has nearly 1000 new words like "BESTIES", meaning one's best pals, the "boyzilian wax" replaces "manscaping", and "tweets" are no more just explained as chirps of baby birds."
"When it comes to good grooming, guys usually catch a break. Forget to shave? A five o-clock shadow passes for scruffily sexy. (Not so much on a woman's legs.) Six months between haircuts? Shaggy hair equals surfer cool. Calloused hands? That';s a sign of a hard-working dude. But in an era of metrosexuals and a manly yet manicured president, those excuses start to fall flat."
"People walking down Center Street Wednesday paused to look in a shop window at an antique barber's chair that caught their eye.
Ray Fournier smiled as two women stood outside talking as they looked in the window. His store, Gentlemen's Best, specializes in old world men's grooming supplies such as double edged and straight razors as well as shaving accessories such as brushes and soap.
"It's a whole lot cheaper and better than using the four blade disposable monsters," Fournier said. "We really missed the boat when we decided to go to a more disposable society."
The guys over at Journey to Manhood want to know what your first shaving experience was:
"It is also one of the more powerful of the smaller rite of passage events in a young males life that so clearly mark the crossing into manhood. It deserves to be met with good information, training and some solid man-making support."
Details for Men is one of my favorite sources for shaving goods - they have razors, razor blades, shave cream, skincare products and more.
"DetailsforMen stocks over five hundred items and forty brands to meet your shaving, grooming and skincare needs. We carry a wide variety of the best brands including Anthony, Jack Black, eShave, Molton Brown, Loccitane, John Allans, and many other highly rated products from around the world. Shop by brand or by category for all of your skin care, shaving, hair care, and wet shaving needs."
They've also generally got a free goody or two for orders over a certain amount, and you can't shake a stick at that!
Right now, you can pick up a free full sized can of Proraso Shave Foam with orders over $40, until November 2nd. To get yours, enter the coupon code "FREESHAVEFOAM" at checkout.
"In the days before razors, you could either sport a hirsute look or get creative. Records drawn on cave walls show prehistoric people shaving with clamshells, flint knives, and even shark teeth. It's not clear when these crude implements gave way to what we now think of as razors. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, circular solid gold or copper razors can be found as far back as the 4th millennium BC in some Egyptian tombs. Still other cultures sharpened volcanic obsidian glass and used those."
I found a good article about beating razor bumps in a web magazine called Organic Lifestyle Magazine, and thought it might be of use to some of you.
"Shaving, for some, is a source of pain and discomfort. Some choose to deal with this by "scraping their face" as seldom as possible, while others have no choice but to shave every day for their jobs. Some use an electric razor. Others never make the adjustment as an electric razor initially can be more painful than the razor burn from shaving."
I had issues with razor bumps when I used cartridge razors with multiple blades, but ever since switching to a safety razor, it's not been a problem.
What follows in the article are some practical tips for shaving without experiencing razor bumps, and you can check it out here. If you're into all things organic, or simply curious, it's a cool resource.
Headed out beyond the edge of the pavement? No power? Batteries too expensive?
You can still get an electric shave with this really cool gadget: Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver.
"The Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver provides true liberty through its Wind 'N Go lever, avoiding any need to use actual electricity. One minute of winding, and you've got yourself enough power for a full shave! It also comes with three individual heads that properly flex and rotate to provide a close and precise performance. "
You can find the Freedom Dynamo at ThinkGeek - makes a great gift for the outdoors guy who loves to keep it smooth, even off-grid.
It seems as if our paychecks don't stretch quite as far as we'd like, and even if we have extra cash, we all want to maximize our budget. The way to do that is by shopping for the best deals on things we use every single day, such as razors and razor blades and cartridges.
One site that specializes in this is Razors Direct. They sell the same razor blades you can find in a retail store, but at a discounted price. The company shops for discounted, bulk or wholesale quantities of bestselling shaving products and pass on the savings to you, so your dollars go further.
According to the site, you'll save up to 35% off the regular retail price, and for readers of Shaving Stuff, Razors Direct is offering an additional 5% off the already low prices with the coupon code "ShavingStuff".
The Lucky Tiger line of barbershop essentials has been helping our dads and granddads look their best since 1935. The Lucky Tiger brand was the the most popular barbershop brand in the U.S. by 1950, yet few of my generation have even heard of them.
The premium line is now even more desirable for discriminating men, having been reformulated with the highest quality natural and certified organic ingredients. The Lucky Tiger premium products are made with nourishing antioxidants and vitamins for a natural, healthy look, including Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Cucumber, Vitamins A & E, Chamomile, Calendula, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Sage Leaf, Hibiscus, Honey, Polished Green Bamboo and Borage Oil.
While I do enjoy some high-end shaving stuff, I am a penny pincher whenever possible.
I got really tired of ponying up cash for cartridges all the time, so I invested in a safety razor (the Merkur) and am happily not having to pay good money for cartridges that get thrown away every week. Instead I buy blades (pretty cheap still) which last all week.
So if you're looking to lower your overall shaving costs, take the money you'd spend on the next couple of months worth of cartridges or disposables and invest it in a razor you can pass down to your grandkids, like a safety razor or a straight razor.
The learning curve is easier with a safety razor, but the old-school skill of shaving with a straight razor is coming back in vogue, so it's something you can share with other men.
My next investment is probably going to be a straight razor (hint, hint), and then I won't be purchasing new blades at all.
Another way you can save some money is to use an affordable shaving cream, like Cremo, which gives a quality shave despite being priced in the lower level compared to a lot of other creams. Or try baking soda or a DIY shaving cream for something a little different.
"Dear Gentle Reader, many of the following pages have graphic and clear images of the masculine mustache in all its forms, both sublime and grotesque. My intent is not to shock or titillate, but merely to inform on the subject. The Nineteenth Century gave us many things, but above all it was a hotbed of facial hair experimentation and this is but a poor sampling of those many lost forms."
The first thing that struck me about it, before I even took a whiff of it, was the high quality presentation. It comes in a sweet 'gift'-type box, in simple black with a clean-looking graphic on the front. Not a cheap little box, but something that says quality... (It would make a great gift.)
The bottle itself is hefty - manly, even - again with a simple design and a top that looks like a bolt head, and it holds over four ounces of the fragrance. That amount will last you a good long time, even wearing it daily.
I sprayed a little on my wrist, fully expecting an over-the-top scent (based on my experience with other men's fragrances), but was pleasantly surprised by the subtleness of it. Of course, it depends on how heavily you apply it.
(Before I describe the scent, forgive me for my choice of words - I'll put it in my terms) The scent is earthy, reminding me of woody fragrances with a bit of a flowery note, and somewhere in there is a hint of coffee...
"A surprisingly edgy interpretation of the signature John Varvatos scent, this fragrance boasts an intricate blend of rose absolute and coffee that delivers a new level of sensuality and an explosive rock 'n roll vibe."
I didn't pick up on the rose, and I don't know if I'd call it 'edgy', but I did like the scent, and it's earned a place in my bathroom cabinet for those special occasions.
Are you the type of guy who's concerned about just what exactly is in your shaving products? Check out the GoodGuide:
"If there's a theme in the booming sales of men's cosmetics and grooming supplies worldwide, it might be that it's not enough for a guy to be sensitive on the inside only. There's a wide range of men's grooming products required to achieve that sensitive, clean-shaven, fragrant style--and the ingredients in them are just as much cause for concern as in any other personal care product line."
If you need a daily dose of laughter - or moustache inspiration, you'll want to be subscribed to Below the Nose. Every day, a new pic of a moustached guy (usually in the background, stealthy-like) is posted to the site, kind of a man-on-the-street thing.
I get a kick out of it, and hopefully you will as well...
Zelda Rubinstein, the eccentric medium from Poltergeist, wants to help you rid your house of the fright-inducing ancient technology that may be haunting your home -- just in time for Halloween.
Frightening gadgets, like tape-eating VCRs, TVs that send a shock through fingers when touched and 10 lb laptops that take a toll on the shoulder, are prime suspects of Scary Technology and should not be brushed aside. Got an old electric razor that pulls your whiskers out instead of trimming them? Definitely scary technology.
From now until October 26, 2009, submit a photo of your most fear-inducing technology to ScaryTechnology, accompanied by a 140-character caption to bring your photo to life.
Winners will be announced on Halloween and one grand prize winner will receive a $3,500 Insignia Home Theater makeover including Geek Squad Installation. Additionally, the first runner-up will receive a $1,500 Best Buy Gift Card, while the second runner-up will receive a $1,000 Best Buy Gift Card.
The article is full of great tips for those of you considering buying or using a straight razor for your daily shave, and it lives up the high standards that AoM is known for.
My only gripe (and it's small, I admit) is calling it the 'ultimate' guide. It seems that it's the trend on the web to use superlatives for articles (the best, the ultimate, top ten, etc.), so I'm not faulting them for using it. However...
My question to you: Is it the ultimate guide? If not, what is the 'ultimate' guide for straight razor shaving?
Emmanuelle will be posting blog entries to the site on a weekly basis and encouraging women to share their thoughts about male bodygrooming topics as well as praising the men in their lives who are dedicated to good bodygrooming habits by sending them a customizable Mr. bodycruZer video starring Emmanuelle.
Men, you can also get in on the bodygrooming conversation by posting comments on the site and by showing off your well-groomed - or not so well-groomed - bodies by entering the Mr. bodycruZer contest.
"Manscaping, or the grooming habits of the modern man, are nearing women's. Men now shave more than just their face, not to mention adopting plucking and waxing. From brow grooming to shaving what an ex-boyfriend fondly referred to as "the area", guys are cleaner and slicker than ever before. However, where is the line lie between necessary hygiene and over the top preening? "
Read the rest of the article at College News, and leave us a comment with where you draw the line.
Looking for deals on Shaving Stuff? Who isn't, right?
Here's a couple of great deals we found:
Over at Details for Men (one of my favorite sites), you can pick up a free alum block with any order over $60. Don't know about alum?
"Alum, a natural mineral found in Europe, was used by the Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago as a shaving essential. Its antiseptic properties calm razor burn, soothe irritations and help stop bleeding in the event of a nick or cut."
Use the coupon code "FREEALUMBLOCK" to grab your free alum block.
At ZIRH , right now you can get free shipping on all orders, and pick up a free IKON laptop bag with orders over $75.