July 30, 2010

International Moustache Day is Coming


According to the above graphic, from 9GAG, International Moustache Day is the first Friday in August. I couldn't find any other reference for the date, but since it's on the internet, it must be true... So if you're inclined to grow a nosebeard, use that date as your excuse to begin.

I did find another date, in October, for International Moustache Day in this video:

And then, of course, for those who can't commit to actually growing a moustache (or can't do it at all), there is International Fake Moustache Day, which falls on February 3rd.

I'm not sure what people will think if you to wear a fake moustache on International Moustache Day, but I imagine the more mo's the better.

And if any of you know of any other moustache day dates, please leave me a comment and let me know!

(via Beard Revue)

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July 29, 2010

Man Creates and Shaves with Obsidian Blade

I don't know about you, but I think this qualifies him as an official bad-ass. Check it out:

If you're interested in a stone knife, check out Mike's site, Art of Ishi, which has some really incredible work for sale.

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July 28, 2010

Diamond Coated Razor Blades Developed in Germany

merkurdoubleedge.jpgAccording to Design News:

"GFD Gesellschaft für Diamantprodukte of Ulm, Germany, is pitching the idea of using a super-sharp razor blade made of industrial diamonds that could last more than 1,000 times longer than today's conventional blade.

A nanocrystalline diamond coating is first applied to a carbide blade, then the minute layers are polished by a plasma sharpening process developed by GFD. The blade is polished until the cutting edge is sharpened to only a few nanometers, consisting of merely a few atoms."

Read the rest of the article: Diamond Razor Blades Boast Long Life

Would you pay a lot more for a razor that stayed sharp for a year or more?

Image: YGX at Flickr

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July 27, 2010

A Brief History of the Modern Razor

derazorblade.jpgFrom the Sacramento Bee:

"For the longest time, men had beards. And it is easy to understand why.

Cavemen had beards because they had no choice - they lacked any kind of blade to shave their beards off.

But once metallurgy has been refined in any civilization, the technology of knives follows soon after. These cutting tools become more and more refined, leading to the development of the straight razor, known for its thin, super-sharp blade."

Read the rest of the article: How Stuff Works: How razors work

Image: Helga's Lobster Stew

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July 26, 2010

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Ambassadors Hit the Road

To help spread the word about the launch of the new Fusion ProGlide razor, Gillette held a contest to find two "regular guys" to serve as the latest brand ambassadors, and to hit the road to get skeptical men across the U.S. to try out ProGlide.

The winners, Jason and Adam, have started their six week journey, which has already taken them to VIP destinations such as the ESPYS in LA, the Vegas strip, and the MLB All-Star Game. They've started blogging about their adventures at ProGlide Summer Job and tweeting along the way @proglideusj. These "two regular guys" are being given insane access to events and celebrities on top of the $50K they'll make for this job.

"We were two ProGlide skeptics who came to see the light. Now we're Gillette ambassadors enjoying VIP access to big time sporting events, sports stars, Hollywood studios and music festivals as we travel around North America challenging other guys to feel how ProGlide turns shaving into gliding."
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July 23, 2010

The Great Male Survey

modernman.jpgFrom AskMen:

"Who is "the modern man"? What does he look for in a partner, and does he make an effort to be romantic? How much effort does he put into his appearance, how does he stay in touch with friends and what standards of professionalism does he hold himself to?"

Check out the results from the Great Male Survey 2010

Image: Hamed Saber at Flickr

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July 22, 2010

Hot Deal: 20% Off Art of Shaving Products

friendsandfamily.JPGI love the Art of Shaving products - I think they're high quality and effective, and their unscented shaving cream is one of my favorites for my daily shave.

Right now, if you sign up for their newsletter, Art of Shaving will give you 20% off everything they sell. That's a significant discount!

So head over to Art of Shaving and check out the "Friends and Family" promotion to get your discount code. This offer ends Sunday, July 25, 2010, so don't wait!

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What's in Your Personal Care Products?

How careful are you about the ingredients in your personal care products? Check this video out. You'll be surprised.

"The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives."

Learn more at The Story of Cosmetics.

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July 21, 2010

How Often Do You Do It?

How often do you do it? Is it - daily, twice a day, weekly? Too much? Not Enough? Find out how often is really enough.

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July 20, 2010

Shave Sexy (video)

Don't just shave, Shave Sexy! The hot new ad from King of Shaves features Diane Wood, the world's most famous female professional Master Barber as 'Barbarella X' and King of Shaves latest razor, the new Azor M. Add Myla Lingerie, a remix of Carmen and you don't just get a shave, you get the King of Shaves! Go on - Be A King! If you'd like to be 'NEXT' visit http://www.facebook.com/kingofshaves

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July 19, 2010

How Do You Shave a Bee Beard?

honeybees.jpgVery carefully, I imagine.

From The Star:

"A hundred years ago, it was a good way to sell honey at a fair, but today bee bearding -- the art of giving your face over to a swarm of bees -- is mainly done for fun, or charity.

Insect facial hair has been known to pop up in California, Ohio, and even here in Ontario. The Star caught up with the "chambeeon" of last year's contest in Aylmer to see what the buzz is about, and how many puns can be used in one story. Melanie Kempers, 29, of Guelph, is a beekeeper by trade, and a beebearder on her days off."

Read the rest of the article: The secret to a good bee beard: Queen bee and Vaseline

Image: Alan Vernon at Flickr

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July 16, 2010

Another Reason to Avoid Canned Shaving Cream

If your shaving cream can scrub stains out of carpet, do you still want to use it on your face?

(via Perfect Shave Dispatch)

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July 15, 2010

Ladies Answer: How Do You Like It Shaved?

What do you think?

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July 14, 2010

Beard Champion Publishes The Facial Hair Handbook

thefacialhairhandbook.jpgJack Passion, a two-time, reigning world champion of beards, has published his guide to facial hair, The Facial Hair Handbook.

"The Facial Hair Handbook is a hilarious and informative guide to all aspects of facial hair, for men of all ages and all faces. From making the decision to wear facial hair, to the best way to take it off, all men can finally be stylish and care for their appearance while staying true to who they are: Men.

Topics Include:

-What to Do About Itching
-Choosing a Facial Hair Style
-How to Grow a Beard
-How to Grow Thicker Facial Hair
-Washing and Conditioning a beard
-What to Do If Your Beard Catches on Fire!
-Getting a Clean, Close Shave

Too long has facial hair been marginalized by a small handful of stereotypes. Mainstream men of all ages are growing facial hair and this is their guide to doing it with style."

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July 13, 2010

Men Hoarding, Going Old-School to Avoid Getting Shaved at the Register

Fancy upgrades to razors got you down? Feeling the pinch in the wallet when you need to buy cartridges? You're definitely not alone.

From the Wall Street Journal online:

"Jeff Hagan, a 43-year-old investment banker in San Francisco, doesn't need to buy another blade or razor for the next four years.

That's because last year, tired of trying to keep up with the cycle of shaving-system upgrades and price hikes, Mr. Hagan bought 100 Gillette Mach3 blades. Then he found oil that helps double the blades' lifespan.

"I'm basically investing in blade futures," Mr. Hagan remembers telling onlookers at Costco as they marveled at the pile of cartridges in his cart. "That's my hedge against getting forced to upgrade."

Read the rest of the article: Razor Burn: A Flood of Fancy Shavers Leaves Some Men Feeling Nicked

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July 12, 2010

The Word on the Street: Moustache (video)

What's the word on the street? Moustache.

(via Build-A-Beard)

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July 9, 2010

Barber Recruited to Trim 16 Foot Billboard Moustache

artmoustache.jpgMoustaches on billboards? Giant moustaches?

From the Scotsman:

"Most men struggle to keep their five o'clock shadow in check. So imagine having to contend with whiskers you could play jump-rope with, or even wrap around a family saloon car.

This is the task visited upon one Edinburgh barber recruited to groom a 16-feet moustache currently adorning a Haymarket billboard."

Read the rest of the article: City barber called in to trim giant 'tache on beer bilboard

Image: Cansu Cender at Flickr

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July 8, 2010

Anthony Logistics for Men Donating 50% of Proceeds to Oil Spill Wildlife Rescue

anthonyoilspill.jpgIt's good to see companies willing to donate part of their profits to charitable foundations. And when so many smaller organizations are struggling to raise funds, it's nice when they are able to be promoted by a business - to help raise awareness. It's generally a win-win situation.

So when I saw this promotion from Anthony for Men, I thought I'd pass it along to all of you.

Pick up some great shampoo or body gel for yourself at Anthony Logistics for Men, and 50% of that money goes to Tri-State Bird, a non-profit, to benefit their Brown Pelican adoption program.

Brown Pelicans have been devastated by the effects of the Gulf oil spill, and Tri-State Bird is leading the wildlife rescue efforts in the Gulf. They are dedicated to rehabilitating injured wild native birds, whether orphaned or oiled or otherwise injured. Thanks, Tri-State Bird.

And kudos to Anthony for stepping up.

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July 7, 2010

Man Shaves with 21 inch Sword

I love sharp knives, and have the greatest respect for knife makers and bladesmiths who can produce and sharpen a knife so well that you can shave with it. But I don't think I'll be shaving with a sword anytime soon... This video is pretty amazing.

From Carter Cutlery

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July 6, 2010

Hot Deal: Product Foreman 4th of July Clearance Sale - 35% Off Everything

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I just found out about a blowout sale over at Product Foreman - 35% off of everything they stock! That's a pretty nice discount, eh?

I noticed a couple of products right away that I can recommend - the Art of Shaving Unscented shaving cream and Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather.

But if those aren't your cup of tea, Product Foreman has a wide range of other shaving and personal care products to check out, and when you use the code "4THOFJULY", you'll take 35% off of everything you purchase! The sale ends on July 7th, so don't wait!

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July 5, 2010

Hot Deal: Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver with Nano Technology

PanasonicES8109S.jpgSave over $75 on the Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver with Nano Technology right now! Regularly $179.99, now only $104.54, a savings of 42%!

"The Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Arc 3 Wet/Dry Shaver with Nanotech Blades and HydraClean uses a pivoting head, a linear motor, and other new technologies to give you an outstandingly close and comfortable shave. The ES8109S's linear motor achieves an astounding 13,000 revolutions per minute. Even the thickest beards are no match for this shaver, and you'll experience a frictionless shave with less pulling and irritation. "
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Evil Dictator Facial Hair Guide

dictatormustache.jpgGot facial hair? You're on your way to dictator greatness! Over at PopCrunch, they've got the lowdown on evil dictator facial hair:

"Dictators need facial hair. The way an ordinary person needs consistent sustenance, dictators must proclaim their superiority on their face, with hair. The styles vary depending on the man, but the purpose is the same throughout. Let the people know the supremacy of your rule, no matter which way you shave it. These guys wrote the book, and here's how they did it."

Read the rest of the article: A Guide To Evil Dictator Facial Hair

Image: Newsbie Pix at Flickr

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July 2, 2010

Cleaning a Vintage Razor

vintage razors.jpgAre you an old-school shaving enthusiast? Inherit an old razor that needs some love? Do you search the flea markets and antique stores for collectible vintage razors? Then this might be helpful to you:

"If you are a guy who swears by your trusted vintage razor then it is important that you take care of the product in order to get the best use of it. One of the key ways to ensure it is always kept working at its optimum level, is to clean the razor effectively."

Read the full article: How to Clean a vintage razor

Image: gailf548 at Flickr

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July 1, 2010

ShavingStuff Wrapup for June 2010

fireworks.jpgWe're in the home stretch for the Fourth of July weekend, which seemed so far away for so long... I wish I was selling charcoal briquettes and beer this weekend, as almost everyone I know is planning some sort of BBQ and beverage celebration.

Nobody I know is planning a Fourth of July shaving celebration, because I wish I could share something a little more exciting than a wrapup of the ShavingStuff posts for the month of June. But that's what I've got today...

And remember, whether you're traveling for fun, family, or fleeing the crowds this weekend, let the sober person do the driving.

June Wrapup, by Category:

Back Shaving

Blogs and Websites


General News




Old School Shaving

Pacific Shaving

Regular Shaving



Shaving Accessories

Straight Razors

Image: greeblie at Flickr

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