June 30, 2011
You're the life of the party, and what you need to stay on top of your game is an ironic moustache that twitches with social media input.
Or you're gearing up for Movember and you need a good fake mo' to get your friends used to it.
Or you've got a yearning to let your freak flag fly.
Or you see the future of interactive facial hair and want to be an early adopter.
Enter the Ironic Moustache Twitter Interface.
"The IMRI seeks to create a twitter experience like no other, and tickle your mustache at the same time. Using space age technology, you too can know the moment someone is talking about staches on the twitterverse. Everytime someone tweets out #mustache, your mustache will vibrate, telling you exactly when someone is talking about mustaches.
Perfect for those hipsters who have everything."
June 30, 2011
It's one thing to buy a shaving gift for someone, and another thing entirely when you can have someone else give a gift for you. And Pacific Shaving's new promotion lets you do exactly that.
"Good things come in little packages.
Like our small but mighty All Natural Shaving Oil.
Now you can turn a friend on to this tiny miracle and
let them experience the best shave ever - FREE!
(While supplies last)
It's as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Click here to "Like" our Facebook page.
2. Make a list of your hairiest friends.
3. Start giving!
If it's not obvious, once you "Like" the page, you need to then go here: Give Complimentary All Natural Shaving Oil
June 29, 2011
If you're in the Bay area, you might be able to get a shave and a haircut, plus a bottle of handcrafted whiskey, all from the same man.
"1512 Spirits is a contradiction of sorts. Having burst onto the scene in May, you could say that they're the new kid on the block, yet, the Cimino family has been distilling for decades and decades. 1512 Spirits' master distiller, Salvatore Cimino, is a character straight out of a craft distilling graphic novel (seriously, can we get this?). By day, he cuts hair at 1512 Barber Shop in San Francisco's Nob Hill; in the dark of the night, he puts on his distilling cape and plies his trade at their Rohnert Park distillery in Sonoma County. Now, let me just say that I've visited a couple of one-man-show, start-up distillers, and it's painful and sometimes tragic to watch them struggle to swim upstream in an industry that is cold and brutal. The fact that Sal can keep a 9-to-5 job and run a distillery on the side qualifies for bona fide superhero status in my book.Sal's barber shop bat lair on 1512 Pine St. has a liquor cabinet with whiskeys and Scotches, and probably a teleportation device which beams him to the distillery after the barber shop closes. The last appointment of the day sometimes comes with an invitation to try some of his products."
Read more: 1512 Spirits: A Whiskey and a Shave, Please.
June 28, 2011
It's always interesting to me to see how companies market their products in other countries. We see advertising and marketing promotions targeted to us in the region where we live but we rarely see how it's done elsewhere. The new Schick One Piece promotion in Japan is a bit different than one we'd see here in the U.S.:
"The Schick One Piece Campaign seeks to piggyback on the success of "One Piece", "the most popular manga series of all time in Japan and one of the most popular manga series worldwide" according to Wikipedia.
With over 230 million volumes of the series having been sold since its inception in August of 1997, One Piece boasts enviable name recognition among Schick Japan's target market: young men reaching for their first razor."
Read the full article: Schick Japan Animates Your Shave with a 'One Piece' Anime Action Figure
June 28, 2011
Sometimes when you mix art and facial hair, you get into trouble. The guy responsible for 'enhancing' billboards in NYC by adding some art of his own ended up being the victim of his own popularity:
"For street artists, sometimes acclaim can be the worst enemy. Case in point: Moustache Man (aka Moustache, aka the Moustache Bandit) beloved by New York City subway riders for his simple but witty trick of using a felt-tip marker to write the word "moustache" (always with the European 'u') in curly cursive script on the upper lip of people in various advertisements. He had successfully eluded the police for more than a year, but authorities announced that they managed to track down the rogue artist last week based on his "Internet bragging."
Read the article: Moustache Man, NYC's Irrepressible Subway Artist, Humbled at the Hands of the Law
Image: cuttlefish at Flickr
June 27, 2011
From artist Shamus Beyale comes this gem:
[via comically graphic]
Are you ready to move up to a truly one of a kind shaving brush? Then you'll want to read this tutorial on how to make one, as well as this info about badger hair knots:
Shaving Brush Tutorial
June 24, 2011
Dolce & Gabbana introduces the Rules for the Modern Gentleman app, written by Dylan Jones, current editor of GQ UK.
"Covering the topics of Etiquette, Style, and Grooming, the app provides detailed useful information peppered with intelligent (and often tongue in cheek) commentary and tips for a variety of modern generic situations. Indispensable for any man about town, the app covers everything from which cutlery should be used for a formal table, to the correct way to tie a half Windsor knot, ensuring that any given situation can be mastered with impeccable judgement and effortless confidence."
Get the app for free from iTunes: Rules for the Modern Gentleman
June 23, 2011
"In summer, we spread the towels in parks, next to lakes, rivers, at outdoor swimming pools and on green areas, all around Germany. As soon as the towels were placed on grass, the grass stalks sprout out of the holes. It aroused people's attention, and prompted them to shave."
BBDO Germany created this campaign for Gillette in Europe - does it make you want to buy a razor? Or simply take one of these towels home with you?
June 22, 2011
Move over, Movember! Julyna is almost here, and the ladies are shaving or waxing creative pubic hair designs to raise money for a very important women's health issue: cervical cancer.
"The rules for Julyna are simple: Women will spend the month of July exercising creativity and personal wellness by choosing a style for their hair down there and sticking to it--as a fundraising technique. Women don't have to leave it au naturel, or choose a standard pattern like "The Charlie Chaplin." They can make something up. Get creative! Not only do we hope that Julyna raises funds for cervical cancer, but also that the added attention drawn below the belt will inspire women to take care of this area in other ways."
Julyna also offers some creative designs for women to use, like the 'Movember' and the 'Rising Sun'.
For more info, or to donate, head over to Julyna.
June 21, 2011
Just when you thought razors couldn't get any better, along comes a shaving device which is truly worthy of being called 'space age': The Zafirro Iridium.
The Iridium has a solid sapphire blade sharpened to 80 atoms wide (human hair is 5000 times wider than that), one which is impervious to corrosion or oxidation and which stays sharp longer than any other blade. The blade is attached to the handle with precision machined 99.95% pure platinum screws (a purity higher than most jewelry).
The handle of the Iridium is made from, what else, iridium. 99.95% pure iridium, to be precise. An element ten times rarer than platinum, and one of the strongest, densest materials on the planet. In fact, most of it comes from meteorites. You don't get to say "My razor handle is made from meteorites." very often...
The Iridium also comes with 10 years of servicing, cleaning, and sharpening if necessary.
And it's beautiful.
The catch: This is a limited edition - only 99 of these being produced - and the price is $100,000. But for the discerning shaver, that shouldn't be a barrier...
Check it out here, if only to drool over: The Zafirro Iridium
June 20, 2011
June 17, 2011
I wrote about the BodyVerde Shaving on the Go contest not too long ago (which is still open), and have since received a review bottle of the EZ Waterless Shave and had a chance to try it for myself.
As a wetshaver, I was pretty skeptical about the product being a truly waterless shaving product, because of the water needed to rinse the razor as you shave. I tried to imagine wiping the razor on a towel between strokes instead, but after an initial attempt, I realized that unless you use a straight razor, you're not going to do that with any effect.
In my trials, I skipped the hot water step of my usual brush and bowl shaving routine, and just applied the EZ Waterless Shave to my face. The consistency is that of skin lotion, and it didn't take a whole lot to cover my whiskers. (And to be fair, I tried this with 3 days of whiskers on my face, as I thought what better test than one which would be similar to my camping routine?)
I was impressed that without a hot water soak (or shower), this shaving cream softened up my whiskers enough, and was slippery enough, that I didn't feel a pull on a single whisker. It had good razor slip and a light citrus scent, and my shave went just as well as if I had used my daily shaving cream. The cream wiped off easily and left a moisturized feeling, so I didn't use any kind of aftershave lotion with it and I got no razor bumps or 'shaving rash' from it.
As far as the water usage for this shave, I didn't shower beforehand or use any hot water on my face, so that's a big water savings right there. I ended up filling a bowl with hot water to rinse my razor in, and I did rinse off my hands after applying it (I probably could simply wipe dry on a towel). If I was using this in a camping situation, I would probably still fill a bowl with water for the razor, but could skip the hot water soak and the rinse, which would save a significant amount of water.
My feeling on the EZ Waterless Shave is that it's a great shaving cream, regardless of whether you use it at home or in the backcountry, as it stands on its own. If you're looking for a shaving cream that will also let you shave with a minimum of water usage, then EZ Waterless Shave is the product for you.
June 16, 2011
You get to a certain point in your life where the hair you never had to worry about before is now sprouting out of control - namely, your nose and ear hair. It can be a rude awakening to have someone else point out the little bushes growing out of your ears, or the long hairs protruding from your nostrils... But it doesn't have to be that way if you have a trimmer for those 'alternative' facial hairs.
Right now, you can get started with a nose and ear hair trimmer for a sweet deal. The Panasonic ER430K Vacuum Nose/Facial Hair Trimmer, regularly $29.99, is only $18.16 (a savings of almost 40%):
"The trimmer features a rotary blade system that uses a circular blade action for efficient hair trimming. The groomer lets you get close along the inside of your nose or ear wall for a neat trim. A safety cone guides hair into the blades, it and prevents the blade itself from coming in contact with your skin in order to protect it from cuts or injury. The blades feature stainless steel construction for long-lasting sharpness.
A built-in vacuum collects hair as it cuts, keeping them out of your nose so you won't accidentally breathe them in.
The ER430K is fully immersible in water, making it easy to clean: simply rinse the groomer under running water and you're all set to go. You can also bring the groomer into the shower with you if you choose."
June 15, 2011
You can get a print of this at the KeepCalmArsenal Etsy Shop.
June 14, 2011
Sometimes you just want some more style in your life. And for you cartridge shavers, there's a new sassy razor in town: The Bolin Webb R1.
It's a simple mental jump to go from looking at the lines on the R1 to imagining four wheels underneath it as it powers down the road. And that's not far from the truth - according to website, the inspiration for these razors came from the world of premium sports cars - cars like the AC Cobra, Aston Martin and Austin Healy.
"A razor that unites simple design with function. A unique combination that creates a modern classic. The distinctive R1 and R1-S, developed with integrity and passion. An inspired and unusual gift for someone special."
The R1 and the R1-S fit the Gillette Mach 3 cartridge heads, and are available in several different colors. See the whole line here: Bolin Webb
June 13, 2011
Just when you thought you were safe from wacky Fathers Day presents, someone goes ahead and raises the bar again. This time it's whisker adoption, from one of America's most loved presidents.
"The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation's Adopt-A-Whisker Campaign© offers the most unique gift for dad that you'll find anywhere this Father's Day season. Imagine it, adopting for dad his very own Lincoln whisker -- a whisker from the historic 1863 Alexander Gardner photo taken of President Lincoln just eleven days prior to his delivery of the historic Gettysburg Address."
Check it out: Adopt-A-Whisker Campaign©
Hat tip to Off the Clock
Like just about every other industry, manufacturers of shaving gear are getting caught up in marketing gimmicks, hoping that we'll buy before we notice that that's what they are: gimmicks. This week's perpetrator is Schick.
"Schick is introducing what it says is the first men's scented razor, the Xtreme3 Refresh, and rolling it out with scratch-and-sniff packaging, an online marketing campaign and a partnership deal with a Nascar driver, Martin Truex Jr."
Seriously, Schick? What happened to focusing on getting a great shave? Evidently it doesn't matter how well your razor shaves, as long as it smells like it does...
The handle of the razor (rubber, of course), is embedded with a fragrance which is supposed to evoke the feeling of just having shaved - a scent said to have notes of rosemary, spearmint, and citrus.
To this shaving enthusiast, nothing could be more annoying than a disposable razor, except a disposable razor which has its own smell.
What do you think about scented razors?
June 11, 2011
From Salon, a defense of the natural hairiness of men:
"Consider the sheen of Weiner's chest -- which prompted speculation that he waxes -- and the seeming lack of hair in the new X-rated shot alleged to be of the congressman's junk. I have no idea whether he actually waxes his chest (he may be one of the 6 percent of Caucasian men with naturally hairless pectorals) or whether that is really his nether region. What I do know is that depilation is increasingly visible among straight men, and it's a damn shame."
Read the full article: In defense of hairy chests
Image: CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK at Flickr
June 10, 2011
If you own or work for a shaving or grooming company and want to get some exposure, consider letting us review your products here on ShavingStuff.
We put the products to the test in our daily routines and do honest reviews from the point of view of a discerning customer. We know there are plenty of products on the market, and we try to help guide our readers toward shaving and grooming products which not only work well, but are also a good deal for the money. (There is no charge for reviews, as we just need to get the item in our hands to review it.)
We are also happy to pass on news about sales or special deals to our readers, which can help put your products in front of new customers.
If this is of interest to you, send us an email at ShavingStuff (@) ShavingStuff.com and we'll get back to you with the details.
(No cats were harmed in the process of writing this, nor would we consider using your products to shave a cat.)
Image: ajmexico at Flickr
This Fourth of July, put your patriotism right out front with a red, white, and blue moustache... on your car.
We've covered the Carstache before, but now's your chance to pick up a 'Glorystache', in all its star spangled glory:
"We have a dream that one day every car, truck, bus, tank, train, & trolley in our glorious nation will unite behind one mustache - one Glorystache!"
Check it out at Carstache: Glorystache
June 8, 2011
Baxter of California is giving a 20% discount from now until June 15th, 2011, in honor of Fathers Day.
To take advantage of this offer, use the promo code "DAD" and get 20% off!
Right now, you can pick up one of the hottest manscaping accessories for less than twenty dollars!
Regularly $39.99, the Mangroomer Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Shaver is just $19.75!
"This one-of-a-kind device features a large 1.5-inch blade that enables you to shave larger areas of your back with ease. The Mangroomer's cutting-edge blade design delivers extremely close and smooth results without the potential of ingrown hairs that are commonly caused by straight edge and foil shavers. And with the unique patent-pending design, the Mangroomer opens to a staggering 135-degrees so you can reach all areas of your back from different angles with ease."
June 7, 2011
From now until June 15th, you can pick up three jars of Pacific Shaving Company's All Natural Shaving Cream and get one jar free!
This is an excellent shaving cream, one that I use almost every day. So give dad/husband/brother/yourself a great Father's Day gift!
Check it out here: All Natural Shaving Cream Promotion: Buy Two, Get One Free!
June 6, 2011
Do you like to travel or camp? Save time? Use fewer chemicals and less water?
Enter BodyVerde's first Shave on the Go Contest!
BodyVerde's EZ Waterless Shave is designed to be used anywhere, any time, without water. Step away from the sink and see how easy "eco-shaving" can be.
"Apply EZ Waterless Shave to soften hair, immediately shave directly over lotion with any razor, no waiting necessary, rub any excess directly into skin for a smooth, non-irritating moisturizing shave. The natural ingredients are absorbed rather than being rinsed away, leaving skin soft all day. Can also be used as a regular moisturizer between shaves."
To enter the contest, simply take a photo of a guy in your life shaving somewhere other than by the sink or in the shower. It could be while riding the train, outside the house, in the garage - be creative! (But please, no photos of shaving in usual places on the body. We appreciate modesty.)
E-mail a JPEG or TIF photo to bodyverde "at" gmail.com no later than June 24, 2011. The person featured in the most creative photo will win a gift basket of three free bottles of EZ Waterless Shave or another three products of his choice from BodyVerde.com.
June 3, 2011
"The scabs on my scrotum have finally healed up. The mysterious red bumps on my lower abdomen have retreated back into the skin. The weird little pimples there have mostly disappeared. Small strands of hair are barely poking up across my freakishly bald nether regions. As I write this, it's been about a week and a half since my first Brazilian wax."
If you're curious about what it feels like to get your pubic region waxed, you'll want to read the whole piece over at Good Men Project: Waxing Insanity
Image: Steve Snodgrass at Flickr
Smithsonian.com is asking readers to vote on "Who had the best civil war facial hair?"
"Among the many officers who fought in the U.S. Civil War, who wore their beard, mustache, mutton chops or sideburns the best?"
Check it out and vote here: Best Civil War Facial Hair
June 2, 2011
I recently had a double edged razor blade dilemma, but it all worked out nicely once I recommitted to the best dang DE blades on the market.
I had a big stock of a variety of different double edged razor blades at one point, which left me feeling secure with my safety razor supplies. And then one day, I opened the cabinet and found that I only had one blade left. Oops.
So I stopped in at my local grocery store to pick up some more, only to find that they stock all manner of multi-blade razor cartridges, but no DE blades. I was in the neighborhood of WalMart, so I cruised their shaving products, but again, they didn't stock any DE blades. Evidently hardly anyone buys them anymore (at least in my area).
Finally, I made a trip to the drugstore, and hiding amid all of the many cartridge razors, I found one package of generic blades. Feeling a little whiskery, I bought them, thinking that I could get by with this package.
Yes, I could, if I wanted to only shave with them once, and then only with much pulling of facial hair... I held out for another couple of days, but then decided that I absolutely needed some DE blades that shaved like I wanted them to. No more half-assed shaves with generic blades for this guy...
Enter Feather brand double edged razor blades. I ordered up a 50 count package of Feather blades from Amazon, and within 3 days I was in front of the mirror with a fresh, sharp DE blade in my safety razor. What a relief.
That shave was nothing short of amazing. How could I forget the excellent shaving experience that Feather blades provide? How could I ever run out of these again?
Feather razor blades are exceptionally sharp, long lasting (a week of shaves), and well worth the money. They cut through a week's worth of stubble like a hot knife through butter, and kept on keeping me smooth every morning of that week. In my opinion, the Feather DE blades are the best razor blades on the planet, and I'm committing to keeping an extra box on hand now.
Because life's too short to shave with a shitty razor blade.
What's your favorite DE safety razor blade?
June 1, 2011
Catch up on anything you missed here in May, with this handy list of all the posts we published last month:
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