October 31, 2011

In Praise of Slow Shaving


"There's something delightful and dangerous about sliding a thin blade of cold steel across your face. And although it has the potential for instilling a truly rapturous experience for a man, today the act has been relegated to something merely mundane, sterile, and more of a nuisance. Yes, this simple act of shaving.

The act of shaving has been desecrated even in terms of names. The "Bic" razor?! Who wants to live a short, quick, and plastic life? A commodity just like a bic ball point pen, shaving has become mass market, quick and disconnected from the essence of manhood."

Read the rest: Just for Men: Slow Tea and Slow Shaving in 10 Steps

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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October 28, 2011

Shaving for Guys with Acne


"Acne is a problem I am intimately familiar with. While I did not have terribly bad acne as a teenager, I suffered through breakouts, blackheads, and pimples just like the rest of the world. As a young adult, I was dismayed to continue to have the occasional pimple. Usually connected to stress or bad eating, I continued to have acne for a long time. As you can see, I am intimately familiar with this topic and how to combat both teenage and adult acne. Reading this article, you will learn the best practices for shaving with acne, how to combat acne, and better facial care tips."

Read the rest at A Sharper Razor: The Ultimate Guide to Shaving with Acne Part 1

[Image: katerha at Flickr]

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October 28, 2011

Watch Out for the Beard Slap


[Via Beard Revue]

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October 27, 2011

Get Yourself to Moustacheville

Just when you think you're safe, we find another cool moustache t-shirt...

Maybe you should wear it in honor of Movember, maybe you would wear it because you feel like expressing your affinity for flying moustaches, or perhaps you'd wear it because you like bicycles.

However you wear it, Moustacheville is sure to bring smiles your way.

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October 25, 2011

Fear the (Pumpkin) Beard

pumpkin_stencil_beard_lg.jpgGiants fans rejoice, your pumpkin stencil is here:

"Halloween is upon us and that means pumpkins everywhere. And what would be better than having a pumpkin that represents the San Francisco Giants. Of course, that's easier said than done ... unless you have a Brian Wilson pumpkin stencil."

Get yours here, and then enter the contest.

[via NBC Bay Area]

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October 24, 2011

The Strongest Beard

beardsculpture.jpgThink your beard is awesome? Go beard-to-beard with Antanas Kontrimas and try lifting a person with it.

"The Lithuanian has been lengthening and strengthening his facial hair for over 30 years, which explains how it recently lifted a 140-pound female model nearly a foot off the ground for five seconds--a new Guinness World Record for "The Heaviest Weight Lifted by a Beard"

[Via Kempt] [Image: origami joel at Flickr]

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The Irritations of Modern Life

irritationdefense.JPGA new survey sponsored by Gillette finds 57% of those in the UK are irritated every single day of the year.

57% of those surveyed admit to feeling irritated every day, and research revealed that it's their fellow countrymen that are actually causing them to be annoyed. The top irritations? They can't stand other people being rude to them, people's lack of hygiene, and poor customer service.

"The trappings of Modern Day living can also bring irritation into our lives, causing many of us unwanted stress. When technology fails it really gets on our nerves with the population ranking broken phones (22%) and computers (30%) as more irritating than a car breaking down (18%) - suggesting we as a country are relying too heavily on our technology."

The release of the survey marks the launch of Gillette's new 'Irritation Defense' range, which is said to help defend against five signs of shaving irritation, something that affects 82% of men worldwide every day.

According to the survey, morning is the worst time. Out of the 3,000 people surveyed nearly ¾ of them admit to being at their worst between 7 and 9 am.

"People are most irritable in the morning because the brain is waking up and subconsciously setting out a plan for the day, if things don't go according to this plan it upsets the balance of the brain which can lead to irritation and stress!" - Jo Hemmings, behavioural psychologist

The strangest annoyances revealed in the survey tend to be observational irritations regarding modern day living in the UK with things like skinny jeans and organic food listed amongst their bugbears.

Find out more about Gillette's Irritation Defense

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October 20, 2011

Why does God Like Facial Hair?

jesusbeard.jpgFrom Slate:

"Although beards appear repeatedly in religious texts, God never explicitly tells us why they're so holy. In the absence of any divine exposition, many theologians have posited that a hairy face is a symbol of masculinity bestowed upon men by God."

Read the rest: Why Does God Love Beards?

Image: biblevector at Flickr

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October 19, 2011

Get Your Free Razor from Raz*War

iwantmyfreekit.jpgRaz*War is giving away free shaving kits, but only until October 31st, so the time is getting short to claim yours.

Why are they doing this?

"Consumers are fed up being ripped off since years by the giants of the razor industry. More blades is often synonym of more expensive products.Today they are looking for a change. It is well known that razors and razor blades are extremely expensive. Enter a store and pay attention to the prices! We know that people want to buy this kind of products online but they are often afraid of being disappointed with the quality or the delivery of these products. In order to bring answers to these concerns and to lower the risks for the consumers, Raz*War is launching the "I want my free kit" campaign.

To qualify, you need to go to I want my free kit and follow the instructions there (it's pretty simple).

Once you do, you'll receive the Black Edition Discovery Kit, which includes a razor handle, a 4-blade cartridge with open flow technology, and a gift voucher.

Pretty sweet, eh?

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October 17, 2011

Folding Comb Puts Stylish Grooming in Your Pocket

This product ranks right up there with the Cowboy Comb in terms of the coolness factor: The Kent 82T Folding Comb.

Right at home in a suit pocket, designer jeans, or a UtiliKilt, this folding comb from Kent Brushes is a beautiful and functional tortoiseshell grooming accessory, and will give you more reasons to say "Excuse me while I whip this out..."

[via Valet]

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October 14, 2011

Shaving with a Kitchen Cleaver?

Evidently, in the world of knife and razor sharpeners, there's a bit of a competition going on about shaving with kitchen cleavers. I'm not sure what the point is, other than to show off how fine of an edge they can get on something, but it sure makes for an entertaining way to pass the time on a Friday. Here's a taste:

Check out some more videos from these edge-heads: 3 Shaving Videos with 3 Different Maestro Wu Cleavers

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Military Manscaping: The Plucky Warrior

From the Wall Street Journal:

"Emerging amid the camouflage and crewcuts is the latest in combat chic: male soldiers with eyebrows professionally shaped into slender arches."

Read more: About-Face: Soldiers Target Stray Eyebrows in Afghanistan

Image: Horia Varlan at Flickr

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October 12, 2011

Hot Deal: Mangroomer Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

mangroomernosehairtrimmer.jpgWhen you want to make sure you're at the top of your grooming game, you really ought to be checking your nose and ears to make sure you don't look like you're growing a shrub up in there...

And now's the time to get a great deal on the Mangroomer Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer. Regularly $29.99, this essential grooming device is just $11.43, for a savings of 62%!

"Mangroomer's Essential Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer features an innovative, cutting-edge blade design that enables close results without causing ingrown hairs. The trimmer can be used wet or dry and cleans easily by rinsing with water. The Mangroomer trimmer features non-slip rubberized grip for maximum control and comfort, and the protective cap with low-profile design offers privacy and discreet storage."
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Beard Shearing in Amish Country


Five men have been charged in the shearing of an elderly Amish man's beard, with an interesting twist:

"Five members from a sect that was excommunicated by the Amish community were arraigned this morning on charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary after authorities said they ganged up on an Amish man and chopped off his beard in Ohio, an assault that's considered sacrilegious for the group."

Never mind sacrilegious, it's also just plain wrong...

But it gets even better. Three of the men involved have the last name Mullet. I think it might be safe to say that's the first time that a mullet ever sheared a beard.

Read the rest: Five Ohio men arraigned on charges in beard shearing

Image: david__jones at Flickr

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October 10, 2011

Review of Every Man Jack Shave Cream

everymanjackshavecream.jpgI recently got a variety of shaving and grooming products for review from Every Man Jack, and have been throwing them into my daily grooming routine to give them a fair trial. Today's review covers the Every Man Jack Shave Cream and Post-Shave Face Lotion.

The Signature Mint Shave Cream has a fairly thin consistency, more in line with a 'gel' than a cream, and it goes on easily and smoothly. I skipped the brush and bowl with this cream, and just lathered it directly on my face - it only takes a small amount to cover all of my whiskers. The scent is minty, but not overpowering, which is a plus in my book (I don't really care for strongly scented shaving creams).

The Every Man JackShave Cream has a good level of razor slip, letting my favorite razor glide effortlessly over my face and helping me to get a great close shave. It rinses off easily (no greasy residue) and leaves my face feeling moisturized and refreshed. While I'm a fan of thicker shaving creams, I was well satisfied with the results from this shaving cream.

And as a plus, it has no parabens, phthalates, dyes, or sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be an issue for some people's skin or health conditions.

I followed up my shave with the Every Man Jack Post Shave Lotion (also Signature Mint), and was pleasantly surprised at how well it felt on my face. It's also lightly scented with mint, but the scent faded quickly afterward (so it won't clash with any other scents you may use). The formula is light and not greasy at all, which meant that my face felt great for hours afterward (and I never felt the need to go and rinse it off, which sometimes happens with the heavier types of shaving lotions).

If you're looking for a change from your usual shaving creams, I'd recommend giving the Every Man Jack products a chance.

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October 5, 2011

The Inspirational Moustache

inspirationalmoustache.JPGWho doesn't love a book about moustaches? Soon to be released, The Inspirational Moustache is certain to become an instant classic among the facial hair crowd:

"There is an old English proverb that goes "a man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar." In our calorie-conscious age, tea has tended to come sugar-free for many years now, but the moustache is making a comeback! In fashion, in craft and on the upper lips of hipsters everywhere, the moustache--the soup strainer, nose neighbor, lip tickler, face foliage, slipped eyebrow--is back and here to stay. The Inspirational Moustache is a humorous survey of the millennial moustache boom. Edited by Ziggy Hanaor (of Making Stuff fame), it features photographs, illustrations, short, witty texts, a handful of moustache-related craft ideas, a summary of key moustache styles (pencil, handlebar, walrus, Fu Manchu, etc), plus funky visuals of such key cultural moments as Movember (i.e. November: moustache awareness-raising month), finger moustaches and of course the World Beard and Moustache Championships."
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October 4, 2011

Cambridge Seeks PhD Student to Study Mechanics of Shaving


"Cambridge University is seeking a PhD research student to study the mechanics of shaving facial hair.

It has posted details of the position on its website, and the project will be funded by Procter & Gamble through its subsidiary Gillette.

The position, with a limit of a three-year tenure, would be within the university's Department of Engineering.

The website states: "A position exists for a PhD research student to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of shaving of facial hair." - Cambridge News

Image: davharuk

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Chicago is America's Most Mustache-Friendly City

"Following a two-year analysis of 100 U.S. cities, the American Mustache Institute (AMI) released a new White Paper naming Chicago as "America's Most 'Mustache-Friendly' City."

As a result, Chicago will play host to AMI's annual 'Stache Bash 2011 charitable benefit on Friday, October 28. The event will serve as the Chicagoland kick-off event for Movember, the global moustache-growing charity campaign raising awareness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation."

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October 3, 2011

Hot Deal: Philips Norelco Bodygroom Shaver

bodygroom200.jpgThe Philips Norelco Bodygroom Shaver is one of the most loved manscaping accessories around, ranking high up on the Amazon top 100 products in personal care items. And right now, you can grab yourself one for under $30.

The Bodygroom shaver is regularly $39.99, but is on sale for $33.99, and when you 'clip' a $5 coupon on the product page, it brings the price down to $29.99!

"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."
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