May 23, 2008

Gifts for Dad: aMENity Limited Edition Gift Set

amenity-gift-set.jpgHere's another idea for dad in the pricey but high-quality arena. It's the a|MEN|ity Limited Edition Gift Set, and it comes with everything you need to cleanse, shave, and moisturize:

  • Gel Face Cleanser
  • Shave Cream
  • After Shave and Face Moisturizer
  • The Balm (moisturizer)
  • Anti-Breakout Gel

We reviewed a|MEN|ity products way back when with very positive results, so click on over and familiarize yourself with them and their magical PRO-FORM 6 concoction. In the meantime, here's the straight dope on the dopp:

This five-product kit comes in a classic shape, sleek and sporty Italian leather dopp kit. [...] This travel kit will meet all his needs and become a staple in the bathroom and on the road. Designed by Amenity for added simplicity and convenience, style and durability for the discerning gentleman. [...] The limited edition set comes in a custom-designed black, one-piece gift box to make the presentation of this gift unique in every way.

All that and it's gift-boxed too? Sweet! Gotta love one-stop shopping. The a|MEN|ity Limited Edition Gift Set is $250. Make a dad happy.

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January 12, 2007

Review of aMENity The Balm

amenityTheBalm.jpgWe've come to the end of aMENity review week at ShavingStuff. The last product we'll look at is aMENity The Balm - the "‘granddaddy’ of heavy-hitting moisturizers". And they're right on every account. The Balm is a thick, almost waxy, cream for use on places like elbows, kneecaps, knuckles, and heels. The places on your body with the thickest skin. I tried it a couple times on my face after a hot shower, and while it does work, I'd recommend something a little more smooth. Working this stuff into your skin takes effort, and on your face you want something which gets absorbed a little faster.

aMENity's The Balm is virtually odorless. Aside from the secret formulation of PRO-FORM 6, The Balm contains Shea and Mango Seed Butters, as well as Liposomal Vitamin E. Typical usage is probably twice a day, but if you're trying to treat some really rough spots, aMENity recommends up to four or five usages a day for a week.

aMENity The Balm is $35 for a 5.5 oz. (150g.) tube. If you've got some major dry skin or are often plagued by eczema, check out The Balm. Otherwise consider this a "nice-to-have" but not a "must-have".

So that's it. I hope you've enjoyed aMENity week on ShavingStuff as much as we've enjoyed their products. Click on over to aMENity and see for yourself.

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January 11, 2007

Review of aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel

amenityAcne.jpgDay four of aMENity week and we're going to explore a different grooming product - aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel. The first thing you'll notice about this product is the packaging. (Notice a theme to these posts? Someone did a good job on the recent aMENity redesign.) aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel comes in an "airless pen", which looks a lot like those Tide instant stain removers I got in my stocking this Christmas. (By the way, thanks for the Tide instant stain remover this Christmas.) Take the cap off one end, push down on the other, and a squirt of clear Anti-Breakout Gel pops out. aMENity has definitely taken some time to think about serving size, and then designed containers which dispense the right amount each time. I think it's only right that we take a moment and recognize that.


The gel itself is worth recognizing too. Back in high school I used that Clearasil stuff. It had the tendency to bleach anything it came in contact with - the neck of my shirts, pillow cases, towels. It also dried my skin like you wouldn't believe. Or maybe you would. What else was there back then? aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel is completely clear and doesn't dry out your skin at all. Sadly, I still get the occasional breakout from shaving. (Oddly enough it seems to happen more from weekend shaves.) A couple squirts from my airless pen and I was all set. Didn't eliminate every pimple, but I noticed a marked reduction.

I need to clarify one point with the packaging of aMENity's Anti-Breakout Gel. On the bottom of the pen - the opposite side from the cap - is a curved arrow and the word "open" on a piece of the pen which does rotate slightly. I don't know why this is there, but it's confusing and should say "push" without the arrow. When I first got the pen I thought I was going to break it in half trying to twist it open. Luckily ShavingStuff wife was there to show me how to use it. It's always good to have a smart wife around.

aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel is $28 for a 0.25 oz. (7g.) "airless pen". Remember, push, don't open.

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January 10, 2007

Review of aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer

amenityAfterShave.jpgWelcome to day three of aMENity week. We've cleansed, we've shaved, and now ready ready to heal. It's aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer time.

This "two-in-one" after shave and face moisturizing gel is commonly described as Gatorade™ for your skin because it replenishes naturally occurring skin lipids and improves moisture retention.

Now I have to admit that I only got about four or five samples of aMENity After Shave to try instead of the pump dispenser shown on the right, so I don't have a huge wealth of experience to draw on for this review. However what little I used was great. Clear and gel-like, my face drank this stuff up. Often times I've tried aftershaves or moisturizers which are too light, and I'll have to supplement them with a face cream a few minutes later when I realize that my skin is too dry. Not so here. One application was perfect. And if this pump is anything like the Gel Face Cleanser pump, you'll get the exact amount needed each time. Love the pump. Have I mentioned that before?

How does this stuff work? Click on over the to "How This Product Works" section of the aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer page and read about the ingredients. I especially liked the section on liposomal vitamins. "If it doesn't start with the word 'Liposomal' and it's a vitamin, it's not going to work." Well all right. I'll bet there are a lot of unhappy vitamins out there right now, but suck it up. "...non-liposomal vitamin applications stay on the surface and do nothing." The truth hurts. Liposomal. Ask for it by name.

aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer is $37 for a 3.25 oz. (90g.) pump. I think you're going to like this stuff.

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January 9, 2007

Review of aMENity Shave Cream

shaveCream.jpgIt's shaving time! Time to lather up. Or not. aMENity Shave Cream is actually a "non-lathering" shaving cream, which means that the squirt in your hand pretty much looks like the stuff on your face. aMENity Shave Cream is a loose, white liquid which easily goes on the skin but doesn't really work itself into a bubbly foam. It's not thick, which is nice since you can still see most of your skin if you're trying to retain some highly manicured facial sculptures. And if you're into shaving brushes, aMENity Shave Cream works well with those too. You'll get an ultra uniform coating with a brush.

aMENity Shave Cream's secret ingredient is PRO-FORM 6™, and before you chime in with the answer Mr. Smarty-Pants, no, it's not the agency that Sydney Bristow worked for in season one of Alias. PRO-FORM 6™ is aMENity's patent-pending formulation of Willow Bark Extract, Provitamin B5 Panthenol, Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Rutin, Lipsomal Vitamins A,C & E. "Each Amenity product features PRO-FORM 6 complex ingredients in a ratio blend specific to the product's function." I'm pretty sure even Milo Rambaldi himself couldn't have come up with anything nearly as good.

I don't know if it's the PRO-FORM 6™ or any of the other ingredients like Kava Kava in aMENity Shave Cream, but the stuff smells vaguely of beer. Maybe more like the barley or hops part of beer, but to my nose at least, definitely some fermented alcoholic beverage. And really, what's smells better to a guy than beer? Seriously, you gotta smell this stuff. It's nice and subtle. You won't reek of a frat party, but you will enjoy it.

The shave with aMENity Shave Cream is very good. Little or no nicks or cuts in the month I was using it. Not too much gunk in my razor after each stroke. Enough lubrication on my face if I wanted to take a second pass. No ingrown hairs. My one and only complaint was that you have to open the tube with the cap facing upward. Otherwise the stuff squirts out and you end up with a dollop of shaving cream in the bottom portion of the cap. No biggie. Just remember to turn the tube upside down before opening it.

aMENity Shave Cream is $25 for a 5.5 oz. (150g.) tube. Another great product in a great line of men's grooming products.

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January 8, 2007

Review of aMENity Gel Face Cleanser

gelFaceCleanser.jpgWelcome to aMENity review week! Five days, five products, five ways to improve your shave. We've been using aMENity products for about a month now and it's report card time. Please have this signed by your parents and bring it in tomorrow.

As you may recall, aMENity launched a revamped line of men's care products in the second half of last year. New look, new packaging, new formulations. We were fortunate enough to receive their Gel Face Cleanser (pictured, right), Shave Cream, After Shave & Face Moisturizer, Anti-Breakout Gel, and The Balm.

Today we're going to focus on Gel Face Cleanser. First thing you'll notice is the pump top. Love it. One squirt and you've got exactly the right amount. Genius. All products should come in pump tops.

aMENity's Gel Face Cleanser is completely clear, but when you work it into your skin it foams up into a nice light lather. The cleanser is the right level of mild yet effective and never left my face feeling too dry like soap. aMENity's face cleanser is fragrance free, but to me it has a very slight fermented smell, which I found very pleasing. Never smelled a product quite like this.

I always like it when products come with instructions, and aMENity has an instructions link on each of their products' pages. Click over to the Gel Face Cleanser page and then click on the red "Instructions" image on the right. I have to admit that I didn't always follow the instructions to the letter, but I thought the results were great. The cleanser went on easily, and more importantly washed off easily. Several cleanser's we've tried before work great but leave your face with a slight filmy slickness which won't wash off. Not so with aMENity.

aMENity Gel Face Cleanser is $27 for a 3.25 oz. (90g.) pump. Tomorrow we shave!

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November 7, 2006

This Just In - a|MEN|ity - UPDATED!

press-dl-balm.jpgLast week we got a shipment of a|MEN|ity products in for review - moisturizer, cleanser - and curiously missing was shaving cream. But fear not, brothers in grooming were reunited this weekend by the arrival of Amenity Shave Cream.

Razor and skin are hardly friends. This indecently rich, non-lathering, ‘tough beard’ shave cream is the first-of-its-kind to contain a patent-pending ingredient complex to protect and care for the beard area.

We've got a few products lines to get through before a|MEN|ity heads into the ShavingStuff test studios, so in the meantime we recommend surfing around the a|MEN|ity site, starting with this grooming quiz. And Americans, don't forget your mid-term civic duty. Get out there and vote today!

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October 30, 2006

This Just In - a|MEN|ity

press-dl-balm.jpga|MEN|ity recently launched their new product line and we've been fortunate enough to receive several sample - The Balm, a moisturizer; Anti-Breakout Gel; and Gel Face Cleanser. They've got several other grooming products including Shave Cream and After Shave & Face Moisturizer.

a|MEN|ity's recently revamped product line is focused on quality and simplicity. Premium ingredients in a daily regime suitable for all. "Clean, shave, moisturize." 'Cause honestly, that's all most men really want to deal with. In fact

the Amenity team collected a list of over 100 male grievances. They distilled those to the six most common complaints and then set a team of leading chemists and doctors to the task of developing an ingredient complex that would work to combat each.

Any guess what the other 94 grievances are? Anyway, the upshot is Pro-Form 6 - six ingredients in various quantities which make up the foundation of all their new products. Think of them as the basic building blocks to a better you. Amino acids for grooming. The Justice League. Or don't think of them at all. Just clean, shave, moisturize with a|MEN|ity, and get on with your life.

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August 30, 2006

50% Off Discontinued a|MEN|ity Products

top_logo.gifBig changes going on over at a|MEN|ity. On Friday September 15th, a|MEN|ity is launching a whole new product line. Everything's been redesigned, from ingredients, to packaging, even their website. To clear out their existing inventory, a|MEN|ity is offering a whopping 50% off existing products. Here's an excerpt from the email announcement:

Amenity is pleased to announce that we are clearing out our warehouse to make space for six fantastic new products that hit shelves next month. We are offering 50% OFF on all products (Original Pink shave cream jars have already sold out), including gift sets. The sale runs online for 1 week – Saturday August 19th through Sunday August 27th. Simply go shopping at and proceed to the check-out and enter coupon code “CLEARANCE” for 50% off which will be deducted from your order total.

Time to get while the getting's good. This offer ends this Sunday, hurry up! Supplies are limited, and this time they really mean it. More at

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August 15, 2005

Shaving tips from a|MEN|ity

top_logo.gifThree simple tips from Dwight Schultheis, founder of a|MEN|ity.

1. Drench Your Shave Brush with Hot Water and Lather
2. Use a Sharp Razor and Rinse it Often
3. Nourish Your Face after Each Shave

For a little more on each step check out their shaving tips here. Also, 25% of their sales of Original Pink shaving cream are donated to Men Against Breast Cancer. Plus, an aftershave lotion named Ahh.... How can you go wrong?

By the way, I love their tag-line - "Natural. Organic. Crap-free Ingredients." That's got to win an award.

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