Are you down with Urban Daddy? I just recently subscribed to their email magazine (It's free), and have found lots of great info so far. I think you'll enjoy it as well.
In today's email is a link to enter to win a luxury NFL sky box for a game (for you and five friends!). Included is a the game day box at the stadium of your choice, plus an old-school barber to shave you, and all the finest refreshments you can handle during the game. You can't shake a stick at that!
"We start from the premise that there's a lot of noise out there when it comes to your city--poor recommendations, shills, plants, promoters, liars, enemies, and exes. Our goal is to be your friend. The kind of friend who knows everyone--the maitre d's at all the right restaurants, the bouncers at all the right clubs, the addresses of all the great parties. And the kind of guy who lives to share the wealth.
We also get you little perks along the way--Invitations to some great underground parties, exclusive give-aways (we hear Aspen is great this time of year) and private sales with some of the coolest brands around. We call them Perks. You can call them just another reason to love us."
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.
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.
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".
"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."
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...