April 15, 2008


powerset.jpgAs a proud member of a former dot-com, and a veteran of several technology start-ups, I know what it's like to work crazy hours with a small team on something you hope will be huge. And nothing brings a team together like a beard growing contest.

The guys over at Powerset are building a next-generation search engine based on natural language processing. And they're growing beards. Check out Powerstache.com for the latest facial hair internal release. The team has vowed not to shave until their product has been released. For the sake of all of them, I seriously hope they haven't vowed not to shower either.

Good luck guys! And in the meantime, have fun with those beta beards.

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April 10, 2008

The Braun Pulsonic vs The Gillette Fusion

pulsonic_v_fusion.jpgAre you ready to rumble?!?

In this corner... weighing in at a "reassuring" six ounces... with a retail price of $270... forget the brains, this thing is all brawn... it's the Braun Pulsonic!!!

And in this corner... weighing far less... with a retail price of $13... harnessing the power of the atom... it's the Gillette Fusion!!!

Gentlemen, start your vibrations. It's shavin' time!

Sure, some men prefer the convenience of an electric shaver, in which case we'd recommend the Pulsonic, the gold standard of face mowers. But for a flawless shave that won't mar your mug, we'd opt for the Fusion. One caveat is the steep cost, as with most razors, of the replacement blades: $14 for a package of four. In the long run, the Fusion could end up costing you more than the Pulsonic, so it's no bargain: just a better shaver.

Read a full account of the bout at this Business Week article. (Pulsonic v Fusion starts on page 3.)

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April 8, 2008

Gillette Trickstars 08

trickstars.gifHmm... weren't we just talking about Schick's YouTube contest? Seems like all the major players are flocking to the 'Tube.

Gillette is running its Gillette Trickstars 08 contest where you, yes you!, can win fame, fortune, and Fusions. Just upload a video of yourself doing something sporty and tricky, and who knows? You could score big!

Personally, my favorites are Jimmy the urban heroes, for his mastery with a soccer ball, and Dads silly golf ball juggling tricks, for the kid playing the theme to Inspector Gadget on the piano in the background. Sure, Dorm ball and Catch of the century! look cool, but my guess is that for every cool catch (or basket), there are 20 outtakes of misses.

Check out the full set of video submissions at youtube.com/user/gillettetrickstars and see which is your favorite. Or even better, film your kick-ass self doing something awesome and win!

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March 27, 2008

4mind4body... for man

Just got wind of a new men's grooming site from the guys who run Foreman called 4mind4body. Here's the skinny:

This blog is part of Foreman where we are all about providing a pleasurable, masculine environment filled with quality men's products for the mind and body. Therefore, a majority of our topics will tend to be men's grooming related, but we're not going to limit ourselves to just that! We cover a wide range of stuff we are interested in like: gadgets, music, cool tools, and anything else we find interesting.

Only one thing I like more than a pleasurable, masculine environment, and that's... not something I can mention here.

There are already several shaving-related posts on the site including Purchasing a Shaving Razor and A Good Shave - Buying Quality Men's Shaving Supplies. Good info in these articles, as well as links to quality shaving products from MenScience, Jack Black, and The Art of Shaving. Click on over and check it out.

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March 26, 2008

Best4Men's BFF4Eva

best4men.JPGLook, I don't want to start thinking about Father's Day in March. I'd rather wait until the last minute and then spend extra on overnight shipping. That's just part of my commitment to stimulating the economy. But if you're an eager beaver and always have your homework done early, check out Best4Men's special deal on BestFaceEver.

This month be good to your face! Check out The Best Face Ever - Men's Face Care Kit and get everything you need for that perfect mug shot. This collection contains six of the best facial products on the market, bundled in a Samsonite overnight kit. Valued at $182, this month The Best Face Ever is yours for $126 with a total savings of $56.

Best4Men's BestFaceEver is normally $140, but with promo code "BESTFACE" you'll knock that price down 10% to $126. Oh, and there's free shipping. Oh oh! And gift wrapping is only $3.99. So act fast. When March ends, this deal ends.

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March 25, 2008

Men Drawn to Shaving Wars

newsObserver.jpgGot a call from Thomas Goldsmith of the North Carolina newspaper The News and Observer a while back. Thomas was looking to write a story on the reality behind all the claims of "world's best shave" and world's closest shave". How do they really know that?

Well, Gillette and Schick like to play their cards close to their vests. Pretty much the only scientific evidence around is in court hearings where the two companies sue each other (quite often, in fact). Goldsmith found that

deep in federal court records, it seems that the companies do get down to measuring micrometers of whisker length, if sometimes only as part of litigation. In 2005, Schick carried out its own tests to successfully challenge Gillette's claim that its M3Power razor caused facial hairs to "stand up," producing a better shave.

"Schick's study took place over three days and included 37 test subjects," a verdict in Schick's favor said. "With respect to each test subject, twenty hairs were measured before and after strokes with an M3 Power razor." Science did not support Gillette's "stand-up" claim, the court found.

Totally fascinating. I'd love to know more about the study.

Anyway, check out the whole article here for a little shaving history, a presidential shaving faux pas, and a quote from yours truly.

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March 20, 2008

$2.95 Shipping at BuzzSkin.com

buzzskinshipping.jpgQuick shout out to my buddies over at BuzzSkin.com, who are running a shipping special for the rest of the month of March. FedEx ground shipping is only $2.95 for all orders under $75.

But wait! What if my order is over $75?!?

Relax kid. Just split it into two. Kidding. Orders over $75 continue to be free.

So stock up on all the cool brands like Billy Jealousy, MenScience, Baxter of California, Jack Black, and more.

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March 19, 2008

A Short History of King Gillette

kingG.jpgRegular ShavingStuff readers know that I'm a fan of Wired Magazine, and I often cite shaving-related stories from there. The recent issue of Wired had a great story by editor-in-chief Chris Anderson entitled Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business. How is this related to shaving? Allow me to quote from the beginning of the article:

At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps. It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work. He blamed the evils of market competition. Indeed, the previous year he had published a book, The Human Drift, which argued that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public and that millions of Americans should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls. His boss at the bottle cap company, meanwhile, had just one piece of advice: Invent something people use and throw away.

Got your attention? I thought so.

The first couple paragraphs cover the story of King Gillette, and then article takes a more modern turn and discusses how today's companies can give away services and still make money. (Think Google.) Definitely worth a read even though the rest is not shaving-related.

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February 28, 2008

Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame from Schick and YouTube

I'm into nuggets, y'all!
I'm into nuggets, y'all!

Ever dream of being those guys who made a YouTube video and suddenly found themselves on national TV? Well now's your chance. Schick and YouTube are asking you to create a shaving video featuring the Schick Quattro Titanium and yours truly. No nudity, violence, profanity, yadda, yadda, yadda... You know what'll fly and what won't.

Upload your video to www.youtube.com/schick by March 18th. Vote on videos between March 25th and April 8th. Winner will be announced on April 15th. You could win $25,000! Sweet!

But more importantly, you could win cred. That's way more valuable than manna or linden dollars.

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February 27, 2008

Tea Bag the Red Away

teabag.jpgWondering what to do with that tea bag? Here in Boston we still dream about throwing it in the harbor and having a party. But maybe we ought to check out Gomestic's 15 wonderful uses for a tea bag. Wonderful use number one - "Apply a wet tea bag on the razor burn to reduce the pain." Ahh! That's a much better use. Can we still party?

This link actually came from this Lifehacker post. There are a the usual tea-bag jokes you'd expect in the comments, however this one from Ann-Marie is worth mentioning:

Try green tea bags if you want to ease redness. It stocked with anti-oxidants and can be great for irritated skin. A word of caution though -- green tea (and other teas for that matter) can stain clothing, towels, even countertops.

Another great treatment for razor burn is Witch Hazel. It's also full of anti-oxidants and has a lot of soothing properties. Try to get the pure stuff -- the filler will work against you.

Good advice.

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