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March 4, 2009

Review of John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution

slickwater.jpgWhat does the name "Slickwater" make you think of? Quicksand? An oil spill? Or perhaps some Clinton era scandal? Whatever you associate with Slickwater, it's all slippery and lubricated goodness when applied to shaving. There's nothing wrong with adding an extra layer of protection against that razor sharp steel doing battle with your whiskers. And John Allan has come through with another fine product which does just that.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is a new pre-shave oil which goes underneath your regular shaving cream. I have been using Slickwater with Cremo Cream and REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream and it works well with both. Cremo cream doesn't really need a pre-shave oil, but I got a few more shaves with my razor when I was using it. REN High Glide definitely benefits from a layer of Slickwater, since it's a dry shave to begin with.

For me the major improvement that Slickwater brings to the pre-shave oil is in the area of application. Pre-shave oils are very viscous, and are often difficult to transfer from your hands to your face. The packaging will say use two or three drops, but you're never sure if any of that ended up on your face. Slickwater is a snap to apply and the slight shine on your face will let you know where it is. That's a big plus in my book.

Now, I'd like to take a moment out of this review to deconstruct the full name of this product and show you the true genius of Mr. Allan's marketing department. You see, this product is not called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Oil. It's called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution. Why is that important? Because if there's one thing that's rubbed off from me schmoozing my MBA friends, you don't sell products; you sell solutions.

I like Slickwater and I think you will too. It's a got a pleasant herbal smell, goes on easily, and adds an extra layer of protection to your shave. If you've got extra sensitive skin or just feel you could benefit from another layer of smoothness, give Slickwater a try.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.

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January 30, 2009

$10 Gift Certificate to iTunes from Billy Jealousy

itunesemail_final.jpgGot an iPod? Sweet! This post is for you.

Got a Zune? Dude... your parents suck.

Attention iPod/iPhone ShavingStuff readers. Billy Jealousy's got a special deal today only - Buy $75 worth of products at www.billyjealousy.com, and they'll send you a $10 iTunes gift certificate. And here's how you should do it:

That's $67. The rest is up to you, but I'd start looking in the Face section, especially at mosturizers and scrubs. Then pick up an album on Billy.

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January 26, 2009

Review of Cremo Cream Shaving Cream

creamocream.JPGMy New Years resolution - get a better shave without breaking the bank. It's recession time, people. And while it may have taken a couple extra months for the federal government to admit it, the average joe has known to watch his wallet for a long time now. That's why I'm psyched to have found Cremo Cream, a shaving cream which ranks among the best, and costs among the least. At $8 for a 6oz tube, Cremo Cream is by far the best shave for the shekel, the best bang for the buck.

If you remember back in December when we first got Cremo Cream in, creator Mike Boone had set out to make a different type of shaving cream, one that wasn't mostly air. He was on to something. Cremo Cream shaves like the high end brands we've come to know and love. I'd put this shaving cream up to the likes of The Art of Shaving, Gentlemen's Refinery, or Billy Jealousy. Super close shave with nary a nick or cut to mention.

Cremo Cream is a white cream with smooths on easily and doesn't gunk up your razor. The tube suggest you use an "almond-sized" amount, but I typically weighed in at the pecan or walnut level. Regardless, this isn't one of those "use generously" shaving creams. One tube is supposed to last 60 days, and I think that'll come close to being true.

The only place Cremo Cream falls short when compared to the high-end brands is scent. There's absolutely nothing malodorous about Cremo Cream. It's just verges slightly on the artificial lemon. If you want to pay three and four times as much for a natural manly aroma, be my guest. You won't regret it, but you won't be getting that much of a better shave.

Cremo Cream is a winner. At $8 a tube, it's cheap. Get some.

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January 12, 2009

Oh Slick! Say Hello To John Allan's Pre-Shave Slickwater

slickwater_promo.jpgIt's a new year, and it's time for a new product. Hot off the presses comes word of the latest addition to John Allan's stable of men's grooming products. It's Slickwater pre-shave solution, and it's ready to take your shave to the next level.

This revolutionary pre-shave creates a slick surface for the blade to glide over, reducing cuts, nicks and shaving irritation. Slickwater preps and conditions the skin without clogging pores and is specially formulated to lift the follicles for an even closer shave. Tea tree oil provides soothing relief to dry or irritated skin, and oat extract helps to reduce potential redness and irritation due to shaving.

Regular readers will know that we're big fans of John Allan. You can check out our many reviews of his products here, and in particular our review of John Allan's Shave Cream. Could Slickwater make the shave even better? Thankfully we're expecting a shipment of Mr. Slick in the mail very soon. Review to follow.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.

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January 9, 2009

Review of the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer

schick-quattro-titanium-trimmer.jpgBack in the day a razor had one blade. Simple. Understandable. Then someone got the brilliant idea to put two blades on every razor cartridge. Genius. We can charge more money. And thus the razor arms race was born. Now we've got four and five bladed behemoths, with micro-vibrating powered handles, and edging blades for sideburns and those hard to reach places. What else could you possibly jam on to a razor? (Wait, I just remembered The Art of Shaving special edition Gillette Fusion Power razor with built in flashlight!)

OK, so back to the question at hand - what else could you possibly jam on to a razor?

Schick's answer - a trimmer. If you haven't already seen the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer, which came out last year, say hello to the latest in shaving improvements. This razor has a four-bladed cartridge for a super-close shave, an edging blade for keeping your hairlines straight, a powered handle for a smooth comfortable shaving, and now trimmer for taming your bushy sideburns. (The trimmer is at the bottom of the handle; see picture on right.)

And as ridiculous as it sounds, I really like it. I haven't been a huge fan of Schick razors before, but this one won me over. The Quattro has a big, beefy, rubberized handle which allows you to get a nice grip. It's certainly heavier than razors of 10 years ago, but for me that's a plus. It feels sturdy.

The trimmer is great. I typically get my hair cut every five weeks, and by the end of that fourth week my sideburns are looking a little unkempt. I'd gotten pretty adept at using a comb and an electric razor to thin things out, by it was always a precarious operation. The Quattro's trimmer makes this task easy. There are three settings depending on how close you want to trim. (Schick's site claims there are four. What's the fourth? No trimmer attachment on? Oh marketing department...) My advice - don't take the plastic trimmer head off. You'll lose it.

One thing to note - the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer is loud. Of the three powered razors out there - Quattro, Fusion, and Mach3 - it is by far the loudest. Not a huge deal in my book, but worth mentioning.

So there you have it. A Schick razor that was finally good enough for me. I think you'll like it too, and I think you'll really appreciate the trimmer. How much you want to bet Gillette adds a trimmer to their Fusion this year?

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December 22, 2008

Free Corduroy Messanger Bag From ZIRH

zirhbag.jpgHere's a great offer from one of our favorite brands - spend $50 on ZIRH products at their website and get this corduroy messenger bag free! Offer is good today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday). Plus, you get a free holiday body bar, a bunch of samples, and if you spend an extra $10 for a minimum of $60, you get a free year's subscription to Details magazine. Not too shabby.

If you're not familiar with ZIRH, check out our review of ZIRH shaving cream and gel from a couple years ago, which we're still standing by. Also a big winner in the long-term department has been ZIRH DEFEND SPF 15 Face Moisturizer which has come in very handy during the summer months. Easily ten times better than putting generic sunscreen lotion on your face.

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December 19, 2008

Billy Jealousy Gets Personal With Gifts

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In the age of big corporations and outsourced phone support, it's nice to come across a company that still has a personal touch. Today only, buy $40 worth of grooming products from Billy Jealousy (at their site) and you and a friend will both receive a free 2oz bottle of Hydroplane shaving cream (which is one of the absolute best shaving creams out there, and we should know).

Here's the personal part - place your order on billyjealousy.com, then send an email to Melissa at Billy Jealousy telling her the name and address of the friend you'd like the Hydroplane to go to, and she'll make it happen. What? No online impersonal form? No faceless click? I'm so not used to interacting with people the way. It feels weird... and good, at the same time.

We've purposely not mentioned Melissa's email address, but you should be able to figure it out, Sherlock. If not, click the picture above for an expanded view and look in the lower left corner. Damn you spammers! You have to make everything difficult.

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December 18, 2008

Baxter of California Saves You 20%

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Only two more days to save 20% off your order from Baxter of California. Enter promo code "FINLEY" at checkout to score big. They've got a huge selection of shaving and grooming gifts for you to choose from, including a pretty sweet Travel Kit for $50 filled with "TSA Approved travel ready 2oz. tubes." Isn't that what the Internet is made out of?

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December 17, 2008

Holiday Deals From Anthony Logistics For Men

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Anthony over at Logistics for Men has been going nuts with the holiday emails and specials. Seems I'm getting several emails a week about gifts and promo codes. So here's the latest - enter "SHIP2008" at checkout and receive free shipping on all orders from now presumably until Christmas.

They've got their gift guide set up by type of man in your life -

Gifts for you and the husband. How very progressive.

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December 16, 2008

Review of REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgBeen shaving with REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream for the last couple weeks. It's about time we chat.

Now REN shaving cream is one of the few creams which is intended for a dry face. Kiehl's is another brand which comes to mind when thinking about shaving creams like this. There aren't that many of them. The prevailing philosophy is that you want a good base of water or oil to start with. But REN shaving cream makes it work.

The big advantage of a "dry" shave is that it's quicker and much less messier. You don't end up with water and lather dripping down your chest, and you can skip the step of waiting for the water to heat up before priming your face. The downside, at least for REN, is the gunk factor.

Now I've read a lot of shaving reviews where the reviewer is obsessed with shaving cream gunking up his razor. And for a while I too graded shaving creams on their gunkiness. But then I moved on. Never really bothered me. Until REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, which stubbornly refused to remove itself from my five-bladed Gillette Fusion. So I dropped down to four blades and whipped out my Schick Quattro. Still a high gunk factor. So I dropped down the three blades and whipped out my Mach3. Sweet spot achieved! (Which is good news since my two-bladed Gillette Sensor is buried somewhere deep under the sink.)

My recommendation - REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream works best with three blades or less. And it works really well. Nice close shave. Occasional nick or cut, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

REN recommends trying High Glide with their Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil. I didn't have any around, but I did just receive a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, (which smells awesome!), and that improved the shave a little, but not enough to make me say you have to use an oil base. That said, the Taylor of Old Bond smells like a wonderfully aromatic gin, and the REN High Glide smells vaguely floral, so I felt like I was shaving in some fancy high-class cocktail. Love it!

REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. If you're interested in a dry shave, and you use a three-bladed razor or less, give REN a shot.

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December 11, 2008

This Just In - Cremo Cream

creamocream.JPGIt could be the premise for the next blockbuster prime-time drama: A man, dissatisfied with the vast selection of sub-par shaving creams, sets out to create a better shaving experience, and in doing so, changes the world. Tune in tonight on NBC. (I'd watch it over Jay Leno five more times a week.)

Anyway, here's what protagonist Mike Boone learned about most shaving creams. One, they're mostly air. And two, after air, they're mostly glycerin or oil.

The solution, Cremo Cream has no air and no trace ingredients: it's a rich cream made only from significant, noticeably beneficial ingredients. It contains very unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules that have been specially compounded with other truly powerful skin conditioners. Together, they make your blade glide smoothly over your skin like an ice skate; they make your hairs stick out and stand up straight so your blade cuts them more deeply; and they nourish and moisturize your skin. Your skin will look and feel astonishingly soft and smooth. Your shave will last longer. Better than anything else you have ever used.

And Mike must guard that "unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules" secret with his life, while simultaneously getting his kids to school, loving his wife, and dealing with a very wacky neighbor. I'm telling you, it's going to be huge.

Anyway, we just got a in a couple tubes of Cremo Cream and we're looking forward to trying them out. Check back in soon for our review, and lobby NBC for a shaving-related crime drama.

Cremo Cream is $8 for a 6oz tube.

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December 10, 2008

This Just In - MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment

solution2.jpgJust got in a sample of MiN New York's Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment. Solution2 is a very versatile product for the prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs, redness, bumps, and skin irritation from shaving and waxing. It's made for men and women, for all parts of the body where you might remove hair, and it can be used before, during, or after shaving. Heck, I'm just sitting here writing this blog post and I'm using it now. Also, it's made with spearmint and aspirin, which might mean it'll get rid of your aches and pains and leave you with minty fresh breathe, but I wouldn't count on it.

MiN New York's site has a huge range of high-quality men's and women's grooming products. They've got shaving products from NICKEL to Geo F Trumper, plus a few of their own. They also sent over a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, which we're very excited to try out.

MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment is $60.00 for both the rollerball applicator and the refill bottle. Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil is $20 for a 30ml bottle. Check back soon for our reviews.

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November 24, 2008

Best4Men's "Best Shave Ever" Men's Shaving Kit

bestshaveerer.jpgIf our Shaving Stuff Holiday Gift Guide wasn't enough for you, the experts at Best4Men have put together a couple gift packs of harmonious grooming products. In particular, we like their Best Shave Ever - Men's Shaving Kit ($63), which contains

  • Pre-Shave Oil by Anthony For Men
  • Shave Cream by Billy Jealousy
  • After-Shave Balm by Billy Jealousy

And yes, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Half Cube bag comes with, and yes, there's free shipping. Holiday shopping made easy.

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November 21, 2008

The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.

Shaving Cream
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MENSGROOM - $52
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245

Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49

On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95

Electric Razors
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219

Pubic Shaving
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Nose Shaving
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99

Back Shaving
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95

Shaving Accessories
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99

Books
Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20

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