April 9, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

maineShaveCleanser.jpgWelcome to Maine Shave review week! We've been using Maine Shave's Four Step Shaving Ritual - which includes a facial cleanser, shaving cream, toner, and moisturizer - for about a month now, and the verdict is in. We'll profile one product each day over the next four days, so be sure to check in throughout the week.

Natural Ingredients
First up is Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser. Natural. That will be a common theme this week. There may be some big words on the ingredients list, but they're always followed by a friendly source. For example - "Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein." My spell-checker had a little trouble with those first couple words, but it did fine with "wheat". Hey wheat - thanks for making my face clean!

Packaging
As you can see from the picture Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser comes in a handy pump. Love the pump. I've said it before. More products should be packaged like this. Two or three squirts and you're off to the races.

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March 27, 2007

Pimp My Shave from King of Shaves

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It's about time someone took shaving to the street. King of Shaves is kicking it old-school with Pimp My Shave, a website a la Am I Hot or Not, but for the pimpin' shaving underground.
If you look in the mirror after a fresh shave and think to yourself, “I should be getting paid to look this good!” just remember that you can and you should! Whip out the digital, snap a shot, and click here to upload your images. Let us be the judge whilst soliciting the jeers of haters nationwide. Please note that King of Shaves urges those haters to stop hating, and start cooperating by also submitting their photos.

Judging by the photos which are up there now, you've got plenty of chances to win. Um hello? Where's the guy who's installed a PSP is his beard? I saw them put a Playstation in an old VW Bug on Pimp My Ride so I know it can be done.

Prizes include $100 vouchers to shave.com, and the mac daddy of pimpin' shaves gets a trip for two to New York, hotel, Knicks tickets and "an 'unwinding session' at the famous Paul Molé Barber Shop." You may need to provide your own satin suit, diamond tipped cane, and grill.

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March 26, 2007

Free Trouble Fix Duo at ZIRH

vball.jpgOh ZIRH. You caught me staring at the ZIRH girls. Sadly I was brought to this page with the message

tsk tsk. - Looking for more pics of the ZIRH girls? Well, take better care of your skin and perhaps you can meet some for real...

Humph.

"Use code MyDuo and get a free Trouble Fix Duo with purchase of any of these Kits - through 3/26 only." You can also get the free kit if you spend $50 or more at ZIRH. As far as a visit from the girls, I'm still searching for that promo code.

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March 14, 2007

Review of John Allan's Shaving Products

I've been using John Allan's Shave Cream and Calming Aftershave Balm now for about a month, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. When I started using these products I had a preconceived notion that since they came out of a membership club/spa, the products would be an afterthought to the stores and the services. Well, I was wrong. John Allan's products are top shelf.

John Allan's Shave Cream
John Allan's Shave Cream is a white, almost fluffy cream, which smells like oats. Reminds me of those Molton Brown Oatmeal Soaps you sometimes find in fine hotels or restaurant bathrooms. The cream goes on easily and remains visibly white on your face, although it doesn't foam up so you can still easily see your skin underneath. Best to use your fingers when applying. It's a little too thick for a brush, and despite your best efforts (with fingers or with a brush), the cream will never look truly uniform on your face. I was initially concerned about this, but it turned out to be a non-issue. The shave is great. Far fewer nicks and cuts than other shaving creams. Great lubrication - no razor burn whatsoever. Also, John Allan's did a great job of lifting even my stubborn hairs up, so I always got a smooth, close shave.

As I said before, I was initially unsure about product. Boy was I wrong. John Allan's Shave Cream is great stuff and I would highly recommend it to anyone. John Allan's Shave Cream comes in a 4.1oz tube for $14.50.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm
John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is a very light aftershave which has a slight scent of grapefruit (at least to me). It does a great job of restoring your face to normal after you've taken a hot blade to it. This is purely an aftershave balm, and I occasionally need a little more moisture. I found that I would apply a layer of Calming Aftershave Balm first, and then after a minute or so if my face was still feeling tight I'd go for a light moisturizer. I actually prefer this approach to a heavy aftershave/moisturizer since you can target the areas which are a little drier.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is $22.50 for a 4oz/118 ml bottle.

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner
johnAllansConditioner.jpgIn addition to these two shaving products, the good folks over at Details for Men sent over a bottle of John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner. I really don't know much about conditioners so I'm not going to pretend to give an educated review. Instead I'll defer to other experts in the field, namely Esquire magazine, which named John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner best conditioner of 2006. How's that for an endorsement?

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner is $17.00 for a 12.6 Ounce/375 ml bottle.

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March 6, 2007

Couple Notes on the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgGot a little press-kit for the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor in the mail the other day, which included one Phantom in that god-awful, impenetrable plastic wrap. That stuff is my kryptonite. But apparently some genius over at Gillette feels the same way. The back of the plastic was perforated, and the razor came right out! I wish I remembered whether or not my original Fusion or Fusion Power was packaged this way. If this is new, it's is reason enough to buy the Phantom.

Some quick notes on the Phantom - it's pretty much just a color change from the Fusion Power. Instead of a silver handle, the Phantom is black. Takes the same razors as the Fusion of Fusion Power. If you already have a Fusion Power, you don't need the Phantom. If you're looking to make the switch to the Fusion line, definitely get with the Fusion Power or the Phantom Fusion Power. The power is awesome, and if for some reason you don't like it, just don't turn it on.

And don't forget - Gillette has a moneyback guarantee. Save those receipts and UPC symbols, and they'll refund you the purchase price (up to $11.99). Here's the link.

I've seen the Phantom available at my local Target and CVS. Why is it not available on Amazon?

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February 22, 2007

This Just In - Maine Shave

maineShave.gifJust received a big shipment of products from Maine Shave. For him they sent Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser, All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream, Natural Daily Toner, Natural Daily Gentle Facial Moisturizer. For her they sent All-Natural Intimate Shaving Cream and a couple Pink Bikini Razors. Naturally, we can't wait to get our skin on these. Sensing a theme here?

Our all-natural products are beneficial to both men and women. Simple, safe and easy to use, Maine Shave products contain only the finest natural ingredients and are derived from plants and 100% natural blends of botanical extracts. And best of all, Maine Shave's natural ingredients are nourishing and beneficial to all skin types.

Now don't think being natural means they've had to sacrifice efficacy. Ever been to Maine? In the winter? It's nature at its most unforgiving.

[Maine's] biting cold winter, and the locals’ year-round passion for everything outdoors can rough up skin. That's why we created the Maine Shave Ritual for Men and the Maine Shave Total Body Care System for Women. It's everything you need to pamper and protect your skin from start to finish.

So it sounds to me like I need to take a little winter vacation to really appreciate this product. Maybe a little downhill skiing, some ice-fishing, snowmobiling. Oh, the things I do for this blog... We'll have our review soon. In the meantime, click on over to Maine Shave and see what they've got for yourself.

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February 21, 2007

Anthony Logistics' Product of the Month - Ingrown Hair Treatment

ingrownHairAnthony.jpgThis month's Product of the Month from Anthony Logistics is Ingrown Hair Treatment. Eeww. But what's worse, talking about it, or living with it. That's right. Let's talk about it now, so you never have to live with it.

A gel complex of glycolic, salicylic and phytic acids gently removes dead skin, helps fight bacteria and frees the hair. Moisturizing and not drying. Willowherb and lavender soothe and calm the skin. Incombination thses help prevent ingrown hairs.

Oops. OK. Couple typos. They're investing their time and energy into eradicating in-grown hairs. Not writing copy.

And since Ingrown Hair Treatment ($25) is Anthony's Product of the Month, there's a special deal associated with it. When you buy it, along with Shave Cream and Glycolic Facial Cleanser, enter promo code "beatthebumps" and get a free mesh dopp bag. Excuse me - a free "nifty" mesh dopp bag.

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February 19, 2007

Introducing the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgCats out of the bag. The mystery behind that Save the Date we got has been revealed. Gillette has launched the latest product in its five-plus-one-bladed Fusion line - the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor. And they did it in style, inviting 200 of the hottest, sexiest, shaviest young men to 7 World Trade in New York City for "Phantom Night" hosted by former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee. (I'm only hyping the invite list because I was on it.)

Yeah, yeah, I know. You don't care about the party, the plasma, or DJ Sky Nellor. You just want to know about the razor.

Gillette Fusion Power Phantom combines the breakthrough technology of Gillette Fusion Power with a sleek new color, featuring a striking jet-black handle with copper and silver accents.

Read all about it in the press release, including this quote from Ms. McPhee:

"The Phantom Night was a lot of fun to host, and I especially loved meeting all these 'smooth' New York guys," said Katharine McPhee. "This razor is perfect for guys, because it gives them a great shave and has a hot, sleek design."

Somehow I don't think she said that second sentence on her own volition.

No news yet on availability, but they're already showing up on eBay. Crazy... Some people just have to be the first kid on the block.

UPDATED 2/19/07: Several ShavingStuff readers have written in saying they've already noticed the Gillette Fusion Power Phantom in their local supermarkets and drugstores. Looks like you may be able to find it in most places now.

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February 14, 2007

Review of Urth Travel Kit - Part Two

urth_shave-formula.jpgIf you missed yesterday's post, we're looking at the four items in the Urth Perfect Travel Kit. Yesterday we covered Urth Face Wash and Urth Scrub. Today we're talking about the remaining two items - Urth Shave Formula and Urth Face Balm.

Shavin' time! Can't touch this. Urth Shave Formula is a white... formula. I think that's a great word for it. It's certainly not a gel. It's not a paste. It's kind of a cream. And yet it's not as smooth as a cream. It's a "formula". And boy does it smell great. Key ingredients include

Soy, Safflower Oil, Lavender Oil, Menthol, Tea Tree Oil, Spearmint Oil, Bergamot Oil, Chamomile Extract, Ginseng Extract, White Tea Extract, Green Tea Extract.

Oh white tea... You'll be amazed at how little Urth Shave Formula you'll need. And if you've got a nice badger shave brush, you'll need even less. Urth Shave Formula doesn't exactly lather up, but it does seem to multiple itself like soap into a nice even coating on your beard. If you're thinking about making the switch to a brush, don't stick with your current stuff. Get Urth. It'll show you the power of the brush.

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February 13, 2007

Review of Urth Travel Kit - Part One

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A couple months ago we got the Urth Perfect Travel Kit in from Details For Men, which was called simply that - the Urth Perfect Travel Kit. Now it's advertised on the Urth website as the "TSA-Compliant" perfect travel kit. There's no such thing as inconvenience when it comes to marketing - only opportunity.

But the Urth Perfect Travel Kit is more than a gimmick. In fact it's downright solid. As we mentioned in our previous post, you get travel sized versions of Face Wash, Shave Formula, Face Balm SPF 15, and Face Scrub. Plus, they come in a handy mesh travel bag for easy storage. The mesh bag is actually pretty nice, although it's small enough that you're probably not going to replace your current travel bag with this one.

Today we're going to focus on two products - Urth Face Wash and Urth Scrub. Tomorrow we'll cover Urth Shave Formula and Urth Face Balm.

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