December 5, 2006

Sharps Heavy Gear Travel Kit at Target

As you probably have read from my previous posts, I have a love/hate relationship with Target. That extends to Target.com as well, due to their use of Flash (with which I have a hate/hate relationship). So, once again, I'd like to link you directly to a very cool shaving kit from Sharps, available at Target.com, but I can't. Instead I can only give you instructions. Here they are:

1) Click over to Target.com/HolidayCatalog.
2) Move the slider in the center of the page in the red band to pages 34 & 35.
3) The Sharps kit will be on the lower right side of the right page (page 35).

Wasn't that easy? Thanks Target. And thank you Flash.

Anyway, the Sharps Heavy Gear travel kit is actually a pretty sweet deal.

A bag for the office, gym, or traveling filled with travel-size Barber Brigade face wash/scrub, shave gel, toner and after-shave gel.

All for $29.99. Would make a great holiday gift...

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November 20, 2006

Review of Anthony Logistics for Men

It's review time again. For the last month or so we've been putting the products from Anthony Logistics for Men (which we got from our friends at Details for Men) through the ShavingStuff ringer. More specifically - the products from The Perfect Shave kit, which include their Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Pre-Shave Oil, Shave Cream, and After Shave Balm. An $83 value, yours for only $50. Act now and we'll throw in a black mesh dopp bag and a grooming instruction guide. Hurry! Supplies are limited.

Not really. They've got plenty.

GlycolicFacialCleanser.gifFirst up is the Glycolic Facial Cleanser. Broken record time - great shaves start with clean skin. You must wash! I was initially skeptical of the Glycolic Facial Cleanser. Most cleansers I've used from other men's grooming lines either foam or lather up. Kind of a visual confirmation that they're really doing something. This did neither. It just sat there on my face, no matter how aggressively I worked in over my skin. The thing is, it did the job well. Anthony's cleanser does in fact get the dirt and oil off your face, and actually washes off your face better than any other cleanser I've used. Most other cleansers leave your skin slightly slick, like you can't wash off that last layer of soap film. Anthony's cleanser came off clean. Good stuff.

AnthonyPreShavOil.gifOK, let's shave. The Perfect Shave includes both Pre-Shave Oil and Shave Cream. It also includes an instruction sheet, which I always think is a good idea. In this case, though, I think the instructions are missing a step. Step 1 is clean your face. Easy. Done. Step 2 tells you to "apply a thin layer of Anthony Logistics Pre-Shave Oil to help lubricate the skin and soften the beard hairs." Step 3 is to "apply a thin layer of Anthony Logistics Shave Cream." What they don't tell you to do, and what I think is really important, is to apply a little water to your face between steps 2 and 3. Not a lot of water will stick to your face, since you've got a base of oil in there, and what does stick will tend to bead up. But I found that Anthony's Shave Cream lathers up much better with a little water in the mix. Also, you'll get a smoother shaving experience - less tug of the razor against your skin. I tried it both ways - with and without the middle layer of water - and found that the water definitely adds to the comfort of the shave.

AnthonyShaveCream.gifThat said I have two complaints with Anthony's shave system. The first is packaging - the bottle which holds the Pre-Shave Oil has a wide mouth which makes it difficult to get a small amount out at a time. I ended up holding the bottle against my palm and tipping the entire thing over, getting a nickel size each time. However then the oil is in my palm and not my fingertips, making it more difficult to apply to my face. I would have preferred either a squeeze bottle or a smaller mouth.

The second complaint was with the closeness of the shave. Some of my beard hairs grow straight out from the skin, and some grow parallel to the skin. I've used shaving creams before which do a great job at standing these troubled hairs up. With Anthony's Shave Cream, I often would find myself looking in the mirror after I was all done and seeing an patch of skin which could have been shaved closer. The only thing left to do at that point was to get out the electric razor.

Anthony's Shave Cream foams up to a rich, thick, white lather, and there's enough left on your face for a second pass of the razor even when it looks like you've taken it all off with the first. That's good. If you've got facial hair like a mustache or goatee which you're trying to preserve though, you might consider going with a shaving cream which is a little more clear.

anthonyAfterShave.jpg Done shaving? Throw a little After Shave Balm on your face. Your skin will drink it up. This stuff is great. No complaints whatsoever.

All of the Anthony products we tested are labeled as "Fragrance Free", but all do have a noticeable smell. The Glycolic Facial Cleanser is slightly sweet and fruity, and the rest are all slightly minty. Overall very nice and not overpowering. I would definitely recommend the Glycolic Facial Cleanser and the After Shave Balm to anyone. I'm a little more hesitant about the Pre-Shave Oil and Shave Cream. If you've got a light beard or don't need to shave every day, they might work well for you. If you've got a heavy beard and are looking for the seriously smooth shave, I'd probably look elsewhere.

The Perfect Shave Kit from Anthony's Logistics for Men is $50. For the holidays, consider giving it to someone who needs to be broken from the drug store shaving cream habit. It would make a good entree into higher quality men's grooming products.

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November 16, 2006

This Just In - Nickel

NickelMorningAfterRescueGel.gifGot a few more products in from our friends over at Details for Men. This time they sent us a couple of items from the world famous Nickel Spa for Men in New York. Now, if you happen to be in New York (or Paris, London, or San Francisco), you can book yourself a little appointment for a facial, pedicure, massage, the works. And if you're not in the area, Nickel products can come to you.

In the shaving category they've got Smooth Operator Shave Gel ($15)

Even tough guys can be sensitive, especially when it comes to their beard and skin. So that shaving is not a nightmare, Nickel has created the first shaving gel for every type of skin and beard.

FireInsuranceAfterShave.gifFollow that up with a little Fire Insurance After Shave ($30)

Razor burn demands fast action. This extra-fresh and light gel instantly calms and soothes your skin with its peroxygenated corn oil.

You know, I've always heard that peroxygenated corn oil is good for putting out fires. And making french fries.

Finally, we got a tube of Morning After Rescue Gel ($40)

Alcohol, tobacco, fatigue...after a night of partying, your face says it all. The Morning After Rescue-Gel is a shock treatment for those mornings when waking up is tough.

I know nothing about what you speak.

To validate their claims, it looks like we'll have to have several late nights of partying. Oh, the things I do in the name of shaving...

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November 14, 2006

The Baxter Makeover

You know how people tell you not to judge a book by it's cover? You know why people tell you that? Because everyone judges books by their covers. So sometimes it pays to change your cover.

That's right, I'm talking about the Baxter of California packaging update which launches this Wednesday November 15th. Click on the image to the right to see an example of the new look. Is that ascii art on the side? Nice.

According to this men.style.com article:

Baxter is scrapping its current logo (introduced just five years ago) and going with a more current—i.e., self-consciously old-fashioned—look. The change is "completely aesthetic," admits company president Jean-Pierre Mastey. "Our old packaging said 'apothecary,' but we wanted a design that looked more 'lifestyle.'" Or, as Chris DiGiacomo, whose firm, Digi-Akimo, crafted the redesign, puts it, "The new look should appeal to people who are buying $200 jeans and limited-edition sneakers."

Well, I'm not buying $200 jeans, but I want to look like I am. Are you starting to get it now people? Lifestyle!

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November 8, 2006

8-Pack of Gillette Fusion Power Razors for $16.95

gilletteFusionPowerRazors.jpgAttention ShavingStuff shoppers - blue light special at Amazon. An 8-Pack of Gillette Fusion Power Razors is currently only $16.95. Yeah, yeah, I know. $2 a razor is pretty steep. But if you're already hooked (like me), you've got to score somewhere. And trust me, this is a great deal. Buy two 8-packs and get free shipping. You won't find a cheaper price anywhere. I've looked.

And one more thing - Fusion Power razors fit both the Fusion and Fusion Power razor handle, and Fusion (non-power) razors fit both the Fusion and Fusion Power handle. Why an 8-Pack of Gillette Fusion (non-power) Razors is currently $8 more at $24.95 is totally beyond me. Buy the cheaper Fusion Power Razors. They're even considered the premium version of the unpowered ones.

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The MenScience Blog

MenScienceBlogs. Everybody's got one. Even my sister's blogging now. But shaving blogs are still few and far between. That's why when I find one, I blog about it. Blogs - they're self-perpetuating.

MenScience. You've read our reviews, you've perused their site, now it's time to check out their blog. Updated every few days/weeks with product announcements, shaving facts, and random musings. Add it to your RSS feeds and be pleasantly surprised.

From my favorite entry

There are over 30,000 beard hairs on the face of the average man (the greatest concentration on the chin and upper lip).
Hair grows an average of half a millimeter a day.
Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
The average guy begins to shave regularly when he begins to work regularly.

Yep. That's about when I started shaving regularly too.

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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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November 6, 2006

Shave Center Kit from Anthony for $30

shaveKitAnthony.jpgAnthony Logistics for Men is running a special on their Shave Center Kit which includes

  • Glycolic Facial Cleanser (8floz/237ml)
  • Facial Scrub (4oz/113g)
  • Shave Cream (2oz/56g)
  • After Shave Balm (2.5oz/70g)
  • Reusable storage box great for storing personal items.

According to their website this kit is a $79 value, and with their current sale price of $30 you save "$29". I've been over this several times and I can't quite get the math to work. Always knew I should have paid attention in calculus.

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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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October 26, 2006

Gillette Fusion and Carson Daly Team Up for National Fire Safety Month

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Hey kids - October is fire safety month. And there's no better way to bone up on your fire safety than with the Gillette Fusion's Fire Safety program. Fire safety fun fact #3: "Children start nearly 100,00 fire each year." Kids - that means you! So to spread fire safety and the Gillette brand,
... Gillette has partnered with the Boston Fire Department to develop fire safety materials, which are available to the public at http://www.GilletteFusion.com. Free Fusion razors will also be provided to firefighters in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles throughout the month of October.

(Read the entire press release here.)

They've also made a $50,000 donation to the (Dennis) Leary Firefighters Foundation. Not too shabby. There's also a fire safety checklist which you can download to make sure your home is as safe as can be. Here's a tip they seem to have missed - replace nuclear fusion with Gillette Fusion. Hmm... maybe I should send that one to Kim Jong-il.

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