October 24, 2006

Illicit - The New Cologne for Men by Billy Jealousy

illicit.gifThe creative juices are still flowing over at Billy Jealousy, and this time they've concocted a new secret formula designed to enhance your "sophisticated bad boy" image. Introducing Illicit, the new cologne for men, the latest in Billy's expanding line of quality men's products.

Now I'm not really a cologne guy, so when they say "Lush Citrus Bergamot forms the foundation of this wicked new fragrance, while a smoothe intermission of Ivy and Ginger lead to a cool finale of Tea and Sandalwood," for all I know they could be talking about a chardonnay. But I will tell you this, Illicit smells pretty darn good. It's subtle and not overpowering, yet noticeable and arousing enough for ShavingStuff wife to ask me to use it again later in the evening. Apparently I'd been a very bad boy.

Illicit packaging comes with Billy's trademark wit:

WARNING: Keep away from heat, flame, minors and probation officers. ILLICIT can only be shipped via ground due to hazmat regulations.

Illicit is $65 for 3.4oz (100mL) and is available now.

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October 23, 2006

This Just In - Ren Shaving Products

renShavingOil.gifrenAftershave.gifOnce again our friends over at Details for Men have sent over some shaving products to try. This time they're products from REN, which I have to admit I had never heard of before. Here's a little quote from REN's website:

At REN we believe in beautiful, healthy skin. That is why we pioneered the concept of Clean Bio Active Skincare. Skincare products that are formulated with cutting edge, clinically proven bio actives whilst being free from skin unfriendly ingredients. Our philosophy is summarised in our 5 principles: Right Ingredients, Right Science, Right Product Experience, Right Environmental Impact, Right Attitude.

All right!

Not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but their packaging is pretty darn unique. (And recyclable) Haven't seen a shaving cream or oil in a pump-top dispenser before. Definitely looking forward to putting REN to the test.

We've just finished up our MenScience reviews, and are about to start on an Anthony Logistics for Men Kit (also courtesy of Details for Men), so expect the full REN review toward the end of the year.

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October 20, 2006

Review of MenScience - Advanced Face Lotion

We've reached the end of MenScience review week, and that means we've come to the last product - MenScience Advanced Face Lotion. "Ultralight" and "Oil Free" they describe it, and right they are. My face literally drank this stuff up.

Restores suppleness and elasticity, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines

Yep.

Softens skin by combating dryness and rough areas
Check.

Gently smoothes and renews the skin, stimulating cell renewal mechanisms
That's cool.

Nourishes and helps protect from the damaging effects of free radicals
I'll take your word for it.

About the only thing this skin cream doesn't do is provide sunblock. (Check out MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30 for that.)

Like all of their products, Advanced Face Lotion is chock-full of prime ingredients - AHA, BHA, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydro-Silicones, Glycerin, Green Tea, Vitamin A, C, E. I'm a big fan, and I think anyone who's looking to try something new will quickly become a fan too.

MenScience Advanced Face Lotion is $36 for 4oz.

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October 19, 2006

Review of MenScience - Post-Shave Repair

OK, so you've shaved, you've rinsed your face with cool water, and you're about to use an after-shave moisturizer. Wait one sec! You've got a quick step before that. It's spritz time.

Allow me to introduce you to MenScience Post-Shave Repair, in a spray bottle! Love the spray bottle. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is a toner, and all the toners we've tried before come in an open-mouth bottle and are applied with a cotton ball. Have you tried applying toner with a cotton ball? If you're not careful, you end up with a wispy mess. But not with the spritz. Just remember to close your eyes while applying.

MenScience Post-Shave Repair "immediately calms redness and razor burn with anti-inflammatory ingredients." OK, maybe not immediately, but it certainly helps calm your face after it's been sliced with hot steel. It's also great at getting the last stubborn bits of shaving cream off your face. And it contains tons of the good stuff - Allantoin, Azulene, Witch Hazel, Aloe, Tea Tree Extract, Salicylic Acid, Camphor, and Rosemary. Check the MenScience site for the benefits of each of these.

Bottom line - do you need it? No. Do you want it? Yes. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is $28 for a 4oz. bottle.

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October 18, 2006

Review of MenScience - Advanced Shave Formula

OK, so there's pre-shave and post-shave, but let's get to the shave already. We wouldn't be here otherwise. MenScience describes their Advanced Shave Formula as "foamless", which is definitely accurate. I was initially uncertain as this cream didn't seem to do much on my face. Many of the shaving creams and gels we've reviewed slightly transform on your face, either by foaming or lathering up. MenScience Advanced Shave Formula just kind of went on. The shaves were good, but it wasn't until a couple weeks later that I realized that I hadn't had any nicks, cuts, or scraps. You may remember a while back we received some products from a company called By142 which helped with skin and scar repair. They had suggested we use them after shaving to reduce razor burn and inflammation. The thing was, I wasn't getting any of that with MenScience Advanced Shave Formula, so I never had any reason to use the stuff. Kind of funny. If that isn't an endorsement for MenScience, I don't know what is.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is pretty much odorless, although it has a slight smell of Play-dough. Yum. Always loved that stuff as a kid. It's a little goopy, but it doesn't clog your razor, and it's pretty easy to apply. Using your fingers is the best approach. I tried using a shaving brush a couple times but it doesn't have the right consistency to be spread that way. MenScience recommends you wait 30 seconds after applying (which is always a good idea) to let the ingredients absorb into your skin and further soften your whiskers.

And what are those ingredients, you ask? Glycerin, Aloe, Allantoin, Azulene, Avocado Extract, Grapeseed, Salicylic Acid, and Tea Tree Extract. Clearly a lot of research has gone into making the best shaving cream possible with the highest quality natural ingredients. Sure there's the occasional phenophoxophuccinol, but for the most part everything is recognizable. My favorite - Glycerin:

Humectant with impressive capability to continually absorb water from the environment and bind it to the skin. Increases the skin’s softness, suppleness and elasticity. Its lubricating properties make it superior to foaming ingredients for shaving preparations.

Bind humectant, bind! Damn, that's impressive.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is $25 for a 6oz tub. If you've had it up to here with foam, or just want to try something new, MenScience Advanced Shave Formula definitely worth it.

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October 17, 2006

The Battery Ran Out In My Gillette Fusion

The battery ran out in my Gillette Fusion. So I'm blogging about it. ShavingStuff is a blog after all, so by that token I probably should be telling you what I fed my cat this morning. But rest assured - unless my cat somehow miraculously starts shaving, you'll never read about Mr. Wigglesworth.

So anyway, I was shaving this morning, and the little low-battery indicator on the Fusion started flashing. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later, no more vibrations. Kind of sad, but kind of cool. My M3Power never told me when I was running low. And I have to say, the battery lasted since the beginning of February. That's eight and a half months. Not bad in my book.

Anyway, I had to raid a TV remote to finish the shave. I'm kind of addicted to the vibrations. And I replaced the AAA with whatever was in the remote, which I think was an Everyready. Shh! Don't tell Gillette I didn't use a Duracell.

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Review of MenScience - Face Buff Brush

A face brush? A face brush in a bottle? And for men? I have to admit I was quite excited when this little guy showed. I've never tried a face brush before. In fact I had never heard of such a thing. ShavingStuff wife had to explain that women have had face brushes for years now. OK, so now it's time for the men.

The MenScience Face Buff Brush is exactly what you think it is - a brush for washing your face. Throw a little MenScience Daily Face Wash on your face and start brushing! Up and down. Round and round in circles. Brushing can be fun! Because you're using bristles instead of your fingers, you get a deeper clean along with exfoliation.

OK, I'll admit that I don't use the brush every day. It's an extra step, and you should really make sure you dry it well afterwards. Otherwise nasties can start growing in there. I liked using the brush in the shower - less issue if you make a mess. Unless you're a brush expert, the first few times you use it will be a little awkward. Felt like I was suddenly a lefty. But I did end up liking this guy. If you're looking to take your shave to the next level, give it a shot. If not, you'll be ok without it.

The MenScience Face Buff Brush is $13.

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October 16, 2006

Review of MenScience - Daily Face Wash

It's review time again, and this time we're stretching it out over a whole week. Welcome to MenScience review week! We received five products from MenScience. There are five days in a week. Perfect! If you need a background on MenScience, I suggest starting with this post. If not, read on...

First up is MenScience Daily Face Wash. As we've been hammering into your head, great shaves start with clean skin, and MenScience Daily Face Wash is a great way to start. Their face wash is a clear, thick gel which is easy to apply, and foams up to a slight lather when you work it into your skin. Key ingredients include Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Aloe, and Urea. That last one isn't as bad as it sounds.

Urea: Moisturizer capable of attracting and retaining water. Helps in the absorption of other ingredients. Credited with protecting the skin, due to buffering and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Click on over to the MenScience Daily Face Wash to learn about all the ingredients.

MenScience Daily Face Wash did a great job on my skin. I only ever needed a tiny quarter-size amount, it was easy to wash off, and it never left my skin too dry. Subsequent shaves were great, but that's equally due to their shaving cream (which we'll cover on Wednesday). I've used it happily every day for two months and I'm barely half-way through the bottle.

MenScience Daily Face Wash is $25 for 8oz.

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October 12, 2006

Fly and Comply with MenScience

Here's a great idea from the folks at MenScience - a TSA Compliant Travel Kit. Have you traveled lately? It's like your entire life has to fit inside a zip-lock bag. Luckily, all your shaving products now can. Here's the skinny:

10 Travel-size items, each 3 ounces or less.
ONE kit for all of your grooming and skincare needs.
All liquid products fit comfortably in a zip-top bag (included - nice!).

Genius! Genius in the face of madness. Also included are ear plugs, a night sleep mask, shampoo, deodorant, lip protection, and a travel bag. Hell, they'll probably throw in the next book from Dan Brown if you ask them nicely (and it's allowed on the plane). The TSA Compliant Travel Kit is $78 and available now from their website. That's a hell of a lot cheaper than having all your shaving gear confiscated.

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October 10, 2006

This Just In - John Allan Shaving Products

Our good friends over at Details for Men have just sent over a tube of John Allan's Shave Cream and a bottle of John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm. A history lesson, it you'll permit me... In 1988 John Allan branched out from New York's Jean Louis David International Salons and launched his own salon, store, and product line.

He designed his formulas specifically for the needs of men, and used the latest ingredients containing vitamins, botanicals, and marine plant extracts. John Allan also addressed the issues of performance, packaging and scent. In formulating his products, he used the best testing lab he could find - his thousands of New York City clients. Utilizing feedback from a select group of clients and members who splashed, spread, scrubbed, shaved, shampooed and showered with each and every product, John Allan and his team developed a high quality line with proven performance.

Well, we're not exactly one of his New York city clients, but we are ready to splash, spread, scrub, and shave. Currently in the ShavingStuff test lab we're finishing up our MenScience review, and up next is the Anthony's Logistics for Men shaving kit (also from Details for Men). There just aren't enough shaves in a day.

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