November 20, 2008

This Just In - The Braun Series 7 Electric Razor

S7_790.jpgGot in a new Braun Series 7 the other day for testing. Looks an awful lot like last year's Braun Pulsonic. I have to admit I've been a little confused about all the different types of Braun electric razors. There's the Pulsonic, the Synchro, the Activator, the Cruzer, the Series 1, 3, 5, and 7. I can't figure them all out. Thankfully, someone at Braun couldn't either, and issued a branding overhaul. Welcome to order. The current line of Braun electric razors now fall into four distinct groups.

  • Series 1 offers smooth and convenient shaving, featuring ultra thin foil technology for an incredible shave at an affordable price. Series 1 shavers range in price from $34 - $39.
  • Series 3 is perfect for consumers seeking a smooth shave and an adaptable shaver. Featuring Braun's renowned 3-stage cutting system, Series 3 models incorporate Braun's Contour Hugging Head for extra smoothness. Series 3 shavers range in price from $64 to $119.
  • Series 5 provides a smooth and precise shave, incorporating Gillette Blade Technology and Braun's unique Power Comb to lift and cut problem hairs lying flat against the skin. Series 5 shavers are fully washable under running water and available with Braun's patented Clean&Renew™ system. This model also includes an adjustable long hair trimmer and comes in a variety of colors. Series 5 shavers range in price from $169 to $229.
  • Series 7 offers outstanding smoothness and skin comfort, with all the shaving tools needed to achieve Braun's most thorough and comfortable shave ever. Series 7's shaver head is the world's first with Pulsonic Technology, an active head oscillating at over 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute to help deliver Braun's closest shave ever. Series 7 shavers range in price from $249 to $289.

And for what it's worth, last year's kick-ass Pulsonic razor is now the Series 7. We wrote a bunch of positive reviews last year of the Pulsonic (scroll down a bit in that last link), and we're going to revisit the Series 7 to see if it still stands up. We're pretty confident it will, and we're recommending it in our upcoming holiday gift guide. Check back soon for a full re-review.

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November 18, 2008

This Just In - Proraso

prorasoshavingfoam.jpgprorasoshavinsoap.jpgGot another shipment in recently from our friends at Details for Men. This time Santa sent us two containers of Proraso shaving products - Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Soap (pictured right - $9) and Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Foam (pictured left - $9). Proraso shaving soap is designed to be lathered up with a shaving brush, so make sure you've got your badger hair (or high-quality synthetic) on hand before ordering. Praraso shaving foam is like the more common shaving creams you find in your drugstore or supermarket. No old-school shaving accoutrement needed.

We'll be shaving with this classic Italian brand after we finish our testing of REN, so check back for our review soon.

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November 17, 2008

Take Advantage Of Anthony Logistics For Men's Friends And Family Sale

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You've got until this coming Sunday to save 20% of your entire order. All the info you need is listed above. Happy s(h)aving!

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November 13, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax

moltonshavewax.jpgYou may have been wondering why I've been so calm recently. Is it my new Zen outlook on life? Is it that the election is finally over? Nope. I've been shaving with Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax, and it leaves me ultra calm.

So "shavewax". What's that all about? Conjures up painful images of something many women do just before bikini season. Thankfully, there is no pain. (You are receding.) Shavewax presumably refers to the consistency of this shaving cream, which lies somewhere on the scale between lotion and cream. This makes it easy to work with and easy to apply. Definitely use your fingers though. This stuff was not designed to be applied with a brush.

I'm always interested in scent. I think we need to come up with a term for the scent of a shaving cream like "nose", referring to the various aromas evoked by wine. The ingredients for Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax list lemon leaf, violet leaf, and ginger, but I when I breathe in I get essence of cucumber. Also hints of cherries, black currents, and dark chocolate, but that might be the glass of Zinfandel on the counter. Whatever. The stuff smells good. Not traditionally manly (which is good) and not too flowery (which is also good).

OK, so how's the shave? Nice and close, like I like it. The white shavewax goes on pretty thin, so you can mostly see the skin underneath. That will help if you have some trouble spots or areas your trying to maintain. My only complaint was that I got a few nicks and cuts every so often. Never got any redness or irritation, but I did reach for the Nick Stick on occasion. You don't need a ton of Shavewax for each shave, but this isn't one of those products which lathers up out of nothing. Expect to go through the tube at a normal clip.

Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax is $33 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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November 10, 2008

This Just In - Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgIt's been almost 2 years since we had some very pleasurable shaves with products from REN. Our friends at Details for Men just sent over a tube of Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, a recent arrival at their online men's grooming product store.

Formulated to soften and lift whiskers it contains Biosaccharides to help reduce inflammation and redness, bisabolo from Calendula to soothe and Peppermint Leaf Oil to cool. In addition, essential trace elements (Magnesium, Copper, Zinc) keep skin energized while Pumpkin Fruit Enzymes help prevent ingrown hair.

I have to say, I'm very glad to see another use for pumpkins besides Halloween and state fairs. I recently saw a truly gigantic pumpkin (among many other truly gigantic pumpkins) win first prize at the Topsfield Fair. What happens to that pumpkin after the fair is over? Does some nice family adopt it and care for it? Now I know. It ends up in shaving cream helping to prevent ingrown hairs. That makes me happy.

Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. Check back soon for our full review.

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October 21, 2008

The Braun Pulsonic - One Year Later

BraunRefill3.jpgIt was just about one year ago that we were shaving with the new Braun Pulsonic for the first time, and I thought I'd mention something important that I've learned. You can't skimp.

Let me explain - the Pulsonic is a self-cleaning electric razor. It's got a little hygienic-o-meter which let's you know when it's time for a cleaning. And it's got these nifty little cartridges that you plug into the base which contain the cleaning solution. Click a button, whir-whir-whir, your razor is clean. I wish I could do the same for the rest of my bathroom.

Here's the thing. I'm cheap. I like to squeeze an extra shave out of a razor. And I like to get an extra cleaning out of the Pulsonic. There's just one thing standing between me and my frugality. Physics. Or chemistry. It's one of those two sciences that deals with molecules. And evaporation. See the cleaning cartridges are filled with a lot of alcohol, and that stuff tends to evaporate pretty quickly. So if you think you can hold out and get another shave with your hygienic-o-meter flashing danger, remember that you're also fighting the cruel mistress that is evaporation. My advice - clean early, clean often.

This is not a criticism of the Pulsonic or its cleaning system. It's more a criticism of my stinginess. I love the Pulsonic. It's my favorite electric razor, and I've recommended it more than any other. Just use the cleaning solution cartridges, or they're going to disappear. (Unless you're a chemist, in which case see this DIY cleaning solution alternative.)

Braun Syncro Shaver System Clean & Renew Refills are $16.99 for a 3-pack.

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October 14, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream

moltonbrownshavecream.jpgLook! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperShave!

By night, mild mannered Molton Brown is an average London cabbie. But by morning he's the facial hair avenger, ready to rid men's faces of the evil whiskers left by the Fearsome Facial Foe. Fueled by the power of Olibanum, a mysterious substance from his home planet of Olibania, Molton "Supershave" Brown is the world's last hope in the daily morning fight against stubble.

What is Olibanum? Wikipedia time! Oh, it's Frankincense! What is Frankincense? Wikipedia time!

Frankincense or olibanum [...] is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. [...] Olibanum essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin.

And how is it used?

This indecently rich moisturizing cream is infused with Indian frankincense and pure Vitamin E to give you the smoothest, calmest, closest experience ever. It softens the beard, gives great razor glide, protects and cares for the skin like no other

And how well does it work?

Pretty well

I found this shaving cream solidly good. Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is a loose white cream, about the consistency of yogurt. It goes on easily with fingers (not meant for a brush) and did a great job of protecting my face from the harshness that is a razor. The shave is smooth and close, and the scent is manly but not overwhelming. I found myself using a fair amount of this cream during each shave, so expect to need a refill a little sooner than other shaving creams. That said I got like really nice shaves, and I think you will too.

Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is $29 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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October 9, 2008

Baxter Finley - A New Blog From Baxter of California

bwbaxter_f_4.jpgBlogging. It's all the rage. All the kids are doing it. Or so I'm told. I should ask my one year old son.

Anyway, we'd like to welcome a new shaving blog to the the blogging community - Baxter Finley from Baxter of California. Could Baxter of Finley be the same Baxter as Baxter of California? Why yes!

A visionary, Baxter Finley founded his men's grooming line in 1965 - perhaps the very first skincare line created exclusively for men. This year we said goodbye to Baxter Finley, but remember him for his forward thinking, dedication to his profession, and his kind, gentle disposition.

Mr. Finley may be gone, but Baxter lives on. So add Baxter Finley to your daily blog roll and get the latest on shaving, style, and substance.

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October 6, 2008

Review of The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving Company

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Nothing like taking a slice out of your face at the worst possible time. Still reaching for toilet paper? Well now there's something better. It's the Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company. We got a couple of these little guys in at the end of the summer, and unfortunately we've had several opportunities to use them. (You know who I'm talking about, "shaving cream".)

Here are four reasons why you should have one:

  1. It works. Couple of nicks from a dull razor or cheap shaving cream? No problem. Roll the head of the Nick Stick over the cut and stop the bleeding. Does it hurt? Yeah, it kind of does. But you're man enough to handle it.
  2. It's cheap. The Nick Stick is only $5.95. That's a no-brainer when it comes to shoring up a bleeder.
  3. It's neat. I've got an alum block, and I use it every so often. But you've got to rinse it off and dry it somewhere. I've got better things to do. I'd rather screw the cap onto the Nick Stick and forget about it.
  4. It's tiny. Your travel bag needs one of these. The most frequent times for nicks are when you don't have homefield advantage. A hotel bathroom with poor lighting is ripe for disaster. Plus, you're usually in a hurry. The Nick Stick measures about 2 inches and has negligible weight. Don't leave home without one.

Chock full of alum, vitamin A, E, and aloe, Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company is the new way to nip a nick in the bud.

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October 2, 2008

Philips Norelco and the BodyGroom present The Manalogues

manalogues.jpgThose marketing geniuses over at Philips Norelco have updated ShaveEverywhere.com with the latest in Web 2.0 viral video. It's The Manalogues - a series of performances by comedian Bryan Callen illustrating the hard life of the hairy, and the salvation provided by the BodyGroom. And it's pure shaving genius.

Bryan Callen portrays five different hirsute gentlemen: Rick V, a bodybuilder from Brooklyn; Henri P, a circus freak from France; Sergi C, a male model from Moscow; Sam G, a regular bloke from England, and Douglas B, an awkward poetry slammer from Seattle. This guy Bryan is going places. I expect to see him on a sitcom next fall. Make sure you watch each of his sketches. Poetry slam Douglas is my favorite. Also, write in with your own hairy-man stories, and if they're good enough, Bryan will perform them.

The Philips Norelco BG2020 BodyGroom is $39.99. And introducing the new Philips Norelco BG2030 Professional BodyGroom at $49.99. What's the difference? A few extra trimmer attachments. And some improvements related to shaving "the nest". Worth the extra $10? Haven't tried the new one, but to me $10 buys me a lot of crotch comfort, even if it's only peace of mind.

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