April 20, 2006

Introducing Fuzzy Logic Shampoo from Billy Jealousy

Our friends over at Billy Jealousy just launched a new shampoo called Fuzzy Logic. Sure, it's not exactly shaving-related, but it is a new product from a company which makes one of our favorite shaving creams. So you should know. And now you do.

Keep your hair and your cool. Protect yourself with Fuzzy Logic, an advanced peppermint shampoo formula fortified with DHT blocking agents, fighting hair loss at its roots. Clear in color, Fuzzy Logic will protect your magnificent mane of hair, allowing you to focus more on getting looks for the right reasons.

Don't be fooled by the tag-line - "fighting hair loss at it's roots". This shampoo is for all men - from bushy Chia head to bowling ball. Well, maybe not bowling ball men. But all fuzzy men.

Fuzzy Logic is available now for $22 bottle.

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April 19, 2006

Baxter in the House!

You mean Meredith Baxter-Birney - the mom from Family Ties? Nope try again. How about Baxter - the crazy black comedy film from 1989? Nope, but that was a good guess. It's Baxter of California, silly! And they're already in the house. Didn't just post about them on Monday? Damn they're fast.

Yep - the good folks over at Baxter sent over a tube of their Super Close Shave Formula for us to check out, along with a bunch of travel-size free samples. We'll be putting their cream to the test over the next couple weeks, but if you want some free samples of your own, click on over to their free sample page. OK, it's not entirely free. You do have to pay $4.95 for shipping. But if you calculate in inflation and the fact that you're going to live to 100 years old, that's like 3 cents in future dollars.

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April 17, 2006

French Men Love Baxter's of California, Shouldn't You?

The April 7th issue of Women's Wear Daily contains an article entitled A French Focus on Men's Skin Care, which mentions Baxter's of California, a shaving brand we've featured here before. Sadly, the site requires a login, so unless you're a paying subscriber you're going to have to settle for squinting at the tiny font in the image on the right (which contains the full text). The basic gist of the article is this - the men's grooming business is seeing double-digit growth in France, fueled in part by niche brands such as Baxter's of California. Seems men are finally starting to take an interest in skin care, demanding a wider selection of high-quality products to choose from. They are also interested in trying new products from the smaller players who specialize in one area of skin care - like shaving.

We at ShavingStuff applaud this trend. It's high time we men had the variety and quality available in women's skin care products. That's one French movement we hope goes world-wide.

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April 10, 2006

Introducing Cosmedicine from Sephora

Cosmedicine is a new line of skincare products based on a joint effort between Klinger Advanced Aesthetics, Sephora, and John's Hopkins Medicine. No, it's not shaving cream or aftershave, but it does represent an evolution in the development of skincare products, one that I think we'll see more of in the near future. The Cosmedicine line consists of moisturizers, toners, and various other creams, each tested with scientific rigor to prove their beneficial aspects.

Rather than relying exclusively on the traditional beauty measuring tool—the mirror—Klinger sought results based on scientific fact. Johns Hopkins Medicine, a world leader in healthcare, education, and research, consulted on the design and data analysis of clinical studies of this product.

I liken this to the approach that Billy Jealousy has taken by adding tiny silicon beads to their shaving cream, or King of Shaves with their micro-magnetically enhanced particles filled with vitamins. It's one thing to mix a bunch of ingredients and hope for a better shave; it's another to scientifically attack the problem and make use of the latest bio-technology.

The Cosmedicine collaboration was recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, however this link is only accessible if you are a paying subscriber. The line of Cosmedicines is available exclusively at Sephora and ranges from $35 to $85. If you're buying other products from Sephora before April 28th, 2006, include coupon code "TRUEBEAUTY" and get a free sample of Cosmedicine™'s Skin Fortifying Serum with your order. If you're interested in reading more, click on over to Sephora and check out the sections under "Learn More About This Brand".

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April 1, 2006

Schick Announces the New Octo

We've just gotten ahold of plans for the new Schick Octo, an 8-bladed behemoth slated to be released one year from today. Clearly an attempt to leapfrog the Fusion and draw consumers away from switching, the Octo packs an impressive 8 razors in the cartridge head for the ultimate in close shaving.

In a move catering to the Gen-X/Xtreme crowd, the new Schick Octo will be available in eight colors - the standard ROYGBV six of the rainbow, plus Ultra Violet and Infra-Red. Says spokesman Hans Oberme:

Most razors appeal to a broad range of the spectrum. We're pushing the envelope with the Octo by capturing those who live on the fringe.

The new Schick Octo will hit US retail shelves 4/1/07, and have a suggested price of $12.99. Replacement blades will likely be ridiculously expensive.

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March 30, 2006

Gillette Fusion Razors - 8 for $14.99

fusion_razors.jpgPrices are starting to drop! An 8-pack of Gillette Fusion razor cartridges has fallen to $14.99 at Amazon, for a limited time. That's less than 2 bucks a piece, or about 31 cents a blade if you count that sixth little guy. It's also about half the price of the Fusion Power razors, which we thought shaved as well as the regular blades, and even cheaper than RazorsDirect, which is usually the cheapest place on the net. Any way you look at it it's the lowest price we've seen by far. Snatch these bad boys up before Amazon comes to their senses. Buy two and get free shipping!

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The Man and His Products

manHair.jpgHere's a challenge - find the website for a line of personal products called "The Man". Go on, head over to Google and try. I'll wait...

Give up? I did too. The website is TheManProducts.com. I had seen these at a local store and figured I'd do a little research. A frustrating hour later I concluded that while the product name is great for the retail shelf, it doesn't translate to the web.

But enough of that. Problem solved. Let's take a closer look at these guys. The Man has got you covered in the areas of face, body, and hair, with products that include shampoo, scrubs, lotions, and of course, shaving cream. Dr. Seuss may tall you that big "A" is for Aunt Annies Alligator, but in The Man's world, "A" is for after shave lotion ($20), and "I" is for impressively smooth shaving cream ($20).

According to The Man:

these are not beauty products. These are high-performance, demanding products for a man’s face, body and hair. Purest ingredients, nothing complicated, just great stuff designed to make you feel and look your best.

"M" is for Man. Check him out... if you're Man enough.

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March 29, 2006

Free Schick Quattro Midnight Razor

12010-large.jpgYep. You heard right. A free Schick Quattro Midnight Razor for the small cost of giving up an email address. Nothing in life is really free. But hey - that's why god invented Hotmail.

Here's how it works. Go to www.schickquattro.com/mojo.cfm and fill out your name and address. Then... actually, I don't really want to give it away. It's actually quite funny. Let's put it this way. What follows is a clever merging of Flash and location-aware marketing. Apparently I'm known as "Sweet Cheeks" in my home town. Perhaps you are too.

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March 15, 2006

Proraso Now Available at Target

proraso.jpgShavingStuff reader Mark wrote in yesterday with a light scolding. How could I mention Target's Caldo Razor and not the fact that they're now selling Proraso shaving product? "This is HUGE news with the Old School Shaving crowd." Looks like the roll-out of Proraso products at Target is scheduled for the week of March 8th - 15th.

For those who don't know, Proraso is an Italian brand of shaving products designed for use with brushes and straight razors, although many of their products can be used with modern safety razors as well. Their shaving creams and soaps feature ingredients such as eucalyptus and wheatgerm, although they also have the straight up "shave cream" without the fancy ingredients too. Prices are in the totally reasonable range of $10 to $20.

It appears that Target hasn't added these products to their website yet, although most are available at Amazon if you want to buy online. If you want to go brick and mortar, here's Mark's advice:

Proraso appeared in my local Target this morning. They had not only the shaving cream, but also shaving soap, pre/post cream, aftershave, and a decent-looking boar brush as well. It was located in a new "spa" section, adjacent to the women's cosmetics, and not in the men's shaving isle.

Look for the distinctive old-world Italian red and green packaging. Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to get past the first page of Proraso's website, I'd be eternally grateful.

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March 8, 2006

BodyTools, and a History Lesson

You wouldn't attempt to fix your sink without the right plumber's tools, so don't even think about caring for your face without body tools. That's BodyTools, with a capital B and T. Think of it as Home Depot for skincare.

BodyTools offers an array of skincare products, from "Basix" - like body washes and scrubs, to hair - shampoos and conditioners, to, you guessed it, Face Savers - shaving creams and after-shaves.

Here are some things which caught my eye - their shaving cream has tons of natural ingredients - Lanolin and Apricot Kernel Oil for a smooth shave, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera for moisture, and Anti-Oxidants for healing. And their After Shave Repair & Protect is SPF 15. Remember boys - too much sun can be a bad thing. Why don't you go inside once in a while and use your computer.

If that's not enough, there's a great write-up on how to shave in their Fall 2004 (or 2005?) issue of The Body Mechanic. Here's my favorite factoid from the opening paragraph:

A man can expect to spend almost 3500 hours in his lifetime removing over 28 feet of beard.

28 feet? Damn. Can you imagine some caveman dragging that size beard around? Thank god someone invented Gillette. Actually, if you read the history of shaving you'll learn that there's evidence of cavemen using pieces of flint in 30,000 BC to shave their beards. Flint. Again, thank god for Gillette.

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