November 15, 2005

High-End Handles from The Art of Shaving

Looking for something opulent this Christmas? There's nothing more bling than a finely crafted razor handle made of sterling silver, engraved nickel, or gold. Just ask David Beckham. The Art of Shaving offers you a choice of 12 different handles, each for $130:

The Art of Shaving expertly designs, manufactures and handcrafts eash Razor handle to ensure optimal comfort and balance during the shaving process. Made from the finest materials, The Art of Shaving's handles are elegant, durable and can be used with Mach 3® blades by Gillette®

As you can see from my choice of picture I like the engraved nickel. If you've got an extra $130 feel free to send one my way. Or you could pay my cable bill for a month.

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November 7, 2005

Review of Billy Jealousy

hm_btn_logo.jpgI had an amazing shave this morning. In fact, I've had many amazing shaves over the last couple weeks. Jealous? Well, you don't have to be. There's enough Billy Jealousy to go around.

Billy Jealousy is a small company in Dallas with a line of "cosmeceuticals" for shave, face, body and hair. Naturally we focused on shaving, and in summation, we give them two thumbs up. We reviewed their Hot Towel Pre Shave Treatment, Hydroplane Shave Cream, and Shaved Ice - After-Shave Balm. Billy Jealousy also has Lightening Bolt Pre-Electric Shave if you're into that kind of thing.

sml_shv_shvdice.jpgOn the outset this is a pretty typical shave setup. Take a shower. Splash some warm water on your face. Add some shaving cream. Go to town. But as we've mentioned before, there's science in Hydroplane. Millions of tiny round silicone sciences, to be exact.

Historically, the best way to achieve a close shave was to create a thick foam so your blade would ride a cushion of bubbles. Today with the creation of water-soluble micro silicone beads, thick foam has become obsolete. Water-soluble means that water doesn't permeate the silicone. As a result, Hydroplane becomes slicker and slicker when you add more water as you shave. The upshot? Your razor now floats over your face without any razor drag or irritation.

Silicone. It's magic. I hear it's also used in computers.

sml_shv_httowel.jpgLook, this stuff works. There's very little drag even with a razor which is well past its prime. The shave is as close as any shaving cream I've used. And the stuff smells good. Not overly frangranced, just a slight essence of honey. "Ooo! I could get close to that," my wife said as she smelled my freshly shaven face. And she did.

Pat from Billy Jealousy suggested I try two approaches - first shave a couple times with just Hydroplane, then try a combination of Hydroplane and Hot Towel. I really liked the combination better. I put a dollop of both in my hands, mixed them up to form a white goopy mess, and then lathered up my face. The creams are somewhere in the middle of white and clear, so you mostly see your skin although the occasional spot becomes slightly obscured. This is normal for most shaving creams - just pointing out that it's not completely clear like some of the shaving oils we've reviewed before. Personal preference. Didn't bother me. Won't bother you.

Here are the two main points which stood out for me. One: I didn't get any cuts or nicks in five shaves with Billy Jealousy products. None. That's a ShavingStuff first. That's probably a personal first. I can't remember a time in my life where I've gone five shaves in a row without a single nick. And I used the same razor the entire time, so by the end that blade was looking mighty scary. If you're plagued with cuts, nicks, or razor burn, I highly recommend you try this stuff. Get both the Hydroplane and the Hot Towel. Killer combo.

sml_shv_hydro.jpgThe second main point which stood out for me was the shave around the Adam's Apple. I've developed several techniques for contorting my skin so this massive paddle of a Mach3 can cut the errant hair down there. These techniques aren't pretty, and they aren't foolproof. I was amazed that I didn't need to do anything to get a clean shave around my neck. No pulling of the skin. No craning my neck. Smooth shave around the Adam's Apple every time. Nice work Billy Jealousy!

The finishing touch is Shaved Ice - After-Shave Balm, possibly the most appropriately named after-shave on the market. I'm getting shivers just thinking about it. This stuff makes your face feel cold. Perhaps not the best feeling as we're heading into winter, but I can't wait to finish a shave in August. Shaved Ice is not alcohol based, so I don't know what makes it feel so cold against your face, but there's lots of natural goodness in there, from aloe and oat extract to several of your favorite citrus oils.

OK, so you like the car. Worried about the awkward negotiation? Relax. You're at a Saturn dealership.

Hot Towel Pre Shave Treatment - $22 for 6oz.
Hydroplane Shave Cream - $20 for 8oz.
Shaved Ice - After-Shave Balm - $25 for 3.5oz.

And remember, a portion of the price goes to supporting the arts and the environment. So treat yourself to something new. Or put together a shaving gift basket for a loved on this holiday season. Billy Jealousy is sure to please.

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September 22, 2005

New Shaving Blog - BarberBlog.com

BarberBlogJust got an email from our friends over at SharpsUSA about their new blog BarberBlog.com. We covered Sharps earlier in the month when they were having a great sale. Hope you took advantage of it. Now the guys are back with a new blog, covering all topics barbershop related from shaving to haircuts and other means of hair removal. My two favorite entries are the Jesus Shaves T-shirt and the guide to what type of moustache you should have depending on your face, nose, and mouth. I'm guessing my big mouth means I should go triangular.

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September 21, 2005

Baxter Shaving Article #2 at productdose.com

pdose.jpgArticle #2 entitled Shaving 101 with Baxter, Pt. 2: Your Face is Unique is up on productdose.com. Great info about paying attention to which way the grain of your whiskers grow, and also when not to use a multi-bladed razor. Apparently sometimes a close shave is too close. Click on over and check it out.

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September 19, 2005

Baxter Shaving Article #1 at productdose.com

pdose.jpgArticle #1 entitled Shaving 101 with Baxter, Part 1: Take Your Time is up on productdose.com. Click on over and learn why you shouldn't rush your morning ritual.

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September 16, 2005

Baxter Shaving Week at productdose.com

Shaving Kit-1.Jpg pdose.jpgIf you haven't checked out productdose.com then you're missing one of the great fashion / tech / products blog out there. They sample a little bit of all that's cool and hip. And next week they're covering a subject near and dear to our hearts - shaving!

"We were fortunate to have the Baxter team stop by our office the other day and give us a few tips on shaving, which we’ll be passing on to you throughout a weeklong shaving series next week."

Read more about productdose.com and Baxter, and then check out the rest of their site. I guarantee you'll find at least three things you want for Christmas.

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September 13, 2005

Kiehl's Ultimate Man Shave and Skin Sessions

logo_kiehls.gifKiehl's is hosting sessions on shaving and skin care at many of its stores during the second half of September. As regular readers probably know, I'm a big fan of their products. The Boston store has sessions from the 15th to the 30th, and for signing up you can receive a complimentary 8 oz. Grapefruit Luquid Body Cleanser. Give them a call if you're interested since space is limited. Kiehl's locations are available at their store locator.

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September 8, 2005

Last Day to Save 30% at SharpsUSA.com

SharpsLots of great stuff over at Sharps, and until the end of today it's 30% off with the possibility of free shipping.

We're giving you a 30% discount off anything on sharpsusa.com between now and September 8th. Just enter the code "hookup" as you're checking out. And as always, get free shipping (only available in the continental U.S.) on orders totaling $30 or more.

Check out shaving supplies Kid Glove Shave Gel and their after-shave Kid Glove Hydrating Gel. I love their tag line - "Barber-tested on guys, not animals". Is there really a difference?

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August 15, 2005

Shaving tips from a|MEN|ity

top_logo.gifThree simple tips from Dwight Schultheis, founder of a|MEN|ity.

1. Drench Your Shave Brush with Hot Water and Lather
2. Use a Sharp Razor and Rinse it Often
3. Nourish Your Face after Each Shave

For a little more on each step check out their shaving tips here. Also, 25% of their sales of Original Pink shaving cream are donated to Men Against Breast Cancer. Plus, an aftershave lotion named Ahh.... How can you go wrong?

By the way, I love their tag-line - "Natural. Organic. Crap-free Ingredients." That's got to win an award.

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July 26, 2005

Anthony - Logistics for Men

molly.jpgWhen he was younger, he may have delivered Prince spaghetti sauce to your house on Wednesday nights. Now, he's delivering high-quality shaving products to your face every morning.

OK, so he's not the same Anthony, but he may have a similarly long lasting impression. Feast your whiskers on this: Glycerin Cleansing Bar, Pre-Shave Oil, Vitamin and Hops Infused Shave Cream, Toner, and finally Allantoin, Benzocaine, and Aloe Afer-Shave Balm. Are you in heaven now or what?

Is it a little pricey? Sure. But you know what - you're worth it. Your face it worth it.

Anthony.com has a great set of kits if you're looking to sample a little bit of everything.

Do yourself a favor and splurge on some high-end, high-quality shaving products.

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