September 22, 2008

Sculpt Yourself Into Gillette History

gillettedesign.jpgCalling all sculptors! Calling all artists! Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters, located just a few miles from my humble abode, is getting an extreme makeover. And the piece de resistance could be made by you!

P&G/Gillette is undertaking the most significant renovation of its World Shaving Headquarters in its 100-year history. When complete, the 33-acre site, located in South Boston, will house P&G/Gillette's Research and Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing and business support. To mark the significance of this endeavor, the Company is launching a single-phased design competition for a signature sculpture or landmark icon to mark the entry to the World Shaving Headquarters complex.

Think you got a shaving-inspired "signature sculpture" in you? You've got until October 6th to submit your designs. Details are at GilletteDesignCompetition.com. Good luck!

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September 17, 2008

TSA-Sized Grooming Products from The Gentlemen's Refinery

grlogo.gifThey say good things come in small packages. Whoever "they" are must have been thinking about the TSA, who would one day mandate that all good things on airplanes must come in small packages. The TSA. They're all good things.

Anyway, The Gentlemen's Refinery would like you to be able to board a plane carrying their amazing line of shaving and grooming products, which is why they recently launched TSA-Approved travel sized versions of all their wares. If you aren't packing a little Gentlemen in your travel kit, you are missing out my friend. The Gentlemen's Refinery is one of the all-time greats in our opinion. Check out our Gentlemen's Refinery category page for all our past reviews and news. Then click on over to their TSA page and stock up on good things in small packages.

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September 16, 2008

Review of eShave White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter

eshaveaftershave.jpgOK, so yesterday we shaved with eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Today we're finishing things up with eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter.

Packed with moisturizing natural ingredients and antioxidant vitamins A and E, eShave After Shave Creams are the essential final step toward silky skin. Shea butter, aloe vera and comfrey extracts make eShave After Shave Creams an ideal post-shave. The highly concentrated formula penetrates easily, leaving skin toned, moist and soft.

I will attest to the accuracy of the "packed" and "high concentrated" claims. This after shave cream is almost syrupy. You definitely don't want to put too much on, or it'll have a tough time absorbing into your face. Details for Men recommends "a dime size amount", and I agree. For all you non-US readers, a dime is our smallest coin (even though a penny and a nickel are worth less. Doesn't make any sense) Anyway, start out using far less of eShave's after shave than you think. It actually works really well, but you'll have a tough time getting your skin to absorb more than a little bit.

Also, it smells great. Mmm... white tea.

eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter is $22 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 15, 2008

Review of eShave's White Tea Shave Cream

eshavewhiteteashave.jpegIt's review time! And it's about time. Got a shipment of eShave products in from our friends over at Details for Men back in April, and we're only now finally getting to them. Shave on us.

First up - eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Mmm... white tea. This has got to be one of my favorite scents on earth. In fact if you haven't checked out Urth products, they're full of white tea and worth a look. But today we're talking about eShave.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is a light, almost fluffy/whipped shaving cream which is best applied with a brush. Place a small dab in the bristles of your brush, hold the tip of the brush under hot water for a few seconds, and then apply to your pre-moistened face. You'll be amazed at how little shaving cream you need to get a nice lather.

Sadly, I felt that the lather ultimately didn't protect my face against the evils of five razor-sharp blades. Perhaps it needed a little extra oil to act more as a lubricant, or maybe it works much better with eShave's Pre-Shave Oil as a base. I'm no chemist, so frankly I don't know what it needs. All I can say is that I was a little underwhelmed at eShave's ability to protect my face against nicks and cuts. (Luckily I had my new Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company, but more on that in another post.)

The shave with eShave was decent, although it wasn't the best at lifting up my whiskers. I often found myself reapplying shaving cream for a second pass over a particularly tricky section of skin. Not a huge deal in my book, but I've used shaving creams that have done better on the first pass.

Overall I wasn't that enthusiastic about eShave's shaving cream. Perhaps expectations were too high at the start. I was so excited by the white tea that I built up eShave to be the perfect shave before the first stroke. Anyway, we've had people write in and tell us how much they love it, so it may work great for you.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is $20 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 9, 2008

Anthony Logistics for Men Sings the Prostate Cancer Blues

anthonyenergyshave.jpgIt's September, and that can only mean one thing at Anthony Logistics for Men - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Once again Anthony is raising awareness and money for research and treatment through their "Blue" line of products. And for the shaving fans, there's Energy Shaving Cream:

Shave Cream with vitamins, aloe, squalene, and glycerin softens your beard and makes your razor glide. Promotes a smoothe shave. Lightly scented with your favorite Anthony scent that refreshes but never overpowers.

Squalene? Wikipedia time!

Squalene is a natural organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes primarily from shark liver oil, though there are botanic sources as well, including amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives. All higher organisms produce squalene, including humans.

Don't worry. Very unlikely that Anthony is harvesting their squalene from humans a la Fight Club. I'm sure they're out there hunting sharks with lasers.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to prostate cancer research, so stock up on some great products and take stock that you're helping the fight against cancer.

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September 4, 2008

Free ZIRH Grooming Trio With $75 Purchase

zirhtrio.jpgHere's a quick goodie bag from ZIRH for all you travelers: Get a free ZIRH Grooming Trio bag with all orders over $75 of ZIRH products. The bag includes the bare minimum you need to shave and wash your face.

  • Soothe 1.7 oz - Calms redness, razor burn and other shaving irritations.
  • Shave Gel 7ml - A clear, Aloe Vera based gel that delivers a smooth shave every time.
  • Clean 2.5 oz - Powerful Alpha Hydroxy face wash removes dirt and oil.

Whoa! 2.5 ounces of Clean? That's cutting it a little close to the 3 ounce limit imposed by the TSA. They'll let you onto the plane, but you might get some funny looks.

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August 6, 2008

Industrial Size Hydroplane Shaving Cream From Billy Jealousy

indus_hydro.jpgLet's say you've got to shave an industry. Or more likely you're a futures trader hedging against the rising price of shaving cream. Either way, you're going to want to know about the industrial size Hydroplane shaving cream from Billy Jealousy. A full one liter of their "super-slick" shaving cream for a mere $65. How many shaves do you get from a liter? A lotter. I don't think I can count that high.

Now if you don't know about Billy Jealousy's Hydroplane, I suggest you click on over to our November '05 review and read up on the magic of tiny silicon balls.

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.

Two things: 1) Billy Jealousy industrial size Hydroplane shaving cream should not be used as a lubricant for anything other than your face. And 2) Don't try to board a plane with it in your carry-on.

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August 5, 2008

Review of Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream

barbasol_th.jpgFor one day and one day only, we're changing the name of this site from ShavingStuff to ShavingSnob. Look, I've been very fortunate to have shaved with some of the best. Billy and Baxter? They're my buddies. They're on speed dial. I know a lot of people out there don't want to pay a lot for shaving cream, but hey - it's your face. If you're spending more on carwax than your cara, we need to talk.

So I've been shaving with Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream (between $4 and $5) for the last couple weeks, and I'll admit it. I'm a shaving snob. I like the high-end brands, and I think you will too if you give them a shot.

First, let's talk about scent. We've used products with scents that range from coconut to citrus, from sandalwood to soap. This products falls in the soap range, but sadly there's something artificial in the end result. If you're used to soap smelling like detergent, you won't mind. If you've spent the last five year sampling the creme de la creme of the shaving world, you'll be mildly turned off.

The shave with Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream is fine, especially if you have a sharp razor blade. I found that once my blade started to dull after a few uses, the number of nicks and cuts increased. You don't get that extra lubricating protection of a shaving oil or higher-end cream here, so make sure you have a tough face or a sharp blade.

Also, I don't think Barbasol does much to stand your whiskers up straight. The shave I got wasn't the closest, and I always ended up doing the re-apply/double-shave to get to a level I was used to.

I know. I'm a shaving snob. I'm all about the aroma, the experience, the 100% organic free-range conflict-free botanicals. But have you read the ingredient list on some of these drugstore brands? Remember the breakdown of Edge Sensitive Skin?

Chances are you're at this site because you're looking for a better shave. I'm glad you found your way. Your journey is just beginning, grasshopper. Check out our reviews section for some ideas on where to start. Then go forth and shave.

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July 29, 2008

This Just In - Molton Brown

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Ever stay in a high-end hotel, with all those fancy soaps and lotions that you want to lift off the maid's cart in the hallway? Well, I have. Taken extra soaps, that is. Because invariably those fancy soaps and lotions are made by the London company Molton Brown, and they smell great. Mmm mmm. You know, if they didn't smell so great, I wouldn't be tempted to take more than my fair share.

Anyway, big thanks to our friends over at Detail for Men who sent over a bunch of Molton Brown shaving products. In particular:

That's right. "Shavewax". Your guess is as good as mine. Can't wait to crack these guys open and breathe deeply. Stay tuned for our full report.

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July 28, 2008

Quick Review of Ritual Redux

boxset_200_ritual.jpgA couple weeks ago we got a shipment of reformulated products from Ritual. You'll recall the odorologists and scentists felt they could do better, so they went back to mix themselves a new drink. After finishing up our tour with Peter Thomas Roth, we kicked back and cracked open a tall one.

Razor Rinse
This is Ritual's answer to bacteria growing on your razor. Douse the blade in Razor Rinse and you kill germs before they set up camp on your freshing shaven face. Sniffing the previous version of Razor Rinse was not a good idea. There's a lot of alcohol in there, and unless you want to burn your sinuses out, best to let it work on germs. The new version of Razor Rinse doesn't pack as pungent a punch, yet still delivers the good. That said, I still wouldn't recommend inhaling this stuff.
Improvement: B+

Trifecta Body, Hair and Face Wash
Love the all-in-one shampoos and washes. Lather, rinse, replete. Trifecta of old, a little lemony. Trifecta of new, a little lemony. Didn't need that much improvement, and I'm not sure it got much.
Improvement: B+

The Whip Shave Cream
Shaving cream. You know what it does. You know how well it works. And if you've forgotten, go read our review again. This product and the after shave were the two that I had originally felt were most in need of aroma therapy, and I'm happy to report that Ritual has sent these two to the finest shrinks in town. The new Whip is like buttah. Whipped buttah. Still lemony, but enjoyably so. Like when life hands you lemonade, and you make yourself comfortable and enjoy the lemonade, and think about all the lemons you didn't have to make into lemonade.
Improvement: A-

The Balm Post Shave Gel
Hold onto your hats kids cause there's a new kid in town, and he's going deep. If there's one product in this Ritual Redux that has hit a home run, no, a grand slam, it's The Balm. Using the Balm II, son of Balm, is like spreading clean on your face. You know when you're walking down the street and some woman passes you who smells so fresh and clean you want to turn and follow her? That's what I'm talking about. Kudos to the folks at Ritual for The Balm! I fully expect people to be following me now.
Improvement: A+

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