December 5, 2008

Get Your BodyGroom Manalogue On FunnyOrDie

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You may remember our recent mention of The Manalogues - the latest web campaign for the Philips Norelco Bodygroom. Well now the Bodygroom has teamed up with Funny or Die to bring you a chance for your own 15 minutes of fame, and a couple hairless McNuggetts, should you choose.

Presenting the Bodygroom Manalogues! Has body hair played a part in your life? Here's a chance to tell your tale in 3000 characters or less. Share your story by entering it at www.shaveeverywhere.com

Two winners will have their story professionally produced and performed by Bryan Callen of MadTV. And trust me, as talented as you think you are, you really want a professional telling your embarrassing pube story. That's what they're trained to do.

Check out the video above to get an idea of what they're looking for. Here's my favorite euphemism:

I accidentally opened the blast doors on the Millennium Falcon and she caught site of my Chewbacca.

Whoa! What a Wookie.

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November 21, 2008

The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.

Shaving Cream
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MENSGROOM - $52
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245

Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49

On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95

Electric Razors
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219

Pubic Shaving
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Nose Shaving
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99

Back Shaving
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95

Shaving Accessories
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99

Books
Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20

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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 11, 2008

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1050 for $140

arcitec.jpgI think there are two main camps in the electric razor world - rotary head and foil. If you're into the former, the Arcitec, excuse me, the arcitec, is latest razor from Philips Norelco. Introduced last year in both standard and shaving-cream-dispensing incarnations, we had a chance to give those rotary heads a spin. Check out our arcitec review from way back in '07.

And then check out this deal at Amazon - the Philips Norelco Arcitec 1050 for $140, plus a $40 gift card.

Get $40 off a future Amazon.com purchase when you spend $139 or more on select Norelco, Sonicare, and Bliss Philips products offered by Amazon.com, including this item. Here's how (restrictions apply). Offer valid through November 30, 2008.

Um, I call that a recession-busting steal of a deal!

Via Dealnews.

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October 23, 2008

Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shaver

panasonices8043sc.jpgWhat's better than one Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shaver for 48% off the $99.99 list? How about two Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shavers for 63% off the $99.99 list price! That's right. For a limited time use promo code "PANAOCT8" and save big time when you double down.

Now why, you may be asking, does one person need two electric razors? I can think of several reasons.

  1. The two sides of your face are acting childish and won't share.
  2. You have an annoying roommate who's constantly in your stuff.
  3. You're attempting to stimulate the economy with the excessive spending we've all become used to.

Whatever the reason, I don't care. Keep one for yourself and sell one on craigslist.

The Panasonic Pivot Action and Pro Curve wet/dry shaver has the fastest linear motor (13,000 rpm's) and the sharpest blades in the industry (30 degree). The pivoting head not only rotates side to side but each head floats independently up and down to give you the closest shave in the industry.

Since when did they start measuring sharpness in degrees?

Via dealnews.

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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 16, 2008

Cut Your Own Hair With The Remington Short Cut Clipper

RemingtonShortCutClipper.jpgTired of paying SuperCuts for a haircut you're pretty sure you could do yourself? Well you're in luck. Remington has introduced the Remington Short Cut Clipper, a do-it-yourself home buzz buster for the cost conscience crew-cutter. That's right, it's time to roll up your sleeves, spread out a towel, and get down to business.

But don't take my word for it. Check out RemingtonShortCut.com and watch a hands on demonstration. And if you're so inclined, submit your own Short Cut short and win... er... not sure you win anything. But you can say you won something.

So if you like to keep your hair short - I mean really short - the Short Cut may be for you. The Remington Short Cut Clipper is $28.49.

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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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September 10, 2008

Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer

wahl_trim-n-vac_trimmer_m.jpgHere's one from our friends over at Dealnews. It's the Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer, available today only for the low price of $17.95 from Yugster.com. How do they find these sites?

Trim WITHOUT leaving a mess! Combination trimmer and vacuum keeps your morning routine tidy. Features 11 position range, rotating 90 degree pivoting head, and full set of accessories including comb, brush, oil, stand and pouch

How do they fit a vacuum in a tiny shaver? Simple. You know that large hadron super collider which went online today in Europe? Well, instead of all those little black holes it produces ending the universe as we know it, they're being bundled in the Wahl Trim-N-Vac Vacuuming Beard and Mustache Trimmer to suck up your freshly shorn whiskers. Sweet. And environmentally conscious. Shaving saves civilization.

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August 21, 2008

The Yellow Panasonic Pro Curve for $15

panasonicProCurveYellow.jpgIt takes a pretty bold designer to suggest yellow accents on a men's electric razor, and it takes an even bolder product manager to approve it. But that's what must have happened to produce the Panasonic - Pro-Curve Men's Shaver and Trimmer Combo. What? Scared of a color? What are you - yeller?

OK, at $15 the Panasonic - Pro-Curve Men's Shaver and Trimmer Combo ain't gonna be no Braun Pulsonic. In fact the reviews aren't exactly stellar. But then again you will have an extra couple hundred in your pocket. And a set of nostrils devoid of hair, which might be worth $15. So if you're really enterprising, buy the Panasonic, keep the nose hair trimmer, and sell the shaver on Craig's List. You might actually come out ahead.

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