December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays from Shaving Stuff!

Snowflake_300h.jpgWe're going to take a few days off and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. We suggest you do the same. Eat, drink, and be merry. Safe travels wherever you're going.

And stop shaving. Give your face a holiday too. It's been a long year.

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December 2, 2008

November 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Hope you had a great Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Oh, and a good Thanksgiving too. Before we get too far into December lets recap our last month, starting with The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. We've got recommendations from shaving tools to shaving creams, electric shavers to back shavers to head shavers. Even nether-shavers. It's your one stop razor shop.

Reviews
Only one review this past month - Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax. We reviewed Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream the month before. We received a shipment of Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream and we're currently shaving with it now. Expect our review this month. After that we'll crack open a couple of cans of Proraso.

Turkey Fun
Another Thanksgiving and another time to check out the oddities that are Turkey Beards. Have you seen these things? They're a prize possession in certain crowds. Also, the folks down under are at it again, celebrating Movember! by growing "mo's". And for a purely random piece of fun, check out Hans Langseth and the Longest Beard Ever.

Shaving Accessories
There are lots of ways to accessorize your morning shave. There are a whole range of high quality synthetic Shaving Brushes as demonstrated in this video. There are also a bunch of Fog-Free Shaving Mirrors for those of you who like to kill two birds with one stone. And, for the neanderthal in all of us, the Swerve Neck and Back Razor just might save you an extra trip to the barber, and some embarrassment.

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November 26, 2008

Turkey Beards Redux

turkey_beard_board.jpgA couple years ago I did a random Google search for a Thanksgiving-themed shaving post and ended up reading about Turkey Beards. "A turkey's beard is the black, hair-like feathers on a male's breast." And these are quite the prize. Certain turkey hunters covet the beard, so much so that the NWTF (what, you haven't heard of the National Wild Turkey Federation?) keeps their own set of records on who has bagged the longest beard. Wanna see the list? Sure you do.

In first place in the Eastern division is Robert Tremblay, who shot a wild turkey with an 18.125 inch beard on 5/2/98. Damn, Bobby. Nice kill. That totally smokes the Florida league where Kenny Hinote leads with a 13.625 turkey beard acquired on 1/3/04. Guess we know who's favored in the Wild Turkey Beard World Series later this year.

(Full turkey beard record board here.)

Surprisingly, Wikipedia, the source of all Internet knowledge, doesn't have a page on turkey beards. Instead, they have this page on Turkey's Beard, aka Xerophyllum - a "popular garden plant, producing spikes of white flowers." Lame. Where's the fun in killing a plant?

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November 7, 2008

Happy Movember!

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You may remember last year around this time we covered a little underground global shaving movement called Movember. Well it's back, baby, and in full world-spanning force!

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo (Australian slang for moustache), raising money and awareness along the way for men's health and the fight against prostate cancer.

And ShavingStuff reader Daniil has graciously volunteered to go down under and provide on-site reports of the men and their 'staches. Actually he's spending a year in New Zealand for other reasons, but he did send us this great photos of Mo-mite billboards. "Mo-mite - because my upper lip deserves the best." Never heard of Mo-mite? Me neither. Think of it as invigorating moustache spread.

For a long time now, many have thought it's the B-vitamins in Mo-mite that stimulate mo-follicles. Others have thought it's the unique blend of yeast and herbs. Some reckon it's just a load of bull. It's hard to be certain. All we know for sure is that it tastes good and as long as it keeps our mo's soft, voluptuous and full of shine, it's got to be a good thing. Just like Movember.

Mmm, mmm! A little mo-mite for the stache. A little vegemite for the mouth. I love Movember down under!

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November 5, 2008

October 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Baxter

Blogs and Websites

Brands

Braun

Celebrity Facial Hair

Electric Shaving

General News

Molton Brown

Pacific Shaving

Philips Norelco

Pubic Shaving

Regular Shaving

Reviews

Shaving Accessories

Shaving Creams & Gels

Shaving Gifts

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October 24, 2008

Presidential Shaving Cream

In honor of the upcoming election, we present this Presidential Shaving Cream parody from jokester Benny Bell. I can think of a few things which are full of shaving cream...
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October 1, 2008

September 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Hard to believe it's already October. Got a cute monkey costume for my boy for Halloween. Not sure what I'm dressing up as yet, but maybe I'll go as a giant banana. Anyway, before we get too far into this month, let's review September.

Reviews

Last month we shaved with products from eShave, and were somewhat underwhelmed. That said, I gave my tub of eShave shaving cream to my dad and he thought it was great. So what do I know. You can read my review of eShave White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter here, and maybe I'll get my dad to write in the counter opinion. My review of eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is also worth considering if you're thinking about trying these products.

The Mundane And The Bizarre

We started out with an innocuous article from Esquire magazine on Getting The Proper Beard Length. From there we went to an arguably improper beard length by visiting the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. South Central! Represent! We then imagined our favorite celebrities, men and women, totally bald with a visit to BalderaZZi - Imagined Head-Shaving Fun With Photoshop. And we finished up with the self-help book Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull, which legally we're obligated to disclose that we do not endorse in the literal sense.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Taking a page out of Car Talk, here was a quick post to announce that ShavingStuff is now available on your Kindle. All you Kindle owners out there best be reading this blog on the comfort of your new-fangled electronic doohicky. Technology moves so fast.

Shameless Gillette Promotion

Your chance to be famous. There's still time to Sculpt Yourself Into Gillette History. You've got until October 6th to get your design in for the pole position at the new Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters.

Next Month

Got a bunch of products going in the Shaving Stuff test labs these days. Look for our reviews of Molton Brown shaving creams, The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving, and the Schick Quattro Titanium.
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September 30, 2008

Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull

shavinginsideskull.jpgYou know how they say no one ever goes past the first page of search results on Google? Well, as an experiment I decided to jump to page seven after searching for "shaving", and here's what I found: Mel Ash's book Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull. That certainly piqued my interest. Here's the Amazon review:

Zen monks traditionally shave their heads as a symbol of their renunciation of the world. But author Mel Ash points out that it's not enough to shave the outside. Why not shave the inside as well? This is one wild and crazy book. Ash gives us "razors" to use that are really creative homework assignments to help us shave all the beliefs, isms, and self-limitations that hold us back. Topics for enlightenment include picking your nose in your car, tracing your tree of belief, and finding your secret name--and that's just on one page!

The first five pages are available for your perusal at Amazon through their "Look Inside This Book" technology. Read up about Ash's razor metaphor, his shaving schedule, and decide if this book is right for you. Nine out of nine people gave it five stars. There must be some pearls of wisdom in there. But just to clear the air of any legal responsibility, we certainly do not advocate or suggest literally shaving the inside of your skull. Or anyone else's. Thank you. Please shave responsibly.

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September 23, 2008

South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club

SCAKBMCpatch.jpgAlaska's been getting quite a bit of attention recently, what with the surprise pick of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. Here's a little slice of Alaska which deserves its time in the limelight. It's the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, and it's gearing up to host the World Beard and Moustache Championships on May 23rd, 2009. That means construction's already well underway on the bearded toboggan run, the track for the mustache relay race, and of course the giant goatee slalom. Nobody's expecting opening ceremonies to beat China's recent masterpiece, but let's just say there may be a couple of guys flying around the rooftop suspended by their handlebars.

Our club was founded in 2003 to extend the annual Mr. Fur Face competition at the Miner's and Trapper's Ball into a year-round celebration of competition and comradery. Members include former Mr. Fur Face title holders , World Champions, and world class competitors.

Here's what I can infer from the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. There are a lot of beard and moustache clubs in Alaska. There's the North Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, the Southeast Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, and who could forget the Due West Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. I hear you can see Russia from their main offices.

Anyway, start planning your trip now for the World Beards in '09 in Anchorage. Now where are my Michelle Shocked tapes? And where can I get me one of those patches?

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September 18, 2008

Shaving Study in India

indiaonline.gifHere's a little shaving story from India Infoline, where, if you haven't already read their tag line to the right, "It's all about money, honey!". Gee. You seem like a reputable news source

Apparently AC Neilsen and Gillette conducted a study on men's shaving habits and preferences, and what they found just might shock you. No, I'm not talking about the fact that "93% [of] men like to be clean shaven in India and 80% of men feel more handsome after shaving." I'm talking about these two findings:

  • Women in Chennai (97%) agree that men are more likely to be caught by bouncers if they are unshaven more than other towns
  • 85% women from Bangalore agree that unshaven men are lazy more than most towns

Yeah, um, what?!? Is there a problem with men taunting bouncers in Chennai? And how are men with beards lazier than most towns? Hey Gillette. Not sure you got your money's worth on that study. For more illuminating Indian shaving trivia, read the full story about Urban Indian Men's Shaving Habits and Perceptions here.

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