September 11, 2008

ShavingStuff on your Kindle

shaingstuffkindle.jpgFile this under the shameless self-promotion category.

Hey kids! Got one of those new-fangled Amazon e-reader Kindle thingies? Well now you can get your daily dose of ShavingStuff delivered wirelessly over the ether right to your fingertips. Check out Shaving Stuff (Kindle Edition). Same great shaving news. New optimized format! Nominal fee. Only $0.99 per month. What will they think of next?

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September 2, 2008

August 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

And we're back! I've been on vacation for a week, laying on the beach, grillin' and chillin'. Didn't shave for 8 days and 8 nights. A miracle in some religions. Anyway, I hope you've a great end of the summer. Before we launch into the fall segment of ShavingStuff, let's recap August.

Reviews

Only review this month was for Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream. I know, I'm slacking. But we're current shaving with products from eShave, and we just got in The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving Company, so check back soon for our reviews of those.

Shaving Accessories

Couple of unconventional shaving accessories to help you rid your skin of unwanted hair. First, the Epila Personal Laser Hair Remover. Lasers! Must be from the future. Second, the Goatee Saver, a decidedly low-tech device for shaving within the lines. Must be from the past. No lasers.

Couture

My personal favorite from this past month was the introduction of a couple of Hip Shaving T-Shirts from Ritual. Check out Shave Guevara and Shave Anything, and get a chuckle from your friends.

Celebrities

We mourned the passing of Dave Matthew's Band saxaphonist LeRoi Moore. We examined the newest form of juicing - the steroid-injecting mustache sported by hitting machine Jason Giambi. And we marveled as the John Allan's mobile man spa rolled into Madison Square Garden to shave ten years off of Police front-man Sting during their final show.
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August 29, 2008

Can Someone Please Explain This Joke To Me?

tt_logo.jpgI scour the web looking for the very latest in shaving-related stories every day. Well, pretty often. Anyway, I came across the joke-of-the-day at TheTrucker.com, - "America's Trucking Newspaper". Maybe truckers have a different sense of humor, or maybe I'm just incredibly dense, but I don't get this joke about a man shaving his horse.

It starts like this:

A fellow walks into a bar very down on himself. As he walks up to the bar the bartender asks, "What's the matter?" The fellow replies, "Well I've got these two horses (sniff, sniff), and well... I can't tell them apart. I don't know if I'm mixing up riding times or even feeding them the right foods." The bartender, feeling sorry for the guy, tries to think of something he can do. "Why don't you try shaving the tail of one of the horses?"

Read the entire text of the joke and then please tell me why it's funny. Or why I'm a moron.

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August 7, 2008

Shaving 101 by SimpleHuman (and Bullz-Eye)

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Every so often it's good to go back to the basics. Examine the fundamentals and work on technique. SimpleHuman recently posted this shaving guide on their blog.

My favorite pieces of their advice - "Rinse your razor often and take short strokes" and "Shave slowly--consider it meditation. You'll save time going slowly up front as you won't waste any later cursing or nursing wounds." Amen to that. (This morning I was in a rush and had to break out the alum block. You know it's going to be a bad day when you draw first blood.)

We're cribbing here from the SimpleHuman post, which in turn is cribbing from this Bullz-Eye post. Oh blogs. Sometimes I think there's no original content left on the web. And I'm a part of that endless cycle.

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July 31, 2008

July 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

July! July! July! It never seemed so strange.

Any Decemberists fans out there?

Reviews
We checked out Peter Thomas Roth's 21st Century Shave Cream and Peter Thomas Roth's Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm. Quality products which will definitely give you a great shave, but not among the top five. We also took a quick second look at the reformulated Ritual line. The Balm Post Shave Gel is da bomb!

General News
In an odd but perhaps fitting combination, Ford and Barbasol have teamed up on a joint advertising campaign. Pictures here of the shaving cream cans with advertising. They'll have to battle the decline in shaving as reported by AdAge. But do you really want to read about that? Perhaps you'd prefer The Great American Bathroom Book from Ritual.

Video
Two videos this month - a Cyclist's Gude To Shaving Your Legs, and a Stop-Motion Videoists Guide to Shaving With Your Hands. How does he do it?

Celebrities
We picked Christian Bale before this fiasco erupted with his sister and mother. We told him to shave the evil goatee. If only he had listened. Also, we gave the nod to Uncle Sam, reusing a post from last year. It was a good one though. Ok fine. Maybe we got a little lazy.

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July 30, 2008

Shaving By Hand

How's he doing that? It's like magic! He's shaving without a razor.

Here's a really cute video from YouTube that caught my eye. With some clever stop-motion photography this guy appears to shave his beard with nothing more than his hand. It's pretty good, and when you think about how much time probably went into making it, it's even more impressive. The only annoying thing is the metal music playing in the background. I'd recommend putting your speakers on mute.

(By the way, there are three video responses. The only one worth watching is Stop Motion Shaving, which is clever, but a little too long and convoluted when held up next to Shaving By Hand. Some things are meant to stand on their own.)

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July 14, 2008

AdAge: U.S. Consumers Cut Down on Razor Use

adagegrowth.jpgHere's an interesting article from AdAge about the decline in razor sales.

[...] the real factors behind the slowing of the $3 billion-plus shaving business are an aging population, a decline in men shaving and better products that last longer, according to a recently released report by market-research firm Mintel.

I know all you conspiracy theorists are having a problem with that last one. Better shaving products that last longer? My foot! But apparently the latest Fusion and Quattro really last longer.

Another reason for the decline in sales is that young men are shaving less of their face, or shaving less period. It's more acceptable to have a "stubbled look", or to shave every few days. I'm in the latter camp. I rarely shave every day. Thanks more tolerant society!

And what about older men?

Older men and women need to shave less because of hormonal changes. And older people, particularly men, prefer electric razors because they're easier to handle, said Kat Fay, editor-senior analyst on the Mintel project.

My recent anecdotal evidence suggests this might be true. Got my father-in-law a Pulsonic and he loves it.

More good reading with some hard numbers from AdAge here.

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July 10, 2008

Get Paid to Shave in Andover, MA

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I gotta admit this looks a little sketchy, but sometimes these things are legit. We received this email from a marketing specialist today about Shave4Cash.com, a site looking for male shaving test subjects. "Hey guys, you have to shave anyway. Why not get paid for it?" Looks like you can earn between $100 and $250. Not a bad haul. The deal is you have to get yourself to Andover, Massachusetts.

If you're interested, you can take the mini survey on the site, but in the end you'll need to call their toll free number 1-800-874-7550. That's all the info we've got.

Who knows? Maybe you'll test shave the latest mutliblade high velocity razor from Gillette. World Shaving Headquarters is only a few miles south on 93.

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July 8, 2008

A Cyclist's Gude To Shaving Your Legs

If you're into cycling, and you've got hairy legs, here's a useful video and article from CoachLevi.com, "Official Website of Coach Levi, Cycling Coach". (Hmm, sounds like I'm supposed to know who that is.)

Anyway, coach (I like to all him "coach") walks you through the basics of shaving your legs, from getting over the initial mental block, prepping your legs with some clippers, lather, shave, moisturize. Lots of sage advice for the avid cyclist, such as:

So grab your razor and some shaving cream, and take a seat on the side of your bath tub. The shower works, too, but it's much easier to shave your legs while seated! (Shaving your legs in the shower is like juggling knives while standing on a stability ball - it takes practice and balance.)

We'll learn how to shave while standing on a stability ball tomorrow. Today, your assignment is to read coach Levi's how-to and then report back on your own stream-lined legs. Now drop and give me 20!

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July 2, 2008

Cooking Tip: Peel Carrots With A Disposable Single-Blade Razor

200807-a-disposable-razor.jpgDo I need to start a cooking category on this website? Here's a cute little tip from chef Graham Elliot Bowles courtesy of Food and Wine magazine.

"I use drugstore razors for peeling delicate vegetables, like baby carrots, because they waste less," explains Graham Elliot Bowles, who will be opening Graham Elliot in Chicago this summer.

I just looked at the menu for Graham Elliot restaurant, and aside from the mildly annoying music, I'm hungry! "Spring pea bisque: carrot marshmallows, pea tendril salad, pickles carrots, lavender yogurt drizzle." Mmm mmm mmm. I can just taste the disposable razor.

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