Kind of crazy to think we're midway through the year, but today is July 1st. We're looking forward to shaving with products from Peter Thomas Roth this month, but first, let's look back and see what we learned.
A big thanks again to our partner Philips Norelco for the ShavingStuff/arcitec contest where we gave away five razors. Congrats again to our two mailing list winners and our three write-in winners who had the guts to bare all and share their shaving stories. Read the winning first, second, and third stories here.
A big ShavingStuff congratulations to Jared, who has won himself an arcitec razor. Jared's story is, how do I say this, south of the border. And while he's won himself a Philips Norelco arcitec, perhaps he'd be better served with a BodyGroom:
I was about 16, had started shaving maybe a year earlier, and was starting to understand that one's face isn't necessarily the only area of the body that can be shaved. Being ... curious ... i decided that I should shave my um, euphemisms. So i took my Mach 3 downtown and got to work. Naturally, I got nicked. It wasn't particularly more painful than any other area, but it just WOULDN'T stop bleeding! I washed off and dried off and sat in the bathroom for what seemed like hours waiting for it to stop bleeding. Being a kind of nervous 16 year old, i got more and more worried, until i reached the point of full-on freaking out. So, I did the only thing i could think of doing... i started yelling for my dad. He came to the bathroom door and yelled "What?" and i told him what happened. He stood outside the door, totally silent for a few seconds. Then just yelled back "Well why the hell did you do that?" I responded "Well i didn't try to cut myself!" to which he replied, "I wasn't talking about cutting yourself, you peckerhead!" Anyways, he told me what in hindsight was the obvious solution--hold some toilet paper on the cut until it stops bleeding, which occurred shortly thereafter. I couldn't look my dad in the face for at least a full day, I was so embarrassed!
Oof. Harsh father. If shaving didn't scar you for life, his words might have. Hope you two have made up.
Well, that about sums up our contest. A big thanks to Philips Norelco for providing us and our winners with arcitec razors, and thanks to everyone who wrote in or signed up to our mailing list. There's nothing like a good, mildly embarrassing shaving story. We'll have to do this again sometime.
A big congratulations to Buck, our second ShavingStuff arcitec winner! Buck wrote in with a sweet romantic story which one can only imagine had a Harlequin ending.
When I was dating my future wife, we were about to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together. I thought I would surprise my fiancee by shaving a heart into the top of my head. I had a buzz cut at the time. Everything went well. The heart was centered on top of my head, and had the proper shape. There was also a nice contrast between my dark hair and the pale white of my bare scalp. Anyway, On Valentine's Day I arrive at my gal's apartment wearing my usual ballcap. I present her with a card, flowers, and a small gift. Then I removed my hat and said, "Happy Valentine's Day honey" She smiled and laughed, then said: "Is that what I think it is?" "Yes" I replied "I have a Heart-On for you!"
Oh visual puns. It takes a tough man to pull one off. And in the end, Buck gets the girl. Well played sir. Hope you enjoy your new arcitec razor.
There's still one day left and three razors to go! Send in your shaving story or sign up for our mailing list. Full details are here.
A big congratulations to John, our first ShavingStuff arcitec winner! John's shaving story is an instant classic - a tale of modest beginnings, mistaken identity, and comedic outcome. I think we can all relate.
I started using a shaving cream that came in a short wide top container,you put a small amount in your palm and then used a brush to lather it up and apply it. I used this method for some time and it always worked great, however my wife used a product called hemp body lotion that came in a similar container and placed it near my product in the cabinet. I soon began to notice that my cream would not lather up and my morning shave was not getting the job done, I finally put on my reading glasses and realized that I had been trying to lather up and apply her body lotion for 3 or 4 days, it's hell getting old!
It certainly is. Luckily the arcitec looks nothing like a short wide top container of hemp.
Hey ShavingStuff readers! Want your own arcitec? There's still time, and there are still four left. Submit your own shaving story or sign up for our mailing list by Friday. Full details are here.
Want a present for Fathers Day, even if you're not a father? Yeah you do. Want a new electric razor? Yes, yes indeed. You've come to the right place.
Send us your funniest or most embarrassing shaving story and we'll make it happen. We've got five arcitec razors from Philips Norelco, and one of them has your name on it. So make Friday the 13th your lucky day and send in your story or sign up for our mailing list. Then sit back and let the loot roll in. Full details of the contest are here. We'll start announcing winners next week.
Speaking of Father's Day, John Allan's Roll Up might just be the coolest shaving-related gift on the market. Indiana Jones would carry one of these if they had been invented back in the day. Also, the aMENity Limited Edition Gift Set makes a great gift if you're looking for the more traditional leather dopp bag. We had a couple ideas for dads in the Military from Best4Men, and Baxter of California came through if your dad just happens to want to rule the galaxy with the dark side of the force.
Have a Funny Shaving Story You'd Like to Share? - The best stories will win a new Philips Norelco arcitec shaver just in time for Father's Day!
Philips has given us five - count them five! - Philips Norelco arcitec electric shavers (a ShavingStuff.com favorite), and we're giving them away to our faithful readers. The Philips Norelco arcitec shaver is something you can use every day and it features unique technology that makes shaving easier and more convenient. It retails for $169.99.
You can win by one of TWO ways:
1. Submit a Funny Shaving Story - Have you ever had a funny or embarrassing shaving moment? Do you remember the first shaving disaster you ever had? Send it to us and we'll post it if you're one of the lucky 3 winners. Pictures are always a PLUS! Send your story to:
2. Sign Up for our Mailing List - We'll pick two winners from our mailing list randomly. Sign up is below.
We'll be giving away 3 arcitecs to story tellers and 2 to newsletter subscribers.
Here's an interesting product reviewed recently by Treehugger. It's MOOM® Organic Hair Removal - basically a wax without the wax. Instead the main ingredient is sugar. In fact, the only ingredients are sugar, chamomile, lemon juice, and tea tree oil. That's it. You could probably whip that up in your kitchen in minutes. Who doesn't have tea tree oil lying around.
I've tried waxing before and never really got the hang of it so I was skeptical when I first tried Moom, but it won me over. I like that its less mess, less stress and less waste when its all said and done. Your legs don't like they're on fire and if you have to stop at any point you can just wash the product off and walk away. The only downside is that I can't find refill jars in stores - so when I run out of product, I have to buy a whole new package. This defeats the beauty of reusable applicator strips if I'm buying new ones each time.
Did you catch that "stop at any point"? Try doing that with wax. Not even peanut butter is going to get that stuff out of your hair. Major plus in my book.
Came across this blog post from my favorite online source for nerd news - Slashdot. Microsoft "Senior software consulter and developer" Tamir Khason wrote this amusing piece on Computer Languages and Facial Hair. As someone who spends his day job coding up a storm, this piece was right up my alley.
His thesis - the more facial hair you've got, the more popular the programming language you invented will be.
And he's got a point. The creators of C - Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie and Kenneth L. Thompson - facial hair freaks, and their language is still thriving. The creators of Fortran, Ada and Simula - clean shaven, and fathers of dying languages.
Pictured on the right is my man James Gosling, creator of java, and facial hair fanatic. I owe quite a bit of my career to him. So James - please don't shave! I've still got a lot of apps to write.
Both Gillette and Schick are getting into the YouTube these days, looking for videos of you doing something clever with a razor. Or just being clever. Schick's got its Get Experimental contest, Gillette's got its Trickstars 08 for the Europeans, and The Search for the Next Phenom for those of you who live in North America. If you've got a video camera and some talent, you could win big.
Got some great new products in from eShave and from John Allan's. Can't wait to try those out. Also ZIRH launched their new Platinum line, for the high-end man. Still waiting for them to add a Platinum shaving cream.
Electric Boogie Woogie
Two razors enter. One razor leave. Who run Bartertown? Braun Pulsonic runs Bartertown. (Yes, I did just reference Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome.) And for the Tina Turners out there, check out the Silk'n Laser Hair-Remover which uses lasers. 'Nuf said.
Celebrities David Schwimmer joined the growing list of actors-turned-directors who felt the need to show maturity in the form of facial hair. Wesley Snipes joined the list of actors who feel that they are above the IRS. And Charlton Heston left the list of actors. Period. (Sorry, that's probably too harsh. But I liked the symmetry.)
And we'll end with the first post of the month, my April Fools story about Gillette attempting a hostile takeover of Schick. Was it funny? I don't know. My story about the eight-bladed Schick Octo from a few years ago got some good reactions. This one fell on deaf ears. OK, I get it. I'll do better next year. Promise.