February 7, 2008

DIY Razor and Brush Stand

diyBrush.jpgHere's a cute idea from instructables.com on how to make your own razor and shaving brush stand. Required materials: a wire hanger. Required tools: pliers. Required skills: patience. And the ability to follow directions.

Actually the directions are pretty easy, and there are plenty of pictures to guide you through each step. And while you may not end up with a nickel/chrome-plated stand worthy of Trump, you will have the satisfaction of having done it yourself.

Crafternoon at my place!

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February 6, 2008

Don't Shave and Drive in Mexico

menshavedrive.jpgYou know all those annoying people driving like idiots while talking on a cell phone? Yes, I know we've all done it, but it's still wrong. Here's something else that's wrong - driving and shaving. According to this article:

Authorities in Northern Mexico warns [sic] motorists that anyone who is caught putting on lipstick, shaving or holding a pet while behind the wheel, will be charged hefty fines in an attempt to lower the chances of traffic accidents.

Applying makeup or shaving while driving will cost the drivers 346 pesos ($32) in Torreon in Northern Mexico City.

So here's my question: How many people had to get cited for a moving violation while shaving before someone government took action? Here in the States getting government to do anything is a Herculean effort. Does Mexico have a more efficient city hall? And back to the point - what were they shaving with?

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January 31, 2008

January 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Another end of the month, and it's time to take stock of where we are. And if you've taken some stock, you might want to look at cutting your losses and selling that stock.

We shaved with products from The Art of Shaving this month - specifically Pre-Shave Oil (slick!), Shaving Cream (smooth!), Alum Block (rock!), and After-Shave Balm (milky!). They pretty much lived up to their high expectation. Definitely worth a try if you're ready to up your game.

Got a full suite of products in from Ritual, so look for a review of those soon.

Electric Razors
One of my favorite posts from this past month was from ShavingStuff reader Dale and his DIY Braun Cleaning Solution. Turns out we all should have been paying more attention in high school chemistry class.

Another ShavingStuff reader tipped us off to the new Philips Norelco BodyGroom BG2022 - Limited Edition. $10 more than the regular edition, but comes with a travel case. Only you can decide whether that's worth it or not.

Got a bunch of responses about the Save-A-Blade, which purports to restore your disposable blade back to new. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, I want to be putting my newly sharpened razors in John Allan's Roll Up.

We honored our fellow striking writers by honoring the talk show hosts who are be-bearded in solidarity. David Letterman (who has since shaved), Conan (no idea), and the Writers Guild of America (still on strike, so probably looking like sasquatch). As someone who writes content for the Internet, I hope you get to share in the profits of your creative work.

Oh, and Brad Pitt kind of looks like The Edge now.

We've got some new products in from Peter Thomas Roth we'll be talking about, and up next in the Shaving Stuff studios is shaving with MensGroom. Stick around for that, as well as the latest nose hair trimmer from Norelco.

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January 23, 2008

Beards BeCAUSE Raises Money for the Battered Women's Shelter of Charlotte, North Carolina

beardsBecause.gifHere's another group of men using their facial hair growing powers for good. The group is Beards BeCAUSE, and over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years season they proudly tossed their razors aside and let whiskers flourish. Not an easy thing to do, given all the social events and inquisitive relatives, but in the end they raised $10,000 for the Battered Women's Shelter of Charlotte, North Carolina.

We wanted to congratulate winner Nate Field (and all the participants), who turns out to be a friend of a friend, for his grizzliest adams. Here's a photo and his bio:

I'm a professional facial hair grower. I've done them all. Goatee, dirty 'stache, chops, full beard, fu manchu, three musketeer, Wolverine, even the good ol' Magnum PI/cop mustache. But never for a good cause. So as a Southern transplant to New England and with a sure-to-be chilly winter approaching, what better to do than to grow a chin warmer and raise money for a good cause while doing so. Oh and to have the burliest beard of every one else come January.

Nice beard (and hair) Nate! You look like a cross between Eric Clapton and Trey Anastasio.

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January 1, 2008

Happy New Year from Shaving Stuff

timessquare.jpgOut with the old, in with the new. Happy new year everyone. Hope your year is full of peace, happiness, and good fortune. And energy-efficient green light bulbs.

Philips Lighting, which created the light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs, specifically for the event, says they are smaller but more than twice as bright as last year's lights, which were a mix of more than 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs.

Philips? Isn't that the same company which makes the BodyGroom, the Arcitec, and the solution to my second puberty problems? Why yes. Yes it is.

Oh segues. I should write for the 6:00 news.

Happy New Year everyone. Now as I said during Christmas, get off the Internet and spend some time with your family and friends.

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December 31, 2007

December 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

fireworks.jpgEnd of the month and end of the year. Wow, time sure does fly when you're having fun.

Had a chance to check out L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream and L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm this past month. Quick summary: shaving cream good (when applied with brush), after shave balm kind of stung. Read the full reviews for more.

New Products
Got a Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer in, cause you know I'm going to sail through second puberty in style. You're going to want to as well, so click on through and see how to avoid a hairy mess. Also got a bunch of grooming products in from Zia for Men. Advanced word on ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash is that it's quite good.

Other new products from around the shaving world include Venereous Shaving Oil and Jelly from NeufBrand, Liquidsand and White Knight from Billy Jealousy, and the beautiful 63 R Series Razor from John Allan's.

There were tons of specials for the holiday seasons from all our favorite shaving brands. Sadly, most of them end today. You can page through the posts from December to see what might still be available.

New Year
Coming up in the new year we've got reviews of Sharps, The Art of Shaving, MensGroom, Philips Norelco, and more. Thanks for a great year, and here's to an even better one. Happy shaving everybody!

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December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays from Shaving Stuff

christmastree.jpgMerry Christmas.
Happy Hannukah.
Happy Kwanzaa.
Good Solstice.
Happy Festivus.
Happy Holidays.

Whatever you celebrate, hope you're spreading the joy. Now get off the Internet and spend some time with family and friends!

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November 30, 2007

November 2007 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Can't believe we're about to enter the last month of the year. Is it really the end of November? Did we celebrate Thanksgiving already?

The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with that tons of deals are springing up. If you missed some of the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, fear not. There are still great promotions going on, like this one from Details for Men. And if you're having trouble with someone on your list, our Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide is the perfect place to start.

In the review department we checked out more Jack Black products, specifically Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream (eh) and Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel (awesome). We had also a reader review of Pacific Shaving Oil (frisson). Finally we shaved with the Braun Pulsonic and reviewed it in three acts - the shave, mechanics, and cleaning. The Pulsonic is a winner.

Currently in use at the Shaving Stuff studios are products from L'Occitane. Expect a full review real soon. Also in the Shaving Stuff studios are new products from Mensgroom. Looking forward to trying those out.

Those wild and crazy mustache-growing guys are at it again in Chicago. Mustaches for Kids kicked off this month with the full shave down. Check in for regular updates and ridiculous facial hair.

On a green kick? Check out the Recycline Preserve razor, made from recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups. No wonder those razors have fruit on the bottom.

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November 29, 2007

Mustaches for Kids Kicks Off Again

m4kchicago.jpgThe Chicago chapter of Mustaches for Kids is at it again - starting with a clean slate and growing 'staches for charity. You might remember those wild and crazy guys from last year's post, but if not, the Chicago chapter of Mustaches for Kids is raising money for Off the Street Club. Pretty much self-explanatory.

Now this may sounds a little silly, but these guys are serious. Shave before the end of the year and you'll be publicly labeled a quitter. Hey, with names like Stachin’ Action Jackson, Stache Gordon, and the Krustache Kid, you best not be messing around.

So if you're in the Chicago area, check out m4kchicago.org for where their weekly meet-up is. And if you're not in the Chicago area, check out m4kchicago.org for how you can sponsor a "grower," or simply click on the Donate button and make a donation to the Off the Street Club.

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November 20, 2007

Gillette and Schick are Ripping You Off...

razor250.thumbnail.jpgHere's an interesting post on the site American Consumer News entitled Gillette and Schick are Ripping You Off. Never Pay for another Razor Again. Bold statement. What's the deal?

[...] why do razor blades get dull? It’s actually because of the moisture in the shaving cream and the water that we make use of that makes them dull. [...] Each time we use it more water collects on the razor blade, causing oxidation and thus a microscopic form of rusting which causes the blade to become dull.

It only makes sense that if we make a point to dry off our razor blades after making use of them that they will last much longer. Simply dry off your razor blade with a towel after making use of it or better yet a blow-dryer to be sure to remove all moisture. Your razor blades will go from being dull after just a few days to staying sharp for several months.

Good advice. Hmm... I seem to remember reading something similar a while back. Oh yeah, I think it was a piece on ShavingStuff.com entitled Gentlemen, Dry Your Razors.

For the last month or so I've taken an extra minute and really dried my razor. That means patting it gently with a towel to get all the visible moisture off of it, and then flicking it or waving it around quickly to get those extra few drops off. Feels kind of silly but it totally works. I easily get six shaves out of each cartridge now, up from four. That's a decent savings given the price of Mach3 blades.

Wow. Whoever writes that blog is really smart.

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