January 3, 2007

This Just In - Marvis Toothpaste

Got something new in the mail recently from our friends at Details for Men - two tubes of Marvis toothpaste. Now I know what you're thinking - isn't this a shaving blog? It is. But it's also a new year, and maybe it's time to take on something new. So here and there we're going to sprinkle in a few reviews of other men's grooming products as we see fit. Starting with Marvis:
Imported from the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, Marvis Classic Toothpaste has long been a favorite throughout Europe. Marvis toothpaste is formulated with adult tastes in mind. Not only do they provide all of the dental hygiene, tooth & gum care that you'd expect from a top quality toothpaste - they do it with style! Designed & packaged with old world charm, this toothpaste has a decidedly 'retro modern' look that is worthy of display on any bathroom counter.

Marvis toothpaste is $9 at Details for Men and comes in six different flavors including Fruit Mint, Ginger, and Jasmin. Check back in a couple weeks for our review.

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January 2, 2007

Shave More, Live Longer?

bbc_logo_2.gifHappy New Year! Want to have many more happy new years? Keep shaving. According to this BBC News article, men who shave every day have a lesser chance of stroke than those who shave infrequently. The research was based out of the University of Bristol with funding from the nebulous Stroke Association, and if the BBC article is any indication of the science, non-shavers have nothing to fear. Consider this gem of a paragraph:

However, even after all the factors were considered, researchers found they were had a 70% increased risk of having a stroke and a 30% increased risk of dying from any cause.

Huh? "they were had." Do they have editors in BBC-land? And who doesn't have a 30% increased risk of dying from any cause. In fact, I'd go so far as to say everyone has a 100% chance of dying from some cause. (Sorry readers. You're all going to die someday. And there's no Santa Claus either.)

Here's my second favorite line from the article:

A spokeswoman told BBC News Online that the research was interesting.

Yep. It certainly is. You know what else is interesting? Loans.

OK, so I'm not sure I really believe this one. But if you shave everyday, keep at it. And if not, click on over to the BBC News and decide for yourself if you should be.

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December 26, 2006

The Phuture of Shaving With Philips

zap.jpgPhilips, maker of the ever-popular BodyGroom, has just patented the future of shaving - and it's not a twenty seven-bladed razor cartridge. In the future you're going to be shaving with light. Did I just blow your mind?

Now we've all heard about electrolysis - lasers zapping hair follicles which can be, not surprisingly, somewhat painful and leave the skin irritated.

Researchers at Philips’ Lab in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, have found that short, weak pulses of near infrared light causes follicles to change from their natural growing state to a dormant state, known as the "telogen phase".

Zappity zap... hair stops growing. That was easy.

No real news on when this device will reach the mainstream market, or exactly how it will work, but Philips claims that "Three treatment sessions, over the course of two weeks, reduces hair growth by 90%".

Here's the link to the full patent - "Device and method for low intensity optical hair growth control ".

Via Engadget with additional info from NewScientist.

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December 4, 2006

Mustaches for Kids - Chicago Style

m4kchicago.jpgRemember last week when we learned about Kent Waddington's shaving photos and the Villa Pardoes charity? Who would have thought there'd be another shaving-related charity going on? Well there is, and it's high season right now. Allow me to introduce you to Mustaches for Kids:

Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to do good and have fun by growing Mustaches for children's charities. [...] Through the years, Mustaches for Kids has enlisted the efforts of hundreds of brave of Growers who, collectively, have raised over $150,000 for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, and San Francisco's Legal Services for Children. [...] Here's how it works: Each year, during the four-week Growing Season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Growers sprout sweet, sweet Mustaches. Per Mustaches for Kids bylaws, they shave their faces, except for the Mustache, a minimum of one time per week and solicit donations from friends, family, co-workers, and people in the community.

That means it's growing season right now! Want to see how things are going? The newly launched Chicago chapter of Mustaches for Kids has a website with all the details, including photos and weekly get-togethers. Tonight (Dec. 4th) they're getting together at the Lincoln Tap Room at 8pm for the week 2 check-in. You can check out many of the participants in their various stages of growth at the gallery.

Can I just say Chicago is such a cool city. I had an awesome time when I went there back in June. For those of you who plan on shedding the 'stache when this is over, I suggest you head over to State Street Barbers for a good old-school shave.

If you live in the Chicago area, feel free to join in at any time. The FAQ has all the answers (and some pretty funny questions). If you're not in the Chicago area but are interested in making a donation to this year's charity - the Off the Street Club - you can do so via the PayPal link at the top right of the Mustaches for Kids Chicago website.

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December 1, 2006

November Wrap-Up

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Celebrity Facial Hair Friday to bring you the November Wrap-Up. Tune in next week for our regularly scheduled post.

Thanksgiving has come and gone (please tell me you saw the turkey beards), and that means we're in the home stretch for holiday shopping. ShavingStuff has put together some great ideas in our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. Shaving kits, electric razors, accessories, even back and pubic shavers. We've got something for everyone. And if you don't find something there, check out the deals from websites like Buzz Skin, Skin Store and Men Essentials, ShavingCream.com, and the German site DerGepflegteMann.de.

Couple of products came in our doors - a|MEN|ity sent in a bunch from their recently re-launched line, and Details for Men sent in products by Nickel for us to try. In the review department we worked over the Perfect Shave by Anthony Logistics for Men. Some good stuff in that kit; some we were less than satisfied with. Currently in the ShavingStuff test bathroom are products from REN, also sent in by our friends at Details for Men. Look for that review soon.

We had three articles about Edge shaving products - product placement on the TSA website, a description of each ingredient from Wired, and a really great article by Laura Ries on the brand confusion created by Edge's new shaving cream line. That last one was of my favorites this month.

Finally, if you missed the Kent Waddington photo exhibit, definitely click on over and take a look. Great shaving photos for a great charity.

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November 28, 2006

The Close Shaves of Kent Waddington

Punk_Shaving_Waddington_Exhibit.jpgAbout four years ago, photographer Kent Waddington started taking pictures of men shaving. Why? You don't ask an artist why. The reasons are not always apparent at the beginning. And now some greater good is coming out of his work.

In early October, a web master (www.closeshave.nl) and university professor in communications in The Netherlands saw Waddington’s work online and approached him to participate in a fundraising site featuring guys shaving - benefits to help Villa Pardoes (www.villapardoes.nl), a themed holiday resort for children with life threatening diseases.

(full story here)

The result is the website Close Shave, or the Dutch version Scherende Heren, where you can you can browse over 300 pictures of over 30 men in various states of shave. It's shaving porn. And it's guilt-free! Couple of favs - Henri-Pierre's around-the-neck technique (gotta try that one tomorrow) and this mess from an anonymous shaver (dude, take a deep breath and chill).

Check out CloseShave.nl for all the photos, and if you're feeling generous, make a donation to the Villa Pardoes charity. Finally, if you're up in the Ontario, Canada area between now and the end of the year, stop by the Barry’s Bay and Area Public Library to see about a dozen of the photographs on display.

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November 23, 2006

Turkey Beards

beardrack.jpgPlease don't get grossed out. I wanted to do something Thanksgiving and shaving-related, and I ended up with this - Turkey Beards. I'm not making this up. A turkey's beard is the black, hair-like feathers on a male's breast.

There are actually a fair number of sites showing you how to remove and preserve the turkey beard, filled with very helpful explicit photography. You don't want to see it, especially on Thanksgiving. So take my word for it - the turkey beard of one of the prized possessions hunters display after a successful wild turkey hunt. No doubt the Pilgrims had many hanging from their walls.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ShavingStuff. Now go shave your turkey.

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November 1, 2006

TSA Says "I Do" to The Edge

landing-travel.jpgI went to Washington D.C recently, and before I left for the flight I checked the TSA website to find out the latest Do's and Don'ts.

> bring three-ounce containers only
> Use a quart-size and zip-top bag
> Declare medications and baby items
> Bring any container larger than three ounces
> Use a one-gallon bag
> Over pack your plastic bag

And hey - what's that product placed prominently in plastic? Why it's Edge shaving gel. Wow! How did that get there? Hey - when I travel, I should really bring Edge shaving gel. Because the TSA says so.

Well, I think these types of drugstore shaving creams and gels are ok in a pinch, but for your normal daily routine you should pony up for quality. If you're looking to carry on something a little more high-end, we recommend the MenScience TSA-Compliant Shaving Kit.

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October 31, 2006

October Wrap-Up

Another October come and gone. The biggest news was our long-awaited review of MenScience shaving products, which we split into five parts - Daily Face Wash, Face Buff Brush, Advanced Shave Formula, Post-shave Repair, and Advanced Face Lotion. A definite must-read if you missed it. Also a great second read if you've already seen it. MenScience also announced a TSA-compliant Travel Kit which combines all the grooming products a traveling man needs with the ability to bring it on a plane. Genius.

We received a bunch of new products in the ShavingStuff testing labs - John Allan's, REN, a|MEN|ity, even a bottle of the new cologne ILLICIT from Billy Jealousy. Look for reviews soon. We're currently testing out the The Perfect Shave from Anthony Logistics For Men, so expect that review next.

The Philips Norelco BodyGroom continues to be a hot seller. Guess no one can say no to that extra optical inch. We had a nice crossover with our sister site LiquorSnob - the TweezerMan for getting rid of ingrown hairs, and Screech Rum for prior disinfecting and post-extraction celebration.

And in celebrity facial hair we saw Franky G (show was cancelled), Aaron Douglas (shaved beard in recent episode), Danny Glover (still needs help), and Masi Oka (adorable!).

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October 26, 2006

Gillette Fusion and Carson Daly Team Up for National Fire Safety Month

Hey kids - October is fire safety month. And there's no better way to bone up on your fire safety than with the Gillette Fusion's Fire Safety program. Fire safety fun fact #3: "Children start nearly 100,00 fire each year." Kids - that means you! So to spread fire safety and the Gillette brand,
... Gillette has partnered with the Boston Fire Department to develop fire safety materials, which are available to the public at http://www.GilletteFusion.com. Free Fusion razors will also be provided to firefighters in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles throughout the month of October.

(Read the entire press release here.)

They've also made a $50,000 donation to the (Dennis) Leary Firefighters Foundation. Not too shabby. There's also a fire safety checklist which you can download to make sure your home is as safe as can be. Here's a tip they seem to have missed - replace nuclear fusion with Gillette Fusion. Hmm... maybe I should send that one to Kim Jong-il.

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