August 1, 2006

July Wrap-Up

Time is moving too quickly these days. Seems like July just started.

Only one review this month, and that was of Baxter of California's Herbal Mint Toner. We noted the launch of Billy Jealousy's Cashmere Coat conditioner, which I've been using all month. All I can tell you is that ShavingStuff wife is thrilled. We've been testing out lots of ZIRH products and had planned to start reviews by now, but again, time is moving too quickly. Expect lots of ZIRH reviews in August.

My personal favorite post this month was Famous Deaths in Shaving History, in which we learn of the unfortunate demise of Henry David Thoreau's brother, and the subsequent reason for him ending up on Walden Pond. I hope to share more pivotal moments in shaving history, but they're tough to find.

ShavingStuff reader Robert sent in two great sites for those interested in old shaving gear - and Tons of great old pictures, plus a community out there waiting to accept you.

Celebrity facial hair Fridays including World Cup Soccer, home run derby winner Ryan Howard, Clerks II stars Kevin Smith and Brian O'Halloran, and musician Damien Rice.

On the topic of pubic shaving we linked to a review of the wildly popular Philips Norelco BodyGroom from Popular Mechanics. We also checked out mini razors from Noxzema, which are easier to find at a regular store than online.

Finally we watched fiction materialize into reality with Brooke Burke and Kelly Monaco showing their support for the NoScruf movement. Please let this trend continue.

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July 25, 2006

Summer Sale Time at

Summer sale time at Use coupon code SMR16 at checkout and get 10% off your order. And don't forget - free shipping off orders over $50, and free samples with every order.

And if you don't already know, lots of your favorite shaving brands also have sun block products. BuzzSkin's Sun page has a ton of them. Head on out to the beach protected and in style.

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July 20, 2006

Brooke Burke and Kelly Monaco Join

Remember that little story we ran back in May about Gillette's viral marketing site Looks like the virtual organization crossed over into the real world last week at a rally in New York. And the best thing about it is instead of fictional Terry Tarentelli, we got real live Brooke Burke and Kelly Monaco. HOT!

Big thanks to for posting these super high quality pictures of the event. Definitely click over their site if you want to see more. I also enjoyed the 50+ comments from people ranting about how ridiculous, only to find out it's fake.

Well... kind of fake. They did have a rally, didn't they? Damn, I'm sorry I missed it. Any chance there'll be one near me soon?

(More pix at HollywoodTuna and FilmMagic.)

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July 19, 2006

The Ultra-Popular Bodygroom, Reviewed by Popular Mechanics

How popular has the Philips Norelco Bodygrom become? Popular enough to warrant a review in Popular Mechanics. No, they don't go into the mechanics of the Bodygroom, but they've clearly tried it enough to learn the ins and outs:

This thing does exactly what it's supposed to—so long as you don't shave "against the grain," it clips body hair with nary a nick nor scratch. Particularly bushy regions (and against-the-grain operations) can lead to a few minor tugs. At first, you can't help but fear this tiny reaper. But you'll realize how painless full-body grooming can be.

Oof. Minor tugs. I don't even want to think about it. Read the entire review from Popular Mechanics here. The Bodygroom is available from Amazon for $39.95.

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July 18, 2006

Famous Deaths in Shaving History

Here's something they probably didn't teach you in school - a fatal shaving accident lead to one of the finest works of American literature. Henry David Thoreau and his brother John were very close, and took many trips together, often exploring the New England region. When his was 25,

...his brother [John] cut himself shaving in the winter of 1841 and caught lockjaw. He died in Thoreau's arms. For weeks after his brother's death, Thoreau couldn't write in his journal, or even talk to his family and friends. For a brief period, he even experienced all the symptoms of lockjaw himself.

(from The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson, a family friend, suggested Thoreau spend some time on his land in Concord near Waldon Pond and deal with his grief. They rest, as they say, is literary history.

So what have we learned from this? Well, I'm sure we're all thankful for the invention of the safety razor, which came into existence in the late 1880s through the ingenuity of the Kampfe Brothers. And secondly, if you've got a bad case of writer's block, consider giving your brother a crappy razor for his birthday.

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July 13, 2006

Win Baxter Products on

One of our favorite sites recently relaunched with a slightly updated look, a new focus on community, and a healthy dose of ajax. To help jump-start their new community initiative, they're giving away cool stuff, including products from another one of our favorites Baxter of California. You've got until midnight on Friday July 14th to create an account which automatically enters you in the drawing. 59 prizes in total will be awarded, and best of all - you get to pick your prize! So sit by your email at 11:00am PST on Monday and respond quickly if you're selected. Me, I'm going for the Baxter.

For all the details, click over to this productdose article and read up.

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July 5, 2006

Introducing Cashmere Coat from Billy Jealousy

After a long holiday weekend it's tough to get back into the swing of things. So how nice was it to come home to the latest product from Billy Jealousy - Cashmere Coat strengthening conditioner. You may remember that Billy recently introduced Fuzzy Logic shampoo, and now the long awaited companion conditioner is available.

Sun, wind and pollution can rob your hair of its natural strength and luster. Banish these to the dark side with Cashmere Coat Hair Strengthening Conditioner: a peppermint infused conditioner with DHT blockers that restores strength and essential hydration to your cherished locks.

Cashmere Coat is available now online at $22 for an 8 oz bottle. And don't forget - "A portion of the proceeds [...] is donated to the BIlly Jealousy Fund supporting human needs, the environment and the arts." Think about it - you can have great hair and save the world.

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June 30, 2006

June Wrap-Up

We interrupt our normally scheduled Celebrity Facial Hair Friday to bring you the June wrap-up. Another stellar month, if I must say. And I do!

First off we were all over the news. Blogpire articles in MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal's Startup Journal. ShavingStuff over the airwaves and 107.1FM The Point, Chico's Music Alternative. We've actually got an MP3 of the broadcast which we'll try to put up this month so you can hear for yourself what all the fuss was about.

One of my favorite items from this past month was the trip I took to Chicago's State Street Barbers for an old fashion hot towel shave. Lot of pictures to go along with that story for your viewing pleasure.

We got a huge shipment from ZIRH, full of shaving creams and other skincare products. We've start testing them out of the ShavingStuff labs. Expect a full review of those in July. And, we set up a ShavingStuff/ZIRH exclusive coupon - 12% off orders over $40. Not too shabby.

Friday Facial Hair celebs included Entourage's Jerry Ferrara, Ex-VP Al Gore, Survivor winner Aras Baskauskas, and coffee icon Carlos Sanchez (Juan Valdez).

Coming up we're expecting a shipment from MenScience soon, and hopefully we'll get a review of their products up in late July.

Happy 4th! Enjoy the long weekend.

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June 27, 2006

Blogger Amazed At What People Will Read

OK, so I admit it's a little self-indulgent to keep putting up articles about yourself, but our little Blogpire empire has been getting some great press recently, and we now have some credible external sources to point to when people ask "What are these blogs all about?" The latest article was written by Frank Barnako of Marketwatch and has a title worthy of an Onion spoof - Blogger amazed at what people will read.

"Our 'magic' is not just finding niches," Brewer said. "We try to have a careful balance of good editorial and (to be) really caring about the content and not just putting it up there and hope to make a buck." But he concedes to still being surprised telling a Wall Street Journal reporter, "I find it absolutely mind-blowing that you can do this full-time. It's just amazing that thousands of people are reading what you put up."

Frankly we're not amazed at what people will read. We thought you all would be interested in reading about shaving, and we seem to be right. Read the full text of the article here.

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June 22, 2006

Consumer Reports' Take on the Gillette Fusion

Here's a quick article from the July 2006 edition of Consumer Reports on the new Gillette Fusion. Mach-3 Power users were asked to try the Fusion Power, and Mach-3 unpowered users were asked to try the regular Fusion. Basic feedback was that "Testers liked their usual razor just as well."

If you haven't read the ShavingStuff review of the Gillette Fusion I encourage you to check it out. For Mach-3 unpowered users I didn't think there was a reason to switch to the Fusion. However I do think the Fusion Power is an improvement over the Mach-3 Power, and I am pro-powered razors in general. The Fusion Power has some major design improvements, better vibrations, and that lovely little sixth blade.

Read the entire Consumer Reports article by clicking on the image to the right. Read the ShavingStuff review here. Special thanks to Dave Zatz for sending this scan in.

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