February 23, 2006

The Art of Shaving - Now in Book Form

theartofshavingbook.jpgBooks, books, and more books. I'm in to books lately. Here's another book worth checking out from our friends at The Art of Shaving, called, conveniently, The Art of Shaving. It's about the art of shaving.

The average man will shave approximately 20,000 times over the course of his life, spending the equivalent of 139 full days doing it. He will shave off 27 feet of hair, from a total of 30,000 whiskers on his face. And he will probably be doing something wrong. So he’ll suffer nicks and cuts, ingrown hairs, and rashes; his five-o’clock shadow will arrive before lunch, his neck will be irritated and red, and he’ll get razor burn. Instead of reaping the benefits of a daily grooming regimen, he’ll only suffer. Needlessly.

Imagine 112 pages of that, plus pictures, and now you're talking. The Art of Shaving book is available in hardcover at Amazon for $11.56. Don't forget you can "search inside this book" to see what it's really like. Kind of like previewing songs on iTunes, only not as passive.

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February 22, 2006

How To Say Moustache in Albanian

If you're a fan of words, and really, who isn't, you just may enjoy The Meaning of Tingo (and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World) by Adam Jacot de Boinod. What caught my eye was page 19 (pictured to the right) which lists some of the 27 different words the Albanians have for "moustache". There's:

madh bushy moustache
holl thin moustache
varur drooping moustache
fshes long broom-like drooping moustache with bristly hairs
dirs ur newly sprouted moustache (of an adolescent)

There's even rruar, the anti-moustache word, which means "with the moustache shaved off." Remember when you learned that the eskimos have something like fifteen thousand words for snow? Are the Albanians consistently inundated by moustaches? What societal pressure caused the need for so many moustache words in their language? And why do they need another 27 words to describe styles of eyebrows? Guess I need to read the book.

For more info and links to pages of the book, check out Adam's blog www.themeaningoftingo.com or buy it at Amazon for $13.57.

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February 15, 2006

"Buzzed" - a Shaving DVD

Just when you thought you'd seen it all... Here's a press release sent in by a friend which made me do a double-take. It's an announcement for an upcoming shaving DVD, featuring "film star" (aka "porn star") Teri Weigel:

Within the next two months, personal shaver pioneer Deak, LLC (http://bodybare.personalshavers.com) will release its long-awaited instructional DVD "Buzzed." Featuring film star Teri Weigel, "Buzzed" is a romantic comedy that will teach men and women to use the company's personal shavers and feminine trimmers.

Um... I run a shaving website. Can I get a copy?

By the way that's about the cleanest picture of Ms. Weigel I could find, and I had to look for a long, long time.

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February 9, 2006

Valentine's Day Shaving Specials

Looking to get your lover a shaving-related gift? Look no further than these great offers:

BuzzSkin is offering 14% off everything between now and February 14th. Just enter promo code VTX814 during checkout. And don't forget - free samples included with every order, and free shipping if your order is over $50. Get your groom on now!

amenity.gifa|MEN|ity is offering free ground shipping on all of their gift sets for Valentine's Day. These sets range in price from $39 to $89, and include a badger hair brush, shave cream, and various other necessities. Use coupon code FREESHIP when checking out.

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February 8, 2006

Dave Zatz's Collection of Razors

How are people reacting to the new Gillette Fusion? By taking pictures of it and sending them in, of course. Here's one from fellow blogger Dave Zatz of www.zatznotfunny.com, showing his collection of razors featuring the newest edition. Let's see, there's a Mach3, a Schick Quattro, hmm... that looks like an old Sensor, not sure what those electric ones are... In Dave's words:

The five blades do seem like overkill. But what appeals to me is the sixth (!?) blade on the top/back of the razor for trimming/sculpting sideburns and goatees. I'm thinking this will help with my Deadwood-inspired mustache plan.

Honestly, this razor could have helped a lot of those Deadwood guys.

Click on over to www.zatznotfunny.com if you're interested in Dave's take on TiVo and anything PVR/DVR-related.

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February 7, 2006

The Official Gillette Fusion Website

fusion.jpgI just spent some time on www.gillettefusion.com, Gillette's new site devoted to the Fusion razor. It's a study in Flash - interactive, full motion video and sound, and lots of long "rendering" transitions to hide the fact that Flash is so darn slow.

If you saw the commercials during the Superbowl, you'll know that the Gillette Fusion was developed at a top secret research facility deep in the desert by a bunch of people in white lab coats. And now you can enter that top secret facility with your host, a sexy hologram named Cassandra. Does anyone remember the short-lived 80s TV series Automan, and his trusty sidekick Cursor? Cassandra is what Cursor should have been drawing, not some random brick wall in the middle of a road to stop a bad guy.

cassandra.jpgAnyway, here's a little info about Cassandra from her PDA:

EDUCATION:
PhD in physics, including a published thesis on the distribution of force and its relativity to pressure exerted on smooth surfaces.

INTERESTS:
Advanced chemistry, baseball, modeling stints in Milan, and martial arts (6 forms).

BIGGEST SECRET:
Her middle name, as well as the top secret dossier on her desk at the lab. Any rumors about either will be promptly denied.

MORE IRRITATING TURN-OFF:
One word: Scruff.

MOST EXCITING TURN-ON:
Wouldn't you like to know?

Quote from ShavingStuff wife as I spend entirely too much time with Cassandra:

Gillette has discovered that men who have time to read about shaving are under-sexed and in need of this kind of thing. Or that "advanced scientific technology sells razors," but only as long as there's a pair of long legs under that lab coat.

Whatever... Bonus points for figuring out how to get Cassandra to take off her lab coat. (Hint: it's under the Fusion Manual menu.)

Here's something for all you privacy fans. They cookie your browser so the next time you return to the site Cassandra greats you with a "Hi. I'm so glad you stopped by again." Freaky! And yet I like it. Straight out of Minority Report.

So does anyone else think Cassandra is an odd choice of name? I seem to remember Cassandra from Greek mythology as being blessed to see the future and cursed so that no one would believe her. When Gillette's Cassandra says the future of shaving is here, are we supposed to disagree?

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January 31, 2006

January Wrap-Up

Yet another big month for ShavingStuff, led by the release of the Gillette Fusion and Fusion Power. We've already had reader reviews from Terry of TADspot and Greg in Texas. ShavingStuff was featured prominently this month on Gizmodo in this article, and Greg was the target of their sarcasm. Oh Gizmodo writers, why must you be so mean? I defend you Greg. You had the guts and zeal to write in the first review of the Fusion. Bravo! Keep on shaving.

January was a great month for media exposure of ShavingStuff. Aside from being featured on Gizmodo we were named the Link of the Day by Adam Curry's Daily Source Code podcast. Listen for the metrosexual moments in show #321 from January 23rd. Thanks Adam! Means a lot to us, especially coming from you.

This past month we featured a review of Zia for Men, specifically their Skin Clearning Set ($19.95) which we highly endorse. All natural goodness with crazy ingredients leads to a great shave. Worth checking out. We also had the second part of our review of KENMEN products, which didn't score as well. Read the review and see if they're right for you.

Finally we started a new segment called Celebrity Facial Hair Fridays, where we take a look at how everyone's favorite Hollywood stars are sporting their whiskers. This month we featured Mel Gibson (shave it!), Pierce Bronsnan (shave it!), and Matthew Fox (save it!).

Coming up in February we've got the media launch of the Gillette Fusion. Watch for it during Super Bowl XL on Sunday February 5th. We'll have more readers reviews of the new Fusion, including our own ShavingStuff review of both the powered and unpowered versions. Have a great month!

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January 27, 2006

Gillette Fusion is Available!

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The Gillette Fusion is available in stores as of Thursday January 26th. Readers from around the country are reporting availability in Costco, Walgreen's and CVS. We've even got out first reader review from Greg in Texas:

I got my Fusion last night (1/26/06) in Houston. I used it and I think it's a winner. The blade cartridge is much larger but the individual blades are about 50% smaller than the Mach3 Turbo. The shave feels much different than the M3T. Maybe it was because it was a new cartridge, but the shave seemed closer with less razor burn. The single blade on the back is a great addition too, but I think it will take some practice to get the perfect sideburns.

Huge day in the shaving world. HUGE! 15 and 30 second teaser ads are starting to air now, and then the big media kickoff starts during Super Bowl XL next Sunday. Here's the press release detailing to rollout. Suggested price for the non-powered Fusion is $9.99, while the Fusion Power will retail at $11.99. I have no doubt you'll find them on sale over the next few weeks. A quick check at Amazon shows that the Gillette Fusion Power is down to $9.57.

Gentlemen, start your razors!

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January 26, 2006

Gillette Fusion Available in Chicago

top_costco_logo.gifReader Alert!

ShavingStuff reader Chris has written in to say that the new 5-bladed Gillette Fusion is now available at Costco in Chicago. I was under the impression that the national launch was next Sunday during the Superbowl, but perhaps they're seeding the market early.

Just wanted to see if anyone spotted the Gillette Fusion yet and have tried it. I thought it was going to be out in a week or so. However, I was at Costco in Chicago today and they had a huge crate of them sitting out. I was somewhat surprised.

So, if you want to be the first kid on the block with the cool new tool, head on over to Costco and score yourself some cred.

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Text to the X with Schick

EXTREME TEXTING!!! Woo-HOO!!!

Time for you to win free tickets to the the X Games this summer, courtesy of Schick. And while you're at it, pick up a free Schick Quattro razor while supplies last. How does it work? Click here to register (which of course means you give up your address, phone number, email, and first born). Then, as you're watching the winter X Games on ESPN, you text your magic code when you see the "Text to the X" symbol flash on the screen. Note that's the winter X Games, and not the winter Olympics. And you'll need to be watching live, for all you TiVo owners.

Peronally, I can't wait to see a snowboarder whip out his Quattro Power while doing a 720 and shave his goatee. It's shaving... to the EXTREME!

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