"Dream Date" with Carmen Electra

carmen_electra.JPGYou might think that I'd look for any excuse to put a picture of Carmen Electra on this website, and you might be right, but somehow the planets have aligned. Gillette, maker of the new TAG body spray, is auctioning off a night with Carmen with all proceeds going to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

TAG body spray, a new line of body sprays for young men, is auctioning off the opportunity of a lifetime - a dream date with one of today's hottest celebrities, Carmen Electra. The auction, which will take place on eBay beginning on April 27, will not only "up" one guy's game, but also raise funds to fight prostate cancer.

What's the catch? You have to be male age 15 - 20. Curse you old age! I could seriously get behind the National Prostate Cancer Coalition if they'd just raise that maximum age. Here's a link to the ebay auction. You have until May 7th to bid. If you win and you found out through the shavingstuff website, please feel obligated to bring Carmen by on your Dream Date. Good luck!

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May 1, 2005

Taking A Shine to All Over Shaving

AllovershavingI think a clean body is a thing of beauty. I think a clean shaved body is simply magic. Imagine expanding your grooming requirements to your entire body? People in Britain in the next few weeks will have that chance.

BRITAIN'S first electric shaver designed for men's bodies rather than their chins goes on sale next week. Millions of men are opting for the shiny look sparked by the hair-free example of footballers such as Frank Lampard and Freddie Ljungberg. Removing unsightly hair to leave pristine chests, backs and armpits is a growing trend, with nearly half of men admitting to shaving their bodies. And thousands are shaving the bits that only their nearest and dearest get to see, according to electrical firm Philips as they prepared to launch the £35 Bodygroom shaver. But the trend has led to many men getting cut and sore because they use normal razors or even their girlfriends' hair removal cream. A company spokesman said: 'Until now, the hair removal options on offer to men have been limited, prompting some worrying improvisation, using ill-suited products.'
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April 8, 2005

Dr. Ice - Balls of British Steel

Could an American company get away with promoting a bobsledder with the tagline "Dr. Ice - Balls of British Steel"? I doubt it. But maybe that double intennuendo is missing half its meaning in the old country.

Check out (no joke) http://www.shave.com/balls, and believe it or not this link is *completely* fine for work. You can see Kristan Bromley, the British men's bobsledding hopeful for the 2006 Winter Olympics, careen down the luge from the perspective of his helmut-cam, sponsored of course by King of Shaves. That's Kristan Bromley, a man named Kristan. Can you name a man Kristan? Does the "A" make it masculine? Maybe it's the Balls of Steel which makes it masculine. If that's not weird enough I hear they drive on the other side of the road over there.

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February 10, 2005

Shaving Statistics from Gillette

g_thegillettecompany.gifHere are some interesting statistics on US and world-wide shaving from Gillette. From the US category:

  • 68 million men [72 percent of men who shave] shave with a blade and razor.
  • 26 million men [28 percent of men who shave] shave with an electric shaver.

and my favorite:

  • 94 million men [90 percent of the U.S. male population] age 15 years and older remove hair.

It's too bad the numbers add up.

  68 million (who shave with a blade)
+ 26 million (who shave with an electric razor)
  94 million (who remove hair)

I was kind of hoping that the numbers would be a little off and we'd be left to speculate on the fraction of people who "remove hair" but don't "shave". Do they pluck? Nair? Wax? Epi...man?

Oh well, enjoy more stats here

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February 2, 2005

Venus Vibrance

venus-vibrance.jpgContinuing the brilliance that is the Mach3 Power, Gillette will soon debut a women's version, dubbed the Venus Vibrance. From Gillette's product news page:

Venus Vibrance is the world's most technologically advanced women's razor. Utilizing the advanced technology that Gillette pioneered with the introduction of the M3Power men's razor at retail in May 2004, Venus Vibrance delivers gentle pulses to the shaving cartridge to provide the closest, smoothest Venus shave ever.

Ladies, I know the whole idea of a vibrating razor sounds either silly or perverse, but I've been converted and I'm spreading the gospel. Go out and get yourself one of these when they come out and be amazed.

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January 28, 2005

Gillette to be bought by Procter and Gamble

g_thegillettecompany.gifIn a deal worth $55 billion dollars, Gillette has agreed to acquistion terms offered by consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble. As a local resident I'm stunned and saddened to see this Boston institution sell out, however never having been offered $55 billion, I can't quite say I'd act differently given the chance. News all over the radio and local papers has made sure to point out the estimated 6,000 jobs which will most likely be lost. Tough day for Gillette employes. Read more in this boston.com article.

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January 7, 2005

Norelco v Remington

titanium.jpegSo Norelco's at home watching TV last month when an ad comes on for the Remington Titanium Microscreen Ultra electric razor. The ad

...features a saw cutting through a sports car, then boasts: "The world's only shaver with the sharpness of titanium-coated trimmer blades."

Norelco's like "Oh no you didn't!", because it knows that the Remington razor actually uses titanium nitride, which is a ceramic, and not really titanium metal. Norelco's like "Remington, you best be pulling that ad." And Remington's like "Chill dawg. Why you gots to be such a player hater?" And Norelco's like "It's on, biotch!" and promptly sued. Read more here.

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January 4, 2005

"Sensor" razors from anyone

sensor.jpegIn day two of patent, copyright, and lawsuit week, we feature our own Boston based company again. Gillette seems to be struggling in the European courts. In this case, they seem to have lost the exclusive use of the word "Sensor" as relating to razors.

Boston-based Gillette Co. can't stop a Finnish company from using its "Sensor" trademark on replacement-blade packages, said an aide at Europe's highest court.

Not being an expert on copyrights and trademarks I can't speak authoritatively on this one, but it sure seems Gillette has a name they could protect within the shaving world. These guys need to get a new team of trademake and copyright laywers.

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January 3, 2005

Schick 4 - Gillette 3

gavel.jpgWelcome to patent, copyright, and lawsuit week at ShavingStuff.com. The holiday season has passed and no new products will be announced for a while, so to bide the time we'll focus on the darker side of business - lawsuits - or, as our PR people like to say, protecting intellectual property.

According to a German court, you just have to add another blade to a razor to be original. In this article from the Boston Business Journal:

The court said Wilkinson Sword GmBH's four-bladed Quattro razor does not infringe on Gillette's European patent for the three-bladed design. The court also ordered Boston-based Gillette to reimburse Energizer's court costs.

My advice, skip making the razors and just patent a 5-blade razor, a 6-blade, 7 - 10. That oughtta cover the foreseeable future.

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December 23, 2004

Merry Christmas

christmas_tree.jpgFrom all of us at ShavingStuff.com to all our readers,

  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good shave.

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