It's always good to hear from the World of Female:
"For me, the words sexy and beards are mutually exclusive. However, being someone willing to be converted, I set about this assignment for hirsute hotties and bearded babes with an open mind. Of course, sexy does not have to mean classically good looking...
Beards have signified wisdom and dignity in many cultures for thousands of years and some thought beards represented virility and proved a man was a 'real' man. Alexander the Great may have agreed, but he still ordered his armies to be clean shaven in case enemies used beards to grab and hold onto a soldier and kill him."
In a nod to one of Mexico's most iconic national symbols, the macho mustache, Jose Cuervo is using the "Let's Celebrate 200 Years of Mustaches" campaign to reenergize drinkers:
"Jose Cuervo is challenging Mexicans to grow mustaches as outrageous as possible before the Sept. 16 celebration. Encouraged by a big TV and outdoor ad campaign, contestants upload pictures of their mustachioed selves to Jose Cuervo's bigotes.mx site. Bigote is Spanish for mustache, and the site has even invented a Spanish word bigotizar to describe the act of mustache growing. For those unable to grow a luxuriant mustache (women, for instance), Jose Cuervo says, "You can just paint it on your face." - AdAge
You'll need to speak Spanish better than I do (which isn't hard to do...) to navigate the website, but you can upload a picture of yourself and try on a moustache over at Bigotes.
Check out the video:
Online voting will determine the people with the most impressive moustaches and then invite those winners to a grand party in the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, celebrating the country's 200th anniversary on September 16.
One of the biggest players in the razor market is undergoing a major shift:
"American Safety Razor Company, which also does business as Personna American Safety Razor, filed Wednesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The company said its first lien holders will purchase the company. It entered Chapter 11 to facilitate the transaction. The company's net sales were $330 million in 2009 vs. $351 million in 2008 . It listed assets of $100 million to $500 million and debt from $500 million to $1 billion, according to bankruptcy court documents.
The firm, founded in 1875, is currently the fourth largest manufacturer of wet shaving razors and blades. Its wet shaving razor and blade products are primarily sold under a retailer's store brand and/or under the company's brands such as Personna, Matrix, Magnum, Mystique, Solara and Gem."
In 1942, American Safety Razor introduces its first Double Edge Blade.
Like true patriots, Personna American Safety Razor Company does its part by complying to a recommendation of the War Production Board to cut production of blades by 40% and to stop the production of razors entirely.
It is estimated that this act alone frees up to 1,550 tons of steel annually for military use. Personna American Safety Razor Company also transfers most of its machinery to the production of 20 mm shell casings, magazines, munitions and various parts for airplane motors.
In 1963, American Safety Razor becomes the first maker of stainless steel blades.
"Originally sold under the Personna brand name, the new technology is quickly applied to all of Personna American Safety Razor Company's product lines."
Since then, it seems, they concentrated on disposable and cartridge razors, not the safety razors they are named for.
Summer is in full swing, but I hope you've found the time to keep well shaved... If you've been too busy to stay up to date on the newest here on Shaving Stuff, here's a recap of all the posts from July of 2010:
According to the above graphic, from 9GAG, International Moustache Day is the first Friday in August. I couldn't find any other reference for the date, but since it's on the internet, it must be true... So if you're inclined to grow a nosebeard, use that date as your excuse to begin.
I did find another date, in October, for International Moustache Day in this video:
And then, of course, for those who can't commit to actually growing a moustache (or can't do it at all), there is International Fake Moustache Day, which falls on February 3rd.
I'm not sure what people will think if you to wear a fake moustache on International Moustache Day, but I imagine the more mo's the better.
And if any of you know of any other moustache day dates, please leave me a comment and let me know!
"GFD Gesellschaft für Diamantprodukte of Ulm, Germany, is pitching the idea of using a super-sharp razor blade made of industrial diamonds that could last more than 1,000 times longer than today's conventional blade.
A nanocrystalline diamond coating is first applied to a carbide blade, then the minute layers are polished by a plasma sharpening process developed by GFD. The blade is polished until the cutting edge is sharpened to only a few nanometers, consisting of merely a few atoms."
"Who is "the modern man"? What does he look for in a partner, and does he make an effort to be romantic? How much effort does he put into his appearance, how does he stay in touch with friends and what standards of professionalism does he hold himself to?"
How careful are you about the ingredients in your personal care products? Check this video out. You'll be surprised.
"The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives."