Gentlemen's Refinery

September 17, 2008

TSA-Sized Grooming Products from The Gentlemen's Refinery

grlogo.gifThey say good things come in small packages. Whoever "they" are must have been thinking about the TSA, who would one day mandate that all good things on airplanes must come in small packages. The TSA. They're all good things.

Anyway, The Gentlemen's Refinery would like you to be able to board a plane carrying their amazing line of shaving and grooming products, which is why they recently launched TSA-Approved travel sized versions of all their wares. If you aren't packing a little Gentlemen in your travel kit, you are missing out my friend. The Gentlemen's Refinery is one of the all-time greats in our opinion. Check out our Gentlemen's Refinery category page for all our past reviews and news. Then click on over to their TSA page and stock up on good things in small packages.

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February 26, 2008

The Gentlemen's Refinery Introduces Unscented After Shave

gr_unscented_after.gifJust got word that The Gentlemen's Refinery has introduced a new Unscented After Shave "Designed For Those With Skin and or Scent Sensitivities". Now I understand skin sensitivities, but scent sensitivities? What's that? Like, hey, this smells like crap! I'm sensitive to it.

Thing is, Gentlemen's Refinery products smell great. Aside from being among the finest shaving products we've ever used, they are also among the finest smelling shaving products we've used. But who knows. Maybe they got feedback from a couple of nasally challenge complainers. Whatever. I haven't used their new unscented after shave, but based on our past experience with Gentlemen's Refinery's "The Standard" After Shave Balm, I have no doubt it will rock.

The Gentlemen's Refinery Unscented After Shave Balm is $40 for a 3.4 Ounces/100 ml.

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November 12, 2007

The Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is fast approaching and you've got a list with a bunch of question marks on it. What to get for that special man in your life? Well look no further than the 2007 ShavingStuff Holiday Gift Guide. We've got all he'll need, from creams to razors, books, toys, and more. And even a little something for the ladies.

Shaving Cream
Sure, we all start shaving with foamy supermarket shaving cream. But eventually we aspire to the finer things in life. The brands below offer a superior shave which is close, comfortable, and sublime. A gift set is the perfect way to sample new products, as well as introduce someone to the world of better shaving.
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
Billy Jealousy - $50
The Art of Shaving - $38
ZIRH - $59
MenScience - $55
Baxter of California - $60
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
Once again power reigns supreme. If you're not shaving with an electrified version of a multi-blade razor, it's time to step into the new millennium. Power makes all the difference.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Power - $11.99
Gillette M3Power - $15
The Art of Shaving's Chrome Gillette Fusion Power with Spotlight - $150

Electric Razors
There were a couple of new products released this year from the leaders in electric razor technology. If you want the top of the line traditional electric razor, go for the Pulsonic. If you're interested in a wet/dry electric shave, go for the Moisture Shaving System.
Braun Pulsonic - $215
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149

Pubic Shaving
Don't even think about shaving downstairs without the proper equipment. Give yourself an extra optical inch with the BodyGroom, or go completely bare with the Cleancut, still the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99
no!no! - $250
Seiko Cleancut - $75

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Back Shaving
Yeah, I don't want to talk about it either. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor and buy it for him. And give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95

Books
Want to learn proper shaving technique but afraid to ask? Finally, a couple of books which teach you how to shave.
Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - $11.95
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving by Anders Larsen - £6.50

Toys
Nothing beats a little fun in the tub or a soft foam book. Teach your little squirt how to shave like his papa.
Shaving in the Tub from Alex Toys - $6.79
My Shaving Kit foam book from Innovative Kids - $3.32.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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July 13, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery Eye Gel

gr-eye-cream.gifLast day of our Gentlemen's Refinery review week and we've come to The Gentlemen's Refinery Eye Gel. Now I don't know much about eye gel, but if you've had a late night bender and need to recover for a 9am meeting, you're going to want some eye gel. Helps relieve those bags.

An outstanding product made with hyaluronic acid (naturally occurring compound), responsible for the moisture and elasticity of human skin. Designed for everyone who desires to decrease dark color and lift the under eye area, The Gentlemens Refinery Eye Gel, gently and visibly performs the rejuvenation of sensitive under eye area.

As we said yesterday, there are the shaving necessities, and then there are nice-to-haves. Gentlemen's Refinery's Eye Gel definitely falls into the latter category when it comes to shaving. But if you're in the market for an eye gel, I'd definitely recommend this one. I've tried it, and while I can't claim to be an expert, the rest of the Gentlemen's Refinery is so overwhelmingly good, there's no way you'll go wrong here.

The Gentlemen's Refinery Eye Gel is $40 for a 15 ml bottle.

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July 12, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer

GR-Moisturizer.jpgThe first three Gentlemen's Refinery products we reviewed this week - Pre Shave Oil, "The Standard" Shaving Cream, and After Shave Balm - are all top shelf and we highly recommend them. Today and tomorrow we'll round out the Gentlemen's Refinery's product line with some nice-to-haves if you're looking to complete your collection.

Today we're focusing on Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer, a light, simple moisturizer for use after you've washed you face, or any time you're skin is feeling a little tight.

In keeping with the concept of Natural products, The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer continues to raise the standard. Glycerin, Oat Protein, and Vitamin E lead our ingredient list. The Gentlemens Refinery is made with 100% Natural ingredients; paraben and alcohol free (we use natural and beneficial fatty alcohols). The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer is unscented, absorbs quickly and keeps skin balanced.

You even notice how most unscented things are really not unscented? The Gentlemen's Refinery is no different, but the scent is mild. Very similar to the shaving cream and after shave - slightly floral and soapy. As we mentioned yesterday, the Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm is all you need post-shaving. But if you're looking for something for the other times of the day, this moisturizer is a great option. As with all Gentlemen's Refinery products, I will miss this moisturizer when the review session is over.

Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer is $48 for a 50ml bottle.

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July 11, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm

GR-After-Shave-Balm.jpgDay three of Gentlemen's Refinery week. Hump day. We've pre oiled. We've shaved. Now it's time to heal.

Gentlemen's Refinery set the bar high with their Pre Shave Oil and "The Standard" Shaving Cream, and their After Shave Balm continues to clear it. A loose, white cream, Gentlemen's Refinery's After Shave Balm goes easy and makes your skin feel great.

[...] a revolutionary formulation designed to expedite the healing process, and seal skin from external impurities [...] 100% Natural ingredients; paraben and alcohol free ( we use natural and beneficial fatty alcohols). The Gentlemens Refinery After Shave Balm is antibacterial and contains cooling and moisturizing benefits; truly an advanced product for discerning gentlemen.

Two things to note - the pump top (love the pump) has a slightly forceful release. Don't be surprised if the first few squirts splash out of your hand. You'll learn to develop a gentle touch. Also, while the product says "apply liberally," I found that two squirts was more than enough to cover my entire face and neck - even spots I hadn't shaved.

One of the things I've found with after shave balms is that they can be too gentle on my skin. They may feel great initially, but after 15 minutes or so my face feels dry and I need to apply a moisturizer to a few key places. Not so with Gentlemen's Refinery's After Shave Balm. This is one of the few balms with stands by itself. High marks in my book. The perfect end to a great shave.

The Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm is $40 for a 100ml bottle.

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July 10, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery "The Standard" Shaving Cream

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Welcome to day two of Gentlemen's Refinery shaving week. Yesterday we lubed up with Pre Shave Oil. Today we're shaving with "The Standard" Shaving Cream.

Substance
Unscrew the cover of "The Standard" Shaving Cream and you are greeted with a fluffy, silky substance which just begs to get to know your face. Could double for cupcake frosting if not for the vaguely floral and soapy aroma. Gentlemen's Refinery comes in two flavors - "The Standard", which is what we're reviewing here; and "Black Ice", which is "lightly scented with Certified Organic Anise, Bergamot and Basil Oils". Both are $28.

Application
The application of "The Standard" Shaving Cream is a little challenging, so keep an open mind. You've already got some Pre Shave Oil on your face, but there's no water involved yet since you put the oil on dry skin. You could splash some water on your face, but that won't stick too well given the layer of oil. So what I found works best is the following: with your right hand, scoop out a small amount of "The Standard" Shaving Cream and put it in the center of your left palm. Now get some nice warm water going in the sink, cup your hands together, and quickly douse them with water. Then rub your hands together to mix the cream and water, and start smoothing it on your face. No mincing words here - this will be a little bit of a mess the first few times. Also, you'll have to experiment with the cream to water ratio. If you are ending up with a slightly thicker paste, splash a little water on your face to loosen things up. Trust me - the shave is worth it.

The Shave
Ahh, the shave. The shave with "The Standard" Shaving Cream from the Gentlemen's Refinery is one of the best I've experienced. Super close, no nicks or cuts, and no irritation. I shaved with a Fusion Power with blades ranging from razor sharp to somewhat dull, and "The Standard" always stood up. The base layer of Pre Shave Oil is essential. While you'll get a decent shave without it, I strongly suggest you go all in and trust what the experts at Gentlemen's Refinery have designed for you.

I could go into all the ingredients in "The Standard" Shaving Cream, but sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In corporate-speak they call that "synergy". I just call it good stuff.

Get Some
"The Standard" Shaving Cream from Gentlemen's Refinery is $28 for a 150ml tub. The Gentlemens Refinery Black Ice Shave Cream (Anise) is also $28 for a 150ml tub.

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July 9, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery Pre Shave Oil

Pre-Shave-Oil.jpgOnce in a while I come across a line of shaving products which is in a league of its own. It's happened again with The Gentlemen's Refinery, sent over by our good friends at Details for Men. Quite frankly I've been dreading writing this review because it means that afterward I will be moving on to another set of shaving products. So we're going to stretch this out all week - one product from Gentlemen's Refinery per day. That way I get another couple shaves in before I have to say goodbye.

For a little history on the Gentlemen's Refinery, master barber Perry Gastis, and the quest for the ultimate organic shave, visit our first post from back in March. Then come on back as we dive into some pre shave oil.

The Oil
Pre Shave Oil from Gentlemen's Refinery comes in a handy pump-top container. I'll skip my usual accolades for the pump-top and go directly into the oil itself, which you apply to a dry face after a shower or hot towel treatment. (Master barber Perry Gastis says that a shower or hot towel before shaving is enough to soften up your face for shaving. Washing your face is not necessarily a prerequisite.)

I tended to use a fair amount of the oil - three to four squirts. You could definitely experiment with less. The pump-top made it easy to get the oil in the palms of my hands, and then on my face. This may seem like a minor point, but try getting the right amount of oil out of an unforgiving bottle and you've got a mess. Or a waste.

Ingredients and Aroma
The oil has a mild scent, somewhere between woody and floral. Key ingredients include

  1. Sunflower seed oil is certified organic for a level of purity
  2. Jojoba oil provides fast penetration and will carry essential fatty acids found in the sunflower seed oil into the skin
  3. Lime essential oil has antiseptic properties as well as restorative, astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts.
  4. Roman Chamomile is used to treat rashes and irritated skin as well as to calm acne, eczema, rashes, wounds, dermatitis, and dry, itchy skin and other allergic conditions in general.
  5. Vitamin E is an antioxidant known for healing skin.

Get Some
If you are at all interested in Gentlemen's Refinery products I strongly suggest you include the Pre Shave Oil in your order. It's clear from my usage that these guys have spent a large amount of time coming up with the ultimate shave, and Pre Shave Oil is an essential part of that. We'll talk more tomorrow about "The Standard" Shaving Cream and the shave itself, but my recommendation is you go all in and buy the complete shaving line.

Gentlemen's Refinery's Pre Shave Oil is $25 for a 50ml bottle.

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March 12, 2007

This Just In - Gentlemen's Refinery

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The cooking world has their master chefs - Emeril, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller. The shaving world has their master barbers. Perry Gastis is one such master of the barb, and after stints with The Art of Shaving and Truefitt and Hill, he decided to open his own restaurant, er..., men's grooming line, with Gentlemen's Refinery.
Dissatisfied with the synthetic additives present in most men’s grooming products, Perry partnered with an organic chemist, and after years of research and development formulated The Gentlemens Refinery: A sophisticated paraben and alcohol free men’s grooming line utilizing the rarest and finest natural ingredients (certified organic wherever possible).

Details for Men just announced that it has started carrying Gentlemen's Refinery, and in an act of shameless self-promotion, they've sent over some samples for us to review. Oh the shame... I think I can live with it.

Here's what we got:

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Pre Shave Oil

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Shave Cream

  • The Gentlemens Refinery After Shave Balm

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer

  • The Gentlemens Refinery Eye Gel
  • We'll be putting these products to the test over the next month or so. Stay tuned for our review. In the meantime, click on over to the Ask the Barber page where Perry Gastis answers your questions (and quite well I might add).

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