John Allan's

March 4, 2009

Review of John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution

slickwater.jpgWhat does the name "Slickwater" make you think of? Quicksand? An oil spill? Or perhaps some Clinton era scandal? Whatever you associate with Slickwater, it's all slippery and lubricated goodness when applied to shaving. There's nothing wrong with adding an extra layer of protection against that razor sharp steel doing battle with your whiskers. And John Allan has come through with another fine product which does just that.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is a new pre-shave oil which goes underneath your regular shaving cream. I have been using Slickwater with Cremo Cream and REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream and it works well with both. Cremo cream doesn't really need a pre-shave oil, but I got a few more shaves with my razor when I was using it. REN High Glide definitely benefits from a layer of Slickwater, since it's a dry shave to begin with.

For me the major improvement that Slickwater brings to the pre-shave oil is in the area of application. Pre-shave oils are very viscous, and are often difficult to transfer from your hands to your face. The packaging will say use two or three drops, but you're never sure if any of that ended up on your face. Slickwater is a snap to apply and the slight shine on your face will let you know where it is. That's a big plus in my book.

Now, I'd like to take a moment out of this review to deconstruct the full name of this product and show you the true genius of Mr. Allan's marketing department. You see, this product is not called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Oil. It's called John Allan's Slickwater Pre-Shave Solution. Why is that important? Because if there's one thing that's rubbed off from me schmoozing my MBA friends, you don't sell products; you sell solutions.

I like Slickwater and I think you will too. It's a got a pleasant herbal smell, goes on easily, and adds an extra layer of protection to your shave. If you've got extra sensitive skin or just feel you could benefit from another layer of smoothness, give Slickwater a try.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.

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January 12, 2009

Oh Slick! Say Hello To John Allan's Pre-Shave Slickwater

slickwater_promo.jpgIt's a new year, and it's time for a new product. Hot off the presses comes word of the latest addition to John Allan's stable of men's grooming products. It's Slickwater pre-shave solution, and it's ready to take your shave to the next level.

This revolutionary pre-shave creates a slick surface for the blade to glide over, reducing cuts, nicks and shaving irritation. Slickwater preps and conditions the skin without clogging pores and is specially formulated to lift the follicles for an even closer shave. Tea tree oil provides soothing relief to dry or irritated skin, and oat extract helps to reduce potential redness and irritation due to shaving.

Regular readers will know that we're big fans of John Allan. You can check out our many reviews of his products here, and in particular our review of John Allan's Shave Cream. Could Slickwater make the shave even better? Thankfully we're expecting a shipment of Mr. Slick in the mail very soon. Review to follow.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.

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August 15, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Sting

Have you seen The Sting recently? He's getting up there in years, accented by a graying (and in my opinion somewhat unkempt) beard. Time for a shave. So who does he call? Billy from Billy Jealousy? Nope. Art from the Art of Shaving? Negative. He calls John of John Allan's. In the middle of the show.

That's right. In the middle of Madison Square Garden, at the last concert of The Police's tour, Sting got a deluxe shave and spa treatment live onstage from a couple of John Allan's "mobile grooming club" hotties. As an audience member I don't know what I'd be more surprised about - the fact that Sting is getting a shave during the show, or the fact that The Police didn't break up before the end of it.

Singer and bassist Sting took a surprise break after the main set and before the first encore -to step into a John Allan's mobile grooming club back stage. Sting laid back in a vintage barber chair as two John Allan's grooming pros shaved the salt-and-pepper beard with an exclusive John Allan's 63 Series Razor, John Allan's new SlickWater Pre-Shave and JA Shave Cream.

Luckily the world has learned to appease Andy and Stewart's egos, and while they didn't receive the same public pampering as their frontman, they did receive the generous parting gift of the John Allan's 63 Series razor and a special handmade John Allan's python razor set. Not a bad deal to ride on Sting's coattails, even if you're talented musicians in your own right.

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June 27, 2008

Review of John Allan's Matte Styling Pomade

ja_matte.jpegToday we're going to take a quick look at our final John Allan's product in what has turned out to be John Allan's review week at Shaving Stuff. I've never been much of a hair product man, but a strange confluence of events recently led me to start experimenting in styling. And what I found is that I tend to shy away from the shine, and hold out for the hold.
John Allan's Matte styling pomade fits that bill perfectly.

A light-weight, water-based pomade that gives hair detail without the shine. It can be used on all hair types to provide separation, direction and a light, flexible hold. As a pliable styling tool, this pomade allows you to create and recreate any look or style and washes out easily. Nourishes and conditions hair and scalp with botanical extracts of Orange Flower, Lemongrass, Lime, and Grapefruit.

If you're looking for greased-back lines or the I-just-got-out-of-the-shower tease, try one of his other products. But if you like the subtle hold which doesn't look like you have any product in your hair, Matte's where it's at.

John Allan's Matte Style Pomade is $22 for a 2.4oz jar.

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June 26, 2008

Review of John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer

ja_face.jpgSo we talked about John Allan's Splash aftershave on Tuesday, but that only covers half of your face. What about your forehead? It needs love too. Enter John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer, which I've been using on my forehead with great results after I shave (after showering) and also on my whole face after I wash up at night.

An advanced hydrating formula that utilizes a combination of essential vitamins, botanical extracts and natural emollients to replenish skin and helps to diminish the effects of aging. It also helps to soothe and protect dry or irritated skin caused by shaving, extreme weather conditions or years of neglect.

Extreme weather!!! Woot! I don't know about you, but we had a hail storm in New England on an 80 degree summer day this week. If that doesn't qualify for extreme weather, I don't know what does.

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, JA's Face moisturizer. What's in it?

Hydrates using Shea Butter, Coca Butter and Jojoba. Provides advanced anti-aging correction and prevention using Vitamins A, B2, C, D, E, K. Helps to protect skin with Oat and Willow Bark Extracts.

So butter, vitamins, and bark. And somehow if manages to soothe your face. And smell pretty good too. Shaving Stuff wife says it vaguely reminds her of grapefruit. Also, she says "You smell clean." Thanks John. Can I call you John?

John Allan's Face Replenishment Moisturizer is $24.50 for a 4oz bottle.

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June 25, 2008

Review of John Allan's Scrub

ja_scrub.jpegRub a dub dub, it's time for a Scrub. John Allan's Scrub, that is. We've gone through exfoliants a bunch of times on this site, so I won't bore you with the background. Basically there are two camps - one which thinks you should exfoliate before you shave, and one which thinks you should exfoliate a couple times a week, preferrably when you don't shave. Personally, I'm in the latter camp. Shaving exfoliates enough by itself.

John Allan's Scrub is a green, grainy (not gritty) goo. The grains are not too fine, not too coarse, and they are plentiful. Like the recent exfoliant we reviewed from Mensgroom, John Allan's Scrub looks like something you might make a superball out of. Lime green substance with flecks suspended in it. (Those flecks are "Volcanic Pumice". Very cool. Or hot, depending on how fresh the volcanic pumice is.)

And I'm a fan. Smells great - mildly floral, washes off easily, and gets the job done. Plus, they do the dangerous job of harvesting the volcano. What else do you need? John Allan's Face Exfoliant Scrub is $17 for a 4.8oz tube.

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June 24, 2008

Review of John Allan's Splash After Shave

ja_splash.jpg[A plea to my humble reader - please read this entire review. What may seem like a lost cause turns into a happy ending.]

There's a reason they call John Allan's Splash After Shave "an old school after-shave splash with a bite." Alcohol. And lots of it. What looks like a friendly bottle of bubbles turns out to be a harsh wake-up after your shave. Splash some Splash on your freshly shaven face and feel the bite.

[Note to humble reader: keep reading]

But then something magical happens. Your face actually feels good. And it doesn't need any more love. Last time around we after-shaved with John Allan's Calming After Shave Balm, and if you remember, we often needed to supplement with a little heavier cream. Splash is the total package. Could be the Chamomilla Extract & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. Could be the Willow Bark and Cucumber Extracts. Could be that anything feels better after being slapped by an alcohol induced rage. Whatever it is, I came to really like John Allan's Splash.

I'm recommending this after shave whole heartedly. I had no redness or irritation from this product. In fact my skin seems clearer and healthier than before. I fully expect to get some feedback about the horrors of "the bite", or the use of alcohol in after shave, but I'm standing by my man John (or J.A., as I like to call him). He's made a believer out of me again.

John Allan's Splash After Shave is $18.50 for a 4oz bottle.

[Final note to humble reader: You rock!]

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June 23, 2008

Review of John Allan's Shave

Every so often we get the chance to go back and visit an old favorite. Such is the case with John Allan's. A couple months ago we got a bunch of new products in and we've been steadily working our way through them.

Some history, for those new to John Allan's - starts in Europe, studies with the best, comes to New York, opens membership club, starts his own product line, products are awesome. What? Too much for you in today's information overload world? (Full history is here.)

I've been shaving with John Allan's Shave for about a month now, and it's like seeing a good friend after a year's absence. Great shave, great scent, great to catch up. In fact, my old review still holds true. Allow myself to quote myself, (unless of course the A. P. objects):

John Allan's Shave Cream is a white, almost fluffy cream, which smells like oats. Reminds me of those Molton Brown Oatmeal Soaps you sometimes find in fine hotels or restaurant bathrooms. The cream goes on easily and remains visibly white on your face, although it doesn't foam up so you can still easily see your skin underneath. Best to use your fingers when applying. It's a little too thick for a brush, and despite your best efforts (with fingers or with a brush), the cream will never look truly uniform on your face. I was initially concerned about this, but it turned out to be a non-issue. The shave is great. Far fewer nicks and cuts than other shaving creams. Great lubrication - no razor burn whatsoever. Also, John Allan's did a great job of lifting even my stubborn hairs up, so I always got a smooth, close shave.

Like I said, it's good to see you again, Mr. John Allan. Over the next few days we'll check out some other John Allan's products which are new to Shaving Stuff. In the meantime, John Allan's Shave is $14.50 for a 4oz tube. Get some.

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June 10, 2008

Take Advantage Of More Fathers Day Specials

dad.jpgTake advantage of these Fathers Day specials, some of which end today, whether you are shopping for your father or yourself:

  • Baxter of California - 20% off with promo code "DARTH". Ends today (June 10th). Why Darth? He's a father of sorts. Just see their site.
  • John Allan's - 10% off with promo code "GIFTS08". Ends tomorrow (June 11th). Will somebody please buy me the Roll Up
  • Best4Men - $10 off their Men's Ultimate Grooming Toolkit with promo code "JUNE10". Ends June 30th.
  • ZIRH - Free 2nd day shipping with promo code "DAD" as long as you place your order by 12pm EST tomorrow (June 11th).
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May 22, 2008

Gifts For Dad: John Allan's Roll Up

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Father's Day is about a month away, and you've still got time to get the special dad in your life something special. May we recommend you take a look at the Roll Up from John Allan's. We profiled this amazing travel kit back in January shortly after it was introduced. The kit contains:
  • Sport shampoo
  • Bodywash cleanser
  • Scrub exfoliant
  • Shave cream
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Plus an additional empty JA [John Allan's] bottle

As good as John Allan's products are, (and they're good - see our past reviews), the leather roll up is what really sets this kit apart. You roll out this roll up and heads will turn. Of course, you'll probably be in a hotel room when you roll out your roll up, but if there were other people there, their heads would turn. Trust me.

We're currently testing the scrub, shaving cream, and moisturizer in the ShavingStuff labs, and we'll have reviews soon. In the meantime, make a dad happy for Father's Day. The Roll Up from John Allan's is $245.

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April 29, 2008

This Just In - More Products from John Allan's

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Believe it or not Father's Day is only about 6 weeks away, and John Allan's is not wasting any time. They've sent over five grooming products they think would make a great gift for dad:

About a year ago we had a chance to review a couple John Allan's products and we found them to be "top shelf". (Is it weird to be quoting myself?) If these new products are anything like the previous ones, we'll be singing their praises in no time. Check back soon for our review, plus other Fathers' Day gift ideas. Six weeks may seem like an eternity, but it'll pass before you know it.

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January 10, 2008

Roll Up and Go with John Allan's Rollup

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Here's the kind of old-world dopp kit which is worthy of some dignitary or diplomat. Or maybe it's something Indiana Jones might have traveled with. It's the John Allan's Roll Up, and it's the epitome of style.
Custom designed with our trademarked interlocking pockets, the Roll Up is crafted of genuine leather with a protective nylon lining. It's packed with John Allan's 2 oz travel essentials. Includes:
  • Sport shampoo
  • Bodywash cleanser
  • Scrub exfoliant
  • Shave cream
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Plus an additional empty JA bottle

The roll up measures 10 1/4" x 6" which means it will easily fit in a carry-on suitcase. And it's gorgeous, which means you'll be wanting to take it out of your suitcase and show it off. In fact, maybe you'll just carry it on in your arms. Check out the shot below of the Roll Up unrolled.

The John Allan's Roll Up is $245.

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December 28, 2007

The 63 R Series Razor from John Allan's

That silver and lime green Gillette rubber clashing with the feng shui created by your interior designer? John Allan is here with an artful dose of sleek and sexy. Introducing the 63 R Series Razor:
Inspired by the roadsters of the 60's, this sleek razor is the first of its kind. The innovation lies in the zinc construction and gun metal finish. It's the ultimate collectors piece for the man who appreciates style, design, and a perfect shave.

Zinc + gun metal finish = heavy (by design). According to Mr. Allan himself, "It seemed to me like razors were getting lighter and lighter, but when you have a really light razor, you have to push harder on the skin [...] Everyone who's put this in their hands says it just feels right.”

The 63 R takes any cartridge from the Gillette Mach3 family of razors. Only 1,000 of them were made, so if you want one, best get a-clickin'. Once these collectors items are gone, you'll be trolling eBay and kicking yourself.

The 63 R Series Razor from John Allan's is $195 and includes a stand and a custom leather box.

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March 14, 2007

Review of John Allan's Shaving Products

I've been using John Allan's Shave Cream and Calming Aftershave Balm now for about a month, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. When I started using these products I had a preconceived notion that since they came out of a membership club/spa, the products would be an afterthought to the stores and the services. Well, I was wrong. John Allan's products are top shelf.

John Allan's Shave Cream
John Allan's Shave Cream is a white, almost fluffy cream, which smells like oats. Reminds me of those Molton Brown Oatmeal Soaps you sometimes find in fine hotels or restaurant bathrooms. The cream goes on easily and remains visibly white on your face, although it doesn't foam up so you can still easily see your skin underneath. Best to use your fingers when applying. It's a little too thick for a brush, and despite your best efforts (with fingers or with a brush), the cream will never look truly uniform on your face. I was initially concerned about this, but it turned out to be a non-issue. The shave is great. Far fewer nicks and cuts than other shaving creams. Great lubrication - no razor burn whatsoever. Also, John Allan's did a great job of lifting even my stubborn hairs up, so I always got a smooth, close shave.

As I said before, I was initially unsure about product. Boy was I wrong. John Allan's Shave Cream is great stuff and I would highly recommend it to anyone. John Allan's Shave Cream comes in a 4.1oz tube for $14.50.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm
John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is a very light aftershave which has a slight scent of grapefruit (at least to me). It does a great job of restoring your face to normal after you've taken a hot blade to it. This is purely an aftershave balm, and I occasionally need a little more moisture. I found that I would apply a layer of Calming Aftershave Balm first, and then after a minute or so if my face was still feeling tight I'd go for a light moisturizer. I actually prefer this approach to a heavy aftershave/moisturizer since you can target the areas which are a little drier.

John Allan's Calming Aftershave Balm is $22.50 for a 4oz/118 ml bottle.

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner
johnAllansConditioner.jpgIn addition to these two shaving products, the good folks over at Details for Men sent over a bottle of John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner. I really don't know much about conditioners so I'm not going to pretend to give an educated review. Instead I'll defer to other experts in the field, namely Esquire magazine, which named John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner best conditioner of 2006. How's that for an endorsement?

John Allan's Mint Invigorating Hydrating Conditioner is $17.00 for a 12.6 Ounce/375 ml bottle.

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