September 2, 2011
From the Valley Advocate:
"Pubic hair is like wrapping paper. Originally, it was designed to keep you warm, prevent dirt from falling into your sensitive bits, and trap and share mate-attracting pheromone scents. Most important, it served as an organic neon sign, letting potential mates know that, hey! there's something tempting hidden under all this. Like a big, shiny bow on our reproductive packages, our little curlies seduced others to unwrap and enjoy."
Read the rest: How To Trim Your Hedge
Image: CarbonNYC at Flickr
July 5, 2011
It turns out that for some people, shaving or waxing their pubic area could have scary effects: severe scarring and increased infections.
"Shaving and waxing of the pubic area is now the norm, but is leading to severe scarring and infections in young men and women, says a Nelson sexual health practitioner.
Independent Nursing Practice director Annette Milligan said their staff had seen quite a number of young men and women with significant skin problems and susceptibility to infections from shaving, or in some cases waxing, their pubic hair.
Read more: Dangers of a good bikini line
June 22, 2011
Move over, Movember! Julyna is almost here, and the ladies are shaving or waxing creative pubic hair designs to raise money for a very important women's health issue: cervical cancer.
"The rules for Julyna are simple: Women will spend the month of July exercising creativity and personal wellness by choosing a style for their hair down there and sticking to it--as a fundraising technique. Women don't have to leave it au naturel, or choose a standard pattern like "The Charlie Chaplin." They can make something up. Get creative! Not only do we hope that Julyna raises funds for cervical cancer, but also that the added attention drawn below the belt will inspire women to take care of this area in other ways."
Julyna also offers some creative designs for women to use, like the 'Movember' and the 'Rising Sun'.
For more info, or to donate, head over to Julyna.
June 3, 2011
"The scabs on my scrotum have finally healed up. The mysterious red bumps on my lower abdomen have retreated back into the skin. The weird little pimples there have mostly disappeared. Small strands of hair are barely poking up across my freakishly bald nether regions. As I write this, it's been about a week and a half since my first Brazilian wax."
If you're curious about what it feels like to get your pubic region waxed, you'll want to read the whole piece over at Good Men Project: Waxing Insanity
Image: Steve Snodgrass at Flickr
March 24, 2011
Oh, the things you learn when you write about shaving stuff. Try on this term: merkin.
"Now what's this about True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood wearing a wig on her lady parts? Who's ever heard of such a thing? I mean besides all the prostitutes of yesteryear who wore pubic wigs, also called merkins, after shaving to eliminate pubic lice?
But why merkin it up these days? Why on earth would Evan Rachel Wood be donning one of these furry little things? (And how do they stay on? Glue? Double-sided tape?)"
I'm wondering why we aren't seeing a renaissance in merkin sales these days... Just think of the possibilities!
Read the rest at The Stir: Evan Rachel Wood Wears a Wig on Her Lady Parts
Image: stevendepolo at Flickr
February 3, 2011
Looking for a change below the belt? Arbiter Online has you covered:
"U.S. President Barack Obama isn't the only one campaigning for a change of scenery; men and women across the United States are becoming more and more adventurous with the idea of decorating their pubic areas.
The idea of manscaping has been around for a while, but most men are either too shy to speak up about it, or consider it a blow to their masculinity to pay a visit to their local day spa."
Read the rest of the article: Decorating the downstairs: Gentlemen, dress up your package
Image: PinkMoose at Flickr
March 17, 2010
I know that's just the question you've been asking yourself, and Scientific American is here to help:
"Like many people, I ask myself continuously about some of life's biggest mysteries. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why do we have those strangely sparse, wiry little hairs growing around our genitals--hair that is singularly different from all the other hair on our bodies?"
As a billboard, perhaps?
"Pubic hair acts as a sort of blinking marquee, indicating for prospective sexual partners that mating with that individual could be potentially a fruitful exercise in genetic perpetuity."
Read the rest: A bushel of facts about the uniqueness of human pubic hair
Image: AMagill at Flickr
February 12, 2010
A question about waxing pubic hair from a reader to A Mitch: "Is all of this trouble really worth it, and do guys really care as much as we think they do? And if so, why is it so unsexy for a woman to look like a mature woman and not a prepubescent girl?"
The answer is a good read (and funny), especially when it comes to men's grooming:
"As for the men you think lack the pressure to tidy their thicket, I say you might be hooking up with the wrong dudes. I'm not really the expert on the norms of male grooming, but if the rogue locks on my bathroom floor denote anything, it is that men are doing some sort of deforestation. I doubt many men practice testicular waxing, but who can blame them, that would be like trying to pull gorilla glue off silly putty. Scrotums would age thirty years in one wax."
So if you're thinking about taking on some manscaping tasks for Valentine's Day, just keep that mental image in place, and you'll be safe...
Image: bdjsb7 at Flickr
January 20, 2009
Oh that the world were neatly categorized into three buckets - you got your bedding, you got your bath, and for everything else you've got beyond. Where do you think the Philips Norelco BodyGroom falls? My guess is that last category, which if not for the fancy alliteration, could be called "misc" or "potpourri".
Now you wouldn't necessarily expect to walk into Bed Bath and Beyond and buy a BodyGroom, and my suspicion is whoever the buyer is for said triple-B store is realizing that now too. That might be why the BodyGroom is on clearance and available to you for only $19.99, while supplies last. This is the BodyGroom BG2020, which according to the model number is good for another 11 years. Shipping starts at $5.
To infinity and beyond!
December 5, 2008
You may remember our recent mention of The Manalogues - the latest web campaign for the Philips Norelco Bodygroom. Well now the Bodygroom has teamed up with Funny or Die to bring you a chance for your own 15 minutes of fame, and a couple hairless McNuggetts, should you choose.
Presenting the Bodygroom Manalogues! Has body hair played a part in your life? Here's a chance to tell your tale in 3000 characters or less. Share your story by entering it at www.shaveeverywhere.com
Two winners will have their story professionally produced and performed by Bryan Callen of MadTV. And trust me, as talented as you think you are, you really want a professional telling your embarrassing pube story. That's what they're trained to do.
Check out the video above to get an idea of what they're looking for. Here's my favorite euphemism:
I accidentally opened the blast doors on the Millennium Falcon and she caught site of my Chewbacca.
Whoa! What a Wookie.
November 21, 2008
The holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MENSGROOM - $52
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49
On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67
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
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99
Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20
October 2, 2008
Those marketing geniuses over at Philips Norelco have updated ShaveEverywhere.com with the latest in Web 2.0 viral video. It's The Manalogues - a series of performances by comedian Bryan Callen illustrating the hard life of the hairy, and the salvation provided by the BodyGroom. And it's pure shaving genius.
Bryan Callen portrays five different hirsute gentlemen: Rick V, a bodybuilder from Brooklyn; Henri P, a circus freak from France; Sergi C, a male model from Moscow; Sam G, a regular bloke from England, and Douglas B, an awkward poetry slammer from Seattle. This guy Bryan is going places. I expect to see him on a sitcom next fall. Make sure you watch each of his sketches. Poetry slam Douglas is my favorite. Also, write in with your own hairy-man stories, and if they're good enough, Bryan will perform them.
The Philips Norelco BG2020 BodyGroom is $39.99. And introducing the new Philips Norelco BG2030 Professional BodyGroom at $49.99. What's the difference? A few extra trimmer attachments. And some improvements related to shaving "the nest". Worth the extra $10? Haven't tried the new one, but to me $10 buys me a lot of crotch comfort, even if it's only peace of mind.
January 17, 2008
What do you do when you've got a hit product? You put out a limited edition for more money! Case in point - the Philips Norelco BodyGroom BG2022 - Limited Edition. I actually hadn't heard of the limited edition until Shaving Stuff reader Thomas wrote in about it. He said "Other than color all I have been able to discover is that the BG2022 comes with a carrying case."
I think he's right. Here's the official product page for the original BodyGroom, and here's the official product page for the Limited Edition BodyGroom (which I could only get to by guessing urls). The only discernible difference, aside from the color, is "Travel pouch - For storage and protection".
Want to pay an extra $10 for the limited edition? Go for it. Not planning on traveling? Buy the original. The Philips Norelco BodyGroom BG2022 - Limited Edition is $44.99. The Philips Norelco BodyGroom BG2020 - Regular Edition is $34.99.
December 5, 2007
You may remember a couple months ago we learned about Venereous Mountain Mist, an aftershave for your nether-region. Well, the good folks at Newf Brand have expanded their line with Venereous Shaving Oil ($19.95) and Venereous Shaving Jelly ($18.95). Now you've got your beginning, middle, and end.
The 100% natural Venereous Shaving Oil is used as a pre-shave balm, moisturizing your skin and stubble so the razor glides easily without getting caught on anything.
The non-foaming Jelly allows you to see what is being shaved and adds other great ingredients which moisturize the skin and prevent irritaion.
Control those unsightly red razor burn bumps, prevent ingrown hairs and leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized after every hair removal treatment.
And, to make these more enticing, all orders which contain the Oil or the Jelly will be shipped by December 15th and receive 20% off. Not too shabby.