March 20, 2007

WholeMan - Body Maintenance for Men

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ShavingStuff reader "Mr M Evans" wrote in recently to tell us about his great experience at WholeMan, a store in London specializing in "body maintenance for men". Says Bob Ager, Chairman of WholeMan:
We have scoured the world to bring you the very best in men's grooming, with products from established companies as well as smaller, more specialist brands.

So if you're in London, head on over to WholeMan at 67 New Bond Street where not only do they have the storefront (pictured above), but also a full-services spa. And if you're not in London (but still in the UK), click on over to www.wholeman.co.uk where you can browse virtually. (Do they still use that word anymore?) Tons of shaving products from high-quality brands like Baxter of California, REN, MenScience, Jack Black, and Lab Series, and many that I've never even heard of before.

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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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March 13, 2007

Free Old Spice Razor

oldSpice.jpgHere's a free razor opportunity for all you willing to give up a little personal information. Old Spice will send you a free razor if you hand over an email and a snail-mail address. Here's the link to the Old Spice Free Razor offer. (You don't have to give them a phone number.)

oldSpicePowerDisposable.jpgNow I have to admit I don't know which razor you get. The graphic at the top shows the Old Spice High Endurance 4 X 4 (billed as the world's first disposable 4-bladed razor) as well as the Old Spice Navigator Power Disposable Razor (billed as the world's first disposable powered razor). Frankly I'm curious to try both. If you don't want to end up on an a mailing list, you can find these razors at Amazon or your local drug store. The Old Spice High Endurance 4 X 4 is currently $5.99 at Amazon, and the Old Spice Navigator Power Disposable Razor is $7.90 at Amazon. That last guy looks like my stud-finder I got at Home Depot. Wild.

Via Dealnews

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March 6, 2007

Couple Notes on the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgGot a little press-kit for the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor in the mail the other day, which included one Phantom in that god-awful, impenetrable plastic wrap. That stuff is my kryptonite. But apparently some genius over at Gillette feels the same way. The back of the plastic was perforated, and the razor came right out! I wish I remembered whether or not my original Fusion or Fusion Power was packaged this way. If this is new, it's is reason enough to buy the Phantom.

Some quick notes on the Phantom - it's pretty much just a color change from the Fusion Power. Instead of a silver handle, the Phantom is black. Takes the same razors as the Fusion of Fusion Power. If you already have a Fusion Power, you don't need the Phantom. If you're looking to make the switch to the Fusion line, definitely get with the Fusion Power or the Phantom Fusion Power. The power is awesome, and if for some reason you don't like it, just don't turn it on.

And don't forget - Gillette has a moneyback guarantee. Save those receipts and UPC symbols, and they'll refund you the purchase price (up to $11.99). Here's the link.

I've seen the Phantom available at my local Target and CVS. Why is it not available on Amazon?

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February 22, 2007

This Just In - Maine Shave

maineShave.gifJust received a big shipment of products from Maine Shave. For him they sent Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser, All-Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shaving Cream, Natural Daily Toner, Natural Daily Gentle Facial Moisturizer. For her they sent All-Natural Intimate Shaving Cream and a couple Pink Bikini Razors. Naturally, we can't wait to get our skin on these. Sensing a theme here?

Our all-natural products are beneficial to both men and women. Simple, safe and easy to use, Maine Shave products contain only the finest natural ingredients and are derived from plants and 100% natural blends of botanical extracts. And best of all, Maine Shave's natural ingredients are nourishing and beneficial to all skin types.

Now don't think being natural means they've had to sacrifice efficacy. Ever been to Maine? In the winter? It's nature at its most unforgiving.

[Maine's] biting cold winter, and the locals’ year-round passion for everything outdoors can rough up skin. That's why we created the Maine Shave Ritual for Men and the Maine Shave Total Body Care System for Women. It's everything you need to pamper and protect your skin from start to finish.

So it sounds to me like I need to take a little winter vacation to really appreciate this product. Maybe a little downhill skiing, some ice-fishing, snowmobiling. Oh, the things I do for this blog... We'll have our review soon. In the meantime, click on over to Maine Shave and see what they've got for yourself.

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February 19, 2007

Introducing the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgCats out of the bag. The mystery behind that Save the Date we got has been revealed. Gillette has launched the latest product in its five-plus-one-bladed Fusion line - the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor. And they did it in style, inviting 200 of the hottest, sexiest, shaviest young men to 7 World Trade in New York City for "Phantom Night" hosted by former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee. (I'm only hyping the invite list because I was on it.)

Yeah, yeah, I know. You don't care about the party, the plasma, or DJ Sky Nellor. You just want to know about the razor.

Gillette Fusion Power Phantom combines the breakthrough technology of Gillette Fusion Power with a sleek new color, featuring a striking jet-black handle with copper and silver accents.

Read all about it in the press release, including this quote from Ms. McPhee:

"The Phantom Night was a lot of fun to host, and I especially loved meeting all these 'smooth' New York guys," said Katharine McPhee. "This razor is perfect for guys, because it gives them a great shave and has a hot, sleek design."

Somehow I don't think she said that second sentence on her own volition.

No news yet on availability, but they're already showing up on eBay. Crazy... Some people just have to be the first kid on the block.

UPDATED 2/19/07: Several ShavingStuff readers have written in saying they've already noticed the Gillette Fusion Power Phantom in their local supermarkets and drugstores. Looks like you may be able to find it in most places now.

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February 14, 2007

Review of Urth Travel Kit - Part Two

urth_shave-formula.jpgIf you missed yesterday's post, we're looking at the four items in the Urth Perfect Travel Kit. Yesterday we covered Urth Face Wash and Urth Scrub. Today we're talking about the remaining two items - Urth Shave Formula and Urth Face Balm.

Shavin' time! Can't touch this. Urth Shave Formula is a white... formula. I think that's a great word for it. It's certainly not a gel. It's not a paste. It's kind of a cream. And yet it's not as smooth as a cream. It's a "formula". And boy does it smell great. Key ingredients include

Soy, Safflower Oil, Lavender Oil, Menthol, Tea Tree Oil, Spearmint Oil, Bergamot Oil, Chamomile Extract, Ginseng Extract, White Tea Extract, Green Tea Extract.

Oh white tea... You'll be amazed at how little Urth Shave Formula you'll need. And if you've got a nice badger shave brush, you'll need even less. Urth Shave Formula doesn't exactly lather up, but it does seem to multiple itself like soap into a nice even coating on your beard. If you're thinking about making the switch to a brush, don't stick with your current stuff. Get Urth. It'll show you the power of the brush.

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February 13, 2007

Review of Urth Travel Kit - Part One

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A couple months ago we got the Urth Perfect Travel Kit in from Details For Men, which was called simply that - the Urth Perfect Travel Kit. Now it's advertised on the Urth website as the "TSA-Compliant" perfect travel kit. There's no such thing as inconvenience when it comes to marketing - only opportunity.

But the Urth Perfect Travel Kit is more than a gimmick. In fact it's downright solid. As we mentioned in our previous post, you get travel sized versions of Face Wash, Shave Formula, Face Balm SPF 15, and Face Scrub. Plus, they come in a handy mesh travel bag for easy storage. The mesh bag is actually pretty nice, although it's small enough that you're probably not going to replace your current travel bag with this one.

Today we're going to focus on two products - Urth Face Wash and Urth Scrub. Tomorrow we'll cover Urth Shave Formula and Urth Face Balm.

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February 10, 2007

10% Off Orders at TimeToSpa

timeToSpa.gifJust received a coupon/promo code for all you ShavingStuff readers. Just enter "shavingstuff" when you're at TimeToSpa and you'll get 10% off your order. TimeToSpa is the exclusive online provider of Elemis spa products, including these men's shaving supplies and the Elemis Universal Traveler Kit which we looked at earlier in the week. Click on over and save!

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February 5, 2007

Elemis Shaving Supplies at TimeToSpa.com

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Heard of Elemis? Probably not. Unless you lead the jet-set life and regularly whisk off to their London or Miami Beach locations, you probably haven't heard of this high-end product line. But now you have the opportunity to bring a little spa life into your home, thanks to the recent launch of TimeToSpa.com. And Elemis has just what you need. The Elemis Universal Traveller kit combines a little bit of everything to "keep you fresh, and moisturized from head to toe". In particular, here's what you get:
  • Men's Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
  • Energising Skin Scrub
  • Smooth Result Shave Oil
  • Post Shave Recovery Mask
  • Aching Muscle Super Soak
  • Skin Soothe Shave Gel
  • Sharp Shower
  • Lip Rescue
  • Bright Eyes Recovery Gel
  • Instant Refreshing Gel
  • S.O.S. Survival Cream

A $245 value, yours for only $139. Not too shabby. Now why do you need a gift again...? Oh yeah! Valentine's Day is coming up.

And if that price is a little too steep for you, Elemis also has individual shaving oils, gels, and post-shave masks for you to try, plus the Purely For Men kit (Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, Energizing Skin Scrub, Post Shave Recovery Mask, S.O.S. Survival Cream, Skin Soothe Shave Gel) at $85.

UPDATED 2/10/07: Enter coupon/promo code "shavingstuff" at checkout and receive 10% off your order!

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