December 14, 2006

The Skinny on the Samples

anthonySample.gifGot a bunch of samples in recently from Foreman and it made me realize something - not all samples are created equal. There are good samples, and there are bad samples. Well, there really aren't any bad samples. There are just some samples that are far and away superior to other samples.

For example, the samples you get from Anthony Logistic for Men - big and generous. You will easily get two, possibly three usages out of each sample if you're careful. Same goes for samples from MenScience. No skimping here. Kiehl's also gives a good amount, although I haven't seen any online men's grooming site offer this brand. Typically I've gotten my Kiehl's samples directly from a store.

Then there's the next level of samples - resealable. That rules. eShave is a prime example of this. Their samples come in a tiny screw-top jar. Perfect for a short business trip. Refill it when you get home for the next.

Most shaving sites send you free samples with each order, including Foreman. Some sites allow you to pick you own. Consider this advice when choosing your next selection.

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December 13, 2006

Adrian Grenier Likes ZIRH. Shouldn't You?

grenier.jpgA while back we blogged about Jerry Ferrara - aka "Turtle" on Entourage, and his use of ZIRH products. Turns out he's not the only cast-member who likes that brand. Sources close to the production inform us that Adrian "Vince" Grenier is also a fan. (Sources = ZIRH email and website). Adrian uses PREPARE shave oil as well as DEFEND SPF 15 Face Moisturizer.

We reviewed ZIRH products at the end of the summer and found them to be top notch. We also recommended any of the ZIRH gift sets in our recent gift guide if you're looking to upgrade someone this holiday season to the finer things in life. And don't forget - ShavingStuff readers can get 12% off orders of $40 or more between now and the end of the year at ZIRH.com when entering the coupon code 'ShavingStuff' at checkout.

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December 12, 2006

Review of REN Tamanu Shaving Oil and Multi-Vitamin Aftershave Balm

renShavingOil.gifFor the past couple weeks we've been shaving with products from REN, courtesy of Details for Men. The first thing you'll notice about REN is the cool packaging. Clear plastic cylinders with pump tops - seals the contents inside so they don't oxidize; provides a clean and easy way to get a small amount out. Also, fits easily into a travel bag. Genius. Why can't more products be packaged like this?

Let's start with REN Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil. Can I just say was a pleasure it's been to shave with a clear product again? Guys - if you're using a white thick foam and can't see your skin under your shaving cream, come on over to the light side. REN goes on clear. It has a slight beige tint which allows you to see what parts of your face you've covered and what you've missed, but you see all your skin in all its glory. Trying to maintain a goatee? No problem. Got a trouble spot you always nick yourself on? Steer clear. Great shave. No mess. No gunking up your razor.

REN has a commitment to using high quality natural ingredients. Even items which sound foreign and chemical have their source sited. Butyrospermum Parkll?!? Oh, that's Shea Butter. Cetaearyl Glucoside?!? Ah, that's from corn. I love corn. Corn is nice.

REN Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil is £15 at REN's website. Why anyone would want a 15 pound bottle of shaving cream is beyond me. I suggest you click on over to Details for Men and buy the $28/1.7 ounce version. Much easier to handle.

renAftershave.gifNext up is REN Multi-Vitamin Soothing Aftershave Balm. True to REN's natural ingredient commitment, this aftershave contains "no Petrochemicals, Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetics Colors, TEA, DEA, Glycols, Silicones, & PEGS." ShavingStuff wife was all over this stuff. She's using it, and she's insisting that I use it. REN aftershave balm has a pleasing mild floral scent. It almost reminds me of lavender, but I could be picking the wrong flower here. Anyway, not meant for dad. Meant for you. Again, love the pump top. Your skin will drink this up. £19.50 from REN's website. $45 from Details for Men.

We highly recommend REN products for all types of shaves, shavers, and skin-types.

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December 8, 2006

This Just In - Urth

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Our friends at Details for Men sent over another shaving kit they recommend - the Urth Perfect Travel Kit, which features:
  • Face Wash, 2 oz
  • Shave Formula, 2 oz
  • Face Balm SPF 15, 2 oz
  • Face Scrub, 2 oz
  • Mesh Travel Bag for easy storage

First of all - face balm with SPF 15. Excellent. Even in the winter. Ever get sunburned from light reflected off snow? Not fun. Plus, your face is drier in the cold. Second - White Tea. Ever smelled it? Heavenly. I swear you could get rid of every other scent in the world besides white tea and I'd be fine. I can't wait to try this product line out.

From the Urth website:

We have perfected our formulations using the best-of-class ancient Asian herbs, pure essential oils, vitamins and phyto-nutrients. At urth, our focus is on efficacy, we infuse key active ingredients in our products that are vital in helping protect a man's skin from damage caused by the environment and the stress of daily life. Our formulations are light and clean in aroma, non-greasy and leave the skin looking fresh and healthy throughout the day.

Score one for yourself or a loved one at Details for Men for only $59. Tack on a free B. Kamins Sea Protein Foaming Cleanser with any order over $50 and you've got yourself a deal. Plus choose your own free sample.

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December 7, 2006

Foreman(.com) - Manage the Mind and Body

Here's another men's grooming and shaving website which is worth a look - Foreman.

Many guys want to look good, but they want to streamline the process of getting there. Instead of sorting through every product available they would rather get right to the best. The Foreman concept was developed by a couple guys and a girl (just to get that female perspective) to achieve that very goal. [...] We do the testing and provide only the highest quality products for a man’s daily regimen.

Hallelujah. Nothing worse than reading tons and tons of opinions, only to be more confused than when you started. (Hmm... maybe I should condense some of the posts on this site.) Anyway, Formen offers quality brands like Jack Black, bullie, Anthony Logistics for Men, and The Art of Shaving. They've also got you covered in areas like face, sun, and tools. If you're still into the Mach3, check out their selection of eShave 3 Blades Razors with cool translucent handles. Are those from the future?

If you're in a pinch this holiday season, check out Foreman's kits and gifts page for some great suggestions at reasonable prices.

Finally, check out the Grooming Tips section of the site too. Clear and concise articles on all topics including shaving, face, hair, and fashion. And when no one else is looking, scroll down to the "Sensitive Subjects" section and read every single entry. If any of these apply to you, remedy the situation immediately. Don't worry, they've got recommended products ready to go.

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December 5, 2006

Sharps Heavy Gear Travel Kit at Target

As you probably have read from my previous posts, I have a love/hate relationship with Target. That extends to Target.com as well, due to their use of Flash (with which I have a hate/hate relationship). So, once again, I'd like to link you directly to a very cool shaving kit from Sharps, available at Target.com, but I can't. Instead I can only give you instructions. Here they are:

1) Click over to Target.com/HolidayCatalog.
2) Move the slider in the center of the page in the red band to pages 34 & 35.
3) The Sharps kit will be on the lower right side of the right page (page 35).

Wasn't that easy? Thanks Target. And thank you Flash.

Anyway, the Sharps Heavy Gear travel kit is actually a pretty sweet deal.

A bag for the office, gym, or traveling filled with travel-size Barber Brigade face wash/scrub, shave gel, toner and after-shave gel.

All for $29.99. Would make a great holiday gift...

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November 30, 2006

Shaving Websites Which Ship Outside the US

logo_skinstore.gifShavingStuff reader Cam recently wrote in and asked that we mention a few shaving sites which ship outside of the US. Shame on us for being so Ameri-centric. Cam recommends SkinStore.com, GroomingLounge.com (which wasn't up when we checked last night), and MenEssentials.com.

SkinStore has a regular mail catalog which you can request here. Get 10% off your next order if you sign up. MenEssentials has gift certificates if you want to let your giftee decide what to get. mensessentials.jpgAll the brands you know and love are represented, plus a bunch you've probably never heard of. Plenty of other gift ideas too.

I was able to confirm that SkinStore will ship all around the world. MenEssentials may only ship to the US and Canada.

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November 28, 2006

The Close Shaves of Kent Waddington

Punk_Shaving_Waddington_Exhibit.jpgAbout four years ago, photographer Kent Waddington started taking pictures of men shaving. Why? You don't ask an artist why. The reasons are not always apparent at the beginning. And now some greater good is coming out of his work.

In early October, a web master (www.closeshave.nl) and university professor in communications in The Netherlands saw Waddington’s work online and approached him to participate in a fundraising site featuring guys shaving - benefits to help Villa Pardoes (www.villapardoes.nl), a themed holiday resort for children with life threatening diseases.

(full story here)

The result is the website Close Shave, or the Dutch version Scherende Heren, where you can you can browse over 300 pictures of over 30 men in various states of shave. It's shaving porn. And it's guilt-free! Couple of favs - Henri-Pierre's around-the-neck technique (gotta try that one tomorrow) and this mess from an anonymous shaver (dude, take a deep breath and chill).

Check out CloseShave.nl for all the photos, and if you're feeling generous, make a donation to the Villa Pardoes charity. Finally, if you're up in the Ontario, Canada area between now and the end of the year, stop by the Barry’s Bay and Area Public Library to see about a dozen of the photographs on display.

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November 14, 2006

The ShavingStuff 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgTrying to figure out the perfect gift for a loved one this year? You've come to the right place. It's the 2006 ShavingStuff Holiday Guide, and it's jam-packed with home runs from the shaving world. Hey Santa - I've been good. Real good.

Shaving Kits
Shaving kits are great way to go in the sub-$100 range. They generally provide shaving cream and a post-shave moisturizer, and are a great way in introduce someone to a brand's shaving system. Additional items often include handy travel bags and pre-shave cleansers. Here are some we think are winners:
MenScience TSA-Allowed Travel Kit $78
Daily Shave Kit from Menscience $55
Anything from the ZIRH holiday gift center $50 - $70 (and one for $239)
Baxter of California Shave 1.2.3 (with Dopp Bag) $75
The Hits Vol 1 from Billy Jealousy $50
The Perfect Shave from Anthony Logistics for Men $50
a|MEN|ity Limited Edition Gift Set $250
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Razors
We like power. Three, four, or five blades, shaving is better with power. Want the Cadillac of razors? Get the Fusion. Mid-range SUV? Schick Quattro. The old work-horse? M3Power.
Gillette-Fusion Power Razor and 4 Cartridge Pack $22.99
Schick Quattro Power $12.95
Gillette M3Power $6

Electric Razors
Electric razors are a great way to shave if you're beard grows slowly, you've got tough skin, or you just need a quick shave. They're also a great travel alternative where you can't predict your sink and lighting. Here are a couple we recommend:
Panasonic ES8077S Vortex Hydraclean System - $109.99
Braun 7505 Syncro UltraSpeed Shaver - $89.99
Norelco 7745X Cool Skin Wet / Dry Electric Shaver - $109.99
Panasonic ES7801S Triple Blade Wet/Dry Rechargeable Men's Shaver - $49.99

Accessories
Sometimes you have to dress your shave up. Accessorize! For that old-school barbershop shave experience right in the comfort of your own home, we recommend the Conair Hot Lather Machine. For those ingrown nasties which verge on requiring surgery, we recommend the Tweezerman. And for hair growing in places it shouldn't, we recommend the Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer.
ConAir Chrome Hot Lather Machine - $29.99
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze - $8.97
Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer - $5.99

Head Shaving
As we said last year, you could shave your head with a regular razor, or you could shave your head with something specially designed for the job. Hey - it's still your head.
HeadBlade Classic (in yellow) - $10.95
HeadBlade S4 (Signature Series Stainless Steel) - $74.95
DOVO Head Shaver - $19.99

Back Shaving
You may think you're bringing sexy back, but if you're bringing hairy back, you're bringing lonely back. Luckily there's a solution, aside from being mistaken for Azamat from the Borat movie.
MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver - $39.95

Pubic Shaving
Last, but certainly not least, we have the category of pubic shaving. Men just love that extra optical inch provided by the BodyGroom, and women (and men) just love that smooth, clean... well... you know.
Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom - $34.99
Seiko Cleancut - $53.25

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October 20, 2006

Review of MenScience - Advanced Face Lotion

We've reached the end of MenScience review week, and that means we've come to the last product - MenScience Advanced Face Lotion. "Ultralight" and "Oil Free" they describe it, and right they are. My face literally drank this stuff up.

Restores suppleness and elasticity, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines

Yep.

Softens skin by combating dryness and rough areas
Check.

Gently smoothes and renews the skin, stimulating cell renewal mechanisms
That's cool.

Nourishes and helps protect from the damaging effects of free radicals
I'll take your word for it.

About the only thing this skin cream doesn't do is provide sunblock. (Check out MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30 for that.)

Like all of their products, Advanced Face Lotion is chock-full of prime ingredients - AHA, BHA, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydro-Silicones, Glycerin, Green Tea, Vitamin A, C, E. I'm a big fan, and I think anyone who's looking to try something new will quickly become a fan too.

MenScience Advanced Face Lotion is $36 for 4oz.

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