October 19, 2006

Review of MenScience - Post-Shave Repair

OK, so you've shaved, you've rinsed your face with cool water, and you're about to use an after-shave moisturizer. Wait one sec! You've got a quick step before that. It's spritz time.

Allow me to introduce you to MenScience Post-Shave Repair, in a spray bottle! Love the spray bottle. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is a toner, and all the toners we've tried before come in an open-mouth bottle and are applied with a cotton ball. Have you tried applying toner with a cotton ball? If you're not careful, you end up with a wispy mess. But not with the spritz. Just remember to close your eyes while applying.

MenScience Post-Shave Repair "immediately calms redness and razor burn with anti-inflammatory ingredients." OK, maybe not immediately, but it certainly helps calm your face after it's been sliced with hot steel. It's also great at getting the last stubborn bits of shaving cream off your face. And it contains tons of the good stuff - Allantoin, Azulene, Witch Hazel, Aloe, Tea Tree Extract, Salicylic Acid, Camphor, and Rosemary. Check the MenScience site for the benefits of each of these.

Bottom line - do you need it? No. Do you want it? Yes. MenScience Post-Shave Repair is $28 for a 4oz. bottle.

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October 18, 2006

Review of MenScience - Advanced Shave Formula

OK, so there's pre-shave and post-shave, but let's get to the shave already. We wouldn't be here otherwise. MenScience describes their Advanced Shave Formula as "foamless", which is definitely accurate. I was initially uncertain as this cream didn't seem to do much on my face. Many of the shaving creams and gels we've reviewed slightly transform on your face, either by foaming or lathering up. MenScience Advanced Shave Formula just kind of went on. The shaves were good, but it wasn't until a couple weeks later that I realized that I hadn't had any nicks, cuts, or scraps. You may remember a while back we received some products from a company called By142 which helped with skin and scar repair. They had suggested we use them after shaving to reduce razor burn and inflammation. The thing was, I wasn't getting any of that with MenScience Advanced Shave Formula, so I never had any reason to use the stuff. Kind of funny. If that isn't an endorsement for MenScience, I don't know what is.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is pretty much odorless, although it has a slight smell of Play-dough. Yum. Always loved that stuff as a kid. It's a little goopy, but it doesn't clog your razor, and it's pretty easy to apply. Using your fingers is the best approach. I tried using a shaving brush a couple times but it doesn't have the right consistency to be spread that way. MenScience recommends you wait 30 seconds after applying (which is always a good idea) to let the ingredients absorb into your skin and further soften your whiskers.

And what are those ingredients, you ask? Glycerin, Aloe, Allantoin, Azulene, Avocado Extract, Grapeseed, Salicylic Acid, and Tea Tree Extract. Clearly a lot of research has gone into making the best shaving cream possible with the highest quality natural ingredients. Sure there's the occasional phenophoxophuccinol, but for the most part everything is recognizable. My favorite - Glycerin:

Humectant with impressive capability to continually absorb water from the environment and bind it to the skin. Increases the skin’s softness, suppleness and elasticity. Its lubricating properties make it superior to foaming ingredients for shaving preparations.

Bind humectant, bind! Damn, that's impressive.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is $25 for a 6oz tub. If you've had it up to here with foam, or just want to try something new, MenScience Advanced Shave Formula definitely worth it.

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October 17, 2006

The Battery Ran Out In My Gillette Fusion

The battery ran out in my Gillette Fusion. So I'm blogging about it. ShavingStuff is a blog after all, so by that token I probably should be telling you what I fed my cat this morning. But rest assured - unless my cat somehow miraculously starts shaving, you'll never read about Mr. Wigglesworth.

So anyway, I was shaving this morning, and the little low-battery indicator on the Fusion started flashing. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later, no more vibrations. Kind of sad, but kind of cool. My M3Power never told me when I was running low. And I have to say, the battery lasted since the beginning of February. That's eight and a half months. Not bad in my book.

Anyway, I had to raid a TV remote to finish the shave. I'm kind of addicted to the vibrations. And I replaced the AAA with whatever was in the remote, which I think was an Everyready. Shh! Don't tell Gillette I didn't use a Duracell.

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October 16, 2006

Review of MenScience - Daily Face Wash

It's review time again, and this time we're stretching it out over a whole week. Welcome to MenScience review week! We received five products from MenScience. There are five days in a week. Perfect! If you need a background on MenScience, I suggest starting with this post. If not, read on...

First up is MenScience Daily Face Wash. As we've been hammering into your head, great shaves start with clean skin, and MenScience Daily Face Wash is a great way to start. Their face wash is a clear, thick gel which is easy to apply, and foams up to a slight lather when you work it into your skin. Key ingredients include Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Aloe, and Urea. That last one isn't as bad as it sounds.

Urea: Moisturizer capable of attracting and retaining water. Helps in the absorption of other ingredients. Credited with protecting the skin, due to buffering and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Click on over to the MenScience Daily Face Wash to learn about all the ingredients.

MenScience Daily Face Wash did a great job on my skin. I only ever needed a tiny quarter-size amount, it was easy to wash off, and it never left my skin too dry. Subsequent shaves were great, but that's equally due to their shaving cream (which we'll cover on Wednesday). I've used it happily every day for two months and I'm barely half-way through the bottle.

MenScience Daily Face Wash is $25 for 8oz.

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September 28, 2006

A Guide to the Gourmet Shaving Experience

LeisureGuy-60x60.jpgEvery so often it's good to get put in your place. And today that's happening to me. I recently was emailed by the author of LeisureGuy's blog about a specific post he had written entitled A guide to the gourmet shaving experience. As I clicked over and watched my browser's scroll-bar start to shrivel, I felt that twinge of embarrassment set in. Here was a true shaving master.

LeisureGuy's post a guide to the gourmet shaving experience is easily the most broad and informative piece I've ever read on shaving with safety razors. He gently guides you through shaving creams, soaps, razor types, lather bowls, shaving brushes, how to hold a razor, how to clean a razor... - the list goes on. There's also personal experience, reader comments, PDFs, video, links, and more. "How's his punctuation," you ask? "Exemplary."

Here's an example of this style:

Using a safety razor puts you in charge, and going from a multi-blade cartridge to a safety razor is akin to going from an automatic transmission to a manual: you can get better performance by being more in control, but you must learn how to use it and practice your technique and pay attention to what’s going on.

LeisureGuy keeps this post up to date with the latest news, anecdotes, and advice. It's a living document. He's also recently published a list of recommended products for safety razor beginners. I have no doubt that page will grow to rival the other. Check back every so often and find out what's new.

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September 13, 2006

Mantic Shaving on YouTube

Shaving. It's everywhere now. Even on YouTube. Mantic59 has started regular broadcasts on old-school shaving. So far he's got three videos on traditional wet-shaving, a quickie on Internet resources, and part one of an introduction to single-blade shaving (which is the one above).

This stuff isn't Mentos in Diet Coke, or high-school cheerleaders imitating OK Go, but it's not the driest stuff I've seen either. Plenty of 50s cartoons and black and white home-ec films interspliced with razors, blades, and demonstrations. View Mantic59's entire playlist here.

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August 25, 2006

The Best Shaving Online Stores

The web is a great place to find what you want, but what if you're looking for something new? Sure, you could read articles, reviews, blog posts, but wouldn't you rather leave the analysis to someone else?

detailsForMen.gifHere are two of the best sites on the web for high-quality shaving supplies - BuzzSkin and Details For Men Whether or not you're looking for that one new aftershave or a whole kit, these sites have weeded out the wheat from the chaff. With brands like MenScience, Sharps, Anthony Logistics, and The Art of Shaving, you know you're getting quality.

Both sites offer free samples with your orders, so you can try something new. Both sites have email lists which keep you up to date on specials. Sign up, and let the deals roll in.

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August 21, 2006

The Best Razors

fusionPower.jpgIt sounds like a gimmick, but it's actually the greatest advancement in safety razor technology in our lifetime. I'm talking about power. Razor power. Whether or not you shave once a day or once a week, you need to get yourself a powered razor.

What does that power actually do? Vibrate. Simple, right? And so smooth. While powered razors shave as close as their unpowered counterparts, they glide effortlessly over your face without the pull and drag of their powerless cousins.

mach3power.jpgquattroPower.jpgThere are currently three models of powered razors on the market:

Here's the question I hear most often - will my blades fit the powered version of the razor? The answer is yes. Mach3 Turbo or Nitro blades fit Mach3 Power. Quattro Titanium or Midnight blades fit Quattro Power. As long as you stay within "family", you're all set.

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July 31, 2006

Shaving Creams from Lush

blacklush.gifHave you been to Lush? Specifically, have you been to a Lush store? Their website is cool, but their store will blow you away. Lush sells soaps, moisturizers, body lotions, facial masks, and more. Even if you're a guy, and you have absolutely no interest in these things, you will appreciate this store. Every item looks like food. It's pure marketing and design brilliance. Pieces of soap are packaged like exotic cheeses. Facial masks are set in a salad bar display. Creams are sold in prepared-food cartons. I'm a guy and I want to try everything.

On the shaving front, Lush has three shaving creams for men - Ambrosia Shaving Cream, Razorantium Shaving Cream, and Prince Triple Orange Blossom Shaving Cream. Ambrosia is for sensitive skin, Razorantium is for tough beards, and Price Triple Orange Blossom is for everyone else. My only complaint is that Lush doesn't have an aftershave. What's up with that? But they do have several all-purpose creams with appealing scents for guys. My recommendation is to stop in a store and see what's right for you. The sales staff are friendly and eager to let you sample anything. Even if you don't find something that's perfect, you will admire the sheer brilliance of Lush.

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July 11, 2006

The AVID4 Travel Shaving System

Here's a razor for all you jet-set world travelers looking to slim down your shaving gear. It's the AVID4 Shaving System, and it's about as tiny as you're going to get without attaching a razor to a thimble. The AVID4 actually holds 4 twin-blade razor cartridges in its handle, making this shaving system ideal for long trips on the road. Pop a cartridge out, snap it on the end of the handle, and you're ready to shave in that brightly lit fluorescent hotel bathroom.

FHM Magazine voted it "Best Grooming Innovation" of 2002 in their annual Groomng Awards.

FHM. Mmm....

HeadShaver.org wrote a quick review for using it on your scalp. The basic gist no doubt applies to the face. Great travel razor, but for home use go for something with at least three blades.

The AVID4 Shaving System is £2.99 at www.avid4.co.uk or $8.49 at TrafalgarShop.com. No replacement blades option - just buy another handle/4-razors and dispose of the previous one.

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