February 11, 2005

The Man-Wrap from Mitchworld

DICK_big_1002-04.jpgI shave nude. I take a shower, I towel off, and then I shave. Sound dangerous? It might when you start to think about the proximity of a certain sensitive area to a sinkful of scalding hot water. Call me neurotic, but I'm always worried that a hardy splash from my razor is going to result in second degree burns.

Enter the Man-Wrap, from Mitchworld:

The perfect garment to put on after surfing, swimming, sun bathing or relaxing at your favorite spa. The Man Wrap™ is made from the softest terry cloth on the inside, and a stain resistant fabric on the outside.

With an adjustable waist band, button front closure and a front patch pocket, the Man Wrap™ looks better, and is more functional, than a waist-wrapped towel. And it feels better, too!

The Man Wrap comes in three different styles - the Willis, the Dick, and the Bob. Me? I like the Dick (pictured). But then again you probably could have guessed that.

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January 27, 2005

Wooden Shower Stool

teak_shower_stool.jpgRecently, we received this email from one of our readers at ShavingStuff.com:

I am a pregnant woman with a hard time shaving. I cut myself the other day. I need a waterproof wood stool for my shower. Can you recommend one please?

Shower stools come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and price. There are quite a few aimed at the geriatric crowd which may not be hip enough for the young expectant mother. If you're willing to spend the dough, Amazon has a teak shower stool with white metal legs for $129 (also available through Brookstone).

Perfect for toweling off or creating a more restful shower experience, the teak shower stool is a welcome addition to any bathroom. Comfortable, smooth extra-wide teak seat is vented to prevent soap and water buildup. Over time, it will âweatherâ in your shower without shrinking or swelling as it gradually turns a silvery gray, or you can keep the rich teak color with periodic application of teak oil. Stands firmly on powder-coated aluminum legs with ABS non-scratching feet to protect tub or shower stall. Use it out of the shower, too. Made from sustainably harvested plantation-grown teak.
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December 24, 2004

Travel Tip for Mach3 Power

6025.jpgShavingStuff.com presents... its first Travel Tip!

If you're traveling this holiday season with a Mach3 Power, we suggest you remove the battery before you throw the razor in your toiletries bag. Otherwise the razor can accidentally turn on and completely wear your battery out. Anyone got a spare triple-A?

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December 20, 2004

Extend the life of your razors with RazorGuard

razorguard.jpgRazorGuard claims they can help you save up to $100 per year in the cost of razors by soaking them in their magic solution when you're done. Actually, there's real science to back them up:

Research proves that by rinsing, then storing your razor in the open air, razorblades calcify and oxidize rendering them ineffective in a matter of days. RazorGuard coats and protects your blade keeping it clean and sharp months longer. Nature's finest essential oils lubricate your shave and moisturize your skin for "The World's Smoothest Shave".

I'd link to their photos from the "Scanning Electron Microanalysis Conducted at The University of Southern California" but their site is based on frames and you'd probably end up in an unnavigable hell. Instead, just go to their site and click on "How it Works" on the left. It's actually really impressive.

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December 8, 2004

Notes From the Field

My dad, who prefers shaving before showering so that he can wash off the shaving cream in the shower, reports that the shaving system I recommended - Mach3 Power and Kiehl's Shave Cream (Blue Eagle) - works equally well before and after a shower. Conventional wisdom is that shaving after you shower is better since your skin and beard hair is softer, however it's good to know that if you want to buck the trend you have that option.

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November 22, 2004

The Student Becomes the Master

K60205_93x224.jpg6025.jpgYears ago when I was in high school my father taught me how to shave. At the time his favorite razor was the Gillette Sensor and his favorite shaving cream was Clinique's Cream Shave. This weekend I had the rare pleasure of improving on my dad's 45 years of shaving experience. I leant him my Mach3 Power and my Kiehl's Blue Eagle. He was blown away that a shave could be that good. His exact quotes:

"It's the anti-shave it's so smooth."
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November 17, 2004

Prince ShavingWell

Last year for Christmas I got my wife a frog razor*, appropriately named Prince ShavingWell. It's fun and cute, and she loves it. Mama's Earth has a bunch of different animal-themed razors, including the otter-shaped "Ottermatic" and the hippo-shaped "Hip Hip Hoorazor". Might make a good gift for someone who enjoys something slightly amusing in their morning routine.

* Note to our friends and relatives - Neither my wife nor I are frog people, nor are we cat people either, despite the fact that we have cats. That means no mug for Christmas with a cat holding a barbell which says "Meow-er Power", and no anti-Successory frog-road-kill photo which says "It's not easy being green".

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November 16, 2004

Free stuff! This time for the ladies

In a move which looks an awful lot like clearing a channel, Amazon.com is offering a 4-pack of women's Sensor3 Disposable Razors for free with mail-in rebate. My advice? When you're ordering a few books this Christmas season for granny, throw a 4-pack of these gems into your shopping cart. Your wife will *love* you for it.

Updated 11/17/04 at 9:08am
"Yeah, right." -his wife

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Look what showed up in the mail

I've been a Mach3 Power man for the last 6 months or so, but yesterday a Schick Quattro showed up in the mail, quite unexpectedly. Who are these marketing gurus who knew I needed to try one? I have no idea, but thank you. This Sunday I plan on making a morning of it. A little coffee, New York Times, and a +4 blade of gentleness. (Props to gizmodo for the D&D reference.)

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November 5, 2004

Laser Razor... in 2010

lazerRazor.jpgA couple of years ago I was fooled by a tantelizing Wired review (see Non-Bleeding Edge) of a laser razor which claimed to stunt hair grow so you'd only have to shave with it once every couple of months.

Non-Bleeding Edge
Making mincemeat of the Gillette Mach 3, Light Solutions' Laser Razor dispenses with sharpened steel entirely and smoothes your beard or body with a solid-state semiconductor laser. To use it, you apply a cooling gel - just like shaving cream - and shave as usual. The lightshaver's near-infrared beam penetrates your skin to make all your stubble fall out in about two days, while temporarily stunting hair follicles to delay future growth. The result is a shave so close, it'll last a couple of months.

Of course the review listed availability in 2010, so I just wrote it off as another wishlist item which maybe we'd see some day. Turns out there's an element of truth to this. According to a paper from the Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, researchers from NIST and a "private company" (Gillette perhaps?) are collaborating on this very technology. See a short write-up on pages 924 and 925 of the paper cited above. No more details as of yet, but I for one would pay big money to save 15 minutes a day and still have a close-shaven face.

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