August 5, 2008

Review of Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream

barbasol_th.jpgFor one day and one day only, we're changing the name of this site from ShavingStuff to ShavingSnob. Look, I've been very fortunate to have shaved with some of the best. Billy and Baxter? They're my buddies. They're on speed dial. I know a lot of people out there don't want to pay a lot for shaving cream, but hey - it's your face. If you're spending more on carwax than your cara, we need to talk.

So I've been shaving with Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream (between $4 and $5) for the last couple weeks, and I'll admit it. I'm a shaving snob. I like the high-end brands, and I think you will too if you give them a shot.

First, let's talk about scent. We've used products with scents that range from coconut to citrus, from sandalwood to soap. This products falls in the soap range, but sadly there's something artificial in the end result. If you're used to soap smelling like detergent, you won't mind. If you've spent the last five year sampling the creme de la creme of the shaving world, you'll be mildly turned off.

The shave with Barbasol Therapeutic Shaving Cream is fine, especially if you have a sharp razor blade. I found that once my blade started to dull after a few uses, the number of nicks and cuts increased. You don't get that extra lubricating protection of a shaving oil or higher-end cream here, so make sure you have a tough face or a sharp blade.

Also, I don't think Barbasol does much to stand your whiskers up straight. The shave I got wasn't the closest, and I always ended up doing the re-apply/double-shave to get to a level I was used to.

I know. I'm a shaving snob. I'm all about the aroma, the experience, the 100% organic free-range conflict-free botanicals. But have you read the ingredient list on some of these drugstore brands? Remember the breakdown of Edge Sensitive Skin?

Chances are you're at this site because you're looking for a better shave. I'm glad you found your way. Your journey is just beginning, grasshopper. Check out our reviews section for some ideas on where to start. Then go forth and shave.

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July 29, 2008

This Just In - Molton Brown

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Ever stay in a high-end hotel, with all those fancy soaps and lotions that you want to lift off the maid's cart in the hallway? Well, I have. Taken extra soaps, that is. Because invariably those fancy soaps and lotions are made by the London company Molton Brown, and they smell great. Mmm mmm. You know, if they didn't smell so great, I wouldn't be tempted to take more than my fair share.

Anyway, big thanks to our friends over at Detail for Men who sent over a bunch of Molton Brown shaving products. In particular:

That's right. "Shavewax". Your guess is as good as mine. Can't wait to crack these guys open and breathe deeply. Stay tuned for our full report.

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July 22, 2008

Review of Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm

ptraftershave.jpegYesterday we shaved with Peter Thomas Roth 21st Century Shave Cream. Today we're finishing up with Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm. Multi tasking? Why yes. This after shave is also good in the evenings, as a moisturizer after you've washed your face.

Skin-soothing after shave balm, formulated for normal to dry skin types. Helps discourage micro-inflammation as it delivers continuous hydration. Calming complex with allantoin and pro vitamin B5 helps prevent blotchiness and counteracts the discomfort associated with shaving and exposure to the elements. Refreshes and protects the skin, keeping it comfortable moisturized all day.

I liked Peter Thomas Roth's after shave quite a bit. Again, the scent is not the strong point here, but the after shave was mostly odorless. I enjoyed using it both in the morning and the evening, regardless of whether I shaved. Never needed to supplement with anything heavier, yet my skin never felt too oily after using it. I'd recommend this after shave to anyone.

Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm is $24 for a 3.4 oz tube.

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July 21, 2008

Review of Peter Thomas Roth 21st Century Shave Cream

ptr21st.jpegJust got back from the 21st century and boy are my arms tired! Thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the Fusion.

Take a minute to refresh your memory about Hungarian skin-care prodigy Peter Thomas Roth, then come on back for our review of his shaving cream.

Actually, Mr. Roth has two shaving creams - 21st Century Shave Cream and Modern Classic Shave Cream. We're reviewing the former, which oddly enough is currently not available on his website, but is available from Details for Men (who supplied us with it).

Cutting edge 21st century technology delivers this unique, rich, velvety shaving cream that is formulated with skin-smoothing moisturizers that form a silky, protective barrier allowing for a closer, more comfortable shave without irritation.

"Velvety" is a decent description of this shaving cream. Close to the consistency of home-made whipped cream. Appearing thick and white, yet still loose and spreadable. Goes on easily with fingers but not thickly so you still have a decent view of your skin underneath.

The scent of Peter Thomas Roth's 21st Century Shave Cream is not it's strong point. Not bad, but not that interesting. Kind of vaguely reminds me of Elmer's Glue mixed with a little sun screen. It's a flat smell, if that makes any sense.

Here's the thing. I've had the privilege to shave with some pretty amazing products over the last few years, so the bar has been raised pretty darn high. Peter Thomas Roth's 21st Century Shave Cream is a huge step up from drugstore brands, but it's not at the level of a Billy, Art, or some other Gentlemen we've tried. The shave is solid with little to no irritation. It's close but not super-close. This is one of those brands I'd recommend to someone who's beginning their quest for the ultimate shave. You'll see a huge improvement over all those "foaming gels" and the like.

Peter Thomas Roth 21st Century Shave Cream is $21 for a 7 oz tube.

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July 11, 2008

Gillette Mach3 Turbo Razors On Sale At Amazon

gillettemach3turbo.jpgIf you're still somewhere between old-school and new-school, shaving with a Mach3, here's a great deal on Mach3 blades at Amazon. $13.65 for an 8-pack, and shipping is free. Not too shabby. Yeah, yeah, I know all you razor blade shavers are paying pennies per blade, but some of us have bought into the Gillette business model and won't give up our cartridges.

Mach3 blades will fit any of the Mach3 razors, powered or unpowered, original, Turbo, and Grease Lightin'. If you're still tripling down with Gillette, stock up now.

Via dealnews.com.

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July 10, 2008

Get Paid to Shave in Andover, MA

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I gotta admit this looks a little sketchy, but sometimes these things are legit. We received this email from a marketing specialist today about Shave4Cash.com, a site looking for male shaving test subjects. "Hey guys, you have to shave anyway. Why not get paid for it?" Looks like you can earn between $100 and $250. Not a bad haul. The deal is you have to get yourself to Andover, Massachusetts.

If you're interested, you can take the mini survey on the site, but in the end you'll need to call their toll free number 1-800-874-7550. That's all the info we've got.

Who knows? Maybe you'll test shave the latest mutliblade high velocity razor from Gillette. World Shaving Headquarters is only a few miles south on 93.

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July 9, 2008

Free Shave Gel and Soothe from ZIRH - Today Only

zirh_gel_sooothe.jpgThinking about putting in a ZIRH order? Today's your lucky day. Buy $75 worth of ZIRH products and receive a free Shave Gel and Soothe for your troubles.

We're fans of ZIRH Shave Gel. Allow me to quote from our September 2006 review, which went a little something like this:

Even though SHAVE GEL appears to have a bluish tint, it goes on totally clear - perfect for today's facial sculpteur. But it's thick enough for you to feel where you've applied it and where you might need to add a little more. Also, doesn't gunk up your razor head. Works great with or without PREPARE, but honestly I'd do the one-two combo over the solo mission. Your face wants all the protection it can get.

If I remember right, we likened ZIRH Shave GEL to some B-Movie blob special effect, with A-list movie star results. Didn't get a chance to try ZIRH Soothe, but based on track record we bet it would rate highly. Stock up on ZIRH today.

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June 24, 2008

Review of John Allan's Splash After Shave

ja_splash.jpg[A plea to my humble reader - please read this entire review. What may seem like a lost cause turns into a happy ending.]

There's a reason they call John Allan's Splash After Shave "an old school after-shave splash with a bite." Alcohol. And lots of it. What looks like a friendly bottle of bubbles turns out to be a harsh wake-up after your shave. Splash some Splash on your freshly shaven face and feel the bite.

[Note to humble reader: keep reading]

But then something magical happens. Your face actually feels good. And it doesn't need any more love. Last time around we after-shaved with John Allan's Calming After Shave Balm, and if you remember, we often needed to supplement with a little heavier cream. Splash is the total package. Could be the Chamomilla Extract & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. Could be the Willow Bark and Cucumber Extracts. Could be that anything feels better after being slapped by an alcohol induced rage. Whatever it is, I came to really like John Allan's Splash.

I'm recommending this after shave whole heartedly. I had no redness or irritation from this product. In fact my skin seems clearer and healthier than before. I fully expect to get some feedback about the horrors of "the bite", or the use of alcohol in after shave, but I'm standing by my man John (or J.A., as I like to call him). He's made a believer out of me again.

John Allan's Splash After Shave is $18.50 for a 4oz bottle.

[Final note to humble reader: You rock!]

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June 23, 2008

Review of John Allan's Shave

Every so often we get the chance to go back and visit an old favorite. Such is the case with John Allan's. A couple months ago we got a bunch of new products in and we've been steadily working our way through them.

Some history, for those new to John Allan's - starts in Europe, studies with the best, comes to New York, opens membership club, starts his own product line, products are awesome. What? Too much for you in today's information overload world? (Full history is here.)

I've been shaving with John Allan's Shave for about a month now, and it's like seeing a good friend after a year's absence. Great shave, great scent, great to catch up. In fact, my old review still holds true. Allow myself to quote myself, (unless of course the A. P. objects):

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.

Like I said, it's good to see you again, Mr. John Allan. Over the next few days we'll check out some other John Allan's products which are new to Shaving Stuff. In the meantime, John Allan's Shave is $14.50 for a 4oz tube. Get some.

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June 18, 2008

Reader Review of Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream and Balm

barbasol_014.jpgShaving Stuff reader Keith recently wrote in with this review of Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin shaving cream and balm.

I switched to the Kiss My Face line of shaving lotions a number of years ago after trying a sample because I felt it did as good a job as my current shaving cream and better prevented razor burn. I chanced across this Barbasol shaving cream by accident and necessity and was impressed with how much nicer the shaving experience was. I felt it was both a smoother and more effective shave and haven't had any razor burn issues. It is now my new shaving cream. Oh - and the moisture balm is nice at conditioning the skin without any sting or discomfort which is a nice added bonus. I'd recommend these products to anyone with sensitive skin trying to avoid razor burn while getting a nice close shave.

Nice! Sounds like we've got a winner. You can find Barbasol Ultra Sensitive Skin at most major supermarkets and drugstores, typically for under $5.

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