January 24, 2008

Review of The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil

taosPreShavingOil.jpgThe Art of Shaving is one of the most prestigious and preeminent brands in the shaving world. Born out of a modest kitchen, and grown into a prominent brand with several boutique stores and a presence in many upscale department stores, The Art of Shaving has put luxury shaving products on the map. I've been looking forward to trying their products out for a long time now.

Even before you start shaving with The Art of Shaving products, you'll notice their packaging. Sturdy, thick, glass jars where appropriate. Minimalist labels. Classy design. They look great on your bathroom counter.

As we've mentioned before, there are shaving oils and pre-shave oils. With a shaving oil, you shave with just the oil; nothing else. With a pre-shave oil, you typically add a layer of shaving cream on top and then shave. It's basically the first layer of protection on your face before you start slicing.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil falls into the latter category, and really should be followed by their shaving cream. In fact, if you're interested in trying these products, I'd definitely recommend getting the pre-shave oil. They've developed a system. Pre-shave oil is part of it. Don't skimp.

And follow the directions:

Before shaving, rub a small amount of The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil in the palm of your hands and massage into beard. Lather Shaving Cream or Shaving Soap over oil and shave.

Pretty simple. Actually, the only tricky part is the "lather..." step, but we'll talk about that tomorrow.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil has a mild, pleasant scent. Reminds me vaguely of chartreuse. It's simple to dispense and smoothes easily onto your face. Again, if you're interested in these products, and I think you should be, get the pre-shave oil.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil is $22 for a 2 ounce / 60mL bottle. Tomorrow we shave!

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January 21, 2008

Free Schick Quattro Titanium Razor - Now With Extra Blade

schickTitanium.jpgYou know how the Gillette Fusion really has six blades - five on the flat side of the cartridge plus one on the back for trimming? Now the Schick Quattro also has a similar "plus one" trimming blade with the introduction of the Schick Quattro Titanium.

Want one? Yes I do. Want one for free? Um... free? Really?

Click on over to www.schickquattro.com/sample, drop a little personal information, and wait a few weeks. Then write in and tell us what you think.

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January 16, 2008

This Just In - Ritual

boxset_200.jpgLast week we posted about Ritual Razor Rinse, an antiseptic for your razor blades to kill germs which cause breakouts, razor bumps, and in-grown hairs. Now we're going to see if it stands up to the ShavingStuff test. Ritual just sent over their Ritual - The Kit ($79) which contains Razor Rinse and a whole lot more. In fact, The Kit contains:

Not only that but The Kit comes in this kick-ass wooden box with their logo burned onto the front. Sweet!

Now, you may have skimmed over that list and missed the last item. Or, a regular reader might have read that closely and said to themself, "toilet deodorizer drops?" That sounds familiar. Correct! We blogged about Ritual's Natural Calls way back in August of last year. And at least one reader wrote in and thought it was pretty good.

We'll be putting all of Ritual's products to the test, so tune back in for our reviews. In the meantime surf on over to yourritual.com and see if their products are right for you. And if you're feeling bold, upload your photo to their Rate My 'Stache section and show off your whiskers.

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December 12, 2007

Review of L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm

cadeAfterShave.gifYesterday we shaved with L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream, today we're sealing the deal with L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm.

Continuing the hyperbole from yesterday, here's how L'Occitane describes their Cade After Shave Balm:

Redefines after-shave comfort. Extraordinary blend of Shea Butter and birchwood sap extract helps resist redness, razor burn and feelings of tightness. Our signature Cade complex of juniper, sandalwood, Immortelle and rosemary essential oils purify skin to clean and soothe nicks and breakouts. Light and fluid texture quickly absorbs without a trace of tackiness.

Birchwood sap extract? Immortelle? (The latter is a flower. Had to look it up.)

So I'm sure some people really like this stuff, but it kind of stung, particularly above my lips where my skin is a little raw from blowing my nose. I'm a sensitive man. Lords knows if there's a pea under my mattress I'll wake up all black and blue. But this stuff wasn't my favorite. As an after shave balm it works great. Just wish I didn't have a reaction to it. Your mileage may vary. If you see a tester at a store, try some out. Maybe it's for you.

L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm is $28 for a 2.5oz / 75 ml tube.

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December 6, 2007

Specials From Around the Shaving World

wholeman.gifBunch of specials you should know about as the holiday season kicks in.

Wholeman
Wholeman is having a 10% off promotion today, December 6th 2007. Use promo code "CHRISTMAS" when checking out. Also check out their recommendation of Christmas Gifts broken out by price and by type.

ZIRH
ZIRH is offering the following on all online orders:
Free shipping (US orders only)
Free ZIRH 2007 Holiday Chocolates
Free ZIRH Holiday Body Bar
Free ZIRH skincare and fragrance samples
No promo code needed. Just shop online and load up.

Anthony Logistics for Men
Not to be outdone, Anthony Logistics for Men is offering free shipping on orders over $75, plus a free "Special Gift" with order. Special Gift!?! What could it be? How special is it?

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November 28, 2007

The Recycled and Reconstituted Preserve Razor

recycline_razor.jpg
Here's a cool article from a recent edition of the Daily Candy entitled Give Me a G. The G stands for "green."
Turn off the shower while shaving to save gallons. And pick up Recycline's Preserve razors. Sixty-five percent of the plastic used in the ergonomic razors is made from recycled Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups, and they come with a postage-paid envelope in case your recycling center doesn't accept No. 5 plastics.

Stonyfield Farm yogurt? Hey, that's my brand! Mmm, vanilla...

Find out more information at the Recycline Preserve website, like this juicy tidbit: the Recyline Preserve razor was "Designed over the past two years with a team of graduates from Stanford, MIT, and RISD schools of design and engineering." Two years to design a razor? Really? This thing better have Bluetooth.

The Recycline Preserve Razor is only $9.10 at Amazon.

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November 27, 2007

Holiday Coupon Codes for Detail For Men(.com)

detailsForMen.gifOur good friends over at Details for Men have some great coupons for the holiday season. Coupon code "HOL2007" will get you 10% off all orders between now and the end of the year. And coupon code "NEWCUST07" will get new customers 15% off their entire order between now and the end of the year. They've got all the great brands from aMENity to Urth. Hmm, maybe they should carry ZIRH so we could really go from A to Z.

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November 16, 2007

20% Off All Orders at Anthony Logistics for Men

Expect a lot of deals between now and the end of the year as the holiday season approaches. Anthony Logistics for Men is running a Friends and Family special until Sunday November 25th. Figured I'd pass it on, since hey, we're all friends. Enter promo code ANTFF2007 at checkout and you'll receive 20% off your entire order. Nice!

For more info about Anthony Logistics for Men, check out our reviews of their products.

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November 14, 2007

Review of Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel

jackBlackCoolingGel.gifYesterday we took a look at the shave with Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream. Today we're cooling down with Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel. While the shave was solidly decent, Jack Black after-shave scores a home run.

Firstly - scent. Highlighted by aloe, sage, and predominantly lavender, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has a pleasing aroma without being overpowering or flowery. Reminds me of a fine digestif paired with a sweet dessert.

Secondly - viscous. Slightly thicker than most post-shave creams and gels we've tried, which in my usage led to better coverage and less dry skin. Still a light gel, but with some substance.

Thirdly - absorptive. Nothing worse than a cream which won't sink into your skin. Not a problem here. Despite being thicker than most, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has no problem diving right in and helping to heal than nasty scraping blade.

No question here. This stuff is a winner. Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel is $17 for a 3.3oz container.

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November 12, 2007

The Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is fast approaching and you've got a list with a bunch of question marks on it. What to get for that special man in your life? Well look no further than the 2007 ShavingStuff Holiday Gift Guide. We've got all he'll need, from creams to razors, books, toys, and more. And even a little something for the ladies.

Shaving Cream
Sure, we all start shaving with foamy supermarket shaving cream. But eventually we aspire to the finer things in life. The brands below offer a superior shave which is close, comfortable, and sublime. A gift set is the perfect way to sample new products, as well as introduce someone to the world of better shaving.
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
Billy Jealousy - $50
The Art of Shaving - $38
ZIRH - $59
MenScience - $55
Baxter of California - $60
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
Once again power reigns supreme. If you're not shaving with an electrified version of a multi-blade razor, it's time to step into the new millennium. Power makes all the difference.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Power - $11.99
Gillette M3Power - $15
The Art of Shaving's Chrome Gillette Fusion Power with Spotlight - $150

Electric Razors
There were a couple of new products released this year from the leaders in electric razor technology. If you want the top of the line traditional electric razor, go for the Pulsonic. If you're interested in a wet/dry electric shave, go for the Moisture Shaving System.
Braun Pulsonic - $215
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149

Pubic Shaving
Don't even think about shaving downstairs without the proper equipment. Give yourself an extra optical inch with the BodyGroom, or go completely bare with the Cleancut, still the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99
no!no! - $250
Seiko Cleancut - $75

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Back Shaving
Yeah, I don't want to talk about it either. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor and buy it for him. And give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95

Books
Want to learn proper shaving technique but afraid to ask? Finally, a couple of books which teach you how to shave.
Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - $11.95
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving by Anders Larsen - £6.50

Toys
Nothing beats a little fun in the tub or a soft foam book. Teach your little squirt how to shave like his papa.
Shaving in the Tub from Alex Toys - $6.79
My Shaving Kit foam book from Innovative Kids - $3.32.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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