January 19, 2009

dkMommy Spot review of the Razor Mate

dkmommy.jpgYou may remember that back in December we got one these newfangled Razor Mates in for testing. A device which uses magnets to restore razors back to new? Please. Only NASA could do something like that.

Oh... the guy who invented it worked at NASA? Huh... Maybe we should check it out.

Anyway, we're not quite ready for our review yet, but Diane over at dkMommy Spot is, and here's her very positive review of the Razor Mate.

At first I was skeptical - a little box you set on your bathroom counter that sharpens your razor blade with magnets. But after reading the concept about how a blade's edge actually contorts after use, and how the magnets simply pull it back into place keeping the blade sharp, it started sounding logical. But too good to be true? I wanted it to work, after all. I hate paying $20 for a pack of razors, using them a few times, then tossing them in the trash. It makes me feel so wasteful and very "ungreen". So I gave the Razor Mate a go, and I'm so glad I did.

Click on over for her full review. Check back here soon for ours. Or head on over to SaveOnRazors.com to pick one up for yourself for $19.99.

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January 12, 2009

Oh Slick! Say Hello To John Allan's Pre-Shave Slickwater

slickwater_promo.jpgIt's a new year, and it's time for a new product. Hot off the presses comes word of the latest addition to John Allan's stable of men's grooming products. It's Slickwater pre-shave solution, and it's ready to take your shave to the next level.

This revolutionary pre-shave creates a slick surface for the blade to glide over, reducing cuts, nicks and shaving irritation. Slickwater preps and conditions the skin without clogging pores and is specially formulated to lift the follicles for an even closer shave. Tea tree oil provides soothing relief to dry or irritated skin, and oat extract helps to reduce potential redness and irritation due to shaving.

Regular readers will know that we're big fans of John Allan. You can check out our many reviews of his products here, and in particular our review of John Allan's Shave Cream. Could Slickwater make the shave even better? Thankfully we're expecting a shipment of Mr. Slick in the mail very soon. Review to follow.

John Allan's Slickwater pre-shave solution is $28 for a 2 oz/59 mL bottle.

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January 9, 2009

Review of the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer

schick-quattro-titanium-trimmer.jpgBack in the day a razor had one blade. Simple. Understandable. Then someone got the brilliant idea to put two blades on every razor cartridge. Genius. We can charge more money. And thus the razor arms race was born. Now we've got four and five bladed behemoths, with micro-vibrating powered handles, and edging blades for sideburns and those hard to reach places. What else could you possibly jam on to a razor? (Wait, I just remembered The Art of Shaving special edition Gillette Fusion Power razor with built in flashlight!)

OK, so back to the question at hand - what else could you possibly jam on to a razor?

Schick's answer - a trimmer. If you haven't already seen the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer, which came out last year, say hello to the latest in shaving improvements. This razor has a four-bladed cartridge for a super-close shave, an edging blade for keeping your hairlines straight, a powered handle for a smooth comfortable shaving, and now trimmer for taming your bushy sideburns. (The trimmer is at the bottom of the handle; see picture on right.)

And as ridiculous as it sounds, I really like it. I haven't been a huge fan of Schick razors before, but this one won me over. The Quattro has a big, beefy, rubberized handle which allows you to get a nice grip. It's certainly heavier than razors of 10 years ago, but for me that's a plus. It feels sturdy.

The trimmer is great. I typically get my hair cut every five weeks, and by the end of that fourth week my sideburns are looking a little unkempt. I'd gotten pretty adept at using a comb and an electric razor to thin things out, by it was always a precarious operation. The Quattro's trimmer makes this task easy. There are three settings depending on how close you want to trim. (Schick's site claims there are four. What's the fourth? No trimmer attachment on? Oh marketing department...) My advice - don't take the plastic trimmer head off. You'll lose it.

One thing to note - the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer is loud. Of the three powered razors out there - Quattro, Fusion, and Mach3 - it is by far the loudest. Not a huge deal in my book, but worth mentioning.

So there you have it. A Schick razor that was finally good enough for me. I think you'll like it too, and I think you'll really appreciate the trimmer. How much you want to bet Gillette adds a trimmer to their Fusion this year?

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December 15, 2008

Fox News's Review of Save-A-Blade

Judging by the amount of feedback we got about the Save-A-Blade, there are a lot of people out there looking to pinch a few pennies when it comes to razors. So let us turn to the "Fair and Balanced" Fox News to learn the truth about this miracle contraption.

Deal or dud, they ask? You really want me to spoil it for you? C'mon, just watch it. Actually, it's quite possibly the best piece of reporting I've ever seen on Fox. They consult a scientist. And he uses a microscope. And they get the company to change its packaging. And everyone remains civil.

OK, I really don't want to spoil it for you, but if you insist on not watching, probably best to avoid this product if you're a Schick Quattro man.

Special thanks for ShavingStuff reader Eric for sending this in.

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December 10, 2008

This Just In - MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment

solution2.jpgJust got in a sample of MiN New York's Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment. Solution2 is a very versatile product for the prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs, redness, bumps, and skin irritation from shaving and waxing. It's made for men and women, for all parts of the body where you might remove hair, and it can be used before, during, or after shaving. Heck, I'm just sitting here writing this blog post and I'm using it now. Also, it's made with spearmint and aspirin, which might mean it'll get rid of your aches and pains and leave you with minty fresh breathe, but I wouldn't count on it.

MiN New York's site has a huge range of high-quality men's and women's grooming products. They've got shaving products from NICKEL to Geo F Trumper, plus a few of their own. They also sent over a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, which we're very excited to try out.

MiN New York Solution2 Post-Shave Treatment is $60.00 for both the rollerball applicator and the refill bottle. Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil is $20 for a 30ml bottle. Check back soon for our reviews.

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December 8, 2008

This Just In - Razor Mate

razormate1.pngJudging by the amount of feedback we got for the Save A Blade, there's clearly a big market for products which prolong the life of disposable razors and cartridges. The Razor Mate is the latest entry in this category, and we just received one to try out. How does it work?

The Razor Mate uses a magnetic draw to remove the small contours in your blade. By simply placing your razor on the Razor Mate and letting the electro-magnetic pull go to work, your average blade life will increase by up to twenty times, keeping it straight and irritation free!

Now I have to admit I'm a little skeptical. Magnets? Really? But it turns out these aren't any ordinary magnets. They're NASA magnets.

Strategically aligned magnets within the Razor Mate are what keep your blade perfectly straight. John Hastie discovered this principle while working as a NASA engineer on magnetostriction.

My computer's spell-checker may think that magnetostriction isn't a word, but Wikipedia knows what it means. It probably used to work for NASA too.

We'll be trying out the Razor Mate over the next couple weeks on some old and used razors, and we'll report back soon. If you're interested in the meantime, the Razor Mate is $19.99 and comes with a "100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee".

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November 21, 2008

The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.

Shaving Cream
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245

Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49

On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95

Electric Razors
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219

Pubic Shaving
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67

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
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Nose Shaving
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99

Back Shaving
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.

Shaving Accessories
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99

Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20

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November 19, 2008

Fog-Free Shaving Mirrors

InterDesign_power_lock_LG.jpgAre you a shower multitasker? Do you brush your teeth and listen to the radio while you're shampooing and rinsing? If so, and you have a lot of light in your shower, perhaps you'd be interested in a fog-free shaving mirror.

ShavingDirect has a great selection of fog-free shaving mirrors. Some with suction cups. Some which clip on to your shower head. Some with magnification. Some with an iPod hookup. (Not kidding!) Some with a light.

While I haven't tested all these brands with lights, my general reaction has been disappointment. The lights on these mirrors tend to be battery-powered LEDs with underwhelming brightness. That's why I really only recommend shaving in the shower if you've got a lot of light already.

And if you do, get a mirror! Shaving in the shower is great. No need to worry about making a mess with shaving cream. Easy to rinse off after you are done. Just shave toward the end of your shower after your skin and whiskers have had a little time to soften. Then try to figure out what you're going to do with all that free time.

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November 12, 2008

Innovative Shaving Brushes Video

Here's a nice little video from YouTube on four innovative shaving brushes, interspliced with some good old fashion WWII news reel and 50s scientist videos. mantic59 (clearly an alias) covers four shaving brushes which buck the traditional trend of simple badger hair on a stick.

Excellent video on traditional shaving brush alternatives, and some mad video editing skillz to boot.

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October 30, 2008

The Rolling Razor - Is This The Future Of Shaving?

rollingrazor.jpgYou might think there are a wide variety of razors out there, but in reality most are just variations on the same theme - knife on a stick. Earlier this year a new type of razor was introduced to the market which eschews the standard. Meet the Rolling Razor - two knives on a ring.

From the press release:

While the basic stick-style razor still has the same natural limitations from its inception over a century ago, the Rolling Razor has been engineered with an innovative ring shaped handle that gives the user superior control & maneuverability. With its unique double-headed, triple convex cartridges, the Rolling Razor is designed to stay in close contact with the skin whether the user is shaving a flat or a curved area.

That's right - "double-headed, triple convex cartridges" means six blades on the razor. Take that five-bladed Fusion!

There's a cool video demo on the Rolling Razor website which shows how it works. You'll also find more styles and colors than the new line of iPod Nanos. "Desert Camouflage", "Reef Girl", and "Sahara Adventure" are just a few of the models available on their website.

Now of course the Rolling Razor needs its own special razor blades, but I what find very cool is that the blades are rated on a gentle verses close shave scale. Meaning, if you have get ingrown hairs and razor bumps, get the Bump Eliminator cartridges. You won't get a super-close shave, but you also won't break out in razor bumps and irritation. If you have sensitive skin, get the Sensitive Skin cartridges. And if you've a face for punishment, get the Regular cartridges and shave as close as you want. How refreshing. After four years of writing about shaving I still have no idea what the difference is between Gillette Fusion razor blades and Gillette Fusion Power razor blades.

The Rolling Razor is $14.95, and for the moment you get a free "Designer Holding Base" when you order now. Blades start at $7.95 for a pack of 4. Different models and razors for men and women. Click on over and check it out.

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