August 13, 2007

Nature Calls from Ritual

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I surf. You surf. We all surf for ice cream. Or shaving. Here's what happens when you follow a few links - You come across something like Ritual brand shaving products. Innocuous enough at first, but wait - what's this? Nature Calls? That's interesting...
Just two drops of Nature Calls in your toilet prior to doing your business will obliterate all odor. This truly revolutionary, plant-extract-derived solution doesn't just cover up unpleasant smells, it eliminates them. The perfect way to kickoff your Triple S.

In my morning ritual the "S" they're talking about usually come last, but still, I wonder if it works. Honestly, I could use something like that now that I'm no longer single.

Ritual has an entire line of men's grooming products from sh!t, shower, to shave. Prices are all under $20 except the multi-pack kits.

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August 2, 2007

Review of Ikhala Smooth Face Scrub

ikhalaScrub.jpgWorking through quite a backlog of shaving products. Got samples of Ikhala from Kevin Jackson of the Chicago men's grooming store Manifold back in December and I'm embarrassed to say we're just getting to them now.

First up, a reminder. Ihkala is "a luxury skin care line developed specifically for men of African descent." They've also got a great commitment to people. A percentage of sales of Ikhala goes to help rural South African farmers who provide some of the ingredients. See our original post for more info.

Razor bumps and ingrown hairs occur in a higher percentage of African-American males than others. Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub is one great way to combat that. Exfoliation

[...] deep cleanses pores and gently exfoliates by removing dead cells, leaving the skin looking clean, healthy and revitalized

I found Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub to work great. I'm not their target demographic, so I'm really not best suited to make a judgment. But I liked that the grit in Ikhala's scrub wasn't too coarse, so I didn't feel like I was scratching my face. Also, the smell is totally unique in facial products I've tried. Kind of reminded my of a nice old leather sofa. Seriously.

Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub is $18 for a 5oz tube.

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July 18, 2007

Herban Cowboy Old Fashioned Shave Kit

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Here's a great introductory kit for those interested in old-school shaving. The ironically named Herban Cowboy Old Fashioned Shave Kit. "Ironically," because "punily" isn't a word. The kit contains

  • Shave Brush - Natural wood handle, Natural (unbleached) boar bristle
  • Ceramic Shave Mug - Cadmium & lead free, non-toxic glaze
  • Shave Soap - A rich, long lasting lather in an organic base. Skin conditioning carrot root and clean essential oil fragrance notes.

Boar bristle isn't the same as badger, but for $23.99, it won't break the bank. Plus, the kit is "70% Organic - 100% Vegan." What's with this 100% vegan designation? Back in April we posted a reader review about the Personna Matrix3 Razor which also lists itself as 100% vegan. Does that mean no animal parts were used in making these products? Seems like an odd thing to emphasize when a products might contain ceramics or metal. Kind of like saying a product is 100% earthen because it was made on Earth.

The Herban Cowboy Old Fashioned Shave Kit is $23.99.

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July 5, 2007

Acne Spot Repair from MenScience

menScienceSpotRepair.jpgAcne. You don't want to talk about it. I don't want to talk about it. But every so often it still shows up. Could be those greasy french fries which were delicious. Could a dull razor blade which you should have discarded.

Whatever the reason, MenScience has introduced Acne Spot Repair:

A prescription-grade acne treatment that rapidly eliminates acne breakouts and helps repair blemished skin with the highest concentration of Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) and soothing, repairing ingredients like Green Tea, Allantoin, Urea and Vitamin E.

Got a sample of Acne Spot Repair in the other day and here's what I like about it:

  1. 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. When I get a zit, I don't want some 2% or 5% solution. Max that BP out.
  2. While it's a white cream, it disappears into your skin. Remember that tinted cover-up stuff? I don't know which is worse, having a pimple or being called out for wearing cover up. Actually, I do know what's worse. I'm not wearing cover-up.
  3. This is the best - it doesn't dry out your skin. Clearasil may also have 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, but throw that stuff on your face and you'll feel like someone sucked your skin dry of all moisture. Just the opposite with MenScience Acne Spot Repair. It actually felt somewhat hydrating.

I liked this stuff. I think you will too. MenScience's Acne Spot Repair is $21 for a 0.75 oz (21g) tube.

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June 27, 2007

Sucker Punch from Billy Jealousy

suckerpunch.jpgBilly Jealousy just added new item to their fine line of men's grooming products - Sucker Punch Face Scrub. As the name might imply, it's going to be a little rough on your face. But in a good way. We're talking exfoliation.

Dislodge dirt, dead surface skin cells and other impurities with Sucker Punch Face Scrub, a powerful combination of crushed walnut shells, vitamins and essential oils. Sucker Punch will give you the edge you need to go all the way, champ.

Ever wonder what became of those discarded walnut shells? Well now you know. I wonder if there's a need for pistachio shells. I'm a master at those.

Sucker Punch Face Scrub is available now for $18 for a 3.5oz/103mL bottle.

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June 12, 2007

This Just in - Proraso

proraso.jpgTarget may have stopped carrying Proraso products, but Details for Men has stepped up to the plate. They're offering four of the Italian-made shaving products at very reasonable prices.

These aren't just American products disguised as Italian. While most of the packaging has both Italian and English on it, the Wheat Germ shaving cream (red tube) is entirely in Italian. Luckily you use it like any other shaving cream. However, if you want a translation of the ingredient list or special instruction, see this Details for Men page.

We'll be trying these out in the coming months. Currently in the Shaving Stuff shave studios are products from Gentlemen's Refinery, so stay tuned...

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June 6, 2007

Fathers' Day Suggestions from ZIRH - Includes Free Steak!

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There's nothing dad likes more than a clean shave and a nice juicy steak. And now he can have both with ZIRH's '25forDad' promotion. For a limited time buy your dad one of ZIRH's Fathers' Day Gift Sets, enter promo code '25forDad' when checking out, and get a $25 gift card from Dining Dough.
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May 25, 2007

Elemis Review Wrap-Up

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Over the last three days we've cleanser, shaved, and healed. We've covered six of the eleven products which come in the Elemis Universal Traveller Kit. But there are five more.
  • Aching Muscle Super Soak
  • Sharp Shower
  • Lip Rescue
  • Bright Eyes Recovery Gel
  • Instant Refreshing Gel

My first reaction to the $139 price of Elemis Universal Traveller Kit was that it was a little steep, but the truth is you get a ton of stuff. And let's not forget the travel bag. This is one of the few travel bags which you'd actually want to keep and use.

I really enjoyed all of the Elemis products. If you're looking to try a new product line, the Elemis Universal Traveller Kit is a great way to sample a wide variety of all they offer.

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May 24, 2007

Review of Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask and S.O.S. Survival Cream

elemisMask.jpgYesterday we shaved with Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil and Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel. Today we're recovering with a mask and some cream.

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask
With every other line of shaving products we've tried at ShavingStuff, the follow-up to the shave is some sort of moisturizer. Occasionally there's a toner thrown in for good measure. Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask is the first mask I've ever tried, and there's something so indulgent about it.

Here's how it works: After you're done shaving and you've rinsed your face with cool water, apply some Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask to your freshly shaven area and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water. Simple!

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask isn't one of those big goopy green-colored masks that you see in ads for spas. In fact it's pretty much invisible once it's on your face. You can definitely forget to wash it off if you're not careful. I kind of wondered what would happen if I intentionally left it on, but on the off chance that something bad would happen to my face I never tried. Sorry readers. I have my limits.

This is definitely a decadence. If you're running around getting ready in the morning and don't have an extra 10-15 minutes, the mask ain't for you. But if you have a leisurely morning ritual and want to feel extra pampered, try the mask.

Elemis Post Shave Recovery Mask is $46 for a 75ml tube.

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We've reached the last step in Elemis's shaving routine - moisturizing. Scent is important to all Elemis products, and Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is no slouch. Key ingredients include Lavender Absolute, Myrrh, Meadowsweet, Centella Asiatica, and Rice Starch, but in the end it just smells manly. Kind of verging on cologne without being overwhelming.

Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is a little thicker than other moisturizers I've tried and slightly tacky. (The "sticky" meaning of tacky, not "poor taste".) The fact that it was slightly thicker was great for me because I often have sections of dry skin after a shave that need a little more than a light moisturizer. The tackiness was a little inconvenient since it left my skin a little sticky, but not a huge deal. I liked this stuff but it is a bit pricey.

Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream is $72 for a 50ml bottle.

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May 22, 2007

Review of Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and Energising Skin Scrub

elemisCleanse.jpgBack in February we got in the Elemis Universal Traveller kit which, as the name implies, contains travel-size versions of most of the Elemis men's grooming line. We've finally been able to spend a little time with Elemis, so for the next few days we're going to be reviewing these products.

As we mentioned in our original post, Elemis operates some high-end spas in London and Miami Beach, and recently created an online presence with TimeToSpa.com. Their men's line contains the full range or products from shower to shaving, moisturizers to masks. So it should come as no surprise that scent is a key component to each of their products. Each cream or gel has its own unique and distinctive aroma. They've clearly done their best to bring a little bit of the spa home to you.

Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is a deep golden color and smells like clean. Clean in a bottle. Key ingredients include Oak Bark, Spearmint, Peppermint, and Milk Protein, although I couldn't discern any of these specifically. Instead you get the deep essence of clean. Imagine it being an aperitif to your shave. That's what Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is. Oh, and it works too.

Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is $28 for a 200ml bottle.

elemisScrub.jpgElemis Energising Skin Scrub
Elemis Energising Skin Scrub is the exfoliant in the line of men's grooming products. Here again it's all about the aroma. Key ingredients are Vitamin E, Marine Phytoplankton, Hops, Meadowsweet, Shea Butter, Beeswax, but to me there was this warm, salty, putty-ness to it which I found fabulous.

As with all good exfoliants, Elemis's Scrub has tiny, fine grit which removes dead skin and lifts hair for better shaving. Too coarse grit will scratch your skin, but that's not the case here. Elemis recommends you use the scrub twice a week, and that seemed like enough to me. You exfoliate already by shaving, but that only gets your beard area. Foreheads and noses need some attention too.

Elemis Energising Skin Scrub is $46 for a 75ml bottle.

Tomorrow we shave!

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