April 12, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer

maineShaveMoisture.jpgWelcome to day four in our four-day review of Maine Shave products. We've cleansed, shaved, and toned. Now it's time to moisturize with Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Moisturizer.

Oh! What's that in the picture? A pump? Yes indeed! I am pumped. So easy to use. Need a little more? I can get that for you.

Time for the all-natural ingredient roll call:

It contains allantion to heal and soften skin by rejuvenating skin cells. Sweet almond oil, olive oil and shea butter preserve skin from moisture loss. Lemon and orange extract reduce inflammation and rehydrate skin by increasing circulation. Chamomile soothes and heals skin due to everyday shaving.

I am once again at a lose to describe the scent of this cream. There's only the slightest hints of citrus from the lemon and orange extract. I feel like I can sense the chamomile, but only because I know it's there. It might be floral, but only in the really natural pollen-like sense. Definitely not a fake flowery scent.

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April 11, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Facial Toner

maineShaveToner.jpgStep three of Maine Shave's Four-Step Shaving Ritual is Natural Facial Toner. Tonify yourself. Tonification across the nation.

Our facial toner is a natural astringent that refreshes skin as it tightens pores and controls shine, while it brings skin's pH back to normal.

See, you've got all that shaving cream on your face, and while it's great for softening up your beard and skin, you really don't want to leave it on forever. Toner is a great way to start shutting things down.


Linden petals, (an anti-inflammatory) leave skin feeling fresh and calm. Birch extract soothes irritation caused by shaving and increases skin elasticity, leaving it feeling more supple. Rose petals leave skin feeling soft and cool to the touch.

I've tried a lot of toners from a lot of different companies, and I'll be honest - I really don't know if they help or not. I can tell a great shaving cream from a lousy one. I can identify an exfoliant which is too rough. But I haven't found the right way to judge a toner. So my recommendation is this. If you're curious about Maine Shave, get the Four-Step Shaving Ritual which includes the toner. If you want to pick a cream here or a cleanser there, you'd be ok to pass. I really enjoyed splashing the toner on my face after a shave, but partly because it seemed so decadent. My skin seemed to like it too, but I didn't notice a marked improvement over when I didn't use it.

The Skinny
Maine Shave's Natural Facial Toner is $18 for a 6oz. bottle, or comes as part of the Four-Step Shaving Ritual for $80.

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April 9, 2007

Review of Maine Shave Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser

maineShaveCleanser.jpgWelcome to Maine Shave review week! We've been using Maine Shave's Four Step Shaving Ritual - which includes a facial cleanser, shaving cream, toner, and moisturizer - for about a month now, and the verdict is in. We'll profile one product each day over the next four days, so be sure to check in throughout the week.

Natural Ingredients
First up is Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser. Natural. That will be a common theme this week. There may be some big words on the ingredients list, but they're always followed by a friendly source. For example - "Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein." My spell-checker had a little trouble with those first couple words, but it did fine with "wheat". Hey wheat - thanks for making my face clean!

As you can see from the picture Maine Shave's Natural Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser comes in a handy pump. Love the pump. I've said it before. More products should be packaged like this. Two or three squirts and you're off to the races.

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April 3, 2007

ShaveMate - Disposable Razor with Cream in the Handle!

Here's a novel approach to downsizing - stick the shaving cream in the handle of the razor. I came across the ShaveMate when reading this article from the Washington Post. ShaveMate is aimed at
Travelers who are packing light, fliers who can't find a can of cream smaller than 3 ounces and anyone who needs a quick shave on the run but doesn't want to carry both a razor and a can of shaving cream.

Looks like reviewer Cindy Loose thought they were pretty good. (At least the women's "Diva" worked for her.)

...the Diva is pretty slick at stripping hair off legs well overdue for a good shave. The shaving cream comes out of the handle as promised when you turn a little button, and it smells nice. The company claims that the handle holds a supply of shaving cream that will last "a week or more." Unless your body hair grows at an alarming rate, I think the cream in the Diva should last well beyond a week.

I'd be a little hesitant about this men's "Titan". In my opinion you're better off getting a few free samples from Details for Men or BuzzSkin and using those on your next trip. However for $3.99 you don't have a lot to lose if you want to try one.

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March 26, 2007

Free Trouble Fix Duo at ZIRH

vball.jpgOh ZIRH. You caught me staring at the ZIRH girls. Sadly I was brought to this page with the message

tsk tsk. - Looking for more pics of the ZIRH girls? Well, take better care of your skin and perhaps you can meet some for real...


"Use code MyDuo and get a free Trouble Fix Duo with purchase of any of these Kits - through 3/26 only." You can also get the free kit if you spend $50 or more at ZIRH. As far as a visit from the girls, I'm still searching for that promo code.

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March 22, 2007

Accessorize at the Nashville Knife Shop

nashvilleknifeshop.jpgA couple month ago I received the Dad's Old Time Razor Set from the Nashville Knife Shop. At first I was psyched to try this set, which includes a badger brush, brush and razor stand, Muehle-Pinsel Shaving Soap with Aloe, and a safety razor and razor blade. As time went by I realized this set was going to expose me as a fraud. I have no experience shaving with a real razor. My life has been confined to cartridges and electronics. And any straight razor which has touched my face has been in the able hands of a trained professional.

Alas, I have not used the safety razor. But I have used everything else.

badgerBrush.gifFirst off - badgers rule. Do yourself a favor and get a badger-hair brush. The one included in the set is awesome. The Nashville Knife Shop has several individual shaving brushes for you to choose from, ranging in price from $29.99 to $395.00. The low-end badger hair ones will work just fine for you.

brushAndRazorStand.gifSecond, you're going to need a stand. Don't skimp out here and ignore this. You want your brush to dry upside down so that the water can fall out. The Nashville Knife Shop has brush stands from $3.95 to $24.95. Personal preference as to what you want. The $3.95 one looks, well, like it costs $3.95. I like the simplicity of this $19.95 one or this (pictured) $24.95 one which also has a slot for your razor.

Now, if you're a Gillette/Schick razor man, you can stop right here. But if you're old-school straight or "safety" razor, click on over the Nashville Knife Shop's razor selection and feast you eyes on these beauties. My advice if you're looking for a recommendation on a straight-razor or shaving soap is to head on over to LeisureGuy's guide to the gourmet shaving experience and see what he has to say. The man is a review machine. He puts me to shame.

On top of all of this, the Nashville Knife Shop also has knives. Who knew? Cutlery, sporting, hunting, even Swiss Army knives. If it needs cutting, you're sure to find a blade for the job.

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March 20, 2007

WholeMan - Body Maintenance for Men

ShavingStuff reader "Mr M Evans" wrote in recently to tell us about his great experience at WholeMan, a store in London specializing in "body maintenance for men". Says Bob Ager, Chairman of WholeMan:
We have scoured the world to bring you the very best in men's grooming, with products from established companies as well as smaller, more specialist brands.

So if you're in London, head on over to WholeMan at 67 New Bond Street where not only do they have the storefront (pictured above), but also a full-services spa. And if you're not in London (but still in the UK), click on over to www.wholeman.co.uk where you can browse virtually. (Do they still use that word anymore?) Tons of shaving products from high-quality brands like Baxter of California, REN, MenScience, Jack Black, and Lab Series, and many that I've never even heard of before.

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March 6, 2007

Couple Notes on the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor

gilletteFusionPhantom.jpgGot a little press-kit for the Gillette Phantom Fusion Power Razor in the mail the other day, which included one Phantom in that god-awful, impenetrable plastic wrap. That stuff is my kryptonite. But apparently some genius over at Gillette feels the same way. The back of the plastic was perforated, and the razor came right out! I wish I remembered whether or not my original Fusion or Fusion Power was packaged this way. If this is new, it's is reason enough to buy the Phantom.

Some quick notes on the Phantom - it's pretty much just a color change from the Fusion Power. Instead of a silver handle, the Phantom is black. Takes the same razors as the Fusion of Fusion Power. If you already have a Fusion Power, you don't need the Phantom. If you're looking to make the switch to the Fusion line, definitely get with the Fusion Power or the Phantom Fusion Power. The power is awesome, and if for some reason you don't like it, just don't turn it on.

And don't forget - Gillette has a moneyback guarantee. Save those receipts and UPC symbols, and they'll refund you the purchase price (up to $11.99). Here's the link.

I've seen the Phantom available at my local Target and CVS. Why is it not available on Amazon?

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March 5, 2007

Need Help Storing My Razor Collection

question.jpgAttention ShavingStuff readers! Put on your thinking caps. ShavingStuff reader Joseph recently wrote in with a question which stumped me, so I'm turning it over to you. He writes:

I have been buying more and more razors. I have "collected" almost every razor that was once sold in Wal-Mart or Target since early 1980s. Storage of these razors, however, has become unmanageable. I could not find a suitable storage box that would rightly fit each of these razors. I wonder if you or your readers have any suggestion on the storage of the razor "collections." Thank you.

Any ideas? Leave your answers in the comments section for this post, or if you don't want them to be public simply email your suggestions to shavingstuff@shavingstuff.com and I'll forward them on.

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March 1, 2007

Free Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm With $50 Order

baxterHydroSalve.jpgBaxter of California is offering a tube of their new Hydro Salve: Lip Balm with all orders over $50. Follow these instructions carefully:

  1. Add Hydro Salve: Lip Balm to your shopping cart
  2. Spend at least $50 on Baxter of California's website
  3. Enter promo code "BALM" (all-caps) when checking out

Offer is good until March 20th, but why wait? Did you know that Baxter's Hydro Salve is mojito flavored? Mojitos are the "in" drink these days. They brought Sonny Crockett and that Asian/Cuban chick together in the recent Maimi Vice. They probably also tore them apart. If only they had mojitos in lip balm form.

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