February 12, 2007

This Just In - Bold For Men

boldForMen.jpgJust received a sample of Bold For Men, a new shaving gel for head and face... with a twist. It goes on dry. That's right. Instead of a light coating of warm water first, you simply massage a thin layer into your skin, wait 30 seconds, and then shave as normal. No water on the face, but you still wet your razor and rinse regularly.

Some shaving oils are recommend to be applied to a dry face, but that makes sense since oil is a lubricant. Also oil and water don't play well together. The only other shaving product I've tried which is applied to a dry face is Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - Blue Eagle (and White Eagle and Green Eagle). Kiehl's is pretty good, but it's a dry paste to begin with, so there ain't much lubrication going on. (If you're using Kiehl's, definitely use a powered razor.) I'm eager to try Bold For Men gel. Being a gel I expect it to be more lubricating than Kiehl's, and being a gel I expect it be clearer so I see what I'm doing.

I've got a lot of questions. You've got a lot of questions. Until we've put Bold For Men through the ShavingStuff test lab, you'll have to settle for the Bold For Men FAQ or this review from Sly Bald Guys for answers. Expect our review soon. In the meantime, Bold For Men is $20 for a 4oz tube and is available at www.boldformen.com.

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February 10, 2007

10% Off Orders at TimeToSpa

timeToSpa.gifJust received a coupon/promo code for all you ShavingStuff readers. Just enter "shavingstuff" when you're at TimeToSpa and you'll get 10% off your order. TimeToSpa is the exclusive online provider of Elemis spa products, including these men's shaving supplies and the Elemis Universal Traveler Kit which we looked at earlier in the week. Click on over and save!

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February 5, 2007

Elemis Shaving Supplies at TimeToSpa.com

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Heard of Elemis? Probably not. Unless you lead the jet-set life and regularly whisk off to their London or Miami Beach locations, you probably haven't heard of this high-end product line. But now you have the opportunity to bring a little spa life into your home, thanks to the recent launch of TimeToSpa.com. And Elemis has just what you need. The Elemis Universal Traveller kit combines a little bit of everything to "keep you fresh, and moisturized from head to toe". In particular, here's what you get:
  • Men's Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
  • Energising Skin Scrub
  • Smooth Result Shave Oil
  • Post Shave Recovery Mask
  • Aching Muscle Super Soak
  • Skin Soothe Shave Gel
  • Sharp Shower
  • Lip Rescue
  • Bright Eyes Recovery Gel
  • Instant Refreshing Gel
  • S.O.S. Survival Cream

A $245 value, yours for only $139. Not too shabby. Now why do you need a gift again...? Oh yeah! Valentine's Day is coming up.

And if that price is a little too steep for you, Elemis also has individual shaving oils, gels, and post-shave masks for you to try, plus the Purely For Men kit (Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, Energizing Skin Scrub, Post Shave Recovery Mask, S.O.S. Survival Cream, Skin Soothe Shave Gel) at $85.

UPDATED 2/10/07: Enter coupon/promo code "shavingstuff" at checkout and receive 10% off your order!

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February 2, 2007

Ultra Shave - Please Don't Shave Like This Man

ShavingStuff reader Dennis recently sent this video of a man demonstrating the British product Ultra Shave. Warning - this video contains scene for mature shavers only. Specifically - do NOT shave like this man. Ultra Shave may work wonders on a beard, but shaving wreaks havoc on your skin. Use as few strokes as possible. Don't repeatedly hack your skin with a blade. I kept wincing as I heard the scrape of the razor over his face. That man may have skin as tough as leather, but that's because he's been using his face as a strop.

So what's up with this Ultra Shave product? I don't know. It's available online at Modern Gent for £12.95. There are some wonderful testimonials below. My favorite is from Tony Harris, age 30, which begins "Like most gentlemen of note and breeding, I consider myself to have very sensitive skin..." The British are so dignified.

Anyone use this product? Are you not supposed to use water with it? Who doesn't rinse their razor after a couple strokes? And is the guy in the movie really Francis Rossi of Status Quo?

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January 25, 2007

Free "Grooming Trio" from ZIRH

zirhPromoTrio.jpgToday and tomorrow only, receive a free "Grooming Trio" from ZIRH when you purchase $20 of ZIRH products from the ZIRH website. What exactly is in the ZIRH Grooming Trio? Um... er... I'm not sure. The picture is really small. My guess is the one on the left is the Shave Foam. The one in the middle is a little tougher - maybe the CLEAN Face Wash? And the one on the right is either the REFRESH Astringent or the SOOTHE Post-shave Solution.

Look. It doesn't matter. ZIRH is good stuff. Whatever they send you is going to be top shelf. We reviewed ZIRH products back in September and loved them. You will too.

And don't forget to use the special 'ShavingStuffZ' coupon code when you check out. You'll save an additional 15%. Nice!

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January 24, 2007

Baxter of California Wins MenEssentials 2006 Consumer's Choice Grooming Awards

bestlineBaxter.jpgCongratulations to our friends over at Baxter of California for scoring high marks in Men Essentials' 2006 Consumer's Choice Grooming Awards. Not only did Baxter come in first place for eight categories of the nine categories they were nominated in, they won the major award of Best Product Line. Phew! That's a lot of acceptable speeches.

Best After-Shave
Baxter of California After Shave Balm

Best Face Wash
Baxter of California Face Wash

Best Face Scrub
Baxter of California Skin Toner Facial Scrub

Best Face Moisturizer
Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer

Best Body Bar
Baxter of California Vitamin E-D-A Cleansing Bar, Italian Lime

Best Body Wash
Baxter of California Invigorating Body Wash, Bergamot Pear

Best Shampoo
Baxter of California Daily Protein Shampoo

Best Conditioner
Baxter of California Daily Conditioner

Personally, I thought they were robbed of Best Original Screenplay, but what do I know? More details of the win can be found either at the Baxter of California or this page at Men Essentials.

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January 19, 2007

15% Off ZIRH Products With ShavingStuff Coupon!

zirh.gifVigilant ShavingStuff readers may notice a slight change to the site. That's right - we're talking about the new and improved ZIRH coupon available now to you, the ShavingStuff reader.

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ShavingStuff.com visitors receive 15% off all orders of $30 or more. To receive your discount, please enter code 'ShavingStuffZ' at checkout.

What's changed since the old coupon? The old one was 12% off $40 or more. The new one is 15% off $30 or more. Not too shabby. Also note that the new coupon code has a 'Z' (for ZIRH) at the end - 'ShavingStuffZ'. We'll keep the text in the upper left part of this page up until the end of June (when this coupon expires) so you'll always be able to find it easily.

If you're new to ZIRH products we've got a whole page on the site dedicated to every ZIRH article we've posted, including lots of review of their shaving and grooming products. So read up, click over to ZIRH, and save!

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January 12, 2007

Review of aMENity The Balm

amenityTheBalm.jpgWe've come to the end of aMENity review week at ShavingStuff. The last product we'll look at is aMENity The Balm - the "‘granddaddy’ of heavy-hitting moisturizers". And they're right on every account. The Balm is a thick, almost waxy, cream for use on places like elbows, kneecaps, knuckles, and heels. The places on your body with the thickest skin. I tried it a couple times on my face after a hot shower, and while it does work, I'd recommend something a little more smooth. Working this stuff into your skin takes effort, and on your face you want something which gets absorbed a little faster.

aMENity's The Balm is virtually odorless. Aside from the secret formulation of PRO-FORM 6, The Balm contains Shea and Mango Seed Butters, as well as Liposomal Vitamin E. Typical usage is probably twice a day, but if you're trying to treat some really rough spots, aMENity recommends up to four or five usages a day for a week.

aMENity The Balm is $35 for a 5.5 oz. (150g.) tube. If you've got some major dry skin or are often plagued by eczema, check out The Balm. Otherwise consider this a "nice-to-have" but not a "must-have".

So that's it. I hope you've enjoyed aMENity week on ShavingStuff as much as we've enjoyed their products. Click on over to aMENity and see for yourself.

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January 11, 2007

Review of aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel

amenityAcne.jpgDay four of aMENity week and we're going to explore a different grooming product - aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel. The first thing you'll notice about this product is the packaging. (Notice a theme to these posts? Someone did a good job on the recent aMENity redesign.) aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel comes in an "airless pen", which looks a lot like those Tide instant stain removers I got in my stocking this Christmas. (By the way, thanks for the Tide instant stain remover this Christmas.) Take the cap off one end, push down on the other, and a squirt of clear Anti-Breakout Gel pops out. aMENity has definitely taken some time to think about serving size, and then designed containers which dispense the right amount each time. I think it's only right that we take a moment and recognize that.

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The gel itself is worth recognizing too. Back in high school I used that Clearasil stuff. It had the tendency to bleach anything it came in contact with - the neck of my shirts, pillow cases, towels. It also dried my skin like you wouldn't believe. Or maybe you would. What else was there back then? aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel is completely clear and doesn't dry out your skin at all. Sadly, I still get the occasional breakout from shaving. (Oddly enough it seems to happen more from weekend shaves.) A couple squirts from my airless pen and I was all set. Didn't eliminate every pimple, but I noticed a marked reduction.

I need to clarify one point with the packaging of aMENity's Anti-Breakout Gel. On the bottom of the pen - the opposite side from the cap - is a curved arrow and the word "open" on a piece of the pen which does rotate slightly. I don't know why this is there, but it's confusing and should say "push" without the arrow. When I first got the pen I thought I was going to break it in half trying to twist it open. Luckily ShavingStuff wife was there to show me how to use it. It's always good to have a smart wife around.

aMENity Anti-Breakout Gel is $28 for a 0.25 oz. (7g.) "airless pen". Remember, push, don't open.

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January 10, 2007

Review of aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer

amenityAfterShave.jpgWelcome to day three of aMENity week. We've cleansed, we've shaved, and now ready ready to heal. It's aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer time.

This "two-in-one" after shave and face moisturizing gel is commonly described as Gatorade™ for your skin because it replenishes naturally occurring skin lipids and improves moisture retention.

Now I have to admit that I only got about four or five samples of aMENity After Shave to try instead of the pump dispenser shown on the right, so I don't have a huge wealth of experience to draw on for this review. However what little I used was great. Clear and gel-like, my face drank this stuff up. Often times I've tried aftershaves or moisturizers which are too light, and I'll have to supplement them with a face cream a few minutes later when I realize that my skin is too dry. Not so here. One application was perfect. And if this pump is anything like the Gel Face Cleanser pump, you'll get the exact amount needed each time. Love the pump. Have I mentioned that before?

How does this stuff work? Click on over the to "How This Product Works" section of the aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer page and read about the ingredients. I especially liked the section on liposomal vitamins. "If it doesn't start with the word 'Liposomal' and it's a vitamin, it's not going to work." Well all right. I'll bet there are a lot of unhappy vitamins out there right now, but suck it up. "...non-liposomal vitamin applications stay on the surface and do nothing." The truth hurts. Liposomal. Ask for it by name.

aMENity After Shave & Face Moisturizer is $37 for a 3.25 oz. (90g.) pump. I think you're going to like this stuff.

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