December 5, 2006

Sharps Heavy Gear Travel Kit at Target

As you probably have read from my previous posts, I have a love/hate relationship with Target. That extends to Target.com as well, due to their use of Flash (with which I have a hate/hate relationship). So, once again, I'd like to link you directly to a very cool shaving kit from Sharps, available at Target.com, but I can't. Instead I can only give you instructions. Here they are:

1) Click over to Target.com/HolidayCatalog.
2) Move the slider in the center of the page in the red band to pages 34 & 35.
3) The Sharps kit will be on the lower right side of the right page (page 35).

Wasn't that easy? Thanks Target. And thank you Flash.

Anyway, the Sharps Heavy Gear travel kit is actually a pretty sweet deal.

A bag for the office, gym, or traveling filled with travel-size Barber Brigade face wash/scrub, shave gel, toner and after-shave gel.

All for $29.99. Would make a great holiday gift...

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November 30, 2006

Shaving Websites Which Ship Outside the US

logo_skinstore.gifShavingStuff reader Cam recently wrote in and asked that we mention a few shaving sites which ship outside of the US. Shame on us for being so Ameri-centric. Cam recommends SkinStore.com, GroomingLounge.com (which wasn't up when we checked last night), and MenEssentials.com.

SkinStore has a regular mail catalog which you can request here. Get 10% off your next order if you sign up. MenEssentials has gift certificates if you want to let your giftee decide what to get. mensessentials.jpgAll the brands you know and love are represented, plus a bunch you've probably never heard of. Plenty of other gift ideas too.

I was able to confirm that SkinStore will ship all around the world. MenEssentials may only ship to the US and Canada.

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November 14, 2006

The ShavingStuff 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgTrying to figure out the perfect gift for a loved one this year? You've come to the right place. It's the 2006 ShavingStuff Holiday Guide, and it's jam-packed with home runs from the shaving world. Hey Santa - I've been good. Real good.

Shaving Kits
Shaving kits are great way to go in the sub-$100 range. They generally provide shaving cream and a post-shave moisturizer, and are a great way in introduce someone to a brand's shaving system. Additional items often include handy travel bags and pre-shave cleansers. Here are some we think are winners:
MenScience TSA-Allowed Travel Kit $78
Daily Shave Kit from Menscience $55
Anything from the ZIRH holiday gift center $50 - $70 (and one for $239)
Baxter of California Shave 1.2.3 (with Dopp Bag) $75
The Hits Vol 1 from Billy Jealousy $50
The Perfect Shave from Anthony Logistics for Men $50
a|MEN|ity Limited Edition Gift Set $250
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Razors
We like power. Three, four, or five blades, shaving is better with power. Want the Cadillac of razors? Get the Fusion. Mid-range SUV? Schick Quattro. The old work-horse? M3Power.
Gillette-Fusion Power Razor and 4 Cartridge Pack $22.99
Schick Quattro Power $12.95
Gillette M3Power $6

Electric Razors
Electric razors are a great way to shave if you're beard grows slowly, you've got tough skin, or you just need a quick shave. They're also a great travel alternative where you can't predict your sink and lighting. Here are a couple we recommend:
Panasonic ES8077S Vortex Hydraclean System - $109.99
Braun 7505 Syncro UltraSpeed Shaver - $89.99
Norelco 7745X Cool Skin Wet / Dry Electric Shaver - $109.99
Panasonic ES7801S Triple Blade Wet/Dry Rechargeable Men's Shaver - $49.99

Accessories
Sometimes you have to dress your shave up. Accessorize! For that old-school barbershop shave experience right in the comfort of your own home, we recommend the Conair Hot Lather Machine. For those ingrown nasties which verge on requiring surgery, we recommend the Tweezerman. And for hair growing in places it shouldn't, we recommend the Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer.
ConAir Chrome Hot Lather Machine - $29.99
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze - $8.97
Remington Nose & Ear Trimmer - $5.99

Head Shaving
As we said last year, you could shave your head with a regular razor, or you could shave your head with something specially designed for the job. Hey - it's still your head.
HeadBlade Classic (in yellow) - $10.95
HeadBlade S4 (Signature Series Stainless Steel) - $74.95
DOVO Head Shaver - $19.99

Back Shaving
You may think you're bringing sexy back, but if you're bringing hairy back, you're bringing lonely back. Luckily there's a solution, aside from being mistaken for Azamat from the Borat movie.
MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver - $39.95

Pubic Shaving
Last, but certainly not least, we have the category of pubic shaving. Men just love that extra optical inch provided by the BodyGroom, and women (and men) just love that smooth, clean... well... you know.
Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom - $34.99
Seiko Cleancut - $53.25

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November 9, 2006

Edge ActiveCare and the Life of a Brand

edgeactivecare.jpgI saw an ad in a magazine recently for Edge ActiveCare shaving cream. Having never heard of Edge ActiveCare I started with their website www.edgeactivecare.com, where it turns out there are actually four varieties of Edge ActiveCare - Revitalizing, Deep Hydrating, Deep Cleansing, and Therapy. The first three are actually creams, only the last one is a gel. Kind of weird since I always associate Edge with gel. Those commercials are burned into my head. So is this a replacement of the old Edge Gel? Is this a new premium brand?

laura.gifAs I continued to surf around, I came across marketing guru Laura Ries's analysis on Edge ActiveCare, which validated a lot of my confusion. Laura begins by detailing Edge's rise to glory, trumping shaving creams and foams with a new concept - "shaving gel." Then,

[...] what really boggles the mind is SC Johnson’s latest entry in the shaving category which it is calling Edge ActiveCare. What is an ActiveCare you might be thinking? Well ActiveCare is a shaving cream. Yup, they seem to be going backwards. Maybe the ad slogan should be “Edge ActiveCare, it’s not your Grandfather’s shaving cream.”

Her post is spot on. Is this stuff better than Edge's traditional gel? Should I switch? And why would I want to go to the Edge ActiveCare website and create MP3s? (Click on Music Mixer once you're there.) Read all of Laura Ries's analysis here, and discover why she does indeed deserve the "guru" moniker.

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November 2, 2006

What's Inside - Shaving Cream

edgeAdvanced.jpgI'm a big fan of Wired magazine, so when I saw in their November issue this one-pager on shaving cream, it filled me with tears of joy. In What's Inside: Shaving Cream the Wired staffers list the entire ingredients of Edge Advanced Shaving Gel, Sensitive Skin with Aloe, from Palmitic acid to Blue #1, describing each as if it this were the answers to a high-school chemistry pop quiz. There's

Palmitic acid: This long-chain lipid is found in palm oil and animal fats. A major component in soapmaking, it helps create a thick, stable lather that enfolds follicles and holds them upright.

That sounds pretty cool.

Triethanolamine: A thickener and wetting agent, TEA allows water to flow more freely by reducing the surface tension that holds droplets together. It's also a precursor chemical for the blistering weapon nitrogen mustard gas.

Uh... what?

Sunflower oil monoglycerides: This plant oil has seemingly magical properties. Its fatty acids attach to a carbon backbone and keep the product in gel form. But rubbing the gel in your hands introduces air. Voilà: foam.

Nice. I like magic in my shaving cream.

Wired - you get an A+. Read the whole article here.

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October 18, 2006

Review of MenScience - Advanced Shave Formula

OK, so there's pre-shave and post-shave, but let's get to the shave already. We wouldn't be here otherwise. MenScience describes their Advanced Shave Formula as "foamless", which is definitely accurate. I was initially uncertain as this cream didn't seem to do much on my face. Many of the shaving creams and gels we've reviewed slightly transform on your face, either by foaming or lathering up. MenScience Advanced Shave Formula just kind of went on. The shaves were good, but it wasn't until a couple weeks later that I realized that I hadn't had any nicks, cuts, or scraps. You may remember a while back we received some products from a company called By142 which helped with skin and scar repair. They had suggested we use them after shaving to reduce razor burn and inflammation. The thing was, I wasn't getting any of that with MenScience Advanced Shave Formula, so I never had any reason to use the stuff. Kind of funny. If that isn't an endorsement for MenScience, I don't know what is.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is pretty much odorless, although it has a slight smell of Play-dough. Yum. Always loved that stuff as a kid. It's a little goopy, but it doesn't clog your razor, and it's pretty easy to apply. Using your fingers is the best approach. I tried using a shaving brush a couple times but it doesn't have the right consistency to be spread that way. MenScience recommends you wait 30 seconds after applying (which is always a good idea) to let the ingredients absorb into your skin and further soften your whiskers.

And what are those ingredients, you ask? Glycerin, Aloe, Allantoin, Azulene, Avocado Extract, Grapeseed, Salicylic Acid, and Tea Tree Extract. Clearly a lot of research has gone into making the best shaving cream possible with the highest quality natural ingredients. Sure there's the occasional phenophoxophuccinol, but for the most part everything is recognizable. My favorite - Glycerin:

Humectant with impressive capability to continually absorb water from the environment and bind it to the skin. Increases the skin’s softness, suppleness and elasticity. Its lubricating properties make it superior to foaming ingredients for shaving preparations.

Bind humectant, bind! Damn, that's impressive.

MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is $25 for a 6oz tub. If you've had it up to here with foam, or just want to try something new, MenScience Advanced Shave Formula definitely worth it.

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August 25, 2006

The Best Shaving Online Stores

The web is a great place to find what you want, but what if you're looking for something new? Sure, you could read articles, reviews, blog posts, but wouldn't you rather leave the analysis to someone else?

detailsForMen.gifHere are two of the best sites on the web for high-quality shaving supplies - BuzzSkin and Details For Men Whether or not you're looking for that one new aftershave or a whole kit, these sites have weeded out the wheat from the chaff. With brands like MenScience, Sharps, Anthony Logistics, and The Art of Shaving, you know you're getting quality.

Both sites offer free samples with your orders, so you can try something new. Both sites have email lists which keep you up to date on specials. Sign up, and let the deals roll in.

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August 23, 2006

The Best Aftershave

DualAction.jpgZia for Men DualAction Face Lotion.

What? You were expecting a longer post? Nope. This is the stuff. Whether you're into the all-natural thing or not, get some. To quote myself:

This stuff kicks so much ass, I only wish I had more of it.

Read the full ShavingStuff write-ups in Review of Zia for Men, part 1 and Review of Zia for Men, part 2.

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August 22, 2006

The Best Shaving Cream

hm_btn_logo.jpgThere's still nothing like the killer combination of Billy Jealousy's Hot Towel pre-shave cream treatment and Hydroplane shaving cream. Mix a little of each into your palm and apply to a warm wet face. Let those magical little silicon balls form a slick surface for your razor to glide over, cutting only the whisker. Read the full ShavingStuff review of Billy Jealousy here.

zirh.gifIf you're more of a gel shaver, the advance word around the ShavingStuff shave studios is Zirh Shave Gel. While we're still in the process of reviewing it, ZIRH shaving gel looks to take top prize in the gel department. Key factor (aside from a great shave) - completely transparent. Perfect for the modern facial sculptor.

baxter_cream2.jpgFinally, if you're a fan of applying your shaving cream with the soft hair of a badger shaving brush, we recommend Baxter of California's Super Close Shave Formula. No false advertising here. You will get a super close shave. Read the full review of Baxter's Super Close Shave Formula here.

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July 31, 2006

Shaving Creams from Lush

blacklush.gifHave you been to Lush? Specifically, have you been to a Lush store? Their website is cool, but their store will blow you away. Lush sells soaps, moisturizers, body lotions, facial masks, and more. Even if you're a guy, and you have absolutely no interest in these things, you will appreciate this store. Every item looks like food. It's pure marketing and design brilliance. Pieces of soap are packaged like exotic cheeses. Facial masks are set in a salad bar display. Creams are sold in prepared-food cartons. I'm a guy and I want to try everything.

On the shaving front, Lush has three shaving creams for men - Ambrosia Shaving Cream, Razorantium Shaving Cream, and Prince Triple Orange Blossom Shaving Cream. Ambrosia is for sensitive skin, Razorantium is for tough beards, and Price Triple Orange Blossom is for everyone else. My only complaint is that Lush doesn't have an aftershave. What's up with that? But they do have several all-purpose creams with appealing scents for guys. My recommendation is to stop in a store and see what's right for you. The sales staff are friendly and eager to let you sample anything. Even if you don't find something that's perfect, you will admire the sheer brilliance of Lush.

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