July 27, 2005

Shaving Oil from Pacific Shaving Company

As a counterpoint to yesterday's five step shaving procedures, Pacific Shaving Company offers a much simpler solution. A couple of drops of their All Natural Shaving Oil and you're off to the races. Easy to use (see their simple directions), packed with natural ingredients, and backed by a money-back guarantee.

Shaving oil is not for everyone. My personal experience with other shaving oils is that they can make a great base for whatever shaving cream you're normally using, however I know a lot of people have success with just the oil. It's certainly less messy and easier to see your face. See if it's right for you!

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July 26, 2005

Anthony - Logistics for Men

molly.jpgWhen he was younger, he may have delivered Prince spaghetti sauce to your house on Wednesday nights. Now, he's delivering high-quality shaving products to your face every morning.

OK, so he's not the same Anthony, but he may have a similarly long lasting impression. Feast your whiskers on this: Glycerin Cleansing Bar, Pre-Shave Oil, Vitamin and Hops Infused Shave Cream, Toner, and finally Allantoin, Benzocaine, and Aloe Afer-Shave Balm. Are you in heaven now or what?

Is it a little pricey? Sure. But you know what - you're worth it. Your face it worth it.

Anthony.com has a great set of kits if you're looking to sample a little bit of everything.

Do yourself a favor and splurge on some high-end, high-quality shaving products.

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July 19, 2005

Breej - Also for Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs

breejlogoleft.gifYesterday we talked about Follique, one of many lotions which aims to reduce the irritation of razor bumps and ingrown hairs due to the shaving of curly hair. Here's the counterpoint to that argument from Breej:

Shaving Bumps are primarily caused by Trauma from Shaving, resulting in inflammation of the shaved area manifested as "bumps" as the body reacts to the trauma, compounded at times by the reaction of damaged Melanin Cells

Read more about their scientific research on their How It Works page, and then consider trying out some of their products. They'll even give you free shaving advice on the phone or over email. That's tough to beat.

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July 18, 2005

Follique - For Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs

According to Follique's website, many men and women with curly hair, including a large number of African Americans, suffer from razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Shaving curly hair actually increases the hair's curliness, causing it to grow back downward into the skin.

In men, the condition commonly affects the anterior neckline, the chin, and maxillary prominence of the cheeks. In women, the condition commonly affects the legs and bikini line area.

While Follique points out the only true cure is to not shave, they admit this is not a "viable option" for most.

Follique currently sells two types of lotions to treat razor bumps and ingrown hairs, both for $21.95 and both available at their website's store. They have a money-back guarantee, so you're really got very little to lose... except of course those annoying ingrown hairs.

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June 27, 2005

Heavy Duty Shaving Cream

jumpstartkit.gifWe went to the Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection exhibit at the Boston Museaum of Fine Arts this weekend, which was really fantastic. While wandering through the gift shop I came upon this - Heavy Duty Industrial Strength Body Care Products. Check out the Jump Start Kit, (pictured here), which comes with hand cream, shower gel, body scrub, and shave cream, designed to look like auto accessories. Keep this in mind next time you need a gift. Would have made a great Fathers' Day present.

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June 22, 2005

Weleda Shaving Cream Trial - almost free

weleda.jpgHere's another shaving cream worth checking out if you're into all natural products - Weleda Shaving Cream, available in a 10ml trial size for only $2.50. Weleda describes their philosophy as follows:

Using pharmaceutical techniques combined with a spiritual approach, they formulated a truly innovative line of quality products based upon the study of relationships between the substances and processes of nature and the human being. By cultivating plants using organic and biodynamic methods, and harvesting them at their peak time, Weleda products retain the plant's inherent qualities and healing properties.

They've also got a whole line of shaving creams, gels, balms, and lotions, as well as a couple of travel kits if you're interested in the entire package. Check them out here

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June 7, 2005

Women's Shaving Cream Which Slows Hair Growth

Gentle Shave Cream 18.5 oz.Here's a product I really hope becomes available for men soon - a shaving cream which slows hair growth. I'd pay a handsome price to avoid carving up my face everyday. Gentle Shave Cream from Garden Botanika claims to do just that:

Protect legs from razor drag and burn with this comforting, pearlescent cream. Made with remarkable Chaparral Extract, a Southwest desert botanical that actually slows hair growth and also has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and calm irritated or sensitive skin.

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March 17, 2005

Kiehl's Blue Eagle

K_blue_eagle.jpgA reader recently wrote in:

I am dropping you a line because I'm wondering how you use the blue eagle stuff. I understand that alot of people like it but i can't make it work for me - how wet is your face when you slap the stuff on? How thick/thin of a layer to you put on? I can't seem to find the right amount I suppose - if I put a thin nearly opaque layer on I get pretty bad razor burn, if I slap it on a little thicker than my razor gets badly clogged and I get a pretty lousy shave compared to my other products....

I love Kiehl's Blue Eagle. I tried a the White Eagle for a little while but found it made my face break out - possibly because of the menthol. These shaving creams actually work best when applied to a dry face. Seems totally nuts, but I've tried it both ways and I'm convinced dry is the way to go. Shave after you've showered so your facial hair is softer. To get the right amount I recommend using less than you think. Apply a small amount to your fingers and then work it into the skin. I go over the same area of my face several times with my fingers (without reapplying more Blue Eagle) which makes the cream turn a little white on my face. However by the time I start shaving a minute or two later the whiteness has faded and it appears as though I have very little cream on my face. Then I shave with a razor run under hot water, rinsing often. I recommend the Mach3 Power, but any high-quality razor will do.

One thing I really like about the dry shave is in the summer you aren't splashing hot water on your face. One of the worst feelings is stepping out of a shower all nice and clean and immediately starting to sweat. If you can make it work for you, the dry shave will be your ticket to the ultimate summer shave.

Remember - Kiehl's has a great return policy. You can return your products to the store you bought them at any time. Not sure about online returns, but I've returned products to them after several weeks of use and they're more than happy to refund my money.

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January 26, 2005

Winter and Summer After Shave

winter_after_shave.jpgIn the winter I like to use Ultimate Mens After-Shave Balm and Moisturizer after I shave. It's a little thicker and a little more moisturizing, which helps protect my skin against the cold weather of New England.

Formulated especially for the shaven area of a man's face, this rich cream contains such beneficial ingredients as Allantoin, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize the skin after the impact of shaving- or anytime.

summer_after_shave.jpgIn the summer I like to use Multi-Purpose Facial Formula For Men. It's a lighter cream, which is helpful because my face tends to be a little oily during the humid months and doesn't need all the moisturizer of the winter one.

This extraordinary preparation is a cooling, alcohol-free facial moisturizer and multi-purpose treatment to address the specific concerns of a man's skin. Enriched with moisturizers to protect against dryness and pollution. Natural mineral clays absorb excess oil on the skin's surface. Formulated with Eucalyptus Extract and Caffeine to waken and refresh as well as Astaxanthin Complex (Astaxanthin and other carotenoids), derived from micro algae, which provides powerful antioxidant benefits.
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January 25, 2005

Tub or Tube?


It's that easy.

Tub (or "jar", as they like to call it) is 8 oz. for $16.50. Tube is 5 oz. for $14.00. Even if you totally suck at math you still can realize the tub is far more shave for the buck. Also, you'll waste less with the tub. With the tube you'll accidentally squeeze out more than you need - and you don't need a lot of Kiehl's to shave with. It's been 6 months and I'm still not close to halfway through my first tub of Blue Eagle.

Also, it looks cooler. Sit the tub out on your bathroom sink and make a statement about your shaving. It's bold. It's squat. It won't get knocked over like the tube.

Finally... travel. Order Kiehl's online and get some free samples of shaving cream. Use those for travel. You don't need a tube to travel with. Get a tiny container from Target and transfer some to that.


We're done.

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