December 19, 2008

Billy Jealousy Gets Personal With Gifts

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In the age of big corporations and outsourced phone support, it's nice to come across a company that still has a personal touch. Today only, buy $40 worth of grooming products from Billy Jealousy (at their site) and you and a friend will both receive a free 2oz bottle of Hydroplane shaving cream (which is one of the absolute best shaving creams out there, and we should know).

Here's the personal part - place your order on billyjealousy.com, then send an email to Melissa at Billy Jealousy telling her the name and address of the friend you'd like the Hydroplane to go to, and she'll make it happen. What? No online impersonal form? No faceless click? I'm so not used to interacting with people the way. It feels weird... and good, at the same time.

We've purposely not mentioned Melissa's email address, but you should be able to figure it out, Sherlock. If not, click the picture above for an expanded view and look in the lower left corner. Damn you spammers! You have to make everything difficult.

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December 18, 2008

Baxter of California Saves You 20%

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Only two more days to save 20% off your order from Baxter of California. Enter promo code "FINLEY" at checkout to score big. They've got a huge selection of shaving and grooming gifts for you to choose from, including a pretty sweet Travel Kit for $50 filled with "TSA Approved travel ready 2oz. tubes." Isn't that what the Internet is made out of?

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December 17, 2008

Holiday Deals From Anthony Logistics For Men

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Anthony over at Logistics for Men has been going nuts with the holiday emails and specials. Seems I'm getting several emails a week about gifts and promo codes. So here's the latest - enter "SHIP2008" at checkout and receive free shipping on all orders from now presumably until Christmas.

They've got their gift guide set up by type of man in your life -

Gifts for you and the husband. How very progressive.

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December 16, 2008

Review of REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgBeen shaving with REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream for the last couple weeks. It's about time we chat.

Now REN shaving cream is one of the few creams which is intended for a dry face. Kiehl's is another brand which comes to mind when thinking about shaving creams like this. There aren't that many of them. The prevailing philosophy is that you want a good base of water or oil to start with. But REN shaving cream makes it work.

The big advantage of a "dry" shave is that it's quicker and much less messier. You don't end up with water and lather dripping down your chest, and you can skip the step of waiting for the water to heat up before priming your face. The downside, at least for REN, is the gunk factor.

Now I've read a lot of shaving reviews where the reviewer is obsessed with shaving cream gunking up his razor. And for a while I too graded shaving creams on their gunkiness. But then I moved on. Never really bothered me. Until REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, which stubbornly refused to remove itself from my five-bladed Gillette Fusion. So I dropped down to four blades and whipped out my Schick Quattro. Still a high gunk factor. So I dropped down the three blades and whipped out my Mach3. Sweet spot achieved! (Which is good news since my two-bladed Gillette Sensor is buried somewhere deep under the sink.)

My recommendation - REN High Glide Cooling Shaving Cream works best with three blades or less. And it works really well. Nice close shave. Occasional nick or cut, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

REN recommends trying High Glide with their Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil. I didn't have any around, but I did just receive a bottle of Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave Oil, (which smells awesome!), and that improved the shave a little, but not enough to make me say you have to use an oil base. That said, the Taylor of Old Bond smells like a wonderfully aromatic gin, and the REN High Glide smells vaguely floral, so I felt like I was shaving in some fancy high-class cocktail. Love it!

REN High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. If you're interested in a dry shave, and you use a three-bladed razor or less, give REN a shot.

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December 11, 2008

This Just In - Cremo Cream

creamocream.JPGIt could be the premise for the next blockbuster prime-time drama: A man, dissatisfied with the vast selection of sub-par shaving creams, sets out to create a better shaving experience, and in doing so, changes the world. Tune in tonight on NBC. (I'd watch it over Jay Leno five more times a week.)

Anyway, here's what protagonist Mike Boone learned about most shaving creams. One, they're mostly air. And two, after air, they're mostly glycerin or oil.

The solution, Cremo Cream has no air and no trace ingredients: it's a rich cream made only from significant, noticeably beneficial ingredients. It contains very unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules that have been specially compounded with other truly powerful skin conditioners. Together, they make your blade glide smoothly over your skin like an ice skate; they make your hairs stick out and stand up straight so your blade cuts them more deeply; and they nourish and moisturize your skin. Your skin will look and feel astonishingly soft and smooth. Your shave will last longer. Better than anything else you have ever used.

And Mike must guard that "unique, super-lubricating, highly-slippery molecules" secret with his life, while simultaneously getting his kids to school, loving his wife, and dealing with a very wacky neighbor. I'm telling you, it's going to be huge.

Anyway, we just got a in a couple tubes of Cremo Cream and we're looking forward to trying them out. Check back in soon for our review, and lobby NBC for a shaving-related crime drama.

Cremo Cream is $8 for a 6oz tube.

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November 24, 2008

Best4Men's "Best Shave Ever" Men's Shaving Kit

bestshaveerer.jpgIf our Shaving Stuff Holiday Gift Guide wasn't enough for you, the experts at Best4Men have put together a couple gift packs of harmonious grooming products. In particular, we like their Best Shave Ever - Men's Shaving Kit ($63), which contains

  • Pre-Shave Oil by Anthony For Men
  • Shave Cream by Billy Jealousy
  • After-Shave Balm by Billy Jealousy

And yes, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Half Cube bag comes with, and yes, there's free shipping. Holiday shopping made easy.

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November 21, 2008

The Shaving Stuff 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is upon us once again, and it's time for all of you to start stimulating the economy. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend your way out of this economic crisis, one gift at at time! OK, maybe not the soundest advice, but there will be some people you still want to buy for, and some who will still be expecting a gift. Aside from the electric razors we've tried to keep most things below $50 on this year's holiday gift guide.

Shaving Cream
Here's a list of tried-and-true winners as well as a couple choice brands we shaved with over the last year worthy of their company. Any of these shaving products will elevate your shave to new levels of comfort, closeness, and class.
The Art of Shaving - $38
Sharp's - $45
Billy Jealousy - $50
MENSGROOM - $52
MenScience - $55
ZIRH - $59
Baxter of California - $60
Ritual - $79
Peter Thomas Roth - $100
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
John Allan's - $245

Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
I'm still loving the powered razors. A little vibration goes a long way toward a smooth and comfortable shave. The Gillette Fusion may trump Schick on number of blades, but the Quattro's now got this kick-ass trimmer for keeping your whiskers or sideburns in line.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer - $12.49

On the other ends of the spectra, we recommend the environmentally conscience Recycline razor, and the experimental Rolling Razor.
Recycline Preserve Triple Razor - $7.49
Rolling Razor - $14.95

Electric Razors
Same group as last year, only the Braun Pulsonic has been rebranded the Series 7. Still the top of the line traditional electric razor in my book. If rotary is your game, choose between either the wet/dry lubricant-dispensing Moisture Shaving System, or the more classic arcitec.
Braun Series 7 - $227
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $129
Philips Norelco arcitec - $219

Pubic Shaving
The BodyGroom is still going strong, now with a professional edition with "high-performance trimmer attachment", as well as another set of hysterical videos worthy of a Webby. And if completely bare is where you're headed, there's still no beating the Cleancut - the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $49.99
Seiko Cleancut - $67

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Remington Short Cut Clipper - $28.49
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Nose Shaving
As you get older, your hair follicles move from the top of your head to your nose and ears. It's a scientifically proven fact. Look it up. I just finished the Wikipedia page on it. These tools will help you combat the forsaken follicle foliage.
Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer - $18.88
Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer - $12.99

Back Shaving
A year later and I still don't want to talk about it. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor - buy it for him, and give it to him while no one else is in the room.
MANGROOMER - $39.95

Shaving Accessories
Nicks and cuts come at exactly the wrong time. Your dopp kit needs a Nick Stick for fast healing after a particularly brutal shave. And while I still haven't made peace with the goatee, I have to admire the ingenuity which went into the Goatee Saver. Somebody's got to get us out of this economic mess.
The Nick Stick - $5.95
The Goatee Saver - $19.99

Books
Leisureguy continues to update his tome and put my work to shame. Get the straight dope on old-school shaving techniques and all the current soaps, oils, and creams that go with them.
Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable, Second Edition - $11.65
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving - $4.89
The Great American Bathroom Book - $20

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November 18, 2008

This Just In - Proraso

prorasoshavingfoam.jpgprorasoshavinsoap.jpgGot another shipment in recently from our friends at Details for Men. This time Santa sent us two containers of Proraso shaving products - Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Soap (pictured right - $9) and Proraso Eucalyptus and Menthol Shaving Foam (pictured left - $9). Proraso shaving soap is designed to be lathered up with a shaving brush, so make sure you've got your badger hair (or high-quality synthetic) on hand before ordering. Praraso shaving foam is like the more common shaving creams you find in your drugstore or supermarket. No old-school shaving accoutrement needed.

We'll be shaving with this classic Italian brand after we finish our testing of REN, so check back for our review soon.

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November 17, 2008

Take Advantage Of Anthony Logistics For Men's Friends And Family Sale

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You've got until this coming Sunday to save 20% of your entire order. All the info you need is listed above. Happy s(h)aving!

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November 13, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax

moltonshavewax.jpgYou may have been wondering why I've been so calm recently. Is it my new Zen outlook on life? Is it that the election is finally over? Nope. I've been shaving with Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax, and it leaves me ultra calm.

So "shavewax". What's that all about? Conjures up painful images of something many women do just before bikini season. Thankfully, there is no pain. (You are receding.) Shavewax presumably refers to the consistency of this shaving cream, which lies somewhere on the scale between lotion and cream. This makes it easy to work with and easy to apply. Definitely use your fingers though. This stuff was not designed to be applied with a brush.

I'm always interested in scent. I think we need to come up with a term for the scent of a shaving cream like "nose", referring to the various aromas evoked by wine. The ingredients for Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax list lemon leaf, violet leaf, and ginger, but I when I breathe in I get essence of cucumber. Also hints of cherries, black currents, and dark chocolate, but that might be the glass of Zinfandel on the counter. Whatever. The stuff smells good. Not traditionally manly (which is good) and not too flowery (which is also good).

OK, so how's the shave? Nice and close, like I like it. The white shavewax goes on pretty thin, so you can mostly see the skin underneath. That will help if you have some trouble spots or areas your trying to maintain. My only complaint was that I got a few nicks and cuts every so often. Never got any redness or irritation, but I did reach for the Nick Stick on occasion. You don't need a ton of Shavewax for each shave, but this isn't one of those products which lathers up out of nothing. Expect to go through the tube at a normal clip.

Molton Brown Ultracalm Lemonleaf Shavewax is $33 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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