November 10, 2008

This Just In - Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream

ren_high_glide.jpgIt's been almost 2 years since we had some very pleasurable shaves with products from REN. Our friends at Details for Men just sent over a tube of Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, a recent arrival at their online men's grooming product store.

Formulated to soften and lift whiskers it contains Biosaccharides to help reduce inflammation and redness, bisabolo from Calendula to soothe and Peppermint Leaf Oil to cool. In addition, essential trace elements (Magnesium, Copper, Zinc) keep skin energized while Pumpkin Fruit Enzymes help prevent ingrown hair.

I have to say, I'm very glad to see another use for pumpkins besides Halloween and state fairs. I recently saw a truly gigantic pumpkin (among many other truly gigantic pumpkins) win first prize at the Topsfield Fair. What happens to that pumpkin after the fair is over? Does some nice family adopt it and care for it? Now I know. It ends up in shaving cream helping to prevent ingrown hairs. That makes me happy.

Ren High Glide Cooling Shave Cream is $40 for a 5.1 Ounce/150 ml tube. Check back soon for our full review.

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October 27, 2008

Product Review: Every Man Jack Shaving Cream

everymanjack.jpgI was at our local Target today, checking our their mega expansion into the building next door, and I found some interesting shaving cream - Every Man Jack. Actually there's a whole line of Every Man Jack men's grooming products from shaving cream to body wash to face lotion. And they're all-natural.

Came home. Did a little surfing. Found this article which had a bunch of positive feedback in the comments. Found this review which hated it. Found this article about Ritch Viola, the creator of Every Man Jack, which talks about the brand's creation, ingredients, and marketing.

The final piece of the puzzle came from industrial designer Wai-Loong Lim of Y Studios. Viola wanted a custom design for some of his packaging. Lim designed the containers for the face wash, body wash and hair care products. The design was inspired by the overall identity of the line, and an unexpected source: an old Mexican tequila bottle. It was perfect.

If you look at the products in the picture, you'll see they actually have a block of wood on the top. Oh, old mexican tequila bottle! You're always there to inspire me when I need you most.

Every Man Jack Beginner's Luck Kit is $24.99. Each individual product is $4.99 or less. If you try them out, let us know what you think.

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October 14, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream

moltonbrownshavecream.jpgLook! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperShave!

By night, mild mannered Molton Brown is an average London cabbie. But by morning he's the facial hair avenger, ready to rid men's faces of the evil whiskers left by the Fearsome Facial Foe. Fueled by the power of Olibanum, a mysterious substance from his home planet of Olibania, Molton "Supershave" Brown is the world's last hope in the daily morning fight against stubble.

What is Olibanum? Wikipedia time! Oh, it's Frankincense! What is Frankincense? Wikipedia time!

Frankincense or olibanum [...] is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. [...] Olibanum essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin.

And how is it used?

This indecently rich moisturizing cream is infused with Indian frankincense and pure Vitamin E to give you the smoothest, calmest, closest experience ever. It softens the beard, gives great razor glide, protects and cares for the skin like no other

And how well does it work?

Pretty well

I found this shaving cream solidly good. Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is a loose white cream, about the consistency of yogurt. It goes on easily with fingers (not meant for a brush) and did a great job of protecting my face from the harshness that is a razor. The shave is smooth and close, and the scent is manly but not overwhelming. I found myself using a fair amount of this cream during each shave, so expect to need a refill a little sooner than other shaving creams. That said I got like really nice shaves, and I think you will too.

Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is $29 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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September 17, 2008

TSA-Sized Grooming Products from The Gentlemen's Refinery

grlogo.gifThey say good things come in small packages. Whoever "they" are must have been thinking about the TSA, who would one day mandate that all good things on airplanes must come in small packages. The TSA. They're all good things.

Anyway, The Gentlemen's Refinery would like you to be able to board a plane carrying their amazing line of shaving and grooming products, which is why they recently launched TSA-Approved travel sized versions of all their wares. If you aren't packing a little Gentlemen in your travel kit, you are missing out my friend. The Gentlemen's Refinery is one of the all-time greats in our opinion. Check out our Gentlemen's Refinery category page for all our past reviews and news. Then click on over to their TSA page and stock up on good things in small packages.

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September 16, 2008

Review of eShave White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter

eshaveaftershave.jpgOK, so yesterday we shaved with eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Today we're finishing things up with eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter.

Packed with moisturizing natural ingredients and antioxidant vitamins A and E, eShave After Shave Creams are the essential final step toward silky skin. Shea butter, aloe vera and comfrey extracts make eShave After Shave Creams an ideal post-shave. The highly concentrated formula penetrates easily, leaving skin toned, moist and soft.

I will attest to the accuracy of the "packed" and "high concentrated" claims. This after shave cream is almost syrupy. You definitely don't want to put too much on, or it'll have a tough time absorbing into your face. Details for Men recommends "a dime size amount", and I agree. For all you non-US readers, a dime is our smallest coin (even though a penny and a nickel are worth less. Doesn't make any sense) Anyway, start out using far less of eShave's after shave than you think. It actually works really well, but you'll have a tough time getting your skin to absorb more than a little bit.

Also, it smells great. Mmm... white tea.

eShave's White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter is $22 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 15, 2008

Review of eShave's White Tea Shave Cream

eshavewhiteteashave.jpegIt's review time! And it's about time. Got a shipment of eShave products in from our friends over at Details for Men back in April, and we're only now finally getting to them. Shave on us.

First up - eShave's White Tea Shave Cream. Mmm... white tea. This has got to be one of my favorite scents on earth. In fact if you haven't checked out Urth products, they're full of white tea and worth a look. But today we're talking about eShave.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is a light, almost fluffy/whipped shaving cream which is best applied with a brush. Place a small dab in the bristles of your brush, hold the tip of the brush under hot water for a few seconds, and then apply to your pre-moistened face. You'll be amazed at how little shaving cream you need to get a nice lather.

Sadly, I felt that the lather ultimately didn't protect my face against the evils of five razor-sharp blades. Perhaps it needed a little extra oil to act more as a lubricant, or maybe it works much better with eShave's Pre-Shave Oil as a base. I'm no chemist, so frankly I don't know what it needs. All I can say is that I was a little underwhelmed at eShave's ability to protect my face against nicks and cuts. (Luckily I had my new Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company, but more on that in another post.)

The shave with eShave was decent, although it wasn't the best at lifting up my whiskers. I often found myself reapplying shaving cream for a second pass over a particularly tricky section of skin. Not a huge deal in my book, but I've used shaving creams that have done better on the first pass.

Overall I wasn't that enthusiastic about eShave's shaving cream. Perhaps expectations were too high at the start. I was so excited by the white tea that I built up eShave to be the perfect shave before the first stroke. Anyway, we've had people write in and tell us how much they love it, so it may work great for you.

eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is $20 for a 4 oz tub.

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September 9, 2008

Anthony Logistics for Men Sings the Prostate Cancer Blues

anthonyenergyshave.jpgIt's September, and that can only mean one thing at Anthony Logistics for Men - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Once again Anthony is raising awareness and money for research and treatment through their "Blue" line of products. And for the shaving fans, there's Energy Shaving Cream:

Shave Cream with vitamins, aloe, squalene, and glycerin softens your beard and makes your razor glide. Promotes a smoothe shave. Lightly scented with your favorite Anthony scent that refreshes but never overpowers.

Squalene? Wikipedia time!

Squalene is a natural organic compound originally obtained for commercial purposes primarily from shark liver oil, though there are botanic sources as well, including amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives. All higher organisms produce squalene, including humans.

Don't worry. Very unlikely that Anthony is harvesting their squalene from humans a la Fight Club. I'm sure they're out there hunting sharks with lasers.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to prostate cancer research, so stock up on some great products and take stock that you're helping the fight against cancer.

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September 4, 2008

Free ZIRH Grooming Trio With $75 Purchase

zirhtrio.jpgHere's a quick goodie bag from ZIRH for all you travelers: Get a free ZIRH Grooming Trio bag with all orders over $75 of ZIRH products. The bag includes the bare minimum you need to shave and wash your face.

  • Soothe 1.7 oz - Calms redness, razor burn and other shaving irritations.
  • Shave Gel 7ml - A clear, Aloe Vera based gel that delivers a smooth shave every time.
  • Clean 2.5 oz - Powerful Alpha Hydroxy face wash removes dirt and oil.

Whoa! 2.5 ounces of Clean? That's cutting it a little close to the 3 ounce limit imposed by the TSA. They'll let you onto the plane, but you might get some funny looks.

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August 14, 2008

Cash In On The Latest Promotion At Best4Men

best4men_02.jpgOur buds over at Best4Men have got a new promotion going on featuring some of our favorite brands. Here are the details, and I quote (because I'm lazy):

  1. Purchase $75 or more (applies to all products) and receive a FREE tube of Razor Rinse by Ritual ($17 value).
  2. Buy any two products by John Allan and receive a FREE 2 fl oz bottle of John Allan's BODYWASH.
  3. Buy two Hair Raiser Follicle Restorer treatments by Billy Jealousy and receive a third one for FREE ($75 value).

What's cool about this promotion is there's no promo code to remember, and the free items don't even need to be in your cart. What could be simpler? Can't remember if it's PROMO08 or PROMO_08? Guess what? It's neither!

We've recently gave some very positive reviews to Ritual and John Allan's shaving products, so here's a great way to check these lines out if you're looking to step up your shaving game.

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August 6, 2008

Industrial Size Hydroplane Shaving Cream From Billy Jealousy

indus_hydro.jpgLet's say you've got to shave an industry. Or more likely you're a futures trader hedging against the rising price of shaving cream. Either way, you're going to want to know about the industrial size Hydroplane shaving cream from Billy Jealousy. A full one liter of their "super-slick" shaving cream for a mere $65. How many shaves do you get from a liter? A lotter. I don't think I can count that high.

Now if you don't know about Billy Jealousy's Hydroplane, I suggest you click on over to our November '05 review and read up on the magic of tiny silicon balls.

Historically, the best way to achieve a close shave was to create a thick foam so your blade would ride a cushion of bubbles. Today with the creation of water-soluble micro silicone beads, thick foam has become obsolete. Water-soluble means that water doesn't permeate the silicone. As a result, Hydroplane becomes slicker and slicker when you add more water as you shave. The upshot? Your razor now floats over your face without any razor drag or irritation.

Two things: 1) Billy Jealousy industrial size Hydroplane shaving cream should not be used as a lubricant for anything other than your face. And 2) Don't try to board a plane with it in your carry-on.

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