February 4, 2008

Valentine's Day Offers from Best4Men

best4men.jpgValentine's Day is fast approaching, so if you've got a man who's in need of some quality shaving supplies, check out this this offer from Best4Men, especially if you've got a loved-one in the military:

Thank you for making 2007 our best year ever. To express our gratitude, we are extending an exclusive online offer through February 14, Valentine's Day. Use discount code Val08 to get 10% off any order of $25 or more. We especially want to thank all the men and women in the Armed Forces. Use discount code Mil08 and take 20% off any purchase $40 or more if your order is shipped to a US military installation anywhere in the world.

Best4Men doesn't have a huge selection - just the products they've deemed to be the best in each category. Oh, they have Billy Jealousy for shaving cream? Yup, we'd have to agree.

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February 1, 2008

This Just In - Peter Thomas Roth

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Fresh off the heels of our review of The Art of Shaving products, our friends over at Details for Men have sent over the latest addition to their site - products from Peter Thomas Roth. Who is Mr. Roth, and why does his name sound familiar?
Skin care innovator Peter Thomas Roth is the first generation child of Hungarian parents. Skin care is an inherent part of Peter's heritage. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Peter's father's family owned and operated two spa hotels in Hungary. [...] When skin care pioneer Peter launched his company in 1993, he improved on many of these old formulas keeping in mind the basic philosophy of the healing, and soothing, qualities of the many muds and minerals in the Thermal Springs and their important curative properties for specific medical conditions and remedies by blending 19th century recipes with 21st century skin care technologies and ingredients.

Um, run-on-sentence much?

Anyway, we're psyched to try out the futuristic Peter Thomas Roth 21st Century Shave Cream ($21) "with protective PTR space age polymer technology". Do we have another thing to thank NASA for? We also got a tube of Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm ($24), which is "weightless" and "vanishing". Yup. I think we do. Thanks NASA!

Keep your antenna tuned to this frequency for when we start beaming our review. Oh, me so nerdie.

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January 30, 2008

Follow Up to Shaving With The Art of Shaving's Shaving Cream

taosShavingCream.gifGot an email from someone at The Art of Shaving in response to our recent review of their Unscented Shaving Cream, specifically about my application technique. Or lack thereof. Here's the advice:

Next time you shave, wet the brush with warm water...take about a 1 finger amount of shaving cream and put it inside the center of the brush. Then lather up. No need to put it on your face first to mix-you don't need to use that much of any of our products.

Not surprisingly, that method works really well. And, if I were a little more observant, I would have seen that their website had similar instructions on the "more about shaving cream" link. Should have been doing that for a while. Could have saved a little bathroom mess.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Shaving Cream is $22 for a 5.3 ounce jar.

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January 25, 2008

Review of The Art of Shaving's Unscented Shaving Cream

taosShavingCream.gifOK, so yesterday we applied some pre-shave oil from The Art of Shaving to our faces. Today we're going to shave. Gentlemen, lather up!

I mentioned yesterday that the "lather" step is a little tricky. Here's why - somehow you've got to mix The Art of Shaving's Unscented Shaving Cream with a little water. My technique, which is far from perfect, is to apply a little warm water to my face with a wash cloth. The thing is - oil and water - they don't mix. Just ask your salad dressing. So I do my best to get some water on my face, then throw a little shaving cream on top, and start mixing. You could definitely try some different techniques, like combining a little water with the shaving cream in your hands (a little messy) or a shaving mug (one more thing to clean). For me, the wash cloth technique worked the best.

Once the shaving cream is on your face, I found it lathered up best with a brush. Fingers worked fine, but the brush gave a more even lather and stood my whiskers up for a closer shave. Getting the tip of the shaving brush wet with warm water will also help you mix up a nice rich lather. You definitely don't need to use a brush with The Art of Shaving products; I just found a slightly better shave with one.

The shave is great. Nice and close, little to no nicks or cuts, and no irritation. The Art of Shaving is one of the few companies which recommends the up-shave. Actually the "cross-shave". They recommend you shave first with the grain, then a second time across the grain. I usually did a quick re-apply of water and lather before the second shave. This is easy to do if you're using a shaving brush because the brush will contain enough shaving cream that you don't need to use any more from the jar. You'll get a very close shave this way.

My only complaint is that the shaving cream lathers up to a rich white foam, which isn't see-through. This is fine for people who aren't trying to maintain some facial hair, or for people who are trying to avoid a blemish, but tough for others. Not a huge deal, but something to consider if you're having trouble coloring within the lines.

In the end, The Art of Shaving's Unscented Shaving Cream stood up to its reputation. Again, I would recommend buying the pre-shave oil, as I think these guys have developed an excellent shaving system that should be followed as intended. Definitely try their products if you're on the quest for the ultimate shave.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Shaving Cream is $22 for a 5.3 ounce jar.

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January 16, 2008

This Just In - Ritual

boxset_200.jpgLast week we posted about Ritual Razor Rinse, an antiseptic for your razor blades to kill germs which cause breakouts, razor bumps, and in-grown hairs. Now we're going to see if it stands up to the ShavingStuff test. Ritual just sent over their Ritual - The Kit ($79) which contains Razor Rinse and a whole lot more. In fact, The Kit contains:

Not only that but The Kit comes in this kick-ass wooden box with their logo burned onto the front. Sweet!

Now, you may have skimmed over that list and missed the last item. Or, a regular reader might have read that closely and said to themself, "toilet deodorizer drops?" That sounds familiar. Correct! We blogged about Ritual's Natural Calls way back in August of last year. And at least one reader wrote in and thought it was pretty good.

We'll be putting all of Ritual's products to the test, so tune back in for our reviews. In the meantime surf on over to yourritual.com and see if their products are right for you. And if you're feeling bold, upload your photo to their Rate My 'Stache section and show off your whiskers.

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December 6, 2007

Specials From Around the Shaving World

wholeman.gifBunch of specials you should know about as the holiday season kicks in.

Wholeman
Wholeman is having a 10% off promotion today, December 6th 2007. Use promo code "CHRISTMAS" when checking out. Also check out their recommendation of Christmas Gifts broken out by price and by type.

ZIRH
ZIRH is offering the following on all online orders:
Free shipping (US orders only)
Free ZIRH 2007 Holiday Chocolates
Free ZIRH Holiday Body Bar
Free ZIRH skincare and fragrance samples
No promo code needed. Just shop online and load up.

Anthony Logistics for Men
Not to be outdone, Anthony Logistics for Men is offering free shipping on orders over $75, plus a free "Special Gift" with order. Special Gift!?! What could it be? How special is it?

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November 27, 2007

Holiday Coupon Codes for Detail For Men(.com)

detailsForMen.gifOur good friends over at Details for Men have some great coupons for the holiday season. Coupon code "HOL2007" will get you 10% off all orders between now and the end of the year. And coupon code "NEWCUST07" will get new customers 15% off their entire order between now and the end of the year. They've got all the great brands from aMENity to Urth. Hmm, maybe they should carry ZIRH so we could really go from A to Z.

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November 16, 2007

20% Off All Orders at Anthony Logistics for Men

Expect a lot of deals between now and the end of the year as the holiday season approaches. Anthony Logistics for Men is running a Friends and Family special until Sunday November 25th. Figured I'd pass it on, since hey, we're all friends. Enter promo code ANTFF2007 at checkout and you'll receive 20% off your entire order. Nice!

For more info about Anthony Logistics for Men, check out our reviews of their products.

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November 14, 2007

Review of Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel

jackBlackCoolingGel.gifYesterday we took a look at the shave with Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream. Today we're cooling down with Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel. While the shave was solidly decent, Jack Black after-shave scores a home run.

Firstly - scent. Highlighted by aloe, sage, and predominantly lavender, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has a pleasing aroma without being overpowering or flowery. Reminds me of a fine digestif paired with a sweet dessert.

Secondly - viscous. Slightly thicker than most post-shave creams and gels we've tried, which in my usage led to better coverage and less dry skin. Still a light gel, but with some substance.

Thirdly - absorptive. Nothing worse than a cream which won't sink into your skin. Not a problem here. Despite being thicker than most, Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel has no problem diving right in and helping to heal than nasty scraping blade.

No question here. This stuff is a winner. Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel is $17 for a 3.3oz container.

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November 13, 2007

Review of Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream

jackBlackCream.gifBeen alternating shaves between the Braun Pulsonic and Jack Black products. Last week we devoted a few days to the Pulsonic. This week we'll do the same for Jack.

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream is three products in one - a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and facial skin treatment. Despite it's numerous roles it still manages to be a clear, lightweight cream without any added fragrances. I'm always a fan of clear shaving cream, especially if you have facial hair you're trying to preserve. Nothing like a big foamy mess to ruin your lines.

While I've generally been impressed with the other products I've tried from Jack Black, their shave cream didn't make it to the superior list. It's solidly in the "good" camp. In fact if you're shaving with drugstore shaving cream, this would be a good brand to switch to. But it's not among the best. Nicks and cuts were at a minimum, but the closeness of the shave was the issue. For some reason Beard Lube didn't have the magic juju to lift up my troublesome hairs. I usually ended up reapplying and doing a second pass.

That said, I thought Beard Lube has a pleasing scent. Again, it's lightweight so it goes on easily and doesn't gunk up your razor. And it's got tons of natural ingredients in it like macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, menthol, and heather. You could probably cast a spell with it.

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave Cream is $15 for a 6oz. tube.

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