November 12, 2007

The Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is fast approaching and you've got a list with a bunch of question marks on it. What to get for that special man in your life? Well look no further than the 2007 ShavingStuff Holiday Gift Guide. We've got all he'll need, from creams to razors, books, toys, and more. And even a little something for the ladies.

Shaving Cream
Sure, we all start shaving with foamy supermarket shaving cream. But eventually we aspire to the finer things in life. The brands below offer a superior shave which is close, comfortable, and sublime. A gift set is the perfect way to sample new products, as well as introduce someone to the world of better shaving.
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
Billy Jealousy - $50
The Art of Shaving - $38
ZIRH - $59
MenScience - $55
Baxter of California - $60
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
Once again power reigns supreme. If you're not shaving with an electrified version of a multi-blade razor, it's time to step into the new millennium. Power makes all the difference.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Power - $11.99
Gillette M3Power - $15
The Art of Shaving's Chrome Gillette Fusion Power with Spotlight - $150

Electric Razors
There were a couple of new products released this year from the leaders in electric razor technology. If you want the top of the line traditional electric razor, go for the Pulsonic. If you're interested in a wet/dry electric shave, go for the Moisture Shaving System.
Braun Pulsonic - $215
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149

Pubic Shaving
Don't even think about shaving downstairs without the proper equipment. Give yourself an extra optical inch with the BodyGroom, or go completely bare with the Cleancut, still the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99
no!no! - $250
Seiko Cleancut - $75

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
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

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

Books
Want to learn proper shaving technique but afraid to ask? Finally, a couple of books which teach you how to shave.
Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - $11.95
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving by Anders Larsen - £6.50

Toys
Nothing beats a little fun in the tub or a soft foam book. Teach your little squirt how to shave like his papa.
Shaving in the Tub from Alex Toys - $6.79
My Shaving Kit foam book from Innovative Kids - $3.32.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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October 16, 2007

Musgo Real Shave Cream - I'm a Moron

musgoRealShaveCream.gifI'm a moron. I really have no excuse for what I did, although I'm about to list a bunch. See, about a month ago I reviewed products from Musgo Real. And I didn't think the shave was that spectacular. Turns out I was shaving with their pre-shave soap, and not their actual shaving cream. Moron!

Here's my first excuse - my wife and I recently had a baby. Clearly my attention has been compromised. Here's my second excuse - the shaving cream got lost. When I started using Musgo Real products, I found the soap, after-shave, and pre-shave oil. I didn't remember there was a shaving cream. I only recently found the shaving cream on top of a very cluttered dresser.

So, apologies to Musgo Real and our friends over at Details for Men who sent the products over. And thanks to the many of you who politely wrote in telling me that I was a moron. I'll have revisit Musgo soon.

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October 9, 2007

This Just In - Sharps

SharpsUsa.jpgHere's a relatively new kid on the block who's taking the shaving world by storm. Launched in 2003, Sharps' Kid Glove Shave Gel soon begat a whole line of men's grooming products which are now featured in top barber shops and retail stores.

Our friends over at Details for Men sent over a kit from Sharps which includes:

Sharps has a whole series of gift kits available from $29 to $85, plus you can design your own. I don't know about all of them, but mine came with a cool Sharps iron-on patch, a small book of matches, 4 pin-on buttons, and a T-shirt featuring the Sharps goat. All packaged in a classy brown box and wrapped with a lime green thick rubber band. We'll definitely be featuring Sharps gift sets on our holiday guide.

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September 27, 2007

This Just In - Barbasol

Got a shipment of Barbasol in recently. Set up the cans on a shelf because they looked cool. People keep coming by and saying it reminds them of an Andy Warhol. The funny thing is that the folks over at Barbasol sent a CD of product images we could use. They're really good; professional quality. And here we are displaying their product with a consumer-grade camera against my painted wall. That's art, right? I assume Andy Warhol would be proud.
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September 24, 2007

This Just In - The Art of Shaving

theArtOfShaving.gifWe're very excited to have received shaving products from The Art of Shaving courtesy of our friends over at Details for Men. The Art of Shaving has long been held as the acme of shaving, and it's about time we at ShavingStuff chimed in with our own opinion. In particular, I'm especially interested to see how The Art of Shaving stacks up against the Gentlemen's Refinery. Astute readers will remember that master barber Perry Gastis left The Art of Shaving to found Gentlemen's Refinery, which is without a doubt the best line of products we've tried this year.

So what did we get?

Aside from the regular shaving products I'm totally psyched to try to alum block. Never used one before. Will it sting? I'm guessing yes. Will it fix a nick or cut? I hope so. Will I get an nicks or cuts with the Art of Shaving products? You'll just have to tune in once the review is in.

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September 11, 2007

This Just In - Jack Black

jackBlackLogo.gifThe Jack Black actor / Jack Black shaving products joke has been made zillions of times in the shaving world. Oh? You didn't know there were regular jokes in the shaving world? Well, hang around for a while and you'll learn a few.

I've only had the opportunity to use small samples of Jack Black products before, so I'm thrilled to have received a full compliment of Jack Black shaving supplies from our friends at Details for Men. When Jack comes up in the rotation we'll be reviewing:

Very cool. Always nice to not only get a chance to review a line's shaving supplies, but also their other men's grooming products. Most of their items fall within the $10 to $30 range, with gift sets and colognes running a bit more. Click on over to the Jack Black website to learn a little more about this top-shelf brand.

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August 23, 2007

Reader Question about Edge brand ActiveCare

edgeActiveCare.gifShavingStuff reader Tim wrote in a while ago with a question about the quiet disappearance of Edge brand ActiveCare products. I totally spaced on this (blaming it on the arrival of our newborn son) and have found out nothing. I did check our local Target on a recent diaper run and confirmed Tim's observation. Here's his question:

I have a shaving related question that I can't get an answer for. I noticed this weekend that I was unable to buy the Edge brand ActiveCare shaving cream anymore. It is no longer stocked at Target, Stop and Shop or CVS in my area. Has this been pulled from the market. It seems that all the stores in my area have gone back to the gel in a can stuff. Was there news about this that I missed on your site? When the products launched there was tons of information and news about it, when it gets pulled it is done silently.

Anyone able to answer Tim's question? Are ActiveCare products still around? If anyone has any info feel free to post it in the comments or send me an email. Thanks. And sorry for taking so long to get back to you Tim.

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August 3, 2007

Review of Ikhala Shaving Gel

ikhalaShavingGel.jpgDay two of two in our mini Ikhala products review. Today we're talking about Ikhala Shaving Gel. If you missed our post yesterday about Ikhala Smooth Face Scrub or our post from a while ago about the social mission behind Ikhala, be sure to take a minute and catch up. Ready? OK...

Ikhala Shaving Gel is a clear gel which works itself up into a slightly sudsy lather. Doesn't feeling drying like soap, but the lather does approximate soap bubbles. The shave with Ikhala is good. Not the closest I've ever had, but I think that's actually preferable if you're suffering from frequent in-grown hairs. (Someone please correct me if they've heard otherwise.) And the scent of Ikhala Shaving Gel is like the cleanest swimming pool you've ever swam in. Not one of those over-chlorinated pools with lots of kids. I'm talking about your own private pool overlooking a mountain range on a clear sunny day. (Hey - you try describing smells sometime. I'm serious. This stuff smells like an awesome pool.)

As with all Ikhala products, Ikhala Shaving Gel is formulated for the African male who occasionally struggles with ingrown hairs and razor bumps. For more info check out their website at www.ikhalaformen.com.

Ikhala Shaving Gel is $14 for a 6oz tube.

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July 12, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer

GR-Moisturizer.jpgThe first three Gentlemen's Refinery products we reviewed this week - Pre Shave Oil, "The Standard" Shaving Cream, and After Shave Balm - are all top shelf and we highly recommend them. Today and tomorrow we'll round out the Gentlemen's Refinery's product line with some nice-to-haves if you're looking to complete your collection.

Today we're focusing on Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer, a light, simple moisturizer for use after you've washed you face, or any time you're skin is feeling a little tight.

In keeping with the concept of Natural products, The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer continues to raise the standard. Glycerin, Oat Protein, and Vitamin E lead our ingredient list. The Gentlemens Refinery is made with 100% Natural ingredients; paraben and alcohol free (we use natural and beneficial fatty alcohols). The Gentlemens Refinery Moisturizer is unscented, absorbs quickly and keeps skin balanced.

You even notice how most unscented things are really not unscented? The Gentlemen's Refinery is no different, but the scent is mild. Very similar to the shaving cream and after shave - slightly floral and soapy. As we mentioned yesterday, the Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm is all you need post-shaving. But if you're looking for something for the other times of the day, this moisturizer is a great option. As with all Gentlemen's Refinery products, I will miss this moisturizer when the review session is over.

Gentlemen's Refinery Moisturizer is $48 for a 50ml bottle.

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July 11, 2007

Review of Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm

GR-After-Shave-Balm.jpgDay three of Gentlemen's Refinery week. Hump day. We've pre oiled. We've shaved. Now it's time to heal.

Gentlemen's Refinery set the bar high with their Pre Shave Oil and "The Standard" Shaving Cream, and their After Shave Balm continues to clear it. A loose, white cream, Gentlemen's Refinery's After Shave Balm goes easy and makes your skin feel great.

[...] a revolutionary formulation designed to expedite the healing process, and seal skin from external impurities [...] 100% Natural ingredients; paraben and alcohol free ( we use natural and beneficial fatty alcohols). The Gentlemens Refinery After Shave Balm is antibacterial and contains cooling and moisturizing benefits; truly an advanced product for discerning gentlemen.

Two things to note - the pump top (love the pump) has a slightly forceful release. Don't be surprised if the first few squirts splash out of your hand. You'll learn to develop a gentle touch. Also, while the product says "apply liberally," I found that two squirts was more than enough to cover my entire face and neck - even spots I hadn't shaved.

One of the things I've found with after shave balms is that they can be too gentle on my skin. They may feel great initially, but after 15 minutes or so my face feels dry and I need to apply a moisturizer to a few key places. Not so with Gentlemen's Refinery's After Shave Balm. This is one of the few balms with stands by itself. High marks in my book. The perfect end to a great shave.

The Gentlemen's Refinery After Shave Balm is $40 for a 100ml bottle.

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