March 4, 2010

The Bearded Gentleman

beardedgentleman.jpgLooking for a useful guide to facial hair styles and the men who wear them? Look no further. Coming soon (May 2010) is The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face.

"For centuries, men have been growing and styling their facial hair, whether for the sake of vanity, religion, or cultural considerations, but most of us don't give it a second thought. The Bearded Gentleman is an authoritative yet lighthearted guide that offers detailed information on some fifty specific facial hair styles: where they come from, how to grow them, and how to maintain them."
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February 1, 2010

Mr. Dude Helps Write Your Valentine Gift Request

MrDudeLetter.jpgMr. Dude, of Best4Men, is gonna help save you from getting one of those Valentine's Day gifts that make you cringe.

No need to worry about hiding your distaste and forcing a smile after an awkward gift - just let her know ahead of time what you prefer. You don't even have to write the letter. Mr. Dude has a MadLibs-like letter generator that will take all of the work out of it for you.

Here's an excerpt of what I got:

"My dearest flasher in the park,

Last year, just after you returned from Tibet, we celebrated our Valentine's Day. I'll never forget that day because you wore a trash bag, and came home carrying a box of Ken dolls. You later told me these were for you, and were sent to you by your ex- manicurist, so that was awkward.

But I'll never forget the gift you gave me..."

OK, so they're not love letters, but it is good for some laughs - and there's a 10% off code, along with free shipping, for orders over $30.

Check out Mr. Dude's Valentine letter for yourself at Best4Men.

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December 17, 2009

Get Your Shaving Stocking Stuffers

stockings.jpgEven if you've done your big holiday shopping, you might need to pick up some smaller items for stocking stuffers for the crew. If you're still looking, check out these items:

The RetroRazor Weishi Double Edge Safety Razor Starter Kit is only $27.99, regularly $36.00, with free shipping. Apply the coupon code "SHAVER10" and get an additional 10% off.

  • Includes: Safety Razor Handle, Travel Bag, Cleaning Brush, and sampler of 15 Blades to customize your shave
  • Save Hundreds of dollars a year: $.15-.75 cents per blade vs. $3 for a multiblade.
  • 90+% less waste than disposable cartridge razors and shavers

Think about stocking up on razor blades as well:

50 Feather Double Edge Razor Blades are only $27.99, regularly $35.00

30 Merkur Double Edge Safety Razor Blades are only $16.50.

The Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush is only $12.64, normally $15.00.

Colonel Conk World's Famous Shaving Soap is only $4.55, and a good affordable choice for a solid shaving soap.

And how about a shaving bowl? The Kingsley For Men Wood Shave Soap Bowl comes with a Lid, and runs only $6.99.

Of course, if you're still looking for shaving gift ideas, be sure to check out the 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Shaving Stuff!

Image: dawnzy58 at Flickr

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December 14, 2009

Moustache Calendar for 2010: Sex-Confident

moustachecalendar.jpgCalendars are always great gifts, and this one gets an A+ because it's a facial hair calendar.

"Sex-Confident features the moustaches (and work) of students and alumni of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

It's classy. It's sexy. It's confident.
Well conceived, well designed, and well made - you would be remiss to even think of another calendar for yourself, your friends, or your family.

Just imagine images of sex-confident men gracing the walls of your home and office. The Caveman, Casanova, Mr Introspective, The Professional, the Boxer, the Dad, the Lumberjack..."

Pick up your copy here: The Moustache Calendar

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December 11, 2009

Hot Deal: Braun Series 7 - 790cc Pulsonic

pulsonic7.jpgIf you're looking for a knockout shaving gift this season, you can pick up one of the best electric razors on the planet right now for over 25% off.

The Braun Series 7 - 790cc Pulsonic is on sale for only $199.99, regularly $269.99!

I called it the ultimate shaving gadget, and if your favorite guy (or you) is an electric shaving kind of man, I don't think you can go wrong with the Braun Pulsonic. It's a high quality machine, built to last, and will satisfy the most discerning gadget lover - with an Amazon review rating of 4 1/2 stars.

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November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Shaving Deals 2009

artofshavingset.jpgCyber Monday: Today is that day when we're all working off the holiday feast, perhaps recovering from Black Friday, and now perusing the best deals to found online. I've been looking around a bit myself, and wanted to share some deals and a cool find with you.

The folks at ZIRH have a few specials going right now - Free shipping on all orders until December 22nd, a free ZIRH Holiday bar with all orders, and a free messenger bag with all orders. That's a lot of free! Make sure you ask for free samples as well.

Philosophy is offering free shipping on all orders, and grab a free gift worth $100 with orders over $75 from now until 12/1, or until supplies run out. Make sure you check out the Gingerbread instant win game for a chance to win a $2500 shopping spree!

ThinkGeek is offering free shipping on orders over $25 today - and check out the sweepstakes for your chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. May we suggest the Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver?

Over at Razors Direct, save 5% on your next order with the promo code "SNOWFLAKE" - expires December 20th, 2009.

And now the cool find: The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Collection Power Shave Set. Absolutely awesome. Seriously, go check it out.

Don't forget about our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Shaving Stuff!

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November 27, 2009

Shaving Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover

showermirror.jpgI found a few great geeky gifts for the shaving crowd, in case you're still looking for something to give that gadget lover in your life:

The Moie' Fog-Free Shower Mirror and Weather Station: Get the latest weather information along with the date and time while you're getting your shave. It's got current outdoor temperature, indoor temperature, outdoor humidity and even a weather forecast, right in your shower! The mirror is fog free, on a swivel hinge, and it provides easy storage for two razors, as well as your shaving cream.

The Fog-Free Shower Mirror with LED Light and Clock: Not quite as fancy as the above mirror, this fog-free mirror is conveniently equipped with twin white LED lights to illuminate your face and a generously sized digital clock.

For adding tunes or the news to your shower, check out the Sharper Image Fog-Free 'Power Zoom' Shower Mirror/Radio: Zooming from 1x to 5x with a push of a button, this auto-adjust fog-free magnifying mirror has twin, ultra-bright LED spotlights, and an AM/FM radio built in.

On the road a lot? The USB Travel Shaver Laptop Rechargeable Razor charges up while you're checking your email.

While not exactly geeky, the Razorba War Hammer Back Hair Shaver has an irresistible name. The War Hammer holds most standard razors and allows you to shave your back by yourself.

Don't forget to check out the 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Shaving Stuff for more great gift ideas!

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November 25, 2009

Black Friday Deals for Shaving Stuff 11.25.09

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There's no reason to pay full price for holiday gifts if you don't have to. We've found some more deals on shaving stuff and grooming products for you, so you can pick up some great gifts before the holiday rush and save some cash while you're at it.

Over at Matte for Men, get $10.00 off any Matte For Men purchase over $25.00. Use the coupon code "1109" when checking out to take advantage of the savings. Coupon is valid until Friday, November 27th, 2009

At Body Tools, there's a buy one, get one free, sale beginning tonight, Wednesday November 25th at midnight. The sale runs until midnight on Monday, Nov 30th.

John Allan's has a 20% off sale on hair, skin and shave products (plus gift certificates to John Allan's). Use the promo code "GIFT20" at checkout to get your savings. Also, get 50% off John Allan's custom designed Travel Roll Up and '63 Razor shave set. Use the promo code "GIFT50" for this deal.

Don't forget the hot deals over at Amazon, and be sure to check out Details for Men and DE Razor Blades for more savings.

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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November 24, 2009

Black Friday Deals for Shaving Stuff 11.24.09

halston1-12.jpgGet the jump on your holiday shopping with these hot Black Friday deals, and the best part is, you don't have to wait for Black Friday, and you don't have to wait in line!

Halston 1-12 By Halston For Men: Regularly sold for $44.00, now only $7.70! A classic fragrance, with sweet florals, wood and musk scent.

Diesel Plus Plus By Diesel For Men: Regular price is $39.50, now only $11.86! A rich scent, with notes of sandalwood.

Calvin Klein Obsession For Men: Regularly $55.00, now only $30.86. A great daytime scent, with notes of mandarin and spice, and low tones of musk, sandalwood and amber.

Philips Norelco 7340 Men's Shaving System: Regular price is $59.99, now only $39.00. Fully washable men's rechargable shaver with patented Reflex Action System that automatically adjusts to the contours of your face and neck.

Braun Series 1 1-150 Men's Shaver: Regularly sold for $59.99, now only $38.11. Forget the bells and whistles. Forget the fuss and hassles. Series 1 150 Men's Shaver, with its unique FreeFloat shaving system gives you a close shave, effortlessly, at an unbeatable price.

Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver: Regularly $269.99, now only $229.99. I love this razor - I call it the 'ultimate shaving gadget'.

Don't forget the batteries! Duracell AA batteries, two 16 count packages, regularly $25.98, are now only $19.65. Duracell AAA batteries, two 16 count packages are also cheap, only $19.23.

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November 19, 2009

2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Shaving Stuff

When you're looking for a great shaving gift this holiday season for the men in your life, be it brother, uncle, father, son, or husband, you probably want to not only give a useful gift, but you also want to get the most bang for your buck.

There's so many choices for great shaving stuff at the store and on the web, that it can be hard to choose the best products, but we here at Shaving Stuff have spent all year using and reviewing the latest and greatest shaving accessories so you don't have to make a wild guess. For this year's gift guide, we're focusing on value - the products that work the best, for the best price.

Best Value Shaving Creams

creamocream.JPGAt the top of the list is Cremo Shaving Cream. For only $8, this shaving cream is a great value - it shaves well, smells good, and a single tube will last a long time. Pick up some Cremo for all the men you know!

speickshavecream.jpgSpeick Shaving Cream is another quality cream - I personally think it's the best smelling one, manly and earthy, with a hint of lavender - and I'm super happy with the shave I get from it. It's all natural, with beeswax and glycerin, leaving a smooth and happy face!

ErasmicMerkur.jpgOne of the favorite creams in my shaving cabinet is Erasmic. It's an old-school cream with a great, traditional scent and it lathers up into a thick cream once applied. At $6.50 a tube, it's also a bargain, considering the excellent shave it gives you.

Ingram.jpgLast, but not least, is Ingram. If you haven't tried Ingram Lather Shaving Cream yet, you're in for a treat! Made in the UK, Ingram has been around since 1932. It runs about $6.50 a tube, and is a solid, traditional-style shave cream, with a minty freshness to it.

Best Value Manual Razors

It's probably not a big secret that I'm a big fan of safety razors. The investment is initially more than your standard cartridge razor, but after that, buying double edged razor blades is pretty cheap. Here's my picks for best value in manual razors:

retrorazor.jpgRetroRazor offers modern versions of the old safety razors that lived for decades in nearly every bathroom medicine cabinet or drawer in America before the advent of the plastic disposable razor. The razors are well made, with a price point below that of my personal favorite, Merkur.

Merkur1.jpgThe Merkur feels great in the hand - solid and hefty, like a good tool should. It's a thing of beauty. I consider my Merkur an essential man's tool. It will be something you'll be proud to give as a gift, and will make a prized heirloom to pass down to the next generation.

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Straight razors
are making a comeback. It takes some practice to get a great shave without worrying about slicing off a piece of your face, but I'm willing to bet that once you shave with one, you'll be the proudest man around!

There's plenty of cheap straight razors out there, but you'd be better served picking up a quality blade, like the Fromm Straight Razor or the Ultimate Pro 150 Straight Razor, to save on frustration with sharpening.

If you're looking for the ultimate in style for straight razors, and price isn't an issue, you've got to check out the Dovo 5/8" Carbon Steel Genuine Mammoth Razor. Sure, it's $579, but it's a collector's item - with a 20,000 year old mammoth tusk handle!

Best Value Electric Razors

For a solid performer, check out the Philips Norelco 7340 Men's Shaving System. At only $39, it won't break the budget, and it will last for many a shave - Philips makes great razors.

Stubble Trimmer.jpgKnow anyone who's rocking the stubbly, five o'clock shadow look? The your best bet is the Philips Norelco QT4021 Stubble Trimmer. Priced at only $35, this razor runs on a charge or on a cord, and has a well-designed length settings adjustment. I use it when I'm drawn to the well-trimmed beard look, and the removable guide lets you trim sideburns with ease.

Vortex.jpgThe Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver is a step up in price, but you can take it in the shower with you, plus the built in cleaning system keeps the razor in top shape. It runs about $115 - well worth the price.

BraunPulsonic.jpgIf you want to invest in the ultimate shaving gadget for the man in your life, you'll want to take a look at the Braun Pulsonic. The Clean & Renew System automatically cleans, lubricates, dries and charges the shaver at the touch of a button, giving the feel of a brand new razor everyday, and it shaves close ( with 10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers.

Best Value Manscaping Razors

When it comes to manscaping and trimming of excess body hair, two razors have risen to the top.

bodygroom200.jpgThe first is the Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver. It trims and shaves hair from chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders, and can even be used in the shower! The Bodygroom can be used with length guides for precision trimming, or without, to remove all of the hair. It runs about $33.

The other top pick in manscaping razors is the Braun bodyCruzer. It combines a Braun electric precision trimmer to shorten hairs and a Gillette blade for a clean and comfortable shave anywhere on the body. Also waterproof, with up to 50 hours of shaving on a single charge, it runs $59.99.

Here's to happy shopping, and if you have any other gift suggestions, please leave us a comment!

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