The Art of Shaving

January 28, 2011

Join the Brotherhood of Shaving and Save 20% this Weekend

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I really dig the shaving products I've used from the Art of Shaving, and can't recommend them highly enough. But if my recommendation isn't enough for you to want to try them out, how about taking advantage of their 20% off sale this weekend?

"Become an elite member of The Art of Shaving's "Brotherhood of Shaving" this week, with the annual Friends & Family Shopping Event.

When you shop in stores or on-line Friday, January 28 - Sunday, January 30 with the experts that developed the science behind the perfect shave, you will receive 20% off your purchase.

The Art of Shaving transforms the daily, and often dreaded task, of shaving from a choir into a luxurious ritual. By signing up for The Art of Shaving newsletter at www.theartofshaving.com/friendsfamily you will receive invitation-only access to the exclusive 3-day sale that starts this Friday.

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July 22, 2010

Hot Deal: 20% Off Art of Shaving Products

friendsandfamily.JPGI love the Art of Shaving products - I think they're high quality and effective, and their unscented shaving cream is one of my favorites for my daily shave.

Right now, if you sign up for their newsletter, Art of Shaving will give you 20% off everything they sell. That's a significant discount!

So head over to Art of Shaving and check out the "Friends and Family" promotion to get your discount code. This offer ends Sunday, July 25, 2010, so don't wait!

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May 11, 2010

Review of Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave

4elementskit.jpgOne of the up sides of writing about shaving is that companies send me samples of their shaving products to review, so I get to experience a variety of different products. The down side is that I'm always switching the shaving creams and lotions that I use, which can be hard on my skin. I have my favorites, but even those change depending on the new products I try out. And now I have another favorite to add to my bathroom cabinet: The Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave.

Thanks to Art of Shaving, I received a review sample of the Unscented version of this kit a few weeks ago, and I rushed right in to the bathroom to lather up and give it a go. I wasn't disappointed.

The kit contains a badger hair brush, shaving cream, pre-shave oil, and aftershave balm, and the products are in sizes that will last for quite a few shaves.

At first glance, the 4 Elements kit has the look and feel of quality: the shaving oil and aftershave balm are in glass bottles, and the badger hair shaving brush is thick and lush, with a hefty weight to it. As it was the unscented version of the kit, I had to open them all and give them the smell test, which they passed easily - the Pre-Shave Oil has a bit of a cinnamon scent to it, but I imagine it's not added, it's just part of the ingredients, and is not strong. I don't really care for heavily scented shaving products, not because I have sensitive skin, but because that's my personal preference. However, for those with sensitive skin, the 4 Elements unscented kit would be a good choice.

First I applied the pre-shave oil, which is a nice touch - I don't often use an oil along with shaving cream, but duty calls, you know. The shaving cream went on thick and lathered easily, and felt silky and smooth on my face. My shave with it was great - excellent razor slip and easy to rinse (I really don't like products that are too oily and hard to rinse). I'm not sure how much the pre-shave oil added to that, but my skin felt moisturized and smooth afterward. Then I applied the aftershave balm, which has a pump dispenser so that you can only dispense what you need. It only took a tiny amount of the balm to cover my face, and it didn't feel greasy afterward, as some products can.

When I looked in the mirror after shaving, I saw a guy with an extremely close shave, really smooth moisturized skin, and a big goofy grin. I'll be happily using these products in my shaving routine for quite some time, and can heartily recommend the 4 Elements kit for your personal use or for a great gift (think Fathers Day or Graduation...).

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April 15, 2010

New Products from Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving has two cool new products out for the discriminating shaver: The ProGlide Shave Set and the Fusion™ Chrome Collection Power Razor.

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The Fusion® Chrome Collection ProGlide™ Shave Set includes 8 Fusion ProGlide Power blade cartridges PLUS starter sizes of The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, Badger Shaving Brush, and After-Shave Balm. A $70 value, priced at just $40.
Fusion Chrome Collection ProGlide Power Razor.jpgThe Fusion™ Chrome Collection Power Razor is perfectly balanced and weighted to feel like a natural extension of your hand, maximizing stability and control. Gentle micro-pulses help you reduce friction and increase razor glide. The built-in spotlight, the first of its kind, reveals details normally in shadow - such as under the chin and jaw line - to help you avoid missed spots and make every stroke count. The sleek, contemporary handle is an ideal combination of ergonomics and innovative design, handcrafted in polished chrome and wrapped in a matte black, thermo-resin grip. A $182 value, priced at only $150.
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March 16, 2010

Art of Shaving Smooth Rewards Program

Smooth Rewards.jpgDo you use Art of Shaving products? Would you like to? Here's an incentive for you: The Smooth Rewards program:

"The Art of Shaving is offering Smooth Rewards Cards with values up $40 on purchases. Online shoppers who spend over $100 will receive a Smooth Rewards Card that can be redeemed at The Art of Shaving Shops between April 5, 2010 and April 30, 2010.

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January 27, 2010

Art of Shaving Hot Deals: 20% Off This Weekend

AOSsale.jpgThis spring, are you thinking about getting a new image or a new look? Perhaps a change in facial hair or shaving routine? It's a good time to begin, as we begin to come out of our winter blues into the new energy of springtime. If we approach our grooming with a view to passion, as Art of Shaving does, we may find a whole new experience waiting for us.

"The Art of Shaving brings art and passion to a daily routine."

One of the leaders of the shaving renaissance, Art of Shaving has a great line of natural shaving products and hand-made grooming accessories - high quality, dependable, and stylish.

And starting Thursday morning, you can pick up those purchases you've been putting off, because everything at Art of Shaving is 20% off through Sunday night!

My picks? Both the safety razors and straight razors catch my eye, and the high quality shaving brushes are amazing. I like the kits that are pre-packaged, so you'll get an idea of what the shaving products do when used together, and the hair and body care products are also all natural and cover the rest of your personal care needs.

I also noticed that the Sterling Silver Shaving Set, "the most elegant and luxurious shaving set available", is on sale for only $1700, down from the regular price of $3400. I wonder if you can get 20% off of that? That would make it only $1360. Still quite a bit out of my price range, but it sure is a beautiful piece.

You might want to make a note of heading over to Art of Shaving tomorrow to see if something you've been putting of buying is now priced within your reach. The sale runs through Jan. 31.

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March 24, 2009

Hot Deal: Up to 50% Off Select Art of Shaving Items

brush.jpgFrom now until April 15th, you can take advantage of some hot deals on select Art of Shaving items: Up to 50% off!

This Fine Badger Shaving Brush with a real wood handle is only $126, regularly $180 (that's 30% off). The same brush, but with a horn handle, is only $122.50, regularly $175. Grab one for yourself, or pick one up as a superb gift for your buddy's birthday. I just put one on my wish list.

"The Art of Shaving manufactures and handcrafts each Shaving Brush using only the finest badger hair available. All of our brush handles are designed for elegance and durability, as well as for their comfortable shape. The Art of Shaving Shaving Brushes generate a rich and warm lather, soften and lift the beard, open pores, bring sufficient water to the skin and gently exfoliate."

If you want some style for your shaving setup, the Classic Stand for Brush & Razor is 30% off, $140, down from $200.

The Art of Shaving Classic Shaving Soap, with a teak wood bowl, is regularly $45, but now it goes for only $22.50 - that's 50% off!

The After-Shave Gel is also 50% off, now only $17.50:

"The Art of Shaving After-Shave Gel soothes refreshes and regenerates the skin after shaving. The Gel is antiseptic oil and alcohol-free. The After-Shave Gel is recommended for normal to oily skin and for applying during humid summer months. Enriched with algae and herbal extracts it hydrates and tightens pores and maintains healthy skin."

Purchases over $50 get free shipping, so go check out the hot deals on the Art of Shaving items today!

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January 7, 2009

Win a full size The Art Of Shaving Kit from Foreman

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There's only one thing that can make The Art of Shaving even better, and that's when it's free. If you haven't shaved with this brand's products, you haven't elevated your shave to an art form.

So here's what I recommend. Click on over to Foreman's blog 4mind4body, and check out the contest they're running. All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list, tell them about your current shaving habits, and then promise to tell them how much you love The Art of Shaving once you win. And trust me, you won't have any difficulty doing that last part.

Contest ends Monday January 12th, so you bests get a-clickin'!

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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 29, 2008

Review of The Art of Shaving - Unscented After-Shave Balm

taofAfterShave.gifIf you're just joining us, we've layer some pre-shave oil on our face, shaved with unscented shaving cream, and even rubbed a rock on our face. We're finally ready to apply after-shave.

Formulated with grapeseed extract, shea butter and vitamin C, it moisturizes, rejuvenates and revitalizes to promote healthy skin. After-Shave Balm is recommended for normal, sensitive and dry skin. Antiseptic and alcohol-free.

I loved The Art of Shaving's Unscented After-Shave Balm. Went on smooth and easily, and helped my skin recovery from the radiation fallout of my Gillette Fusion Power. Very little scent, although it vaguely reminded me of some vanilla soy milk I tried at Whole Foods.

I'm going to complain about one thing here, and it's a nit. As much as I love the thick glass bottle, it's not the greatest choice for dispensing the after-shave. A squeeze tube would be better. Instead you're left thwacking the bottle against your palm to get an unpredictable amount. I often end up with a little too much after-shave on my hands.

That said, The Art of Shaving's Unscented line receives a big thumbs up from us. They had a high bar to hit, and they cleared it. If you're interested in taking your shave to a new level, you will not be disappointed.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented After-Shave Balm is $38 for a 4 ounce bottle.

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January 28, 2008

Review of The Art of Shaving - Alum Block

alumBlock.jpgSo we've thrown some pre-shave oil and shaving cream on our face, we've shaved, and now we're ready to soothe our skin with some after-shave balm. Slow down tiger! Don't you want to rub a rock across your face?

That's right. A rock. The Art of Shaving's Alum Block is a quartz-like block of alum whose "antiseptic properties calm razor burn and soothe irritations, and help stop bleeding in the event of a nick or cut." And guess what. It kind of works. Well, at least it definitely stops the bleeding of a minor nick or cut. I don't usually get razor burn, so I couldn't easily verify that, but there's no question that rubbing this rock over your freshly shaven skin will seal up any little cut you might have gotten. And it doesn't sting.

After shaving, moisten stone with cold water and rub it gently on abrasion or cut. For minor cuts, moisten stone with cold water and hold it over cut for a few seconds until bleeding stops.

This got me thinking - would any rock due? Now I took science in high school. Four years of science. I think one of those years was earth science. Heck I'm practically a scientist. So I went out back, dug in the earth, found a nice looking flat rock, and rubbed it on my face. Guess what. Hurt like a mo@*&!!%*#er.

So the real questions to me are - who in their right mind was the first person to think that rubbing a rock on your face might be helpful, and who was the first person to realize that it actually was? I'm guessing it was probably one of the Rockefellers. Those guys are smart.

Anyway, if you get a bunch of nicks and cuts from shaving, switch to The Art of Shaving products, and stop trying to get 30 shaves out of your disposable razor. If you can't do that, get an Alum Block and rub it over your face.

The Art of Shaving's Alum Block is $15 for a 4.4 ounce block.

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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 24, 2008

Review of The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil

taosPreShavingOil.jpgThe Art of Shaving is one of the most prestigious and preeminent brands in the shaving world. Born out of a modest kitchen, and grown into a prominent brand with several boutique stores and a presence in many upscale department stores, The Art of Shaving has put luxury shaving products on the map. I've been looking forward to trying their products out for a long time now.

Even before you start shaving with The Art of Shaving products, you'll notice their packaging. Sturdy, thick, glass jars where appropriate. Minimalist labels. Classy design. They look great on your bathroom counter.

As we've mentioned before, there are shaving oils and pre-shave oils. With a shaving oil, you shave with just the oil; nothing else. With a pre-shave oil, you typically add a layer of shaving cream on top and then shave. It's basically the first layer of protection on your face before you start slicing.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil falls into the latter category, and really should be followed by their shaving cream. In fact, if you're interested in trying these products, I'd definitely recommend getting the pre-shave oil. They've developed a system. Pre-shave oil is part of it. Don't skimp.

And follow the directions:

Before shaving, rub a small amount of The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil in the palm of your hands and massage into beard. Lather Shaving Cream or Shaving Soap over oil and shave.

Pretty simple. Actually, the only tricky part is the "lather..." step, but we'll talk about that tomorrow.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil has a mild, pleasant scent. Reminds me vaguely of chartreuse. It's simple to dispense and smoothes easily onto your face. Again, if you're interested in these products, and I think you should be, get the pre-shave oil.

The Art of Shaving's Unscented Pre-Shave Oil is $22 for a 2 ounce / 60mL bottle. Tomorrow we shave!

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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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