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  • Royal Traditions and British Excellence
    April 29, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Royal Traditions and British Excellence

    Millions of people around the world watched today as Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a ceremony steeped in British tradition. The guests in Westminster Abbey were all dressed impeccably in their formal attire. Perhaps the groom used D.R. Harris or Truefitt & Hill in order to look his best? In order to go along with the mass media coverage of the day, this article takes a look at British traditions, but also how the Royal Family has influenced shaving history in the United Kingdom.

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  • The Details on Cleansing
    April 17, 2011 BOLD Collaborator

    The Details on Cleansing

    Cleansing is the most overlooked aspect of a man’s skin care routine. Cleansers are the bread and butter of the cleansing routine.  Its cornerstone. Its foundation. Its bedrock.  Coupled with a moisturizer, they are the one-two punch of the whole skin care routine.  If cleansing in general is the most overlooked aspect of a man’s skin care routine, than a cleanser is the most overlooked product. This article goes into detail about the different products make up the cleansing phase. 

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  • Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor
    April 3, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor

    The adjustable safety razor is an innovation that allows a wet shaver to adjust the blade gap of his razor to provide the right aggressiveness for his beard density and skin type. The design was patented on March 19, 1956, by inventors Meyer J. Shnitzler and Michael Douglas Benedict, Jr., but the first razor brought to the market was Gillette’s Fat Boy in 1958. Over the next 25-ish years, Gillette produced approximately 14 models of adjustable safety razors. By contrast, Merkur produced only 3 models -- but unlike those from Gillette, the Merkur razors are still manufactured today. This article takes a closer look at one of these models, the Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor.

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  • Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Shaving Brush
    March 26, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Shaving Brush

    Most of the Shavemac brushes I have seen in the past featured the distinctive European bulb-shaped bristle loft. While many wetshavers like this shape because of its compact nature, I personally prefer fan-shaped brushes because I enjoy the feeling they provide on my face during my shaves.  While exchanging e-mails with Bernd Blos at Shavemac, I learned that the company also produces fan-shaped brushes and I was immediately interested in giving one a try.  This article takes a closer look at the Shavemac Series 167 D01 Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush.

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  • The Gentleman's Groom Room Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Shaving Soap
    March 23, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    The Gentleman's Groom Room Essence of Scotland Scottish Heather Shaving Soap

    If there was an award for the longest name of a shaving soap, this would be the winner. The name articulately presents the brand, range, scent, and product description in perfect harmony and leaves nothing to chance. However, shaving soap awards are not only about good names, they should be based on performance, too:  How does it lather? How does it protect and lubricate the skin? How does it smell? Overall, how is the experience? This article takes a closer look at TGGREOSSHSS to see if it is deserving of other acknowledgements as well.

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  • A Primer on Men's Skin Care
    March 20, 2011 Berry McWhorter

    A Primer on Men's Skin Care

    Let’s face it (no pun intended): men take horrible care of their complexion.  Our mug is the first thing that people see.  It is their first impression of us.  It is an outward reflection of who we are and what we want to be. So why is it our female counterparts spend so much time on their face?  Why do the women in our lives spend hundreds of dollars a year in cosmetics?  What’s with all of the soaps and creams and sticks and tubes and bottles and…stuff? It’s because they get it. 

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  • Hone Basics: Natural vs. Synthetics
    March 16, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Hone Basics: Natural vs. Synthetics

    There was a time when men did not rely on disposable razors and blades.  When a man bought a razor, once it became dull, it was the job of someone to resharpen it.  Most often than not the razor was taken to a barber, but sometimes the owners themselves would do the sharpening with a hone.  There are primarily two varieties of hones that can be purchased today: natural and synthetic hones. This article provides a brief introduction to the types and their advantages. 

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  • TwinLuxe Booster Serum
    March 14, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    TwinLuxe Booster Serum

    Despite being relatively new to the shaving market, TwinLuxe has gained a tremendous amount of attention.  Having been featured in various fashion and luxury goods publications, its products have quickly gained recognition for their high performance and exclusivity.  Previously I tested and reviewed the Smooth Shave Cream and Soothing Face Balm and found both to be exceptional products that exceeded my expectations and proved to be well worth the investment. This review takes a closer look at the third and perhaps most versatile piece of the TwinLuxe shaving system: the Booster Serum.

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  • J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream
    March 13, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream

    Cultures in India and South Asia have revered mango for thousands of years as one of the most beneficial fruits not only for dietary uses but for skincare as well.  Mango oil has been proven to be one of the best natural moisturizers for dry and sensitive skin.  It is commonly found in baby creams, sunblock balms, hair conditioners, and other moisturizing products. This article puts this famous ingredient to the test for traditional wetshaving as it takes a closer look at the J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali Shaving Cream with Mango Oil.

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