Product Review: 800Razors.com

800RAZORS.COM LIVE BURN FREE

As I stood in Arrowhead Stadium — section 125, row 33 — rocking the #83 jersey of Raiders legend Ted Hendricks, the last thing on my mind was the shave I enjoyed that morning courtesy of a razor from 800razors.com.

There I was, getting my sexuality questioned by endless Chiefs fans, in front of endless Chiefs fans in an assault befitting of Kansas City’s league leading defense. But one thing that wasn’t getting questioned was the closeness of the shave delivered via the five-blade men’s razor from 800razors.com.

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Just like the Raiders, 800razors.com is anti-establishment. If the razor game were the AFC West, 800razors.com would be gunning for opposing pretty boy quarterbacks in Denver and San Diego. Sorry KC, outside of Joe Montana, you’ve never had one. From the company’s site:

“Gillette — the monopoly-like gorilla of the razor industry — burns people with their outrageous prices, while the internet razor guys with the funny video burn people by importing crappy razors from Asia and screwing Americans out of jobs. 800razors.com ensures people get the best razor for the best shave at the best price or it will provide a full refund via its Burn-Free Guarantee — no skin burn, wallet burn, or American job-loss burn.”

The concept is simple. You go to 800razors.com and select the razor of your choice (three blades or five) and the number of cartridges you want. You can place a one-time order, or sign up for a new delivery every two, three or four months.

Every new customer gets a free handle. And it isn’t some plastic, POS handle from God knows where; it’s made of metal, like Motorhead. It’s solid, like the one your dad would use.

And the insane amount of rubber grip on each one could well be from an abandoned tire. A tire that had to grow up rough, hard and on the streets, not knowing where its next meal would come from. A tire that probably grew up like this one:

Not only are the razors from 800razors.com cheap, but they are high quality and delivered directly to that double-wide you call “home,” Chiefs fan.

On that day in Kansas City, Chiefs fans had a lot to say, but I made it through, untouched and unscathed. Probably because of the reputation Raiders fans have earned for being armed with knives. Like this guy:

I wasn’t packing a blade, but if I were, it would’ve been a blade from 800razors.com.

When you look good, you feel good, and what feels better than a crisp black Raiders jersey, capped off with a clean close shave? As the kids say, “Hater gonna hate.”

Now, I have two favorite teams; whoever is playing the Chiefs and the team at 800razors.com.

  

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Product Review: HUE Pomade

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Did you know that pomade was developed in the 19th century and was originally made of bear fat? Into the 20th century, the most common ingredients featured lard, beeswax and petroleum jelly.

Pomade in its original form was as natural as any hair product in history. But as styles changed, so did the demands expected of pomade, which caused heavier, less natural incarnations to be developed.  

Royal Crown Hair Dressing and Murray’s Pomade are examples of pomade born out of this development and period in history. The effect of those products was the slick, greased back look popular in the 1950s and was heavily dependent on petroleum jelly, its main ingredient.

The word pomade is from the French word “pommade,” which means “ointment,” and derived from the Latin word “pomum,” which meant “apple.” The original recipe for pomade featured apples, which explains the consistency and feel that men have come to expect over time, though it has also become less organic.

The pomade from HUE is a return to the original style of pomade, because it has a natural feel and consistency.

In terms of texture, it felt more like cocoa butter than any regular pomade. This isn’t the kind of pomade with super-sticking holding power that will last for a week after one application. There is no silicone or petroleum in this product, which means it isn’t as stringent or hard as what we have come to expect from pomade.

The scent is also a return to form. While there isn’t much of a scent, what can be detected has a fruity, almost citrus smell.

When first applying HUE, I used only a dab, which is what I would use with a standard pomade. As a result, the holding power was limited. So when I applied more the next day, I doubled the amount and it gave me the hold I was looking for.

By the end of the day, my hair wasn’t  frozen in the same position it was roughly nine hours earlier. I could run my fingers through it at any point and it felt light and free.  

Since HUE is so light and malleable, it can be used by men with any type of hair (coarse, thin, thick, etc.) regardless of their ethnicity. With products, and in particular pomade, that are naturally derived, free of silicon and free of petroleum. Hue offers hair care options “for every man.”

Check out the pomade and full line of products from HUE at www.hueforeveryman.com

  

Product Review: Evolution Man Shaving Cream and Face Wash

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Is it a shaving cream? Is it a face wash? The new shaving cream and face wash from Evolution Man is literally both, combined into one.

In a natural progression based on a man’s need for clean skin and an effective shaving cream, Evolution Man was born. If you have to do both anyway, why not just combine them? This is the foundation that the brand was built on.

When I first applied the cream into my hand, I feared it may be overly gloppy. But the thickness allowed it to function as a facial scrub for cleaning, which in turn softened and opened my skin for shaving.

After my shave, my skin felt crisp and exfoliated, even beyond the normal feeling that I would typically experience after a shave. It was potentially the fastest shave I have ever completed. Not because speed is king, as it is in the NFL, but because there was no mess and my razor seemed to move with atypical ease.

Several hours post-shave, my skin retained a baby-like smoothness and felt tingly, like it was energized somehow. Even on areas I didn’t shave, like my forehead, the cleansing effect it had on my skin was noticeable.

All the oil my forehead had accumulated after a long two days of wrenching on my kitchen sink was removed effectively, beyond what even a cold, saturated wash cloth could accomplish. And it didn’t dry my skin out — it wasn’t that kind of tightness. Instead, it was the kind you get that leaves you feeling fresh with the confidence that you look good.

The orange scent of the product was a nice touch. The aroma of the essential oil left me feeling relaxed and happy. The cream is “derived from the peel of fresh oranges it work as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant super star.”

The product itself isn’t the only thing that has evolved; the packaging it came in also represents the next phase in men’s grooming products, as each tube is made with post-consumer recycled materials.

Is it a shaving cream? Is it a face wash? EvMan’s Shaving Cream and Face Wash is a high-end, highly effective grooming product that is pushing the limit of what we expect from our shaving and skin care experiences. Strike the “s” from ‘experiences”; they are now one in the same.

To order or to find more information, follow the link to www.evolution-man.com.

  

Product Review: eShave Hair Styler

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In the past, we’ve reviewed eShave products and always came away impressed. The Orange Sandalwood Collection for shaving was hailed as one of the best shaving products ever by Men’s Health magazine in 2011. And eShave After Shave Soother was named the best post-shave lotion by Men’s Health in 2012, so who were we to argue?

After all the awards, it became apparent: Men’s Health was either trying to sleep with eShave, or eShave products are really that good. We decided it was the latter based on personal experience, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if eShave was a complete monster in the sack to boot.

Previously, eShave focused solely on producing luxury shaving products and accessories, but now, eShave wants to take over your entire head! eShave Hair Styler is a part of the “New Generation” of eShave products that actively addresses all of a man’s grooming needs. And frankly, just the thought makes our hair follicles stand on end.

Hair Styler from eShave provides the structure and control of a strong gel with the pliability of the wax. The new styling paste transforms the hair by adding weightless body and texture, definition and flexible hold, made with a naturally derived sugar-based emulsifier that enhances hairs moisture and hydrating Beeswax that softens the hair and adds volume.

Hair Styler is labeled as a “bodified styling paste.” It was the first paste I have ever applied that used a pump to disperse the product, and I really liked it, because as a regular user of styling paste, I find myself using more than I even need, because typically you need just a dab or two to get the desired effect.

When I first had the product in my hand, it had more moisture than I am used to from a paste. So, I judged it on appearance, just like I did the first time I saw Color Me Badd in concert. But just like with Color Me Badd, I was way off and was only screwing myself by judging it in the first place.

The fact that the paste had more moisture actually made it easier to apply. Usually with a paste, you have to commit that dab to a particular area and that’s it. But the eShave product was especially nimble and supple. It held my hair in place (as I would find over the next several hours), but it had similar traits to a gel in terms of feel while applying it.

Also, I really liked the smell of the product. “Orange Mint” was the bomb, and it just made everything feel fresh, like Biz Markie’s cover of “Bennie And The Jets” from the Beastie Boys album The Sounds Of Science. Lube up your hair, crack your window to let that breeze in and crank The Biz — you’ll see “what I mean, Verne.

eShave Hair Styler retails at just $17 per bottle and can be purchased on the eShave website.

  

Product Review: Hairbond UK Styling Products

Men’s hair styling products are a lot like that hot girl you’ve been hooking up with. At first, you’re pretty sure she’s the hottest girl you’ve ever met or been with, and you really can’t wait for the next time to use her.

You feel confident, refreshed, renewed. Every time you’re with her is like the first time, all over again. You’re used to her, love her, have grown comfortable with her — so why would you even consider anything else?

But then you get distracted. “Wait, what’s this? A new men’s styling gel?”

Suddenly, conversation lags. Her jokes aren’t funny. Her laugh sucks. She smells like cheese. She’s a Yankees fan.

Are any of these new observations remotely true? Or are you just looking for an escape? Either way, you continue to spend time with her, begrudgingly, and you’re just not that into it.

Hairbond UK is like that hot girl you just met who makes you realize how substandard your current hair styling product is. I received a canister each of Distorter and Shaper — two distinctly different products for distinctly different hairstyles.

Distorter was filled to the brim with bad assery. If Distorter were to lower itself to take human form for a night, it would be Reggie Miller against the Knicks in 1994, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Shaper smelled “Just like butterscotch, yo”. It literally has a candy-like scent — but an adult candy, the kind that only appeals to a refined taste, not a child, sort of like black licorice. Yeah, that’s a good one; I’m going to use that one. It’s like the black licorice of styling products.

>More than that, it was absolutely perfect as a shaping product. I spiked my bangs as high as they could go and my hair stayed just as I had styled it even 8-10 hours later. Even though they retained their hold, I was able to adjust my look mid-day.

I put a dab of Distorter in my hair roughly 13 hours ago. While writing this, I stopped, went to the bathroom and adjusted my hair. The hold was still as effective as it was earlier in the day. But I also never felt like my hair had any product in it, so it wasn’t like I was rocking some Clark Gable-esqe slick back look that’s heavily dependent on an overuse of styling products.

How is this possible? I know it sounds like total bullshit, but it isn’t. Even though Hairbond was that effective, my hair never felt like it was glued up or had the lacquer-type feel. My hair was still relaxed, yet performed the way I wanted it to.

So move on from your current styling products and don’t feel bad about it — you don’t owe her a thing. And it wasn’t a total waste, either. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have evolved to the point where you were ready for something better.

If you’re ready for more at a fantastic price, check out the Hairbond UK website: www.hairbond.co.uk

  

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