Millions of men all around the world are about to grow a ‘Mo’ for the Movember campaign.
The movement sees men start November clean-shaven and grow a “Mo” as a hairy ribbon, raising awareness of men’s health and prostate cancer.
Here at The Shaving Shack, we are encouraging all our customers to join in and as an added incentive we are giving away a luxurious Bluebeards Revenge shaving set (worth £34.99) to the man who grows the most creative and interesting moustache.
HOW TO ENTER
YOU CAN ENTER OUR ‘MO’ COMPETITION VIA TWITTER OR FACEBOOK.
1.) Like The Shaving Shack page on Facebook
2.) Post an image of your ‘Mo’ and tag The Shaving Shack in the post
Competition ends midnight 30/11/2012 and the winner will be announced week commencing 3/12/2012.
In the latest James Bond film Skyfall, British actress Naomie Harris is quite cutting edge.
She gives 007 (Daniel Craig) a very close shave in one intimate scene in the 23rd installment of the secret agent franchise.
Naomie uses a cut throat/straight razor to give James the shave of his live. “Sometimes the old ways are the best,” Naomie says as she shaves him with the iconic razor.
The 36-year-old has since revealed she was sent to barber shop school to practise shaving balloons to prepare for the steamy scene.
Shaving with a cut throat razor is certainly one of life’s pleasures as it will give you the closest possible shave. But it does take time to master the technique and you’ll certainly need a steady hand and plenty of practice.
But if you’re looking to change your shavings habits and take the exciting journey into straight razor shaving, then these tips will help you on your way.
Preparing your face for a cut throat shave
The key to a painless shave is to use plenty of warm or hot water before shaving. Either have a bath, shower or use a hot flannel to soften the bristles and open up the pores of the skin.
Make sure you massage your chosen shaving cream thoroughly into your stubble or beard. Use your fingers or a decent shaving brush. For straight cut shaving to work, the lather must not be allowed to dry.
Holding and using the razor
Hold the razor with your dominant hand. Your thumb should be on the underside of the shank against the shoulder. Your index, middle and ring fingers should be on the opposite side (top) of the shank. The handle should be between your ring and little finger, with the little finger resting on the crescent shaped tang. Some people prefer to have the ring finger on the tang also, but this is a matter of choice.
Now for the shave! With your other hand, stretch the skin as tight as you can get it. It is recommended to hold the blade at a 30 degree angle to the skin otherwise you’ll get cut! A useful way of starting is to lie the blade flat against your cheek and then lift the spine to the desired angle of 30 degrees before applying your first stroke. Use very little pressure and apply even strokes with the razor in the direction of the hair growth.
Below is an example of the general direction you might want to shave using your straight razor.
Once you’ve finished with your first shave you can then rinse, relather and shave again. This time though, you should go against the grain/direction of hair growth.
When you have finished shaving, rinse the shaved area with warm water and then follow up with a cool water rinse to close the pores.
If you cut yourself use an Alum Block!
Straight Razor Care
When you’ve finished shaving, rinse the razor in some running water. Dry it by dabbing it with a cloth. It is also good practice to apply a little bit of machine oil or similar to help prevent the blade from rusting.
You will be looking as good as 007 in no time…..
Stropping the razor
To maintain a keen edge on the razor regular stropping is a must. Stropping aligns the edge of the blade so that the steel is pointing in the same direction -note that it is not sharpening which is called ‘honing’ and is done using a wetstone. Simply attach one end of the strop to an immovable object, like a bedpost, and hold it taut with the other end in your other hand.
Using light pressure, run the blade horizontally up the leather surface, with the blade flat against the leather and the sharp side facing you. At the end of the stroke, flip the blade over so it’s again facing you as you run the blade horizontally back down the strop. It is recommended to do this about 40-60 times.
The Shaving Shack sells a great selection of quality cut throat razors. And don’t forget we offer flat fee delivery on all orders placed at our online shaving shop.
The Shaving Shack is delighted to announce it is now stocking a superb range of shaving and magnifying mirrors.
Many of our excellent mirrors are adjustable, to allow you to position it where needed, and offer up to 10x magnification.
The flagship product in the new range is a large 20cm mirror with 10 magnification on one side and true image and x1 magnification on the other.
A well put together piece of kit, the stand has a offset swivel mechanism to allow the mirror to extend further from its stand position to allow closer positioning.
The mirror glass is optical precision quality glass for excellent clarity. With a chrome finish and elegant styling, the mirror is functional and decorative and will complement any bathroom. Priced at £42.99.
If you’re looking for something to take on holiday with you, then why not invest in this 11.5cm free standing travel mirror in a chrome finish.
This can be used either free standing or hanging. A versatile, two-sided mirror, it tilts to any convenient angle. It has five times magnification and true-size image reflection. Ideal where space is at a premium or for travelling and camping. Comes complete in a plastic slip case and has a price tag of only £5.49. A bargain.
The Shaving Shack is delighted to announce the safe arrival of the luxurious Danielle Creations collection of men’s travel bags.
The range is an assortment of fine Italian leathers in classic styles, and is perfect for the traveller who not only wants the best looking products, but also something that is environmentally friendly, spacious and hard-wearing.
The flagship bag in the range is a genuine soft leather Rimini wash bag with one main compartment and a side compartment both with zip fastenings. It’s fully lined and has a nominal size of 22 x 13 x 9cm. It’s perfect for a stylish luxury getaway.
For men looking for something a little more rugged, then why not treat yourself to the Montana toiletry bag. Designed with men in mind, this brown distressed leather look bag comes with a large zipped main compartment which is framed so it stays open for ease of access.
It has useful internal side pockets, an external side pocket and a separate lower compartment for extra storage as well as a hanging loop. Made with PU and Polyester, the bag is lined with an environmentally friendly colour-matched lining.
To browse our complete range of quality men’s wash bags and leather wash bags, click here.
The RazorPit Blade Sharpener has made a “6 of the best men’s bathroom gadgets” feature on The Sun website.
Sun journalist David Firth was full of praise for the wonder product that is now available to buy on The Shaving Shack.
The RazorPit, which uses a unique and patented friction technology to clean and sharpen your razor blades, was described as a “neat addition to your bathroom”.
“Even the very best, most expensive blades tend to dull dramatically after just a handful of uses, mainly due to a build-up of gunk and other bits of your face in between the thin strips of metal. No matter how much you rinse your razor, you just can’t shift it,” said David.
He added: “But this gizmo does a great job. Stick a bit foam on the surface, push your razor across it four times and then rinse both clean. And it really does make a difference – a new blade I put on is now a good ten shaves in and is still cutting beautifully.”
So what are you waiting for? If you want to make your razor blades last longer and save lots of pennies in the process, then the RazorPit is the product for you.
The RazorPit retails on The Shaving Shack for just £14.99 – £25% off the RRP.
The Shaving Shack is delighted to announce that we are now stocking the RazorPit Blade Sharpener.
RazorPit uses a unique and patented friction technology to clean and sharpen your razor blades. After every shave microscopical residue, like skincells, water, and keratin is left on the blades. That causes them to feel dull.
RazorPit uses friction to clean off the residue and thereby leaving you with a clean and sharp razor blade, meaning you could get up to 150 great shaves from a single blade!
You will thereby save money, spare the environment and give yourself a better, sharper shave, every day.
RazorPit will not damage your blades in any way and once you have purchased one, it will last you a long time. Furthermore it is small and can be used as a resting place for your razor.
How to use the RazorPit:
To clean your razor, apply a layer of shaving foam on the horizontal surface. Then press the blade of the razor itself down onto the soft surface. This must be done with a constant pressure onto the silicone-surface. Then you push the razor against the conventional shaving direction while maintaining the pressure on the silicone-surface. This will ensure contact between the ‘mat’ and the blades, thereby cleansing the dirt and residue of the surface. Push the razor over the mat 3 to 4 times. Rinse both Razorpit and razor under running water, and place the razor in the Razorpit, blade-side up.
This quick and easy procedure will with ease and elegantly remove the dirt, residue and particles left on the blade after a shave, and all without damaging the blade itself.
The RazorPit is not only a hit with millions of wet shavers around the globe; it’s also popular amongst members of the media.
The Daily Mail described the product as a “brilliant device to make razor blades last longer”, while FHM magazine said: “This ingenious wonder makes mornings of frustrated nicks a thing of the past.”
Men’s Health Magazine was also full of praise for the blade sharpening wonder. “Sharp blades are crucial for a comfortable shave. The Razorpit will help prolong the sharpness of your blades,” it said.
Is my razor compatible with the RazorPit?
According to the manufacturer, RazorPit is compatible with 95% of all the razors on the market today. This includes the Gillette Mach 3, Gillette Mach 3 Turbo, Gillette Mach 3 Power, Gillette Mach 3 Power Turbo, Gillette Fusion, Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette Fusion Stealth, Gillette Venus, Gillette Venus Devine, Gillette Vibrance, All Wilkinson and a long list of other brands and models.
Watch the Razorpit in action
The Shaving Shack is delighted to announce that it is now stocking the award-winning range of eShave shaving products.
We have added the Orange Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil (60g), Orange Sandalwood Shaving Cream (120g) and the Orange Sandalwood After-Shave Soother (180g) to our extensive collection of luxury grooming products.
The popular Orange Sandalwood Pre Shave Oil was voted ‘Best Pre Shave Oil of 2011’ by prestigious Men’s Health Magazine.
This product allows you to efficiently prepare your face for shaving. It has been designed to protect your skin, coat and soften your hair, relieve shaving irritation and eliminate dryness.
The eShave Orange Sandalwood Shaving Cream scooped a 2012 Men’s Health Magazine Award for Best Shaving Product. This luxurious cream promises to open your pores, soften your hair and protect your skin. It generates a rich, creamy and warm lather, and will help to eliminate shaving irritation.
The Orange Sandalwood After-Shave Soother (180g) awakens the senses as it balances, tones, and heals the skin post-shave. Named ‘Best Post Shave Lotion of 2012’ by Men’s Health Magazine, this fantastic product will leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh. It’s also non greasy and very lightweight.
eShave, defined by their unique style and unparalleled luxury, is known around the globe for their beautiful and sophisticated collection of shaving essentials. Since 1996, eShave has been modernising the wet-shaving tradition.
Say no to mugs, ties, socks, jumpers and slippers this year
No more ties or slippers! That is our rallying cry this year, so much so that we have decided to go to war against boring Father’s Day gifts.
We are advising against the same old gifts that resurface year on year and put a downer on his big day like that #1 Dad mug or those pair of slippers.
So make sure your Dad is the envy of all the top dads out there with The Bluebeards Revenge Double Edge ‘Scimitar’ Razor.
The chrome-finished razor recently won the prestigious About.com reader’s choice award for Best Razor, beating the likes of Gillette’s Fusion Pro-Glide and the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5. Now in its fifth year, the Readers’ Choice Awards honour the world’s best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and men’s grooming, as selected by its readers.
“Gifting Dad with a unique double edge razor just like his Father used to own shows an incredible amount of thoughtfulness,” said Dan Hildrew, from The Shaving Shack.
“Every year we have loved ones asking us for our recommendations for the Ultimate Father’s Day present; this award-winning razor is the perfect gift for Dad on June 17.”
So ensure your Dad slices through stubble the Bluebeards way this June 17! The ‘Scimitar’ is a totally stunning, bespoke, German engineered double edged razor – the epitome of traditional shaving instruments. Laser etched with the eye-catching Bluebeards Revenge logo it has a length of 9.5 cm and a weight of 67g.
“A crisp, classic design brought up to date with the benefit of precision engineering and modern manufacturing. A solid, hefty, handful of shaving equipment fit for use by real men,” said David Hildrew, ‘Bluebeard-In-Chief’.
The ‘Scimitar’ has a price tag of £34.99 and takes double edge razor blades, which can be purchased from The Shaving Shack.
The Bluebeards Revenge is also proud to be saving men’s lives this Father’s Day. The brand’s packaging features potentially lifesaving advice for men on the inside of all the cartons – encouraging men to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of the three male specific cancers – testicular, penile and prostate – so they can seek advice from a GP as early as possible.
So treat your Dad to this award-winning safety razor and he will love you for ever…
Three popular Shaving Shack products have been nominated for a coveted men’s grooming award.
The Bluebeards Revenge’s beard-reducing shaving cream and the Men-U shave cream have been shortlisted for best shaving product in the Lookmantastic Hair and Grooming Awards 2012.
The Men-U Facial Moisture Lift is up for Best Moisturiser.
The public have until June 19th to vote for their favourite products, with the winner announced at an awards ceremony in London on July 11.
The Bluebeards Revenge and Men-U brands are no strangers to winning prestigious awards and accolades. The Bluebeards “Scimitar” Double Edge Razor was named the winner in the About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for best wet shaving razor.
The brand’s shaving cream has also picked up two About.com awards and was shortlisted for a Pure Beauty 2011 grooming gong.
Men-u scooped an FHM award in 2004 for best wet shave product.
Aaron answers a question about the best ways to maintain a goatee
Graham Hope, from the UK, asks:
“I have a goatie beard and find it difficult with a normal gillette style razor to keep the shape and remove the small amount of beard from the inside of the beard. Apart from going to my barbers every other week to keep it how he cut it and I like it, what can you recommend?”
Maintaining facial hair can be tough! Thanks for your question! It sounds as if you are using a cartridge or cassette type razor. I would try stretching your skin in different ways to see if that could help. If not, I recommend picking up a shavette such as a Parker or Bluebeards Revenge shavette this would be a great way to maintain your goatee.
Do you have any burning questions you would like ask our wet shaving expert Aaron Wolfenbarger?