Grooming Review: The Art of Choosing a Razor

23 02 2010

In honor of the new custom Double Edge Safety Razor from Baxter of California, the oldest grooming brand on the market today, has put together a list of our favorite shaving tools.  These are based on quality, function and design.  So regardless of your budget or style preference, any one of these tools can help you achieve the perfect shave each and every time.

Baxter Safety Razor
Based on a design first introduced in the late 18th century, this razor is almost identical to the one my grandfather used.  For guys who were too afraid to use a straight razor, it was a huge innovation at the time, making shaving at home much safer.  Still, if you’re a Gillette guy (and we love this brand), using this razor may take you out of your comfort zone.  Don’t worry though.  Each razor – with knurling detailing on the handle to prevent slipping – comes packaged in a matte black gift box, which includes an instructional card and a pack of starter blades.  All that for just $60.

Baxter of California Safety Razor

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor
Whether you’re a world traveler, or just want people to think you are, the Madrid Razor from HOMMAGE is a must-have tool.  Perfect for the guy with limited counter space in the bathroom, the Madrid Razor – with its gun metal-hued stainless steel finish and ergonomic grip handle – sits in an upright position.  Why is this important?  For starters, it makes a strong statement (“I’m a man, I shave, and I’m not ashamed if anyone knows that I take a little extra time for myself.”), and the upright position allows the blade to air-dry, preventing corrosion, which helps maintain the longevity of your razor’s edge.  At $225, the Madrid Razor is definitely an investment, but one you can pass down to your son or nephew one day.

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor

The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

I’ve been in the grooming arena for a decade now, and even through working with The Art of Shaving on past grooming articles, I’ve never been brave enough to use a straight razor.  However, it’s one of the best tools for getting the closest shave.  If you’re feeling bold, checkout one of the many straight razors from the guys who made shaving cool again.  Handcrafted by Thiers-Issard, a prestigious French razor maker since 1884, the carbon steel blade (Starting at $135) is hollow ground to deliver a more comfortable shave and provide the sharpest edge. Not sure how to use it though?  Upon purchase of a Straight Razor, The Art of Shaving will provide you with a complimentary guide on how to use and maintain the razor at home.  You can even go into one of the many shops across the country for a personal tutorial, so soon enough you’ll be a shaving artist in your own right.

The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

Disclaimer: All brands mentioned above have provided with product samples in exchange for editorial review.


Review: Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

16 09 2009

Living in NYC, my skin experiences all that comes with the extreme climate changes.  In summer I tend to have more oily skin, and then when winter rolls around, my skin becomes drier.  Currently, the temperature has been up and down, leading to a combination of the previously mentioned.

Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

To help keep things in check, I use a toner daily.  It helps balance my skin, remove excess dirt and oil left behind by my cleanser and give me an overall clean, cooling sensation.  One of my new favorites is the Herbal Mint Toner from Baxter of California, one of the oldest and most respected men’s grooming brands on the market today. 

Applied to the face and neck using a cotton ball or cosmetic pad, Baxter’s Herbal Mint Toner is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that help protect against free radicals and cell damage as it cleanses, hydrates and tones.  And at $16.00 for a 10 oz. bottle, it’s a tiny investment that will keep giving back throughout all the climate changes.  So bring it on winter.  My skin is ready.

Father’s Day: The Best Online Stores for Grooming Products

5 06 2009

Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Starting next week, will begin a daily feature leading up to the big day that will highlight some of the latest and greatest in gadgets, apparel, kitchen tools, grooming products and more that any dad would be pleased with come June 21st. In the meantime, start your search for Father’s Day grooming gifts now by visiting the web’s best stores for grooming products, a list compiled by my friend at


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Grooming: 5 Products to Beat the Heat Wave

30 04 2009

As we head into the hot days of summer, the temperature isn’t the only thing that changes; our skin and hair are also transitioning, requiring some extra attention.  Here are five products to help make sure you’re looking your best whether it’s 80 or 105 degrees outside.    

Every Man Jack Skin Clearing Face Wash
As the mercury rises, the overproduction of oil in our skin also kicks into overdrive. Skin Clearing Face Wash by Every Man Jack uses salicylic acid to treat and help prevent current and future breakouts caused by oily skin while coconut-derived surfactants remove deep-down dirt and oil. Aloe and chamomile extract are added to sooth irritation while glycerin keeps skin hydrated.
Retail Price: $5.00

ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40
I don’t always like recommending expensive grooming products because there are so many great options these days around or under $10. However, the ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40 is phenomenal. This oil-free moisturizer blocks sun with a mineral screen and protects skin from the harmful effects of pollution with Clarins’ patented Expertise 3P Complex. My favorite aspect about this product is that it goes on smooth, and dries to a matte finish. Retail Price: $42.00

Buster’s Skincare Buster’s Organic Body Butter Crème
Okay, I know what you’re thinking; a body butter for guys? It may not sound manly, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; your partner doesn’t want to feel like they’re rubbing up against a brillo pad. The Organic Body Butter Crème is formulated with organic botanicals including Tamanu oil to condition, lavender to soothe irritation and coconut oil to hydrate dry skin.
Retail Price: $22.00 

JOICO Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray
Whether you spike it, slick it or just mess it up, don’t let humidity undo your hairdo. Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, part of the JOICO Design Collection, uses an advanced blend of proteins, UVS/UVB filters and polymers to protect even the most extreme styles from the hottest and most humid days.
Retail Price: 17.95 Call 800-80-JOICO or visit to find a salon near you

Baxter of California’s HYDRO SALVE: LIP BALM
Don’t let dry lips stand between you and a hot make out session. Hydro Salve Lip Balm by Baxter of California is infused with vitamins and jojoba to soothe dry skin while maintaining optimal lip moisture. The Mojito flavor will leave you craving a second shot. Retail Price: $8.00


Every Man Jack, ClarinsMen, Buster's Skincare, JOICO Design Collection, Baxter of California

Grooming On-the-Go

21 04 2009

Grooming On-the-Go With summer just around the corner, that means many of us will be traveling (as far as our budgets will allow anyway). However, just because you’re on-the-go doesn’t mean you have to forgo your daily grooming routine.

One of my favorite kits is the Grab + Go Travel Kit from Anthony Logistics. The airline-approved kit includes a Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, Astringent, Coconut Shampoo, Cleansing Gel, zip top plastic bag and storage container; all this for just $45.

To checkout additional options for grooming on-the-go, checkout my recent article at

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Anthony Logistics Grab + Go Travel Kit

Old World Charm: New York Barber Shop

1 03 2009

If you’ve never been to an old school barber shop; GO.  The experience will change you, and you’ll never look at shaving the same way again.

While checking out my favorite blogs this morning, I came across some really great shots of New York Barber Shop.  Don’t let the name deceive you though; it’s actually located in Rotterdam Netherlands.

new_york_barber_shopWith ACQUA DI PARMA products adorning the walls, leather club chairs to kick back in while you wait, and antique fixtures finishing off the look, this shop echoes of a simpler time when men would sit around together on a Saturday afternoon talking about work, women and sports.

If you prefer a private shaving experience at home, you don’t have to forfeit on style.  Check out these modern razors from HOMMAGE (Paris).


Photo Sources: Baxter of California; HOMMAGE

Eye Rescue Stimulus Package

13 02 2009

Is the economy getting to you?  You may not think so, but the stress is showing in your eyes.  Here are some products to help relax, soothe and smooth tired eyes.

Under Eye Complex ($18.00) fom Baxter of California is one of the best hydrating eye lotions for men.  The fragrance free formula contains a blend of aloe, green tea, grape seed extract and avocado oil to minimize puffiness and dark circles.

Give your eyes a buzz with the Bullie Bullet ($20), an under eye restorative that packs a punch with a triple shot of caffeine: green tea, black tea and Guarana.  My favorite part is the roll-on applicator, so you won’t waste any product by applying with your fingers.

A cold compress is one of the quickest ways to bring down swelling.  Try the Eye Gel Mask ($13) from MenScience Androceuticals.  The gel mask can be placed in the fridge (or warm water), and will retain the temperature while you sit back in your favorite recliner and let your eyes relax.  Try MenScience’s Eye Rescue Formula ($37), which includes kojic acid, vitamin E and green tea to diminish dark circles and wrinkles.

Last, but not least, is the Age Rescue Eye Therapy ($26) by Lab Series.  The fragrance free, hydrating gel-cream formula is ophthalmologist-tested to give the user younger looking eyes.  Optical diffusers reduce the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles, Pyrus Malus Extract improves elasticity and smoothness, and Fish Cartilage Extract diminishes the appearance of dark circles.  On a side note, if you have questions about how a product performs, you can have a live chat with a Lab Tech.