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, AreYouBeing.com 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 AreYouBeing.com with product samples in exchange for editorial review.

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Save Money on Your Heating Bill: Tips for Choosing A Comforter

6 01 2010

Across the country Jack Frost is making his presence known as he ushers in arctic temperatures. But before you turn up your thermostat in an effort to stave off the blistering cold, there are a few things you can do to help ensure you have a restful, warm night.  It could be as simple as choosing the right comforter.

Like many people, you may become frustrated with all of the choices on the market today. What is the difference between goose down and down-free comforters, and which is right for you? To help arm you with creative ways to increase the warmth without increasing the heating bill, I spoke with The Company Store – leaders in top quality, down comforters and pillows, sheets, towels, and home accessories – to get their advice on how you ‘get down’ with down this winter:

The Company Store La Crosse® Down Comforter

  1. What is the temperature of the room you sleep in? If you keep the thermostat on high, 74°F or above, look for a lightweight comforter, which typically has less fill.  However, if you prefer to keep your room cold or just want to save money by turning the heat down or lowering the heat, look for a down comforter with extra fill.  This will keep you warm and toasty during cold winters or if the room temperature drops below 62°F.   The La Crosse® Down Comforter ($89-$189) from The Company Store features 500-550 fill power tcs® down for ultra warmth.  The fill is packed inside 12-inch sewn-through box construction that prevents the down from shifting while you sleep.
  2. Do you have allergies? Consider if you prefer a comforter that is filled with goose down or one that is filled with hypoallergenic material.  If you prefer goose down, you can easily select your comforter based on the warmth level or quality.  However, if you find that you’re sensitive to allergens, look for a down-alternative, which provides the same level of comfort and warmth, but without any materials that can wreak havoc with your sinuses.
  3. What quality of comforter is most appealing to you? A more basic comforter with a 230 thread count is fine if you plan to use a duvet cover.  If you want to avoid the extra laundry though, look for comforters with a minimum 300 thread count, as it will provide ample softness without the need of an outer cover.

Do you already have a down comforter, or are you familiar with The Company Store.  Send us your thoughts and other tips for staying warm this winter.





Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

18 12 2009

The holidays are quickly approaching.  And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, here’s a few guy-approved products that are guaranteed to please.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera: For the novice and professional photographers alike, this new camera from Panasonic has some of the best features available on a camera today.  It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. And because it is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof, you can feel confident taking this on your next cruise or camping trip. The LUMIX DMC-TS1 is available in silver, green and orange.
Retail Price: $399.95, www.Amazon.com

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Digital Camera

Soho HD Camcorder, Luxe Collection: The Soho 720p HD Camcorder, part of the new Luxe Collection from DXG, combines high-definition technology and style in one camcorder that is hip, hot and haute. The Soho 720p HD Camcorder comes in a blue argyle design that is inspired by the latest trend in fashion.  The Soho 720p HD Camcorder records real 720p high-definition video, and captures still pictures up to 8MP image resolution.  So whether you’re on the runway, or sitting around the fireplace with family and friends, you’ll be able to capture all your holiday memories.
Retail Price: $149.99, www.dxgusa.com

Soho HD Camcorder

CLEAR HARMONY™ Noise Canceling Headphones from AblePlanet: If you or someone on your list love to jam out to music as if no one else is around to watch as you mouth the words to your favorite GLEE songs, these are the must-have headphones.  Featuring award-winning patented LINX AUDIO® technology for the best sound quality, you’ll hear every detail in your favorite songs and movies.  And when you want to block out even more noise – these are perfect for your flight home to see the folks – simply flip on the headphone switch to cancel out virtually all other noise around you.
Retail Price: $299, www.ableplanet.com

CLEAR HARMONY Noise Canceling Headphones

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition: If a new cell phone is on your wish list this year, so should this chic bluetooth headset.  Available in an array of candy colors, the Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition features NoiseAssassin® to reduce background noise, as well as an industry-first digital wind filter, meaning you can say goodbye to conversations that make it sound like you’re in the middle of a blizzard; even if you are.  Bonus features allow the user to customize the fit and connect two phones simultaneously.
Retail Price: $129, www.jawbone.com

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition

191 Unlimited Apparel: Whether you dress them up with slacks or opt for jeans for a more casual look, the collection of solid, woven and flannel shirts from 191 Unlimited are perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner with friends to a big holiday bash at the office.  And for all orders placed between now and midnight on December 22nd, 191 Unlimited is offering a 40% discount and complimentary overnight shipping when you use the promo code “holiday”.    Retail Price: $89, www.191Unlimited.com

191 Unlimited Bottle Rocket Shirt

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit: If the economy has you feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge, turn that scowl into a smile with this budget- and eco-friendly gift set from Every Man Jack.  Featuring a massive collection of full-size products – Face Wash, Shave Gel, Face Lotion, Bonus SPF 15 Face Lotion and Lip Balm SPF 15 – the kit is value priced at just $10 to ensure that every guy on your shopping list is covered, especially when it comes to getting a great shave and smooth skin for all their holiday festivities.
Retail Price: $10, www.Walgreens.com

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit

GAGE FOR MEN® Responsible Style™ Gift Box: This handsomely packaged gift box, brand new for the holidays, features GAGE FOR MEN® Hydrating Hair & Body wash, GAGE FOR MEN® Daily Conditioner, as well as the GAGE FOR MEN® Shampoo Brush, which offers a unique experience by deep cleansing and exfoliating the hair and scalp.
Special Holiday Price: $19.95, Call 1-866-B-BRIGHT to order, www.benniefactor.com

GAGE FOR MEN Responsible Style Gift Box

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle: Diesel has teamed up with Bunka – the visionary artist behind some of the most coveted designer toys developed by Artoyz – to produce the limited-edition bottle for Diesel’s iconic Only The Brave fragrance.  The graffiti-inspired explosion of color is inked with words describing the power and courage of the fragrance, in a chaotic, vivid expression of what it means to be brave.
Retail Price: $65, www.Macys.com

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle

Disclaimer: The brands listed above provided samples in exchange for editorial review.