Shaving product reviews

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BlueBeard's Revenge

I’ve been in contact recently with BlueBeard’s revenge shaving products ( http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk ) , about possibly doing a product review for them.  They are a newish company in the men’s shaving product arena, and their market approach for the moment seems to focus on social media.

So when I saw a tweet message go by, about them looking for a couple of blokes that would be interested in some kind of partnership, my interest peaked.

I have been keeping an eye out on this company for a couple months, essentially when I first heard about their “beard reduction formula”.  But being in Montreal, and traditional shaving supplies being only accessible through online outlets, and even at that, not all places ship to Canada, I hadn’t taken it further then just keeping an eye on them.

Well they replied to my message, first asking about product reviews, and if I was “man enough for the challenge”.  Not to take challenges lightly, I replied in kind.  We are now working out details about the what/when/etc.

I am hoping to get my hands on some of their products, and they do look interesting, especially their safety razor.

I really like the idea of doing some product reviews, I’ve already done an unofficial one in an earlier post about Sir Irisch Moos shaving soap, and I like the format.  I’ve found my interest in writing again, and this is a pretty good outlet for it.

more to come.

[UPDATE: 2011-06-07]

A Tub of BlueBeards Revenge shaving cream should be on its way to me today.  stay tuned.

Napkins as an indicator for restaurants?

I started writing this post a while back, and due to time constraints, it got put on hold for a while.  This is a topic that I have been relatively vocal about in my surroundings, and finally decided to put it down on (virtual) paper.

When going out to a restaurant, you look for a couple things; food, service, ambiance, etc.  Based on the restaurants, you set the proverbial “bar” at different points for each type of restaurant.  You wouldn’t expect very personalized service from a busy fast food chain, and you would expect food to taste good if you are at an upscale restaurant.

The topic of this post originated from my first visit to a restaurant on the south shore of Montreal, called Zibo’s.  Overall, the restaurant has good food, excellent service (most days, waiters have their off-days as well as anyone ), but what surprised me the most on my first visit was the this paper napkins they offer clients.  Your utensils are laid on the table wrapped in a cheap napkin, tied together a Zibo branded sticker.

This might just be me, but when going to a restaurant in this “price range”, I expect a certain attention to detail; and the cheap paper napkins seem like an important detail in the experience.

If I compare for a moment, to a restaurant in the same price range, and ambiance, Baton Rouge, It just seems that more attention to detail was spent on the whole of the experience. From the after diner mints, to napkins, etc.

this is just the rant of some guy who likes his food.

Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap

Recently, well a couple months ago really, I started getting into more, shall we say traditional, shaving techniques.  I had been suffering for years from razor burn, razor bumps, and an overall poor shave, to the point, I dreaded shaving.  I would go a couple days without shaving on purpose, actually to be honest, I would wait until having the facial hair either irritated me, or it just looked ridiculous.  See I have the odd genetics, that leaves me with extremely dark brown hair, almost black, and very bright red facial hair.

A couple weeks ago, I placed an order with http://www.fendrihan.com for a variety of shaving supplies, to try out different things.  Today was my second use of Sir Irisch Moos Shaving Soap.  I had read a great review from Shaving101 and wanted to try.  It was relatively cheap, so i figured it was worth the try.

The shaving soap is different from cream, both traditional and the pressurized cans, that i have used in the past.  It comes in a stick, and you just apply it to your face.  Word to the wise, wet your beard first.  When that is done, just lather up with your brush, and that’s it.  The lather isn’t as foamy as any of the creams, but it is just as slick.  So far, I believe this soap will become my goto for shaving, it offers good lubrication, and nice lather.  On top of that, it has a nice smell, very similar to Irish Spring Soap.

anyways, I’ll be updating my experience along the way.