Archive for the ‘Shaving facts’ Category

Get a FREE Gillette Fusion at Bluewater

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Get a FREE Gillette Fusion at Bluewater when you hand in your old Gillette Mach 3, this weekend at Bluewater, Kent (3rd - 5th July, 10am-5pm), outside Boots & Superdrug

Simply bring in your old Gillette Mach 3 to our RAZOR EXCHANGE event at Bluewater and receive Gillette’s best ever razor absolutely FREE!

Gillette Fusion has 5 blades spaced closer together to reduce pressure on skin and lessen irritation, even when shaving against the grain. And, with a precision trimmer and a host of other technological advancements designed for ultimate shaving comfort, it’s little wonder 85% of men prefer Gillette Fusion to Mach 3.

Gillette Safety Razor’s instructions

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I was browsing the web looking for great stuff to share with you, and I’ve find this set of instruction from Gillette for “Gillette Adjustable Razor“. This is definitly a great start for beginners, and a nice memory for people who have been shaving for a while:

Click on the pictures to display a large version (there are 2…)

Soon, I’ll be posting another set of instruction from the early 1900s.

What is an aftershave?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

An aftershave is a lotion, gel, balm, or liquid used by men after finished shaving their face. It usually contains an antiseptic agent such as alcohol to prevent infection from cuts as well as razor burns, a perfume to enhance scent, and a moisturiser to soften the skin. There are also some alcohol-based, fragrance-free astringent that can be used as aftershave. It has been proven that the alcohol from the aftershave closes pores in the skin and prevents irritation known as razor burns.

Lab Series for Men Triple Benefit Post Shave Remedy 50ml

Lab Series for Men Triple Benefit Post Shave Remedy 50ml

Many fashion designer houses lend their names to brands of aftershave, and thus aftershave is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Eau de Cologne.

This is a great example of aftershave treatment from Lab Series for Men: Triple Benefit Post Shave Remedy 50ml, breakthrough post-shaving gel treatment formula that delivers three benefits in one.
- Helps treat and prevent razor bumps.
- Works to treat and prevent ingrown hairs.
- Absorbs quickly, leaves skin soothed, refreshed and comfortable.

Razors through history

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Razors have been a part of human invention since the dawn of time and while the basic social implications associated with human hair removal have changed very little, the tools used in the grooming technique have advanced greatly.

Prehistoric razor

Prehistoric razor

Since prehistoric times, men and women have been removing hair from their bodies. The history of razors and shaving dates all the way back to 30,000 B.C. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.

Shaving in space

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

The Apollo 10 crew became the first to shave in space in May 1969. After electric shavers with vacumn attachments didn’t work in testing, the astronauts used brushless shaving cream and standard safety razors on their flight and they worked well, even catching the loose whiskers.

Here is a video of the first South African in space having a shave in ero gravity:


Shaving Study in India

Friday, December 26th, 2008

India Infoline - Shaving Study in India

India Infoline - Shaving Study in India

This is a little story from India Infoline, related to a study done on men’s shaving habits and preferences by AC Nielsen and Gillette. The results might indeed shock you: It’s not about the fact that “93% [of] men like to be clean shaven in India and 80% of men feel more handsome after shaving”, it’ about the next two findings:

• Women in Chennai (97% of them) agree that men are more likely to be caught by bouncers if they are unshaven more than other towns.
• 85% of women from Bangalore agree that unshaven men are lazy more than most towns.

This is just being ridiculous! What kind of study is that? Is it because Gillette has made too much profits and it’s looking to waste some capital in worthless studies? (more…)

Gillette’s shaving inventions

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Since the company’s creation, Gillette has introduced a number of technologies that are now a part of almost every razor:

- 1895: Gillette Safety Razor was invented in 1895 and patented in 1904 in America (Europe has its own safety razor creation around the same time)
- 1916: Razor marketed specifically to women, named Milady Décolletée
- 1946: Razor dispenser
- 1963: Stainless Steel blades, named Super Stainless
- 1971: Double-blade razor, the Trac II using the hysteresis effect
- 1976: Disposable double-blade razor, the Good News!
- 1977: Razor with a pivot point, the Atra
- 1985: Razor with a lubricating strip, the Atra Plus
- 1990: Razor with spring-loaded blades, named the Sensor
- 1995: Razor with microfins, the Sensor Excel
- 1998: Razor with three blades, the Mach3
- 2004: Manual Razor with battery power, the M3Power
- 2007: Razor with five blades, titled the Fusion
- 2008: Razor with rear trim blade Fusion

We will see soon a recap about the history behind the Gillette’s manufacturer.

Definition: Pogonotomy

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Pogonotomia is the art of shaving, from the Greek words “pogos” beard and “témno“, to cut. People often misuses pogonotomy with pogonotrophy with refers to the art of cultivating a beard (“trophy” meaning nourishment, growth).

Trivia: The Greeks and especially the Romans, kept the hair from their first shaves in “ornate receptacles”.

Shaving in religion

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism

Some Christian churches practice the tonsure, a rite of shaving the crown of the head of a person joining a monastic order or the secular clergy, symbolizing admission to the clerical state.

The similar practice is found in some Hindu and Buddhist monks and nuns, the shaving of their hair from the scalp of the priest being a symbol of their complete renunciation of the normal life.

Amish men have the tradition to shave their beard until they get married, then they are allowed to grow it.


The Sunnah is a islamist tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (highly recommended to followers), consisting of growing a full bear and trim the mustache. Some drastic believers impose this tradition, calling people not wearing a beard “Haraam”, meaning “the prohibited”, Others call this tradition “Mustahabb”, translated as “good act.


The Torah forbids Jewish men to shave their facial hair with a razor. The Jewish community is debating to find out if it is permitted to shave using an electric razor.

Facts: How many times do we shave in a lifetime?

Friday, November 28th, 2008

An interesting fact is that, in average, a man will shave 20 000 times between the age of 15 until the age of 75, which added together correspond to spending 5 months of their life shaving! A study showed that 90% of American over the age of 15 shaves regularly, with 75% shaving on a daily basis. The average 15 to 20 year old male shaves 275 times per year, while shaving frequency rises to almost daily for men aged between 20 to 65.