Wednesday, December 01, 2010


I am not a fan of shaving. I never have been. I started shaving when I was 14 and I do not like the act of shaving. I like a clean face. I like a close shave. But I do not like the actual chore of shaving. A chore, that is what it is.

I have thick hair. Thick hair and thick thighs are what I inherited from my mom's side of the family. When it comes to shaving my face I have to pay attention and work at making sure I do not butcher my skin in the process.

About 8 or so years ago my mother in law gave me a Gilette Sensor razor for Christmas. It made shaving a little bit more bearable. I still hated shaving but having a nice razor made the process a bit better. I have since moved away from the Gilette Sensor and I have started shaving less and less, preferring a beard or goatee to nicks and cuts left on my face.

When my wife Lauren ran the ING Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon in September they gave her a bag full of stuff for running the race. In the swag bag was a little tiny tube of some kind of oil attached to a piece of paper that said "Shave Secret." The paper had instructions on how to use the oil for shaving using just water and the oil. The paper claimed "the best shave ever". I had my doubts but I decided to give the stuff a try.

I shaved my entire face, not one nick. The shave was close and my skin was left soft and smooth. Let me tell you, THE BEST SHAVE EVER. I looked up Shave Secret online and found that it could be purchased at Wal-Mart. I immediatley went out and purchased a small bottle. I now, kind of, like shaving. I now shave challenging myself to actually give myself razor burn or a nick or cut.

Whenever I discover a new product, restaurant or whatever I always make it a point to tell my brothers. The 8 of us tend to share these kind of things as I pointed out in this post about underwear. I was talking to my brother Jim one morning and I told him how much I love Shave Secret. He said that a while ago he used the stuff but stopped because he thought it was clogging up his sink. I thought that he may have a good point. The oil does, kind of, clump the shaved hair together before it is washed down the drain. I could also see the oil causing the clumps of shaved hair to stick to the walls of the drain pipe much like cholesterol sticking to the insides of an artery.

I told my brother Jim that I could see that happening but that I would rather invest in Drano than give up the best shaving experiences I have had so far. He laughed, then he said, "I stopped using Shave Secret because I THOUGHT it was clogging my drains. It turns out that about a month after I stopped using it, I had a plumber out to check the drain and there a was a toothbrush stuck down in there the whole time. So it was not the Shave Secret."

I highly recommend Shave Secret for those without a toothbrush in the drain problem.

In the effort for full disclosure, Shave Secret did NOT pay me or give me their product to review, I repeat did NOT. I recieved NO compensation for this post whatsoever. I just really like their product.

I also want to recommend this product to all of the guy bloggers out there who grew moustaches for the Movember. Guys like Laid Off Dad , Clark Kent's Lunchbox, Kevin from Always Home and Uncool and Whit Honea.

From the Movember Website
"Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days."

In 2004 Movember concentrated their efforts to focusing on the number one cancer affecting men, Prostate Cancer. The typical prostate is explained here. So LOD, CK, Kevin and Whit you have raised money in the hopes that more men will have doctors stick fingers up their butts. Thanks guys.

All kidding aside I think it is awesome that those bloggers participated in Movemeber. It is never too late to donate.


James said...

Shaving blows. And I can't believe I missed a month to grow a mustache. And for a good cause, too. Not that "to annoy my wife" isn't a good cause.

Clark Kent's Lunchbox said...

I'm like you--I HATE shaving. But at the same time, the Movember thing proved that, beyond a light coat of ruggedly handsome stubble, prominent facial hair is not a good look for me.

Worst shaving experience: In the Army, upstate NY during winter training. Manually shaving in the dark, at 4:30am, no mirror, outside in below-freezing temps, using disposable razors from the dollar store and ice cold water. THAT will wake you up. Thankfully the camo face paint would stop the bleeding.

(I'm seriously going to look for that shave oil.)

SciFi Dad said...

Like you, I hate shaving. Unlike you, I prefer a manicured beard to actually trying to pretend to like shaving.

I will, however, look at Shave Secret.

eclectic said...

Yeah well... when you start shaving a surface area that covers at least half of the skin on your body, THEN you can complain about shaving to me. ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, your poor back.

Anonymous said...

Do you say you have thick hairy thighs?

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that you could grow 6 or 7 mustaches in the month of November.

Anonymous said...

I bet it really smarts when you shave your legs.

Anonymous said...

Did you say that they found your toothbrush during a prostate exam?

Lauren said...

LOL to the prostate toothbrush...

Kevin McKeever said...

I used that stuff before (same deal - marathon freebie from the wife, what does that say about their fat lazy husbands, eh?). It is really good. My issue with it was that I normally can get a good three shaves from a set of blades before I have to toss them for fear of ripping my face open like on the cover of that Mothers of Invention "Weasels" album (jeez, just how old am I??!!). The oil and clippings would gunk up on the blades really well and I'd toss them after one use.

Whit said...

Throw in a haircut and I'll pay your two bits.

I seldom shave -- I just use a set of clippers on my face and maintain a constant stubble. Think Don Johnson and George Michael but not as cool.

Anonymous said...

My 18yo thinks is always Movember, but only because he doesn't like to bother with a silly thing like shaving. Or shoes.

It's a guy's job to clean out the trap in the sink. How else will you find your toothbrush?

And what eclectic said....

Bogart said...

I can't grow a stache...well, technically I can, but I look like a child molester when I do. No seriously...mothers pull their kids close and dads put themselves between me and their kids.

I showed a picture of me with the bright red stache to Claire once...she wept. Babbling about not having children with me or something.

Tamara from Delish Mag said...

Thank you again for sharing this (can't remember if I said thanks before!) - I have ordered some for my husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law. They're a hirsute bunch.



DGB said...

I grew my beard to avoid shaving. If I ever decide to shave it again, I'll check this stuff out.

Also, have you ever had a professional barber shop shave? The best!