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29 Jul 2014
Nicks and cuts. they happen to every shaver out there, be they professionals or beginners. The most important thing is to treat them correctly and as fast as possible. This Alum block by Edwin Jagger contains mineral salts which work as an antiseptic. In addition these minerals contract the skin and tighten pores. The alum block is a milder version of the alum stick and can be used on your entire face.
Hold the alum block under a cold running tap. Aterwards, gently rub the alum block over the entire face. When you've cut yourself you will feel a little sting. The rest of your skin will experience a cooling sensation which is nice when your skin is slightly irritated. The salt minerals will contract the skin and close pores so that the blood vessels will get closed off. After usage clean the block and store the block in a dry place. Avoid contact with glass and marble because the block may cause stains on the surface of these materials.
29 Jul 2014
How do you shave comfortably without irritating the skin? That is a question on the mind of many shavers. After a while of trial and error using different products and shaving techniques a person tends to develope a routine with which they achieve a comfortable shave. For some a comfortable shave is not too difficult to acquire. For some others shaving is regarded as a painfull necessity. This all depends on a person's skin type and genetics. In this article we will try to guide you thru the shaving process using a safety razor.
The first thing you want to look after is the sharpness of your blade. A dull blade will pull on the hairs instead of cutting them. This will cause major skin irritation and can be easily avoided. Before shaving be sure to heat up your blade by putting it in a sink filled with hot water. Preferrably use a parabens free shaving cream to be assured of a smooth shave without any allergic reactions. Link: (EU / UK).
Secondly, while shaving try to apply as little pressure on the blade as possible. One of the key features of a safety razor is a bit top heavy. This way the weight of the blade will do all the work without the user having to apply any extra pressure. As told earlier the sharpness of the blade is key to a smooth shave. To keep a blade sharp it's advisable to change the blade on a regular basis and to dry them after use. The easiest way to do this is by padding them dry with a towel. Another more professional way is to dip them in alcohol and letting them dry naturally afterwards.
But how many passes do I need to get a good shave? I'm afraid that too many passes over the same spot will irritate my skin. These are questions/remarks we get a lot. It depends on the amount of facial hair to decide how many passes you should make before you have a smooth face again. Most times it's enough to do two complete passes over the entirety of the face. When shaving a thick beard its advisable to first trim with a pair of scissors. On the first pass, always shave with the grain. This usually means shaving downward, but not always. When finished with the first pass apply a new layer of shaving cream. For a more closer shave the second pass will go against the grain. You have to be more carefull because this pass is the one that causes the most cuts and irritation. So take a little more time for this one, don't rush it.
*If you really dislike to go against the grain its also an option to shave horizontally. Start your passes at the nose and from there go to the ears.
Third and last its key to rinse your face with warm water and apply a aftershave lotion. We like ones without alcohol because alcohol only dries out the skin instead of giving it the nutrition it actually needs after a shave. Link: (EU / UK)
As said in the beginning of this guide it's important to keep trying to find the best way to get a clean and irritation free shave. Be sure to pick a method which give's you the best shaving sensation.
25 Jul 2014
A badger hair shaving brush Link (EU / UK) is probably the most necessary and important tool in your shaving kit. In this guide we teach you how to properly wield this tool so that you can enjoy a nice clean shave afterwards. After that we go into a more detailed explanation on how to take care of your brush. The first step is to soak your shaving brush together with your razor in hot water. This way the razor is disinfected and warm so that you can make cleaner cuts when shaving. The brush will soak up water to create a nice lather together with a shaving cream or soap. (Whichever you prefer). After a good soak remove the brush from the water and give it a couple of gentle shakes to remove any excessive water. Afterwards take an almond size amount of shaving cream and press it gently into the middle of the brush. Not all the way down but just enough to let the cream stick to the tips of the hair. Afterwards apply directly to the face or make a lather in a shaving bowl.
To properly preserve your most costly tool you need to rinse it thoroughly. Sometimes the lather sinks deep between the hairs of the brush which makes it difficult to clean. Just hold the brush straight up under a running tap and let the water get between all of the hairs. We advice to wash your brush for a minute or so to be assure that it's properly cleaned. Afterwards shake and squeeze the brush to remove any excess water. If lather is still dripping from the brush it's advisable to give it another good rinse under the running tap. Make sure the brush has been given the opportunity to properly dry before you put it away.
To make your brush last for a lifetime it's good to clean it with a vinegar solution once a year. Mix one part of white vinegar together with nine parts of warm water to make your vinegar solution. Soak your brush for around two minutes in the solution to clear it from any shaving residue and other built up shaving products. Afterwards let the brush dry in the open air before putting it away.
05 Feb 2014
Double Edged Safety Razor
Shaving, being shaved by a barber, taking good care of yourself. These are all upcoming developments nowadays you could say. About two years ago a trend rose among men to let their beard grow. Back to the old days. Now you see that this trend is changing again. It’s obvious that a lot of men find their appearance important.
Shaving the old fashioned way becomes more popular again. Original and antique razors are widely purchased and used. If you want to shave like in the old days it is best to use a Double Edged (DE) Safety Razor (UK / EU). When you decide to discover the DE Safety Razor adventure there are some aspects you need to keep in mind.
How to shave with a DE Safety Razor?
Let your brush soak in steaming water for a minute or so. The brush will help to lift the hairs which provides a closer shave.
Shake the brush to remove some of the water. Put the shaving cream in a bowl or in your hand palm. Adjust the cream on the brush. Use circular motions to lather your beard. The foaming substance should cover your beard.
Take the DE Safety Razor and keep the angle about 30 degrees in relation to your skin.
Pull straight down without any pressure. The weight of the handle is enough.
Repeat this one or two times and than shave lightly against the beard growth.
In the video below there’s a further and more explicit guide how to shave properly with a DE Safety Razor.
In the beginning it may seem hard to use the DE Safety Razor. It needs a little a bit of an effort but I assure the patience will be rewarded.
One of the many advantages of shaving with a DE Safety Razor is little to no more ingrown hairs. The modern razors nowadays are often equipped with three or five blades. This blades lift the hairs in order to shave them easier. A downside is the increasing risk of ingrown hairs and skin irritation. With a DE Safety Razor your skin becomes smoother than ever. Additionally the double edged razor blades are less harmful to the environment than the modern cartridge razors. Another big plus is the price difference compared to the modern razors. The purchase of the handle is approximately between €25 and €40. A set of five razor blades (UK / EU) costs about €1,95. At an average beard growth the blades can be used somewhere between four and eight times.
Benefits of DE Safety Razor compared to modern razors:
- - Much cheaper
- - No more ingrown hairs
- - Less skin irritation
- - Better for the environment
- - You feel more of a man than ever before
Instruction video for using the DE Safety Razor:
14 Jan 2014
How to wear a scarf?
The scarf has increasingly become a female accessory since the last 50 years. Originally the scarf was used as a classic male garment designed especially to protect the neck. Besides functional a scarf can also be very stylish nowadays. See below 11 ways to wear a scarf as a man in style:
Source: Real Men Real Style
02 Jan 2014
1. Drape the tie around your neck. The wide end should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie.
2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.
3. Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.
4. Continue wrapping the wide end around the narrow end by bringing it across the front of the narrow end again.
5. Pull the wide end up and through the back of the loop. Hold the front of the tie knot with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front knot.
6. Tighten the knot carefully to the gills by holding the narrow end. Center the knot.
02 Jan 2014
What a feeling, just to walk on your new shoes. A feeling that should last forever. Sometimes this is difficult due to dreadful weather conditions. Before you know it your shoes will be worn out and slightly damaged. Therefore it’s very important to take good care of them so they last longer. More important you retain that great feeling.
There are some essential products which can help you. The Shoe Care Starters Kit (UK / EU) are the perfect way to start looking out for your shoes. Cedar shoe trees, to remain the perfect shoe shape. To maintain the best quality of the leather, shoe cream or shoe polish from Saphir Médaille d’Or are very highly recommended. With the use of the right brushes they last much longer. The shoe bags are super convenient to store your shoes or while travelling.
These products are there for you. Take the next step.
02 Jan 2014
Due to rain or snow you never know how soaked you will arrive at work in the morning. With the right rain suit you should be alright. But then there are your shoes, unprotected and there is not much you can do about it. Always some spots that are dirty. This is the answer: COVY’S.
COVY’S are shoe covers. You actually pull them over your shoes. Due the simple and fashionable design easy to combine with a suit or a casual look. COVY’s are 100 % waterproof, so your feet will always be dry. The special slip proof soles provides you a much better grip. They are easy to storage in your car, office or suitcase. Whenever there is dark cloud you now always have COVY’S.
02 Jan 2014
It sounds familiar, your once so beautiful neat shoes are worn over time and the shape is no longer what it used to be. Frankly, you can’t wear them any longer. But you want to wear them, they are your favourite ones. What if I tell you that it’s possible to wear your shoes much longer then you ever imagined. The secret? Cedar shoe trees.
Cedar shoe trees (UK / EU) are seamlessly integrated into your shoes. The shoe shape remains perfect which prevents wear and counteracts the emergence of creases. The shoe trees consist of 100 procent untreated cedar wood. This will result in inclusion of moisture directly. The condition of the leather is therefore much better and less damaged. The smell of cedar is lovely. So your shoes will smell lovely as well. Enjoying your shoes for much longer, what more do you want?
24 Dec 2013
1. Make a simple knot with both ends, allowing slightly more length (one or two inches) on the end of A.
2. Lift A out of the way, fold B into the normal bow shape, and position it on the first knot you made.
3. Drop A vertically over folded end B.
4. Then double A back on itself and position it over the knot so that the two folded ends make a cross.
5. The hard part: Pass folded end A under and behind the left side (yours) of the knot, and through the loop behind folded end B.
6. Tighten the knot you have created, straightening any crumples and creases, particularly in the narrow part at the center.
17 Dec 2013
Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 aired on CBS the 10th of December. Every year, it brings tremendous joy to see the beautiful ladies in the magnificent entourage.
Also this time the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show includes a Dutch starring the one and only Doutzen Kroes. As one of the eight angels, she is also one of this years "leading ladies". And to be honest we are proud so.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is different from other fashion shows. A lot of celebrities and movie stars want to attend here. The show is coloured by several top artists. Every Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is a true spectacle.
Watch the full show below:
17 Dec 2013
Edwin Jagger has been very influential in the field of men's grooming. Founded in 1988, a global player in the world of male and female shaving. One of the unique aspects of this beautiful brand is that the owner and founder Neil Jagger designs nearly every product himself. He has a great eye for detail. His English background is evidently visible in the products. Style, class and above all quality makes the products by Edwin Jagger (UK / EU) so special.
17 Dec 2013
Abbeyhorn – Style you can buy
The company Abbeyhorn started editing horn in 1749. Today they make a great variety of products. Household stuff, jewellery, tools, walking sticks, almost everything you can think of is made by Abbeyhorn. One of the most popular products at Abbeyhorn is the shoehorn.
17 Dec 2013
Not just the women but we men also like to have a groomed look. Clothes are a very good indication for the wellbeing of a man, but shoes provides us a lot information as well. We made a list of beautiful, amazing footwear. Here our top five shoe brands.
Number one Santoni. Italian handmade shoes that are characterized by quality, the pursuit of perfection, craftsmanship and creativity. These elements have formed the craft to an art form. Fabulous shoes, almost too beautiful for the eye.
At number two Magnanni. This Spanish brand produces beautiful handmade shoes for 60 years now and is characterized by using traditional techniques in the production process. The leather contain a very high quality and comes solely from France, Italy and Spain. In short fantastic beautiful shoes.
3) Crockett & Jones
Number three Crockett & Jones. This typical English brand dates back to 1879 and has its origins in the city Northampton. Though the production is highly developed, making quality shoes remains extremely intensive and requires skilled professionals. Very nice and good quality shoes.
4) Edward Green
In fourth place Edward Green. In 1890 Edward Green also started in Northampton in England with the production of men's shoes. He quickly gained a very good reputation in making "The finest shoes in England for the discerning few’’. This is due to the skill of his craftsmen and his belief in excellence. The result is absolutely fantastic.
5) Sutor Mantellassi
At number five Sutormantellassi. This Italian brand has its origins in the province of Pistoia. Sutor means 'fine stitcher' and 'shoemaker'. Technology can ensure uniqueness to disappear, though this uniqueness is one of the fundamental pillars in the craftsmanship of Sutor. These are simply beautiful shoes.
To guarantee quality and durability, it is very important to take care of your shoes. The use of cedar shoetrees ensures that the form remains in perfect condition. Take good care of your shoes with the beautiful products of Saphir Medaille d'Or.
12 Dec 2013
Use hot water before shaving to soften the beard, open the pores and cleanse the skin.
Wet a shaving brush (UK / EU) in hot water and apply shaving cream (UK / EU) in the palm of one hand or in a shaving bowl (UK / EU). Using circular motions to lather the beard area to build a thick layer of foam.