Gift Guide: Staff Gift Picks + Holiday Shipping Deadline!

RoyalShave 2014 Holiday Gift Picks

With Christmas only 10 days away, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift. So today the team at RoyalShave will be sharing our favorite things to give the dapper man…enjoy!

Important Reminder: The RoyalShave holiday shipping deadline is December 19th at 12 PM! Please place your order by this date for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

1. Burt’s Bees Foot Lotion, Peppermint

Mindi, Product Development

Who doesn’t like a foot massage?  This is a great stocking stuffer that keeps giving year-round.  As with all Burt’s Bees products, the ingredients are 100% natural (peppermint and coconut oils to name a few), and the lotion is so soothing to tired holiday feet.  When you soothe your feet, you soothe your soul!

 

2. Baxter of California Travel Kit with Dopp Bag

Vivian, E-Commerce

This is a great starter kit for those on the go or who just want to try out the Baxter of California brand. It’s TSA approved, has all the essentials you would need for a trip, and is very well made.

 

3. Proraso Shaving Cream, Menthol and Eucalyptus

Bianca, Social Media

Proraso is a favorite among the men that shop at Royalshave.com. The scent is refreshing and I’ve heard from our customers that it leaves your skin smooth and soft after shaving. This shaving cream foams and frothes very well so you are getting a close shave. The packaging is great, too, and it’s travel ready.

 

4. Spiffy Stuff Original Beard Balm, Black Label

Bryce, E-Commerce

This beard balm conditions the beard almost instantly and works for a few days. I like this one in particular because it will also tames some whiskers without feeling heavy like some beard waxes. I like it a notch better that beard oil because you can apply it carefully without leaving much on the skin itself. Damn good!

 

5. John Allan’s Ocean Shampoo

Linda, Copywriting

One of my favorite places to be is right by the ocean, so this ocean-scented shampoo is perfection. It’s also gentle enough for all hair types and even contains marine plant extracts like spirulina and sea kelp to moisturize while cleansing. I may just steal some from my boyfriend after I give this to him!

 

6. Above The Tie 7-Piece Solid Bar Stainless Steel Safety Razor Set

Chris, Marketing

Above The Tie is one of the few US-based safety razor makers. This set is my personal favorite for the quality stainless steel construction and the ability to change out the level of aggression on the head to suit my current shaving needs. Above The Tie razors offer the best value for the dollar when it comes to stainless steel razors.

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Straight Razor Stropping 101: Types of Strops

Stropping is the process of maintaining a razor blade, with a threefold objective of cleaning, undoing damage caused by shaving, and realigning the razor’s edge. Every time you shave, the razor blade suffers from microchips and rust. In order to keep the blade sharp and in good working order, you must consistently strop before you set blade to skin.

The material of the strop is just as essential as a solid stropping method. And when it comes to material, preference is the ultimate determinant. As with mattress firmness or the rigidity of a car’s suspension, each person has a different taste for strop material – some like it hard, others like it soft, while there are many who fall somewhere in between.

If you’re stumped about which strop to get, check out our primer on strop materials and their particularities.

Cowhide

Russian:

Cowhide made using Russian tanning methods. It has an agreeable draw that is preferred by many shavers today.

30 Degree Russian Red Leather Strop

30 Degree Russian Red Leather Strop

Latigo:

Cattle hide tanned with alum and gambier. Durable and supple, it has a greater draw than English bridle leather.

30 Degree Thin Latigo Natural Leather Strop

30 Degree Thin Latigo Natural Leather Strop

English Bridle:

Vegetable-tanned leather that is smooth and firm. A large grain pattern gives English bridle strops considerable draw.

Bison English Bridle Razor Strop in Black

Bison English Bridle Razor Strop in Black, available at Bisonmade.com

Horsehide

Natural Horsehide:

Vegetable-tanned leather from the sides of horses that has been used for stropping for over 100 years. Natural horsehide is supple but requires a relatively longer break-in period than cowhide. Horsehide has a smaller grain pattern than latigo leather and provides a medium draw.

30 Degree Horsehide Leather Strop with Handle

30 Degree Horsehide Leather Strop with Handle

Genuine Cordovan Shell:

Leather from the membrane found under the skin of a horse’s rear. Difficult sourcing and an intensive tanning process make genuine cordovan shell very expensive – albeit well worth the investment.

Bison Maroon Shell Cordovan Leather Sharpening Strop

Bison Maroon Shell Cordovan Leather Sharpening Strop, available at Bisonmade.com

Ready to make your pick? Check out RoyalShave’s extensive collection of high-quality leather strops here.

Interview: Captain Fawcett

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Known as “The Gentleman’s Stiffener” Captain Fawcett is the home to a range of Gentlemen’s grooming products. The products range from Beard oil, mustache wax, shaving soap, shaving brushes, safety razors and so on. This all started back in 1997 when an old trunk was purchased from a house clearance and taken home. Discovering that this belonged to Captain Peabody Fawcett R.N Ret’d, the Edwardian Explorer it was forced open and among the contents inside were oils and ointments and an old journal containing detailed lists of exotic ingredients. Taking on the responsibility of carrying out the legendary “keep a stiffer upper lip regardless” the formulae have been faithfully followed and are now available to Gentleman all over the world.

We have a privilege to interview the man behind the discovery of Captain Fawcett’s. Read more to see what he has to say.

 Where are you located?

The dear Captain is based in Norfolk & Good Blighty.

When did you start this business?

Circa 1905

When did you realize you wanted to be a barber?

I am not currently a barber but a purveyor of First Class Gentlemen’s Grooming Requisites.

Describe a few steps you took to pursuit this.

As an Edwardian explorer of some repute I believe it is imperative to present stiff upper lip regardless of whatever the day may present.

How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

Refer them to their commanding officer.

What are some of your accomplishments?

AS a manufacturer of the world’s best moustache wax I am proud to have aided in the ennobling of many an upper lip.

Who are some of your favorite barbers?

Sweeny Todd

What do you believe makes a quality hairstyle, cut and groom?

Whatever your chosen image, be it a Scumbag, Young Fogey, Rockabilly or Lounge Lizard be sure to cut a dash.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Plant hunters and Explorers of yesteryear.

What advice do you have for aspiring Mustache growers?

Let it grow, Let it grow, Let it grow!

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Captain Fawcett is hugely popular on; (these will all be Links)

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

captainfawcettmustachewax

 

Buy here: http://bit.ly/1y4XV4W

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Why use badger hair as a shaving brush material?

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The reason to use a badger hair shaving brush is that it offers the ideal balance between water retention, softness and durability when compared to the other options, something that is not found in other materials. Badger hairs are hollow, which is why they hold more water than boar or synthetic hairs. The hair quality of a badger brush is superior because of the inherent characteristic of the hair. The badger hair comes in 4 grades that are based on where on the badger’s body the hair is taken from. The main difference between them is the softness of the hair and the amount of hair available on a given badger.

The badger hair absorbs lots of water and this is beneficial to a good shave because water creates a foamy lather and the lather is essential for a good shave. The badger hair used exfoliates the skin well. The natural hair of a badger hair shaving brush stays firm and warm when shaving. A normal brush does not. e.g. When placing the badger brush into a warm bowl of water it stays firm, the hairs don’t go limp, whereas a normal hair shaving brush when dipped in a warm bowl of water looks heavy and limp with water pouring out of it. This will not give you the foam you need to shave.

The availability or amount of hair a badger has in each grade effects the price

Why choose a badger hair shaving brush? You will get the quality worth paying for.

Interested in a badger hair shaving brush?  http://bit.ly/1vhdKCV

 

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