The Grooming Artist News Roundup: December 2016

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With your social calendar undoubtedly filling up, it’s prime time to ensure you’re looking your best as well as throwing jolly good holiday bashes, should you be hosting. Since proper presentation begins with a clean shave, we’ve included tips from Liverpool barber Ronaldo de Silva for a satisfying wet shave, as well as a quirky trick to try: supposedly, putting shaving cream on your mirror before you shower prevents the mirror from fogging up. If you’re in the habit of shaving after you shower, that means faster shaves, without the annoyance of not being able to see yourself. (We suggest doing this with old shaving cream foam from another life).

For those holiday parties, Bartender Tristan Willey of Brooklyn’s Long Island Bar creates a menu of 13 cocktails, all with a wintery twist (think vodka and cointreu mixed with cranberry juice and allspice). Meanwhile, MR PORTER enlists the help of jet setter Mark-Francis Vandelli for his best posh party tips.

Finally, we get to the bread and butter of the season with our picks for Christmas presents for the discerning gentleman.

Enjoy, and have a great holiday season!

Thinking about shaving off that Movember moustache you grew for charity? Liverpool barber Ronaldo de Silva offers tips for the perfect wet shave. (Liverpool ECHO)

Do you shave after a shower? Putting shaving cream on your mirror before you shower can stop it from fogging up. (The Star)

Bartender Tristan Willey of Brooklyn’s Long Island Bar shows you how to create 13 cocktails with a winter-friendly twist. (Esquire)

GQ’s favorite travel-sized grooming products list includes the lovely Marvis Toothpaste, which we carry on the site. (GQ)

Shopping for the man with a refined taste is daunting, to say the least. We help you out with 7 Gifts for the Well-Groomed Man. (Grooming Artist)

Dos and Don’ts for throwing a posh party from socialite Mark-Francis Vandelli. (MR PORTER Journal)

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Visit RoyalShave’s New Storefront!

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Some of you who live locally to RoyalShave’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA and have visited us recently have seen a sneak peek of what’s been happening at our office, but now it’s official: we have a storefront! While we’ve always had customers visiting us to pick up orders, we’ve never had a dedicated spot for people to look around and place an order until now.

Over the past few months, we’ve knocked down walls, pulled up carpets, sanded floors, and even driven hundreds of miles to get that vintage barbershop chair you’ll see as soon as you walk in. We’ve also decked out the place with huge rolling shelves, where you can peruse products we carry on RoyalShave, Pomades, The Stache, and Big Ben. Testers for creams, pomades, and lotions are easily accessible so you can try before you buy.

Perhaps the crowning achievement of our spruced-up storefront , though, is our new RoyalShave sign! Inspired by barbershops of yore as well as marquee styles of the 40s and 50s, it’s a testament to the long, rich history of wet shaving and barbering. It was custom-made for us by local sign craftsman Brett (you can see his work at @phelpsmarquee).

You can place an order online and select Local Pickup under Shipping Options, or swing on by to purchase directly at the storefront.

Our storefront address:

930 W. 16th St. Suite C2

Costa Mesa, CA

See our general Shipping Information page here.

Expect the same great customer service and quality products at our storefront as online! We hope to see you soon!

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The 2015 Badger & Blade Award Winners

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It’s the end of the year, a time when all those “best of” lists start rolling out. One list in particular that many of us in the wet shaving community look forward to is Badger & Blade’s 2015 Award Winners.

Since 2005, Badger & Blade has been a trusted resource for novice and advanced wet shavers alike. Over the years, Badger & Blade has put a lot of products through the wringer, subjecting them to intense critical feedback via the forums. So we trust the Badger & Blade folks to discern items that are truly exceptional.

Badger & Blade started a tradition last year of handing out awards to their best products. While the focus is on wet shaving, we like how the categories hit all matter of artisanally crafted, distinctive goods, including leather goods, Whisky (New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, after all), and shoes. While not every item is affordably priced (the loafers will put a $680 dent in your wallet), there are some great suggestions to pass along to your significant other for that next big gifting holiday.

The list is below; RoyalShave is proud to carry many of the shaving products mentioned.

Since taste is personal, we have this question for our readers: do you agree with the award winners in each category? What would your picks be if you were to make a similar list?

1. Straight Razor: Feather Artist Club

2. Leather Goods: Maxwell Scott

3. Digestif: Underberg

4. Best Fragrance: Imaginary Authors: Memoirs of a Trespasser

5. Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo Party Loafers

6. DE Razor: PILS

Get yours at RoyalShave here.

7. Shaving Cream: Castle Forbes

Get yours at RoyalShave here.

8. Travel Accessory: Czech & Speake Traveler Cologne Collection

Get the full-size aftershave at RoyalShave here.

9. Mentionable Unmentionables: MeUndies and Smartwool Socks

10. Aftershave: Floid

Get yours at RoyalShave here.

11. Whisky: Yamazaki 18

12. Shaving Brush Over $150: Pearlescent Grey Plisson No. 12, High Mountain White

13. Shaving Soap: Klar

Get yours at RoyalShave here.

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Our New Website is Live! + Reset Your Passwords!

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If you’ve gone to our family of websites (RoyalShave.com, Pomades.com, TheStache.com, and BigBen.com) over the past few days, you might have noticed things look a little different.

We’ve been working hard over the past few months to streamline your shopping experience, so you can spend less time finding what you want and discovering new great products. So if you’re looking for a specific safety razor, for instance, you can now filter by price, manufacturer, construction, and type.

Here’s an example:

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You’ll notice our new look is more clean and minimal, with user navigation that’s intuitive. Each product now has a Quick View option so you can see quick specs and shop without leaving the page you’re on, and can be added to a Comparison List so you can see products side by side before buying.

We’ve also added a handy Wishlist option for those special items you’d like to “suggest” to friends and family.

As the cherry on top, our family of websites is responsive, which means every page will look good whether you view it on a laptop or on your smartphone.

So to sum it up:

  • Advanced filters
  • Key features at a glance
  • More intuitive user navigation
  • Huge, high-resolution photos
  • Responsive design

Important:

We’re running on a new platform now! The new website will require you to reset your password so your reward points can be saved in your account.

Please reset your password here: https://www.royalshave.com/customer/account/forgotpassword/.

Since our customers are our ultimate priority, we encourage you to poke around at the new site and let us know how you like it! Feel free to send us compliments, questions, and any other thoughts you have.

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