‘Twas the night before Christmas… still haven’t found that perfect gift?

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…well that’s not true. You’re stirring because you still haven’t found that perfect gift. What will you do? Don’t panic we can help. Here are some great last minute gift ideas!
Penhaligon’s of London, a company that has been around for generations, has an array of exotic perfumes to choose from. We are thrilled to say that we now have added the Bayolea to our collection. This fragrance has received excellent reviews online. This particular men’s fragrance is combined with lemongrass, tangerine, cardamom, sandalwood and lavender to name a few delightful ingredients.

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Ritzenhoff, a German-based company, showcases a unique collection of glassware. They use various designers and are always on the lookout for more. Their designers create contemporary art that definitely gets noticed. Check out some of the collections below:

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The Jack Black skincare line for Men also makes for a great gift. Using all natural ingredients like plant extracts, herbs and healing botanicals, Jack Black really sets the bar high when it comes to men’s skincare products. Plus, their products are fragrance-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free and all are dermatologist tested.

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The Beardsman Kit by Beardbrand is perfect for the avid “beard grower”. All products in the kit help maintain that fierce beard. The Beardsman Kit includes: one large comb, pocket comb, mustache comb, boar’s hair brush, trimming scissors, mustache wax, and beard oil.

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For more last minute gift ideas please come in and visit us we will help you find the perfect gift!

This concludes our Countdown to Christmas. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our helpful tips, insights, and informative product guidance. Happy Holidays from your Revolucion family.

2 days till Christmas…Let’s fill up those stockings!

Hopefully you have completed most of your Christmas shopping and now you only have those wonderful stockings to fill. It can be a difficult task to decide what to fill those stockings with. There is always  excitement when opening up your presents but even more excitement is built up when your about to rummage through the insides of that overflowing stocking! Revolucion has found the absolute best stocking stuffers this season that will both,  impress and delight! Here are our top picks:

 

1. Soi Purse Light

The perfect little gift for the ladies! The first handbag light in the world is manufactured in Germany and is designed using special sensor technology. The SOI purse light will only light up once its sensors detect your approaching hand or your light touch. After some time elapses the SOI purse light will “switch” off. Completely energy efficient, and only using a high quality LED light, the batteries will only need changing after 6000 cycles of automatically switching on and off.

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2. Swedish Soaps

A luxurious soap derived naturally from seawater. Active marine algae and mineral salts help to soften and moisturize your skin. A natural product that truly makes your skin say “thank you”

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3. Sock It To Me

Who doesn’t love socks for Christmas! Sock it to Me designs socks to suit every individual’s unique personality. With over 200 sock designs ranging from ninjas, to unicorns, monkey to funky fish, this makes for a cool and exciting little gift…not to mention they keep your feet warm!

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4. Whiskey Stones

No better way to enjoy your scotch on the rocks without compromising on taste. Unfortunately, there isnwhiskey stones’t any kind of technology that keeps your ice from melting away and diluting your favorite scotch thus taking away from that smooth taste. Whiskey Stones keep your scotch cool and won’t alter the taste. Simply keep them in the fridge until your ready to use them and voila! Now you can sit back relax and indulge.

5. Razor Pit Razor Sharpener

Introducing the World’s Best Razor Blade Sharpener! Razorpit uses patented friction technology to clean and sharpen your blade so that it lasts 6x longer. Now with a softer surface than the original model, this allows closer contact with the blade, improves sharpening and provides you with your closest shave.

razorpit_16. Retro 51 Pen

May I borrow your pen? Don’t be that person. Even with modern day technology and the convenience of our phones that are glued to our hands it’s always useful to have a pen around. Retro 51 has so many styles and designs of writing instruments to choose from you can really tailor your gift to suit your loved ones style.

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7. Swiss Army Knife

A trusted company that has been around for generations, Victorinox Swiss Army has exceeded expectations when it comes to designing a Knife with multiple functionality. Their knives can range from having 8 to 20 stainless steel components. So you can really choose a knife that is custom.

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With these great stocking stuffer gift ideas you really can’t go wrong. You better hurry there’s only 2 short days left until Christmas!

3 days till Christmas…a gift for the “Global Citizen”

DECADES ago, a man named Garry Davis provocatively renounced his American citizenship and declared himself a citizen of the world. Now, Tumi, which sells luxury suitcases, bags and other products for travelers, is proclaiming the arrival of the “global citizen.” Travel is a way of life, and this Christmas Revolucion is here to help you fuel that aspiration.

Tumi was founded by American Entrepreneur Charlie Clifford, a former Peace Corp volunteer who eventually started importing bags from South America in 1975. In the mid 80’s Tumi embarked on its journey of innovation by designing a revolutionary carry on garment bag and soft brief-case, using it’s patented ballistic nylon. In the early 90’s Tumi entered the European market and introduced a collection of men’s leather wallets and agendas. Then, during the mid-90’s Tumi designed wheel-a-way, Tri-fold Garment bag, and introduces the Snap Hook with a Swivel Platform (for luggage) before opening up 2 stores in Santa Monica, CA and New York City closer to the millennium.

Always innovating, Tumi launched TUMI Tracer® product identification and recovery program.  This is available on their core luggage and business collections and helps to reunite Tumi customers with their lost or stolen bag. The patented Omega Closure System® ensures that your locks will last and are of excellent quality. Following this, in 2005 Tumi launched their award winning electronic travel accessories.

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Although Tumi is widely known for their innovative, top-of-the-line luggage, their extended collection of wallets, travel essentials, key fobs, agendas, and  iPhone 6  & iPad cases are also designed with the same care and attention. The majority of Tumi wallets are hand-crafted using full-grain leather with the exception of the Alpha collection, that uses Tumi’s signature ballistic nylon fabric, which is also used for the iPhone 6 case. The Tumi key fobs are designed using quality stainless steel. The Alpha Collection features a push mechanism that releases the valet portion of the fob, while the Slim Monogram Collections features a leather inlay that can be monogrammed, and a polished stainless steel finish on the other side.

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So why Tumi?

Not only has this brand won awards for its innovative and functional collections, the company will not allow any product onto the market until each and every item has passed a combination of 30 unique tests.

Their “real life lab” is inspired by people, which is why they take each product out into the real world to test out every possible scenario and will reject anything that isn’t functional and up to their extensive standards.

Tumi strives to make things easier for their customers by overcoming several challenges:

  1. t-pass_altshotIntroduction of T-Pass. Designed to cut down “your time in line” at airport security. With T-Pass you don’t need to take your laptop out of your bag. This technology allows you to place your bag through scanners without damaging your laptop.
  2. Tumi ID lock. Designed to prevent Identity Theft from thieves scanning your information right through your wallets. The RFID blocking ID lock material is used in the pocket linings thus protecting your valuable identity.
  3.  Add-a-Bag system. Designed to enable single travellers to easily carry 2-3 pieces of luggage, effortlessly on their own. The Add-a-Bag hook can hold an excess of 200 lbs
  4. Patented Articulating Shoulder Strap. Designed to keep your bag from slipping off your shoulders. Need I say more?

Tumi has over 125 patents and continues to research and create new innovations. Which means new and exciting product lines out in the markets.

They provide world-class service and any minor repairs can be  completed in any store on-site.

And….they are partnered with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital’s research centre.

Give a gift that represents quality and craftsmanship. A gift that is flawlessly designed by a company that stands behind its products, always keeping their customers in mind by simply making life easier.

For more information please visit: http://www.tumi.com/na/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Tumi Official Site: http://www.tumi.com/na/;
Tumi Article in the New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/business/media/tumi-ads-use-less-famous-faces-to-underline-its-accessibility.html?_r=0

4 days till Christmas…tic toc… time is winding down

There are scotch connoisseurs, cigar connoisseurs, wine connoisseurs etc, I could go on and on. However, today I’m going to talk about the watch connoisseur. You know who they are. They are the ones that have collections upon collections of watches, a watch to match each and every outfit. I’ve realized over time that a watch to a man is like a purse to women. A complete must have! If you’re stuck on what to buy your man this Christmas just take a look at his watch collection and figure out what he doesn’t have already. Or an even better idea…is his vast collection taking up space that could be yours? Perhaps he needs a place to keep all his precious watches?

Wolf designs specialize in custom clock making, beautifully crafted jWOLF-WINDER-DOUBLE-BLK-49999ewelry boxes and contemporary and stylish watch boxes with the added watch rotating mechanism, that will instinctively wind all types of automatic watches. Plus, the designs are so contemporary and showcases a glass window so now both the Wolf Watch Winder and the watches itself can proudly be displayed. The company has been around for 180 years and is a business that has been passed down from generation to generation. Always striving to become more and more innovative.

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Wolf designs patented rotation mechanism is extraordinary. The rotation mechanism inside simulates wrist action, is pre-programmable and capable of completing 300 to 1200 TPD (turns per day) clockwise, counter-clockwise and bi-directional. All of the Wolf Winders are custom made with wood and are also designed with a fitted lock. There are many models ranging from simple to complex. As I mentioned the programming capabilities of this amazing design is outstanding.WOLF-DBL-EBONY-W-STORAGE-87099-VIEW-4

This is the perfect Christmas gift for your beloved man. It has the design esthetics that you’ll love and the mechanics and technology he’ll love. Stop by Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars and we would love to help you pick the best Wolf Winder for your man and perhaps even add another watch to his collection!

 

 

For more information please visit:

http://www.wolfdesigns.com/category/single-winders-storage/watch-winders/

5 days till Christmas…Must have accessories for the Cigar Connoisseur

If you read my blog post two days ago you have an understanding of the hard work and great length of time it takes to harvest the tobacco leaves that make up your fine cigars. The growth cycle alone takes 9 months! As a general rule anything that requires that much effort to make requires an equal amount of effort to maintain. Today I’m going to go over the essential tools you need to help you on your journey of becoming a cigar connoisseur.

Firstly, you will definitely need a cutter! Whether it’s a V-cut, punch cut or guillotine cut; if you want to smoke that cigar you’ll have to cut it. Cutters can range in price from $5 to hundreds of dollars. I would say that a reasonable price for a cutter, that will be durable and of good quality, should range between $40 and $90. With that being said there is nothing wrong with an inexpensive cutter however, they will need to be replaced more often as the blades, especially for guillotine cutters, will start to dull. A great brand for cutters is Colibri. Not only do these cutters have a great warranty but also, these cutters are a great investment if you’re looking for quality and durability.

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Now that you’ve got that cigar cut you’ve got to light it! Cedar matches work well to light up the cigars but on a windy day can be a pain. A wind-resistant torch lighter is the way to go.  I find that torch lighters also work better when you are “toasting” the bottom end of the cigar, before simultaneously puffing and lighting it. Lighters can be such a personal choice. Plus there are many different styles, colors, features, size and weights to choose from. As with the cutters, lighters do range in price with some of the most expensive lighters on the market, designed by Dunhill and DuPont. Again for a mid-range lighter I would go for either the Colibri or for something more traditional yet stylish, I would definitely choose Cryril Brizard.

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So you’ve cut and lit your cigar and are puffing away, enjoying all the aromas and flavours of that fine cigar, but where are you going to ash it? As you know cigars aren’t smoked like cigarettes. For most we take a few puffs and place our cigar down to rest in between. A cigar ashtray is designed with deep grooves, which allow this. Plus you can’t just place your fine cigar in any old ashtray. The grooves or stands on an ashtray are specially designed to have a sturdy hold on your cigars plus the grooves are made large enough to embrace any ring gauge. At some social cigar settings,ASHTRAY-TRINIDAD-16999 most often, the cigar ashtray is the hot topic of the evening, especially if it bears the brand of your favourite cigar!

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Now unless you’ve seriously got a problem most people don’t puff away a box of cigars at one time. So where are you going to keep them? Cigars need to be stored in an environment that is optimum. Let’s keep this simple and follow the 70/70 rule. The ideal temperature the cigars should be stored in is 70 F (approx. 21 Celsius) with 70% humidity. Fo

SALVATORE-HUMIDOR-ZEBRA-9995r a few days only it would be okay to leave the cigars in a dry area, away from windows and heaters but, unless you live in the tropics or have some area in your home that can mimic the above 70/70 conditions; Eventually, you will have to store them in a cigar humidor, if you don’t want to spoil them.

Most humidors are lined with Spanish cedar. It is said that Spanish cedar doesn’t warp with moisture and doesn’t alter the smell of the cigars. Place your cigars in a beautiful humidor, get a hygrometer that will monitor the temperature and humidity, a humibrick that you can add glycol solution to for moisture, when needed, and your all set. Your precious cigars can safely be stored while your humidor adds character to any room.

Of course, you will not carry this humidor with you when invited out to a cigar gathering. It would look slightly odd carrying it around not to mention can get a bit heavy. Which is why you will need a 2-4 finger cigar case or a single cigar tube. They protect your cigars; act as a great storage for a couple of hours and you can place this in your pocket or your girlfriend’s purse! Again, cigar cases range from various prices so it really comes down to your own personal style. Cyril Brizard designs are very classy and made with great quality and care. This is would make an excellent gift!

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Now that you have all the essentials give yourself a pat on the back as you are embarking on that journey, of becoming a cigar connoisseur.

6 days till Christmas…Don’t forget to stock the bar!

On a cold winter’s night, sometimes there is nothing more satisfying to spark the warmth from within than the smooth taste of a well-aged 12 Year of your favourite Single Malt. Or perhaps a blended rye is your faithful companion—always there to mark the celebration or to draw a festive feast to a close.
Whatever your drink of choice, Revolucion has just the accessory to compliment the occasion! Here are our top picks this Christmas season for the man with unmatched taste:

1. THE ORIGINAL WHISKEY BALL

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The size and shape of the ice you use play a key role in how drinks taste. Small ice cubes tend to melt faster than larger cubes and will therefore more quickly dilute mixed drinks. A drink made with small cubes will taste best when it’s first served, but becomes watery and less flavourful in short order. Larger ice balls melt slower and release less water into a drink. That means the first sip will taste as good as the last.
Invented by avid scotch-whiskey drinkers, The Original Whiskey Ball was the first spherical ice mold to hit the market in 2009. It has more volume and less surface area than a traditional ice cube—so it melts slower. It features an elastic silicone rubber design, a smaller water inlet and unique seal to ensure that your ice ball is formed perfectly round; free of bumps and jagged edges. The thick durable food-grade silicone will not break like plastic trays. Safer than plastic, The Whiskey Ball is FDA approved and certified BPA-free to ensure toxins are not transferred into the ice.
Now, you can bring the artesian science of slow-melting ice spheres to your home without any complicated or expensive machinery. Incredibly easy to use, just add water, and freeze to add sophistication to any drink.
*We are now carrying the Limited Edition Ball Quarter Set, perfect for this gift giving season. It includes 2 premium rock glasses and 4 jumbo ice molds, all tucked into a beautiful box ready for wrapping!

2. Brilliant’s ROX & ROLL GLASS SET

rox & rollThis unique design features a concaved centre whirox & roll setch rises up into the rocks glass. Partnered with a stainless steel ball (which you chill in the freezer for 2hrs) in place of an ice cube, you can swirl your drink playfully without ever melting it down or ruining that 18yr you just hastily unwrapped! Complete with a canvas pouch and tongs, this set makes a fantastic and fun addition to any Revolucion man’s home bar. You’ll never have to worry about over-diluting your favourite scotch or cocktail again!

 

3. THE GLENCAIRN GLASS
Glencairn-GlassIn the long and illustrious history of whiskey, there has never been a single definitive glass that the whiskey world could call its own. Until, that is, Scottish innovation brought us The Glencairn Glass. Combining the knowledge and expertise of some of the whiskey world’s leading innovators; the Glencairn Glass’s roots lie iglencarin glassn the traditional nosing and tasting glasses used by master blenders and connoisseurs around the world.
The distinguished and stylish shape has been crafted with eminent care to enhance the enjoyment of single malts and aged blends. The tapering mouth allows an ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses, while capturing that all-important bouquet. The wide bowl allows the fullest appreciation of the whiskey’s colour and the solid base designed to be easy on the hand.
*The time and effort put into all this development was rewarded in 2006 when the Glencairn Glass won the Queen’s Award for Innovation

 

4. THE ESSENTIAL DECANTER & GLASS SETCystalite bohemia glass set
So your guests are stuffed, your favourite uncle kindly picked up a box of Cohiba Behike 56s from your friends at Revolucion, and you’ve got a perfect Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve just waiting to be shared…until you realize, you have no way of showing it off! What, no decanter to brandish your malt? No finely crafted, crystal-clear glassware to bring the evening together? What’s wrong with you?? Fortunately you still have 6 days until decanter2Christmas to avoid that kind of disaster, phew! Revolucion has an excellent selection of lustrous decanters and glassware sets. Cast with a modern twist or a classic old-fashioned finish, they are certain to ensure your bar will shine above the rest.
*Decanters and glassware available for sale individually or as 3- to 7-piece sets.

 

5. SCOTCH WATERuisge water
We all know that adding a few drops of water ‘opens up’ your whiskey, revealing its distinctive aromas and flavours. Experts say that water from ‘the source’ is best in order to maintain the true character of whiskey. Uisge Source Scotch Waters come from the whiskey regions of Scotland and have been carefully selected to perfectly compliment Single Malt Whiskies.
Historically, whiskey distilleries used to sell small bottles of water from their water source to their loyal customers for adding to their drams. The best whiskey must be married with the best water! This is a fantastic gift for the ultimate scotch snob: one with the most discerning of palates.

 

For more great gift ideas or advice on stocking your bar with the appropriate tools essential for this holiday season, visit us at 1063 Mainland Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood. Revolucion Fine Gifts and Cigars: the exclusive place to shop for men’s gifts!

7 days till Christmas…and all I want this Christmas is a fine Cuban Cigar!

When I think of Cuba I think of the country`s famous president Fidel Castro, the patriarch of the Cuban revolution Che Guevara, the much talked about US-Cuban relationship; I think of a culture that is rich, a beautiful island in the Caribbean that is a top destination for travellers around the globe and a country that has lands filled with sugar canes, great rum and famous tobacco plantations that produce world-class Cuban cigars.

Cigar production started in Cuba around mid-18th century and has continued on to this day. Cigars have become the country`s number one export, surpassing the former number one export of sugar. With all this being said, surprisingly, the country known for its rich soil and perfect climate for harvesting tobacco leaves was not where these famous cigars, that are known worldwide, originated from.

Dating back to the 10th century a ceramic pot was discovered in Guatemala that portrayed a Mayan smoking a bunch of tobacco leaves that were bound together with string. The Mayans used the term “sikar” when referencing smoking. This can very easily be interpreted as how the term Cigar came into use today based off the Spanish term “cigarro”.

In 1492, when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, he witnessed the land’s Cuban Natives smoke cylindrical bundles of tobacco leaves, wrapped in dried palm or plantain. Columbus took the liberty of making a claim on the island on cuban tobacco 4behalf of Spain.  Soon ships would frequent the island regularly and  would partake in the distribution of  this fine tobacco from Europe all the way to Asia.  In the 17th century all Cuban cigars had to be registered in the Spanish city of Seville. Further after, a monopoly formed which did not allow the Cuban farmers to sell any tobacco to any other country besides Spain. The monopoly was enforced until 1817.

By Mid-19th century, cigars became so popular and were highly consumed in the US that Cuban cigar makers started to migrate to Tampa, Florida. They worked in “cigar city” well until the 20th century.

These days you can go anywhere in the world and you will find Smoke Shops boasting their grand collections of the finest Cuban cigars. The best cigars in Cuba come from the Pinar del Rio province. This province is made up of the regions, Vuelta Abajao, Vuelta Arriba, Semi Vuelta and Partido. These areas within Pinar del Rio produce the best tobacco. In 1907, a seed that was created, by Cuban botanists, called habanensis was used because of its disease-resistant qualities. In 1940, the much-improved criollo seed was created, followed by the creation of the Habanos 2000 in the year of 1992 and criollo 98, in 1998. The latter two are used for most cigars today.

cuban tobacco 1The harvesting of the tobacco leaves can be quite a lengthy process with the leaves of the wrapper being the most expensive to produce. It will take 9 months to complete the process from soil preparation to the end of harvesting. First the seeds are selected and then placed into these soil-filled plastic trays that will float on a hydroponic water and fertilizer system. This area will be enclosed within a plastic tent for about 45 to 50 days. This is how long it takes to grow the seeds. Now the soil needs to be prepared in order to plant the seeds. This will happen every September. The soil is fertilized with organic matter and then each seed is planted by hand. Approximately 30,000 seeds are planted per hectare!

Farmers will start tending to the crop 3-4 weeks after planting the seeds. They will de-bud the top of the plant to enable the plant to continue growth. If the tobacco leaves are being grown for wrappers, a fine muslin cloth will be placed over the leaves for an additional 10-20 days. If the leaves are going to be used for the binder or filler they can be left out in the open air.

cuban tobacco 2Approximately 40 days after the planting of the seeds some of the leaves can be picked. Usually the leaves from the bottom of the plant can be plucked. These leaves will be used for machine made cigars. This is a 30-day process called harvesting. The main picking will occur 7 days after the harvesting 30-day cycle ends. Once the leaves have been picked they must be cured. Wrapper leaves are air cured in a special barn for 50 days while the filler leaves will undergo the same process but will be sun dried for 7 days before and after being in the barn.

 

We’re still not done here! After the curing process the leaves then must go through the sorting, stripping and fermentation process. The wrapper leaves are moistened and then sorted by size. They will be wrapped in jute cloth and will rest for 10-15 days before they are grouped, bundled and finally bailed. They are now ready to be shipped to the factories. The filler cuban tobacco 3and binder leaves will follow the same steps as above, however will need to undergo an additional 30-50 day fermentation process. After the fermentation process the leaves are then stripped of their center vein and are grouped and bailed. They will be placed in storage and begin their next cycle of ageing. The storing and aging process can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years, depending on the leaf. Once the leaves are ready to be used they must be unpacked very carefully in special airing rooms. The leaves are moistened and handled delicately so as to not tear the leaves.

The art of cigar making will start from this point. The cigars will be hand-rolled by masters of their trade. Once the cigars are rolled they will go through the factories quality control division. There the cigars will be checked for weight, ring size, length, consistency and the general appearance overall. The cigars will be bundled and stored in special cedar-lined c

image-26abinets to reduce their moisture. They will also go through a freezing process after. Both of these processes help kill off any tobacco beetles. The last step in all of this of course, is the packing of the cigars in boxes. Now they can be shipped out to the rest of the world to be consumed.

For a better understanding I would suggest going to Cuba, if you ever have the opportunity, and touring one of the Famous Cigar factories. The most popular factory is the Partagas Cigar Factory. This will help you get an even better understanding of this process.

So you see there are many steps involved before that fine Cuban will reach your lips! My advice to you all is to enjoy your cigars and indulge in every aspect while puffing away on your favourite Cuban…. I know I will!

 

 

Sourced References:

Time Magazine: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1869320,00.html

http://www.cigars-review.org/history.htm

http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com/info-production.aspx

 

 

8 days till Christmas…Keeping it pure with Lampe Berger

Did you know that Lampe Berger was invented in 1898?

During a time where many hospital patients were suffering from sepsis, Dr. Maurice Berger, a pharmaceutical dispenser, invented a system of diffusion by catalyst. This technology was created to purify the air in enclosed rooms. Sepsis is a serious life-threatening infection that produces inflammation inside the body causing major damage to all internal organs, which would result in organ failure. Many patients, infected with sepsis, had difficulty breathing so you can see why purifying the air could ease their comfort. Dr. Berger patented this revolutionary invention and gave birth to the Lampe Berger Company.

In the 1930’s Lampe Berger became quite a collectors item, especially since the fragrances created a certain degree of pleasure. There were various designers and manufacturers being used to create these beautiful lamps but it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the lamps were being crafted, by top porcelain producers.

It’s been over a century since Lampe Berger was introduced into the world. Through time, technology and change Lampe Berger has reinvented itself to suit our 21st century style. Lampe Berger sells over 5 million liters of fragrances and over 800,000 lamps each year and although, this is a Paris based company, Lampe Berger can be found anywhere in the world.

There are over a hundred different models of lamps with various designs. The teams at Lampe Berger collaborate with designers on a daily basis so they can continue to expand and renew their collections. They create approximately 15 new models yearly however; one lamp will take 18 months of work to complete!

The meticulous care and outstanding effort Lampe Berger makes to consistently impress its customers and the dedication behind their innovative product is impeccable. Their varieties of fragrances range from warm, floral, fresh, exotic, enlivening, sublime and amber.

As a rule, Lampe Berger makes a promise to diffuse into the air only substances that are perfectly mastered and controlled. Tests are carried out continuously to ensure the absence of fumes, benzene, styrene, naphthalene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Lampe Berger’s Home Fragrances are subject to specific internal standards that are regulated by the European and American Pharmacopeia and the IFRA (International Fragrance Association).

If this much attention is given to the esthetics of the lamp and the testing of the home fragrances imagine how much attention is given to the actual diffusion system.

Lampe Berger’s unique burner is unlike any other. The burner’s design has been perfected due to ongoing research and holds 6 international patents. This unique technology cleanses the air and truly eliminates odors while simultaneously diffusing decadent indoor fragrances into the air. Below are simple instructions on how to use this this amazing lamp.

Steps:

1. First fill your lamp with your favourite home fragrance about 2/3 full

2. If this is the first time you’re using this today wait for 20 minutes before lighting

3. Light the burner with a lighter or match; wait 2 minutes then blow out the flame

4. Make sure to place the protective cap over the burner

5. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful aroma!

6. To put out the lamp simply place the stopper over the burner.

Please click here for illustrated instructions: http://www.lampeberger.us/lampe-berger-paris-expertise

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Lampe Berger eliminates odors, fragrances the air and looks great as a home décor piece in any room. If you’re stuck on ideas for Christmas gifts this year why not make it a versatile and unique lamp by Lampe Berger.

 

For more information please visit www.lampeberger.us

 

 

9 days till Christmas…Look to the past, to help SHAVE the future!

What does it mean to be a Revolucionary? To be a Man of Action, a Warrior of Truth, a Pioneer, a Trailblazer? With a fast-paced world around us that is constantly changing and charging forwards into the future, it can sometimes be easy to forget to honour the past, which has been as integral to our continued evolution as is dreaming of what is to come. At Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars, we like to practice a complete and wholesome appreciation of both the old and the new, the young and the wise!

With that in mind, today’s blog series dissects the process of shaving with a traditional double-edged safety razor, which remains to this day a timelessly classic instrument in every man’s luxury shaving tool belt. We hope this will help all of you develop a more comprehensive understanding of the benefits of traditional shaving techniques and accompanying accessories.

SELECTING YOUR RAZOR

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Selecting the right razor for your first shaving setup is yet another daunting task that one must tackle. Just like brushes, there are many options. If you look closely, you will see the variation among many of these razors is very small and often only cosmetic—for example, the Edwin Jagger RE89 series razor is now offered in several different handle finishes featuring the same cutting head with the same overall physical dimensions. Generally speaking, a beginner will be best served by learning on a fixed-head, regular-guard double-edge safety razor.  Adjustable razors have their merits and many men enjoy using them; however, if you have something adjustable, curiosity may get the best of you and you will tinker with its settings looking for better results.  By going with a fixed-position blade, you are forcing yourself to master the grip, pressure, and angle familiarity required to be more successful in your results. Selecting the right blade for your razor is also a task. Ten years ago there were only a handful of widely available blades, such as Merkur, Derby, and Feather. Today, however, there are exponentially more; Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars carries blades for every budget, including Derby, Astra, Shark, Crystal and Wilkinson’s, just to name a few! The unfortunate part of finding the right blade is that it is likely going to take you a little trial and error. Every man’s face and hair density is different, and what works well for some will obviously not for others. In general, most men do well with platinum-coated blades since they provide a sharp and durable edge for shaving. The best option is to consider a sampler of various blades—ask your friendly sales associate at Revolucion to recommend a variation of blade brands, so that you may sample a few until you find the blade that feels best suited to you.

AND WHAT ABOUT STRAIGHT RAZORS?

 

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There is a shared sentiment that considers the use of straight razors as the ultimate traditional shaving experience. However, most men make a much smoother transition in learning the wet shave process by starting out with a good double edge safety razor and “learning the ropes” before making the transition to straights. Straight razors are a fantastic hobby, especially if you are the type of person that appreciates fine cutlery and learning how to strop and hone blades; but by first learning how to master your brush and lather as well as how to navigate a sharp blade around the contours of your face, the straight razor will be a much more enjoyable experience when you do decide to pick one up and give it a try.

HANDLING and TECHNIQUE

For those who are moving from a mass-market multi-blade razor to a traditional safety razor, they will immediately notice that the cutting angle of a double-edge razor is much different than cartridge or disposable razors.  The safety razor does not have a pivoting head, and the weight and balance of the all-steel constructed double-edge razor requires a different grip in order to maintain the correct pressure of the blade against the skin. Below we will demonstrate the correct way to hold a double-edge safety razor to achieve the proper angle and comfortable shave.

It is critical that a new wet shaver learns the right way to hold a safety razor.  Holding the razor near the cutting head can inadvertently cause the shaver to press too hard against his face during the shave and result in accidental cuts or skin irritation.  By holding the razor at the correct position, the weight of the cutting head allows the blade to track along the skin, providing the most comfortable and efficient cutting action possible.

The way to hold a razor varies slightly depending on the style of handle you choose. Most popular safety razors available today, such as Merkur, Edwin Jagger, and Parker, are available in both long-handled and standard models. Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars carries an excellent selection of all three brands. The different handle lengths combined with the weight of the razor’s cutting head determine the best finger placement when holding the razor.

Short Grip—This type of razor features a wider diameter handle, but has the shorter length that allows it to feel well balanced in your hand when held properly. The release knob at the bottom of the razor provides the ideal point to grip the razor securely. The best technique is to use three fingers, the index, middle, and thumb, to secure the razor at the bottom of the handle. For the downward cutting motion, as you would do for your first pass with the grain, hold the razor similarly to how you would hold a dart.

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Cutting in an upward direction stroke, against the grain, requires an adjustment, however.  For this position, use the thumb and index finger to secure the base of the razor near the knob and allow the barrel of the handle to rest on the middle finger.  This keeps the razor stable and secure when making the more awkward upward strokes during your shave.  Although the razor rests on the middle finger a bit higher up the length of the handle than you would hold it for the downward cut, the grip pressure remains at the base, near the knob where it should be.

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Long Grip—This size features an elongated grip. The longer length handle allows for more grip space so the finger placement has to be slightly modified in order to maintain the right balance in your hand. Although it does not rotate, there is still a knob at the end of the razor that provides an ideal place to securely grip the razor. Unlike the short-handle razors, the best technique for gripping the long handle is to use four fingers. For the downward cutting motion, hold the razor with the thumb, middle, and ring finger applying pressure at the bottom near the knob. Allow the index finger to rest above your other fingers, against the handle, to add additional support to the razor. This provides a secure grip anchored at the base of the handle while also compensating for the additional length of the handle.

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For the upward cutting motion, secure the razor with the thumb and index finger at the knob end the same way you would for the short handle. Allow the barrel of the razor to rest against the ring finger while the middle finger provides additional support towards the base. This finger position maintains the stability at the base of the handle and prevents excess pressure at the cutting head. Similar to the technique used with the upward cutting grip on the short handle razor, the fingers are extended a bit further up the length of the handle but grip pressure is maintained at the knob where it should be.

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In conclusion, knowing how to hold and maneuver a safety razor will allow a wet shaver to shave without accidental cuts or skin irritation.  On a quality razor, such as the 34C or 23C, the weight of the cutting head is complimentary to the weight of the handle, allowing the shaver to comfortably hold the balanced razor at the correct position. It is important to keep your hand at the base of the razor, so you can be sure that you are not applying too much pressure against your skin. By knowing how to hold a safety razor, you can achieve the proper cutting angle, minimize cuts, and enjoy a close and comfortable shave.

 

SOAPS and CREAMS

shave 11 The range of available shaving soap and cream varieties is almost endless. Take a quick walk through any grocery or drug store’s personal care section and you will be quickly overwhelmed with hundreds of choices of various gels and foams. Many of these products promise the closest, most comfortable shave with less irritation, fewer nicks, and various other marketing buzz words. Unfortunately these products are also loaded with a plethora of artificial chemicals such as propellants, numbing agents, and additives to make them shelf stable till the end of time. Many of these additives are not exactly the safest things to put on your skin every morning and expect it to remain healthy.

Fortunately, at Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars there is a large variety of very good traditional soaps and creams to choose from, manufactured by some of the top brands in the industry from around the world. Soft shaving creams tend to offer more benefit for the beginning wet shaver because they are easier to work in to a good lather using a shaving brush. Soaps can sometimes reqshave 12uire a little more technique to get the water ratio perfected for a good lather and that will vary from one product to the next. Those seeking the more traditional types of shaving products should look into the product lines we carry by Edwin Jagger—made in Sheffield, England—or Jack Black—from the United States.shave 13

There is a vast wide array of fragrances to choose from ranging from fruity to woodsy as well as the more unique signature blend fragrances, so it is best to be open to trying various ones and finding which is most pleasing to your own shaving experience. If that is more your style, have a look through Revolucion’s collection of Penhaligon’s signature shaving products.

WRAP IT UP, TIE IT WITH A BOW (additional accessories to complete your shaving set)

So now that you’ve selected your core products for your wet shaving setup, what shaving set is complete without a way to show it off? STANDS! TRAVEL BAGS! Consider other accessories available that will be very useful.

The good news is that we stock a variety of stands, cases, travel bags, and other items that can be just the finishing touch you need for keeping your new investment protected and organized.  If you are a frequent traveler, a good quality travel bag is invaluable for keeping your shaving items easily transportable while you are away from home. Travel bags are available in a variety of materials from basic canvas to luxury hand stitched leathers. Any type of bag can work well for your needs, so ultimately the decision on what works for you is based on your own budget and your own preferences for quality and craftsmanship. We even carry wet shaving travel sets for the man on the go—travel kits designed down to the detail by Edwin Jagger.

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Shaving stands also provide a useful function for keeping your items neatly stored at home. Stands are available for brushes or in a combo configuration to keep both a brush and razor neatly displayed. There is the added benefit in keeping the brush and razor neatly displayed on the counter as well, which can certainly add a bit of sophistication to the appearance of your side of the bathroom sink.

Although it might sound silly to think of shaving as an art, the fact of the matter is that you are trying to fuse together the elements of water, soap, brush, and steel in the delicate process of running a sharp blade along your skin with a skilled and steady hand. This no different than buying a fancy set of cookware and quality ingredients, and expecting to go home and turn out a five star entrée. The process takes some practice to develop the feel and technique to get the best results. You should expect there to be a bit of a learning curve.

…But that is why you have your friends at Revolucion Fine Gifts & Cigars here to help you through every step of the process, to ensure you become an informed, proud, and sharpened Missionary of the Ages; one who looks to the past, and harnesses its wisdom to inspire the future—a RevoluCionary!

 

 

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10 days till Christmas…And we’re badgering you about brushes!

When shopping for a new shaving brush, there are several factors to consider, and a wide range of brush types to choose from. But don’t be overwhelmed! Selecting the brush that will work best for you may not be what works best for someone else; we are each unique, as our brush should be!

There are three types of shaving brushes available: badger hair, boar bristle, and synthetic, with badger hair largely the most popular choice. Badger hair has been used for centuries in the manufacturing of top quality shaving brushes, predominantly because of its heavy water absorbency. This is essential to accomplishing a clean, close wet shave, and leaving the skin fresh and smooth. Using a brush, wet from warm water, to mix your shaving soap or cream introduces air that will work up a rich lather, helping you get the consistency you desire without going through too much product. It massages the surface of your skin, raises the beard hairs and enables your razor to glide across your face with ease. Furthermore, many badger brushes are quality graded based off appearance and softness of the hairs, with the common classifications “Pure”, “Best”, “Super”, and “Silvertip”. Here is a breakdown:

PURE BADGER

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Pure badger hair is the most readily available grade of hair since it covers a large percentage of the badger’s body. Because of its high availability, pure badger hair is the least expensive of badger types and makes a great starting point for a beginning shaver who wants to learn wet shaving before moving on to a higher quality and more expensive brush. Pure badger typically ranges in color from dark tan to black, and is usually coarser in texture than higher grade hair.

Brushes filled with pure badger are often manufactured with the tips trimmed to form the final shape of the brush loft. This makes the tips of the hair blunt and gives them a scratchier feel on the face that some men find appealing for exfoliation. The courser texture of pure badger also makes it very useful for lathering soaps well because of its ability to agitate the surface of the soap very easily. Some manufacturers offer variations of pure, such as black badger brushes, which comprise only the darkest hairs to create brushes that have longer lofts and more stiffness in the overall feel of the knot. Over time the tips of pure badger hair will soften and feel a bit more broken in, but will never be as soft on the face as higher grades of badger hair.

BEST BADGER

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Best badger offers a significant improvement in feel and quality over pure. Best grade hair is harvested from large areas of the badger, including the belly area of the animal. The hair ranges in color from lighter brown to gray and has more color separation in the length of the hair, often referred to as “banded.” Best badger hair has better water absorbing capabilities than pure badger, making it a more ideal brush for creating quality shaving lather, particularly with dense creams that require more water to properly hydrate when lathering.

On the face, best grade hair has a softer feel and not as scratchy as pure; however, it still has some light scrubbiness to it and offers a good middle-of-the-road texture between the scratchy pure badgers and very soft super and silvertip grades. Many men have found that best graded brushes from reputable manufacturers, such as Edwin Jagger and Parker offer some of the best values in quality for the price. Many models in this grade are priced very reasonably and will provide outstanding results without compromising quality.

SUPER BADGER

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Super badger hair is a finer gauge of hair and has a softer feel than best grade hair. Super badger is not as readily available as best, and it is harvested from the back of the animal. The hair has a distinctive color pattern with a black banded midsection in the hair and whiter tips than the lower quality hair types. The white tips of super badger are very soft on the face and have little to no scratchiness on the skin.

Super badger hair is often color treated by some brush makers to further enhance the whiteness of the brush’s cap; however, the tips have the natural taper of the hair shaft and are not trimmed to form the shape of the brush loft. The white tips of the hair are often short and make up the smallest percentage of the length of the hair shaft. Because the brushes are filled with finer hair, more individual hairs are required to fill the brush’s knot making them very dense yet soft and luxurious in feel.

Proper care of the shaving brush becomes increasingly more important with super badger brushes. These brushes are filled with more delicate hair and are more susceptible to damage if the brush is abused or not dried properly after each use. The finer gauge of super badger gives it superior water absorbing properties over lower grades of badger hair. The density and water holding capacity of super badger brushes offers a noticeable difference in performance when lathering soaps and creams. These brushes are capable of easily creating some of the richest and creamiest lather making them a popular choice for men who want the finest quality of shaving brushes available.

SILVERTIP

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Found only in the neck area of the badger, silvertip is the rarest and highest grade of hair. There is often a bit of confusion regarding the difference between super and true silvertip badger hair. The silvertip hair is sorted and graded based on very specific characteristics of softness and coloring. Like super badger hair, the silvertip has a very distinct color banding, yet it has the softest and most luxurious natural tips and usually the most defined contrast in color between the black and white color bands. It is also very delicate and caring for the brush properly is very important to prevent the hair from breaking or becoming damaged.

The tips of the hair are never color treated and are left in their natural white to off-white color. The hair is fine gauge and has the most superior water absorbency of any of the badger hair grades. Although the hair is more exquisite in color and feel than Super, they do create a very similar quality of lathering from soaps or creams. Both are capable of producing a rich and dense lather because of their ability to absorb water easily and infuse it with the product, but the Silvertip has a distinctive quality in the feel against your skin.

On the face, silvertip hair is gentle and luxurious, like a soft cushion that massages the lather on to the face. Many recognize silvertip brushes as the finest available in the world.

Years of luxurious shaving await you with harmonizing all aspects of your shaving routine. Revolucion provides that distinction with our collection of some of the world’s top quality shaving brands: Edwin Jagger, Kent, and Parker.

 

 
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Edwin Jagger Official Site; “Shaving Brushes”: http://www.edwinjagger.com/