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

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

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

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 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 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,...

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12 days till Christmas…Enjoy and indulge this holiday season with Royal Apothic

12 days till Christmas…Enjoy and indulge this holiday season with Royal Apothic

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Royal Apothic caters to men’s and women’s tastes alike. For men we carry the Heroes & Aristocrats line featuring top quality men’s grooming products and kits. For the lovely ladies we carry the mini Eau de Perfume and the luxurious hand cremes available in various scents. Royal Apothic uses a highly delicate formula that is truly designed to enhance the performance of its products for the skin and body. The men’s products are packaged in an elegant gift box that is both modern and traditional while the women’s products showcase a vintage design.  A dedicated cult of fans have made this product line a must-have! The Royal Apothic line is the creation by Sean O’Mara, a Los Angeles and London based designer. O’Mara started his career working for prominent and established companies like Proctor & Gamble and Murad Global Skincare.   He worked with many influential brands, so surrounding himself with glamorous photo shoot settings and gorgeous locations were of second nature. O’Mara was inspired, after directing many photo shoots, “about translating the glamour and elegance of these big-budget campaigns into everyday space.” This line of thinking drove O’Mara into a secondary career path. He had built a reputation for taking lackluster properties and turning them into glamorous spaces. His unique eye for design quickly gained him popularity in the Los Angeles and London markets. In 2006, he found his inspiration in a Notting Hill bookstore. O’Mara came across, a centuries-old apothecary manual that would spark the idea for the sophisticated Royal Apothic line which allowed him to combine both his beauty and design background. O’Mara says, “I wanted to create a product so beautiful, you just have to leave it out on display, “And a formula so decadent you just have to use it.” The Royal Apothic line is truly exceptional from the inside out!          ...

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History of Movember

History of Movember

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Did you know……   Since 2003, there have been 4,027,688 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that participate in this global awareness campaign, 574 million dollars raised,  770 men’s health projects have been funded and 21 countries around the world officially take part in “Movember”, to support men’s health. Movember officially launched in Canada in 2007. Two mates from Melbourne, Australia, encouraged their friends, with the help of a friend’s mother, who was raising money for breast cancer awareness, to grow a Mo. They sent around an email titled “Are you man enough to be a man?” and found 30 men willing to take on the challenge. They designed rules and guidelines, which are still in place today and charged each man $10 dollars. The first 30 Mo Bros grew their moustaches with such enthusiasm that in 2004 a formal concept was created that participants would grow for a cause. After much research into various men’s health issues they decided that Prostate Cancer was going to be their cause. That year, Spain and the UK  joined to become the first international Mo Bros. With 450 participants now, they were able to raise AUD $54,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PFCA). This very first Movember cheque was the largest that the PFCA had ever received. In 2005,  the Urchin team formed, founders Travis (Trav) Garone and Luke Slattery, along with JC ( Justin Coghlan) and Adam Garone.  They created a new campaign with the concept ” Give Prostate Cancer a Kick in the Arse” and a formal agreement between Movember and the PFCA was made, making them the first official men’s health partner. That year 9,315 Mo Bros raised AUD 1.2 million for the PFCA. In 2006, the co-founders established an official Australian Charity, the Movember Foundation. The campaign used to be managed on evenings and weekends but had grown so big that the Movember Foundation had to hire their very first employee. Luke Slattery also developed Movember’s official tagline: Changing the Face of Men’s Health. Depression was also on the rise in Australia that year so the Movember Foundation took on “Beyondblue” as their second official Men’s health partner. New Zealand joined in 2006  and partnered with the Prostate Cancer foundation of New Zealand. Small unofficial campaigns were also run in the UK and in Spain. A total of 56,129 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in Australia and New Zealand raised AUD 9.3 million dollars. In 2007, the news spread. The enthusiasm of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from around the world was growing in popularity. The co-founders decided to grow the campaign. In an effort, Adam moved to LA to help grow the US and Canadian campaigns, in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada. JC helped grow the UK Campaign and partnered with Prostate Cancer Charity and Luke continued to run the Australian and NZ campaigns.  There were 134,171 participants...

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