The Lost Art of Men’s Shaving and other Manly Things

This weeks countdown to the Holidays is another Double Post, but this one is  for the gents! I’m sorry I have been neglecting you!

First learn about the Lost Art of Men’s Shaving then check out some Gentlemanly cocktail recipes to wow your guests at your Holiday gatherings from my new Favorite Vodka Russian Standard!

Mens shaving has become a lost Art. 

This manly tradition that was once a right of passage  handed down from father to son  has now become a dreaded morning inconvenience.  Today’s man brainlessly rushes through his morning shaving routine, nicking and cutting his face with a cheap disposable razor and shave foam from a can.

Why do men do this?  Certainly not because the quality of the shaving is better than traditional shaving.  The answer is because of time constraints.  Most men feel that traditional shaving takes up too much time.  What they don’t consider is that by rushing through their shaving routine with these cheap, low quality products they are doing their skin a disservice and will end up spending more time and money in the end to fix the skin related problems they are creating!  For a few minutes more each morning they can get a higher quality shave that will be much kinder on their skin.

Always a  fan of the traditional Gentleman and Manly Grooming, I turned to the the shave experts at “Art of Shaving” to give my readers some tips on rekindling this lost art:

Q: What is the difference between Shave Lather and Canned Shave Cream?

AOS: Think of it as the difference between wet and dry, between heat and cold. First, most foams and gels bought in drugstores are 100% synthetic and are not good for the skin. Second, foams are packaged in aerosol cans. Cold air makes the product come out of the can in a fluffy cream consistency. This foam is cold and does not require water (but water is the most important ingredient in shaving!). Cold shaving cream makes the hair follicle stiffen and the pores close. Further, many foams are mentholated, which creates a cold reaction on the skin and can be irritating.

Gels are not as bad as foams but are still not very effective. Gels generate a lightly lubricating lather which offers very little protection to the skin. Therefore it is hard to get a close and comfortable shave. If you go against the grain when using a gel, you will most likely irritate the skin. Gel is also used cold.

The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream and Soap are made to soften the beard and open the pores using hot water. Water is the most important ingredient in shaving—that’s why it’s called wet shaving—and heat is nearly as important. Shaving Cream and Soap contain Glycerin and coconut oils to offer great lubrication and protection. When lathered up with a shaving brush and hot water, they will lift the hair away from the skin and soften the beard, allowing the razor to shave the hair with very little resistance. Result: a most clean and comfortable shave.

Q: What is the best kind of razor to use?

AOS: In order to achieve a closer shave you need the right products and proper shaving techniques. You will achieve the same shave with a modern swivel-head razor (like the Fusion Chrome Collection ProGlide Power Razor) or a straight razor as long as you know how to use one properly. If you decide to use a straight razor, we recommend that you invest some time and effort in learning how to use it from a professional barber.

Q: Should men use a shaving brush?  What are the benefits?

AOS: We see the shaving brush as part of the wet-shaving routine. Using a shaving brush generates a rich and warm lather to protect the skin; brings sufficient warm water to the skin to soften the beard and open the pores, lifts the beard for a close shave, and gently exfoliates to prevent and relieve ingrown hairs.

Trust me, moving from a “fast food” shave to a “classic” shaving routine will be the best decision you have ever made.  Not only does it up your cool factor with the nostalgia aspect, its great for your skin and makes you feel like a real man!

Holiday Gift Giving Tip:  Ladies!  The Art of Shaving offers traditional barber shaves at many of its locations!  A Gift card for a classic shave is a great gift for your guy! Visit their website for other great gift ideas

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Russian Standard Vodka: Sip Cocktails in Style


I recently attended an event at the Las Vegas John Varvatos Boutique  and sipped on the most delicious Vodka  cocktail I had ever had (and I’ve had many!) a Tolstoy Tang from Russian Standard Vodka. 

Some Vodkas leave me with a bit of a headache but not Russian Standard! It has a clean, smooth, rich wheat taste. So delicious!

 Russian Standard is the leading premium Vodka in Russia (so you know its good!) and is unique because:

  • It is made with only the finest hand-selected Russian winter wheat
  • It is distilled and bottled at the company’s $60 million state of the art distillery in St. Petersburg
  • It is made according to the formula for vodka established in 1894 by famed Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev
  • It is four-times distilled and charcoal filtered

Yum Yum!  Its great alone as a sipping shot or in a cocktail.  

Try these  delicious drink recipes from Russian Standard Vodka for your holiday gatherings:

Moscow Mule
2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
5 oz. premium ginger beer
Wedge of lime

Pour two ounces of Russian Standard Vodka over ice in a chilled Russian Standard copper mug or Collins glass.  Add 5 ounces of ginger beer and stir gently.  Garnish with a squeezed wedge of lime. 

The Fountain Of Youth
1.5 oz Russian Standard Vodka
splash of lemon juice
2 oz pomegranate Juice
mint leaf or a lemon twist

Shake Russian Standard Vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate juice gently over ice.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a mint leaf or lemon twist.

Tolstoy Tang
1.5 oz Russian Standard  Vodka
3 oz lemonade
1 slice of lemon

In a tumbler, combine 1.5 oz Russian Standard Vodka, 3 oz of lemonade and ice.  Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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  1. I consider the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre, “The Classic Gentleman”… He is polite, eloquent, well-dressed, and he can kick pretty much anyone’s @$$.

  2. there’s 2 classic gentlemen: first is sean connery as james bond. the second is “the most interesting man in the world” even though he has a beard. he once threw a birthday party for his beard, which lasted 6 days.

  3. Shaving tips can be just as important for the ladies, so thanks again for a great blog! In keeping with the holiday spirit, I’d like to offer Santa Claus as the classic gentleman. The guy gives his life to public service, and has a snazzy, recognizable personal style. Too bad we can’t get him to shave. LOL

  4. Cary Grant is the all time Classic Gentleman!! And to be extra cheesy I have to say Keith Gipson. (It has nothing to do with him being my boyfriend at all…ok, ok it does) Please save me from his 3 day stubble! Snuggling with him is dangerous to a model’s face. 😉

  5. The ideal classic gentleman is Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind). Always well dressed, takes care of himself, well mannered and treats the ladies right.

  6. Well I have 2 entries for the classic gentlemen, one is a Las Vegas local and his name is Chet Buchanan & he is living atop a 30 foot scaffold for 12 days collecting toys for all the kids here in the Valley he is compassionate, big hearted, & a all around great guy. And the other classic gentleman would be Michael Douglas!

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