Shaving irritation — also known as burn — is a fact of life for most guys that rely on a electric razor. The Braun CoolTec Shaver ($200) aims to put that problem on ice. Literally. It's the first razor to incorporate Thermo-Electric-Cooling technology, cooling down as it runs, and using an aluminum cooling bar to soothe your skin with every stroke. Of course, it still needs to cut down tough hairs to be effective, and for that it has a three-stage cutting system with a SensoBlade that's designed to cut down hairs both short and long in a single pass, no matter which direction they're growing. Adding a touch of cool to the shaving aisle in August.
It's time to step up your shave game. Co-founded by one of the guys who started Warby Parker, Harry's is a new company that aims to shake up the grooming world, giving guys "a great shave at a fair price". Their launch collection includes two expertly-designed and super ergonomic razors ($10-$20) plus 5-blade replacement cartridges ($2) made by German engineers, and a special shave cream ($8) that's full of good vitamins and extracts. You can order all the Harry's stuff separately, or you can get everything in a set. Sayonara, stubble.
We all know that while there are many fine fragrances out there, few can begin to compare to the perfection of bacon. Now you can wear that scent proudly by working up a rich lather of Bacon Shaving Cream ($15). Crafted by the bacon masters at J&D's, this high-end cream includes moisturizers and essential oils to leave your skin feeling great and heat-activated aromatic technology to ensure that you smell like wonderful, glorious bacon for hours.
It's Movember once again, which means its time to get that two-week growth in check. Man's Face Stuff Moustache Wax ($5-$28) makes it easy. Handmade in facial hair mecca Portland, Oregon, it's weather-resistant, and comes in a variety of subtle scents — the tobacco and coffee infused All Nighter, Gin & Tonic, the crisp, cologne-inspired Stiff Breeze, the cinnamon-tinted Red Hot, and unscented for all you purists out there.
What do you get when you combine years of axe-making skill with a razor? Something along the lines of the Baxter Base Camp X Straight Razor ($280). This limited-edition razor features a Tennessee hickory handle produced by Base Camp X and a square point Hart Steel razor crafted in northern Michigan by artisans that hand grind, mark, and sharpen each blade. The entire package comes wrapped in a rolled pouch crafted from waxed canvas and oiled leather.
From the department of How Did No One Think of This Before, we bring you the Rinser Brush ($22). This ingenious toothbrush sports a built-in scoop that funnels water to a small hole on the top, creating an instant fountain for rinsing out your mouth — hence the name. Features include a button to control the fountain, a no-nonsense design, and GreenerStep Snap replacement heads to ensure that the brush stays useful way after its first bristles are shot.
Tame your wild beard while coating it in manly fragrance with Tobacco Beard Oil ($70). This all-natural oil is made from jojoba, hempseed, and marula oil, while giving off tobacco and floral scents — perfect for making you smell like a pipe-smoking gardening enthusiast.
If you've had trouble finding a power razor that suits your needs, perhaps you should give the Schick Hydro 5 Power Select Razor ($4) a try. Thanks to its comfort control system, it offers three different vibration settings so you can find one that suits your skin, a digital interface with LED screen, a solid, sleek design, and a single button that makes controlling it as easy as can be.
Style your 'stache like you style your hair with Moustache Pomade ($10). Made with organic ingredients and lightly scented with essential oils, it'll keep your upper lip in tip-top shape while keeping your growth under control.
Ask any significant other that's had to clean up stray hairs off the bathroom counter: beard trimming is messy business. Thanks to the Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer ($40), you can finally ditch the tarp-like towel you've been using to keep your cut hairs at bay and trim with freedom. Features include a precision length selector from 1/32 to 23/32 of an inch, maintenance-free blades, a lithium ion battery good for 50 minutes of trimming, and, of course, an integrated vacuum system to ensure a clean counter and happy housemates.
Whether you're going for a clean shave or transforming your Movember 'stache into a full-on beard, the Braun Cruzer 6 Face Shaver ($65) has you covered. Unlike most all-in-one trimmer/shavers, the Cruzer 6 has an extra wide shaving foil so it takes fewer strokes to mow the hair down, while the adjustable guard cuts things to just the right length, and the twistable trimmer gives you wide and narrow sides so you can get as close — and detailed — as you want.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Thanksgiving to bring you the best new product of 2011: The Bear Deodorant Protector ($20) from Old Spice. Buy one and protect the stuff that protects you from sweat and stank, while displaying a noble trophy of manliness right beside your sink for all to see. Available in limited quantities, so order yours fast if you think your Matterhorn needs protecting.