Monday, December 17, 2007


When it comes to men's grooming, surprisingly little has changed since 1948, when Cary Grant in his movie Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House was desperately trying to shave in peace (click to watch the clip). Sure, razors are much better and cool gels can save one from the brush (though I know some men still have one and use it as part of their ritual), but the process is basically the same.

One thing that has changed is the after-shave products. The poor souls no longer need to disinfect their raw skin with an alcohol-based liquid that smell of lavender and pine (ouch. Can you imagine inflicting such treatment on your freshly shaved parts?) and have all kinds of creams and balms to choose from.

My husband has been searching for his holy grail product: A cream that combines the soothing and comforting of a good after-shave with an effective and strong moisturizer. He's finally found one that makes him very happy: Biotherm Homme Ultra Confort. He's used several other Biotherm products in the past, and while liking them quite a bit, none of them was The One, until now. Ultra Confort gets his full endorsement.

According to him the product delivers on all the promises and does a perfect job keeping his skin soft and comfortable feeling. I conducted my own little experiment: I tested Ultra Confort on my own face after a deep cleansing session and thorough exfoliating. The cream made my skin feel calm, replenished the lost moisture and made it incredibly smooth and soft to the touch. I was quite surprised at how good it felt.

I wonder what Cary Grant would have said.

Photo and clip from ShaveBlog.


  1. I loathe shaving- I wish that I was about 10 years younger and didn't have so much grey in my beard- I'd have it all lasered off.

    The only upside I suppose is that it's god exfoliation..

    BTW- that Carol's Daughters place has a great mens line for this- I got a sample of the Rose & Jojoba Body Rub which is brilliant!

  2. "good exfoliation" I should have typed...

  3. I gotta say, I don't think the razors ARE better, now. The razors are easier not to cut yourself with, which isn't the same thing.

    My husband definitely gets a much closer shave with his old-school Merkur safety razor than he ever did with even the most technologically advanced modern razors. He pays for it in time and care, though -- you can't just run one of the Merkurs over an almost-dry face and come out fine on the other side.

  4. Tom- I have yet to meet a man who likes shaving, and I can definitely see why. I don't even enjoy the makeup removing and cleansing routine and it's far less annoying, time consuming or hazardous ;)
    I'll have to get my husband some of the CD men products. He's become good about using these things, which makes me very happy. Thanks for the tip!

    Laura- I get what you mean, but personally, I think that the less blood involved, the better the shave is ;)


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