Gift-giving holidays stress me out. Rob just doesn’t want for much (that we can afford, at least – boats, cars, vacation homes, riches and luxuries aside), so truly pleasing him requires a lot of thought and creativity.
My brilliant Christmas-gift idea came from a late-night conversation we had. He complained about needing to shave yet again, and I asked a totally honest question: Isn’t there a better way to do that?
He hates shaving because his Sicilian genes granted him with thick, coarse facial hair. The 3-4-5-6-more-blade razors, no matter what the deep, manly voice says in the commercials, did little more than tear his face up, especially with drier winter skin. My poor stud either had to grow a beard (which I’m not fond of) or routinely torture himself.
He shrugged and went about his torture, accepting it as part of what it meant to be a man, and I went to Google.
My search produced a Today Show story that I skimmed then read aloud while Rob stood at the sink, torture device in motion. Rob said it sounded interesting and terrifying at once – single-blade razor? Was that like those switch-blade looking things you sharpen across a leather strop. I had no clue, either, so I researched more.
It turns out the recommended shaving tools for men – particularly those with thick, coarse hair – is a classic safety razor. It has a handle and a head just like the commercialized numbers we’re all familiar with now, but it houses a single razor blade. I dove into the rabbit hole of the Internet and browsed forums and blogs and pooled together a recommended package to present at Christmas.
A few YouTube searches for demonstrative purposes later, Rob tried out his gift.
“I really like shaving with these.”
I’ve since added Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner to his toolbelt – deemed on shaving forums as a decent stand-in for a more expensive miracle aftershave. Not only is his face smoother than ever, but the painful razor burn he always fought is basically gone.
Nearly a month later, he’s still perfecting his technique, a task he happily performs in 15-20 minute sessions. No longer the torture, it’s become a pleasant routine. He says he’ll teach Toby to shave this way when he’s older and wishes he’d known how different shaving could be when he was younger.
Last night, we wondered why men strayed away from this classic performance. Why did razor companies drop a tool that not only works better but is more cost efficient?
Rob says it’s strictly money. They found a product they could fancy up and convince everyone was great while gobbling up consumers’ money and leaving many with wounded faces and disdain for the often-necessary product. I don’t want to think it was all for the sake of money, that they initially had efficiency at the product’s root.
It really is a shame, though, that no one really openly advertises single-blade razors and the shave men get from one blade that doesn’t jack up their faces the way five or more in one shot seem to.
If it weren’t for knees and shins and ankles, I’d get an old-school razor like this for myself, but I honestly think today’s plastic, several-blade razors with pivoting heads truly are built best for women’s legs, no matter how close that single-blade shave may be.
What, you don't wear your socks as mittens? #outcold #ERFing
Happy kiddos! #triplets
NAILED IT. ☀
Boo ya! I was 4 books behind, but I've rallied! Onto book No. 30! #ABeautifulMess #amreading
Because I'm a total lightweight & don't parent while even slightly drunk, & because I finally found plain sparkling water (not club soda) - fizzy, no-rum mojito water FTW!
Eleanor. She's currently my most challenging child - fearless, doesn't listen to "no" & is very attached to me. For all the frustrations, she is joy defined. This face!
OBNOXIOUS. I doubt this is relevant to Gone Girl's story, so why the conception distinction? Do you ever see an IVF-mention for the random next-door singleton baby? (If it is relevant, I'll apologize for my rant.)
Keep your britches on, & try to refrain from telling me how much you loved or hated this book. I waited this long to read it because I didn't want to be swayed by ALL the hype. (Book No. 29 of 2013) #ABeautifulMess #amreading
Cleaning up the dinner mess while my brain visits Hogwarts. If I can't have a new book in my hands, I'm listening to an already-read book on audio. #amreading ⚡
Pizza sauce today. I dropped the messy ladle carrying it in from the grill. Will I ever learn? Probably not.
The summer sun is going to give me 3 tow heads.
"I working," Callista said. "I hiding," Eleanor said. "Playing with strings!" they both said. Sisters. I love being their mama.
I'll start book No. 28 of 2013 as soon as I'm done dicking around with #ABeautifulMess.
These guys are so at home on a farm. I love it. ☺
I think my basket was filled with strawberries minus 1 bite each. #triplets
Baby Pygmy goat minutes after being born! (Some sort of afterbirth was still hanging around, so ... avoid that area if you're squeamish.)
Looooove my library!
Don't be like me & miss out on this book for too long. WOW! (No real-book pic because I bought the Nook book. In fact, Nook/Kindle/etc. versions are still a steal at $3.99. Buy it!)
HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover - these characters & their humor have made me laugh out loud several times, & I'm not even halfway through! #YAlit #amreading
I really should wear an apron when I cook. ☺