As a New Yorker, slow is not my forte. I walk fast, talk fast, type fast (75 wpm. uh huh). I’m fast. But I’d like to be slow. It’s a goal . . . a dream, really. I want to breathe deep, stop to smell the roses, smile at passersby.

To aid my ambition, I’m exploring slow things. Like Slow Food. This is one movement I can definitely get into: eating supremely tasty food that’s grown in a way that respects the environment and fosters community.

What’s not to like?

And now, I’m thinking about slow shaving. Blogger Jesse Jacobs, founder of Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco — tea is inherently slow, no? — has kick started a slow shaving movement. He invites you to take the rush out of your daily shave and instead 1) Start with Gratitude and 2) Witness the Whiskers. The list goes on from there.

Now, I’m slowly figuring out  how to decrease the pace of my own shaving, wondering if Jacobs’ technique can be applied to legs and underarms.

- Marisa

Remington Touch Trimmer

All this talk of sexy stubble clearly has electric razor manufacturers in a tizzy.

As they try to outdo each other — whose device is sleeker, easier-to-use, more attractive resting on the bathroom sink — we (that’s those of use who have yet to go electric or yet to grow a beard) get to sit back and giggle at the results.

Wired’s Charlie Sorrel give us a particularly honest critique of Remington’s Touch Control Beard and Stubble Trimmer:

.  .  . Sure, “shaving” once a week is lazy enough, but to do it without pressing any buttons or turning any dials? Heaven. The Remington also sports self-sharpening titanium blades, charges via USB (actually kind of useless in the bathroom), a motorized comb (sounds dangerous) and — most importantly — can cut at a ridiculous 175 different lengths: from 0.4 to 18mm. This makes my Philips, which runs from 1-18mm in huge 1mm steps, seem like I’m scraping my face with a flint.

This made me laugh.

But perhaps I’m smiling because I don’t have to wrangle my facial hair into lady-dazzling stubble each week?

- Marisa

Shaving Fun Ken

As someone who put her Barbies through all sorts of mental and physical challenges in the 80s (on any given day Barbie could be found driving her eponymous vehicle with a pair of pants on her head or trying to break out of a prison fashioned by a shoe box), I’m not sure why I find Shaving Fun Ken Doll slightly disturbing. All he wants is a clean shave — or a stylish goatee. Is that too much to ask?

My resistance to Ken who shaves may stem from the fact that I now parent a three year old boy who has zero interest in any toy that isn’t actively chasing bad guys or zooming towards “infinity and beyond.” There’s no way my little guy would have the patience — or dexterity — required to relieve Ken of his stubble . . . unless I put a cape on the plastic dude and charged him with the task of rescuing Barbie from some unfortunate fate.

But if I dig deeper, I find that my cynicism surrounding this particular Ken has more to do with the way he’s marketed. Shaving isn’t fun. Everyone knows that.  It can be useful or meditative or a good time to make the day’s to-do list — but fun, it is not.

There’s something dishonest about this Ken and his creative facial hair. Yet, he’s got nothing on Sweet Talking Ken Doll.

- Marisa

30 days to a greener life!

We are really proud to be part of Project Green Challenge, an incredible initiative empowering young people to shift the way they live their lives — in just 30 days.

Each day, PGC presents participants with a challenge — to change the way they use precious resources or to reconsider a habitual way of doing something.

We challenge people everywhere to reconsider the way they shave: to think about the life of their razor blades; to consider the ingredients used in their shaving products and to look at the packaging used to house those products. It’s easier than ever to green your daily shave.

We can help.

ASU student with All Natural Shaving Oil

Last week, Pacific Shaving Company made its debut in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

As part of our ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross, we were honored to be part of the Appalachian State University blood drive — one of the best drives yet.

Donors received a sample of our All Natural Shaving Oil as thanks for their participation.

And what participation it was! ARC collected 1,255 unit of blood.





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