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AXE Sensitivity Shower Gel created for Sensitive City Study…

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AXE is giving a big boost to guys that need to get in touch with their sensitive side. The iconic leader in men’s care released a Sensitive City Study, conducted in partnership with Bert Sperling’s “Best Places,” to launch the brand’s newest Skin Contact shower gel, AXE Sensitive. California rose to the top of the list with Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for 1st place as the best cities for guys to show off their sensitive side. The South surprisingly came in with the worst marks, naming Nashville as the worst place to try to win a girl over by turning on a softer side.
The study was designed to identify the U.S. cities that are most in tune with the sensitivity girls want — and men need — to help them in the mating game. To produce the study, Sperling’s “Best Places” examined a series of criteria and ranked the cities best equipped to help guys tap into their softer side when it matters most to girls. The criteria included types of magazine subscriptions, abundance of cultural centers such as museums and music venues, types of retail stores and restaurants, and the least amount of “dude-friendly” activities such as fishing and hunting. The findings separated the sensitive from the insensitive, with some interesting results:
Best Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA (tied for first)
  2. New York, NY
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Santa Ana-Anaheim, CA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Cambridge, MA

Worst Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Cincinnati, OH
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Kansas City, MO
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA

California Cities Rise to the Top
The AXE Sensitive City Study revealed that the West coast, with many options for a romantic night out, is the best coast for guys to show off their sensitive side. Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for the No. 1 spot, each boasting a large number of top-rated restaurants and cultural centers. In fact, the Golden State came out on top overall, with six of the top 15 spots going to California cities – not bad odds for Cali guys!

Step It Up Down South
While their charm may impress girls at first, guys in the South need to step up their sensitivity if they want their girls to stick around. Despite the famous concept of “southern hospitality,” six out of the ten least sensitive cities are in the south. Surprisingly, Nashville fared the worst with a high concentration of very typical guy-related activities like motorcycle and RV enthusiasts, and relatively few cultural centers or date-friendly restaurants. Not to worry though, for those sensitive guys in Nashville, there is still plenty to do. Consider a jaunt to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or peruse the Frist Center for Visual Arts for your first date with a girl.
(top pic: Nick at AXE Lounge in the Hamptons; bottom pics: Nick knew how to use a bit of sensitivity to get pop diva, Mariah Carey)
Overcoming Obstacles
AXE partnered with Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” and dating expert Anna David to help guys find ways to turn on the sensitivity, regardless of where they reside.

“Guys, it doesn’t take much effort to show your girl how much she means to you,” Cannon advises. “Listening, understanding and sharing your ‘inner sensitive guy’ are keys to making your girl happy.”

Guys don’t have to be discouraged if their city didn’t top the list — AXE has them covered with some tips from dating and relationship expert Anna David. Now, no matter where you live you can turn on your sensitive side to keep your girl happy.

Approach
    • Trying to get the girl by following the old dating playbook is only a numbers game. Throwing out lines until you find someone who responds will only get you your last choice. If you want to get the right girl, you need to really focus on her.

    Attitude
    • If you take a girl to a party, don’t abandon her and expect her to fend for herself. Introduce her around proudly. Get her a drink. But don’t feel like you have to babysit her, either.

    Action
    • Make small gestures to show her that you care — whether it’s sending a sweet text or grabbing a bag of cherries from the corner store because you know how much your girl likes them.

    • If the girl in your life would rather cuddle up with a book than with you, odds are you need to take your grooming to the next level. Using products like AXE Sensitive Skin shower gel is a great way to keep your skin clean, smooth and irresistible… just how she likes it.
Put Yourself on the Sensitive Fast Track
If you’re not a softy your skin can still be, with new AXE Sensitive Shower Gel. The new mild formula is enriched with cucumber and milk protein, gently cleansing guys’ skin and leaving it soft. The dermatologist-tested shower gel is significantly milder and less drying than regular bar soap. The result is irresistibly soft skin with a calming fragrance that will make girls lean in close and keep coming back for more.

Sensitive is the latest addition to the Skin Contact line, which also includes Hydrating and Smoothing shower gels. Skin Contact Shower Gels feature subtle scents with ingredients such as aloe, cactus milk and cucumber protein and make guys’ skin feel irresistible to the touch.

Be sure to pick up a bottle from a store near you.

Summer Giveaways: AXE Instinct Grooming Kit

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The summer of give-a-ways continues… next up an AXE Instinct Grooming Kit.

Instinct is AXE’s latest fragrance collection.


“The new fragrance is inspired by the scent of rare leathers – think hides worn by primitive hunters to the cool black leather bomber jackets worn by some of America’s biggest pop-culture icons.
Developed with the help of world-renown fragrance expert Ann Gottlieb, Instinct includes hints of spicy pink pepper, raw-leather accords and warm pepperwood. It is available in a deodorant bodyspray, shower gel, deodorant stick and antiperspirant stick.

This is my favorite collection of theirs so far- the dark chocolate was pretty good, the fixer collection was cool, but instinct is a hit. And… check this out, we’re giving away not one, not two, but 10 sets, yesss you read that correctly 10- t e n Axe Instinct Grooming Kits! So this time you will have a GREAT chance of winning! (this would make a nice gift for someone)

To win this AXE Grooming Kit: *fan us on facebook (if you’re on there), leave your name and email in the comment box below (put your addresses in the long/safe format: jack (at) yahoo (dot) com ), and answer this question:

*if you are not on facebook (you can follow us on blogger or on our “coming soon” twitter page)

How many squirts of cologne do you usually spray?
(there’s no right answer)

Legends in Leather collection at the
Power of Leather launch party for AXE Instinct

Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush
at the AXE/Rolling Stone Power of Leather Launch Party

Product Spotlight: Crest Whitestrips, Smile Brighter

 |  Grooming  |  5 Comments

Sometimes a little goes a long way…
that’s the case with Crest Whitesrips.

One of Crest’s teeth whitening kits can cost as little as $20 on sites like amazon or eBay, and that’s probably the amount you spend on lunch for just 2 days maybe 4 if you only spend $5 a meal. Either way, that’s so little compared to how much you can gain from using Crest Whitestrips… you’ll feel a bit better, you’ll look a bit better (or alot), you’ll probably get some compliments. Basically your confidence level should go up (even if only by 5%).

Hugh Jackman, X-Men Premiere April 2009.

Depending on the health condition of your teeth, I feel the average person should use them every 2 yrs or so. If you have very dull teeth, I would suggest maybe every 6 months for a year, then every 2 years or so. If you take excellent care of your teeth (flossing, brushing, mouth wash every day, twice a day) then I would suggest every 3-4 years. But basically Crest has so many different types now (even daily strips) that you can create a whitening routine that works for you.

Usher Raymond on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. February 2009.

I’ve known people to use them every other month– and that is NOT healthy. Yes they had extremely white teeth, but it’s potentially dangerous and could drastically weaken you tooth enamel.

Check out 5 of Crest’s best Whitening Systems:

The Classic.

The classic Crest Whitestrips are perfect for those who’ve never used an at-home teeth whitening system. They’re mild, usually the cheapest, and can just about be found any and everywhere. The only drawback is that they don’t stick to your teeth very well, making them a little uncomfortable.

Directions: Use 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks (14 days).
(Purchase Crest Whitestrips Classic HERE)

The Premium.
The premium Crest Whitestrips are perfect for those who want to see quick results and want a whiter smile than the classic will give you. And sometimes these are less expensive than the classic.

Directions: Use 30 minutes twice each day for 1 week (7 days).
(Purchase Crest Whitestrips Premium HERE)

The Advanced Seal.
The advanced seal Crest Whitestrips are the latest product from Crest. These are the best because they hold on tight to your teeth allowing you to multi-task while wearing them (work out, run errands, drink water, etc.) These whiten the teeth like the premium, and you’ll start seeing results within 3 days.

Directions: Use 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks (14 days).
(Purchase Crest Advanced Seal HERE)

The Healthy Radiance & Daily Whitening



Crest Healthy Radiance and Daily Whitening are also newer Crest products and they are ideal for those with sensitive teeth. These are also great for those who just need to do a little teeth whitening maintenance.

Directions: Use 5 minutes each day.
(Purchase Crest Healthy Radiance HERE)
(Purchase Crest Daily Whitening HERE)

If you want to buy them in person I would suggest searching the Sunday paper for a coupon or purchasing a coupon from eBay. (Be cautious of buying the whitening systems on eBay, they seem to carry alot of expired Crest kits). Now some of you may ask, well why are you only highlighting Crest? Aren’t there other great systems? And I answer in one simple word “No”. Lol, I’m just kiddin, look, there probably are some okay systems out there, Rembrant was one of the best back in the day… but Crest is like the Mac of mp3 players- its simply the best.

For more information and for a $7 coupon off Crest Advanced Seal, go HERE.

Product Review: Axe & Edge

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When it comes to a men’s grooming brand making products that not only work, but somehow entertain- Axe is it. They never fail at leaving quite the impression after one views their intentionally corny and funny commercials, this time they opted to create an entire website focused on their newest products…. www.thefixers.com


If you’re tired? SHOCK. If you’re dull? FEVER. If you’re groggy? RECOVERY. Feeling shameful? SNAKE PEEL.

Urban Gent Review: 4/5. This collection is sort of great, Axe offers a nice variety of scents so a guy is bound to find atleast one he’ll like. My favorite- the Snake Peel shower scrub (yellow bottle) and Recovery deodorant bodyspray (green can)- smells great, your lady will love these…


EDGE Infused (Lotionized Shave Gel)
Edge’s newest line of shave gel designed to go beyond regular shave protection by giving men a noticeably smooth and healthy look with vitamins, anti-oxidants and natural ingredients like Ginseng, Watermint and Witch Hazel.

Urban Gent Review: 3.5/5. Created a nice thick lather. The guys who tried this said it gave them a nice comfortable shave. I like that the shaving gel is lotionized , so it leaves a man’s skin alot softer than other shaving cremes.

Don’t Drop the Soap: Best Soap Bars for Men (Top 10 List)

Some people just like good ole’ fashion soap bars… and here’s the best…
Tom Ford, $18

This cleansing bar seems to be making its way to every gentleman’s shower- the soap smells great, lasts, and has been highly rated since its release.

Bliss Mammoth Minty Scrub Soap, $18
Supposedly the currently most wanted big bar soap, mainly b/c of its ability to scrub.

Anthony Logistics For Men Glycerin Cleansing Bar, $8.50
100% vegetable-based with natural ingredients to
promote healthy skin.

Dove Beauty Bar, $1.35
Nope, it’s not just for women. Many men swear by Dove

The Art of Shaving Tangerine Body Soap, $18
Cleans, purifies and moisturizes with Tangerine essential oil, high in Vitamin C from California, and Kokum butter to nourish and revitalize the skin

Musgo Real Men’s Body Soap, $6.00
Developed for the aristocracy, this men’s soaps has been handmade and stamped in Portugal since 1887. One of the most popular soap amongst real men.

Sexy For Men Soap Bar, $5.00
A new vegan soap to try.

Molton Brown Moisture Rich Aloe & Palm Body Bar, $22
The “multi-tasker soap”- perfect for face, body, and creates the the perfect foam for a great shave. Contains shea butter, aloe vera, palm oil and pure essential oils.

Zest, $1.99 (3 bars)
There’s nothing like being zestfully clean.

Anthony Logistics For Men Mud Scrub Exfoliating Bar, $12.50
Deep Cleansing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product is donated to prostate cancer research.

Other Good Brands: Old Spice, Sharps Happy Me All Over (sold out everywhere though), Irish Green, Palms Cocoa Butter Soap (and Shea Butter Soap).

Manscaping 101: Men Hair Removal Tips

I was watching an episode of The Doctors on ABC and one of the topic that came up was “Manscaping“- which is basically a corny yet cool way to summarize men’s hair removal and grooming. It seems that alot of guys have issues with shaving certain parts, in fear that it decreases masculinity. But as one manly and macho guy learned on the show- shaving and just being well-groomed in general is not only healthier, but it makes you feel better.

The face: Unless you’re going for the “scruffy look”, always keep your facial hairs neatly trimmed.
Breakdown of Facial Hair

- Head Hair: I just say keep it washed, neat, and clean. Maintain your hairstyle.

- Mustache: Keep it trimmed. If you have a mustache be proud of it… remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter had mustache… too funny, here’s a clip.

- Beard: I feel like even if it’s scruffy, make it neatly scruffy… unless you’re trying out for some kind of role in a movie in which you’re playing a bum, or hippie, or mountain man.

- Nose hair: Keep small clippers, nose hair trimmer, or tweezers around to clip away any hairs that are hanging out of your nose.

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The body: This is all a matter of personal preference, so opinions on what to keep or not to keep trimmed varies from person to person.

Breakdown of Body Hair

- Chest: I don’t think you should really worry about shaving your chest, unless you’re just extremely hairy. Most guys have the right amount of hair here.

- Arm pits: A guy with no pit hair would seem a bit off to me (unless you play a sport in which you needed to be hairless), but with that said I don’t think you should let it get too out of control. I would suggest mildly trimming your pit hairs down maybe about twice a year… it just all depends on how much pit hair you grow and how fast it grows back.

- Groin: I won’t even pity paddle around this… I think your private hairs should be trimmed and neat. Dr. Drew Ordon on The Doctors Show said it best, “Treat that area like a frame and the picture should fit in the frame.” Translation: Don’t have a bunch of wild bushy hair growing down there. It’s alot better for you and your partner if you keep that area clean and tidy. Some people may go as far as to cut it all off, but that may be too extreme for some and too feminine for others.

- Legs/Arms: Don’t shave your legs or arms… unless you’re just into that sort of thing.

- Back: I have never personally seen a man with back hair (close friends, relatives, I’ve seen it on TV though), but some guys do have it… actually, many guys have it. And if you fall into that category feel free to give tips on how to maintain back hair. I would propose that if you like it then keep it, if not, then consider getting it waxed or maybe even undergo laser hair removal.

- The…. Rear: I know some of you may be thinking “huh?”. But I actually got in a sort of weird conversation with one of my friends the other day about this. We were on the phone talking and I asked what he was doing, he replied “shaving”… then he went on to tell me he was shaving his butt… Lol… I found it funny. But anyway, he told me that he was doing it for sanitary purposes because his hairs were just too long <3>… and I’ll just end that right there. So if you need to do it, then please by all means- trim your butt hair! lol

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Ways to remove the hair

There are many options to removing your unwanted hair….

Classics: Shaver and Razor

Alternatives: Waxing, Laser Hair Removal, etc.

I found some of the best products for you guys- check them out HERE.

Featured Items:

- Single Blade Shaver
- Body Grooming Shaver
- Men’s Hair Removal Spray
- Men’s Wax
- Nose/Ear Hair Trimmer
-Top Notch Wet/Dry Shaver

*Oh and remember even Diddy and Jay-Z wax their body… so don’t be scared.

Please note: Most African-American males have to put more care into shaving. Here’s some shaving advice for African-American males… (this mainly is for facial hair).

  • Applying a shaving lotion after shaving will reduce the appearance of redness. This is also great for women after shaving legs, bikini lines and underarms.
  • Be sure to always use a clean blade when shaving with a razor. This can be best achieved by only using new blades and discarding ones that have been previously used three or more times.
  • If you use an electric razor, replace the rotary blades or foil after a few months. Of course if you’re required to shave daily, you may have to replace them sooner. This can be a headache since many rotary blade components cost more than half of what the entire razor is worth.
  • While shaving with a handheld razor, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Most hair on men’s faces, slant downward, so be sure to shave in that direction. This is also important around the neck areas since shaving against the grain is one of the main causes of pointy, sharp hairs that can burrow back into the skin.
  • Don’t stretch your skin while shaving. Pulling your cheeks, chin or neck while shaving in order to get a closer shave, can cause darkness and discoloration of underlying skin tissue. This is especially true for light and fair-skinned Black men who have dark, prominently textured hair.
  • Watch what you eat. A lot of skin irritations may subside if certain foods are avoided. Fatty foods, foods containing oils, cholesterol and sodium, can make your skin more susceptible to damage while shaving.
  • Give up on razors and use a depilatory. Depilatories work well on most skin, but not on all. They can remove facial hair in a matter of minutes, but just like blade shaving, can cause a bit of irritation and redness. Be careful not to use alcohol-based aftershaves or creams immediately after using a depilatory. Mixing the two is like throwing flames onto your face.
  • Grow a beard. This may not be the best solution for those required to shave daily, such as the military and other business professions. But if you can swing it, why not? You will totally eliminate the razor bump worries and ingrown hair issues. Even better, you can get rid of those sharp blades!

More advice (some tips may repeat).

Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.

Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.

Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.

Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a DE razor. One doctor said, “I highly dissuade patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.”

Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.

Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave creme. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.

Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like a post-shave repair creme to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.

Resist the urge to simply pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem.

Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Everyone’s been guilty of the 30-second shave on Monday morning, but shaving slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.

If you find that you are suffering from severe cases of inflammation or razor bumps, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may be a candidate for electrolysis (a low-level current is used to destroy follicles) or skin depilatories (chemical creams that soften and minimize growth).tips via menscience and mybrotha

Don’t forget to moisturize as well- especially in the winter.

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