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Harry’s Razor Stand – A Home for your Handle

I haven’t been blogging much lately, but leave it to Harry’s to spark some inspiration and get me off the phone and in front of the computer.  If you follow GGV on the blog, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that being vegan is a lot more than just posting pics of food (even though we’re all guilty of it). One of my favorite hashtags to use on Twitter and Instagram is #CrueltyFree.  It sends a really powerful message and, as advocates for animals, it is something vegans take very seriously.  Veganism is about animal advocacy and incorporating it into all aspects of your life – not just what you eat.  I say it in my tag line, ‚ÄúFood ‚ÄĘ Drinks ‚ÄĘ Clothes ‚ÄĘ Shoes ‚ÄĘ Grooming ‚ÄĘ All the in between”.  

One of my favorite things to talk about is #GroomVegan and usually when I do, I’m talking about Harry’s.  I first blogged about Harry’s back in 2013 and then again in 2014, when they were on the brink of their second birthday.  I don’t get paid to talk about them, and the reason why I do so much is because of their commitment to keeping their shaving creams and moisturizers #Vegan & #CrueltyFree.  I also promote them a lot because they’re blades and handles give me the best shave I have ever had.  I can still remember buying my first Harry’s Truman set.  I shot an email to a customer service rep, and within 8 minutes I had a response to my inquiry.  The rep provided me with a list of the ingredients and a 100% guarantee that the ingredients in the shave cream were vegan, free from animal testing, parabens, sulfate and gluten!

For about 2 years, all of my handles have been cooped up in their original boxes all alone for no one to admire, myself especially.  UNTIL NOW!  If you haven’t heard already, Harry’s newest shaving accessory is a home for your handle.  Harry’s Razor Stand combines the slick design, ingenuity and functionality that I’ve relied on for almost 3 years.  The new stand is like a mini brick; a solid foundation for your razor handle so it stays out of box and on the counter top.  It keeps your blades dry and your Harry’s handle collection on display.

I happen to think that the lumberjack beard is on its way out.  Although I applaud you if you’re harboring any baby birds in there.  Every animal deserves a good home.  But if you’re not, it’s time to clean up your act.  Shave smarter, shave closer and pick up a Harry’s shave set and don’t forget to get a home for your handle.

For anyone who’s wondering, Harry’s is…
GGV STAMP OF APPROVAL

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Vegan Cuts the Guys a Deal

guys-go-vegan_7This post is especially for the newly vegan guys who are still wandering through the grocery store looking for vegan deodorant, face wash, etc. ¬†If there are any¬†seasoned vegan guys reading, I hope I’m introducing you to some new incredible products.¬†¬†vegan_cutsThe Vegan Cuts Male Grooming Box products¬†should be in your stable of personal care products at all times.

I’ll admit it. ¬†The first time I went on Vegan Cuts¬†to send my brother a birthday present, I was a little disappointed that there were only women’s beauty boxes and snack boxes. ¬†Although, extremely fun and exciting in their own right, it left me wanting a lot more. ¬†So needless to say, when Vegan Cuts reached out to me and asked me to test out the new Men’s Grooming Box, which was co-curated by The Discerning Brute himself, Joshua Katcher, I think I responded to their email before they even had a chance to hit the send button.

When they said “Limited Edition” they weren’t lying. ¬†This is an EXCLUSIVE¬†box filled with unique, VEGAN, men’s specific grooming products which are NEVER TESTED ON ANIMALS and are damn near impossible to find in stores. ¬†I am stressing exclusivity here. ¬†It sold out literally in the first week. ¬†Oh and again, Joshua Katcher put his name on this. ¬†That’s right, THE DISCERNING BRUTE. ¬†So for future reference (hint hint…OCTOBER 2014!!!!!!!) when Vegan Cuts calls, you better pick up the next men’s box in OCTOBER 2014!!!!! ¬†DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Ok, lets see…WHAT’S IN THE MEN’S VEGAN GROOMING BOX!?¬† Let’s start from the top¬†and work our way down, ok?


The Relucir Shampoo is actually shampoo suitable for both you and the ladies. ¬†I’ve been using the shampoo for a solid week straight now. ¬†This is what¬†you’ll notice first. ¬†The scent…the most important part of manly personal care products. ¬†What popped out to me first was the citrus smell, followed immediately by the rosemary. ¬†For me anytime you work rosemary into things other than food, it relaxes me almost as much as lavender. ¬†So I give the scent an A+.

The long-term effects are a bit more subtle at first, but you’ll definitely recognize a huge difference using this shampoo regularly. ¬†Like a lot guys, I suffer from the occasional dry or itchy scalp. ¬†For some reason going into this summer, I noticed I had a lot of dry skin. ¬†Honestly, it’s disappeared since I’ve been using Relucir. ¬†I’ve noticed that my hair has simply felt healthier and its also been reacting with my styling products a lot better. ¬†Great choice VC and TDB! ¬†This gets the first¬†big ol’ GGV stamp of approval.


Next out of the box is a product from a company that I am happy to say I am familiar with already. ¬†The big, bad, vegan, no-animal-testing ally¬†from across the pond, The Bulldog. ¬†The Bulldog Original Face-wash¬†from Bulldog Skincare for Men is by far my favorite face wash that I’ve ever used. ¬†Again, first thing you’ll notice is the scent. ¬†You can see their ingredients right on the product page. ¬†I’m telling you, if I could bottle this scent and douse myself in it every day, I would. ¬†So if anyone from Bulldog is reading this, please take note.

I usually wash my face in the shower after my crazy Insanity workouts. ¬†What I like about this face wash is the lather. ¬†Its not very heavy on my face, if that makes any sense. ¬†You barely feel it going on, but trust me you’ll notice the benefits. ¬†It also washes away easily leaving my face really refreshed. ¬†You might notice a trend in this post. ¬†So once again, great pick and The Bulldog gets the GGV¬†official stamp of approval.


Next up to bat is a product from a company that I first discovered this past year at the NYC Veg Food Fest. ¬†The Fanciful Fox, handmade personal care products for both the guys and the ladies, is actually made not too far from me in Scranton, PA. ¬†When I saw they were involved I was really excited. ¬†The Dapper Facial Serum¬†is for the true gentleman¬†in us all. ¬†Just a few drops on your face and you’ll be smooth and soft for the whole day. ¬†Not only that, you’ll smell damn good. ¬†There’s something about patchouli that just boosts my confidence in the morning. ¬†Try any of their products and you’ll see what I mean. ¬†What’s great about this serum is how little you actually need to cover your whole face. ¬†Seriously 1 or 2 little drops is all you need. ¬†So not only is it¬†a mandatory item for your personal care arsenal, but its very friendly on your wallet. ¬†BAM! GGV stamp of approval!


Let’s stay on the face for just one more second.¬† For a long time now, I’ve been stressing to my friends the importance of using a shaving oil, either on its own or in conjunction with your favorite vegan shaving cream. ¬†Shaving oils just make it that much easier for the blade to move across your skin catching each and every hair on your face. ¬†Allow me to turn the spotlight on Mr. Mustachio Shaving Oil¬†which is one of the best shaving oils that I have ever used. ¬†Made in small batches by Formulary 55, I cannot recommend¬†using this shaving oil enough. ¬†I usually¬†apply the shaving oil first. ¬†I rub a generous drop or two vigorously into my skin before I apply my shaving cream. ¬†I use both items, because with traditional razors, double edge safety razors and even a cutthroat razor, I find that my skin really likes the oil and the shaving cream combined. ¬†So that’s what I do. ¬†The direct result is a silky smooth, hairless face and I really think the main reason for that is using the oil as a solid base. ¬†Hello, Handsome.¬† MR. MUSTACHIO! ¬†Stamp please…bam again! ¬†GGV approved!

Let’s move off the face to the underarms. ¬†Ok, so when I opened the box and saw that there was a deodorant, I was pretty pumped.¬† Before receiving this new product, I had been using another vegan-friendly, natural deodorant.¬† I won’t name names, but I’ll tell you that one was failing the Shaun T “Insanity” test miserably; my wife and cats can¬†attest to that.¬† Enter¬†Schmidt’s Cedarwood + Juniper Natural Deodorant.¬† This isn’t your traditional roll on deo. ¬†You’ve got to be man and use your hand. ¬†That’s right, don’t let this little jar fool¬†you. ¬†It’s a powerhouse vegan deodorant. ¬†Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant makes vegan friendly deodorants for us guys and the ladies as well. ¬†So I guess at this point you’ll want to know how it works. ¬†All you need to do is pinch a bit out of the jar and rub it in. ¬†Its quite simple. ¬†Next question…does it work? ¬† Have you done the “Insanity” work out, known someone who survived it or even seen the infomercial on TV? ¬†If not, just look it up really quickly. ¬†Sweat literally pours off my body during the workout, so I’ll naturally catch a whiff every so often to see if I’m stinking up the room.¬† The first time I used this deodorant, I smelled great. ¬†Like I just walked out of the woods. ¬†Like a man should smell, right? ¬†Haha! ¬†Seriously, I’m not joking. ¬†After the workout, it smelled as if I just applied it. ¬†Ask me again if it works and I’ll stamp your head with the GGV stamp of approval! ¬†Buy this right now.


Last, but certainly not least, do me a favor. ¬†Reach for your wallet. ¬†Has it seen better days? ¬†If you’re like me, you’ve cycled through a few different innovative options: recycled bike tubes, recycled seat belts, etc. ¬†They’re all great options, but there’s a certain George Constanza thickness to them. ¬†Fresh off a very successful Kickstarter campaign, allow me introduce the SLIDE Wallet by Stitch &¬†Locke. ¬†Extremely thin, eco-friendly and animal friendly, the SLIDE wallet offers the best of design and functionality. ¬†As I mentioned before, I’ve used some unique wallets in the past, but none have gotten the reaction that this wallet has. ¬†I love the contrast between the cork and the denim. ¬†It really pops when you whip this bad boy out at the bar. ¬†It is sure to impress just about everyone. ¬†The one issue I ran into with the bike tube wallet was heat. ¬†Once it got hot out, it never seemed to want to leave my pocket. ¬†It just stuck to my leg. ¬†The seatbelt wallet definitely served me best and didn’t mind the change in temperatures, but its just a little bit on the bulky side. ¬†The SLIDE wallet’s sleek design is perfect for me when I’m wearing a suit. ¬†If I’m at a wedding I tend to ditch the wallet all together. ¬†Now I actually don’t have to. ¬†Its so small, that I can barely feel it on my inside breast pocket. ¬†So I’m going to give out one more stamp of approval on the SLIDE Wallet and highly recommend picking one up as soon as possible. ¬†Your money will thank you for it.


As I conclude this article, I want mention a few things.  I was asked to test out these products by Vegan Cuts and I was way more than happy to do so.  Many thanks go out to the folks over at Vegan Cuts for thinking of me for this trial run.  However, I want you to know, honestly that I tested these products out and really pushed them to the limits (i.e. the deodorant).  My opinions and reviews are mine and I stand by them.  If I seem excited by these products, its because I am.  I truly enjoyed these products and I highly recommend them.  If you have any questions about these products feel free to shoot me an email or get in touch with the companies directly.

Until next time Guys…Go Vegan and don’t look back!

All the best,

GGV

Almost Happy Birthday Harry’s

On the brink of their one year anniversary, Harry’s is reaching for the stars and literally plucking them down from the night sky.¬† Having just taken the men’s grooming world by storm back in March 2013, Harry’s has quickly found a cozy home for themselves in the booming niche of men’s grooming.¬† It’s almost as if they have been at this for hundreds of years, but they haven’t, it’s only been 10 months…10 MONTHS!!!!!!!

As I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed on this snow-covered morning, I came across a new tweet from my favorite VEGAN friendly shaving company.¬† There was an article from DealB%k in the NY Times written by Michael J. De La Merced, in which he highlights the most recent move from Harry’s that will undoubtedly shake up the “David vs. Goliath” world of shaving once again.¬† This past Monday they announced the purchase of their own¬† razor blade factory in Germany – the very factory that already produces their “sharperer” razor blades so that you can have a smoother than a baby’s bottom face for a fantastic price.¬† This is very exciting news from a company that I’ve been keeping a close eye on ever since I came across one of their Facebook advertisements just this past summer.¬† If you are interested in the details of the deal, I highly recommend reading the article,

A Start-Up Run by Friends Takes On Shaving Giants

Briefly about Harry’s…

Based on a simple idea from the genius minds of Andy Katz-Mayfield & Jeff Raider, the two set out with one goal in mind, which is my favorite tag lines from their website:

Harrys

“Handsomer. Sharperer. Less Expensiver. An exceptional shave at a fraction of the price”

“Harry’s was built out of respect…for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn’t have to overpay for a great shave.”

Those very elements: quality craftsmanship, simple design, convenience and affordability are infused into every aspect of this New York City based start-up.¬† Holding a Harry’s, you quickly realize this isn’t your run of the mill razor.¬† Every time I shave I know that my facial hair doesn’t stand a chance!¬† Did I mention the price?!¬† With a Harry’s razor and shaving cream, rest assured that your wallet won’t be pillaged like the Vikings raiding England.¬† You’re getting a great shave with a great design and a fantastic price.¬† Its a solid piece of equipment that your face and your wallet will be thanking you for years to come.

Cheers to you, Harry’s.¬† I cannot wait to see what else you guys have up your sleeves.

GGV

TRUe gentleMAN

Greetings Vegan Brothers,

I think I stopped shaving on a regular basis when I realized that the blades were costing me more than a tank of gas, and the razors required more battery power than my cell phone.¬† This all changed when I got my first hot towel single blade shave.¬† From then on, I have been fascinated by the thriving renaissance of the good ol’ fashioned shave.

As Movember rapidly approaches, your significant other is most likely cringing at the thought of having to deal with the beautiful, bountiful and bristly hairs of that glorious ‘stache.¬† After finding out about the product detailed here, you can now assure them that, even if they choose to boycott your lips, the rest of your face will be cleanly shaven.

Bored and scrolling through Facebook one day, breezing past countless pictures of babies and ecards, a little ad caught my eye.¬† This ad was for a shaving company called Harry’s.¬† Immediately, I was attracted to Harry’s classic and simple design, so I had to dive in a little deeper and explore the offerings on their site.¬† I found that their color schemes and product designs were modern and masculine and…wait for it…their prices are actually affordable.¬† Like I mentioned above, shaving had become a rare act; could it be possible that I, a middle class American, could now afford to shave a on regular basis?¬† Not only that, could I actually enjoy the process of shaving?

Let me tell you, the best way to experience Harry’s is to purchase a set, whether it be The Truman, The Winston, or The Fall/Winter Truman. They all come with a VEGAN, NO ANIMAL TESTING-friendly shave cream, 3 blades and a sexy-looking razor all for under $25 (with free shipping too).¬† Guys Go Vegan reached out to Harry’s to check in on their shaving cream, and within 5 minutes had an email back with the complete list of ingredients.¬† Fantastic customer service and the ingredients are 100% GGV approved.

I went ahead an ordered the The Fall/Winter Truman “Woodsman” color.¬† You’ll see the packaging below, which mirrors Harry’s sleek website design.¬† It was a great shave to say the least, and the shaving cream fragrance was definitely pleasant and not overwhelming.¬† A little drop of the cream goes a long way, so you’ll have it for a while.¬† It felt great to find this gem and not have to shell out tons of money, as is entirely possible with some of Harry’s competitors.

Harry’s is about great design, convenience and a great shave at a low cost.¬† They offer a handy Auto-Refill service, depending on how fast your shadow shows up each day, which translates into one less thing to worry about.¬† While you’re exploring their site, don’t forget to check out their We Give A Shave program, which helps veterans returning from war re-adapt to home life.

I can’t say enough about Harry’s, so feel free to take a look at the pictures of the set I received and see for yourself.

Cheers,

GGV