#MyTravelShavie Did you ever shave in front of a Landmark?

Thursday, June 18, 2015 4:25:33 PM Europe/Paris

Just try it!

Raz*War organises the Summer Challenge "My Travel Shavie"

The goal is to post a photo snapshot on our followed Social Networks* of your Shave of the Day with the hashtag #MyTravelShavie.

A user can send as many #MyTravelShavie shots he wants. Please feel free to tag @RazWar to make sure we see the shot.

The best photos will be awarded the following prices:

 
  1st price : A Deluxe Travel Kit worth 179,95€ !
  2nd price : A Deluxe El Cid Double Edged Razor kit worth 89,95€!
  3ième prix : An Expert El Fidel Neo Raz*War kit worth 52,95€!
 
This contest runs from the 18th of June till the 1st of September 2015. On the 1st of September 2015 Raz*War will designate 3 winners based on community votes. The communication will be spread through our Facebook page.

 

Posted in News By Stephan Pire

Today, we celebrate the introduction of a fierce new Shaving Soap: The Anne Bonny Shaving Soap (West Indies Bay oil, dark rum, lime, black tea)

Anne Bonny Shaving Soap (West Indies Bay oil, dark rum, lime, black tea)We got the great story from the Krewe of Bonney Read

The History and Legends of Anne Bonney and Mary Read

Anne Bonney and Mary Read are the most famous -- and ferocious -- women pirates in history, and they are the only ones known to have plied their trade in the Western Hemisphere. Anne Bonney, born in County Cork, Ireland, was the illegitimate daughter of lawyer William Cormac and his housemaid. They immigrated to America after Anne's birth in the late 1600s and settled on a plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.

A headstrong young woman "with a fierce and courageous temper," she eloped with a young ne'er-do-well, James Bonney, against her father's wishes. James took her to a pirates' lair in New Providence in the Bahamas, but in 1718, when Bahamian Governor Woodes Rogers offered the King's pardon to any pirate, James turned informant. Anne was disgusted with his cowardice and soon after, she met and fell in love with the swaggering pirate Captain Jack Rackham. Disguising herself as a male, she began sailing with him on his sloop Vanity, with its famous skull-and-crossed-daggers flag, preying on Spanish treasure ships off Cuba and Hispaniola. It is reported that she became pregnant by Jack and retired from piracy only long enough to have her baby and leave it with friends in Cuba before rejoining him and her adventurous life on the high seas. Mary Read was born at Plymouth, England, about 1690. Her mother's husband was a sea-faring man who left on a long voyage and was never heard from again. He'd left his wife pregnant and she gave birth to a sickly male child who died soon after the illegitimate birth of his half-sister, Mary.

 

The mother waited years for her husband to return and when her money ran out, she took Mary to London to appeal to her mother-in-law for financial help. She knew this old woman disliked girls, so she dressed Mary in boy's clothes and made her pretend to be her son. The mother-in-law was fooled and promised a crown a week to help support them. Mary continued to masquerade as a boy for many years, even after the old woman died and the financial aid ended. Then a teenager, Mary was hired out as a footboy to a French woman. But according to history, "here she did not live long, for growing bold and strong, and having also a roving mind, she entered herself on board a man-of-war, where she served some time; then quitted it." Still disguised as a male, she enlisted in a foot regiment in Flanders and later a horse regiment, serving in both with distinction. Get the new shaving soap[/caption]She fell in love with a fellow soldier, disclosed her true sex, and began dressing as a female. After their marriage, she and her husband became innkeepers, owning the Three Horseshoes near the castle of Breda in Holland. Unfortunately, he died young and her fortunes soon dwindled. She knew that life in the 1700s was much easier as a man than as a woman, so she reverted back to men's clothing and started her life over, this time going to sea on a Dutch merchant ship heading to the Caribbean. On one voyage, the ship was commandeered by English pirates with whom she sailed and fought until they accepted the King's pardon in 1718 and began operating as privateers.

 

Soon afterwards, their ship was overtaken by Captain Jack Rackham's Vanity and, bored of the legitimate life, she again turned pirate. Anne Bonney was already part of Rackham's crew, and she and Mary quickly discovered each other's cross-dressing secret and became close friends. Despite her tough exterior, Mary found a lover on board and is said to have saved his life by protecting him from a threatened duel. She picked a fight with his opponent first and, with deadly use of her sword and pistol, ended his life before he could harm her husband-to-be. Both Anne and Mary were known for their violent tempers and ferocious fighting, and they shared a reputation as "fierce hell cats." Their fellow crewmembers knew that -- in times of action -- no one else was as ruthless and bloodthirsty as these two women were. Captain Jack, nicknamed "Calico Jack" for his love of colorful cotton clothing, was a well-known pirate in those days, but his reputation has survived through the ages primarily because of these two infamous women pirates on his crew. In late October 1720, Rackkam's ship was anchored off Point Negril, Jamaica, the pirates celebrating recent victories in their typical hard-drinking tradition. Suddenly a British Navy sloop -- the man-o-war Albion, headed by Captain Jonathan Barnet -- surprised them. The drunken male pirates quickly hid below deck, leaving only Anne and Mary to defend their ship.

 

The women yelled at their pirate mates to "come up, you cowards, and fight like men," and then angrily raged against them, killing one and wounding several others. But the women were eventually overwhelmed by the British Navy, and the entire crew was captured and taken to Jamaica to stand trial. Captain Jack and the male members of his crew were tried on November 16, 1720, and were sentenced to hang. Anne was allowed to visit her lover in his cell before his execution, and instead of the consoling, loving words he was undoubtedly expecting, her scathing comments live on throughout history: "Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang'd like a dog." Anne and Mary were tried one week after Rackham's death and were also found guilty.

 

But at their sentencing, when asked by the judge if they had anything to say, they replied, "Mi'lord, we plead our bellies." Both were pregnant, and since British law forbade killing an unborn child, their sentences were stayed temporarily. Mary is said to have died of a violent fever in the Spanish Town prison in 1721, before the birth of her child. Other reports say she feigned death and was sneaked out of the prison under a shroud. No record of Anne's execution has ever been found. Some say that her wealthy father bought her release after the birth of her child and she settled down to a quiet family life on a small Caribbean island.

 

Others believe that she lived out her life in the south of England, owning a tavern where she regaled the locals with tales of her exploits. And yet others say Anne and Mary moved to Louisiana where they raised their children together and were friends to the ends of their lives.

Copyright 2009 Krewe of Bonney Read, All Rights Reserved Worldwide. For more information about the Krewe, you can contact them.
Posted in News By Stephan Pire

Pick the right Shaving Brush

Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:21:07 AM Europe/Paris

There is so much to say that it would be possible to write twenty pages on the issue of chosing a shaving brush ... let's go with the simplest things for a start.

Raz*War has been encouraging to "shave differently" for a long time. We have pushed to abandon conventional gels and shaving foams. Their lone argument is expensive yet aggressive TV ads. Any advertising budget won't turn a bad product into a great experience.

Why? Because they contain a series of components that are harmful for the skin (as we consider for example the fact that the bubbles of your shaving cream is made gas propelling the bomb: isobutane) and because these products lack the essential ingredient for a quality shave: water! Plenty of water!

Badgers are mostly boars

To use a soap or shaving cream, you will need the ultimate tool to apply the shaving soap: a shaving brush, also called, inappropriately, a "badger" (they're mostly boars).

This shaving brush will allow you to produce an ideal cream from a shaving soap. Its action will bring heat and moisture that will contribute to the softening of the beard hair. Shaving brush helps applying the created foam and will allow recovery of the bristles, preventing any cut.

Raz*War knows Shaving Brush

There are hundreds of different types of shaving brushes

They differ by (1) the shape of the brush, (2) the fibers composition, (3) the size of the brush, (4) the size of what is called the "node" (to the base brush) and (5) the size of the handle. (1) The form: there are two possible forms Badger: (1) the fan shape ("Fan Type") and (2) the shape bulb ("Bulb Type").

However, shaving brushes have two specific shapes. There is no real evidence to ensure that one brush is better than another: the choice is mainly about aesthetic. At Raz*War, we prefer brushes shaped bulbs. (2) The composition: the criterion of fiber composition is essential. The fibers can be either natural or synthetic. Synthetic fibers are becoming more successful, as I will explain below.

Three types of hairs are used: boar hair, badger hair and, recently, there has been a return of horse hair. The boar bristle brushes, harder ("rough") are ideal for the production of foam from a soap (fiber "rubbing" on the soap) and also contribute to a facial, awakening and stimulating the skin under the hair. It is however difficult to get a good foam (requires some practice). The brush can "contain" little foam and carry less heat.

The badger hair brushes are the most popular. Badger hair is a natural hair that allows maximum water retention. It allows easy production of easy transportation and a foam quality of it (facial shaving bowl) .The foam created will be smooth and chaude.Il are three qualities: (1) the quality " pure ", (2) the" Best Fine Gold "quality and (3) the so-called quality" Silvertip "(" silver tips ") that correspond to areas of the skin where hair come (belly or back, for example) .Some manufacturers still distinguish four sub-levels in quality "Silvertip" but it may be going too far (there are badgers € 1,500!). There is a big difference between the first two quality levels (between "pure" and "Best" or "Fine"), but the difference is not so marked between the two levels.

Synthetic bristle brushes substantially progressing market. And for good reason: they imitate to perfection the natural hair without the inconveniences. For example, many consumers are sensitive (especially in the US) is that for badger hair, it will kill the animal (though too plentiful in China) .A major drawback is the fact that natural fibers degrade (though I know a person who uses the same shaving brush for twenty years) .or they will degrade faster if shaving oil is used (which will deposit on the hair ... as it is deposited on the hair of face). At Raz * War, we love and proselytizing for this shaving oil, then we will prefer synthetic fibers.

The two shaving brushes we offer (on the top of the Travel Mühle) are high quality synthetic fibers. We chose brushes 45 mm in height and with a "node" (see above) 24 mm diameters (above average: allows for many fibers). The handle is easy to use. Two excellent shaving brushes, very aesthetic, that will delight the amateur and expert avisé.Comment bels choose between these two objects? 

If you want more information about Synthetic Brushes, you can check the Sharpologist blog to find great articles about it.

Posted in Wet Shaving Tips About wet shaving products By Stephan Pire

Guess who's back?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:11:47 PM Europe/Paris

El Cid is back for real

Hey,

 

Traditional shaving is back at Raz*War. Our flagship El Cid is back in store and we're happy to announce that our boxes are now available again.

Our founder is so proud of El Cid, that he'll have me give away an additional soap for anybody ordering this razor.

 

Stephan, CEO at Raz*War

RazWar El Cid Double Edged Razor

 

Founder’s words about the razor El Cid :

"What a beautiful object! Like me, you'll ensure that it remains exposed on your shelf. On my side, I use with this razor for weekends shaving only. When things are cooling down, you can then enjoy the shaving experience. It took a while to get those razors in our portfolio, but now we're real proud. "
Pierre
Posted in About wet shaving products By Stephan Pire

The perfect gift for man: our shaving box

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:38:22 PM Europe/Paris

Get your man a gift: Traditional Shaving

For most men, shaving is a relaxing moment. However, those who use big retailers' products can have a hard time...

You will find great advices on this blog. We will help you avoid shaving bumps, irritated skins and cuts. Our brushes will help remove the pain out of the shaving strokes.

The prestigious Raz*War boxes are perfect presents to give pleasure to people around you:

* The « Starter » boxes contain a razor handle, a box of blades and a Raz*War travel bag.

* The « Discovery » boxes have the same contents as the « Starter » boxes plus : a shaving soap, a Raz*War shaving bowl and a black fiber synthetic brush called « Black Fiber ».

* The « Expert » boxes contain all the products of the « Discovery » boxes plus an all natural shaving oil.

* The « Luxury » boxes contain all the products of the « Starter » boxes plus : an all natural shaving cream, a Raz*War shaving bowl, a natural after shave balm and a fiber synthetic brush called « Silvertip » for its high quality.

Ban canned shaving foams and gels from your bathroom

Why this? Are canned gels & foams, which appeared in the post war years, a sign of the rise of the modern man? Is it a sign of civilizations progressing? Well, they may have been symbols of manhood in the past, but some “sharpologists” (i.e. specializing in everything that cuts whiskers properly) and/or wet shaving enthusiasts wonder why these products have had such a big success.

Here is the truth. The key ingredient – water – is lacking when using a canned foam or gel. The ingredients contained in canned foams and gels “absorb” the water on your face which is the opposite shaving foam should do. So, there is a problem somewhere: and guess what, even BigRazCo agrees with this statement (not publically of course)..

Posted in News By Stephan Pire

The Choice is Yours

Friday, March 13, 2015 6:06:43 PM Europe/Paris

The Choice is Yours

The blades choice is yours

The El Che blades (3 blades) is a fair price option. This razor allows a good control around your face, and you can even use it to shave the whole head.

The El Fidel blades (5 blades) is the premium option for a comfortable shave. Its control gives a great post-shaving sensation and allows a good shaving pace. The pivotal head makes it incredibly easy with only one stroke.

Posted in About wet shaving products By Stephan Pire

Shaving Tip #1: Prefer shaving after the shower

Friday, July 18, 2014 3:22:53 PM Europe/Paris

Wet shaving, as you could imagine, requires water - a lot of water. Hence, to obtain a very high quality shave, you need to bring a lot of water in the process. Putting water on your face will reduce the hair strength and its resistance to cut. Chemically, what happens is that a molecular force (such as "hydrogen bonds" and "disulfide bridges") that link together Keratin fibers is weakened by water, making the shave much easier. 

However, for allowing water to impact hair solidity, water must be in contact with the hair for a certain time. In a few seconds, a lot already happens, but forces in the hair are best weakened after several minutes. Hence, shaving under the shower is particularly efficacious. And if you shave immediately after the shower, you can also count on the same benefits.

Posted in Wet Shaving Tips By RazWar Team

Shaving Tip #8: Shave with the grain first

Friday, July 18, 2014 2:32:06 PM Europe/Paris

A common mistake concerning the majority of shavers is that they tend to shave against the grain, especially on the neck area. Shaving against the grain increases the risk of ingrown hair and razor bumps. In order to know your grain direction, just feel it with you hand or analyze your face in a mirror. Shaving with the grain gives you a smooth sensation, with a specific “smooth” sense. If you pass against the grain, you will have a different feeling. You will, even, feel the "Tug and Pull" effect on your hairs.

When you master shaving with the grain, you can then shave across the grain and against the grain (in a second and third pass).

Posted in Wet Shaving Tips By RazWar Team

Shaving Tip #10: Apply a shaving balm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:25:00 PM Europe/Paris

A good shave will alter your skin in three different manners: 

(1) since you cleaned your face, you removed the grease produced by your sebaceous glands, 

(2) the shave operation itself has a desquamation/peeling effect, and 

(3) the shaving soap and/or shaving cream has a skin desiccation effect. On top of that, you might also have micro-healing effects. Finally, the Ph (acidity) of your face skin needs to be restored after shaving. Hence, you need a quality shaving balm to re-moisturize and re-equilibrate your skin.

Avoid all products containing alcohols.

Posted in Wet Shaving Tips By RazWar Team

Napoleon was deathly afraid of a razor...

Monday, July 7, 2014 10:35:48 AM Europe/Paris

When searching the web about shaving and razor (I am preparing some interresting content on the subject ), I found out this interresting old advertisement about Gillette:


(You will find much more on: http://razorland55.free.fr/pub_g1.htm. Really amaizing!).

Napoleon, of course, never saw the safety razor as he died much before the famous invention of King Camp Gillette (And before the previous attempt to make a safety razors).  But I like the fact that the brand was claiming that the giants of this world are using Gillette! Well done, dear competitor...

I am just wondering if we can do the same with Raz*War. It would be good to find some key leaders endorsing the brand and supporting our fight for "quality shaving and fair prices".  For the moment, already tree local belgian leaders (walloon part of the country) are aware about the brand: Jean Michel Javaux, leader of the ecologist party (Ecolo), apparently endorsed the brand. Michel Daerden, the famous belgian politician, is well aware and might support it. And Jean Claude Marcourt is well aware too...(He helped the brand). 

That's is clearly not enough. I want Bart De Wever and Elio Di Rupo, to quote famous belgians, to use Raz*War. And we need also some leaders (local and national) from France, UK, Spain and Italy.... I have a (Indirect) connection with Barak Obama on Linkedin. Maybe could I dream about having him trying Raz*War (the razors, the oil, the shaving cream: really highly qualitative products...)?  "Yes we can!" he said... And Raz*War? Could the brand also say "Yes, we can!"?.

But, you can already help, dear reader, as your are maybe in contact with some local leaders. It would be good to inform them about the brand, why we created it, its strenghts... Wait and See. (I am more thinking about local belgian leaders, of course: politicians who could quote Raz*War as an example of entrepreneurship in Belgium for example...)

In the meantime, do not forget to continue to visit the store: http://www.razwar.comAnd keep on shaving....

Pierre

Posted in News By RazWar Team