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    I just broke my old beard trimmer and am looking for a grooming system upgrade that can take care of everything.

    In the Poll section of the forum there is a great discussion on shaving the groin, perineum and “pink starfish”.

    An all around choice a couple of years ago seemed to be the Phillips Bodygroom. I’m curious if anyone has an opinion on this product or any new products that may be used for beard/mustache trimming as well as with attachments for the groin area.

    I have had little luck shaving down there with safety razors as it is – and over the time period of my Aneros use I seem to be shaving/trimming all the hair below my neck and growing/trimming all the hair above.

    Youtube has a funny little Gillette video on the benefits of “the shorter the brush the taller the tree”. I’m also appreciative of societal advancements in acceptance of men’s grooming so I can also get rid of my cute little pink women’s safety razors.

    Anybody have a total grooming system that they swear by?

    J4

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    Hi, J4!

    I have the Phillips Bodygroom BG2020 and it's good for trimming everywhere below the neck, but I don't use it on my 'kiwis' or perineum. Even with extreme care, the raphe (ridge) gets nicked by the trimmer. I examined the Remington equivalent in the store, and the holes in the foil appear a bit smaller, but that could be wishful thinking on my part. At the time of my purchase, there wasn't an all-purpose trimmer/shaver available -- they were specifically designed for above the neck or below the neck, not both.

    ops: I use a woman's trimmer/shaver that is designed for the bikini line ops:. It seems to be more gentle with the bumps behind my scrotum. I discovered dusting your privates with corn starch or non-talc body powder helps to reduce friction and discomfort. I knock down the undergrowth every other day or so, but leave the carrot top (something about totally nude makes me look 90+yrs old!).

    I assume this is the poll to which you refer:
    http://www.aneros.com/forum/do-you-s...hair%20removal

    Thanks for bringing this topic to the forum. It will be beneficial for many of us who like our little buggers slippery.

    slipperybugger

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    • #3
      Yep, I just use my orange and white plastic single edge Bic disposable razor.
      I just shave my balls and the perenium (if I did not spell that right, I guess I won't be too embarassed). I shave in the morning in the shower, then I generally shave that area at night before I go to bed, so that my wife does not have to feel the scruff. The growth is similar to beard growth. Gotta shave there daily, once you start.

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      • #4
        Man, you guys are a lot braver than me! I have too many wrinkles and bumps in that area to navigate with any sharp object or cutting device (skin tags and such). For me, I found Veet to work well if done carefully and thoroughly. The secret is to not leave it on too long (3-6 min), and to hold the skin taught and scrape slowly but deliberately, using firm pressure. A careful but thorough rinse and then spray with something like Suave Powder antiperspirant (unscented, if possible), which seems to prevent ingrown hairs as well as making everything dry, smooth and slippery. Then I'm good for at least a week or two.

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        • #5
          Huh.

          One word: wax.

          No denying, it's excruciatingly painful, but you can self-wax and the effects last much longer than shaving (and without the irritation of regrowth stubble). For me, it's worth it, but I can tell you it's not exactly a good time. It accomplished my goal of understanding more about the waxing process (and to stand up to women complaining that waxing their legs hurts), but I can't generally recommend it unless you feel like working on your pain threshold.

          Nowadays I just use a bit to, er, periodically polish the pillar, as it were. I've done full-sack a few times, and while the results are great, my wife was only lukewarm about the result, so it's infrequent. I've, er, cleaned the crevasse of undergrowth once--worked well, but nervewracking since if you shift wrong you stand the very real chance of gluing your ass shut in a most painful and embarassing way.

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          • #6
            Well HOswald, after your report, I'm "sticking" to my use of the Bodygroom!!! :shock: :lol:

            Movember, "grow a moustache as a fund raiser and public awareness for prostate cancer research and prevention" month, aka November, is just over around the planet.

            So, Slipperybugger and ohmy06, I too have taken to leaving a "moustache" at the top of the pubes. Everything from there to and including around my anus, between the legs and cheeks is shaved comfortably with my Bodygroom. I do shave a "landing strip" through the moustache middle, so like a BMW grill, it is a parted two-parter. I wonder if we can interest the Movember organizers... a new men's fashion photo gallery website... a fund razor event... ... ...

            Trim just a little higher daddeo and join the moustachers? :lol:

            J4, mine is the original Bodygroom for use only from below the neck, so can't help with the newer combo model. Some day I hope to have the whole area (except the moustache!) done permanently with laser treatments.

            Anyone out there who has gone that route?

            all the most skin contacting energies exchanging and pubic tonsorial artistry all

            artform

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            • #7
              I think like the waxing this could be for masochists only

              http://www.jmldirect.com/src/AW/Satin-Pure-PS5684/

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              • #8
                well...after about 6 months of going 'natural man', i took my razor in hand, and made a clean sweep in the scrotal, perineum area, as well as a trim in the bush area...have to say, lookin very well manicured now,,,,, but...itching like crazy....lol :? guess i'll now be bound to keeping smooth for a while and see if i get any different aneros feelings now from a less intrusive 'grassy area'..........chuck

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HOswald
                  Huh.

                  One word: wax.

                  No denying, it's excruciatingly painful, but you can self-wax and the effects last much longer than shaving (and without the irritation of regrowth stubble). For me, it's worth it, but I can tell you it's not exactly a good time. It accomplished my goal of understanding more about the waxing process (and to stand up to women complaining that waxing their legs hurts), but I can't generally recommend it unless you feel like working on your pain threshold.

                  Nowadays I just use a bit to, er, periodically polish the pillar, as it were. I've done full-sack a few times, and while the results are great, my wife was only lukewarm about the result, so it's infrequent. I've, er, cleaned the crevasse of undergrowth once--worked well, but nervewracking since if you shift wrong you stand the very real chance of gluing your ass shut in a most painful and embarassing way.
                  I used to wax, but now I use this epilator:



                  http://www.amazon.com/Emjoi-AP-18-Em...9970781&sr=8-2

                  I do everything on my package. It takes about 20 minutes every few weeks. Great part is no buying and heating wax, along with cleaning up the mess. Can't recommend it enough. So much better than waxing.

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                  • #10
                    I use my Conair beard trimmer I got about 7 years ago. Still does the job.
                    I waxed once and had mixed results. My bush area ended up getting these really painful big red bumps and it took a long time for them to go away. But what I really liked about the waxing is my ass and crack. When I showered it felt really good when I washed back there. It was so amazing smooth, something I hadn't felt since I was a kid. The cool part about the wax is that it lasted for quite some time. I was afraid though that when it grew back in back there that the stubble would hurt like hell but for some reason it never did.
                    I'll definitely wax back there again but never again on my front pubes. Those red bumps aren't worth it.
                    And I guess some people could have a problem with the pain of waxing but to me it's really not that bad.

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                    • #11
                      Hm, anon--interesting. Bit spendy to try on spec, but definitely worth a look.

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                      • #12
                        I agree with the idea of waxing. But I get a brazilian wax (pubic area, penis, scrotum, perineum, and anal crevice) about once evey five - six weeks from a professional at a day spa. It can be a bit expensive ( about $60- $80) a wax but it is worth it. The first couple of times you wax it is painful but after those first few times it simply becomes maintenance and is a lot less painful. Aside from having less hair grow back each time I wax I also stay smooth for about four weeks prior to any sort of regrowth. The regrowth is also much softer and very fine(it is not like stubble from shaving). Because the hair is much softer when it grows back it also eliminates the itchiness involved with shaving. I can't say anything bad about getting waxed aside from the expense.

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                        • #13
                          By far, the best grooming device for the testicles is the Seiko Cleancut ES 1080. It leaves a nice,
                          smooth result with minimal blood loss! The Seiko PS-335 trimmer is very good for trimming longer hairs so you can shave them with the Cleancut. You can find tthem at www.seikocleancut.com or on Amazon.

                          The shaving foil on the Remington BHT-2000 is very good, but the trimmer attachment is very sharp and too risky to use IMHO. The shaving foil on the BHT-6000 is also very good. It has a larger foil head so it is quicker than the other shavers.

                          The Bodygroom is good for doing other surrounding areas, including the anus. It is very easy to cut yourself if you don't hold the head completely level. They should offer a shaving attachment without the trimmer blades as an option.

                          I do agree that it is easier to keep everything smooth and slippery if you shave every day or at least every other day.

                          Car_01

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                          • #14
                            Gentlemen,

                            Thank you all for your input. So far, I am just continuing to get hairier. The BG2020 has been revamped into the BG2030 (promising less nicks) – but I cannot find it in any local stores yet AND it says it is not recommended for use on facial hair?!? (Don’t know why)

                            I’ll have to admit, that I am a little disappointed that the market has divided a man’s grooming needs into Above the Neck and Below the Neck. The hair care kits that are advertised as Total Body Grooming Systems seem to be a couple of attachments short.

                            So, in the meantime, I am going to try my wife’s Epilator (thanks for that suggestion – I forgot we had one) down under and go all ZZ Top up above.

                            J4

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                            • #15
                              Disposable razors? OUCH!! I use the Gillette Fusion with some Neutrogena Men's Shaving Gel. It does the job very nicely and I only have to maintain it once a week. Takes me about 15 minutes to get everything nice and smooth.

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