My hands are still a tiny bit shaky while writing this after watching my Chicago Blackhawks lose a heartbreaking game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In a horrible bit of kismet, I had planned on writing about a rad shaving kit from the Spinster Sisters I discovered over the weekend while at the Denver Flea. Now, for those not familiar with the glory that is the Stanley Cup playoffs and one of its most famous superstitions, you may think that a shaving kit and hockey have no relationship what so ever. So let me give you a quick and dirty introduction to the awesomeness that is the playoff beard.
Pioneered by the 1979-80 New York Islanders, their adventures in facial hair were originally an unspoken attempt to switch up the teams mojo after a suffering some premature playoff exits in the previous two seasons. A few players started to let their facial hair flourish in the first round of the 1980 playoffs and continued to sport face blankets all the way through until the Islanders were hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup for the first time in franchise history. They went on to establish an early ‘80’s dynasty, hoisting the cup the following 3 seasons, and became one of hockey’s most memorable teams. In the subsequent 36 years players and fans alike have been sporting playoff beards superstitiously until their teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
Bringing me back to Spinster Sisters,the Blackhawks elimination, and my new found need for shaving supplies, I’ll tell you about the kit. This particular kit Includes; one of Spinster Sisters’ four all natural shaving soaps, a boar bristle shaving brush and an enamel mug. So, for all my eliminated hockey fan brethren out there check out the Spinster Sisters and make the most painful shave of the year a little more bearable.
Spinster Sisters Shaving Kit ($45)
Spinster Sisters Shaving Gift Set ($62)
 Congrats St. Louis Blues and good luck in the next round.
 For a more in depth introduction check out this piece by Nina Mandell.
 Those familiar with playoff beards, please skip to the following paragraph.
 I’m looking at you Red Wings, Rangers, Wild, Flyers Panthers and Kings fans.
 If your playoff exit was especially painful (think game 7 of the Conference Finals) they also offer a Shaving Gift Set which includes; the shaving kit, bars of their Black and Gardner’s soap, a bottle of pre-shave oil and some lip balm.