“ Brand: Philishave / Type: Men's Shaver „
Reviews of shavers are often misleading. They key to a good review of any electric shaver is to set the context of the reviewer. Its not good enough to describe the shaver, one must define the personal situation that determines whether the shaver was deemed useful or not by the person reviewing it. So here's my take on the Philishave Coolskin. I have what I dearly call 'A Beard of Steel' - an indication that I have extreme trouble getting what most men would easily attain - a smooth clean shave. Many a morning I've sat on the train and noticed the smooth, bump free, stubble free shaves on smartly suited englishmen. In return I either sported a slightly blooded face (lately the result of an attack on my beard with a Mach3), or the remains of a micro stubble that my braun had failed to shift. The benefits of an Indian complexion and dark thick hair quickly fade away when it comes to the matter of a clean shave. A daily shave is something I need to perform, and attacking my face with a sharp blade at 6am whilst half asleep is not my idea of a safe and comfortable wake up call. So I started looking for another electric solution. Three sprung out from the crowd of shavers in Argos - Philishave Quadra Action (for its amazing range of technical features), Braun Logic (for its side to side action, and self cleaning stand), and the Philishave Coolskin (because it looked damn interesting). I opted for the Coolskin - heck if it had Nivea, at least I'd be well moisturised. So here it is. I don't have sensitive skin, thus I didn't have to worry about letting my skin get used to the shaver. My first encounter with the shaver was entirely favourable. Admittedly I had wet shaved that very morning, but I ran the Coolskin over my face using the Nivea Fresh Gel. The result was without a doube the closest, smoothest, freshest shave I've EVER had. I went out with a super big smile on my face. The following
mornings were more educational with respect to the pros and cons of the Coolskin, for someone such as myself - possessing a beard of dark black steel, on tanned skin. Firstly, the Nivea Emulsion is very smooth, but the Fresh Gel is the most refreshing experience benefitting the morning. Shaving in the shower is quite good fun, especially if you didn't have to worry about the precise nature of what you are doing - a final touch up when you've finished with the shower is all you need. Also, the option of shaving after you've showered and changed (the one I take most days) is not bad either. All of these give a great shaving experience, no nicks, no rashes, no bumps - just a fresh shave. Unfortunately the shave wasn't ideal. That first encounter of using the Coolskin after the wet shave defines exactly whats wrong. The Coolskin gets close, real close, without cutting you to shreds. But it doesn't get the final micromill of hair. And thats where thick black steel like hair still gives the impression you've not shaved. I found a solution though, that was to shave in the shower, and perform a final gel-based touch up after getting dressed. My overall opinion of the shaver is entirely favourable. Its easy to maintain - its fully waterproof and I wash mine under the tap every morning. Its rugged - I've dropped it many times in the shower. Its comfortable to hold - perfect ergonomics. It gives a good shave - obviously not as close as a razor but damn close enough for me. The Nivea emulsion is great, but the Fresh Gel is fantastic - both give a soothing climax to the shaving experience. Who would I recommend this to? Without a doubt this is a perfect solution for men who have sensitive skin - the Nivea is the key. Its also a great winner for those with fairly weak or slight beards - you'll have a great time getting a clean shave from this. And finally, for those with a Beard Of Steel - I do recommend this as a genera
l morning shaver, but if you really want that super clean shave, then hit your face with a Mach3 first, and then once dry and recovered, follow through with Philips invention of the decade - The Coolskin.
Time is the commuters worst enemy. Every second is precious. From the second the alarm clock goes off to the second you take your seat on the train, everything is precisely timed. In my quest for ever greater efficiency in the mornings (in order to extend my precious sleep-time) I looked at where the time went. I won't go into it in detail but it became clear that I spent the most time in the bathroom. What with morning ablution, shaving and the call of nature I spent nearly 20 of my 30 minutes in the bathroom!!! Something had to be done. The obvious choice was to ditch shaving. This I tried. Growing a beard took 6 weeks, after which people asked me "did you forget to shave this morning?". Having blonde hair and growing beard don't go hand-in-hand. So I ditched the sides and wore it as a goatee. Bad move. After all, what did I gain... I still had to shave parts of my face and if anything it took just as long maintaining a respectable looking goatee as it did to keep a clean shave. So shaving was still required. Could I speed it up though? It's worth pointing out that I have always 'wet-shaved' with shaving gel/foam & razor blade. So I tried to shave in the shower. An accident involving a razor blade, and a sneeze quickly put and end to that idea, not to mention the fact that I ended up missing bits and going to work 'patchy' because I couldn't see what I was doing. Thwarted in my attempts to go sub-30 minutes from waking to leaving the house, I resigned myself to a 6:30am start every morning. That is, until a friend told me about this new electric shaver that he'd just bought. A Phillishave that was waterproof. He used it in the shower. Could this device help me break the 30 minute barrier? I went down to my local Boots to find out. Larger Boots stores stock a huge selection of electric shavers, I was quite taken aback. Gazing up and down the shelf in amazement I resorted to
asking an assistant for some assistance. She quickly found the "Phillishave CoolSkin HQ6761" that had been recommended to me and passed me the box so that I could read the blurb. The first thing that struck me was the picture on the front. A neat looking shaver, covered in water droplets, it certainly looked waterproof even if the side of the box didn't actually say it was. And five stars. Apparently this is one of the De-Luxe Philishavers. Why is it a deluxe model? Mainly because as it shaves, it has the ability to pump out a soothing gel or lotion onto your face. This allegedly moisturises the skin as you shave, which is exactly the opposite of what happens when you wet-shave, scraping away all the moisture as you go. Now you will recall that I have always wet-shaved up until now. This is mainly through fear of having my cheeks minced by some electric monstrosity, so I asked if I could open the box and take a look at it. "No problem" said the assistant, rendering yet more assistance. The shaver was a decent size and of a reasonable weight. It sat neatly into the palm of my hand and had a snazzy pearlescent white finish to the handle. The business end was made up of 3 discs in a triangular pattern. Each disc turned out to be a guard behind which the blades turned. The theory is that hairs pass through the small slots in the guard and get lifted and cut by the whirling blades behind. Each of the discs moves independently of the others giving an array of discs that is pretty capable of shaping itself to any contour on your face (even mine!). My fears allayed by the metal 'blade-guards', my gadget-nut curiosity spurred on by the squidgy gel pack and any doubts I had assuaged by the 30-day satisfaction garuntee returns policy, I bought one. I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say I got home, charged it up, plugged in a pack of the moisturising gel stuff and gave it a whirl... Not
knowing what to expect I introduced it to my face with extreme caution, visions of my cheeks being sucked into it's whirring insides still fresh in my mind. To my surprise (and relief!) it didn't hurt. In fact, it didn't hurt at all. Not one bit. I pressed the gel dispensing button and carried on shaving, pulling all the usual faces to try and get as good a shave as possible. After about 2 minutes I was done. That has got to be close to a record time for a shave. Once you include the messing about with foam, razor blades and all the rest, it usually takes somewhere between 5 - 10 minutes to have a wet-shave. So it was quick, but was it any good? Certainly my 3 days worth of 'stubble' (and I use the term loosely) had gone. There weren't any patches and no cuts either. Things were looking good. That is, until I looked at my neck. It was a mas of red blotches and itched like you wouldn't believe. Now I've never really been one to suffer from razor-burn particularly badly but this thing had gone to town, and that was with the soothing gel as well! Visions of my neck being minced by the whirring blades flooded back to me... I went back the instruction book in case it said anything about rashes. To my surprise, it did. Apaprently the rotary cutting action of the blades takes a bit of getting used to, as long as 3 - 4 weeks in some cases. So i vowed to persevere. It's been over a month now and I am pleased to report that I now take 27 minutes to go from bed to front-door in the mornings. Which means I can have an extra 3 minutes of sleep. I no longer get razor-burn from the shaver and I have got so used to it that I no longer need a mirror to have a shave. I find it works best when the blades have a bit to grab hold of, so tend to use it every other day. This results in a far closer shave which just lasts 2 days and leaves me ready for the next close shave.Cleaning it is simple. Just flip up the shaver head and rinse
it under a tap or, if you're in the shower just rinse it there instead. I've yet to use it in the shower, but if I do I reckon I could get my time down to 25 minutes, maybe even less. As far as the gel packs go, one sachet of gel lasted me about a month of shaving every other day. Maybe I am pumping the gel out too often, I'll try reducing the amount I use over the next few months. Refils are available from Boots etc and cost about £4 for 5 sachets. As well as the Gel you can get the "moisturising emulsion" which is better for sensitive skin. You get 5 sachets of each type free when you buy the shaver, I'm just starting one of the emulsions now and it feels OK but I think I prefer the gel (it smells nicer). As well as the Shaver, you get a charging stand & plug and a neat little trimmer that clips on top of the shaver and is ideal for side-burns etc. It all comes in a rigid travel 'pod' that tucks everything neatly away ready for your hols. A full charge will give you just under a hour of shaving time and it recharges incredibly quickly (there's a green LED on the shaver, when it stops flashing it is fully charged).
Being a bloke is magic. Well, it is most of the time! Good things about being a bloke: Being able to ignore instruction manuals. Instinctive navigation without the use of signposts or maps. Being able to buy stuff cheaply. Understanding the offside rule in football. Being able to watch football without referring to hair or legs. Bad things about being a bloke: Shaving. All in all, I think us blokes have it made! As I say, I hate shaving. This is not only because I have sensitive skin, but also because the easiest way for me to shave until now has been wet shaving. Ever since I've been shaving I've had a certain amount of razor burn or shaving rash. It's not pleasant, and my life thus far has been a quest to find the magical formula to enable me to shave without suffering from an outbreak that takes days to calm down. You name it - I've tried it. King of Shaves? Been there, done that. I've been through more types of razors that you could shake a stick at, and I've carefully studied men's magazines for grooming hints for the perfect shaving method for reducing razor burn. All the while, I've been fed up being tied to the bathroom while I shave and would leave it as long as possible between shaves. This, as you would imagine, left me looking quite scruffy. I've been dreaming for ages about getting a proper electric razor and being able to shave all around the house while I do other things like make breakfast etc. Unfortunately, due to my lack of cash, and the fact that my skin literally shuddered at the thought of applying a dry razor to it, I'd not actually taken the plunge and bought one. However, about a month or so ago that all changed. I had some cash in my pocket and the latest "Makro Mail" popped in through the door. Within its hallowed pages was a semi-decent looking electric razor at £39.99 (exc. VAT), which took my fancy.
Talking my sister's fiancé into driving me to our local Makro with my dad's Makro card in one hand and my cash in the other, I made my way to the electronics counter. Of course, my luck was out. "Sorry mate" said the pimply youth behind the counter, "We ain't got them in yet" *Insert barrage of swearing here along with mad gesticulating at the date on the Makro Mail* The potential brother-in-law strode up. I explained the situation to him. He pointed towards another, similar shaver that was £10 more expensive. This one not only looked cooler, but also had some Nivea cool skin stuff that you could use. I was hesitant at the price, but my taxi driver soon talked me into buying it. So, I got home and emptied the contents of the box all over the floor of my bedroom to examine what was inside. You get: The shaver 5 sachets of Nivea Cool Skin stuff A Charger A carrying pouch Trimmer for moustache and sideburns. A guarantee thingy which, if you post back to Philishave, (no stamp required) will get you some free "Nivea for Men" sachets. Instructions. Some screws for attaching charger to a wall. **You also need one of those 2 pin to 3 pin adapters if you don?t already have one. This does not come in the box. ** I read the instructions, and found out that charging would take 8 hours. So, I plugged the thing in and a light came on to indicate that it was charging. I skimmed through the rest of the instructions, not really paying attention (after all, who needs to be told how to use an electric razor), but one thing that caught my eye was the fact that Philishave mention that it could take up to two weeks for you skin to become accustomed to the shaver. I was actually glad I read that, because next morning, upon seeing the flashing light (indicating a full charge) I decided to take the new shaver for a spin around my
face. I lubricated the shaver with a squeeze of moisturizing shaving emulsion (or so they call it) and went to work. I'll not fib to you - it's not as close as a blade shave, but it's close enough for me. The Nivea stuff smells quite pleasant, and lubricates well. I was done in a flash, having made a cup of coffee at the same time. Afterwards, my skin felt quite sensitive, and as Philishave had advised, this happened for the first few weeks (probably three weeks in my case) before my skin settled down. Now, I'm like an old pro, giving my face a good old whiz around every other day or so. A fully charged razor gives you 55 minutes of shaving time, and you can store the razor on the charger thus giving you a fully charged shaver each time you use it. This is good because I don't get a few days growth catching in my balaclava amplifying the razor burn problem! The razor itself has three independent cutting blades which mould it to the shape of your face thus providing better shaving on all parts of your face and throat/neck. The moisturizing crème is fed onto the head by the use of two little pump knobs on each side of the head. You can clean it (yes, it needs cleaning) by either using the supplied cleaning brush, or by popping the shaving head, and giving it a quick run under the tap. I found the shaver easy to use. It has a nice feel to it, and is ergonomically designed (i.e. designed for ease of use). The power button and the pumps for the moisturizer are well placed, and the shaver feels comfortable in your hand whilst shaving. The Nivea things are quite expensive - comparable to a pack of heads for a Sensor Excel or Mach 3, but you don't have to use the shaver with the moisturizer. However, the Nivea sachets should be widely available in most chemists - Boots, Superdrug or suchlike. If you can?t find them, then there are instructions included with the shaver on how to order them by post. All in all, after about 5 weeks of using this razor, I can say that my skin is in better shape. I still have the odd wet shave, if I need to be really smart, but on a general day to day basis, this razor is a godsend. It is quite expensive, but if you take the price of shaving foam and spare blades into consideration these days, you may find it's not as expensive as you think. You don't get as good as shave as a blade, but you can save time by shaving anywhere - making breakfast, reading the paper etc. It's a fairly low maintenance razor, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to any man look to buy a new electric razor. (* Note: I bought mine in Makro for £49.99 exc. VAT *)
Who wants to use one of those wet razors if it means that a fighter jet will fly through your window? After all, that?s what happens in the adverts, and they are always true to life. Anyway, I suppose I should start by explaining why I now prefer the Philishave which I got rather than those bloodthirsty manual devices. I have always had quite sensitive skin, particularly in the facial area. Like quite a few men, I found wet shaving with a manual razor an experience which felt (and, horribly, sometimes looked) like I had taken sandpaper to my face in some masochistic fit of rage. My skin felt tight, hot and raw, and it was noticeable on my face, being worse the more frequently I tried to shave. As a result, in order to help take care of my skin, I only shaved every third or fourth day so that when I did come to shave, it wasn't quite so painful. Obviously, this has its disadvantages. Even at university, people would ask if I was growing a beard or if I was okay. So, I tried one of these electric Philishaves with the Nivea pouches which squirt moisturiser onto the skin while you shave. At first, there was no difference ? if anything it was harder to shave than before, and just as sore. However, the blurb on the packaging told me to give the shaver two weeks for my skin to adjust, and by the end of this period my shaving was all but painless. I could shave my face without even wetting it, as health magazines and books reliably inform me that one of the major contributing factors of soreness when shaving is the fact that you wet your face as well as scrape away the moisture. I could then shave more often, and start to experiment slightly. My friends now ask me why I look like some strange hybrid of Beck and that bizarre man with the jewellery who does the Channel 4 racing commentary. The shaver does seem somewhat pricey at first, but it really is worth it if you suffer from sensitive skin as I do. At the risk of sounding like
an advert, you will notice the difference before long. Also, taking into account the cost of replacement razors (which, particularly in the case of ?kinder? razor blades such as the one which sounds like Spillette Bach 3 are very expensive themselves) the shaver will soon pay for itself. Add to this the cost of shaving foam, and it pays itself off even quicker. Only a couple of pains: If you are not careful and forget to charge the battery, you run the risk of only half shaving. Also, whereas with a manual razor you can just throw the thing away, you actually have to clean this one out thoroughly with a little brush, which is quite tough if, like me, you are quite lazy. Apart from that, they are great shavers, and my laziness is now the only reason for my not shaving for days on end.
Phillishave – The best a man can get? Well, if mine is anything to go by – then the answer has to be yes! I have had my “Cool Skin” for about 12 months now, and it is indeed a fine performer. My brother also has one (coincidence) and speaks just as highly of his. We have both had problems with shave burn. (Ouch!) So much so, that neither of us shaved everyday, it was just too painful. If I had a business meeting on a non-shaving day then of course I had to shave, but it takes half an hour for the blood and swelling to die down long enough for me to put a collared shirt on - and then it would itch all day long. I have tried every shaving product going in the last 22 years. Including sensitive gels and foams – which on the whole didn’t ease the swelling or cool the burn. The only one that helped a bit was “Formula Alpha” from King of Shaves, but once my face became accustomed to it, the effectiveness wore off. I had unsuccessfully tried electric razors earlier in my life, both wet and dry varieties – always ending in the same seemingly inevitable razor burn. My dad just reckoned we were “softies”:) So anyway, about 12 months ago I happened to be on an I.T. course, which required my attendance everyday. Not for the first time in my life, someone pulled me up about my lack of a shave. I explained the situation and he put me onto the Phillishave. I had seen the ‘Cool Skin’ before, but the asking price was way to high to risk on another failure (about £100). Basically the only way I could “afford” one, was on my Visa card. So I went to Argos (because they offered a no quibble money back guarantee for 16 days, even if I used it!) and bought one. Mr Impulsive huh? The product itself has a comfortable to use ergonomic shape that falls neatly into your hand. Finished in a slightly roughened, powder blue, this razor
has a nice textile feel to it. These textile properties also aid with grip if your hands are wet. The ‘business’ end has a removable head, containing three round cutters that ‘float’ within three steel cradles; each cradle is capable of independent movement from the other. This ensures that the blades within these cutters, grip comfortably to the contours of your face, as opposed to slashing you up like you’ve been through a combine harvester. When you first pick one up you can’t help but notice the two large yellow knobs sticking out from the top. They are the ‘pumps’ that allow you to force “Nivea for men” moisturising emulsion through a tiny hole at the top of the unit. This emulsion runs down the face of the unit and onto the blades. This is the part that makes all the difference. Now when the blades touch your skin, it is through this protective layer of emulsion and the friction is minimised. Maybe I should have a wet shave in pure Nivea? This is the head used for everyday shaving. It just clips in (dead easy). The other head (included) being an excellent little beard/sideburn trimmer (the best of it’s sort I’ve ever used). The ‘Cool Skin’ also comes with a recharging unit (takes about 1-2 hours), a cool looking blue zip up carry case and some little cleaning brushes. In practise I have had closer shaves, but not many that were bloodless. My wife couldn’t feel the difference so maybe I’m being too hard. It does feel nice to the skin, and whilst razor burn hasn’t been completely eliminated, it is no longer a worry for me. I could shave every day; it’s only the odd 1 out of 15 days that razor burn decides to come along. It can be used on a wet or dry face, and is cleaned under a hot tap – simple. The Nivea refills, which fit in a clear blue compartment shaped within the razor, are about 4 quid for 5. I get throug
h about a box a fortnight. So, in conclusion :) If you need a new razor I can highly recommend this one. Don’t forget to get it from somewhere that will give you an unconditional money back guarantee, if you don’t like it then you can take it back. Auntmavis.