I'm not brand loyal when it comes to razors, I alternate between Bic, Gillette and Wilkinson Sword, picking up whichever ones happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value. I do always use the disposable razors, and I do have two other requirements as well; triple blade razors and pivoting heads.
I'm currently using the Bic Soleil disposable razors. I picked these up on offer in Boots, the offer was a 2 pack offer - it was either a 'buy one, get one half price' offer, or a '2 for £x' offer. I can't remember the exact offer now as I've had them for a few weeks.
The Bic Soleil range of razors come in what I first thought was different colourways, so I bought a pink/purple packet and a yellow/green packet. It was only when I got home that I realised that each colourway is actually a slightly different type of disposable razor. The pink/purple colourway is called Soleil Scent, and are the ones that I'm reviewing now, the Dooyoo picture is the incorrect colourway - even though the description does say Soleil Scent. The yellow/green colourway is called Soleil Pivot.
There's 4 disposable razors in the packet of Soleil Scent, and each razor is a different colour; baby pink, cerise pink, lavender and purple. They do have the triple blades, but unfortunately they don't have the pivoting head - they have fixed heads. I obviously saw 'Soleil Pivot' on the front of the yellow/green colourway and figured that all the other colorways were exactly the same - with pivoting heads (the Soleil Pivot do have the pivoting heads).
The Soleil Scent razors are actually slightly scented, the rubber portion of the handle is scented with lavender. To be honest it doesn't smell very lavender like to me, it is obviously scented, but it just smells like a generic perfume. The fragrance on the handle does fade the more you use the razor. The Soleil Scent razors have a twin lubricating strip, coloured purple and yellow, and this is fragranced with the same scent as the handle and contains vitamin E. Again the fragrance in the strip fades the more you use the razor. The razors come with the little plastic guards to cover the blades between uses.
These are easy and comfortable to hold due to the thick chunky handle, and the rubber grip, which ensures that the razor doesn't slip or slide out of your wet soapy hands. They do glide fairly easily over my legs, but I don't find that they glide as easily over my legs as the Soleil Pivot razors do, especially the contoured areas around my ankles. I also don't find these particularly easy to use under my arms, I much prefer to use pivoting head razors under my arms as I find them quicker and easier.
I started off just using the Soleil Scent razors with my regular shower gel, rather than shaving foam/gel, but found that I didn't get all that close a shave both under my arms and on certain areas on my legs. In fact I was left with a noticeable stubbly finish. I then switched to using a shaving gel instead to try and get a closer shave, and was left with the exact same slightly stubbly finish. I wasn't left with any razor rash at all, and I also didn't get any nicks or cuts from the Soleil Scent razors. The problem is purely the slightly stubbly finish they leave behind.
I'm currently on the second of the four razors, to be honest I might just ditch the other two razors. I'm always a bit paranoid about wearing a sleeveless top or baring my legs after using the Soleil Scent razors, I always think that people might think that I've not bothered to shave! Also the fixed heads made the razors harder to use. I certainly wouldn't buy the Soleil Scent razors again.
I do normally use my Wilkinson Quattro razor, which I love and find that it gives me a good shave. I find I can't use cheap razors - I end up with little cuts on my legs, and not the best of finishes (hence why I initially decided to go for a non-disposable razor with the Quattro), so yea, I am very fussy about my razor usage.
However, recently when on a trip for work I forgot my Quattro back at home. After popping in to the local town centre I bought myself these Bic Soleil razors. I bought them in Bodycare for £2.29 for a pack of 4. The ones I have are actually shades of pink/purple, not the green ones in the picture. Both shades are available, but I'm attracted to anything pink! At £2.29 a pack, it's about 55p a razor. Not too bad value - especially if they work!
The razors come in an easy open pack, which is a plus point. But there could have been less packaging used for this particular product. The 'easy open' cover to the packet is really easy to open. But it does also tear in the process, which means it's not a great packet for storing the razors in once opened.
The razors do have a floral kind of scent to them. Although this is a random nice little extra the scent isn't particularly strong and has no affect on the product itself.
*Using the Razors*
The razors themselves are ok. They are light, have easy grip handles, and generally glide along the skin the way a decent razor should do. They also have a moisturising strip. Now, on this trip I had also forgotten shaving gel so decided to use a trick I had read about in a magazine - use some conditioner instead! So after applying a thin layer of conditioner to my legs I ran the razor over them. The result was nice smooth legs. :-) I did need to use moisturiser afterwards - possibly due to using conditioner rather than shaving gel, possibly due to the razor. But I have used this conditioner 'trick' before with my Quattro and not had to use moisturiser afterwards.
The other thing that I found with these razors is that I did get a little cut. Only a tiny one, but still not what I was wanting. But them compared to other cheaper disposable razors these are much better. With cheaper 'value' razors I find that I end up with a poor shave - little cuts and dry legs. So in comparison, these are much better - may be towards the higher end of the budget for throw-away razors, but worth it if disposable razors are your choice. Personally though I would recommend getting a non disposable razor.
I'm would like to shed light on an advertisement currently running in the TTC subways for Bic razors. This poster depicts a 1950s pinup style cartoon of long-legged woman bending over in the grocery store, her mini skirt riding higher in the back, with a confident smile thrown in the direction of the viewer. "For legs that beckon." is the slogan written across the bottom. For the first time ever, I am standing up against the way woman are portrayed in marketing, and I need your help. Please check out my petition and sign it if you feel the same. Please find the links of the image taken from my cellphone, and to my petition below: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53809892@N06/4975495128/ http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Women-Arent-Objects/ Thank you very much for your time. Thanks for reading!
To say I was unimpressed with these razors is a serious understatement!
They're awful, mainly because they don't actually work!
I previously had a Gilette Venus razor and needed some new blades but it did seem slightly silly spending up to £7 on blades when you can get the whole package for around half that.
I wandered around Boots but found a lot of razors are either very expensive or very cheap looking. I then noticed Bic Soleil disposable razors at £2.98 for 4. They looked quite good with those 'ergonomic handles' (or whatever they are called, you know what I mean!).
They are in various shades of orange and have a triple blade, plus comfort strip in a matching shade of orange. The head is secured and does not bend to the contours of your legs as some other brands do.
They did seem rather cheap compared to other brands but as Bic are a well known, trusted brand I thought I'd give them a shot.
Bad idea, they are absolutely useless. I used shaving foam on my legs then shaved them as usual; it was quite a nice, smooth shave.
It was only when all of the foam had gone and I thought I had finished that I realised that most of the hair was still there!
I then had to go over each section of leg around 5-6 times to get completely smooth legs. Luckily, as they are so blunt they did not irritate my skin with the constant shaving!
I tried another razor out of the pack just to be sure that it wasn't just a faulty one, but no, they really are that crap!
I have used them once since, simply because I didn't have time to buy a replacement. I have since replaced them and will not bother with them again.
If I were Bic, I would stick to making pens!
All in all...
Do not buy, they may be cheap but there is a reason for that! They are a complete waste of money!
I refuse to spend ridiculous amounts of money on razors yet the shop own brand ones do not give a good enough shave. I've found Bic razors to be the perfect ones - they work brilliantly and they're not too pricey either.
These certain ones are Bic Soleil Scent razors. They come in a pack of 4 and cost £2.93 from Superdrug although I just recently bought them at buy one get one half price from here. I think this is great value as they work really well, look lovely and last for a long time.
The 4 razors come in a pink plastic pack and the first thing that attracted me to them was the colour. I have to say that I'm a sucker for anything pink and girly so these were a dead cert for me. They come in an easy-to-open pack and you simply pull back the plastic lid to open it. The pack is a little large though and once you've opened the lid it will probably tear so you can't really store them in the pack.
Each razor is a different colour - purple, baby pink, bright pink and lilac. Each handle has a floral scent to them which adds a feminine touch and makes them that little bit more appealing. There is a soft white pad on either side of the razor positioned to fit your thumb and finger. They have a small clear lid each and 3 blades for triple performance.
I only use water to shave my legs and these razors make a really smooth and soft shave. I don't even have to put moisturiser on afterwards as my legs fell really smooth and I'm continually stroking my legs with happiness after! These are disposable razors but they do last a really long time. I think I've been using mine for well over 6 months now and it still works almost as well as it did when I first opened the pack.
There are some other varieties in the Bic Soleil range including Lady Soleil which has a lubricating strip and Soleil Pivot which has a pivot head and citrus scented handles. However, the other two are both yellowy colours so the girly pink razors with the flowery smell won it for me!