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Boots Smooth Care Twin Blade Razors

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Brand: Boots / Sub-type: Women's Razor / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes / Type: Razors

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      26.01.2014 18:39
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      Good in theory but not up to the job in reality unfortunately.

      I have used hair removal creams and epilators in the past but I tend to just shave my legs and armpits now. I used to use Venus razors but I needed some disposable razors to take on holiday and picked these up on a trip to Boots.

      The RAZORS
      The razors themselves are a lightish blue shade and are made from a cheap-looking plastic. There is none of the ergonomic features of a more expensive female razor but this can't be expected given the much cheaper price tag.

      Above the blades is a moisturising strip of aloe vera, which is designed to add lubrication while shaving and avoid the dreaded nicks and cuts that you often get with cheaper disposables. I must admit that it was this moisturising strip that convinced me to buy these over a different option. I am often wary of using disposables as I have had negative experiences in the past with cuts so I was hopeful that this addition would avoid this possibility.

      USING THEM
      I had no problems in physically using these razors and can easily grip the plastic even with wet hands. I feel the need to confirm this as I have had issues with slippery plastic with other cheaper disposables so I was glad to note that this was not the case here. They may not be ergonomically designed but I was still able to use them on the curves of my lower legs without incident, even they are not specifically intended for this purpose.

      RESULTS
      I am pleased to confirm that I did not experience cuts and nicks with these razors. Despite using a lot of soap or shaving gel whenever I shave, I have had awful experiences with cheap disposables in the past - which invariably made a complete mess of my legs. This was not the case here, which I attribute to the lubricating strip above the blades doing its intended job.

      Unfortunately, this is where my problems actually began. The lubricating strip may do a great job in preventing cuts but that is mostly because it comes away in liquid strings and clogs up the blades, preventing them from being sharp enough to actually do much damage to the skin. This obviously prevents a very close shave at the time and I find that I am having to repeatedly back over the same spots to remove hair. This is both time consuming and annoying, given that the razors claim to give a close shave. Without this strip, I imagine that the blades would be as traumatic as disposable razors usually are.

      The lubricating strip clogs up the blades and makes it quite hard to get hair and shaving product build-up out of the razor. It clogs up very quickly after just one stroke and needs a fair amount of cleaning under a fully turned on tap to get rid of the worst of it. Having to do this after every stroke means that shaving even just my armpits takes much longer than I am used to. I really would not advise using these razors on hair that has been allowed to grow back more than a little bit - I had enough problems on shorter hair and could only imagine how much longer hair would add to the clogging problem.

      After one use, the first razor was so clogged that I had to chuck it away as no amount of cleaning would dislodge all of the build-up and it was not achieving much of a close shave at all. Having now been through the whole pack of four razors, I can confirm that this has been the case throughout and I have only managed to get one shave of my legs and armpits from each armpits. Although other disposable razors have done a lot more damage to my legs, their blades have at least been sharp enough to last longer than this - albeit perhaps a bit too sharp!

      PRICE
      I picked these up for £1.26 when they were on offer. According to the Boots website, they are usually £1.89 at full price. This is for a pack of 4 razors, which is quite good value for money.

      RECOMMENDED?
      I personally will not be buying these razors again and in future, I think I will splash out a bit more and go back to Venus razors. They may be more expensive but they do not nick my skin and do not need so much effort! I did not enjoy using them and found them frustrating and time consuming. The lubricating strip is a nice touch borrowed from more expensive brands but in this case, it is not effective enough. While it does its job in stopping cuts and nicks, I merely found it completely clog up the blades and cause different problems. Based on my own experiences, I cannot recommend them to anyone else unless you are prepared to spend ages repeatedly going back over the same areas and keep unclogging the razor after one stroke. I am therefore awarding just 2 DooYoo stars based on it not being completely useless but not being at all what I had hoped or what it had claimed.

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      23.08.2013 08:15
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      Razors from Boots

      I was browsing in Boots looking for some cheap disposable razors and spotted these own-brand Smooth Care Twin Blade Razors. They were on special offer, at 1/3 off the standard price of £3.29, which I thought was reasonable for 8 razors.

      These razors come in a simple pale blue and white plastic bag. Each razor is a pale blue/lilac in colour and each has two blades. Boots state that the razors contain a lubricating strip with aloe vera, and are designed to give a close shave. Longer handles help ensure that you can reach tricky places.

      The razors have a simple, straight design: they aren't curved like Venus razors for example. Despite this I find it easy to hold and use them. The handles are grooved for an easy grip and I have no trouble directing the razor anywhere it needs to go, whether on my legs or my underarms.

      The razors feel comfortable on my skin and I don't experience any irritation. They produce a smooth shave and I am happy with the results, though on some parts of my skin - the bits at an angle - the shave isn't as close as it might be - I prefer curved razors for this purpose, though it isn't a huge difference.

      Why the loss of a star? Well, I know that Boots make disposable razors for men - they are used by one of my housemates, I've seen them in the bathroom. Other than the colour - the men's razors are dark blue - the products are identical. Why, then, do the men's razors only cost £1.15 for ten? I don't see any reason why they should be so much cheaper - they don't contain aloe vera but they do contain Vitamin E.

      Overall these are good disposable razors and I would buy them again - but I'd choose the men's version to save money!

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        28.04.2012 13:55
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        A reasonable razor

        ~Reason for buying~

        I thought I'd try some cheaper razors in an effort to cut back on my beauty regime. I picked up a 4 pack of these twin blade, disposable razors for the grand sum of £1.26 in boots. I know that at times, cheap razors are not always cost effective as they can be poor in quality, but I decided to give these a whirl and see how I get on.....

        ~Product and packaging~

        The razors come in a opaque plastic packet - so I was unable to see the razors themselves whilst I was buying them, which did concern me slightly as I would of liked to have seen them in the shop. The razors themselves are a light blue/purple colour and look very cheap. The handle is quite chunky and is grooved to prevent the razor slipping in your hands when using it. The head of the razor is covered with a clear, chunky plastic shield which slides off easily.

        ~Using the product and results~

        The razors do have a 'moisturising aloe strip' above the razor blade to help soothe skin, although I don't find this to be very effective in smoothing the skin. The moisturisation my legs get is down to the shaving cream that I use, not the razor. There a two blades on this razor to help give a closer shave, the hair is cut down to the skin and my legs do feel smooth after using these razors. Although I would say that the smoothness does not last as long as when I have used other brands of razor.

        I am happy to say that, even though I am quite heavy handed at times when I use razors, I have yet to cut or nick myself when using these. My skin does not feel irritated or sore after.

        A negative point I have found with these is that they quickly clog up with hair, which is difficult to remove from the blades - which leads to the razors going blunt quicker. But at 31p each, it is not a problem to replace the razor after a couple of weeks' use.

        ~Overall opinion~

        As I mentioned before, sometimes it does not work out any cheaper buying lower priced razors if the quality is poor and they need to be replaced frequently. The razors however, deliver reasonable results and are priced very low. Ideally I would buy a branded razor, but the price of these can be very high, if a preferred razor is not on offer, I would be happy to purchase these again.

        4 stars from me

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