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I used to use Venus razors years ago, but although the razor itself can usually be found on an offer, the blades can be very expensive so I started buying whichever pack of razors was an offer at the time I needed more. The single use razors were never as good, and you really do get what you pay for. I've used several brands, and with all the strips of varying scents on them, with different types of supposedly moisturising layers on them. I usually ended up with nicks and just found them to be quite scratchy to use and the blades never lasted long.
Recently decided to go back to Venus blades when, once again, the starter razor was on a deal. This pack has a razor and 2 blades, but what I didn't realise until I opened the packet was that the blades had the extra huge moisturising pads on them. Using these razors feels like running a soft sponge over your legs, it didn't feel like a blade at all, I don't feel like I need to be careful like with cheaper blades, I can use it quickly and it's really effective. No nicks at all, very smooth legs, I love them. I have only used them in the shower, so can't comment on dry shaving.
The packet itself for some reason had a Venus branded rectangular magnet inside. I have no idea why, and it took me a while to realise what it was. I thought maybe it was some sort of spare moisture strip or something. Why you'd want a Venus razor magnet I have no idea, such a waste.
There was also a suction pad for hanging the razor up on the tiles. Although it hasn't got the space for storing the spare blades like other ones, I always found they went mouldy quite quickly anyway.
Okay, I have to admit it. I'm one of those people who wants to look good, but doesn't want to invest too much time in doing it. Sorry. That's why when it comes to hair removal the idea of slathering a cream on my legs and waiting for the hair to disappear (is it magic?!) sounds like too long waiting and too long cleaning up afterwards. I do own an epilator however this also takes a lot of time due to the fact that I need to take quick breaks to get over the pain. So when I was recommended a product that needed neither shaving cream, nor balls of steel to stand the pain, I was all for it.
The first thing that struck me about the Venus blades is that they are expensive! £5 for the actual body and one head might not seem a lot but when replacing the heads is over £8 for a pack of 4 (and I get through these fairly quickly) it's a bit of an investment.
Despite the price, I bought them anyway with my friends words of encouragement in my ears. When I took them home the instructions seemed simple - simply wet, lather and shave. I do this when I am in the shower so that there is always water on the skin to avoid any nicks. However this is easier said than done. I would suggest that you make sure that the lather fully covers the blades as it can be painful when you nick your skin.
When you get the blade working, it is very effective. Gliding smoothly over it skin it is very quick at removing any hairs, even the small ones, and doesn't take too much concentration. It leaves your legs feeling very smooth indeed.
The only downside is that this is not a long lasting hair removal technique, with hairs resurfacing only a compel of days later. But as this would be the same for all types of shaving, I won't make it personal.
Overall, I was pleased with my purchase, despite the price, as I haven't found anything else that is as effective, mess-free and pain-free as Venus.
I first received a Gillette Venus Breeze razor as a present some time ago, I have since gone back to using their original razors after not being very impressed by it, but then I bought another one of these from Asda as it was reduced from around £7 to only £2.
The one I currently own is called Venus Spa Breeze, although I do not see much difference in the original breeze and this spa version after having used both. The difference is meant to be the actual shave gel bars, as the ones on the spa version is infused with a soft fresh scent of white tea. I personally cannot smell much scent to this razor, and I didn't with the original breeze razor either. The spa version is light pink in colour and after using both I think they both have exactly the same results. Therefore, if you are contemplating between the two, in my opinion it really doesn't make much difference which one you choose. One of the reasons why I bought this is because I was hoping the Spa version may be better than the original breeze razor.
So as I have already briefly mentioned, the Venus Breeze razor comes with two soft lathering bars attached so you can easily pick this up and use it without having to use any shaving gel or soap. I do like this idea as it is very handy if you are in a hurry. However, the actual bars do not last that long.
When I first used this, the bars were very slimy and stringy. It was so soft and smooth in fact that It did not feel like I was shaving with an actual razor at all. I had to check that the actual razor was touching my skin and that the gel bars were not in the way - as they are quite big at first. It was working though and my skin was left feeling very smooth so I was really impressed. The tricky bit was where to keep the razor after as the bars were so slimy that they would make a mess, but the razor couldn't be kept near the shower as if any water kept hitting it then the gel bars would quickly dissolve. It would be handy if you got some sort of case with the razor to keep it in.
It was after the first few uses of this razor when I became disappointed with the product. The gel bars were quickly dissolving and didn't seem to be as 'slimy' any more, and I had to start use shaving cream or shower gel again.
I am now still using the razor as I only bought it a couple of weeks ago so I will be able to use it for some time yet before I need a new one. It does also shave well and leaves your skin very smooth, and I have yet to accidentally cut myself with this razor yet. It is just a shame that the gel bars don't last as long as the actual razor can. I would not be willing to throw this razor away when the gel bars have been used up if I had paid the full price for this razor. Maybe it would be a good idea to put these gel bars on disposable razors that aren't meant to last that long.
At the moment these razors are currently half price in Boots and cost £4.99 instead of £9.99. However, I wouldn't even pay £4.99 for this never mind £9.99. I was lucky enough to get this cheap in Asda for only £2, but I am not sure if they are still this price as it was a couple of weeks ago when I bought it. I would pay that for it again as the razor is good while the gel bars last, but after they have dissolved the razor is just as good as Venus' original razor, which costs a lot less.
==Gillette Venus Breeze Ladies Razor==
I have to admit to being a wax virgin and even the thought of getting anything waxed makes my eyes water. Because of this fact I find myself needing to buy razors and the razor blades far too frequently for my liking considering how expensive they are.
Recently I purchased myself an epilator which at £39 I thought would mean I didn't have to buy any more razors or blades and the price didn't seem that far away from a years worth of razors and/or blades. However the fact that I often like to shave my armpits before the hair is even visible means that my epilator has hardly been used and I have resorted back to using razor blades in the shower!
This Gillette Venus breeze is probably my most preferred type of the Gillette ladies razor as I find the added bonus of having a hard type of gel next to the blade itself aids in the ease of shaving. It claims on the packaging that there is no need for any soap or shaving foams when buying this but in my opinion it is still nice to use this particular razor alongside the shaving foam when doing my legs. I don't feel the need to use anything other than this razor when shaving under my arms as the hair growth there is pretty minimal and regularly done.
The razor itself is not especially cheap but any name brand razor really is well over priced in my opinion. The initial cost of buying the razor always works out slightly cheaper than buying a re-fill pack of blades because you get less spare blades included with the main body of the razor. At a penny under £10 it is a far cry from getting a multi pack of disposable blades from Poundland and throwing them away each time you use them. This said I have tried this and after cutting my skin up for around a month I decided to get the epilator and after a couple of months of not using it and looking like Chewbacca I decided to go back to Boots and fork out £9.99p to make myself smooth, hair free and without cuts by buying this Gillette.
The razor itself is a light purple and clear type of colour. It comes housed within a little case and there are double sided stickers inside which allows the case to be stuck to the bathroom wall if desired. There are two spare blades along with the main razor body in the pack and the separate blades are safely housed in sealed plastic cases. The whole razor pack comes very well sealed up in a plastic case and this does need scissors to cut open on first use.
The razor is really nice to use and does glide across the skin with ease. Because of the added strip of solid shower gel both on the upper and lower sections either side of the blade the razor does need to be wet so give a seamless glide and of course it is always best to wait a while before attempting to shave once in the shower as the pores on the skin do need opening up for a closer shave.
The gel section of the razors head doesn't foam up or make any noticeable soapy like qualities but you can feel that it is coating the legs in a layer of product that eases the blades across the skin. The only problem with having the gel strips on the razor head is that is the razor is stored laying down them the gel area is liable to become rather gloopy and it wastes some of the product. This is more the case when left in the shower! This can easily be changed by giving the blade a run under the water and a wipe with a flannel.
The heads of the razor along with the two strips of solid shower gel have three blades which means when shaving the effect of just one swipe of the blade removes more or less all hairs in its path with the exception of an odd one or two.
As I have said before I am not a particularly hairy person so one blade used a few times per week does seem to last me a fairly good time (which it need to because of the cost of the blades!) and I can probably get one to last a good month or so without feeling the need to replace. Of course the blunter the blade the less smooth and hair free the skin is.
I would say that I opt for this particular razor over all the other Gilletts on the shelf and after a ton of cuts to my legs wouldn't ever consider using a disposable razor again (I am clearly not safe to do so). For the money it is expensive but I would say worth it for the finish you get and ow many uses you can get from it.
I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars for this razor. The gel adds to making it a far better shave than normal razors and i'm silky smooth after using it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I usually use disposable razors but these were really beginning to ruin my skin and irritate my legs. Therefore when I was out shopping I decided to have a look at the range of razors in my local superdrug and see if I could find something which would be slightly kinder to the skin. My eyes were immediately drawn to the Venus range because they are currently selling for half price. There were a few choices but I went for the Venus Spa Breeze mainly because it was a pretty pink in colour (even though in the picture it is purple - maybe mine is a new edition) and came with two razor heads which both had built in shave gel. This meant that I could shave my legs in a much quicker amount of time and I would find it much easier. I paid £3.99 for the razor but this was half price so usually it would retail at about £8. The razor heads are available to buy separately and I noticed these were about £8 for 3.
When I got it home I was keen to open it up and had a look, I had a Venus razor when I was younger but I was keen to see how they had progressed! When I got into the packaging I was impressed because the razor had its own little holder which also has places to store the spare blades. The packaging says that the case is infact waterproof so there is no worry if you leave it in the shower.
I decided to shave my legs without any extra shaving gel (as it is built in) and just used the water from the bath. The shave was close cut and I was very impressed as the blades were obviously very sharp. I only needed to go over an area once for all of the hair to be removed. My legs felt very smooth and I was very happy as there were absolutely no nicks or cuts despite me shaving my legs quickly. Often, after shaving my legs they are itchy and irritated but this has not been the case this time, they are smooth, soft and the skin feels in good condition. The shaving gel bars took a while to work which I can only imagine is because it was a new razor and they needed time to kick in. When they did kick in, they dispensed a small amount of gel but this helped to protect my legs and it was very handy not to have to use a separate gel. The gel was quite stringy and actually got quite messy when I stopped shaving my legs because it was difficult to get the gel to stop!
After using this razor I can safely say I will not be returning to the disposable ones unless I am away or don't have access to my regular razor. The main difference for me was the improvement in my skin after just one use as my legs are no longer sore and itchy but instead feel silky smooth and the skin looks healthy. I shaved my legs 2 days ago and there isnt a hair in sight so I am confident this razor will give me more time between shaves. I thought this was a great price when it was on offer but is slightly pricy at full price, therefore if you would like to give it a go I suggest you get yourself down to superdrug!
As bad as it sounds up to about a year ago i would always use them cheap 99p razors where you get about 10 in a pack and they worked fine but then i started getting shaving rash so i thought id give venus razors a try (after seeing all them women with their silky smooth legs on the adverts)
I payed £5 for this razor at boots in which you get a razor and 2 razor refills, for a pack of 2 razor refills its £7 which i feel is on the expensive side.
At the top and bottom of the razor they have little clip ons with shaving foam to be honest while it does make the shave a little smoother i still had to use shaving foam so its practically pointless.
The foam is very sticky and after about 3 uses all the foam was gone which left the plastic clip ons bare so now every time i shave my legs i can feel them scratching my legs.
I also found with this razor it dosnt last long, i think for a set of two new razor heads its about £6 which i find quite expensive considering they only last about a week.
This razor shaves under my arms perfectly no hairs no stubble no nothing but my legs, it tends to miss hairs and leaves really bad stubble which means i have to go and shave my legs all over again.
Iv used the blue colored gillette venus razor which im amusing is the original and it worked great on my legs and the razor lasted alot longer then a week so it think il be going back to this one.
I can see what venus was trying to do however it failed miserably.
The idea of not having to chase after my cat mid leg shave to clean shaving gel off his face was what first led me to buy the Venus Breeze Razor, the second was the special offer they had on the razor.
I thought it would be a simple, straightforward use. Oh how wrong was i!
Before I'd even used the razor, one of the razor blade with built in soap had popped off the end of my razor and went for a swim in the toilet. Marvellous.
Thankfully there was two in the pack, so i fished out the razor that the toilet was using and chucked it in the bin, and attached the second, spare, blade only for the soap bars to pop off.
So off I went to Tesco and grabbed another one, it was only £3.49 which was a lot better than buying a pack of 4 blades for some horribly extortionate price.
To make sure I didn't have anymore accidents I asked my boyfriend to open the package and pop a blade on the end of the razor. Naturally, he broke the first blade when trying to force it on, it was the wrong way. He tried again with the spare and at last I was in business and off I trundled to the bathroom.
When I first bought the razor I thought it would be brilliant, a wonderful idea and hopefully easy to use.
After using the razor I felt like I'd rather take my chances with shaving gel and one weird shaving foam licking cat then use a 2 in 1 razor again.
It was awful! I missed bits, I cut my legs to pieces and worst of all, the gel bars left my legs feeling dry and lumpy. I wouldn't waste your time or money on this product unless you're going for the dry skinned just walked through barbed wire look this summer.
So once again I gave this one ago as it was on offer and it seemed to have a good idea attached a built in shave gel, however that turned out to not be so good which is dissapointing really.
So it was easy to use and the shave gel foamed up and is great for using when on holiday however the gel seemed to dissapear after two or three shaves which means you them have to buy some shave gel or a new razor blade, and there is no point buying a new razor blade if the one you have it perfect still after hardly being used. So the idea kind of does not work. It is only use full if you go away for a weekend and want something quick.
The blades itself are ok not the best shave as they did irritate my legs and leave them itchy and sore afterwards but then again that could have been the shaving foam attached to the head.
The razor is purple with a purple shave foam attached it does give protectiong again cuts and nicks but I just do not think it is worth the money and £7.99 I have definatly had better experiences from gilletee.
I do not recommened this one unless you are going for a weekend away or on holiday as it is a waste of money.
When it comes to bathing, I'm a 5-minute shower gal. I've never been one for a long soak, unless a Harry Potter book has just come out then I'll be in until it drops below body temperature. I have a highly efficient routine that gets the job done and lets me get a little bit more sleep in the morning before class. Shaving doesn't often factor into my mornings because it takes too long, except the weekends. I tell you this to explain why I was attracted to buying the Venus Breeze razor when I saw it on offer in Tesco. It half price it was still more expensive than my usual Tesco brand disposables but the promise of saved time was worth a test run.
The idea behind Venus Breeze is a 2 in 1 razor with gel/soap substitutes built into the blade head, thus avoiding needing to lather and prep the skin. You simply wet and go.
The razor is has a long, slender, transparent plastic handle with soft rubber grip pads. The design is curvy and feminine and very comfortable to hold.The end is bulbous and sits comfortably in the palm of the hand when holding the razor like a knife. Your thumb and fingers sit on rubber to prevent slipping. On the dorsal side where the index finger rests is a textured ridge which gives fantastic grip and control.
The cartridge looks very odd if you're not familiar with them. The purple solid gel bars both above and below the blades add extra size, they are about twice as big as most blades. My initial thought was that they the extra size would give a clumsy shave that wouldn't get into the curves properly (to prevent suspense I'll say that was wrong).
Like all venus razors, any kind of venus blade cartridge will fit the handle. So you can use these for your busy days then use a more traditional cartridge when you have more time; but to be frank the breeze blades give as close s shave as any other.
There razor comes with a storage unit which attaches to the wall with sticky tabs...which inevitably fail and you'll wake up in the night to a clunk in the bathroom, grab the nearest heavy object and peer into the shower to find your cartridges, razor and unit on the ground. It sticks well to a horizontal surface however...
Wet skin and razor, glide over the skin. That's the short version, but it's really that easy. When you wet the blade the solid gel bars begin to liquidify into a lubricating gel, and since the bars are above and below the blades there is ample gel distributed before and after each stroke. I found that at first I was a little over cautious and this lead to a poor shave: the bard hang slightly in front of the blades so you need to press down harder than you'd expect to get the blades to contact the skin. The gel bars are hinged with the default position in front of the blades. This ensures that as the bars are used up they still contact the skin, even when they're so worn they're almost used up. It also eliminates the worry I initially had that the blade wouldn't fit in the curves, the flexibility on the gel bar movement makes it easy.
*RESULTS, PRICE, AVAILABILITY*
After getting over the initial preasure problem, I have found this razor to consistently produce a very close shave with minimal effort. I use it everywhere and it does the job well. As well as any other 3 blade or a 5 blade razor.
The blades are slow to blunt, I shave my arms, legs and underarms about 3 times a week and I go through 2 cartridges a month. If you only shave your legs, and do it daily, you'll probably use 2-3 cartridges a month depending on hair thickness which is average.
It's not all roses, you'll have an arrhythmia when you find out the price. The razor itself costs in the region of £7-£8 (not too bad) but 4 cartridges will steal £9 from your pocket if you shop in Boots. You can find some deals on ebay, but they are very rarely worth it when you figure in the postage. An 8 pack tends to be in the £15-16 mark so it's slightly better value, but at around £2 per cartridge you're spending more than a regular razor plus gel. If you're a regular Venus fan you're already spending the same. It truly is a product where you spend more for convenience...
My only bugbear is that some of the gel bar is behind the structural support so it never contacts the skin and the only function can be one of attachment. This means about a third of the bar is wasted and I think an improvement to the bar design could prevent this. This isn't a big problem however, since I find the blades blunt before the gel bar is used up.
There are two gel scents available, original and spa breeze. The original is purple and has a fresh and floral scent, the spa breeze is pink and smells nothing like the white tea described in the blurb, but is nice all the same.
5* for the razor, use, time saved, closeness of shave 2* for the price.
© L Wade 2009.
Gillette Venus Breeze Razor!
Before getting my Rio laser hair removal....thing, I used the breeze razor. It was on sale in boots during the last summer holidays and I thought lets give it a go. I am sick to death of the disgusting smelling hair removal creams that you can use it the shower, which are so messy, go every where and they smell gross! But thankfully this doesn't!
I used it for about four months or something like that and I have no complaints to date! It is really comfortable to hold with its ergonomic design to fit in your hand really well. It also has built in shave bars, so you don't have to buy specific shaving cream which is also messy and time consuming. It glides over my legs really nicely, quickly and easily! With the minimum amount of fuss or should I say fuzz! The top of the razor can tilt, meaning that it can smooth along you curves with ease!
It is so easy to use! Before I was a bit scared of razors as I have cut my under arms and legs a bit with others before and I didn't want to shred my under arms again! But with this product it is not a problem. It is the only razor that I will use as it is so easy and it feels a lot safer to use. I don't feel as though I will cut myself with it!
It is currently priced at boots at £7.82 and the refill packs are quite expensive , with the eight blades at £17.99! But I think it is just about worth it! You can also buy them from superdrug and morrisons!
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D
God Im writing so many reviews on hair removal products all of you are going to start thinking Im the bearded lady of something!! So in the searh for the perfect hair removal device I decided to try theis type of Venus razor a few weeks ago after seeing that it was on sale in my local Morrisons. It was part of a tow for one offer so I picked up one for myself and the other for my mom so she didnt keep stealing mine should it be any good! I did the this product was okay, nothing special and certainly not worth the money (at normal price) and the amount they charge for the replacment blades in practically extortion!!
What Does This Product Promise:
This is the only razor that has built in shave gel bars which eliminates the need to put on shower gel or foam when shaving, you just wet and shave!! It promises to give you silky smooth looking and feeling legs and is a huge time saver!
Does It Deliver?:
It did leave my legs slightly smoother but not enough to warrant the price you pay for it! It does save a lot of time as it removes the need to lather up your shaving gel and apply it! So Id say it's about 50/50 when it comes to wether or not it actually works!!
What Did I Think?:
I was really hoping that this product would work brilliantly and be my new hair removal tool, but unfortunatley I probably wont be restocking on blades in the future! It didnt leave my legs feeling as though they were "silky smooth" and to be honest what smoothness it did create didnt last every long at all which was disappointing. For the price the product was I expected it to be very good almost like getting a proper leg wax, but it could in no way compare. Its hugely expensive for the replacment blades as well and I wouldnt mind if one blade lasted you about a month or so but 1 blade seems to go blunt on me in about 2 weeks which is just ridiculous!!
You can get the product from amazon.co.uk for around £6.81.
I have been using the Venus Vibrance razors for quite a while now, however, my local Boots hasn't had any of the replacement blades in stock for yonks. So I looked at the others which seemed to be Venus Breeze or Venus Embrace. The replacement razor heads for all these are quite expensive: £8.98 for a pack of 4. The razors themselves cost around a fiver. I couldn't quite make up my mind which one to go for so left the shop with none of them!
Then that evening I went to Asda to do my grocery shop and found this quite remarkable offer on Venus Breeze and Embrace. I bought the Breeze version as I was intrigued by the "no need for separate shaving gel" claim. The set I bought was a big square box containing the Venus Breeze razor, which itself comes with 2 razor heads, plus a box of 4 replacement cartridges. All for £7.00.
In Boots, the Venus Breeze razor was priced at £5.21 and a pack of 4 replacement heads was £8.98. I couldn't believe the price of £7 for the razor AND 6 heads so I popped it into my trolley with glee.
I have just used it for the first time and I'm not entirely sure I would agree with their "no need for separate shave gel" claim. I used a little bit of my normal shaving gel in addition to the pre-loaded stuff in the razor; on one leg I didn't apply any shave gel at all, just used the razor on it's own and while it seemed to work okay, I'm not sure there's enough to shave 2 whole legs without getting some kind of rash. I'm tempted to take one of the razors on holiday without any gel and see how I get on, mainly because shave gel seems to come only in big bottles or tubes and takes up too much room in my toiletry bag!
I'm impressed with the razor though: my legs are very very smooth with no annoying little stubbly bits or the odd hair that's been missed and no annoying little cuts either! This razor is certainly better than the cheap disposable ones that just cut your legs to shreds. I don't know how long the offer at Asda is on for, but it might be worth checking your local store to see if they have any.
I am not the most faithful customer when it comes to razors and I always tend to just buy whatever is in front of me or on offer and often buy disposables. But after irritation occurring on holiday when I bought some disposables, my skin felt like it needed something a little less harsh and so I bought this because of the in-built shaving gel.
I was surprised at just how pricey it was but reluctantly took it anyway as Gillette is usually a reputable brand. I also bought a pack of refills as they were on special in Boots. So after using all my Boots Advantage Card points on this I trotted home happily thinking if it was rubbish at least it was bought on points so it was sort of free.
The razor comes with a shower wall attachment, which I have to say did not stay on the wall for long so I just put the razor on the side. It also comes with two blade attachments. It was extremely easy to assemble, just slotting one of the plastic packaged razor heads onto the handle and it was ready to use. It has three blades and two gel bars either side of the head. The handle was very comfortable to hold due to its shape and the head moved to suit the contour of the area being shaved. The colour was also pleasant, not being the typical pink but a nice pale purple that complemented the smell very well.
So I wet my legs in the shower and then got to work. I found that it was incredibly easy to use and after a couple of strokes the skin was really soft and hair free. Due to the flexibility of the head and the gel it was also easier to do my knees and ankles, which are usually the places I either miss a bit or cut myself. The gel foamed up a little, which I didn't expect and it was lovely and moisturising. The smell was also very pleasant and fresh.
For the underarms it was also useful to shave once again due to the head and I found that the gel gave me a much smoother finish. The only problem I really encountered was when I did my bikini line. Due to the size of the bars it was difficult to get into the errr nooks and crannies, so to speak and I had the additional problem that I have a genital piercing so I was a bit concerned about not being able to see properly and catching it with the blades. I found that as the gel bars got smaller this was reduced though and actually it was much more comfortable shaving this area where many razors drag and cause irritation. The only time it dragged was shaving against the hair and this was the same for under my arms as well.
The first shave was very successful but as it was my first usage I did spend more time than I usually would with it. But actually I found that it was very good for a quick morning shave or when I was in a rush as the gel softened the skin well so that it wasn't necessary to be in the shower for 10 minutes before the skin was ready to be shaved. A small criticism was that when the gel bars became smaller they had a tendency to fall off after a while and using it without the gel was uncomfortable. But the blades lasted a long time and I could have continued to use the razor without the gel if it wasn't for the fact that I was so used to the luxury of the gel by this point. The blades were also easy to remove due to a little button to slide out the blade and snapping back in took all of 20 seconds to change the blade. Also when I shaved my legs in the sink the gel was quite gloopy and took some washing off.
Overall I think it was a little pricey and when I went back to Boots and the replacement blades were not on offer they were not cheap. The blades do last a while though and you only have to buy the shaving handle once. For the money I think it was reasonable value. The only part of the product that I found disappointing was the container, which I travelled with. The head must be removed and stored in the back and I found that when I arrived at my destination the heads and handle had falled out. It was also chunky and took up more space than I would have liked. Yet it was a nice close shave and it moisturised my skin and made it feel refreshed and moisturised.
This is the Gilette Venus razor that has "lathering up bits" on the razor head, and consequently is quite a bit more pricey than other Venus razor heads (which aren't cheap anyway).
I bought it to make it easier to shave my legs when I'm not in the bath/shower (because if I'm all lathered up already why would I need it?). The trouble is, if you're shaving your legs in the sink, you need to add quite a bit of water to keep it lathered - and it wouldn't be much more effort to use soap or shower gel or even shaving foam with a normal razor, any of which would be cheaper.
Also you can't let it dry on the stand it comes with because the "lathery bits" get all sticky after use and you need to let them dry without touching anything (which also means you can't leave it in the shower) so you need to sort of balance it on top and then put it properly in the stand when it's dried.
Another problem is that when the "lather bits" are running out, they can prematurely fall off, meaning the razor head has a little less life in it than you would think.
I wouldn't say that this is a bad product - I mean, it still shaves my legs and underarms fine. There weren't any problems. It's just that I don't think it's worth paying the extra money for the flashy extra bits that aren't what they're cracked up to be.
I used to own the Gillette Venus razor, just the 'plain jane' one, not one of the more fancy types they have now that vibrate or have 1 million blades a strip of something silky and soft. However when the Venus Breeze came out I was immediately interested in it. This razor was different. Instead of having to buy your usual shaving foam, the razor itself has a built in shave gel bar. A brilliant idea!
When I bought the Gillette Venus Breeze razor it was on offer in Boots for half price, along with the blades. This razor's full price is £7.82 in Boots, I paid about £4 for mine, back before the VAT cut. Not bad for a Gillette Venus razor, the other types also cost between the £5-£8 mark. You don't need to buy the Gillette Venus Breeze handle though to use the blades, if you already own a Gillette Venus razor, then simply buy the Breeze blades. I wanted to buy the handle because it was pretty... terrible I know. The blades are, of course, infamously expensive. I often buy mine on eBay and never had a problem with them.
The razor blade has 2 shaving gel bars attached to each side of it and are a lovely pale purple colour. Using it is dead simple, I simply wet the razor in the shower and began shaving. It was very easy to use, and it glides over the skin very easily. The gel bar works as you shave and you can feel the silky feel it gives your skin right away, they do get a bit slimy but that's no problem at all.
The blade was comfortable on legs and underarms and it worked well at all angles and directions, and no nasty cuts! I did not come away with a shaving rash afterwards, or any irritation at all, my skin was nice and smooth.
After use the blades are slightly gooey. However you should leave your razor to airdry properly, so the gel bars 'set', ready for you to use your razor next time. Rarely one of the gel bars falls off, this is usually only when it's nearing the end of the blade's life anyway, and with proper drying of the gel bars after use this should not happen often. I would recommend letting the razor dry on the white stand that comes with the Gillette handle's, otherwise the gel bars may stick to your bath/shelf if you leave it lying about.
The good thing with this razor is it cuts out the cost of buying shaving foam and, what with everyone wanting to be a bit 'greener' these days, that can only be a good thing, one less aerosol to buy!
I've read some bad reviews on this razor, I personally love it. The gel bars work just as well, if not better, than when using a seperate shaving foam/gel. The blades last a long time like any other Gillette Venus blades, and this includes the gel bars. It gives a good close shave, my legs feel lovely and smooth afterwards, and there's no rashes or any irritation caused by this razor. It saves time in the shower as you don't have to apply the shaving foam, making this razor very quick and easy. It would be great to take on holiday, no need to pack the shaving foam with it!
Now, the blades are quite expensive (as all blades are) but as I mentioned before I usually buy mine on eBay anyway. The gel bars are a bit gooey afterwards but you need to let these dry properly and on a stand, preferably the one supplied with the venus handles.
I would highly recommend this product for a smooth and quicker shave.
This razor has a built-in shave gel / No extry shaving foam or soap required!