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This razor sits nicely in the hand and with the 5 blades the finish is really good. It''s quite expensive, given it only comes with one blade and that you will have to buy more, possibly because you are paying for the shower pod it comes with. The shower pod is basically a plastic unit that holds the razor and opens up inside to take 2 unwrapped cartridges. I have installed mine by the suction pads to the inside of my bathroom cabinet - I''m not sure it''s really something I would want on show inside my shower in all honesty, it''s quite a large moulded piece of white plastic, and I''m not really sure there''s a huge advantage to keeping the cartridges with the razor unless you are very short on storage. My pod has remained firmly attached, and I can''t fault the actual razor itself - far superior and more comfortable to use than cheaper disposables. Easy to change the head, follows the contour of the body well, it''s a good razor, just not sure the pod is that much of a necessary item.
I have never been a huge fan of cheap disposable razors as I have sensitive skin and always managed to cut my legs and underarms no matter how careful I was with them. Therefore I decided to buy myself a decent razor that I hoped would last me years, which it has!
You can buy this Venus Embrace razor from most supermarkets, but I bought mine from Asda when it was on offer for half price, so I paid £4.48 for it. However, it retails for £8.99 in Asda, but you can buy it online in several places for less than £5.
The Venus Embrace razor contains 5 figure hugging blades, with a protective ribbon of moisture for a smooth shave. It also comes with a shower pod, that has suckers to attach to the wall in your shower, however these become a bit ineffective after a while. The Venus Embrace comes with one blade as well.
The Venus Embrace razor is made with the following ingredients:
Lubrastrip Ingredients: , PEG-115M , PEG-7M , PEG-100 , BHT , Tocopheryl Acetate , Aloe Barbadensis , Vitis Vinifera , Persea Gratissima , Ribbon of Moisture Ingredients: , PEG-115M , PEG-7M , PEG-100 , BHT , Tocopheryl Acetate , Vitis Vinifera , Persea Gratissima.
The Venus Embrace razor provides an amazingly close shave, both on my arms, legs and bikini area. It is a very versatile razor. I have never had any problems with ingrowing hairs with this razor and I find the moisturing strip makes the razor glide over my skin effortlessly.
The razor has a soft grip handle which makes keeping hold of the razor whilst shaving in the shower easy. You don't need to worry about it slipping out of wet hands and causing you to cut yourself. The head of the razor is not fixed, so moves to accommodate the natural curves of your body causing less accidents.
As the razor has a detachable head, when the blade is blunt, you can just throw it away and replace it with a new head. Although in the supermarkets, these are quite pricey, if you look online at websites such as ebay you can nearly always pick yourself some new blades up for much cheaper than the shops! Also, the heads of the Venus razors last for ages! The one currently on my razor has been on there for well over a month and a half and I have used it everyday.
Overall, I LOVE this razor and all the others in the Venus range. The quality is above and beyond all the other brands of razors out there. They never let you down. You can be sure of a pain free, smooth shave with the Venus brand and I will be using these for a long time to come.
Before I discovered venus razors I was using cheap disposable razors as these is are what were bought for me until I noticed my friends had these really pretty venus razors. I like that the design is very feminine but would also suit a tomboyish girl (which I was a bit at the time of starting to shave) too as the colours vary from pink, purple, blue and green.
The razor comes in a plastic pack which looks hard to get into but is very easy with just a bit to pull up at the back. The packaging is a bit excessive but I think this so it is not eaily stolen off the shelf from a supermarket. The razor comes with a little holder, with suckers (which stop working after a while) on the back to keep it on the wall in your shower and the inside can hold two replacement blades (but only one comes with the pack). Even if you don't want to stick the holder to the wall, I suggest still keeping it to keep the razor in as it is lifted from touching any surfaces, when the razors moisturising strip part gets wet and left on the side, it all gathers up and goes gloopy and it just generally keeps it clean overall.
When I first used it I was amazed by the smoothness of my legs, it gave such a close shave, I found with the previous razors I had used I had to apply pressure to get a decent shave but this Venus one literally glides over my legs. The moisturising strip or 'ribbon' helps this and and leaves a long lasting softness on your legs after too. The razor is particularly good for underarms too as this is a more sensitive area, the razor works glides softly over here too. I had to be extra careful with other razors here as they would pull on the skin and never caught all the hairs, I've never had ingrown hairs or sore underarms from venus razors.
The actual hand held part is so good, the rubbery covering makes it easier to get a good grip on it meaning you can shave faster and it is ergonomically designed to be much more comfortable to hold when shaving too. The head moves slightly, to slide with the curves of your legs which makes it much easier to get around those pesky ankles with no cuts! I don't think I have ever cut myself with a Venus razor either, I'm not saying it's impossible to cut yourself with venus but it's definitely less likely to happen! ( if this starts to happen a lot it's time to change your blade)
The razor is made up of two separate bits so you only need to replace the blade part which saves on wastage, you just push a button up and the head is released. The blades come in individual peelable plastic cases to protect the moisturising strip and I put the old blade head back in here when putting them in the bin as they can still cut even if they are old and blunt just to be safe. You'll be able to tell when it need replacing as your legs won't be as smooth due to the blade being blunt and the moisturising strip will have been used up, this will usually be after a few weeks.
The blades are expensive but the blades last longer than other brands so it is worth it and they are often on offer if you shop around. The only changes Venus make with their razors is the colours and they often update with new moisturising strips that promise an even smoother shave but I think this is just to stay current and on people minds and doesn't really make any difference. I have now been using Venus Razors for years and wouldn't ever consider changing as they are a very trustworthy brand and are good value for money.
I've been mainly using hair removal creams recently and disposable razors when I don't have the time, but I decided to go back to shaving and invest in a decent razor, so I picked this one up in Morrisons for £7.15.
It comes in a plastic pack which is very easy to open as it has a perforated section on the back that just pulls off. In the pack you get the razor, a razor case and a blade. The shower pod sticks to a bathroom surface with 2 suction cups and has space inside to store 2 blades, and the razor clips into the outside. This is handy for storing the razor and blades but as with most things that use suction cups I find it comes unstuck after a while, so I don't stick it to the wall or it falls off into the bath and breaks into pieces.
The blades come in little plastic cases with peel-off lids and you just stick the razor handle into it until it clips in place then pull it out. The razor itself looks really nice, it's white with blue and purple bits on the handle. It has a button at the top of the handle that releases the blade when you need to replace it.
The blades are much larger than any razor I've used previously, not just because they have 5 blades, but because they have a 'protective ribbon of moisture' round the edge, which looks like blue plastic or rubber until it gets wet and the colour starts to fade.
The razor is really easy to use, the handle is comfortable to hold and easy to grip, and the blades glide over the skin smoothly, even over contours and difficult areas such as the knees and ankles. I'm pretty clumsy with razors but I've never managed to cut myself with this one yet. It is also gentle on my skin and doesn't leave me with as many razor bumps as others I've used.
I use this with the Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Shave Gel, which is the same one I've used for years, and whilst it does leave my legs feeling pretty smooth I seem to miss more hairs with this than other razors, and bizzarely it doesn't seem to give as close a shave as the original 3 blade Venus that I used years ago.
Overall it is a decent razor, but I've been a little disappointed that it didn't give a closer shave.
As good as this product is at being a razor, I can't get over how ridiculous the packaging for such a small item is. You buy a giant block of plastic which has a tiny razor inside which I assume is so you think you're getting more for your money as this particular product can be quite pricey when not on sale. With the shower pod and the wrapping you find yourself looking at a sea of plastic when all you really wanted was a razor. I understand that when you're buying an item with blades on it you need to be protected but the wrapping here just seems to be wasteful and annoying for the buyer as you can't get into it easily without scissors. Once you've managed to snip a cut into the plastic, it is very sharp and I find myself scratching myself often, which doesn't make the product very promising in my mind at this point.
-The Razor Itself-
Gillette claims that the Embrace has '5 blades for a dramatically smooth shave'. I can't say that I noticed much difference in the overall smoothness of my legs after using this one compared to a different razor brand that has 3 blades. They are also very keen on advertising the 'ribbon of moisture' surrounding the blades. You still need to use shaving gel with this razor so the moisture ribbon isn't that great but it is definitely there as every time I put it down it sticks to the bath because of this sticky strip. The handle is a good feature as it is chunky and easy to get a grip on. The head of the razor is large but it doesn't bend in the way you need it to, after all you're legs aren't totally flat. The blades do stay sharp for longer than most so this is my key reason for buying this product. Blunt razors just aren't fun to use so maybe that's why this one is quite expensive. It will serve you for quite a few weeks before you will need to change the head. Or, you can do what I do and leave them on for a bit longer and get a slightly lower quality shave but this saves you from having to buy more heads more regularly.
-The Replacement Cartridges-
The Embrace I purchased came with a pack of replacement heads which is handy as you aren't left stranded once the blades become blunt. They are individually wrapped to keep the moisture seal fresh which is a good feature. You're supposed to rip the bottom of the packet off and slide the razor inside, headless of course, and attach the two pieces together this way. I didn't read the instructions and spent far too long fiddling around trying to get the head out of the packaging but I'm sure few people make this silly mistake! Once your current head has become unusable, you simply slide the button forward and it easily pops off. If you need to buy the replacements separately they can be expensive so make sure to look out for them being on sale.
My razor came with a 'shower pod' which is meant to hold the razor whilst you're in the shower. The pod itself seems to be far too big to me as it sticks out quite far when it's on your wall, considering the fact that a razor is pretty flat. It also does not stick to the wall for long as it uses a simple suction cup which can't hold the weight of mine. This isn't particularly disappointing for me as I prefer to keep it tidied away in a cupboard so some people won't be bothered by this and do what I do and throw this piece straight in the bin.
Ultimately, this razor is good enough at being a razor but for the amount you'd be paying for it full price, it doesn't really seem worth it. If you're happy enough to fork out a bit more for a good quality razor that will require replacement heads, you'll probably be satisfied with this product.
** Gillette Venus Embrace **
This is another razor which I picked up on offer in ASDA at £3. This razor is priced at £8.50 on the boots website and 3 refill blades will set you back another £8.50.
Venus Embrace is a chunky blue razor, which has a green outline on the blades. Although this doesn't look as feminine as other Venus razors, it still looks cute and stands out on the shelves.
The razor has five blades for a 'dramatically smooth shave' and a 'ribbon of moisture' to give a smooth and easy glide whilst shaving. This razor also has a soft grip handle that provides slip control.
A soft grip handle is always a must for me with razors as I tend to shave very quickly and always seem to drop my razor. With this razor, I struggle to drop it as the grip is so effective, which allows me to shave quickly and twist the razor around as I need to.
This razor does not have a head that bends to the angle you need it at, which is a bit of a downside as it means I am more likely to nick at my legs and end up bleeding all over the place. However, I have not cut myself yet with this razor, so somewhere it must be doing something right.
To be honest, I don't know where the 'ribbon of moisture' on the razor is supposed to be and have not noticed any extra benefits from it, so I'm not sure if this works or not. But around the blade there is a thick, rubbery outline which rubs on my legs and causes a lot of friction. (I've noticed this as, when I looked on the Venus website, the ribbon of moisture part was highlighted around this rubbery area. If this is the 'ribbon of moisture' it just irritates my legs.)
The razor does give a very close, smooth shave though and I only have to go over my legs once with it to achieve desired goal. I also like that the blue and green design make the razor stand out and look feminine, without it being pink.
I have had this razor for a couple of months now, and probably used it 10 times without changing the blade, and it still seems to work extremely well and effectively.
Despite that rubbery are causing friction, I would buy this razor again if it were on offer as it gives a great, close shave and doesn't cut up my legs. Although it is not the best that I have used, it is still very good and worth £3.
It's a pain in the rear end, but shaving is a necessity for me in order to retain that silky smooth leg and underarm look. Before I started using this particular razor about a year ago, I was using cheap disposable razors. The difference between the two is phenomenal, and in the case of razors, the old saying 'you get what you pay for' is definitely true.
So what are you paying for?
I have the blue and green Venus Embrace razor. However, from the picture, you can see that it also comes in a blue and purple variation. The razor has five razor blades, and has a 'ribbon of moisture' either side of the blades (the green strips which you can just about make out in the picture). I can't actually remember whether you get spare razor refill cartridges with the razor, as I bought it so long ago. You also get a ShowerPod, which is essentially a holding device for the razor and two spare razor blade refill cartridges. You can stick the ShowerPod onto the wall of your shower using the 'suckers' attached to the back of it.
The razor can cost you anywhere between £5 (Superdrug.com) and £8.49 (Boots.com), and so it's really down to where you're shopping. Refill packs cost about £8 for 3 razor blades and £16 for 6.
What I think
The fact that the razor blade has five razor blades to it makes it an incredible device. The disposable ones I used prior to this only had two razor blades, and thus I found that they tended to do a poor job of shaving all the hair away. Also, they would get blunt very quick, which is something I have not found with these razor blades. Although the price may seem steep for refill cartridges, they are truly worth the money in my opinion, as a blade will last a long time. Of course, it varies with use, but the blade I'm using at the moment has been going for about a month, and shows no signs of getting blunt.
Another thing I like about this razor is that I do not have to press hard down on it to get a good shave. Again, with the disposable razors I used to use, I found I really had to put pressure on them in order to get a half decent shave. However, this is not necessary with the Gillette Venus Embrace. I can still remember how impressed I was when I initially used the razor, and found that all hair had practically been removed on the first shave.
I like the idea of the 'ribbons of moisture'. When wet, these add a sort of lubrication to the razor that ensures that the razor shaves smoothly and doesn't pull unnecessarily at the skin. Again, with cheaper disposable razors, I found that my underarms especially were prone to red, dry lumps after having shaved, as they are unnecessarily harsh on the skin. I do think the 'ribbons of moisture' assist somewhat in stopping these from appearing. However, I would not advise that you assume that this extra moisture means that you would not need to use a shaving foam. The 'ribbons of moisture' do not tend to last that long (I would say about a week or so) before they dry up and effectively become useless. Also, an annoying thing about these 'ribbons' is that if the shaver is left face down on a damp surface, the 'ribbons' will become gooey and stick to the surface. They are peeled away easily, but doing so gives them a stringy effect as they are removed, and it's not very pleasant.
Additionally, although the ShowerPod may seem like a great idea for storing your razor in an easy to reach place, I have found that the suckers on the back are not strong enough to hold the pod in place. Mine kept falling, which was really annoying as it kept then throwing the refillable cartridges over the floor of the shower. If you have young children you might want to bear this in mind. Our shower is a walk in one, and so if there were young children in our house, the razor blades would be easily accessible. I don't tend to use the ShowerPod anymore, as I have found it to be useless.
Otherwise, this is a great razor, which is still favoured highly by me. Although it's certainly not as cheap as a disposable razor, I think the pros far outweight the cons of the cheap and nasty alternative. Excellent buy!
Choosing the right razor is important for us women, especially as the weather is changing, because having silky smooth legs girls is what we all want! I brought this razor because I have always got what I want out of Gillette razors: smoothness, quality, lasts a long time and it has good products to compliment it! E.g the shaving foam.
Price.. The cost of a venus razor can be a bit much at time.. around £8, and I would advise you to shop around and look for a bargain instead (because they are usually on offer somewhere for about £3-4.
Extras.. You often get a spare set of blades included which is handy, just remember to keep it up safe, because they can be expensive. You also get a handy shower hook type thingy, which means you can hang i up in the shower basically! Which again is great for storing the spare blades.
Results.. Compared to other brands of razors for women I believe these really give the best. So I would recommend using a product of Gilettes, especailly the Embrace.
Use with.. I would advise to use with their shaving foam (and this is good because offers usually are on, and it's not too expesive anyway a large bottle costs around £1.50), just because it adds to the smoothness.
As far as I am concerned there is only one razor to use for home hair removal and that is venus embrace by Gillette. I have been using my Gillette venus for years and although I have at various times tried other razors I have always came back to the venus as it is in my opinion the best razor currently on the market.
The razor is purple in colour and the handle has a rubberised soft grip handle meaning that I an hold it securely and it doesn't slip or slide in my hand even when it is wet. It also comes with a holde for the razor and blades that has a suction cup for sticking to the bathroom wall which is really convenient.
The razor is reusable meaning that you can buy replacement blades and they just click into place and then press the little button to pop them off when they are finished. The heads have 5 dfferent blades which also have a moisurising strip to help the blades glide over the skin and also leave it feeling moisturised.
The difference in quality between this and the throw away razors is amazing and it always give me a really close shave and I only ever have to go over my legs once as they get all the hairs on the first go.
I always feel so much more secure whilst using the venus as it doesn't nick and cut my skin like the disposable baldes do so I can also use it on more delicate area where I would never dream of using a cheap razor.
It is also definately more comfortable afterwards which I'm not sure is ecause of the moisture strip or because the blades are so sharp but my skin doesn't feel as tender after shaving with my venus. Stubble is kept to an absolutel minimum and my legs feel completely smooth to the touch and the hair is kept off for a few days instead of starting to reappear within a day.
The only negative thing I can say about the Venus Embrace is that the replacement blades are so expensive. The Vensus embrace cost me £8.99 which also included one head for the razor and this really isn't a bad price for something that is so good but the replacement blades are over £15 for only 6 which makes the Vensu embrace an expensive item to own especially as the heads need replacing every couple of weeks or so depending on how often I use it.
Although the replacement heads are so expensive it is a price I am willing to pay for not only smooth legs but also peace of mind that I am not going to cut my legs to ribbons whilst shaving them.
This review is on the Gillette Venus Embrace I selected this one two months ago as it was on a half price offer in my local supermarket so I thought it was worth a try.
As with most razors this comes with loads of packaging it is in a plastic container which is so tightly sealed the only means of getting into it are by scissors. Within the packaging there is a thin bit of cardboard with the details of the razor on it. These were in a light blue and green proclaiming that this razor has 5 blades. Now if you are thick like me on a quick glance in the super market I thought I was getting a great bargain and this would have 5 disposable razors blades with the pack, but no what it means is each razor head has 5 razor blades on it!! Whoops that will teach me to read the packaging a bit better.
Also within the pack is what Gillette refers to as a "shower pod". This is a white plastic egg shaped device with a suction pad on it. This attaches to your shower wall on the tiles and means the razor can be stored on the top of the egg and inside the egg there is a space for two blade head packs. Mine is now residing in some local landfill as it is a totally pointless inclusion for me. The main reason is I don't want something with a razor hanging from it being in the bathroom where my inquisitive toddler can maybe reach it. Also I think it doesn't look that attractive so I keep my razor in the bathroom cupboard to be taken out when I need to use.
Now after years of getting my legs underarms and bikini line waxed at salons my body hair is not as strong as it once was and in fact on some parts of my legs it doesn't grow at all any more, because of this I now only really need to shave once or twice a week. I only change from waxing to shaving after my son was born and the cost and time out was something I felt I could no longer justify compared to the price of a razor.
The first thing that I notice about this razor compared to others that I have tried is the feel of the handle. The handle grip is a very soft squishy type of plastic. My razor is in the blue and green version and the handle grip is a pretty light blue on one side and a soft green and blue on the other. The softness of the handle grip I find mean it is very easy to hold but also when it is wet as it often the case in the bath or shower when I shave the texture of the plastic means I never seem to lose my grip on the razor. The handle grip also has some ridges in and this seems to allow the water to wash through the handle. It can how get a bit messed up with shaving gel so I always rinse it out at the end to make sure all the soap scum has been washed out.
The razor head is quite chunky I think this is due to the five close razors contained within each razor head and the combination of the ribbon of moisturiser strip around the outside of the blade head. These razor heads are easy to insert into the handle you just press a button on the back to release one and then insert the new razor head into the prongs. The head is on some kind of pivot as it moves in an up and down movement on the handle as you shave yourself.
The 5 razors in one head seems to be following the trend set my men's razors I think as my husband uses the Gillette fusion razors which are also five razors blades in one razor head. The razor blades do appear quite close to one another which I guess is the pint to give a close shave. When I am shaving any part of my body be it legs underarms or bikini line I always use shaving gel rather than just a wet shave with water. The reason for this is two fold one so I can see where I have shaved and to help protect my skin. On shaving with this razor the first thing I noticed on shaving was how smooth this glides on my skin and how little pressure I need to apply to get a close shave. On cheaper disposable single blade razors I have often found I need to shave the same area twice to get rid of all of the hair but with this razors one gentle sweep with the razor removes all the hair. The razor does seem to be very efficient and gives a very close shave. On the odd occasion I have pressed too hard and whilst this hasn't resulted in a knick or cut it has actually left my skin feeling for a minute or so a bit tingly as if I have done a harsh bit of exfoliating but this does soon pass and I have now learnt a little pressure is all you need to do for a very precise shave. The tilting action of the razor blade seems to work well against the contours of my skin and result in there being no missed sections and no nasty cuts on my knees or around the ankle area.
The ribbon moisture strip I can't make my mind up about really. It doesn't leave a film of moisturiser but my skin after shaving does feel noticeably smoother and softer now whether this is down to the having gel I use or the strip I am uncertain but I would probably say it is more likely to be the shaving gel. But I think it is a nice idea for a razor and it does seem to help the razor head glide well on the skin. After each sweep with the razor I always give the head a rinse to get rid of any build up of hair. This never seems to be a problem with the leg hair but if for some reason I have let my bikini line become a bit yeti like then it is definitely necessary as it clogs up then very quickly meaning it can't shave properly.
Now as I explained earlier I use this razor once or twice a week so far after using it this way I have only needed to change the razor head last week and this was after using the same razor head for about 7-8 weeks. I personally think this is a good lifetime for a razor head and it definitely means I am likely to buy them again after I finish with this next blade as if they last this long I do think they will justify the initial higher price tag.
Overall and recommendation
I actually think this is one of the best razors that I have used for shaving and would definitely recommend it. For me the packaging could be made simple and I really don't personally see the point of the shower pod but I guess each to their own. The blade itself is super and gives a very close and smooth shave with minimal pressure needed. The handle grip is easy to hold and never slips from my grasp when I am using it. The addition of the moisture strip is a nice idea but how much actual moisturisers it gives to you skin I am unsure as I think the softness my skin feels after shaving is more attributable to the shaving gel which is a Gillette one by the way. At around £8.50 from Boots and other stores for the initial razor pack it is an investment buy but as the blades last about 8 weeks it is around £1 a week for smooth legs which is a price I think is reasonable. A 3 pack refill is around £9 which works out as good value at £3 for a razor and around 37 pence a week for the use which I think is definitely a great buy and one I would recommend.
Over the last couple of years I have stuck with using a razor to shave my legs after having experimented with waxing and using epilators.
As a result I always tend to stick with a reputable brand and do not simply buy the throw away razors where you get 5 cheap plastic razors in a pack. This is how I came to settle with Gillette Venus razors, and more specifically at the moment the Gillette Venue Embrace.
~ The Packaging ~
The razor comes in a plastic casing with the razor sitting inside. The handle of the razor is a lovely bright turquoise blue colour with the head of the razor where the blades are, being white.
The handle of the razor as I call it, is made from a soft rubbery material with a grip in the middle making it easy to hold whilst shaving your legs.
The blade head of the razor is detachable by pressing the white slider and the blade simply detaches, so you are able to replace the actual blades when they have come to the end of their usable life.
With my Venus Embrace I also received a holder for the razor which has suckers where you can stick it to a tiled surface in the bathroom, so you can hang your razor ready for use. Personally I haven't used this as it didn't seem to stick and stay in place on the shower wall.
~ Price and Availability ~
I bought my razor from Asda a little while ago on a special offer for around £4, however it is currently priced at £8.49 in Boots, so quite a bit more than I paid. This razor is widely available from most supermarkets and chemists, it's probably also a good idea to check online stores for availability.
~ My Opinion ~
I have been using this razor for a few months now after previously using a different Gillette razor for women. This razor has 5 individual blades within the one head, meaning that the razor is intended to give a closer shave than others.
I found that the razor was really easy to use and the grip on the handle gave me more control when shaving my legs, as I felt it wasn't going to slip out of my hands when using.
The razor itself did give a very close shave with my legs left really nice and smooth, shaving close to the skin with no missed areas or short "stubble" where the razor hadn't cut close enough. I found that because the head of the razor is detachable it seemed to be more flexible and easier to glide across my skin and move well at an angle when reaching the backs of my legs.
I have always used the razor alongside a shaving gel and then moisturised afterwards, and I have not suffered any shaving rashes or irritation. I tend to use this razor 2-3 times a week and found that the head of the razor (the blades) lasts quite a long time. I would say that each one lasts around 3 months based on my usage.
Overall I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending this razor. Admittedly it is a little expensive however you definitely pay for what you get in this case. The blades are also fairly expensive to replace however they do last a considerable length of time. I really do think this razor is worthy of 5 stars.
Rather shamedly, i'm always left stroking my legs lovingly after using my Venus Embrace. Being one of those unfortunate women with far darker and courser hair then i'm sure is normal for a female, I've always found shaving my legs a rather irksome task. In the past, even with vigorous exfoliation, I'd always been left with a slight stubble and black dots on my legs after shaving, which always made me self-conscious about wearing short skirts and dresses. Perhaps its the 5 blades, but after using Venus Embrace for the first time recently I was left thrilled with the results! No stubble, no black dots, just smooth, soft, flawless legs! Not even the speckled rash i was used to after my usual shaving expriences! Using the razor was a dream too, rubbery handle makes for easier grip in the shower, and the oval shape of the head, made it virtually impossible to cut myself. It even comes with a suction holder to stick to the shower wall after use! If i had to note a negative, it would be that i found the head needed changing, rather sooner then I expected, after around 6-7 shaves, but given the miracles it achieved, it's something i was definately able to overlook!
Course haired ladies look no further! Our saviour is here!
I have never rated disposable razors all that much and when Gillette Venus razors first appeared with their replaceable blades a few years back, I must admit I didn't think they would be any better. Therefore I didn't rush out to buy one and instead I carried on using my electric shaver and also hair removal creams. Whilst I found the electric shaver ok, I was about as keen on using hair removal creams as I was using disposable razors.
It was only when I heard a friend singing the praises of her Gillette Venus razor, that curiosity got the better of me and I eventually bought one. I have never looked back since and threw my electric razor away. I found the results I got using my Gillette Venus razor were better than anything I had used before.
~~ Gillette Venus Embrace ~~
Gillette have came up with a few razors in the Venus range and the last one I bought was this Gillette Venus Embrace.
My razor came supplied with a spare blade and also a shower pod to conveniently store your razor in the shower as its suction cups stick to the wall, holding your razor. Apart from being attractive to look at with its blue and green design, the handle has a soft rubber-feel making it easy to grip when in the shower. It won't easily slip from your hands whilst you are using it.
The Venus Embrace has 5 blades and also a ribbon of moisture which enables it to glide easily and smoothly over your skin. It is designed to hug every curve, providing you with an ultra-close shave.
The blades on this razor are easy to replace too, by simply pulling it out at the top and slotting your razor into the replacement cartridge, which then removes the blade from the packaging and clicks it firmly into place in your razor.
~~ Using the razor ~~
I originally used this razor along with some of Gillette's satin gel, but I have since used it with various other gels, foams and also shower gel. Each time I achieve a good result, my legs feel silky smooth and shaving delicate areas such as under arms and bikini line pose no problems. There is no dragging or pulling on the hairs as this razor glides easily and smoothly over my skin.
I love the close shave I get when using this razor and when I run my fingers down my legs after shaving they feel really smooth, there is no trace of hair or stubble. The ribbon strip of moisture does seem to protect and soften, especially when using the razor at an angle. Indeed this is when I can feel the benefit of this strip of moisture as when using other razors in the past, they have dragged a little, which of course can and has lead to cuts. This was a regular experience of mine in the past when using cheaper razors and disposable razors, but I can honestly say that I have never cut myself using a Gillette Venus razor.
I was quite happy with my previous Gillette Venus razor, but having 5 blades instead of 3, does seem to be a big improvement and makes shaving my legs a quicker job than it was before. Shaving is easy and I experience no discomfort whatsoever using my razor.
Whilst the blades for these razors can seem expensive, they do last quite a while. I paid just over £7 for three blades but they lasted 3 months approx and I don't think that's bad at all. I don't use my razor every day, but it certainly gets used 3 to 4 times a week. It is such a close shave that I find the regrowth is slower to appear, therefore I personally don't have to use my razor on a daily basis.
The razor itself often appears in stores on a promotional offer. Mine was £6 when I bought it, but the price can vary due to various promotions so it pays to shop around. The razor has lasted me over a year, all I need to do is replace the blades and I can't see me having to replace the actual razor itself anytime soon.
I did purchase a razor by another well known brand after seeing it on offer, but found it really inferior to Gillette Venus. Whilst these are still around, I can't see me wanting to try anything else.
For design, ease of use, a close shave and silky smooth skin, Gillette Venus Embrace gets five stars from me. The only difficulty I have had with this razor is extracting it from the packaging on purchase! If only they could make this as easy as using the razor!
I've been using razors for a while now as I find that they are the quickest and most convenient way of painlessly removing hair. I've always exclusively used Gillette razors as Gillette is a popular brand and I feel that it produces the best quality razors. I've never been loyal to any particular Gillette replacements blades though, and pick up whatever is on offer. I was going home for my university holidays in June and realised at the airport that I had forgotten to pack my razor. I headed over to the Boots at the airport and saw this razor on sale for £5 which seemed reasonable so I bought it.
The pack contains a razor, one cartridge and a white razor case with suction on the back so it can stick to the wall in your bathroom. These are all encased in thick plastic which you have to cut through to get to the contents, and it is quite difficult to do so without cutting your hands in the process! You can store replacement blades inside the razor case and place your razor on the front. I've stuck my razor case onto the wall above my bathtub and find that it is a very convenient place to store your razor and replacement blades.
The razor has an aqua (also available in a more feminine purple) soft grip handle that stops it from slipping in your hand, preventing you from cutting yourself. I have been using this razor for months now and it has never once slipped out of my hand. The head is quite flexible so that the razor can easily glide along your body's contours. The razor has 5 blades to give you a really close shave and a moisture strip to give you a more comfortable and smooth shave. Changing cartridges is very easy. All you have to do is push up a little button located on the razor near the cartridge and the cartridge pops out. You can then insert a new blade in.
I was pretty amazed when I used this razor-I got a really close shave without getting any nicks or cuts. The razor glided very smoothly along my skin thanks to the moisture strip which makes the whole experience of shaving feel quite gentle on my skin. After I dried off and ran my hands down my legs I could feel no stubble at all and the hair took longer than it normally does to reappear which means that the 5 blades really do work well. As a result, I have to shave less often so the blades tend to last longer.
I have to admit I was quite impressed with this razor and it's definitely better than the other razors I have used before. In fact, I am now exclusively buying Venus Embrace replacement blades. The only thing I dislike about this razor is that the replacement blades are really expensive (and that's why I've knocked off a star). You can find the razor and replacement blades in most supermarkets and pharmacies. A pack of 6 replacement blades normally retails for £15-£16 but is currently on offer at Superdrug for £12.82. The razor normally retails for £8.49.
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Although I've recently been converted to the joys of waxing my legs , I still prefer to shave my armpits - I'm not really sure why this is, it's just a personal preference .
Having tried various disposable razors in the past, with generally skin shredding results, I decided it wastime I stopped being such a tightwad and spent a little more money on a decent quality razor that wasn't going to tear me to shreds . I opted for the Gillette Venus Embrace, partly because I trust Gillette as a brand that has been around for years, and partly because the 5 bladed design seemed like it would give me a close, yet comfortable shave .
As well as five blade, this razor also has a blue moisture strip, designed to make it smoother and more comfortable to use . It comes with a plastic holder that can be mounted in the shower for storage , however, I just plonk mine, handle down, in a mug on my windowsill.
Upon taking this out of the packet ( a marathon task involving scissors, swearing, and turning to my boyfriend for help) the first thing I noticed was the soft grippy bit on the handle, which made this razor feel very secure and controllable in my hand . I tested the head, which was flexible, allowing for the razor to move naturally along my bodys contours, and then settled down in the bath to use it .
I must say, this was a joy to use - easy to grip and control, even with wet hands, and gliding smoothly across my skin, providing a close shave without any snagging or nicking of skin. This was a significantly better shave than I have achieved with other razors, and my armpits didn't need any more attention (other than a quick slick of after shaving balm) for a good five days .
Of course, there had to be a snag - and with these it is the cost , with the razor itself costing me £5.98, and a pack of 3 replacement blades costing £8.49. Whilst a single blade has lasted me, so far, for about 6 weeks (under-arm use only) I imagine that were I to use these on my legs too, I could be replacing these blades quite often, and the costs would soon mount up .
With that said, I do recommend this - a close comfortable shave, well worth the extra expense .
5 blades for an even closer shave /