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I have very dark and very stubbon hair. Hair removal creams have to be left on my skin for so long that it hurts and too many of the hairs survive anyway to make the pain worthwhile. Cheap disposable razors irritate my skin - possibly because I tend to use them too often without shaving cream.
So what to do?
My mum came up with the answer and bought me this razor system as a present. It is available for those who don't want to wait for Christmas stocking fillers - which this was - in Boots and online at Amazon at £9.47.
For this you get the razor body, two blade units and a shower hook attachement.
The bad thing first - the suction cups on the shower hook attachment are incredibly feeble. Not only did they fail to hold the razor conveniently out of the way, they couldn't even hold itself to the tiles without the razor attached. The resulting crashes into my enamel on iron bath were not only startling, they were irritating, especially as other suction hooks have coped fine with the ceramic tiles in my bathroom.
So I gave up on the storage device and binned it. The only loss I had by doing this was that the razor now lives on the corner of the bath and takes up bubble bath space, as the fitting of razor and clip was appalling as well as insecure.
But back to the reasons why it gets to take up sparse bathroom space.
The body of the razor is chunky and stays in the hand even when shaving in the bath, let alone a shower. It fits even a small hand well while lacking the grooves which accumulate dirt in the previous razors I've tried, so this razor cleans easily and stays that way.
But best of all is the blade unit itself.
A very sharp razor blade nestles happily in a block of solid shaving cream. This razor should always be used wet due to this and on trying it, I found out why.
As you shave your legs, underarms or elsewhere, the shaving cream releases, making the shave smooth, comfortable and non-irritating even to my sensitive skin, The cream is not drying but soothing and moistourising, even on side-burns.
At first, I was worried that it released so much cream that the block would soon be used up and though the package came with two blade units I would have to buy more, but I was wrong. The block on the first blade is still going strong and as it is part of the blade head I now never forget to to use cream when shaving and have the smoother, better looking legs to prove it.
And most importantly, no hair on my legs.
The razor is sharp and it is easy to think you will need to press hard to engage the recessed blade and so nicks are not impossible, but if you let the razor head do its job and not press down hard, this is one razor which will not let you down.
A great investment.
Having a descent razor is very important for me and I don't mind spending a little bit extra to get one that I know will do the job properly. I could never use a cheap razor as my skin is quite sensitive and I always get left with sore legs and blotchy patches that can sting for the rest of the day even after applying a cream. If I'm wearing shorts or a skirt I always put a bit of instant tan on my legs too as they never tan as much as my arms and just look weird. If I apply instant after using a cheap razor my legs feel so painful and you can see lots of red dots all over them. I always stick to the Gillette brand as it is well known to provide a good quality product especially when you are paying a little higher for comfort.
I bought my razor from boots as it was reduced from over a tenner to £5.00. It came in some nice plastic packaging which was clear but had mostly blue colour to it which looked like a flower. The packaging consisted of a blue razor handle, 2 cartridges and a shower hook. The cartridge can be applied to the razor handle by simply pressing it onto the end being careful with your fingers. Once clipped in you are good to go. The razor has a button near where the blade is inserted and once pressed the blade with come straight off and can be replaced if needed.
The handle of the razor is plastic but it has a soft grooved rubber strip on where you can hold to stop the hand from slipping as you shave. There is also a raised piece of soft rubber which fits the thumb perfectly so you can get a good hold on the razor while getting round under the arms or knees with precision. The razor also has a moveable head which tilts forward and back making the under arms and the backs of the legs a breaze.
One thing I love about this razor is the fact that you don't have to use any shower gel or shaving products in order for the razor to work as it already has 2 strips on each sides of the blades of moisturising butters and once wet they glide the razor over the skin with ease. I was a bit nervous at first thinking surely I will still need a shower gel in case my legs become sore off dry shaving but you definitely don't. It glides over easily using a small amount so the blade tends to need changing before the strip runs out.
This razor has 3 blades enabling a close shave getting right to the hair in just one motion which is also good as you don't need to worry about any irritation by having to go over the leg numerous times.
The shower hook in which you get can be suctioned onto a tile and the razor can easily be hooked onto it when not in use, keeping it nice and tidy. This razor is great and I would definitely recommend.
As a 20 year old student, my social life can be pretty full and I am a real fan of wearing dresses and skirts whenever possible really! I like to make sure that I can stay feminine and be able to flaunt the legs that I train hard at the gym to tone!
I've never been much of a fan of electronic lady shaves because in my opinion they don't leave my legs any where near as smooth and soft as I would like them. I'm also not a fan of hair removal creams, I find they them cumbersome, messy and they often leave an unpleasant smell once washed off. As a student I can't afford to pay for regular leg waxes, and wax at home kits have been somewhat unsuccessful for me.
Whilst browsing reviews for epilators- which I considered to be the next best thing- I decided that the easiest thing for me to do was to buy a reasonable disposable razor.
I had frequently used also any kind of disposable razors until I developed a sensitivity to them. They would often leave my skin dry or worse unbearably itchy- encouraging an unattractive habit in public to say the least and leaving my legs red from scratching. But I was in a rush and low on funds so I found myself on Boots online and found this product which claimed to be sensitive to skin and enrich your skin with moisture, unlike usual razors.
To my pleasant surprise, it did exactly as it said!
The handle has a well placed grip with contours which meant that shaving in the shower was a doddle, avoiding any slips where I could cut my leg or the previous inevitability of dropping the razor due to slippy hands.
The colour of the razor is pleasing, a nice light blue which matches the moisture strip placed at the top.
Speaking of the moisture strip, I found that part the most pleasing! Previously I would always use shaving gel whilst shaving my legs to try and keep the most moisture. But the moisture strip acts as a wonderful lubricant, allowing the blade to glide smoothly along my legs without the need for gel, just with water. To me this was an advantage because I find that shaving gels leave my legs slightly greasy, they can be messy and it would save me time I'd usually have spent applying the gels and money as I wouldn't have to buy the gels any more!
I found that this razor didn't leave any irritation and it lasted at least two weeks for me, longer than the average razor in my case.
Overall, I would say this razor whilst not being the cheapest on the market is well worth the money and well worth purchasing if you have sensitive skin, would like to avoid shaving gels (though it works perfectly fine with them too) and would like smooth, soft and moisturised legs after every shave.
I never used to be a fan of disposable razors and therefore stuck with using hair removal creams and an electric ladyshave. Then a few years back I bought a Gillette Venus razor with changeable blade cartridges and have been a fan ever since.
Since then, Gillette have introduced a few more razors to their Venus range and I have been quite happy with all of these, my last purchase being a Venus Embrace. I buy the replacement cartridges for these razors but now and then there will be a promotion for a new razor with a couple of cartridges included and it was one of these promotions which led to me buying my latest Venus razor: Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor.
Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor is designed with MoistureRich shave gel bars, which are enhanced with a triple blend of body butters for a comfortable shave. There is no need to use a separate shaving gel when using these razors, you just simply add water for a light lather on the gel bars and then shave as normal.
I purchased my razor recently in my local Morrisons supermarket where it was priced at £6 instead of £10. I liked the sound of the gel bars with body butter and was keen to try it out. Also not having to buy separate shaving gel saves money too.
The razor came with a shower hook which you can stick on to your tiles in your bathroom or in the shower. The front of the packaging stated " 3 blades and shave gel bars" in bold writing and this was where I made a mistake in thinking that this meant three replacement blade cartridges were actually included.
On opening the packaging, which is something I actually don't like about these razors (as it is impossible to open the packaging without hacking at the plastic with a pair of scissors I find) I found there were only two replacement cartridges inside. I picked up the razor, wondering if one was maybe already attached to the head, but there wasn't.
I was about to fire off an email to Proctor & Gamble who manufacture Gillette and complain, when on examining the packaging further I discovered in the bottom corner that the actual contents are 1 razor, 2 cartridges and a shower hook, but this was not in the same bold writing which was on the front in the middle of the packaging and certainly not the first thing you would notice on the packaging. Therefore I personally think the packaging is somewhat misleading, as you notice immediately the "3 blades and shave gel bars" wording and may not think that this is actually referring to the number of blades on the razor cartridge!
After looking at comments online on the Gillette website, it is plain to see I am not the only one who has fell for this misleading information and thought they were getting three blade cartridges when purchasing this razor and therefore I have written to the manufacturer in regards to this and suggested they maybe change their packaging information and design.
With that niggle out of the way, I found using the actual razor to be a good experience after my disappointment about the number of blade cartridges included.
Attaching a blade cartridge is easy, the cartridge simply clicks into place on this razor whilst still in its packaging, so you don't actually have to handle it at all. Once it is securely on the head of the razor you remove it from the packaging holding the handle of the razor. Changing the blade cartridge is simple too, it simply pulls off and then you repeat the process above, clicking the new one into place.
It felt strange not having to use a shaving gel, but as soon as I ran the gel bars under the shower and began using the razor on my legs I noticed it lathered up quite well and felt very soft and moisturising on my skin. It also made for an easier and faster shaving experience not having to mess around with shaving gel and the blades glide easily, providing a close, smooth shave just like I have came to expect when using a Venus razor. Indeed hair removal is quick, easy and smooth, unlike some razors I have used.
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 was concerned that the gel bars may get in the way when trying to angle the razor, but I didn't experience any problems at all. The soft grip handle makes it easy and comfortable to hold too.
I usually find a blade cartridge lasts around a month for me personally and the only difference I found here was that although the actual blades still lasted a month, the gel bars did not, but instead of replacing the blade cartridge when the gel bars ran out, I carried on using my razor with shaving gel until the actual blades needed changing. The gel bars lasted me approx two weeks and I would have been happier if they had lasted longer, but overall I still got the same amount of use from the blades. There have been reports from some consumers about the gel bars falling off the razor but this has never happened to me.
I do like the addition of the gel bars as it does feel as if you have used a moituriser on your skin when you shave with these and my skin does feel wonderfully smooth, it is just as pity they do not last as long as the blades.
The 'MoistureRich' claim certainly does the trick and I am happy to continue using this razor. Gillette have came up with yet another quality razor, it is just a shame the packaging was a little misleading.