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My favourite razors are both made by Gillette. One is the Gillette Venus Embrace and the other is Gillette Venus Proskin Sensitive.
I tend to shave my legs most days as then it only takes a few minutes while I am in the shower. I don’t feel right if I leave shaving my legs for longer than a couple of days. I like my legs to feel smooth for the sake of comfort as well as appearance. Prior to going on holiday I wax my legs but for every day comfort, then shaving is my choice of depilation.
I’m not overly keen on disposable razors, although there are some pretty good ones available now but I mainly use Gillette Venus non disposable.
The razor that I am currently using is the Gillette Venus Proskin. Actually I have had many of these. I am annoyed by the extortionate price of razor blades when bought alone so it is rare that I buy blades. Sometimes I am able to buy Venus blades at about half price on a market stall but if I can’t find a good offer I look for an offer on a razor. It seems that it’s easier to get good offers on a razor than blades.
Because of my reluctance to buy blades I have purchased lots of razors. Perhaps not so environmentally friendly but I won’t pay £10 or thereabouts on a pack of three blade cartridges.
The Venus Proskin is a nice razor to use. It’s very easy to handle even with wet slippery hands when in the shower. The handle is nice and broad and ribbed for a good grip.
It’s designed for sensitive skins and I certainly haven’t had any irritation using this razor.
I get a nice smooth finish when using the proskin. It glides well and the ribbon of moisture which is fixed along the blades helps to give an effortless shave.
I never get cut or nicked with this razor even if shaving underarms.
The blade has a five blade system which manages to shave off hairs and leave a nice smooth finish.
I usually buy a pack which contains one razor handle and a blade that fits onto this. The packs usually contain a shower pod which is a device with suckers designed to fit onto the wall of the bathroom or shower cubicle and to neatly hold the razor in place. I end up throwing most of these away as each new pack has a pod and how many do you need? I would prefer an extra blade cartridge!
Superdrug £4.98 (usually £9.99)
I recently bought a pack of Gillette Venus Pro Skin Sensitive razors due to the fact I was going away for the week and had forgot to take any razors. I popped into the first shop I could find and they cost me £8.99. I was reluctant to pay that amount but they were the only ones available and I didn't have much choice unless I wanted to go on nights out in a dress with a hairy legs!
The packaging is really pretty and feminine with turquoise writing and a white background. The packaging is a bit much for 1 small razor and it takes 10 minutes just to get into it. There is no easy way of opening the pack and scissors are the only option. Inside is 1 razor, blade and also a holder to attach to the wall to hold your razor. I didn't bother keeping that as I always put my razor inside a shower bag.
The razor itself has a rubber handle which gives it a nice grip. It has 5 blades really close together and also a moisturising strip. It is actually the first time I have found a moisturising strip that lasts and does the job it is supposed to. My legs were really soft and the strip lasted several shaves before it became sticky and not much use.
It is an expensive razor and although it was better than other razors I have used I wouldn't be able to justify spending that much every few weeks. I usually use hair removal cream however when on holiday as I need to have smooth legs all week I use razors. On these occasions I would buy this razor as I felt the results were worth while.
I usually hate summer months and hot weather as with wearing more skin revealing clothes; shorts or skirts etc, I have to shave my legs more often. For me this is easier said than done. I have thick coarse and fast growing hair - a terrible combination and so shaving has always been a bit of a nightmare. I have tried loads of different types of razors, creams and gels yet none seemed to work adequately. Either, I feel like I haven't shaved properly as I still feel stubble, or I manage a close shave but my legs look like they've been party to a massacre. Few a while I put the bleeding down to my being clumsy, but it actually took until a friend shaved my legs for me, and them to still bleed for me to look closer and see that there were no cuts, it was as if the cuticles objected to having the hair removed. I unfortunately objected to it not being removed.
I had almost given up after an electric razor did the same thing, when I came across the "Gillette Venus Pro Skin Sensitive". As a teen I had always used the Venus range without problem, and cannot fathom why I changed - I can only assume it was as a result of me moving into my own place and having to buy my own, which lead on to the trial of several types of disposable ones. The only reason why this one stood out to me was because it had a blazing "Half Price" sign slashed across it in Boots, so the saving prompted to give it a try.
The range of Gillette Venus Razors were all together and prices start off around £6.99 for the basic one and rise to £9.99 for the higher end one, which I believe has another blade, some also have soap round the edge of the blade. Three of the razors were included within the offer and I chose this one for two reasons. The first was that in all honesty...it was the cheapest - the second was because it was for "sensitive skin" and stated "less of an irritation" which had to be a winner in my case
For a little razor there sure is alot of plastic packaging, as they practically come in their own display case, in a cocoon of plastic. Not very environmentally friendly - but they stand out on the shelf. Each of the Venus range have their own color scheme, this one is a light soft green reminiscent of aloe vera. Inside the packaging, is the razor, its blade and a "shower pod" which has 3 suction cups to attach it to the wall, and holds the razor in place. This wasn't much good for me as I have matt tiles - so yet another piece of plastic for the recycling bin.
The razor itself is nice to hold, and has a ribbed rubber handle, which not only makes it nicer to hold in your hand, but to grip to, preventing the razor sliding when you try and shave those awkward bits such as round your ankles. It has 5 blades, which does get the job done quicker and helped the razor glide over the skin. There is also a moisturizing strip above and below the blade just to soften where the blade has just gone over.
I can honestly say it was one of the best razors I have ever used, not only was it a dream to use, but it shaved my legs to perfection, the closest smoothest painless shave I have had in years, and not one drop of blood! I was so happy I had to show off my new silky legs.
Consumer wise, the only downside is at £9.99 they're not the cheapest on the market, and with blades just as expensive it usually works out cheaper to buy a new razor on offer than buy replacement blades.
For me, the cost is worth it to have a product that works
I bought this razor out of desperation when ASDA had literally run out of all the others. I really didn't relish the idea of spending £8 on one razor! But read on...!
Venus on the Whole
Venus razors are pretty good on the whole - prior to these I had used the big flat ones Gillette brought out in the 90's (which incidentally were used as props in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace as communicators!). I found them really useful and loved the rubber grip they had, and resisted the temptation to convert as long as I could! When they were phased out and the Venus were phased in I figured it was just another marketing ploy. As it turned out they are much easier to use and the handle shape has stayed pretty much the same since and it is much easier than the previous model which now seems a little dated. (You might say from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
The standard Venus handle is contoured to a good shape to suit use from a variety of angles, which makes it a great razor to shave legs from either stood up, sat down or lying in a bath. The material used is suited to wet skin so you can grip it well but lightly without losing control - keeping that all important control so you don't nick your skin or worse.
I have always found that Gillette blades last a long time if looked after and this product is no exception
The ProSkin model handle is the same as other Venus handles in shape (and I would assume it fits other Venus blades but I haven't tried this).
The difference is that at the top and bottom of the blades, where often you get a tiny strip of some kind of conditioning balm, these are replaced with much larger strips of what I can only describe as a type of soap. This is where the ProSkin comes in to its own because there is no need for any other product to lubricate the skin prior to shaving. No shaving foam required! (But please do use water!).
I have found this really useful for things like weekend trips or holidays its less to carry but for me it still dios the trick. Bearing in mind I don't have sensitive skin and don't shave my legs every day so I can't comment on very regular use, I'm a twice a week if you're lucky kind of girl!!
They are really handy for a quick underarm job!
The blades last quite some time - bearing in mind my irregular use - mine lasted a couple of months before the soap wore down and the blades still did their job really well!
I give this 5 stars as I really can't think of a significant fault.
I'll admit now that I don't have particularly sensitive skin and that I chose this over my normal razorhead pack because I found a bargain on eBay - and hey, it can't be any worse, can it? These razors are, in my opinion, EXCELLENT. I don't even use a gel or even water when I shave with them sometimes, and the shave isn't so close if you do that but they still don't irritate my skin! I find that the five blades (vs. normal three) mean that you don't have to press so hard to get all the hair in 1 (max. 2) strokes, which would be a plus for anyone with really sensitive skin. Despite the large head size (which I actually like), I've even used this for a bit of bikini line work with no issues.
If you're used to using disposable razors, these are a WORLD apart. You will be blown away. And even coming from other Venus products, as I did, you'll notice the difference. Just make sure to shop around for a bargain so that you don't get stung by the price.
after many attempts at razors and horrible irritation i gave up and moved on to professional waxing, but as a student thats an expensive upkeep! so instead i thought i would bite the bullet and try razors again, fearing the wost i went with venus proskin sensitive, and im glad i did! this razor as a moisturising strip that actually works, soft legs and no irritation - amazing!. top tip - use conditioner not shaving gel , cheaper and softer legs also multi use!
I have always hated shaving, my skin is quite sensitive especially to razors unfortunatly waxing is to lengthy a process and epilation is too painful. The best i had found was gilettes venus 3 with a smoothing 'moisture strip' but it still wasnt really good enough.. I thought i was doomed to put up with irritating, harsh razors forever.
Then i saw an advert on the tv for the gillette proskin venus sensitive, it sounded perfect but was it?
I bought one from boots for just under a tenner and hoped for the best! It came with one spare cartridge and a handy showerpod and instead of the standard 3 blades, this has 5.
I used it in the bath with gillette satincare sensitive shave gel and it didnt disapoint! The normal moisture strip that usually crumbles away after one use has been replaced by a luxurious lather which smoothed the blades gently over my skin. I thought 5 blades sounded like too much (the more blades, the more chances of nicking my skin..) but they are placed so close together that they just glide across my legs without hardly pulling or irritating at all! A suprising part of this razor that deserves a mention is the handle, most disposables come complete with slippery plastic handles that often slip out of your grip and divert the blades towards your legs causing gashes so deep that sharks in the atlantic ocean can smell the blood! This however, has a soft, rubbery handle that is optimised for a perfect grip whether in the bath or shower.
The only downside is that it has a larger head than most, this is not all bad as it gets your legs done in
double time but can be awkward for your underarms as it requires quite a bit of maneuvering to get a smooth shave there.
Id say its well worth the money, i've certainly been converted and although it isnt quite the miracle razor that iv been searching for, it is the best iv found so far!
I have only recently gone from waxing to shaving in the last couple of years or so because waxing requires too much planning and causes in-grown hairs however, although shaving is obviously quicker and more convenient, I have found it irritates my skin a lot, especially on my legs. It appears I have sensitive skin which I didn't even realise I had. I always had to have a really hot shower so I didn't have any goose bumps for shaving, and then after make sure I kept completely warm for about 24 hours after otherwise it seems my goosebumps irritated the hair underneath the skin and caused irritations and bumps. This was almost impossible in UK winter so to be honest, it was a bit of a nightmare!
Now I have used disposable razors - awful, gilette venus - not great for sensitive skin, gilette breeze (the one with the soapy pads) - this one was better on my sensitive skin however it a lot more expensive and also sometimes got stuck to the bath when left to dry and also the soapy bars didn't last as long as the razor did.
I saw this venus proskin for sensitive skin and thought I'd give it a go. It looks nice in its packaging with the neutral green colour to give it the sense of calm I guess! It has 5 blades as opposed to the normal 3 which is meant to give you a closer shave and less irritation from the skin being pulled. It also has some sort of soothing bars around it but they are not gloopy like the breeze and don't come apart after a while or when wet.
I have noticed a difference while using this razor especially on my legs where I have most of the problems with irritation. I can say that it has drastically improved and I am quite surprised since I thought I had tried everything. Now it might not be the case for everyone because not all skin is the same but I think it's worth a try!
~ Hair removal in general ~
There are so many different ways to remove unwanted hair from legs, underarms and other areas now and it's always hard to decide what to use. I have sensitive skin and occasionally suffer from eczema on my legs so my skin often gets a little sore and itchy at times. I have used many different ways of getting the unwanted hair removed from my legs. I have tried epilating which was slightly painful at first, how-ever I got used to it. The effects of epilating didn't last long and I often got in growing hairs. I have also waxed a few times; how-ever this can be a lengthy process. Shaving is more convenient and is a much quicker way of removing unwanted hair. I have a razor, how-ever I find that this doesn't really give me a close enough shave and the blades tend to go blunt very quickly. I was recently in my local Boots store, so I decided to look at the range of razors and maybe purchase a new one whilst I was there.
~ Gillette Venus Pro Skin Sensitive ~
The razor is made by Gillette and is suitable for even sensitive skin. The 5 comfort blades mean it gives you a close shave with less irritation, when compared to other razors. The razor has a protective ribbon of moisture above and below the blades, which helps to give a smooth glide. The 5 comfort blades are spaced closer together to reduce pressure which reduces irritation. I have used the Gillette Venus Embrace razor before and this was good, how-ever as this particular razor I am reviewing is for sensitive skin I thought this would be more suitable for me. The razor itself is made from a strong plastic and is a very light mint green/light blue colour with white going down the middle of the razor handle. The razor works exactly the same as my previous Gillette one and the blades simply click onto the end of the handle. Once the razor blades are no longer useable you simply press the button near the blade and it will simply pop off ready for you to click on a new one. I actually like the colour of this razor as its very light and subtle unlike some of the other brighter coloured Razors by Gillette.
The Razor comes in a large blister pack which has the razor, shower pod and 1 cartridge inside. The packaging is quite bulky and you will need a pair of scissors to get into the packaging as it's made from very strong plastic. The plastic can also become rather sharp when it's been cut so be careful when doing this.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased this from my local Boots store for £4.99; how-ever this is currently on offer. The normal selling price for this item is actually £9.99. The reduction in price for this item is what also prompted me to buy it and at least try it to see if it was any better than my previous razor that I was currently using. Replacement cartridges are available in the following sized packs:
Pack of 3 - £9.69
Pack of 6 - £17.99
~ The Shower Pod ~
The shower pod is made from strong plastic and has 2 clear suckers on the back of it which means it can stick to the tiles in your bathroom and shower. This is a great idea as it holds the razor in place on front of it and it can also hold up to 3 extra blades inside the pod as well. The razor slide out of the pod easily, without the actual pod falling off of the wall/tiles. The pod also opens easily with the razor on or off the pod so you can change the cartridge/blade easily whilst in the shower or bathroom. The shower pod is a great idea and is a simple and easy way to sore the razor along with the cartridges.
~ Using the Razor ~
To use the product hydrate the skin with slightly warm water and then apply a rich shaving gel such as Satin care Pure & Delicate. Use the razor to shave and then simply rinse any residue off of your legs. I didn't actually have any shaving gel so I simply soaped my legs up using a little shower cream and used that instead. The razor was easy to hold and was light in my hand. The blades glided across my skin easily and it felt smooth and soft as I moved the razor up towards my knee. From the first glide of the blades across my skin it immediately got rid of the unwanted hair and there wasn't any need to go over the same area again. After I finished shaving my legs I rinsed off the excess soap/residue. My legs felt smooth and soft and there were no traces of any stray hairs. I also used the razor on my underarms and the blades glided across my skin easily without nipping the skin. I went over this area twice to ensure all the hairs had gone. My underarms felt smooth and soft after using the razor. I rinsed my skin off and then patted my skin dry to help lock in moisture. I felt my legs after I had patted them dry and they were silky smooth and soft all over. My skin didn't feel or look irritated and there was no itching which I normally get after shaving. I waited 5-10mins before applying a moisturiser to my legs.
~ Overall Opinion ~
The razor was very kind to my skin and the ribbon of moisture helps to ensure the razor glides smoothly across your skin and leaves it feeling smooth and soft. I was expecting to have a little irritation from this as I do suffer from very sensitive and often dry skin; how-ever the razor was gentle and didn't irritate my skin at all. The razor was especially gentle to use on my underarms and removed the hair quickly. In terms of value I think it's very good value when the product is on offer and I would definitely prompt people to buy this whilst the offer is on as it saves you quite a bit of money. As soon as the blades start to get blunt, it's advised that you replace it with a new blade straight away. The blades are very easy to change simply by using the small button on the end of the razor handle. I will continue to use this razor as I prefer it to epilating as I don't get in growing hairs and this is kinder to my skin.
(review also on ciao)