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~*~*~ Gillette Spa Breeze Razor ~*~*~
Shaving is one of the most boring and time consuming job us ladies have to do. The only good thing about shaving is the different shaving sticks there are to choose from. I would say Gillette is the biggest brand for ladies shavers and they have a large variety to choose from. I purchased this shaver as I stepped on my last Gillette razor and snapped the stick part (luckily there was a towel covering it so I didn't hurt myself). I did battle on and try and shave just using the head but this was too tricky. Eventually, after being a hairy girl for around two weeks, I replaced it with this shaver. Please see below for my thoughts on this razor....
~*~*~ Packaging, Price and Availability ~*~*~
This shaver comes in a plastic container, which is unbreakable (just opening the package is a task by itself, let alone shaving afterwards). On the front of the packaging is the Gillette logo, the products name (Spa Breeze), what's included in the container (1 razor, 2 cartridges with shave gel bars), the scent of the shave gel bars (White Tea) and a 'scratch and sniff' sticky so you can smell the scent before you buy it. The stick and the shaving gel bars are a baby pink colour, very girlie. There are three blades on the shaving head and the shaving bars (which are connected to the head) are flexible making it easy to contour to the shape of your body. The shaving head clips on and pops off the head incredibly easy. There is also a plastic holder with a suction pad included in the box, which is handy as the shaver can be hung on the wall.
This shaver can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets. I purchased my shaver from Superdrug, where it was on a half price offer, for £4.97.
~*~*~ In Use ~*~*~
This shaver, like all Gilette shavers, is great. I really like the shaving bars, which are connected to the head, as it means I don't need to use shaving cream. I wasn't expecting the shaving bars to last very long but I was pleasantly surprised. I use the shaver 3 times a week and the shaving bar/head lasts for around 4-6 weeks, which I think is quite good. I also really like the scent, which is flowery and girlie.
This shaver does an extremely close shave, which means I don't need to shave as often. After shaving my legs they feel smooth and sleek. The shaving bars are hydrating and leave my legs/under arms smelling great. The great thing about Gilette shavers is you can use any Gilette Venus heads on the stick, so if you don't like the shave bars you can replace it for a different head.
~*~*~ Would I Recommend? ~*~*~
I would definitely recommend this shaver, especially when it is on the half price offer which is an absolute bargain. It does a close shave and no shaving gel is needed. I have never cut my legs or underarms when using this shaver. Overall I am going to give this shaver 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars. It is one of my favourites and I will be purchasing more cartridges.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review :o)
I've long been a fan of Gillettes Venus range of razors so when I ran out of stock of my usual Venus Divine refills and found that the range has once again changed and Divine seems to have been dropped in the latest shake up I went looking for another varient worth trying out.
Ultimately I plumped for the Venus Spa Breeze variety. These were, other than the original blade refills, the only one available in a pack containing 4 blades and cost me £9.99.
The box claims that they are a 2 in 1 product as they have both the blade and a shave gel built in.
My last experience of a shaving product with built in shave gel was less than pleasant with the gel being unpleasant to smell, and left my skin feeling dry and tight so I was a little bit apprehensive about this one.
They claim that the shave gel provides a light lather - in my experience there is no lather at all though you can feel the affect of the gel on your legs, quite simply it feels slimy but not unpleasantly so and rinses off easily under the shower.
The scent of the gel bar is of white tea, and while not unlikeable it is too flowery for my tastes, happily the scent seemed to wash off or was delicate enough to be masked by my shower gel, I'm sure if you enjoyed the scent then some would remain if you didn't rinse too rigorously and didn't use other products afterwards.
The way the gel bars are fixed to the razor head mean that the whole thing is large and I find somewhat unweildy - I struggle when shaving my bikini line to get it in to the crease and unless I hold the skin of my underarms stretched flat I seem to end up with residual stubble until the gel has mostly been used.
Happily I haven't had too many issues with shaving chunks out of my legs as I did with the last razor with attatched gel.
As with all Venus products I am perfectly content with the shave offered, my legs felt stubble free for as long as normal - generally I shave every other day - and other than the creased areas mentioned above the shaved skin was free of hair. The gel made no appreciable difference to the state of my skin, it didn't dry it out nor leave it feeling any more moisturised than normal and more importantly there was no irritation or shaving rash.
One razor head tends to last me around a week depending on how often I shave which makes the cost of these rather expensive when bought at full price.
Overall while I won't avoid these in future I probably won't buy them again unless they're on special offer and will try other venus cartridges until I find the best fit for me.
I recently replaced my old blue Gillette Venus razor and was staggered by the selection available now - too much choice!! I decided to choose this one because I thought the inbuilt shave gel could be quite useful and convenient. I also thought it smelt nice and liked the little storage caddy which ccan be attached to your shower wall with a suction pad.
The problem I had with my old razor was I had just a storage caddy which got wet and then went moudly. It then turned the razor itself moudly. The storage caddy for this one stores the razor away from the wall thus preventing it from getting mouldy.
I like the in built shave gel which saves you having to buy shave foam / gel and saves you the time you usually take to apply it. I find it leaves my legs feeling nice and soft and it smells nice. I'm sure it doesn't really save that much time but it feels much faster to me!
I wondered about the shave gel bars because they are like small lines of soap and I thought they would wear down much faster than the blade and then you would just end up with the plain old razor as before. However, so far, I can detect some wear on the gel there is still plenty there.
If you try it out and decide you don't like the gel bars, you can still fit normal Venus razor blades onto this razor so you're not stuck with it.
I also like the colour - pink, nice and girly!
Ok ladies we all know this is a chore, not only do we have to make sure our legs are silky smooth, but that the feeling lasts, that our legs are left moisturised and that we dont have a knees that end up looking like join the dots. I found this little razor and i was really pleased.
why did i buy this? To be perfectly honest, because i know the brand name and all the other razors on the shelf were circa £11 and this only was £6.99. I have having to spend a lot of money on essential products, that is, the ones we really cannot do without. I cheat, instead of buying a razor, sticking to it and simply buying refills, i find it cheaper and a little more of a novelty to just replace the whole thing for half the price!
This package made me laugh, it has a "scent of white tea scratch and sniff, reminiscent of all the mags we used to buy as teenagers sampling the latest fashionable perfumes. In this case, it is the scent of the "shave gel bars". these bars are generous in proportion to the blades. Surprisingly it does remove the need for shaving gel or lather from your shower cream. You wet the razor head and these strips allow the blades to glides over your legs with minimal fuss. I actually used shaving cream the first time but it created too much of a non-friction surface and did not give me the desired close shave.
You cannot smell the scent of white tea being released as you shave, but i blame that on the the mist of shower cream already in the bathroom in preparation for shaving. the bars hold their own. that is, they do not disintegrate once the blade dries out after use and they seem to remain for quite a few weeks on an average of shaving twice a week.
where this razor is perfect for your legs, i did not love the effects of shaving the underarm. the shave simply was not close enough and the bar seemed to irritate my skin, this is due in part to repeated shave-action as it did not seem to do much. similarly i actually cut me knees, both of them! something which i have not done in years! To me, this means that the actual head itself is not flexible enough. Call me silly but i do tend to use a mans razor as i find women's ones simply do not curve around our contours - in this case arm pits and knobbly knees!
the package itself is a breathe of fresh air, a breeze if you'll forgive me ;-) you know these plastic packs where you have to use scissors and take your life in to your own hands when you wrestle with the razor sharp plastic edges? not so in this case. It has an easy-pull, perforated tab that means you can get in to the packet in a matter of seconds, no sharp edges, not tiny bits of lacerating plastic to pull off. Very refreshing indeed. the pack contains the razor plus two heads, the sharpness of the blades last months and months. you will need to dispose of the head as the gel bars start to go, but then i just replace that with shaving cream. the blade itself cannot be faulted, just, again, the movement of the head.
As far as women's razors go i like this one, leaves my skin soft and moisturised, durability of the razor, comes with a handy suction thing to pop it on your bathroom tiles letting the bars dry out after each use, and generally i like it because its pink and makes me feel feminine - cant help it. it does :-)
It seemed like such a good idea in theory. The soap/gel on the ends of the razor smells delicious even as you get it out of the packaging. It's got multiple blades, soothing elements... And it smells lovely! And you get two refill blades! Oh this is going to be the most perfect razor in the world and it's going to make shaving so much nicer and I'll look forward to long baths and-
I can't even begin to express my sheer hate of this product. I really can't.
Firstly, the bars of soap on the end make it stupidly difficult to use until they've worn away. While you're attempting to use it first time round, you are covered with that sticky, jelly mess which gets into those inevitable shaving cuts. Once the gel stuff has dissolved and worn away (you've picked it off in frustration with your fingers) the hard plastic where it was scratches at the skin, easily irritating it.
Honestly don't waste your money. Stick to a nice razor and some shaving gel.
As an avid buyer of the Venus line of razors , I purchased this pack at what I thought was a wonderful offer in Tesco's superstore. Despite this being a new product they were on offer for about ten pounds with three new blades and a stand to attach it to the bathroom wall.
The product is attractive to the eye, sleek and streamlined with an easy to hold handle , it offers interchangeable heads as is typical to the brand and unlike the previous ranges by this brand, offers built in shave bars in a pretty white tea scent which promises to be an alternative to shave gel. It also has a three blade cartridge for a close shave.
When I opened the packet I was disappointed that I could not smell the aroma it promised, and couldn't when I used the product, but as this was not the main point to the razor I didn't take much notice.
To use the razor you must run the head under the water and begin. Though I would recommend lathering up your leg beforehand with soap just to moisturize your skin, and washing that off before beginning. Upon first using the shaver the idea seems to work. The razor is smooth on your skin and easy to grip. It not feel like it was grazing the skin, but was soft and gentle. However as I continued to shave my leg It became apparent it wasn't going to live up to its potential. Despite repeatedly going over the same patch of skin it barely removed any hair, and thanks to having go over the same place, it irritated my skin which resulted in ingrown hairs the next day and very sore legs. The shave bars were a major disappointment. I realized that the particular shape of the bar meant that they rose up too high above the actual razor blade which was why it wasn't shaving many hairs. You can remedy this by scraping a little of the bar off so it is almost the same height as the razor blades, Something they should of thought of whilst designing the product. The other issues was that the soap bars were basically pointless. They soften the skin but leaves a residue such as you would find from the inside of an aloe vera plant , for example, which if you aren't aware is sticky and smooth and whilst it might moisturise, the razor just slides on over the soap. Which is another obstacle in the whole point of the razor. You will need shaving cream or soap to lather up before shaving as it is not enough to protect your skin from the abrasive blades. The bars also fall off after one or two showers which leaves you with a plain razor. The size of the razor heads means it does not easy go between creases and places such as armpits which means cuts are an almost guarantee.
Overall the razor could be an amazing product. However it really does not live up to the expectations. If you happen to find it on an offer, don't have sensitive skin and just desperately need a temporary razor go ahead and purchase it. But it really is not worth the full price they ask, and your sore legs will regret it!
I do really like these razors, particularly the spa breeze one. The smell is lovely, very floral and fresh and the bathroom always smells fantastic afterwards. The blade is very sharp and removes all the hair in one easy swipe. There's no need for a shaving foam, so there is less but the shaving strip around the blade prevents you from cutting yourself. I have quite sensitive skin and find that these don't irritate it unless I let the strip wear down too much.
The one issue I have is that they wear out really quickly and they are quite expensive to replace. I try to buy them in bulk when they are reduced in superdrug/boots because it is almost £10 for 4 replacement heads. They really do only last 3-4 shaves. The other issue is that I sometimes miss a spot because unlike with a foam, it is harder to see where you have shaved.
I always used to be put off these types of razors because the cartridge refills are so expensive, so I used to opt for disposables. However after using Venus Spa breeze, I quickly changed my policy!
The cartridges have three blades for a really close shave but this doesn't mean irritation or cuts. And in the packs I have seen, you get two cartridges along with the actual razor handle itself. Along with this comes a plastic casing which suctions to the tiles in your bathroom where you can store replacement cartridges in the back, and has a hook on the front for the razor when not in use. A much better option than leaving it on the side! I would have expected to be able to fit in the razor handle somewhere in order to take it with you when travelling, but no such luck. So it can be a bit annoying when a cartridge is still attached which isn't near the end of its life. This is probably the only draw back though.
Looks wise it is very girly being pink and curvy. But the handle is practical as it does fit nicely into your hand when shaving. The cartridges are really easy to change over,with the click of a button type thing to release the old one.
The feature that makes this product for me though is the integrated gel. This means that it is designed for wet shaves but no other shaving products such as gel or foam are required - keeps the cost down and less messy! Both above and below the blades is a gel pad which lathers up slightly when wet. I run it under the tap a bit and rub one of the pads on my leg for a few seconds just to get the lather up to start with, and then you are away. It is fragranced but is not overpowering, and it leaves your legs silky smooth, great for when rushing and no time for moisturiser. I'm still careful around knees and ankles but haven't had problems with irritation or nicking skin.
The only drawback could be the price of the razor and the refills, however they are regularly on offer somewhere in which case it is a bargain. Another thing to keep in mind is that the cartridges for other venus razors can be used. Go for the similar feature cartridges, those with gel pads, and they should fit. That way as long as you have the handle, you can use whatever cartridges are on offer in the shops!
In summary, I would recommend this, and have done to friends and family, and now can't imagine using anything else.
I am really enjoying using my Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razor.
This razor, which is relatively new to the market, combines the top-notch shaving quality of a Venus razor with new shave bar technology.
For those of you who have not come across shave bars before this means that not only do you have the usual razor blades attached to the head of the razor but the razor blades are surrounded top and bottom by two shave bars, or slivers of solid shaving gel if you will.
This means you can apply shaving gel and razor blade to your leg in one fell swoop, saving on mess, application and the need to buy a separate shaving gel or cream.
It is ideal to use in the bath or the shower. On contact with water the shave bars become moistened and soapy, in turn transferring to your legs with each stroke of the razor. The effect is an incredibly close yet gentle shave which leaves your legs incredibly silky smooth.
I have tried shave bar technology before. Several years ago I think it was Wilkinson Sword who brought out a version but I was not impressed. The whole razor was very clumsy and chunky. The handle was much wider than usual and the razor head was huge, consisting of the usual razor blades embedded into what was essentially a whole bar of soap. It was quite nice at first to experience the lather of the soap but it was impossible to manipulate the huge razor head into tricky areas around knees and ankles, leaving whole patches of leg unshaven.
The reason I am pointing this out is the Venus version does not have this problem. The head is still small enough to get into all the tricky areas. The shave bars on the Venus razor wear down steadily and tend to last as long as the razor blade. Towards the very end of the razor blade's life the soap remaining may start to drop off in larger clumps but this usually coincides with the blade becoming blunt. Each razor blade last up to an impressive two weeks so is well worth the higher price tag.
In my opinion Venus razors are the best on the market. They come in pretty, bright colours and have a nice curved handle which is easy to fit in the hand as well as looking visually appealing. I have been against Gillette trying to mess around with their Venus design. They have tried vibrating razors and different scented blades which have never really made me dash out and buy them so I am up-to-date with their latest offering but in terms of the Venus Spa Breeze Razor I am pleased I tried it out and I think now I will stick to it.
The razor comes with two razor blades and refills come in packs of four. The initial razor and the refills retail at around £8 to £10.
I have always used a plain old Gillette razor and was quite happy with it, but started to get fed up with faffing about with shaving gel. The Gillette Venus Spa Breeze has shaving gel in it's cartridges surrounding the blades, meaning you don't need to bother with separate gel as it goes on to your body as you shave. This razor gives a lovely smooth finish, and leaves a nice fresh scent behind on your skin.
It even comes with a handy holder that you can attach to the wall for safe keeping.
The downsides to this razor are that the gel cartridges tend to crumble away quite easily, and that kind of defeats the purpose and you're back to using shave gel. Also, the cartridges are rather expensive, and if you shave regularly then you will find yourself spending a fair bit of money on them. Another potential stumbling block with this razor is that, unlike when using shave gel, you can't really see the areas you have done already, as the gel does not create any kind of foam.
I really begrudge paying £10 for a razor with one blade, just to spend another £15 in a months time on the refills so am always on the lookout for razors on offer whilst shopping. When I recently went to ASDA, I noticed that many of the Gillette Venus razors were on offer at £3 so picked up a few to keep myself going for a couple of months.
** Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razor **
Gillette Venus Spa Breeze is a chunky, pale pink razor with a soft grip handle, for slip control. These razors are £10 in Boots and four refill blades cost £10.
The Spa Breeze razor has built in shave gel bars on the blade, which have a white tea scent. The 3 blade cartridge is designed to give an 'ultra close shave' to leave your legs feeling silky smooth for longer.
When using this razor, I found that the soft grip came in extremely handy as I struggled to drop the razor (as I normally would because I'm that clumsy) and could twist the razor around with ease.
I couldn't smell the 'white tea scent' but found that the built in gel bars were very handy and I didn't have to make a mess with shave gel and could shave my legs very quickly, with ease. Also, the head of the razor tilts to the shape of your leg, which helped to avoid little nicks on my legs.
However, the gel bars on the razor seemed to dissolve extremely quickly. As soon as the razor hit the water it began to dissolve into a thick, sticky gel and never seemed to dry out. Due to this, the blade only lasted four uses and then had to be thrown away. As I only paid £3 for it, I wasn't too fussed but if I had paid the full £10 I would have been extremely disappointed and felt ripped off!
I also didn't feel as though the razor gave as close a shave as others that I have used. After going over my legs twice with the razor, I could still feel very short hairs all over my legs and had to go over them a third time! By the end of the day, I felt as though the hairs on my legs were growing back and had to shave again the next day.
If I saw these razors on offer again, and all of the others were £10 a go, I would pick them up again just for something to get me through the next couple of weeks. However, I would not go out looking for them specifically as I was extremely disappointed with the amount of time that it lasted, the closeness of the shave and the original price.
Those of you who regularly read my reviews will know that the razor I generally use is the Venus Divine. However, a few weeks ago I needed replacement blades and since I had some spare money I decided to treat myself to the Venus Spa Breeze since I do like to upgrade my blades when I can afford it (I'm making a razor sound like a computer here!)
When I went looking for these blades I found an offer which made replacing the whole razor cheaper then just buying the blades themselves and since my last razor is about 5-6 years old I thought it about time it was replaced anyway.
What Does It Look Like
I'm not a fan of pink and therefore don't really like the look of this razor, but then the way it looks doesn't really affect its use so this isn't too big of a problem. The razor is a pink plastic with white rubber grips down both sides of the handle and at the top about midway down the handle.
The blade itself is an oval shape and white plastic with pink shave gel bars either side of the blades. Just below this there is a pink plastic area that Gillette call a finger rest, this is the part you slide to remove and change the blade.
* Shave gel bars removing the need for separate gel
* White Tea Scent
* Pivoting action
* 3 blades for a closer shave
* Open blades allowing easy rinse
* Enhanced grip
* Finger rest
Besides the pink colour, I love this razor. The comfort coated blades seem to work well. I usually always use shave gel since I'm prone to shaving rash and very dry skin on my legs. However the shave gel bars do work very well and I don't need to use any extra gel. Whilst they don't lather much, if at all, you can feel them transferring some gel onto your skin that feels very thick, yet very soft and moisturising. I've also had no shaving rash since using these blades and my dry skin, whilst I do still need moisturiser, isn't really a problem.
The razor also has three blades designed to give as close a shave as possible the first time you go over an area and this really does work. I find that I only need to go over my skin once, occasionally twice in hard to reach areas, and the razor catches all the hairs and this in itself goes a long way to preventing discomfort and prevents too much damage to my skin by repeated shaving.
The blade does pivot at the end of the razor and I have several areas that are really awkward to get to with a usual razor - namely my bikini line and under my arms however I find that this pivoting action works wonders allowing the blades to reach awkward areas with minimum fuss and hassle. Although the blade itself is made that bit longer by the two shave gel bars, these bars also pivot separately from the blade and so don't get in the way at all. This does however give them a very flimsy feeling and I worry about them snapping off. This hasn't happened but I would be careful with anything that could catch on them.
The razor I bought didn't come with a holder but if you can get hold of one I would highly recommend using one. When in the holder water drains off the razor blade easily preserving the life of the shave gel bars. Although having said that I've found that the shave gel bars last a lot longer the the blades themselves so this shouldn't be a problem.
Whilst I'm talking about these bars - they're supposed to smell like white tea but they don't, at all. They do however smell very delicate. I'm not sure really what they do smell of but it is a very light, very feminine scent.
Although Gillette claim their blades are open to allow ease of cleaning and this is true for most blades in their range I think the shave gel bars get in the way a little with these blades. A quick rinse will easily clean out short, fine hair; however thicker or coarser hair is slightly harder to get out.
The grip on this razor is fantastic with no problems. The sides are rubber and have ridges allowing me to easily keep hold of the razor in both the bath and shower no matter how wet, soapy and slippery my hands are. Gillette also say that the release button for the blade is a finger rest, now either I hold my razor really strangely or there is no need for a finger rest. I also think that having a rest in the same position as the release button for the blade isn't the smartest idea as it could mean that you could release the blade by accident. Having said that it is indented allowing me to easily slip my thumb under it when I try to release the blade and meaning that it doesn't slip when pressing the release down. The release also clips off easily and new blades clip right back on - I've never had any kind of problem when trying to change the blade.
Finally, all Gillette Venus blades fit all Venus razors. Whilst I haven't yet tried different blades in this razor I did with the old Venus Divine razor I used and never had a problem fitting different cartridges, they all clipped in just as well as the ones specifically designed for that handle.
Overall I would recommend it. It loses a dooyoo star since replacement blades are ridiculously expensive but besides this I can't fault it.
I Want One - Where Can I Get It?
This razor is available in most supermarkets, chemists and online. Boots sell the razor with two cartridges for £9.99, ASDA sell it with just one cartridge for £6.49.
Replacement blades cost between £9 - £10 for a pack of 4 blades or an extortionately high £19 - £20 for a pack of 8 blades!
Now before I start getting my review hat on, I would like to point out to all the men/boys this review will be of no interest to you, as really it's hypothetical! Us girls are just smooth in all the right places as it's just the way we are made! Same as we don't break wind -and if we did it would smell like roses of course!.....
I wish! On the smooth part, the rest of course it very true!
I was giving this razor as a Christmas gift (hope it wasn't a hint :S ) as I never normally spend too much money on razors, as well it's going to grow back! If I planned on spending lot's I would bite the bullet and wax, however I am too scared as I have very sensitive skin so would worry my skin would break out. That and the pain.
So unfortunately the ritual of hair removal continues!
I was looking forward to trying this razor out, as it's Gillette so I was looking forward to seeing the excellent results as demonstrated in the adverts! Goddess here I come!
The thing that makes this razor slightly different is the gel bars on either side of the blades. This means you can use the razor without shaving gel, so in some way despite the fact the razor is more expensive you can technically say you are saving elsewhere.
Other than that, it's pretty much your typical razor from the Venus range. You get the handy little box you can either sit next to the bath or put on your bathroom wall, and it has the handy little compartment to keep the spare blades in. I know this is not the first razor in the range to have this but I like that Gillette do this. Not only are they working to keep you a wonderfully smooth Goddess, they are helping make you a Domestic Goddess but helping organise your bathroom!
I have to say for a razor, using the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razor is rather pleasant. The gel helps it glide smoothly over your skin and the lubrication it provides means there isn't any catching or pulling. You can also tell the blades are a good quality as one stroke is enough to get your pins looking smooth-however I do like to go over it all just in case, as no matter how long I seem to spend doing it I always miss a bit. And you can bet on it that any lucky handsome gentleman will always find that one bit.
One thing I didn't like, or more at first was a bit 'ew' at was that when the gel gets wet and you start shaving the razor starts to, what I can only describe as, slabber on you! Big slobbery wet strings. I had more just expected the gel to make a light froth, like a shaving gel from a can, but not the odd way it sometimes started stringing.
Overall I was very impressed once I was out the shower, of course I found the dreaded missed bit, but that's more due to my lack of skills! The big test came the next day...how smooth would I be then!
Not very.....or at least not as much as I would have hoped. I would have expected to stay smoother longer than I would be had I used a regular razor. So on this side I felt slightly let down.
However, the blades do last longer than any disposable. I would normally only very use a 'good' disposable twice at the most! Whereas this is still as sharp of the third usage! Impressive indeed! So another way to see it as a investment as opposed to a splurge!
Overall I think I would buy this razor again if it was on special but I'm not really sure I could justify buying the replacement blades all the time. However, I say this now but maybe when I'm next in Boots totalling up the amount I would spend on other disposable compared to the usage I get from only a few Venus blades I may just change my mind...also I would get more points for the Venus Blades, another investment!
Gillette Venus Spa Breeze 2 in 1 Razor
I bought this razor for the first time 2 weeks ago. I bought it from Tesco and it was on special offer at half the normal retail price. It cost me £4.49 and the normal full price of this razor is nearly £9. The razor came with 2 cartridges and a holder to use in the shower.
In the past I have only ever seen this razor selling for full price in Tesco so this was a bragain, Tesco had a few different Gillette razors on special offer, it makes me wonder if Gillette are discontinuing some of these products, or perhaps bringing out new products.
The pack containing the razor, cartridges and shower holder was encased in really thick hard plastic and it was quite difficult to remove the razor from the pack. On the back of the pack there is a cardboard perforated section to remove the contents but when you try to peel back this section the plastic wrap becomes really sharp. The whole design of this packaging is truly awful. The only good thing about the packaging is that the plastic can be recycled after use.
The razor handle is the same as all the other Gillette handles only this one is a lovely pale pink colour. It is made completely of hard plastic and it has a ridged part on the reverse of the razor - this ensures that you can keep a grip of the razor whilst you are using it, it's a sort of non slip mechanism.
The blade cartridge contains 3 blades, the blades are surrounded by a gel bar. The gel bar is pink in colour and when you touch the gel bar it feels really hard and looks a bit like plastic. When you wet the gel bar it produces a very light lather, this then works as a shaving gel so all in all this means you just need this one product to shave with. It's an all in one razor.
It is very easy to change cartridges with this razor, there is a little button beside the cartridge part of the razor, you just press the button and the cartridge pops out, then you just click a new cartridge into the razor.
The shower holder the razor comes with is again made from hard white plastic, it is designed for holding the razor and razor cartridges. It looks awful but as it's free with the razor you can either keep it or discard it.
The first time I used this razor I got very good results, a really close shave on my legs and the best thing about this razor is that I did not get any small cuts and nicks on my legs while using the razor. It is also very handy not having to use a seperate shaving gel. At first I thought that the gel bar would not produce enough lather to shave with but I was surprised that this was not the case. There was ample lather for a smooth shave and the scent of the lather was really nice and smelt of green tea although the scent is described on the pack as white tea!
The cartridge lasted for about 3 uses before the blades became blunt and I discarded it. By the third and last use there was still enough of the gel bar left to produce enough lather to shave with. As I said before the actual gel bar is very hard and compacted to start with. It works well and lasted every bit as long as the 3 blades. Even after the 3rd use when the blades were blount there was still some of the gel bar left on the cartridge.
This razor is not a cheap product. £9 for the razor and 2 cartridges is expensive and to buy a pack of 4 replacement cartridges is costs around £9. I think for the cost of £4.49 for the razor and 2 cartridges I got a very good buy. I went back to Tesco to buy 2 more packs before the special offer expired.
If I can not get this product on offer then I will not buy it. £9 for 4 cartridges is a bit out of my budget. My previous razor was the Wilkinson Sword Intuition. The Gillette Venus Spa Breeze worked much better for me than the Wilkinson Sword razor, but the Wilkinson Sword is a quite a bit cheaper to buy.
If you can find this razor on special offer then it is a great holiday buy, you can just take the razor and it will save you packing shaving gel. This razor is easy to use, it offers good results and the gel bar smells nice, the big downside is the price.
A good tip to remember is that all Gillette razors all have the same handle so you can use any of the Gillette Woman's razor cartridges with any Gillette razor handle.
All in all 4 Dooyoo Stars
The choice of lady shave razors today is immense and almost, if not taking over the amount of male shaving products. I always like to choose supermarket brands over well known brands as I often find they work equally well but at half the price. However when the new Venus Spa Breeze was on offer for £4.99 as opposed it's normal £6.99, I thought I would give it a try.
About the product
It's attractive pastel pink colour was appealing, as was the price. The razor promotes itself as 'combining the simplicity of Venus Breeze with the convenience of a disposable razor'. It's compact form and sleek style is like that of a normal razor, yet it is disposable so you get the the best of both worlds. The two moisturising strips above and below the blade are excellent as they replace the need for additional shaving gel. There are three blades which make for a close, thorough shave and the handle is rubber and shaped for comfort, enabling a solid grip and ease of use particularly at tricky angles. It is also pleasantly scented with white tea, a fragrance I enjoyed as it did not have the traditional 'stale bath' smell which so many products have!
Overall the product was ok and did a basic job but nothing special. The grip was good and I felt confident using it, however there were several negatives. The blades were not very sharp and therefore cutting hairs was not very productive. There was lots of missed patches and I had to go over everything at least twice. Even underarm hair was hard to get rid of. The moisturising strips possibly worked for the first go, but after that they melt down so do not even touch the skin, thus creating a need for additional shaving gel. All in all the razor is devoid after about 3 uses, and even then you struggle on the third. I would not buy this product again and shall definitely be sticking to my cheaper supermarket brands! A disappointment from Gilette.