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I have used loads of razors over the years but my favourite one is my Gillette Venus razor which I use the most. I have a few different branded razors with replicable cartridges so that I have a choice when shopping for the blades and I can get the best offer but the Gillette Venus blades are the one that I always check first to see if they are on offer that week.
The razor is great as it is sort of flexible so it contours with your legs when shaving. The handle is really easy to hold and not at all slippy when your hands are wet. It just feel really comfortable to hold and use.It also has a holder so that you can store it in the shower for easy access when you need it.
You need to replace the blades on the razor when they become blunt but you keep the base and just replace the head. This is easy to do and there is a strip along the blade which fades and when it is completely faded you know it is time to replace the head. You should know anyway as the blades are super sharp and you can tell the difference when they start to blunt a little as they just aren't as sharp or as effective anymore.
These razors are great at making sure you don't cut yourself in the bath or shower when doing your legs. I like them because I can shave pretty quickly and they don't nick my skin. There are three blades on each razor head so they shave really closely for nice smooth legs.
On average each cartridge should last for 3 or 4 weeks obviously depending on how often you use it. Replacing the cartridges is quite expensive but it is worth it as they shave so much better than disposable razors and you will notice the difference with using them.
This razor is one of the best quality ones that I have ever tried. It doesn't cut my legs and it is easy to use it quickly and it gives super smooth results every time.
I usually buy a 4 pack from Asda for £8.00, but is actually cheaper at the moment to buy it from Tesco for £6.90. Boots are selling a pack of 4 blades for £7.79 and a pack of 8 blades for £13.99. Superdrug have the 4 pack for sale at £7.49 and don't seem to sell the pack of 8 on their website. It is also worth looking on eBay as well, as you maybe able to buy a bulk and it would work out cheaper than buying in store.
I usually buy a pack of 4 blades and it will last me a good few months, which is really great in my opinion, as I can continue to use my old Venus razor which I have had for 7 years. This works out cheaper than buying a new razor every month, and I find the standards of the blades very good. Each blade is wrapped separately in a small hard plastic packaging and are all positioned inside the Venus box neatly. Just simply peal away the sticky cover and the individual blade is revealed.
The blade heads have a nice curvy design, which makes gripping onto them when fixing them onto a razor a lot easier. I also found that the curved head and the fitting mechanism to work just as well when removing the blade heads when it is time for replacing, as simple click into place to fix or a simple pull to remove. This design makes it safe to handle, which can be a bit scary dealing with such sharp blades, but thankfully these are easy and safe to handle.
The blades are blue in colour and have a light blue layer of padding to provide cushioning when shaving; this is really good for delicate skin like mine, as it enable the blades to glide across my skin without too much irritation. The blades also have a thin blue dry soap layer, which becomes soapy when wetted with water. The razor head has three blades which are sharp enough to cut through thick or thin hair thickness. I found that after a months use the blades sharpness would weaken and therefore I would require a few more stokes to remove thicker hair and a bit more pressure to do the job. The blades when new however manage to shave really well, my hair on my legs and under arms are very easy to shave and are done within minutes. I do use some soap first to ensure my skin is nice and soft before use, just to reduce the risk of skin irritation.
Although like with most blades and shavers I do find that after use my skin does get slightly irritated and itchy, but I think that is more due to my extra sensitive skin. After a day it is fine, as long as I apply moisturisers etc.
Overall I would recommend these Venus blades, as they are effectively sharp, well packaged and designed, and last a long time. It can also be purchased reasonably cheap if bought in bulk via eBay.
When looking for a new razor I was hit with a wall of pink. I'm not sure why companies think that all women want is nice pink things but they seem to think that we do. That was actually the main reason that I went for the Venus razor. I do actually like the colour pink, I just disagree with companies who insist I must like it because I am a woman and can't use something unless it is pink.
Though I did also buy it because I trust the brand Gillette and I have always regarded the Venus razors to be of good quality. Also the wide range of razor heads available.
** Gillette Venus **
Venus is a range by company Gillette aimed at women with a focus on hair removal. More specifically shaving. They have both disposable razors and refillable razors. This is a refillable razor in which you buy the razor and then buy refill the blades as necessary. Usefully, once you have a Gillette Venus razor you can use any of the range of refill razor heads.
** The razors **
The actual razor is blue. When you buy the razor you get a holder for it in the shower which you can also store the razors in. I've actually lost mine but they are useful to have. The razor is comfortable to hold in the hand and doesn't slip. The head of the razor moves to give softer movement over the skin and minimises the risk of cutting yourself. It is pleasant to use and much nicer than any disposable razor I have used. I find it glides easily over the skin. I think it is worth buying refillable razors for this purpose. It is a much nicer, better quality use.
The three blades of this razor give me a close shave and I am always left happy with the smoothness of the skin. At the top and bottom of the razor head there is a soft blue section. This is supposed to help smooth out the skin in order to give you a closer shave. I can't really say whether they do the job they are supposed to. I don't notice too much difference. But the shave is close regardless.
I find that the razors last me quite a while. There is a blue strip just above the blades that indicates when the razor needs changing. I find that I can use it with good enough results once the strip has gone. It isn't great but it will do if you don't need perfectly shaved skin. You definitely notice when you change to a new razor blade though so the strip is a useful indicator.
As far as changing the blades it is very simple. You simply press a button to release the used head. And in order to use the next head you open the plastic contained that it comes in. Push the body of the razor in and it should pop into place. That is it; you are ready to go.
** Price and Availability **
This razor is available at a wide range of beauty stores. I bought mine from Superdrug a while ago and now get my blades from Amazon on a subscription basis.
The razor is £7.99. This comes with two razor heads and the body of the razor. Plus the in shower holder. The blades themselves cost £7.79 for four. And as I mentioned, you can also use the other razor heads in the range. I find that the price is quite acceptable for what you get. I always grudge the price of the replacement blades but I like the product that much that I put up with them. Plus if they are lasting me a while then it really isn't such a huge price.
** Overall **
I would definitely recommend this product to those who are looking for a refillable razor. If you have sensitive skin there is a specific blade for your skin but otherwise I would recommend this. If you are unsure about whether to swap from disposable to refillable then I would recommend this product. The blades may be more expensive but it is better quality and feels much nicer against my skin.
I bought this razor after lots of my friends raving about how good it was. I do find that it gives a very close shave, but I think there are other razors on the market that are just as good and are less expensive.
I really like the way the razor blades were packaged in individual cartridges because it is more hygienic and also makes it good for airline travel as you cannot travel with an open blade.
Although these blades give a very close shave, I have to be careful I don't apply to much pressure with them as I have had the odd nick from shaving with them. That said a good shaving gel helps a lot with this. However, I do prefer the razor blades that contain a conditioning bar on them because when I'm in a hurry I don't need to bother with shaving foam.
The refills for Venus razors are more expensive than with other brands, but I do feel like you get a closer shave with them and because they're packed individually the metal doesn't rust if you leave them sitting in a bathroom for a long time.
Overall, I think these are good razor blades. Slightly expensive, but worth the money for a close shave
After using a Bic disposable razor once and only once in my teens I soon switched to Gilette Venus razors and blades for fear of death by blood loss from the Bic razors! I bought (and continue to buy) a razor handle in a set which came with some spare blades. Quite often these are on offer whereas I find the blades by themselves are not on offer. Granted, I don't always need a new handle but sometimes it works out cheaper to buy the full razor at half price than it does to buy the blades alone. A pack of 4 blades (not on offer) costs around £6.99 and can be bought from Boots, Superdrug and major chemists.
First of all the blade head is easily fixed onto the handle with a minimum of fuss, it literally just clips on straight from the packet - you hear it click and know it is in place. Similarly to unclick you just click a button on the back of the razor handle. The head has three blades and a sensitive strips on either side of the blades to make the shave a lot smoother. Unlike the Bic disaster, the blades don't drag over the skin - I'd go as far to say that there was a small amount of lubrication in sensitive strips and if you were really struggling you could probably just wet the blade and your legs and shave your legs without using shaving gel or shower gel - only if you were really stuck though as there is some sort of irritation (however, try doing that with the Bic and you'd have ribbons for legs!). The head is flexible and makes it easy to manouevre around knees easily without fear of being cut too easily. I have had a few nicks and cuts from the Venus blades but nothing compared to the Bic and mostly it has been my own fault (hand slipped in the shower etc). The blades shave the hair from your legs so they feel perfectly smooth which is the aim of the game - this is helped by the three blades on the head as each hair gets cut three times with one stroke. I would say that the blades last quite a long time depending on how often you shave your legs - they blunt more quickly in the summer for me as I use the blades much more often but typically one lasts around a month.
For the cost of replacement blades when they aren't on a special offer, the Gilette Venus can be considered to be quite expensive. However, they are really good blades for shaving with so for me they are worth it. I tend to keep an eye out for a special offer and get them when they are around £1 per blade head. Overall I think they are much more safe to use than disposable razors and would recommend them.
These Venus razor heads fit all of the Venus handles. I bought these to fit onto my Venus Embrace handle. I paid £5 in an auction for a set of 8 blades on Ebay a while ago. However they retail for £6.60 for 4 blades in Asda. The blades come in boxes of 4 or 8.
These Venus razor heads have 3 blades which are surrounded by a protective cushion to reduce the chance of cutting yourself whilst shaving. They also have two moisturising strips which allow the razor to glide over your curves easily. I still use shaving foam with the razor even though they have the moisturising strip, but I know friends who don't and don't have any problems with cuts.
The blades come in individually sealed cases allowing you to clip your new blade on without holding the blade directly, and then providing somewhere to store your old blade for when you dispose of it in the bin.
After shaving with the Venus blades I find my skin is left feeling smooth, soft and moisturised. I can't stop touching my legs sometimes! I do moisturise my legs following shaving, but you wouldn't need to.
The only disadvantage to this product is the retail price tag attached to them. Although I buy mine when they are on offer or online to save some money.
Overall, I love the Venus blades, they do a great job at keeping you hair free, and I hardly ever cut myself with them.
I find its best not to go for cheap razors if you want to avoid cutting yourself, I have tried many different brands and styles and for me - these are the best ones so far.
The Blades come in packs of four or eight (you have to already have a venus razor to attach these to, which can be bought seperately). They have three blades, which are surrounded by soft protective cushions. These have smoothing pads on them which provide a bit of extra glide, but this wears away quickly an after this I would suggest using some form of shaving cream. To release your old blade from the razor you just press the little release button on the top and it pops off, all you have to do then is stick the end of your razor handle into the razor new razor in the packet and it will clip on - saving yourself from having to fiddle trying to get a sharp razor out of its packaging. The blades come in their own individual packs, which you can put your old blades in to dispose of them safely which is handy. They retail for around £7 for four blades and around £13 for 8 blades depending on where you shop for them, I usually get mine from boots as they normally have some sort of offer on - at the minute four blades costs £6.59, but you also get free Gillette Satin Care Pure & Delicate Shaving Gel when you purchase them, and you earn points on your boots card!
I wouldnt use any other razor and I am loyal to this brand and have been for many years now, I can honestly say I have never cut myself with one of these! They are also long lasting and durable which is great as replacement blades are quite expensive - for this they are going to lose one star, but other than the price I cant fault them!
To be honest, I've never tried any other brand of shavers. I previously owned a Gillette shaver (not the Venus range) which was good, and later decided to try the Venus range for women. After all, Gillette is a well-known brand for shaving devices and blades.
I like this razor very much. It has a nice area for a firm hand grip so that you can well control the razor comfortably. The blades are not fixed, but rather they are held by a pivot, allowing the blade to move quite freely in accordance to the surface that is being shaved. I find that this allows me to get quite a clean shave easily. Also, this razor does work quite well with both a powder and a foam shave.
The blades of the Venus range have a little blue strip; when the blue strip loses its blue tinge, it is meant to be an indicator that you should be changing the blades. I find that this is quite useful - of course when you find the blades don't seem to shave as well you would wander if you should change it; but having this little indicator system does help to simplify the decision-making process.
I find that the blades are easily removable and replacable as well: to remove, push the little knob upwards to pop the blades out; to replace, take a new blade and push it into where the previous blade was. Each blade lasts about 3 months before requiring a change.
Price-wise, this razor is available at Boots for £6.99, while the pack of replacement blades is sold at £6.59. This is definitely not cheap - both the razor and the replacement blades, so you might wonder if this is actually worth the money! In my opinion, I would definitely recommend this razor despite the price -- it is a quality product, that gives you a good shave (without hurting you) and it is easy to use and easy to replace the blades. The blades sometimes do go on offer - so do look out for those offers and stock up in advance.. that's what I do!
I always try and buy things for cheap, switching to supermarket own brand or even value brand to save a bit of cash, but when it comes to razor blades I'd rather spend a bit more and avoid shredding my legs with cheaper products. I generally stick to venus razors, have tried other brands and haven't found them to be as good so have gone back to venus.
These razor blades come in packs of 4 or 8 and you need to have a venus razor handle (which can be bought separately) to clip the blades on to. The razors come in individual sealed packets which you can also use to put the old razor head in and dispose of it safely. The razors have 3 blades and above and bellow the blades have a protective cushiony bit, I guess to stop you cutting yourself when your shaving.
I find when combined with shaving gel these give a nice close shave and a very rarely cut myself (when I do it seems like a waterfall of blood, I guess they are really sharp which is good!) and they tend to last quite a while. The time they last obviously depends a lot obviously how often I shave, so its difficult to put an accurate timescale on it, but if you start cutting yourself more and more often or are not getting as close a shave then its probably time to change the blades.
I am entirely happy with these razor blades except for one thing, the price! Normally in the region of £6-£7 (for a pack of 4) which I think is far to much, so they will have to lose a star for that. However recently I have been getting vouchers at tesco checkouts for £2 off which brings them down to a much more reasonable price and makes me a happy bunny :)
Venus Gilette is a razor which is specifically designed for women and I have bought one on a number of occasions. I do generally prefer the razors that have the soap attached to it, but when I'm traveling I prefer to use Venus Gilette because it takes up less room in my toiletry bag. The last time I bought the razor it cost me £4.65 from Boots and it came with 2 cartridges ready to use - which I think is a pretty good price really. You can buy a pack of four blades that fit onto the Venus razor for £6.59 - which equates to £1.65 each - which I actually think is fairly expensive compared to the original buy. Each razor blade can be used multiple times.......maybe about 5 complete leg and armpit shaves each - but I do think this could be a lot cheaper really.
The razor itself is a pale blue aqua colour and the handle is contoured so that it's easy and comfortable to use. As I said previously, the blades are disposable and have three blades which theoretically means that you can be shaves closely and hence keep stubble to a minimum. In my experience, this razor does cut closely but without any fear of being nicked. On the blade there are also strips which are there to protect and moisturize as they are infused with Aloe and Vitamin E - and this helps to keep my legs smooth and non-dry. I use this without shaving gel or foam, but I do use body shower gel which is good enough also. It is possible to get to all areas that I want to shave easily.
Overall, I find this razor to be effective and it is one that I will continue to use.
The Gillette Venus is my current hand razor of choce fr doing my legs and under my arms, the blades are not cheap as it is between £6 and £7 for a replacement pack of four and while they stay sharp pretty well after using them you do not want to leave them on too long as shaving with a razor that is losing its edge is never pleasant. Whilst I do not stick with any one method of hair removal for my legs for under my arms I only use a razor and this is the one I prefer to use.
They are equipped with three blades and two moisture strips which are located above and below the blades. I find that any more than three blades and I loose a certain amount of control over my shaving so these work well for me in conjunction with a good quality shaving gel and always after a hot bath, well during a bath really but you know what I mean, they also work well in the shower as well.
After use my legs are nice and smooth and I find that as long as I'm careful and change the blades on a regular basis painful nicks are avoided. The blades are encased in a pivoting head that is also rounded in shape and the handle is very easy to grip as well especially when wet. It is also easy to change the blades and once they are properly fitted in they are very secure as there is a small release button the side you have to press before they will come away from the main body of the handle.
The razors from Gillette are realiable, safe and easy to use and the results are great also they are better made than some of the cheap disposable brands on the market.
Hair removal, not a nice job and I am sure that it is something that very few of us like doing and find it a complete pain so, like most, I found myself looking for something that makes it easier and less of a drag! Now being allergic to all hair removal creams means that I can either use an epilator or just good old fashioned shaving so I have searched for the perfect razor. I have tried using the cheap Bic razors and also the more expensive ranges but find myself coming back time and time again to the Gillette Venus range.
The Venus Original razor is the one I will be reviewing today as it is the one I tend to stick to unless another razor is on a very good offer! The razor itself is a pastel blue colour and the head consist of three blades which are cushioned at the top and bottom by two protective moisturising strips. The handle is a soft rubber to enable a good grip so there is little risk of slipping during shaving and it is really quite comfortable to hold.
When buying the Venus razor for the first time, you will find in the packet, one razor, two refills and one shaving compact which conveniently stores the razor along with the refills. The initial set will cost you around £7 or £8 depending on where you purchase from, and the refills I have found them to usually cost around £5.
Using the razor is just like using any other razor, however I have found after using the Venus it has left my skin feeling very smooth and the head moves as you are shaving which makes the harder to shave areas like around the knees and ankles very simple to do! Also the armpits, which is the worst to shave, is very simple with this razor again due to the moveable head. However, I would say that it doesn't give as close a shave under the arm as it does the legs but I have always found that going over the area again solves this. The blue moisturising strips release moisturiser as you are shaving so the more you shave the more the strips will fade and lose their use so when they have faded a great deal you then know it is time to change the head! I have to say I have never cut myself using this razor, now whether that is due to the razor itself or not I don't know, but when using the cheap ones I usually end up with a nick or two!
The blades on this razor are extremely easy to change, you simply press in a small button on the handle which releases the blade and then you can clip on a new one. I like how simple it is to change this as there is no need to touch the blade whatsoever so there is no risk of cutting your fingers during the changeover.
All in all I am really impressed with this razor and it is definately one that I will stick with! Highly recommended from me!
Thank you for reading my review!
I doubt that there are many women out there who relish the thought of hair removal and don't see it as a bit of a chore. I initially bought this razor when they first started introducing the very catchy slogan and the advert that made it all look so simple and pain free. Although I am not particularly loyal to any brand of razors I do go back time and time again to using Gillette Venus razors. As I do find them to be effective and comfortable to use while not being overly expensive to buy, which for me are the main requirements of any razor. Personally, I don't solely rely on razors for hair removal and maintenance preferring methods that give me longer lasting results, but they are still what I would classify as an essential bathroom item that I do use on a regular basis.
The razor heads on the Venus razors have three blades and two moisture strips, one above the blades and one below. The moisture strips as with any similar strips on other razors I have tried do not last near as long as I would like. Within a week of use the moisture strips have almost completely disappeared, but this doesn't necessarily have a negative impact on how well the razor works as long as you pair it with a good shaving foam (or as I do from time to time a thick hair conditioner). Even when I first use this razor I would never rely upon the moisture strips and nothing else as I think that this would still end up irritating and being a bit too harsh on my skin.
When I have used this razor I do find that it leaves my legs feeling smooth and it is easy to do all the harder areas around my knees and ankles. However, I still find that from time to time I somehow manage to nick my skin. However, it happens a lot less with these blades than it does with some of the cheaper alternatives I have tried and if you use these carefully then I doubt that this would be a problem. I also find that I don't tend to get too many ingrown hairs when I use this razor, but then that may be down to exfoliating on a semi regular basis rather than any type of razor use.
The razor is very comfortable to hold and it does have a good section of grip at the back, which makes it great to hold with wet hands. With regular cleaning the razor handle can be reused time and time again. I do tend to change mine a couple of times a year, preferably when I find it available on a special offer, just because I do find that with all the constant moisture it can get a big grimy looking.
The blades are very easy to change, there is a button on the handle that you simply push and the blade just falls off, making it even easier to dispose of. It is also very easy to clip on a new razor head and you don't ever need to put your fingers near the sharp ends. When the head is in place the razor is very sturdy and won't easily come loose. I have dropped mine plenty of times in the shower and only very rarely has the blade separated from the handle.
These razors aren't cheap but then they are also not the most expensive razors on the market. Boots are currently selling the Gillette Venus razor for £6.99 and a refill pack of 4 blades will cost an extra £6.42. I don't really begrudge paying for these and they do last for a while, which really depends upon how much and how often you use the razor. It is definitely worth shopping around as you can often find these cheaper or on special offer elsewhere.
For me these razors are a bathroom essential and although they don't come with many frills they are perfectly suited for the task at hand. Therefore, I am going to give this product a full five out of five stars. I would happily recommend this razor to anyone as it is a good basic model, yet it is still comfortable and an easy razor to use.
Before the cost of EVERYTHING shot up and living for any family became more expensive, Gillette products were regularly in my shopping basket. Out of all of the brands I've tried, I always got the best results from Gillette, but this now comes at a price. Now when I go shopping for my toileteries, I find myself scanning my eyes along the prices on the shelf for the cheapest before I even look at the products themselves. Some of the prices are astronomical and because I've found a lot of cheaper brands to be just as effective, I now often just go with whatever is cheapest. But if I was ever going to treat myself to a quality razor, it would always be Gillette I'd opt for.
I'm reviewing the Original Gillette Venus razor which was the first refillable Venus razor Gillette released as this is the one I've had the most experience with. The razor head has 3 blades which give a very close shave and even remove the shortest, finest hair. Around the blades there is a protective rubber-like cushion which helps prevent nicks and cuts, it must be quite effective because when I have shaved with this razor I have received minimal amounts of cuts.
Cosmetically, the razor itself looks nice, it is like an Ocean blue colour with a lighter blue soft grip rubber-like handle which is designed to prevent the razor from slipping out of your hand when you're shaving. The razor blade cartridges needed changing about every 4 weeks or so for me, but of course this will vary depending on how regularly you like to shave. The cartridges were easy enough to change and just clicked on and off the top of the razor. I found the cartridges lasted me longer if I gave the blades a thorough rinse after each shave - which is just as well because the refill cartridges aren't cheap to buy.
The refills are usually available in packs of 4 for about £8 which is nearly as much as the original razors costs! You may as well buy a whole new razor ...
The price of the razor itself varies depending on where you buy it, the cheapest I've seen it is £6 (in very few stores) but usually it's closer to £10, so as I say it's not cheap and it has been a while since I've bought the Gillette Venus razor because of the price.
I have mixed feelings about this product.
Firstly, the good points - this really is a great razor for leaving your legs lovely and smooth. The moisturising strip on each blade really does it's job (although I'm not saying you won't need to moisturise as well, just that it doesn't totally dry your skin out), you don't feel like it's scratching or scraping at your skin, it is easy to use around tricky areas such as ankles or knees, it's easy to use and it comes in a little case where you can store your spare blades.
Now the bad points - well there is only really one, the price! I am constantly appalled at how much razor blades cost and I know that is also the case with other brands but really, almost £9 for a refill pack?? Are you joking me? As I say there are other brands who are just as bad with the costs so I'm not singling this out for that, but what I do find really silly is that if you look out for special offers which are often on at Boots ans Superdrug you can usually find it is cheaper to keep buying a brand new razor with 2 blades included than to just buy one and then keep buying the refil blades! Madness!
Soft cushions smooth out the skin so three blades shave closer / A rounded head fits into even the most hard-to-shave areas / The forward-pivoting action of the head allows it to float across the skin / A storage system keeps Venus and its individually-seale