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Brand: Sainsbury'ss / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Type: Razors

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      19.12.2012 15:42
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      Not a great buy

      I have tried many different varieties of disposable razors over the years and among them are these sainsbury basics ones. I don't tend to go for expensive brands because I find most disposable razors rust over or break and therefore aren't worth a huge investment.

      The packaging is pretty unexciting. Orange and white, distinctive to the basics brand, and everything looks very cheap. The pack of 5 costs only 15p so I'm not exactly expecting a huge amount from the design. The only irritating thing is that you actually can't see in the pack to see what they look like.

      I think the design of the actual razor is pretty comparable to the bright orange bic razors (reviewed) you can buy. These have a single blade and a small lubricating strip which helps with sensitivity. They are made from a cheap, unexciting plastic and are that same orange in colour which for me is more reminiscent of biros that shaving.

      I used these razors on my legs and underarms with tesco value shaving foam (reviewed). Though initially I felt they worked okay it wasn't until I got out and started applying moisturiser that I realised how rubbish they were. They had probably missed about 50% of the hair, and not cut especially close to my skin either. I also found that they are trickier to navigate than other razors and I cut myself more frequently with these. The sensitive strip did bugger all and I found the blade a little lacking in sharpness, which is essential for shaving.

      I think what it comes down to is cost saving. These are made cheaply and the quality reflects this. If you only want it for everyday shaving then I guess if you are on a budget they might be worth your while. I found them absolutely useless though and have since chucked them out.

      Overall, 15p isn't much to lose but I feel like I wasted my time too.

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      05.08.2011 16:29
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      Poor quality from Sainsbury's

      I was recently desparate for razors I asked my other half to pick some up on the weekly shop in Sainsbury's. Unfortunately instead of getting me my usual Wilkinson Sword Quattro disposables he picked the cheapest ones in the store.

      Like all Sainsbury's basic products the packaging is plain white with orange writing. They are so cheap they only cost 15p a packet! As soon as I saw the price on the reciept I was wary but as I have used other Sainsbury's basic products and been impressed I thought I would give them a go.

      There are 5 razors in a packet. The razors look exactly like a Bic razor. They have a single blade and a white lubrucating strip. The razors are made of cheap plastic and are orange in colour.

      I used the razors to shave my legs. I used Gillette shaving gel before I started and immediately the problems began. I thought the razor was very blunt as it didn't appear to remove half of the hairs on my legs. I also managed to cut myself a few times. I found that the lubricating strip did absolutely nothing to make the razor glide along the surface of my skin. I could also feel the razor catching which as I said above reminds me of when a razor gets blunt after several uses.

      These were so poorly made I immediately threw them out. I would definately not recommend these razors. Unless you want legs that are covered in nicks and grazes I would advise you to avoid at all costs! In conclusion you get what you pay for and going cheap doesn't always pay!

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        29.06.2011 17:35

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        Excellent value for men who like a stubble look and shave properly with some preparation.

        Please bear with me and I'll explain. I think that a lot of shaving reviews miss out mentioning what look the shaver is going for. This is especially important for the blokes. Women who wet shave clearly have to get a really good shave as the stubble look isn't so hot. But for men, they can choose the designer stubble look and sometimes get away with it. This is the approach I've taken, but cannot confirm that I get away with it.
        I shave every other day, and prefer some stubble on the face. After trying most of the disposable razors out there, I've settled on the Sainsbury's one bladed Basics. The blade is set back so a stubble look automatically results, and with the blade being set back, there is little risk of nicking yourself. Also, being single bladed with a clear slot next to the blade, it hardly ever clogs even if you do your whole face without rinsing. This cannot be said of most of the cheaper multi-bladed razors.
        There have been negative comments as to the sharpness and durability of the blade itself. The ease and success of shaving is not simply determined by the blade sharpness. There is preparation to be considered. A good shave cream is important, as well as wetting the beard and allowing some time for the cream to soften it. We all remember the saving scenes in cowboy films where the hero had a hot towel placed over his face. This was to soften the beard before cutting. Similar preparation means that I've found the sharpness to be adequate. I say adequate because I'm talking about a budget razor.
        And as for durability, I typically reuse each razor three times, then chuck it. At 15p for five, that works out as approximately 15p per month. Not bad. The aftershave is probably more expensive.
        So in summary, if you can go for a stubbly look (men only) and do the prep, the Sainsbury's one bladed Basics razors are very good value indeed.

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        29.05.2011 08:56
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        You get what you pay for

        ==Sainsbury's Disposable Razors==

        going on a recent money saving exercise I have been trying everything possible to buyer cheaper alternatives to my everyday products and try to try out as many different types of cheap products. I have come across some really good ones but I have also come across some pretty rubbish items. These disposable razors fall in the the latter category.

        The main reason I picked these up when in my local Sainsbury's was the fact that they were so cheap at 15 pence for a multi pack which contained 5 single blades. I didn't really go out to buy razors or indeed need any at the time but I was curious as to what they were like and happy to keep them in the cupboard until my other cheap blades I was using had been used up.

        The Sainsbury's basic blades are indeed just as they say, basic. The packaging is nothing special and has the standard Sainsbury's basic range orange and white colourings. The blades inside the pack are understandably a single silver blade encased in a handle of plastic.

        Holding the razor was good and the grooves in the plastic handle made this even easier with wet hands. The blade although sharp at first didn't' take long to get blunt and even on the soft hair that is on my legs it was more or less ready for the bin once I had only done one leg.

        However the blade did a fair job at getting my skin smooth and hair free for a short period of time. Shaving the second leg took longer and was more difficult as I had to go over areas a couple of times before the blunting blade would work.

        Really however at the dirt cheap price that I paid I didn't really expect anything amazing from these razor blades and they did a fair job for the price that was paid for them. I think in an emergency I would use them again and they probably just about come under buying a Bic disposable razor but are significantly cheaper than those too.

        I think a score of 3 out of 5 stars is apt for this product. I have probably tried worse but there are a lot better blades out there but with a product like this I think you probably get what you pay for.


        I do hope that this has been of some help/interest you

        Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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        11.03.2011 12:49
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        not recommended

        A few weeks ago while shopping in Sainsburys I came across these razors. The plain white packaging that they come in with the orange writing on told me instantly that they are part of the Basics range. This is obviously a range which offers basic products which are not particularly great quality, which are priced very cheaply.
        These razors were being sold at a very low price and this is the only reason I decided to buy the pack and try them out. For the price I didn't expect the quality to be anything spectacular, but I expected they would at least be able to do the simple job of shaving my legs. I had never bough any other brand of razor other than Gilette before which is a well known brand and which has always proved from my experience to be really good quality. But this brand is a little bit more expensive than other brands, such as the Basics range, which was why I had suddenly got the idea of trying out something new for once. I thought I might as well give them a try, as I could be pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't know unless I tried so I did.
        The razors themselves are well, basic. They are single sided and they are disposable, so they are only meant to be used once. Although with disposable razors I sometimes think it is OK to use the same razor a couple of times, for example if you shave your legs one day, and then you need to shave them again two days later, it is OK to use the same one to do this. These can't really be used more than once though because they get blunt really easily. So the quality shows when this happens, and you can tell the razors are cheap.
        The razors are actually quite dangerous, too. As when you are shaving you have to be really careful not to cut yourself. I wouldn't advise men to use these razors on their face, as they may get a nasty shaving rash. These razors are not gentle whatsoever and I would not recommend using them on their own without any shaving foam and also do not trust children with them (well this is obvious anyway really but there is a particular risk with these ones!).
        Not recommended as even though the prize is good the quality is rubbish.

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        11.03.2011 10:16
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        Poor Value

        On a recent trip to visit the in-laws, I forgot my shaving gear and asked my wife to pick up some cheap disposable razors when she was at the shops to tide me over as I had plenty at home.

        I hadn't expected her to buy any this cheap at only 15p for a packet of five. I couldn't chastise her based on the ridiculously cheap price, but I have to say that the shaving experience with these was as you might expect. You're not going to get Gillette Fusion performance from a 3p single blade disposable razor. My expectations were low and ultimately were realised.

        In fairness to Sainsburys, they never make unrealistic claims for products in their Basics range and it is no different with these very cheap looking and very naff disposables which come in a white plastic packet with the familiar orange Basics branding.

        When you drag one of these over your stubble, it makes hard work of scraping it off and you need two or three passes to get it anywhere near smooth, For this reason, it takes quite a while to get a shave and when you come to use them a second time, it seems as if they just give up altogether.

        Fortunately I have a fairly light beard growth and although I got through three blades in three days (and accidentally on purpose left the other 2 behind in the bathroom!), if I had to I could just about get by with these using one a day. Anyone with a heavier beard growth just wouldn't manage with these at all.

        I have a lot of time for the Basics range, but in this case I think Sainsbury's would be better served by charging 50p per packet of five rather than 15p and making them a better quality. Either that, or retarget them at pubescent Spotty Herberts who could have a full shave and still not cut off the top of their spots.

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        23.02.2011 08:08
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        Doesnt actually shave

        I am at the stage now in life, as well as doing a job that requires a lot of interaction with the public and other people, where I feel the need to shave every day. Thus I have been experimenting with a range of disposable razors as oppose to the standard ones. I had heard they could come in cheaper and more effective in the long run but I must admit the first few ranges I have tried, as to be detailed through reviews on here, have let me down and now more so than the Sainsburies Basic range.

        Now usually I am a fan of such products in the budget supermarket line as I feel they usually offer quality, at least in terms of food and drink, equal to, if not in some cases superior to, rival big name, big price brands. This doesn't apply in this case however.

        For your huge 13 pence you will be "treated" to 5 disposable razors. These are smaller than average orange devices made out of cheap plastic and not very sharp razor blades. I have had nothing but pain and annoyance with them!

        First thing is first, because of the cheapness I was really hesitant to use them on any longish hair or too roughly so I started off using them on one day stubble packed with shaving foam. No matter what I did the stubble hardly budged and despite putting in time and effort, they gave me a very poor, inconsistent and down right unconvincing shave. I had to reshave and the blade also made my face itch and blunted straight away, some use that is!

        So I vowed never to use them again but curiosity got the better of me and I used them again this time on longer facial hair and all they did was stick and pull and cause pain.

        I simply cannot see a good use for these and they are totally ineffective, hurtful and nasty little devices that are not even worth the 13p you pay for 5.....avoid!

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        05.02.2010 01:24
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        They look like they should be in a cartoon

        I bought a pack of these Sainsburies "Basics" disposable razors a few months ago for a pack of five for 13p. Yes 13p you read that correctly. Just over 2p per razor! Bargain I thought. I was moving from Tesco value razors (25p for 10!) and the Tesco razors do me and my legs and furry bits just fine, so I was expecting the Sainsburies razors to be about the same in performance and design.

        Product
        Now, the first thing I noticed about these is they are (as stated on the pack in big letters that I didnt really dwell on) SINGLE blade razors. In reality, this means per single orange plastic razor you get ONE blade- not TWO blades are per any other disposable razor I have ever seen (that I can remember). This did not deter me from using these, I did not really think about it. There is no aloe strip or anything on these, it is just plastic and blade and see through blade cover.

        Design
        When I came to try these out I was looking forward to using them as they look brilliant- they looked fantastic in my bathroom as I have quite a few plastic Alessi bits scattered around and these fit right in in the almost Cartoon- chic design I am working at creating!. They are the most simply designed almost lego-looking plastic bright orange razors. They would not be out of place in the Simpson's house. I can just picture Marge Simpson using these! Each comes with a plastic lid/ cover on it that you have to remove before use.

        Performance
        Now the fun started! When I used these razors I found I had to concentrate overtly hard and go over the same area a few times as the SINGLE blade is actually set way way back into the razor head so only about 2mm of the blade is actually visible and so you are really clutching at straws trying to make contact with any hairs to shave off. It is like they are actually safety razors or training razors. I normally catch the odd bit of my legs (back of ankles is the worst!) and frequently have to shout for Mr Norton to get me a plaster whilst I am in the shower after I have managed to randomly slice myself in advertently whilst shaving. But with these, no cuts, nicks or razor accidents! Yay! They are in a round about way saving me a fortune in plasters so far.

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        On the down side it took me three times as long to shave as the razors are almost scared to come near you! I have bought a pack of razors from Poundland before and had to throw them out as each blade seemed misaligned and as if it had sharp bits on the edges so I got parallel scratches down my legs when shaving so I have had cheap razors before which have just not been any good- but these are fantastic from a safety and design point or view and for the price but if you are pushed for time or need a super smooth fur free finish then stick to what you currently use.

        Overall
        I would recommend these if you just are not fussed about expensive razors or if you like the Alessi brightly coloured cartoon design look and will put up with slow shaving! They would be brilliant for teenagers who are not used to using razors and are just starting to de-fuzz as these are (in my experience) almost impossible to cut yourself with whilst shaving as there is so little of the blade exposed. For 13p though the novelty of them looking like Lego and being SOoooooo cheap is still making me feel good about the buy.

        Also- you may have guessed from the review- but i'm a girl so I cannot comment on these for male skin/ beards/ stubble. I would say to men AVOID these are I dont think they would be sturdy enough to deal with male shaving- the poor things they would have a breakdown. They are quite delicate feeling and with only one blade, I don't think they would cut it. (pun intended)

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          25.10.2009 21:10
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          Don't bother

          Sainsbury's Basics Range has recently expanded - when you go into a Sainsbury's store, you can see posters promoting the range, which they never really used to do before.

          The Basics Range includes Disposable Razors, and it is these that I am going to review here.

          They cost a bargain-tastic 23 pence, and for this paltry price you get a pack of five disposable razors. The packet is orange and white - mainly white actually, apparently that is cheaper to produce - and states clearly on the front '5 single blade disposable razors'. Underneath this, in a smaller font, is the legend "nothing added, stubble taken away".

          On the back is simply contact details for Sainsburys etc., and then some information about the composition of the razors.

          The razors are bright orange plastic, with a clear plastic safety cover. As it states in the name, they are single blade, so no fancy technology here:

          I should state, as a woman, I used them to shave my legs, so I cannot comment on how effective they would be on a man's stubble.

          However, it doesn't really matter, because even on my relatively fine hairs, this razor was utterly useless. It didn't remove any hair whatsoever. Now, I don't THINK I am too hirsute, or that my hairs are particularly wiry, but come on Sainsbury's, I expected better than this from you!

          Usually I find Sainsbury products really good quality, even in the Basics range, but I am sorely disappointed with this product.

          Verdict: The safety warning on the packet is probably not necessary!

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          02.07.2009 13:52
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          Don't bother!

          I usually use very decent quality razors. I spend a fortune on replacement heads a week cos I shave my bits and pieces every day! I have done since I was 15 so it's necessity now or my hair grows so fast, dark and thick I look like a gorilla lmao! I don't know what I'm laughing at there tis true!

          So this week while doing my stock up shopping in my local Sainsburys I saw these 5 disposable razors for 13p! Now ordinarily I'd run past them but to be honest I have so many marks on my legs at the moment my thinking is so what! What's one more extra scar type of thing so I plopped some in my trolley!

          The Packaging....

          Is incredibly cheap looking due to it being a 'Basic' product. The razors come in a white and orange plastic bag and on the front I'm told they're Sainsbury's 'Basics' 5 Single Blade Disposable Razors 'nothing added, stubble taken away' and there is an orange scribble of a razor on there. On the back of the packet I'm told what they are made from, directions for use are given as well as safety instructions, contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. As I say very simple packaging but it's informative enough to be fair to it just isn't that appealing to the eyeballs.

          Directions For Use....

          Avoid touching or wiping blades, this will impair the performance.

          Using Them....

          Well as the packaging suggests these are very cheap looking razors simply made from orange plastic and containing one stainless steel blade in the head. They feel so cheap and look it to with slightly angled flat heads that are not flexible but moulded on.

          So cos they're cheap I foamed up my legs thoroughly with shaving foam before commencing...and worried I was though I had no reason to be! They really are easy to use due to the fact that they don't deep down or close shave. What I mean by that is that they do remove longer hairs but not stubbly bits as such as they glide well nipping off the longer hairs.

          They didn't cause any nicks or cuts due to the fact they are not that sharp but didn't give me a very good shave at all and I was left visibly stubbly and slightly pink in colour cos I applied pressure to try get a closer shave!

          Verdict....

          My razor blunted after doing my legs and needed throwing away! I had no nicks or cuts but certainly didn't have smooth, gorgeous legs worth bearing either! I didn't feel confident enough to use these on my underarms or bikini line due to the none flexible head!

          Do I Recommend Them?

          Do I heck! They're a poor offering and even for the 13p I spent on them I wasn't happy with the results apart from the fact they never shredded my legs! Not good but then what did you think I'd say after spending 13p on a packet of 5 of the! lol.

          Only available in Sainsbury's stores.

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