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Brand: Wilkinsons for women / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Type: Razors

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      14.02.2014 09:53
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      I won't buy again

      Before Christmas when I was doing my big online shop I decided to order some razors as I knew I was getting low. I had been using some Bic mens razors but headed to have a look at the ladies ones and saw that Wilkinson Sword extra 2 beauty razors were on offer for a couple of pounds for ten so I decided to give them a go. This is my review of them.

      The razors come in a mainly pink plastic bag which does stand out I have to say and would grab my attention if I were in store and buying them. You can immediately tell this is a product designed for women. There is a small see through section on the bag so you can see through to the razors themselves should you wish to. The product name and brand name is featured on the clear plastic section so that it really stands out.

      The razors come in packs of ten only as far as I am aware but I think this is a good pack size really as you aren't going to run out too quickly. As I said I think my pack was on offer at Asda for just a couple of pounds when I bought them but they cost £4.39 on the Boots website.

      The actual razors themselves are made from a white coloured plastic which has a pink bumpy section along the handle which makes it really easy to grip especially when wet. The brand name is featured on the pink section too. The razors do look pretty standard I have to say but they feel quite solid when in your hand and so they are not likely to break easily which some brands do actually do!

      The razors have two blades and also feature an aloe strip designed to moisturise the skin as you go along I think. There is a clear plastic cap on the end of the razor which protects you from the sharp blades when not in use but which is easily removed when you do wish to use the razor. I use either a shaving gel or some cheap hair conditioner to protect my legs from shaving whenever I do them even in the bath because I think it is really important but I have to say that even when doing this I found these razors to be a little bit harsh if I am honest. The aloe strip doesn't seem to offer any protection or moisturising as far as I can tell and I suffered some irritation when using these razors. I found they were best suited to using on my under arms which must be a bit of a tougher area and thus didn't get irritated.

      Whilst these razors were decent value when I purchased them on offer I have to say I wouldn't purchase them again as they just seemed an inferior quality to others I have used in the past and irritated my skin some what. Perhaps this is down to my skin type and so other people would get on better with them but for me they are one to avoid.

      Thanks for reading my review!

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      11.05.2013 21:34
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      Cheap for a reason.

      In my often chaotic world I seem to often end up deciding to stay with my current bloke at short notice, in all honestly mainly due to work wanting me to do early shifts as overtime more than an desperate desire to spend time with him (of course I do want to spend time with him but the idea of driving 15minutes home instead of the 2 minute walk helps too), and one of the things I find annoys me is if I haven't shaved my legs and in the current minor warm spell my armpits.

      Normally I prefer to use Gillette Venus products as I do find that the majority of the time they live up to their hype but the disposable heads are expensive and are actually not in stock much of the time at my local convenience store. So when I last realised that I had run out of spares to take with me to the blokes place and the local shop was once again out of stock I had to look for alternatives. The two choices were an own branded basic disposable razor - in blue packaging so presumably aimed at men- and these in their pink bag. The cost of each was about the same so I plumped for these.

      Inside the pack are 5 white disposable razors with a very pink textured grippy bit, each handle has two blades in the head and a small aloe strip. They are nothing special to look at and though light weight feel tough enough that I could trust them to to get broken in my wash bag.

      Using them I have found that they don't give a particularly close shave, on the whole I feel I can get away with shaving every couple of days however with these I felt that I needed to shave again the evening after I used them on my legs.

      The aloe strip I felt was pretty much useless, within minutes of getting it wet there was no apparent 'gel' feeling to it, but for my purposes this isn't a big problem as I always use a shower gel as well, though inspite of the shower gel the next day my legs still felt rather drier than usual the next day.

      Each razor I feel can only realistically be used once so for my purposes two legs and two arm pits, a second use felt like the blades were pulling at the hairs rather than cutting them.

      Overall I would say that these are an OK emergency option for hair removal but not a long term solution, at around £2 for the five razors they are money saving compared to the more expensive blade systems which I prefer but the savings are for me at least not worth the downsides of the product. My remaining 3 razors are sat in a well hidden place in the blokes room in hope that I'll get organised better in future and have my usual system razor to hand.

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        15.01.2013 19:21

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        One of the best ladies disposables I have used so far

        Before I started using these razors, I have used various ones where you just change the blade but regular shaving means buying blades can be quite costly and we all like to save pennies these days. It was mainly the fact that these are fairly cheap - around two pounds - that lead me to purchase them but I wasn't holding out much hope as other cheap disposables have left my legs a little worse for wear! Although I was pleasantly suprised as when used with good quality shaving gel they glide over your legs effortlessly with very little nicks or cuts compared to most disposables.I have used with cheaper quality shower gel and find it doesn't work as well. I always get a good close shave on my legs and l also use them on my underarms and have never been cut there or been left with a rash. They have a grip type hanlde whichbis good, avoids sny accidents. I would definately recommend these for convenience and price wise.

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        14.06.2012 23:51
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        Wilkinsons womens razors

        Wilkinson's are famous for their men's razors primarily and I usually use men's razors as they tend to give a much gentler, closer shave and have bigger handles which makes them easier to grip. Wilkinson's razors tend to be quite expensive especially the ones with replacable razor blades so I was pleasantly surprised when I found these ones for a reasonable sum.

        The razors come in a plastic bag which I do tend to prefer over the cardboard packaging which can be quite hard to open without a pair of scissors handy! The bag is pink and transparent meaning the razors can be seen through the packet. The packets tells us that these razors have an aloe vera moisturising strip and two blades on the razor head. The packet is pink which I do like as it is symbolic of femininity and draws your attention to it straight away.

        The razors themselves are also pink and white which is nice and girly. The pink handle is quite small and thin but they do have grips on them making them easy to hold onto when they are wet. The head of the razor is incredibly thin which is one of the first things that I noticed about these razors. The two blades on the razor didn't intrigue me as I usually use a man's razor which has five razors incorporated into the head but as I said I do like Wilkinsons razors so I was going to give these ones a chance.

        I didn't need to wait long to realise that these razors were VERY poor quality. Within the first five or six strokes I had cut myself despite using water and shaving foam and the razor being sharp as it was brand new obviously. I was instantly disappointed but carried on shaving my legs as they were the only razors I had at the time and I was cut several more times. Not only was I cut but I noticed that after I had dried my legs they didn't feel smooth at all but actually quite stubbly meaning that these didn't give a close shave at all.

        The moisturising aloe vera strip added nothing to my shaving experience in my opinion as my legs felt dry afterwards not moisturised at all. I was also cut which usually only happens during a dry shave adding to my negative opinion of these budget razors.

        Overall I definitely wouldn't recommend these razors even for the price tag of £2.25 for five razors as they just don't do an adequate job.

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        05.03.2011 21:00
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        Not the best

        When it comes to shaving I prefer razors which have replaceable heads such as Gillette Venus Breeze and Venus Vibrance. The replacement blades however, are quite pricey, so unless my legs are actually going to be on show, I usually just use disposable razors because they work out cheaper. Price was also a factor which influenced me buying the Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty razors. I found them in Bodycare costing much less than I usually pay for disposables, so picked up a pack.

        ~Packaging~

        Just a quick note on the packaging before I go any further. These razors come in a pink plastic type bag, which simply tears open at the top, sort of like a crisp packet I suppose you could say. It's a refreshing change to be able to just open a packet and not have to struggle cutting through plastic, so well done Wilkinson Sword!

        ~Appearance~

        Presented in a pink plastic bag type packet, you get five of these razors for your money. The first thing I noticed about them was the size, as they seem much smaller than most other brands I've tried. The handle is thin and narrow and even the head of the razor is rather skinny too.

        I do like the colour of the razor being a very bright pink and white, although I think some people may find the brightness of the colour a little tacky! The white part of the razor is plastic whilst the pink part is a rubbery texture, designed to aid grip. There are little 'nobbles' on the pink part too which again are there to aid grip, but I think they happen to look quite cool too!

        ~About the Razors~

        These razors have two blades which on the one hand is better than having just one blade, but on the other hand, many of the best brands have four or five now, so I didn't expect amazing results from these. The head of the razor is also static and doesn't pivot or move, again features the more expensive razors tend to have.

        They also have an aloe vera moisturising strip. These moisturising strips are on virtually every brand of razor now, and I personally have always failed to see what they do as I don't feel that they moisturise at all, or give any benefit. That said, if manufactures stopped including them, perhaps I would notice a difference.

        Another little feature of these razors is that they have a button that can be pushed down to clean the blades. I say button, perhaps that's an exaggeration as if I hadn't looked at the packet I would never have known it was there, but I'll tell you more about this magical cleaning button later!

        ~Using the razors/Results~

        The first thing I noticed when using the razors is that the narrow handle made them difficult to grip. I know I hold a pen differently from most people, so I don't know if it's the same with razors, but I didn't find these very comfortable to hold and think they would have benefited from a wider handle. Having said all that I didn't actually find them to slip from my grasp at any point.

        I have used these with both shower gel and shaving foam and find that they glide easily over the skin and don't pull at the hairs. I noticed after I'd used it the Aloe Vera moisturising strip had started to feel a little on the slimy side, but when actually shaving with the razor it didn't seem to make any difference to my skin.

        In terms of removing hair (the important part!), I do find that despite only having two blades they remove the hair quite well. The only places I have found a problem are around my knees, where I often think I've shaved but hairs have been missed. Of course this could be 'user error' but I think it's more likely down to the fact that the heads don't pivot, so I can't just move the razor over my knee, I need to use short strokes which means I'm probably missing areas.

        The razors are effective at removing both long and short hairs, and although they do give a close shave, I don't find them to leave my skin feeling as soft or smooth as when I use the Gillette Venus razors.

        One problem I have found unfortunately, is that when shaving under my arms with these razors, they have been leaving a rash. I am prone to getting eczema under my arms, and I am concerned that the shaving rash will become dry and cause a flare up so I now only use them on my legs, where touchwood, I haven't yet had this problem.

        ~The Cleaning feature~

        I mentioned earlier in the review the little 'cleaning' feature these razors have. This is not something I have seen before and not something I would expect from such a cheap brand. Essentially what you get is a VERY small button on the top of the razor, which you press down. This sends a white plastic blade between the two blades of the razor to push out any trapped hairs, thus cleaning the razor. A very clever idea....if it worked!

        Surprisingly given the small heads on these razors I haven't found them to clog up very often anyway. As soon as one of them did however, I couldn't wait to try this cleaning button, but although I can see the white blade, it doesn't actually push any hairs out, so a good idea, but didn't work in practice!

        ~Price and Availability~

        I bought these from Bodycare where they cost £1.25 for a pack of five. I've had a quick look online to see what everywhere else is charging and Boots charge £4.28 for a pack of 10. Although that's double the amount of razors, it's more than three times the price! You can get the same pack of 10 for £3 in Wilkinson's which isn't so bad, but still an extra 50p on top of what Bodycare charge, so if you did want to try these, I'd advise going to Bodycare first if you're near to one.

        ~Conclusion~

        These are not my favourite razors ever, and whilst I would buy them again if I was skint or if nothing else was available I don't think I'll be making them a regular purchase. There are much better on the market, and I'd rather pay a couple of extra quid to make sure I don't suffer a shaving rash!

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          01.03.2011 20:04
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          Okay for the price

          I bought these disposable razors for the first time last October. I was going on holiday that month and I decided that for convenience I would just take disposable razors with me. Of course, because I hate wasting money and like to buy things at the best possible price, I had to look at all the disposable razors in my local Tesco to find the best priced pack. This is a Tesco Extra 24 hour store, it's a big store and they had many disposable razor options to choose from. After looking at all the options I decided the best value razors were the Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty Razors and they were on sale at half price. They cost £2.19 for a pack of 10.

          The Product:
          The razors come wrapped up in a plastic bag. The razors within the pack have different coloured plastic handles and the colours range from pink, green, tourquoise and lemon. They looked like brightly coloured lollipop sticks. Each razor is made completely from plastic apart from the blades which are metal. The razors have a slightly curved coloured handle, the handle has lots of plastic ridged dots on the front of the handle and these dots give the razor handle a non slip grip. The razor has twin blades, each razor has a lubricating strip where the razor blades make contact with your skin. The lubricating strip contains aloe and vitamin E. The razors have a protective hard plastic cover to protect the blades.

          My Results:
          My skin is not usually sensitive but it changes it's mind and becomes sensitive once it see's me with a razor. I have to be careful when shaving as I can make a real mess of my legs and end up with lots of small cuts and I can never shave without using shaving gel.

          I like the look of these razors, the handles are brightly coloured and as soon as I start using the razor I am impressed with the amount of grip the handles have. In saving that the handles are made of very lightweight and thin plastic so if it was not for the good grip that the handle has it would just slip right out of your hand. Really the handle is not very sturdy at all. I mange to use the handle okay but I shave my legs very carefully. I can feel the lubricating strip on my skin as the razor makes contact with the shaving gel I have applied to my legs. The lubricating strip looks very thin and flimsy however I am surprised how well it works and after shaving I have no nicks or cuts on my legs. The blades are sharp enought to shave both my legs without any problems.

          The razor has given my legs a close shave and I am happy with the results. After shaving both my legs the lubricating strip has disintergrated, really there is not much of the strip left at all. After one shave the razor is only fit for the bin but it has served it's purpose well as a disposable razor.

          These razors worked well at shaving my legs, I did not like the handle, in my opinion it was just too lightly made up and without the grips it would have been useless and even dangerous.

          All in all for the price I paid about 20p a razor I was happy with the results, but if I am buying disposable razors in the future I will look for razors with a more substancial handle.

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            26.05.2010 21:46
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            A low-cost product that performs well but is not the best out there

            I'm always on the lookout for a beauty bargain and razors are an essential item that I always have to have in stock. Hair removal is a tedious process but shaving is relatively pain- and fuss-free and is my preferred method. I tend to use disposable razors as the replacement blade heads seem very expensive, and I haven't quite worked out the point of using an electric razor.

            I picked these up from Tesco's while doing my regular shop as the multi-pack worked out to be a cheap option. The cost is £2.35 for a pack of 5 razors, so that's 47p a piece. The razor itself is has a slimline handle with a rubbery coating and raised bumps to provide better grip. They are an attractive hot pink colour which helps make shaving a tiny bit more fun :) The head of the razor contains two blades and is slightly flexible, allowing for a slight movement back and forth.

            I found these razors incredibly easy to use, they give a close comfortable shave and worked well for both legs and underarms. The plastic cover that protects the blades can be a little bit fiddly to remove with wet hands, so I try and remember to take it off before getting into the bath. The movement of the head allows for easy shaving around the awkward knee area and they are seem quite safe to shave with. I have had only a couple of tiny nicks around my ankles one time when I was in a hurry, so it was my own fault and would have been better had I not been rushing.

            The top of the razor is coated with a strip of aloe vera, which is good for soothing the skin and has many medicinal uses for healing and moisturising the skin. It feels nice and smooth when shaving, but I have been getting shaving rashes on the back of my thighs and calves. No problem with the fronts, and this does not happen every time so not sure what the real cause of the problem is here.

            The razors have lasted incredibly well, I have managed to get several shaves from each one and it has taken me just under 3 months to use up the entire packet. The blades remain effective and stay free of clogs as long as you rinse any bits of hair out after each use.

            For best results, you should use a shaving gel or foam and then moisturise afterwards.

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            14.11.2009 14:52
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            Dont bother

            I almost always buy disposable razors; I used to use a Venus however I found the blades going blunt rather quickly so I decided to switch to disposables. I'm not committed to brands when it comes to razors as they get used once then chucked in the bin, therefore I tend to buy whatevers on offer in Tesco!

            I bought these Wilkinson Sword Extra II razors when they were on offer for just £1 for 5 razors. They usually sell at £2 for 5 razors. Other than the price, the main thing that attracted me to these razors was the colour, they are mainly pink with a white head and the bag they come in is a lovely metallic pink in colour. The packet boasts that each razor has 2 blades and a strip of aloe vera to soothe your skin whilst shaving.

            Opening the packet the razors looked just like any other razor to be honest! There was grip on the handle to stop you slipping and there was a plastic cover over the blade to stop any nasty accidents. So I grabbed my favourite shaving gel and off I went into the bathroom to see how well the razors worked.

            I always use a good amount of shaving gel as I have very sensitive skin and find that if I don't, I come out in a rash. I ran the razor up my leg and noticed that although most of the hair had gone, some of it hadn't. I ran the razor over again and this seemed to remove the rest. I found that I needed to rinse and wipe the razor every time I shaved a part of my leg because it got so clogged up with hair. It was not enough to rinse it and instead I had to wipe it to get the hair out.

            I felt that the blade was not really sharp enough and I was almost hacking at my legs in order to get a close shave. This resulted in a couple of nicks on my skin but nothing too serious. I jumped in the shower to remove the rest of the gel and when I got out I noticed a lot of red patches on my legs which looked as though they had been pricked with a pin. I smoothed a moisturiser onto my legs to sooth them and found that although my legs were quite smooth, there was still thin hair there and the razors had not done a very good job.

            If you use your razors more than once, these will not live up to the job as after I'd finished the only place the razor was fit for was the bin! These razors are not good quality and there are plenty of better disposable razors on the market. They are quite blunt and will not provide you with a close shave. Along with this, they did make me bleed and make my skin quite sore.

            I will be avoiding these in future and recommend you to do the same, there are far better razors out there at similar prices.

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            08.11.2009 11:42
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            A complete waste of time and money... buy something else instead!

            I was in my local (independent) pharmacy recently and had a bit of a look around the store while I waited on my prescription being made up. I noticed the pack of 'Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty' razors. As I knew I only had a couple of disposable razors left at home, I decided to buy them.

            The package contains five disposable razors, and each has a twin blade design. I paid around £1.50 for the pack, although this price was marked as being a special offer.

            Having just finished the pack, I can honestly say that I wouldn't buy this razor again unless I had absolutely no choice in the matter, and in actual fact my experience of using these razors has kind of put me off from buying another razor from the 'Wilkinson Sword' brand altogether, such was my disappointment in this product!

            To start with, I should point out that the head on the razor is quite small when compared to my usual brand, so much so that I find it takes me a longer time to shave. I feel that the small head doesn't 'catch' as many hairs as it should, which results in me having to shave the same area of skin at least twice before I am satisfied that it is stubble free!

            In respect of additional features, these razors boast several. The first is that the handle is marketed as being 'easy grip', which to be fair I would agree with. The white and pink coloured handle has a kind of 'curved' shape to it which I can only assume is designed to make it easier to use, particularly with wet hands. The pink part - which is the outside - of the curved handle has a rubbery feel to it, and across said rubber are lots of little rubbery 'dots' which do contribute to the razor being easily manoeuvred across the skin, particularly if I am using it in the bath.

            The next most obvious feature, to me at least, is the Aloe Vera 'strip' which lies across the length of the razor blade, and is directly above the blade. I do not honestly find that this strip makes the slightest bit of difference to me, in terms of avoiding nicks and cuts, or in terms of sensitivity to my skin after shaving. I think therefore that this is a bit of a cheeky marketing ploy adopted by the manufacturers to dupe us ladies into thinking that this product will perform slightly better, or perform with less pain at the very least, and neither of these has been the case for me personally.

            Furthermore, I find that the Aloe Vera strip turns a bit soggy after I have used the razor - even after a single use - in either the bath or shower, and the appearance of the strip has definitely paled in colour and has a slightly 'lumpy' look to the texture. I feel that this deems it almost useless and again, I feel that this is just an 'add-on' feature that has been designed to make us think these razors are better than they actually are.

            The next most obvious feature to this razor is the little plastic flap or 'button' that lies directly above the plastic housing which holds the razor blade. This feature escaped me completely for the first couple of times I used these razors. I was actually half way through the packet before I noticed the little diagram on the packaging, alerting me to this button. The button itself is so small that I didn't notice it!

            The purpose of the little plastic button is that it can be pushed, and this design allows the two (very small) blades on the lady razor to be separated. This may sound pointless, and for my own personal shaving needs, it is slightly, but I can appreciate how the manufacturers thought this would be a good idea. The point to the blades separating is to allow for the removal of any 'build up' that has accumulated there, which I would assume is either a build up of hair (eww) or a build up of shaving gel or other products. As I generally discard a disposable razor after two uses or so, I tend to find that my razors don't have too much of a 'build-up' on them but I can appreciate that this may appeal to some consumers more than others.

            The overall results I achieved from these lady razors was very disappointing and I wouldn't buy them again. I found that they performed much worse than other brands I have bought in the past - and I AM including very basic and 'value' brands in this statement - and therefore I felt that this offering from Wilkinson Sword was a complete waste of time and money.

            I would only give them one measly Dooyoo star, and even then this award is grudged! Take my advice and buy an alternative product and give these razors a miss! If you DO decide to buy these, I have seen them for sale in both drugstores and supermarkets, and the pack costs around £1.80, on average.

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