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Normally I buy packs of disposable razors from Boyes because they are usually a mere 99p however recently I went to the supermarket and didn't have time to go elsewhere so I found myself searching for razors there instead. Our local Morrisons isn't huge and only had these Wilkinson Sword Extra II disposable razors in stock for women. I didn't want to buy one of the types you replace the blades on because they're extortionate in my opinion so I purchased a pack of 5 razors for £2.02. Now I don't think that price is very good for just 5 razors however I had no choice.
The packaging for these razors is mostly pink to let us know these are for ladies, and it also tells us these have an aloe vera strip. The aloe vera strip is like other razors and sits just above the blades however there's a small piece of plastic you press just above this which allegedly releases more aloe vera onto the blades.
The razors themselves are standard shape except they have a slim head which initially made me think they'd be good for areas like ankles and knees which require precision. The handle has a strip of pink plastic with knobbly bits on it for improved grip but otherwise they look no different to my 99p ones.
I have sensitive skin and have to have razors with the aloe vera strip on them or my skin flares up and itches and comes up in a rash so these should have been fine for me. I liked the option to add extra aloe vera to the blades once I'd discovered it but when I pressed the piece of plastic all it seems to do is push the blades together and nothing else. I tried this to see if it worked before I started and even ran my finger over the blades afterwards to feel for the aloe vera but it really doesn't seem to make any difference in my opinion.
So onto shaving with them. I found the small head was indeed good for boney areas such as ankles and knees and I managed not to cut myself so they seemed a good buy at that point. However once I'd got out of the bath and dried off the itching began and within a few minutes I developed a rash despite moisturising afterwards. This has happened everytime I've used these razors so clearly the aloe vera strip isn't doing much and my attempts to saturate the blades in more isn't working.
Worse was to come though when I discovered these razors had taken some of the hair away but left me with very short stubble so my legs were still stubbly after use! All that itching and messing around trying to get more aloe vera onto the blades and they actually didn't even shave smoothly! Not impressed. This again has happened each time I use these razors so they're not competent either.
Overall in my opinion they cost too much for 5, don't shave properly, the aloe vera button doesn't work (on any of the ones I've tried it on so it wasn't just a faulty one) and the only thing in their favour was the slim head for precision. I won't be buying these again and can only give them 1 star. Not recommended.
Over the years I have tried many ways of getting rid of unwanted hair on legs and under arms. Yet, I always seem to come back to using some type of disposable razor.
I remember in my late teens being very excited as I received my first lady shave as a gift, yet after the initial excitement died down, it all seemed a bit too much bother. I think that first one was a mains rather than battery operated one, so you needed to be like a contortionist in the corner of your bedroom, with dry legs and getting knotted up in the curly wurly cord.
The next one was battery operated . Fine until the batteries run down with just a half mowed armpit. By this time I was a poor student and couldn't afford the expense of the regular battery replacement. Solution - rechargeables. This was all well and good, but often these batteries didn't give enough power. You would hear the whirring noise of the razor drop in pitch and slow down, then start to pull at the hairs rather than shave them.
Progress came in the form of the wet/dry shaver which could be used in the shower. This was better - but there was still the problem of battery life, as well as water getting into all the nooks and crannies of the shaver, resulting in brown rust marks all over the place.
Hair removal creams were the next thing to be tested. These work fantastically well if a) you have the time, b) you have the patience, c) you have the money, d) you can stand the smell, e) you don't mind the mess. Not for me!
A couple of years ago I was persuaded that the answer was an epilator. Apparently, if you can stand the "discomfort" of having all your hairs pulled out at the roots, re-growth isn't as thick, and each time there are fewer and fewer hairs to be pulled out.
I still haven't forgiven the person who told me all this.
Now, I'm not admitting to being a gorilla, but I do need to get rid of hair fairly regularly because it grows quite quickly and is thick. The "discomfort" the epilator caused was excrutiating. I tried gritting my teeth and just tackling a square inch a day - but in the end, I was having to numb myself with at least 5 gin and tonics in order to put the evil machine anywhere near a leg. And the thought of using it on more sensitive areas is bringing tears to my eyes right now!
And as for waxing.........................no,no,no,no!! Just can't do it!
So it was back to the trusty razor.
I have splashed out on fancy razors from time to time. They cost a lot initially, the replacement blades tend to be expensive and perhaps I'm expecting miracles, but I still have to shave again the next day, no matter how hi-tec my razor is.
Disposables are the only solution.
Wilkinson Sword Extra II are a mid-priced disposable. It seems that they are sold in packs of 5 or 10. They are available in all supermarkets as well as most large chemists. Prices and packaging vary but on average, the cost of an individual razor comes out at 30p. The packagining I am most familiar with is a pink plastic packet with a clear window showing the razors smartly lined up like soldiers on parade.(Well - very pink soldiers on parade.) They are obviously packaged for the whole European market because there are no directions actually written on the packet and just some slightly confusing diagrams. On the front of the packet there is drawing of a razor and a sign indicating that there are 2 blades, and also the picture of a leaf with an arrow pointing to the blue strip at the top of the razor, telling the buyer, whatever language she speaks, that there is aloe vera in the moisturising strip. Obvious isn't it?!!
I kind of have a love/hate thing going on with these kind of instructions.
There is also a diagram on the back of the packet indicating that there is a switch at the top of each razor which you can press down on to divide the 2 blades slightly in order to rinse the razor.
The razors are not too flimsy for a disposable. You can immediately tell by the feel of them that they are going to last you longer than one shave. They are white but with pink trim on the upper side, and also have rubbery raised dots for extra grip. These certainly do make the razor quite comfortable to hold and stop it from slipping out of your hand in the shower.
The handle of the razor is also ever so slightly curved which helps to get a good angle as you shave under arms and also around ankles etc.
The head is fixed and is covered with a clear plastic guard. This bit always makes me nervous. I don't like pulling the guard off, especially when there are 2 very sharp and shiny blades staring at you. However, it is quite substantial, and also, because of the fixed head, is easy to pull on and push back on.
The razor works perfectly well. The 2 blades seem to cope with even thick growth, the 2nd one catching any stubborn hairs that the 1st one misses. Personally, I see no need for more than 2 blades.
The aloe vera moisturising strip also seems to do the job. It allows the razor to glide well over the skin. I can't say that I feel any soothing effect from it, but then again, nor have I ever had any rashes or stinging after shaving with these razors. I tend to use the razors in the shower or immediately after showering, but on the odd occasion when I've had to do a quick emergency dry strim prior to a spontaneous swimming trip, they have not caused any problems, although I really do not recommend this with any razor.
I tend to shave every other day and I find each razor can last me for a couple of weeks. The feature for slightly separating the blades in order to clear them of any stubble, is a very useful one. In fact, the reason for me getting a fresh razor out is usually that I have left the old one at the side of the shower and it has not had a chance to dry out and starts to rust.
I find these razors to be just right. A swivel head would be useful, but on the other hand, there are disadvantages in that the razor is unstable and a bit flimsy. I prefer the more solid feel to the Wilkinson Sword Extra II and am prepared, whilst still young and supple (just!) enough, to contort myself to get the last awkward bits of hair.
At 30p a go, I find this to be about the right balance. There's no pain involved - physically or financially! I get a very smooth shave. Still no miracles - the hair always grows back! But I think, finally I have found peace with the old disposable razor, and nobody is going to convince me otherwise.
During the summer months I often find myself wanting to shave my arms and legs more often, especially because the summer heat leads to short skirts, and sleeveless tops. Im not a huge fan of standard replace the blade razors, because I inevitably lose the holder to begin with, so generally buy disposable razors.
Wilkinson Sword Extra II razors (5) are my current choice, and are available for £1.95 from Sainsburys, with other mainstream supermarkets also stocking them at a similar price. Their bright pink and jade packaging ensures they stand out from the more dowdy looking brands, and appeal to the girly side of me. They are currently classed as Wilkinson Sword Extra II Beauty razors, although this does appear to change dependant on the current years packaging. I have also seen them available in packs of 10. On the back are the ingredients listing, and a quick diagrammatic overview of the main points of the disposable razor.
Inside each package, no larger than a crisp packet, are 5 Pink and Grey razors. The pink strip has raised dots for a non slip extra grip, so you dont lose control of the razor when shaving those more delicate areas. The twin bladed head, covered in protective plastic casing, has a lubrication strip of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E at the top, which is designed to soothe your skin whilst shaving, and a small release button to separate the blades, clear any hairs and prevent blockages.
The lubrication strip contains Vitamin E (Indexed as Tocopheryl Acetate), Aloe Vera (Indexed as Aloe Barbadensis), BHT (Anti oxidant to prevent discolouration) and Lanolin. Lanolin, although a good emollient which helps keep skin soft and smooth, can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Each razor appears to be well constructed, and doesnt look as flimsy as some of the cheaper disposable razors. The colouring is attractive and pleasing to the eye.
Luckily for me I only have to endure minimal hair growth of my legs, as a result of suffering from eczema as a child, so dont need to shave my legs as frequently as some. However as a result of this eczema my legs are more sensitive and prone to rashes and itches when using some razors.
I dont use shaving foams or other similar products when shaving, as I often find this increases the itching but I do ensure my legs are wet to assist the smoothness of the blade. Using the Wilkinson Sword Extra II disposable razors has produced one of the closest and smoothest shaves I have ever experienced from a disposable. The release button helps clear the blade from accumulated stubble, and the Aloe Vera strip combined with the wet shave has prevented any nicks, and gives a nice cooling effect on my sensitive skin. I also moisturise my legs after shaving, and generally notice the odd hair that I have missed, but with Wilkinson this now appears to be a rarity.
Rinsing the blade off in cool water cleans the razor, replacing the plastic cap means you allow for further re-use. As my legs require minimal shaving I generally use one razor blade for 2-3 applications before the blade dulls.
I also use the Wilkinson Sword Extra II razors to have my armpits and on occasion my bikini line, and have never had any problems here. The pink extra grip strip allows for easier manoeuvrability when shaving, especially along the trickier bikini line. Ive always noticed that my armpits are very smooth, and the results seem to last for around 48 hours (although this is dependant on personal hair growth). Generally one razor tends to last 3-5 armpit shaves, although during the summer months I prefer to shave daily so will change razors more frequently. Its all down to personal preference, individual hair growth, and personal usage as to how long the razors will last.
Wilkinson Sword has a done a good job producing these razor blades, and has created a successful product. Each razor costs less than 40 pence, and can last for several applications depending on personal usage, although the Aloe Vera strip does diminish slightly with each further use.
I personally use these disposable razors on my legs, armpits and bikini line and have never suffered any adverse effects, a bonus considering I suffer from sensitive and dry skin, particularly on my legs, so am always wary of certain products. The quality of the shave is excellent, and the results long lasting.
Ive seen the product available offline in many supermarkets and chemists (although for differing prices), and although appears to be slightly more expensive than some brands, but their ease of use, performance quality and overall results mean I would rather pay the extra couple of pence, than be subject to nicks and cuts on my body.
If you would like further information on the Wilkinson Sword products, then please log onto http://www.wilkinson-sword.co.uk/ . Here you can find information on their latest products, grooming secrets and the odd fun section.
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I got the Lady Protector + (I can't find its own category so I'm copying jessyclown and putting my opinion here!) after removing most of my knees with ordinary razors. I was going to get the men's equivalent (the Protector 3D) but I succumbed to cunning advertising ploys and truly and honestly believed for a razor to shave my legs successfully it needed to be a pretty lilac colour. Okay, seriously, it was on special offer, £1.99 for a "trial razor", with 2 blades. I was impressed at first though, the blades being wire wrapped stops you taking big chunks out like I was accustomed to, it doesn't stop little tiny nicks but it does work. The handle was comfortable to hold because it was so chunky and the rubbery bits gave you something to grip! Afterward my legs felt smooth and hairless and I looked like a lay-dee!!! But, to be honest (and to probably disgust some of you) I can get a bit lazy and leave my legs to return to their natural state for a few days, as shaving every day when you're not showing them to anyone and the only people who know they're getting a bit prickly are you and your jeans, seems a bit of a chore. Any more than just a couple of days of stubble (ie when it's becoming fluffy hair rather than just stubble) does clog it up pretty quickly because of the wire around the blades, so you have to keep stopping to rinse it out. That wouldn't be a problem if you shave regularly of course! Although the chunky handle makes shaving your legs easier, to be honest I find it a bit too big and clumsy for armpits. Maybe I have particularly fiddly armpits, but I found using an ordinary sized razor (even a disposable) easier. The flexibility of the Lady Protector + is supposed to make shaving areas like that easier, but I've found that using the men's Protector 3D- which I bought rather than buying replacement blades for this (okay, it's not as pretty, but mines a classy silvery colo
ur, and I find it quite comfortable to hold, even if the handle is thinner and heavier, but I'll write a separate opinion on that soon!) makes the fiddly corners easier- it's smaller and the blade seems to stand proud of the handle more, unlike the Lady Protector + on which the handle part seems to "surround" the blade part more. The chunkiness makes it good for legs, but you might find another razor better for your armpits. Or maybe my armpits are just a strange shape!! You can buy it with a storage thing that "sucks" to the shower wall, I didn't get one (I got a "trial pack"- but I did get £1 off my next purchase of blades, which would make it cheap, but at normal price they work out dearer than the men's equivalent) but being a stoodent and having to share a bathroom I wouldn't use it anyway as a flatmate's boyfriend staying the night and forgetting his razor might nick it! On how long the shave lasts, I can't say it's significantly longer than any other razor, I don't know if it claims to last for ages, it certainly didn't say it on the pack when I bought it, the emphasis seemed to be on not ripping your knees off, which is what attracted me to it. The blades last an average amount of time too, I tended to change mine every 1-2 weeks over the summer, when I was shaving more or less every day. I can't say that they lasted any longer than any other blade or disposable razor, and the Aloe-Vera (I think that's whats it is!) strip that supposedly soothes your skin doesn't last all that long, but I'm not sure if it makes that much of a difference- I still smothered my legs in moisturiser afterwards to say sorry for dragging a nasty piece of sharp metal all over them!!! So, while I would recommend this razor, I think the men's is just as good. It depends how bothered you are about it being a pretty colour I suppose. While we're on the subject, I b
et men are relieved they don't have to shave half their bodies!! Not that I'm saying men have it easy; facial skin is sensitive so you do have my sympathy (and a recommendation to find yourself a good moisturiser!!)
When I was walking around a shop the other week I noticed an offer too good to resist. Try Me for Free on the Wilkinson sword Lady Protector+. I decided to invest in this razor for that reason only. I bought the package and bought it home. The packaging is very feminine with purple and mintgreen colouring and the razor is equally attractive. I opened the packet and took the holder and stuck it to the bathroom tiles with its handy suckers. The holder is well designed, it is a pearly cream colour which looks good on the wall by the bath, it is designed to hold the razor and the pack of spare blades. All looks good on the wall. How about its performance as a razor I hear you ask. There are two aspects which are relevant to the shave these are that:- 1) it has wire guards on the blades to avoid any nicks and cuts while shaving. 2) it is enriched with Aloe Vera for a smooth skin after shaving. The wire guard is indeed there and I am sure it will protect from some nicks and cuts but I have got a cut on my leg where I was shaving. The Aloe Vera does indeed make my legs feel smooth immediately after the shave but in no time the effect has worn off. My legs are feeling really stubbly and need another shave. The blade does swivel to reach into the nooks and crannys. The handle is supposed to be longer for better control. I do not have very big hands but I found it a bit short for my liking. The shape of the handle reminded me of a femail body, maybe I'm a bit perverse. I felt that the razor could come with some more blades as it comes with just 2, you soon have to go out and buy some more. Why should I complain mine was free well it will be when I have the money back. It could have cost £4.99 if I had paid, the blades come in packs of 5 I do not know how much they cost. I did feel that I had got a good shave, I am never very keen on these things though.
I usually struggle with a Bic, but these caught my eye. The usual pink girly packaging, these grey and pink razors are pretty enough to go on the bathroom shelf. They have a special pimpled handle, making them easier to grip when soapy. There is an aloe vera soothing strip and twin blades. I used one blade for both armpits and legs, and I'm sure I could just about get another shave out of it. One little nick on the ankle, still nice and smooth after 48 hours. I liked them, but at 1.89 for 5 (four times the price of Bic) I will be watching out for special offers