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Following on from my review of the Gillette Venus razor, I thought I'd write a review about a razor that I do really like and that is the Wilkinson Sword Intuition. At first look, this doesn't even look like a razor, maybe something for removing fluff from your clothing, but it is and it works very well.
The packaging of this is so difficult to get into. I took scissors to it, but the thick plastic was very hard to cut into. I then tried to rip it open once I had made a whole in the packaging and subsequently cut myself on a sharp edge. Note to self, use very sharp scissors next time and not your hands!
Although the razor does look somewhat big and bulky, I think it is this which makes it so good. It is easy to hold in your hand and quite lightweight considering the size of it. It contains a moisturising bar which lathers on contact with water, meaning that you can skip the shaving gel part. I find the moisturising bar to be much more moisturising than any shaving gel I have ever tried and as such I have never had any nicks when using this razor. Great for clumsy people like me.
This usually retails for £6-7, which I feel is a fair price considering that it comes with two blades. The refill blades aren't the cheapest on the market, but I'm happy to shell out for them because I enjoy using this product so much.
Overall, I would recommend to a friend and have already done so. I think everyone should try this razor at least once.
Every so often I read a review of the Wilkinson Sword Intuition razor, and see comments from people saying it sounds good or they'd never heard of it. And I think, why isn't everyone using this razor? So this, I suppose, is my attempt to tell you why you should be using it.
I'm not sure how long I've been using the Intuition range - since its launch I think. My first razor was a freebie that I was given in Boots by someone promoting the range, and I know I was at university at the time, I think it was about 11 years ago.
The Intuition razor is a funny looking thing if you're used to disposables or the likes of the Gillette Venus. It has quite a fat handle, and an even fatter head. The blades are surrounded by a block of solid moisturiser, and this makes the razor look huge.
The idea of this solid moisturiser is to eliminate the need for a separate shaving foam or gel. Your skin should be moisturised by the razor itself as you shave. Although it's been a long time since I used separate shaving gel, I know that this is much easier to use than a razor and gel - I remember the faffing about getting it on my legs, hands getting slippery and then the razor getting covered in the stuff. There's none of that with the Intuition, you just uncap the razor and you're off.
Some people may think you don't get such a good shave with an all-in-one razor like this, but you do. It leaves my legs and armpits hair free, no stubble left, and it's quick and easy to get to that point. I never need to go over the same spot twice, and the only time any hair is left is when I actually miss a bit. The razor has four blades, so it shaves closely and easily. I should also point out that I rarely cut myself using this; back when I used razor and gel, I was always nicking my ankle or knee.
The major attraction of the Intuition though, is the built-in moisturiser. And it's not just a gimmick - it really does work. I'm sure you all know that you need something more than water to shave with, some sort of lubrication or else your skin is not slippery enough for the razor to move freely over, and this moisturiser provides that. Not only that, but it does moisturise your skin. I prefer to use a body butter on my legs after shaving, but if I don't have time (or can't be bothered), my skin is moisturised enough to stay soft until the following day without extra moisturiser.
Of course, with use the moisturiser wears down until you get to a point where there's not really enough to shave with, and this is when you need to replace the blade. I use it roughly twice per week, and find that one head lasts over a month, possibly longer , I'm not entirely sure. I thought it was a month, but thinking about my current one, I started it in mid-July (I remember as I bought it during a super-points-offer at Boots) and it's not needing replaced yet.
I also replace the razor itself from time to time, because I find that it doesn't always dry very well and gets a little grotty after a while. The Intuition comes with a holder to stick on the wall of your shower, but it doesn't always drain well - the nature of the razor head means it holds water. Sometimes I replace it when I don't really need to, if the razors are on a better offer than the replacement blades.
I'm currently using the Sensitive version of the Intuition, simply because it was all Boots had left. I don't have sensitive skin, and to be honest I don't notice any difference between this and the other varieties available, I tend to choose the Aloe Vera but not for any particular reason.
Overall, I can't see myself ever switching back to a separate razor and shaving gel. The Wilkinson Sword Intuition is just far too convenient to want to mess about with separate things, and it does an excellent job.
I had been using Wilkinson Sword razors for years and always been happy with them and so when this Intuition product was first released I didn't hesitate to give it a try. Although a normal version is available I opted for the sensitive care one as my skin easily dries out.
These razors come in plastic packaging which I usually struggle to open. You can see on the back of the pack where the plastic is designed to be ripped open but I never find it this simple and a pair of scissors is normally involved before my razor is out and ready to use. The pack tells you that you get the razor handle and holder and one blade with soap head, spare blades are available separately.
Once you have you razor just add water
I tend to shave whilst I am having a shower and this razor is ideal for this as I don't have to worry about the shaving foam being rinsed off my legs before I've shaved. To use this razor you need it to be wet as this then creates a small lather with the soap as you shave as you would with any other razor. I find it easily glides over my skin and provides a good shave without you needing to press to hard on it. The razor head pivots as you use it and I rarely ever cut my skin with it. Shaving with this razor only takes a minute which is great when I'm in a hurry which is most of the time!
The soap includes Aloe and Vitamin E which is meant to moisturise your skin, I always use a moisturiser after I have shaved so I'm not sure how good the moisturising effects from this product are.
Changing the blade
I find that a blade lasts a few weeks with near daily use. It is usually the soap block which surrounds the blade running out that prompts me to change the blade. To remove the old blade you just press the 2 buttons on either side of the handle which releases it. I normally give the razor handle a good rinse out at this time as a certain amount of soap residue builds up underneath the blade. The new blade just slots into place on the handle and the razor is ready to use again.
Storing the razor
The razor comes with a plastic cap which protects the blade and prevents the soap getting on anything if you want to store it on it's own rather than in it's plastic holder. The tiles in my shower are quite rough so the plastic suction cups on the holder won't stick to them, this has prevented me using it and I choose to just stand it up in my storage rack.
Price and availability
This razor is currently available from Amazon for just £3.79, I think this is a great price for a really good razor. It is also available from Tesco and Sainsbury's.
Would I recommend?
Yes, if you want an easy to use all in one razor this is a great product. You don't need to worry about buying separate shaving gel which is a bonus and makes it much quicker to use.
I bought this razor thinking it would be great to not worry about separate products to buy with the razor and would save time, but was really disappointed and I felt like the product did not give the desired result. It did not give me the close shave I expected and would have to use another razor to get a better shave. Although the moisturizer surrounding the blades were good, I felt I had to moisturize after showering and shaving my legs anyway. So the two main reasons why I bought the product didn't exist. Really quite expensive for a razor and the razor heads alone are also very expensive. The moisturizer around the razor sticks to the "lid" (which comes with the product) which gets a little sticky and don't leave the product to dry without the lid on a surface as it will become quite stuck to the surface and means you lose some of the moisturizer! Very Disappointed!
I've suffered from having eczema on my legs ever since I was a child, so I've always been careful when choosing skin products. Cheap razors were definitely a no-no for me, and I wanted a shaving product that would reassure me that my skin would not be ruined after shaving.
-The Soap Bar -
The main attraction to buying this product was the unique soap bar that attached around the blade. It saves on you having to buy shaving foam or other moisturizing products, and makes moisturizing a lot quicker too. The soap bars lather really easily with a bit of water, but if you're in the shower the bars can shrink and bits can break off pretty easily. I always find that the bars do not last as long as the blades so eventually you end up with little/no moisture on your skin, occasionally leaving me with razor burns.
-The Blades -
Each razor has 4 blades with a small blue strip underneath (I think this is for extra moisture but I don't see it having any amazing effects on my skin!) Like the soap bar, the blades are very sharp and work very well at first, they give a very close shave so you only have to drag the blades lightly across your skin. The blades are also on a flexible pivot which is useful for dragging it along curvy and awkward bits of the body. However you have to apply a bit more pressure and it gets a bit uncomfortable once the blades become a bit blunt. My legs can be smooth for a couple of days afterwards, but as with shaving, the hairs can come back very quickly so don't be fooled into thinking that this razor will leave you with smooth legs for weeks on end!
- Handle -
The handle for the blades is an attractive blue colour (to blend in with traditional bathroom decor, i presume) and has a plastic and rubber coating. The handle is ergonomically curved so you can hold it easily, and a hard plastic cover is included which clips over the blades to keep them clean (and out of the way of those with small and inquisitive hands!) One bad thing about the handle though is that it will only allow the matching Wilkinson Sword Intuition blades and as a result you can't use any other alternatives...
- Price -
The blades I find are very expensive everywhere I look and are rarely on offer in Boots/Superdrug. The razor handle and 'starter' blade are currently 5.85, and the replacement pack, which has 3 blades, costs 6.79 in Boots at the moment (28/4/12). Each blade may last about 2/3 weeks (I try to use them about once a week so I don't damage my skin too much) before I have to change it for a new one. As you guess, shaving does get rather expensive after a while, so I've recently tried waxing and I'll do this until I can save up for an IPL hair removal kit which will permanently get rid of the hairs.
In summary then, a good razor at first but the quality of the shave and moisturizing decreases very rapidly. Still it makes shaving quick and easy if you don't have time in the shower!
Initially the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Plus Sensitive Care Razor seems a very good buy.
Because the razor heads not only include a blade but a bar of shaving soap you are getting a two in one service and saving money too as you don't have to buy a separate shaving foam. However, the novelty wears off.
When you first use this razor the shaving soap lathers up your legs nicely at the same time as shaving. The razor can be used in the bath or shower and there is no worry about the shaving cream being washed off before you have completed your shave. My legs were left silky smooth and I felt they had been given a very close shave, which was evident the next day as there had been very little hair regrowth.
However, the shaving soap which the razor blades are embedded in wears down very quickly. After one use it looks very worn down at the top - almost half of the soap was gone. After a few more uses the soap was quickly wasting away and starting to fall off and disappear down the plughole in quite significant clumps.
This was not the biggest problem with this razor. The whole razor including the handle is chunkier then usual and the razor head, because of the shaving soap, is much wider and longer than normal razor heads.
All in all this makes for a much clumsier razor which is it impossible to manipulate around difficult areas such as knees and ankles. I found myself having to completely avoid these areas for fear of some rather nasty nicks. This does not appear to be an issue on the first shave and even the second but appears to be made worse as the soap wears down more. I guess it must throw off the angling of the razor as the soap is unevenly worn down, causing the user to be unable to get into those tricky areas.
It is a shame because this razor starts out with such promise but leaving patches of hair around the ankles and knees is just not feasible long term and so my Wilkinson Sword Intuition Plus Sensitive Razor has been relegated to emergency use only.
I have tried every form of hair removal you can possibly think of, particualrly under my arms. I hate to see hairy women and think it is just unfeminine, so I always make sure I don't have hairy armpits.
Over the years since I was teenager I have tried everything, waxing (ooch), shaving (stubbly) and hair removal creams (messy!). Nothing works that well under the arms and what doesn't help is that I semt o have very sensitive armpits that react to some products and makes them very itchy, sore and red.
I first saw these razors on offer and thought I'd give it a go. The idea is that the blades are surrounded by what looks like a bar of soap. The 'soap' is like a shaving cream and when it gets wet under the shower or in the bath it lathers so as you shave you get a release of what is like a shaving foam, but creamier.
When I tried it, I loved it. They give off just enough foam to help you achieve a smooth shave. The soap only reacts with the water so you don't waste loads and the blades seem to stay sharp for ages.
Afterwards my skin felt really soft and smooth and was completely hair free. It is still shaving though, so the hair does grow back quite quickly still, but I like the way it seems to moisturise the skin whilst shaving.
I never had any flare ups or irritations and I never ever cut myself with this razor which is a first for me! The blades seem to glide across the skin, and don't pull on the skinat all.
At around £4.99 they are not the cheapest of razors but can sometimes be found on offer for half price at wilkinsons. Although they are more expensive than your standard disposable razors, they are definately worth it and last a lot longer.
I award them 5 out of 5 stars because they are just so easy to use andleave the skin feeling great afterwards.
I first became amare of this product when I tested it with BzzAgent a couple of years back but have not been a member on here long and forgot that I hadn't reviewed the product.
This razor is the one I use the majority of the time I also have a wilkinson razor but only use that now and again.
This comes in that thick plastic that you need to be careful when you cut it as it becomes very sharp.
The sensitive razor itself has a triple blade surrounded by a solid block of skin conditioning product, this is the part I love best as you don't need to use shaving foam or shower gel with it.
The block does seem to run down quite quickly though if your using it all the time, but this does allow you to see when you need to replace the blades.
This also comes with a plastic shower holder to hygenically store.
Am not a shower girl so mine just lies flat on this in the bathroom.
This is priced at £5.69 on Boots which I think is good, all razors are expensive. A pack of replaceable 3 razors are currently £6.19 which is quite dear, so your best trying to wait for Boots or somewhere to have an offer, and then stock up.
I regularly go to Home Bargains store and whilst they have other razors, they never have these which is a shame.
Anyway my skin can be quite sensitive and am fussy about what I put on it, but I do recommend this which I also did when I received through Bzzagent, and some of my friends also use.
This shaver is gentle enough to use underarms as well as bikini area, which is no problem and follows all your curves. I like to remove it all and this product is very gentle for that, maybe some day I will be brave and try waxing.
This leaves me with silky pins and there is no need to apply body lotion afterwards as it does leave legs soft with no irritation, but I like to apply scented body lotion which is not a problem with using this.
The best thing I can say is in about two years have never cut myself with this, and its very easy to use.
Wilkinson Intuition also do a pale pink hydrasoft razor as well as a new dark pink pomegranate one but I am not going to try these as I like the sensitive one.
I have used Venus razors since I first started shaving, and was always pleased with their performance. However, I was in a position where I needed to buy another razor, fast, and I was loathe to buy another Venus unnecessarily - I already had 2 handles at home. I had tried in the past the Venus disposables, but was very unhappy with them; they were dull, relative to the non-disposables, and so that was also not an option. I decided to buy the Intuition, as I had always been curious as to how they worked - also, because I was buying it for this one-off shave, I didn't want to have to buy shaving cream as well, so the shave-and-razor combination was ideal. Having tried it out, I might be converted! It was incredibly easy to shave in the shower - I had always suffered from the problem of the shaving cream washing off before I had the chance to finish my leg, for instance. Due to the design of this product, there is no such problem! I had been skeptical as to the level of conditioning the bar around the razor would be able to provide, but there was no need to be concerned - my skin was very soft afterwards, as if I had lathered up before shaving. The one thing is that I can imagine I will go through it fairly quickly - one use (on both my legs) whittled the bar to about half its size, so I imagine I might get one or two more good uses out of it. I have been able to get quite a lot of wear out of my Venus razors, so, for economical reasons, I don't know if I'm going to fully convert just yet. I would definitely grab it again, though, when I need smooth legs fast - so good for the one-off, but not an every-time razor.
I have only great things to say about this ladies razor. It is the only razor i use and swear by it.
It has three blades that are surrounded by a gentle creamy soap on a pivoting head that lightly lathers and moisturises your skin as you shave. Because of this you do not have to use shaving foam on your legs before shaving them. Not only is this cheaper as you only need to use one product it also saves time, which is great if you are in a hurry.
How it works is the creamy soap lathers lightly on contact with water, all you have to do it simply glide the razor over the skin pressing gently. You will find that your legs feel really smooth and not stubbly like they feel with certain razors. The razor has a chunky non slip handle that makes it more comfortable and easier to shave your legs.
I would and frequently do recommend this product to anyone, even if you don't have sensitive skin. It does the job it's supposed to do greatly with minimal effort on your behalf. 10 out of 10!
I Found myself using a Wilkinson Sword Intuition plus Sensitive Care Razor after I have a bad experience with a pervious razor what attracted me to this razor was the thick ring of soap around the razor, the fact that it look as if it wouldn't hurt you.
One advantage of using this razor for me was that because I have sensitive legs I normally get shaving rashes and I scratch them so hard that they end up bleeding however after using this razor I found my legs to just be silky smooth, I feel this is achieved because of the rubber grips and the soap around the razor and that there 3 razor blades nicely spaced apart, I think to reduce irritation and prevent shaving rashes.
Another advantage is that because of the soap I feel I get a cleaner shave, especially when there is no time for a bath and you really need to shave your legs, it is a quick fix that lasts, and after the shave I don't need to worry because I know that my legs have also been moisturised. The razor is a 3-in-1, it shaves, moisturises and the soap lathers so it cleans as well.
Another advantage is the handle, it is bigger than other handles, I feel I can get a better grip of the razor and don't feel as if I am going to drop it in the bath or it will slip and I will cut myself. In addition to that i found that the razor floats when dropped in the water! Brilliant.
Another advantage is that the razor is so sensitive on skin that i feel confident shaving my underarms and bikini line.
I bought my Intuition plus from Wilkinson's for a cheap price of £4.89. Because you can remove the razor I'm guessing that you can replace the razor, however I'm not sure.
Quick summary: This razor cleans, shaves and moisturises, and i dont get shaving rashes with it. Im not sure weather you can buy refills, as in new razor heads and it is the best razor i have used.
I have very sensitive skin on my legs, and other branded razors and cheaper brands have brought out my legs in an itchy rash, which would leave me scratching for days!
I used shaving cream and would slather my legs in body cream to ease the rash but nothing would stop it. I was walking around Boots to try and find an alternative and found Wilkinson Intuition Sensitive Razor and decided it was a worth a shot.
For anyone without sensitive skin it comes in 3 varieties: Hydra soft(Pink), Sensitive (Green) and Natural (Yellow) .
It comes with a travel cap, and a shower holder although I do find the travel cap keeps falling off! It has 3 blades to guarantee a smooth finish, surrounded by the block of your chosen variety in my case sensitive. This will lather and rinse once in contact with water.
The first time I tried this I thought I wouldn't like it as after years of switching between loads of razors I wasn't hopeful anything would. The handle is easy to grip; it doesn't slip out of your hand when using it in the shower or bath. All you have to do is press it against your skin, and the soap block with lather onto your skin, if you're using in the shower as long as your skin is wet your fine.
After using it on my legs I thought I would give my underarms a try, and it worked perfectly after a few strokes. My legs and underarms felt so smooth and once I had dried them they didn't feel itchy or sore like they would have previously!
The razor hugs every contour of the leg and you get every last hair, although I have cut myself a few times no more than I would have with other razors.
After a few days, my legs remained stubble free and smooth with no itchiness. The block of soap tends to last me about 3 months and that's shaving a few times a week.
Although the blades are expensive I believe there worth the price and would definitely buy this razor again.
I have been using my trusty Venus razor to shave my legs for about 7 years (with the same blade would you believe lol)
I decided it was about time I bought a new blade but looking at the prices (£6 for 3 blades) decided it would be cheaper to buy a brand new razor instead.
In Boots this Razor was on offer, half price from £4.88 to £2.44 and I decided I had nothing to lose and chucked one in my basket.
There are 3 different types of Intuition razor; Natural, Hydrasoft and this one- Sensitive care.
I have sensitive skin everywhere so this was the obvious choice.
The razor is a light turquoise colour, it looks girly and pretty so will be living on the side of my bath tub!
It has a turquoise plastic top which covers the blades, I haven't replaced this since I started using it but as the packaging suggests it makes sense to keep this top for when travelling etc.
It has three blades so guarantees a close shave.
The blades are surrounded by a white block which looks like soap, this is the bit that lathers up when wet and reduces the need for shaving gel or foam.
The razor is really easy to grip when wet, I always shev my legs in the bath so this is a plus point. The handle bit has rubber around both sides so its non-slip.
I dipped the razor head into water as instructed and then the second I started to slide the razor down my leg it lathered up and gave a light layer of foam as I shaved. It smelt clean but not too heavily fragranced.
You have to keep the head wet while you shave so I just kept dipping it into the bath every few strokes.
It shaves really closely and my legs feel smooth for a good few days before the stubble re-emerges!
The headpivots too so theres no need to press harder when you get to any curvy bits as this hugs every curve of your body as it shaves!
As yet I have not had any nicks or cuts on my legs, I presumed with the lack of gel or foam that it may slice my legs to ribbons but thankfully not.
The soapy bit around the blades is enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E so aswell as soothing skin it also moisturises, this is definitely true as my legs feels reslly soft after shaving and not just perfectly hair-free.
I've only used it a few times but the soapy-type stuff doesn't look to have shrunk yet so it should last a fair while.
As with all of this kind of razor the blades are quite expensive, i've just had a quick look online and the cheapest I can find them is £6 for 3 but i'll be checking out Bodycare soon!
I just hope the blades last a long time and make it worth my while.
I bought this razor about a year ago as i was going on holiday and I thought it would be easier to use as I would be shaving more frequentley.
I loved it straight away. It left my skin feeling smooth and silky. As I have sensitive skin and even shaving gel and foam sometimes brings me out in a rash I was worried about using this at first but I should never have worried. I was left with no rash.
This razor lathers, shaves and moisturises in one step. All you need to do is add water.
They are available in sensitive, hydrasoft and the new natural care with milk and honey.
It has a pivoring head which follows the curves of your body.
Triple blade razor surrounded by a creamy soap.
It comes with a shower for convinient storage.
The soap seems to wear down quite quickly, in approx 3 uses but that is the only downfall of this product.
The replacement blades come in packs of three and as they have been out for quite a long time now they are reasonably priced. The razors are approx £6 depending on where you buy them from and you can buy a pack of three blades for approx £5.
Despite my love of Veet, regular use can mimic the effects of applying neat paint stripped to my skin and so I have to reserve my use of hair removal creams for special occasions, and special bodily areas. But fear not, I don't like to grow body hair long enough to plait a la Julia Roberts so my day to day defuzzing is done courtesy of my Wilkinson Intuition razor.
Every man I know seems to whinge at having to shave his face every other day and yet the same men seem to expect us girlies to have perfectly smooth, soft and hairless legs, underarms and, well, other places. Shaving with a razor and foam or gel is a bind so I was quick to purchase the Wilkinson Intuition razor when it first came onto the market a few years ago and I've never looked back.
Unlike other razors, Wilkinson Intuition has an inbuilt shaving cream which comes as part of the razor cartridge. This means there's no need for a separate cream, gel or foam and it makes quick defuzzing in the shower a simple and painless task.
The razor itself is quite bulky but after a few uses, I found it was easy to get used to grasping its shaft (why does that sound so much ruder than it should?!) The thicker handle makes it easier to hold in the shower and even with slippery hands it's easy to manoeuvre the razor over all the relevant body parts. The in built shaving foam creates a rich cream that also moisturises the skin and the overall result is silky soft skin in a matter of seconds.
Anyone who knows me will tell you what a clumsy oaf I am and, prior to using the Wilkinson Intuition, shaving cuts were a painful fact of everyday life. But since using this razor I've only cut myself on a couple of occasions, and those were only after having raved to friends about the Intuition Plus and it's inability to cut me. Some might call it sod's law or Murphy's law but I prefer to call it kitsch kitty's law. That said, the cuts I did manage to sustain were certainly a lot less deep, less painful an quicker to heal than those from a cheaper or less superior razor.
On the downside, the size of the razor and head does mean it's less precise when shaving more precise areas which could be a problem if you have intricately designed areas of body hair. If like me you prefer to go hair and care free, then it doesn't prove problematic. The other disadvantage is the cost of the replacement blades, although this is unfortunately a problem with all razor blades in my experience. A pack of 3 replacement blades costs around £5.50 in Boots but the blades do last me an average of 3 weeks each. Perhaps they only seem so expensive to me as I only recently depleted a massive reserve of replacement blades that I managed to pick up in Poundland last summer. When faced with having to pay the full price for my blades, I nearly fainted with shock. However, they aren't dramatically more expensive than other razor blade replacements and you are saving on having to buy a separate shaving foam or gel.
And finally, since I'm on a roll with the negatives, I do think the shave isn't quite as close as other razors I've used in the past. It doesn't leave any noticeable stubble but the results don't last as long as with some other razors.
If you're lazy, a girl on the go, or simply prone to cutting your limbs to shreds when shaving, then the Wilkinson Intuition razor is definitely worth a go. It's so easy to use in the shower or bath and makes shaving quick and painless, leaving you the time and effort to pamper yourself in other ways.
Lather, shave and moisturise / A convenient 3-in-1 razor that allows you more time to show off your smooth legs /