I bought one of these in Boots last month as they were on a special offer, I normally buy disposible razors as for me they work out cheaper than replacing the blades on other razors. This cost me £3.24 which is half price.
The razor comes in one of those awful plastic packets and it took me a while to actually get it out. It has a pink handle and looks a lot bigger than a conventional razor. The handle is rubber to stop it from slipping and it is ergonomically designed to fit into your hand with ease.
The razor is designed to be a 3 in 1, so it lathers, shaves and moisturises all in one go. The blade comes in a separate little pod which you need to peel the label off and attach it to the handle. It looked very strange to me, the razor seemed to be hidden inside the soap bar. The soap bar did however smell nice it had a floral scent to it which I found pleasant. The soap is white in colour and felt very much like a conventional bar of soap.
The first time I used this I wasn't expecting great results, even though the box told me that razor had a pivoting head and gave a close shave I didn't expect this.
I wet the razor as directed and shaved my legs as normal. The soap didn't lather up too much in fact it reminded me very much of the lubricating strip on other razors and I felt it left a slimy residue on my skin. I rinsed my legs and I was suprised that it has given me a close shave I didn't notice any stray hairs.
After using this my legs did feel slightly moisturised but I still needed to use my normal moisturiser as well.
I replaced the cap and hung the razor on the little stand it came with which has rubber caps to attach to the tiles.
I only shave my legs maybe once a week and the next time I went to use it I found that the soap bar was starting to crack. Fast forward 2 weeks and the soap bar is looking worse for wear.
Overall this is a good concept but not one that I would buy again, I found the razor bulky to use, it takes up too much space in my weekend back and the soap bar cracks and starts to fall off after a few uses. The replacement blades are also very costly at £6.50 for 3 I think I will stick to my preferred Gilette disposables which are frequently 4 nlades for £2.50 in Tesco.
I bought this whilst on offer in Superdrug, I think I paid around £3 for it at the time, but this generally retails around £5.
It is very simply a razor with a block of shaving cream around it, this allows you to shave without applying cream first to your skin.
The handle of the razor is rubberized and easy to grip, and the razor head is movable so easily glides of knees and other awkward angles.
The razor itself has 3 blades, but looks exactly like a cheap disposable one.
The razor as a whole works well, the cream coats the legs as you shave, and I haven't cut myself whilst using this. The cream is quite moisturising and doesn't dry the skin.
One problem with design is due to the angle that the razor naturally is being used at, the bottom of the cream bar is used a lot quicker the surrounding area of the bar.
I have found the razor to get bunged up with hair quickly and it's quite difficult to clean it out. So really the razor will run out before the cream block does.
Overall, this is nice practical idea combining the two together, it shaves well, moisturises and saves time. But it is hard to clean the razor head and it is a little expensive. Unless it is on offer, I won't buy this again at full price
I first bought into the intuition brand less than a year after I started shaving which was about 8 years ago. Before this I had a skinny Venus razor with replaceable heads, but being young and naïve I didn't even use shaving foam which gave me some very red legs! One day my Mum bought me an Intuition razor which was a life saviour...the wonderful thing about Intuition is that it has solid soap around the triple blades which avoids the necessity of shaving foam and makes shaving a lot quicker and less messy.
My first one was in the old design which was a lot fatter than the current ones and I ended up replacing it after a year because when you leave things in the shower for long periods of time they get water inside and go a bit mildew-y and unpleasant. The tip for longevity is to towel dry your razor and shake all excess water out every time and possibly keep outside of the shower. If, however, you do keep yours in the bathroom then it comes with a very useful suction clip to hold it on the wall which saves space. Every few months mine falls off the wall and scares me, but it just goes back on.
I have gone through three of the bodies now and only buy them when they're on sale. Normal price in boots is between £5 and £7 and there are a variety of colours which correspond to which heads they come with: pomegranate, plus hydra, plus sensitive and sensitive. I've always gone for plus sensitive as I have very sensitive skin, although sometimes I buy pomegranate heads because they smell really great.
The soap on the heads lasts for me around 3 or 4 weeks depending on how often I use it. In winter they usually last a bit longer. I find that the soap runs out before the blades go blunt so if I'm on a budget I'll use shaving foam for a week or two after the soap runs out. The heads cost £6.59 in Boots at the moment for 3 heads and you can buy variety packs to find the head that's right for you. I always get mine in the sale and I've seen them as low as £3 for 3 in the past. At the moment though, I've tend to find them with extra in for the same price rather than on sale (e.g. four for £6.59 instead of three)
The razors are made by Wilkinson Sword so they're really good, but I wouldn't say they make me need to shave less often. I get a close shave because of the soap and they leave my skin feeling really soft. I would 100% recommend getting one of these if you're a regular shaver - makes it so quick and easy if you're in a rush.
I'm not too fussy when I shave my legs, and will generally buy any decent brand disposable razor so long as it's a good price. My partner was doing the shopping while I was at work, and he came home with this Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor on offer for £2.50 at our local Sainsbury's.
I've never used this razor before, and sad as it may sound was looking forward to trying it out. The good thing with this particular razor it that it lathers, shaves and moisturises all in one easy step. Simple, no need for extra shaving foam, not even my usual shower gel.
This razor is the revitalising care variant with pomegranate extract, which it claims can revitalise and renew the skin. I'm not sure whether my skin was renewed or revitalised, but it does smell very nice, fruity and fresh, almost good enough to eat.
The Intuition Razor is very different looking to others out there on the market, it is very chunky, making it very manageable with wet hands. It is nice to hold, and easy to control and manouveur on the skin. It comes with a large cap to cover the razor blades, and a handy plastic holder with a sucker which sticks easily to wall tiles. I was a little worried that it may fall off the shower wall, but it seems to adhere very well.
The triple blade razor is surrounded by what can only be described as a large block of soap. This, when wet, acts as the shave lotion and moisturiser in one.
It's easy to use, if a little strange at first. Simply remove cap, and wet the razor and your skin to activate the soap. Then shave as usual, but apply a tiny little bit more pressure than you would with a normal razor, but don't over do it. This gives a nice feel when shaving, it feels quite luxurious, as if it really is moisturising and caring for your skin. Keep rinsing the blades, and remember to keep both your skin and the razor wet.
My skin felt really soft and silky after using this product. It also left a nice light fruity smell on my skin, but this didn't last long. I still moisturised afterwards, only because I tend to have very dry skin, but if I had been in a hurry I could have easily missed moisturising and my skin would have felt comfortable.
The only downside to this razor is that little bits of hair tend to get stuck in the soap, to combat this remember to keep rinsing well.
After use, let the razor air dry with the cap off. When dry simply pop into its holder for the next use.
The pack only contains the unit and one blade, and to date I've not bought any blades yet, but I think my partner said they cost around £6.00 for a pack of 3, which I find quite pricey considering the unit only cost £2.50.
It feels much nicer than a regular razor, and if it saves me time in the shower in the mornings then its all good. No shave gel, no moisturising, simply shave and go.
Would I recommend this product? I would say yes, at the right price, I think that the replacement blades are rather costly, but if you can find them cheap enough, I would say give it a go. My legs still feel nice and soft, and I can't feel any regrowth yet. I do tend to get stubble by the next morning, I'm very yeti like, but with this I'm still nice and smooth.
I have been using hair removal cream on my legs over the winter but with summer coming wanted to start shaving as it is quicker and easier (plus you can get rid of the regrowth more quickly!)
So when I saw that my local Boots store had Intuition razors on special offer (half price) £2.84 instead of £5.69 I decided to try this razor.
The reason that I went for this was that it promied "smooth legs" and had a shaving soap attached to the head so it would both save money on shaving foam and reduce shaving cuts. I have to say that when I normally shave my legs the shower is left like the scene of a vampire attack - and my legs get covered in deep cuts. So I definitely wanted a razor that I would not be able to cut myself with !
Where can you buy this?
Boots, Superdrug for around £5.50 or try online for slightly cheaper.
How much are the replacement heads?
This is where the expense comes in replacement heads are £6.15 for three in Boots. Comparable prices at Superdrug too!
How do you use them?
This is a wet razor - you stand in the shower (or bath, or just wet your legs) and run the razor up your legs against the growth of the hair. The built in shaving foam will (supposedly) both help you shave quickly and prevent cuts. The foam contains moisturisor so you should not need to use a separate cream afterwards.
Sounds too good to be true!
Does it work?
NO, no no no no!!!!!!!!
I was really frustrated by this razor. It just did not work, I shaved my legs and was left with attractive hairy bits around my ankles and knees. Even also on my shins there were great hairy patches. The razor failis at its basic task of removing leg hair! Worse was to come - I had managed to cut myself twice so was pouring with blood!
So I tried again, using a dry shave method, STILL could not remove the hairs (I don't know maybe mine are radio active or something!).
Also my legs were left dry and the skin peeling off in places so don't believe the hype about the "not needing a moisturiser".
Would I buy again?
No, no and a thousand times no, I would not, this is a waste of money and a massive disappointment. Avoid like the plague.
I have literally spent pounds upon pounds over the years in an effort to look for effective hair removal. I've tried creams, waxes, hand held razors and electric razors but never felt any of them actually gave that silky smooth feeling.
Whilst out shopping in the high street a few years ago, I was handed an Intuition Razor by a sales representative. I'd never heard of Intitution and as far as I can remember this was when the product was first launched. I took the razor home and was absolutely amazed by the results.
The actual razor is approximately 12 cms long and whilst it's more bulky than other razors, the handle is extremely easy to hold. The triple blaze razor is surrounded by soap and you simply clip the blade onto the end of the handle.
It's simple to use as all you need to do is add a little water and you're ready. Once you start to shave, you will notice a great lather and the blades glide easily over your skin whilst giving an extremely close shave. As the soap contains aloe vera, coco butter and vitamin E, you will notice how silky smooth your skin will feel.
You can use the razor in both the bath and shower without the blade rusting. I always find the shower much easier when I'm shaving my legs as the blade can be a little awkward over knee and ankle areas. You need to take extra care as I have had quite a few nicks. However, I would not say this is a negative for this razor as all brands would cause this problem if you're not careful.
To replace the blade you need to press down either side and it simply unclips ready for you to attach your new blade. There is also a protective cover that you push over the blade when the razor is not in use. There's a hole in the top of the handle so you can hang the razor in your shower if you so wish.
The razor is quite expensive and retails at around £5.69 although some shops tend to provide special offers. When you buy the initial razor you are provided with one blade.
The blades tend to run out quite quickly as the soap doesn't last very long. I use mine every few days and find I'm having to replace the blade every 6 weeks.
The refills are quite expensive and come in packs of 3 and range from £5 to £6. However, the product is extremely effective and I would highly recommend it.
The blades are available in three varieties dependant on your skin type - hydrasoft, sensitive and natural care. To be honest, I've used all three over the years and haven't noticed any difference.
I hope you found my review useful and I would thank you for reading.
I absolutely love my intuition razor - since moving into a flat which doesn't have a bath I always had the problem of cutting my legs a lot whilst shaving especially when its cold and I get goose bumps - I would manage to cut myself practically every shave! I nearly gave up and decided I would have to live with hairy beast legs until I came across this razor.
I initially bought it after seeing it for half price in my local Wilkos (approx £3) and as I had seen lots of advertising for it and it was at a reduced price I decided why not.
Intuition is a reusable razor in which you just have to buy replacement heads (the cost nearly £6 for a pack of 3 but can be regularly found on offer - also each head usually lasts me about 2 - 3 weeks which is quite good value)
The razor is quite chunky with the handle specifically shaped for a more comfortable hold it is simple to interchange the heads by simply pressing the sides the old head falls off and can be replaced by simply pressing the razor into the back of the head it is then secure.
The intuitive part of the product is all in the head - it is basically a blade encompassed in a block of soap. The head is flexible and it moves to the contours of your leg (or other areas) and the soap protects the skin and moisturises at the same time.
Since using this razor my accidents have dramatically reduced to very rarely when I leave the soap to break down too low and I am really impressed with this razor.
The soap means you don't need to use shaving foam if you don't want to but it doesn't lather up much so I usually just wash with shower gel leaving the foam on my legs and shaving over the lather. (however its not required and I have shaved my underarms in the morning quickly just using a little water with no problems)
The only problem I really have with this razor is that it is not very good in more intricate areas such as the knees and bikini as the razor and blade are so chunky - I generally use my Wilkinson Quattro for those areas.
The razor comes in 3 styles (green, pink and cream coloured) - I have only used the green and pink and have found them to be the same I think the colour refers to the scent of the soap.
I would highly recommend this razor and have been using it religiously for the last 3 years to my partner's glee he doesn't have to put up with a hairy monster.
I think it is quite good value although it seems expensive it seems to last a good while.
Definitely highly recommended
4/5 - loses one star for chunkiness!
I first bought this razor because of the claim that it lathered, shaved and moisturised all in one go. I used to hate messing around buying separate shaving foam and all the rest of it so I thought that this product would be ideal for me. You buy the actual handle of the razor itself which comes with a razor head to start you off and then you subsequently have to buy the actual razor heads (whihc ome in packs of three), as and when you need to replace the blunt ones.
The razor handle is quite nice to hold, it is quite wide and has soft pads for extra grip. This is useful as I find one of the main reasons I cut myself with disposables is because they slip. The blades or heads look like normal triple blade razor heads, except they are surrounded by a solid, whitish substance. There is quite a lot of this around the actual razor blades, perhaps about half an inch to an inch above and below the blades. When this comes into contact with water it creates a lather which does away with the need for a separate shaving gel or foam. Ok, so it doesn't create a huge, suddy lather that foam makes, but you can see that it does lather and there is plenty of it for the purpose of shaving your legs. You can feel the silky smooth film that it leaves on your legs as you shave, and this softness is left behind when you rinse the lather off.
I used to find that each razor head lasted quite a long while, the soapy stuff around the blade took ages to go down and even when it did, the blades were often still usable. The replacement heads come in packs of three and I don't remember buying a pack very often. I only have one gripe with this product (and one that I didn't used to have). They must've changed or done something with the recipe or ingredients for the soapy, moisturising stuff around the blade, as where they used to last ages, the soapy bit around the blade now breaks off after a couple of uses, and is impossible to mould back on. This means that where one head would've lasted ages, it now doesn't last long at all. Consequently my intuition razor has been lying in the bathroom unused now, but I hope that they have sorted this problem out so that I can resume my use of it! Overall it is a really good product though as you don't have to bother with lathering your legs up before or moisturising them afterwards!
I have the pink Intuition razor, due to my having ridiculously sensitive skin.
Now, I started shaving my legs well before I should've (I think I was about 11) because I was fed up of people commenting on the dark hair. I've gone through Bic razors (my gran uses them and always says she's never cut herself - I always managed to look like I'd been attacked my a rabid lawnmower), Venus razors, and my mum finally bought me this little beauty.
It's a lovely feminine pink colour, with a beasty block of soap surrounding the razor. It's got quite a curvy shape, which is a pleasure to hold, and though it is rather top-heavy, it's rather nice to have that weight there. The soap has a very very VERY delicate fragrance - it really is barely noticeable, but it's a lovely floral scent.
The soap lathers up almost immediately, and helps the razor glide up your leg effortlessly. I'm possibly the most inept shaver in the world, so I do end up with nicks quite often, on my knees and around my ankles, but I don't know of anyone else who uses this razor and gets cut, so I think we can put that down to my idiocy.
On the downside, I've been using this razor for quite a while, and I've noticed that recently, no matter how long the hair is, I've been getting quite bad turkey-legs; you know, where the skin goes all bumpy and you look like you've got goosebumps from the cold when you haven't? This can generally be remedied with a truckload of moisturiser, but it's still irritating.
In conclusion, this product is fantastically quick and easy, and INFINTELY better than the barbaric Bic razors that try and chew your leggies off, but don't use it too often, because you will get ingrown hairs, which is never a good look.
Wilkinson Sword Intuition
The only 3-in-1 razor that lathers, shaves and moisturises in one easy step - there's no need for a separate shaving foam so you can now save money AND get gorgeous legs in double quick time.
Lathers, shaves and moisturises in one easy step - just add water.
Available in Sensitive, Hydrasoft and NEW Natural Care with Milk and Honey.
New skin conditioning solid enriched with shea butter for improved moisture.
Improved pivoting head to closely follow the contours of your body.
Physical wear indicator that lets you know when to replace your blades.
My trial Wilkinson Sword Intuition arrived from bzzagent.co.uk and I rushed off to do my legs.
For the last few years I have been using an epilator, I do love using this machine and the results are longlasting but unfortunately it is time-consuming and leads to ingrown hairs. No good if my kids suddenly want me to go swimming at 2:30pm, asking at 2:00pm, no chance of me being able to do my legs, and no intention of me showing them off in a swimsuit without defuzzing.
I wanted to try the Intuition to see if anything had changed since I last used a razor many years ago, when I would end up with bits of toilet paper all over my legs from the cuts.
If it worked I figured it would sit nicely alongside the epilator for when time was short or when I was travelling.
The razor feels quite light but robust enough to last a while. The top looks like a razor which had been lowered into a big bar of soap. The top covers the whole of the blades and soap and is ideal for travelling.
I loved it - the soapy bit within seconds had become wet and allowed the razor to glide so easily and gently along. I started with my lower legs to check re. nicks and cuts, there was no need to push the razor in hard, a gentle gliding motion removed all the hairs.
Bikini area next, again I applied a very gentle pressure and was rewarded with a quick and easy smooth area.
Underarms next, again a gentle pressure gave excellent results.
My skin felt so soft and moisturised afterwards it was amazing. The next morning my bikini area was a little itchy but I seem to be sensitive to all hair removal devices in that area.
I will definitely be buying this again as it sits well along with any other battery\electric, razor, epilator, waxer when you need a quick, easy and effective method of hair removal, but would not use it as my sole method of hair removal.
I think it will also leave my legs in good condition to receive a nice covering of fake tan, after all defuzzing, moisturing and fake tan are pretty much what the summer means to women.
All women need a razor for emergencies or travel and this would appear to be one step up from a normal disposable razor due to the built in soap, and to my surprise lack of cutting. Definitely one for stocking up on when its on offer.
I recently received a Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor for sensitive skin as a free gift through the post, I used it straight away as it claims to Laver, Shave and Moisturise in one easy step!
At first I thought it was to good to be true, as a young working mum I never seem to have enough time, when you only have 5 minutes to jump into the shower, putting on shave gel actually shaving your legs and then putting moisture cream on after was something I didn't have time to do!
I am so impressed with this razor as it does what it says, it does actually lather, shave and moisturise in one step!
I used to use the Gillette Venus breeze razor but after a few times of using the razor I always came up in an itchy rash due to the blades going blunt and the horrible glupey stuff that drips out of the blades. I couldn't afford to keep replacing the blades.
I have now used the Wilkinson Sword Intuition razor 7 times and it still makes my legs nice and smooth so I definatley will not be using the Gillette Venus Breeze any more.
I received this razor free as part of a product test, and not wanting to waste any time I hopped in the bath the same day to try it out on my unwanted body hair that keeps coming back no matter what I do!
In the consumer world it retails at around £5.50 but I'm not convinced I would pay this much for the razor and then the same again for replacement blades once they were needed.
The intuition differs from other standard razors in the way that it has a block of soap attached to the head of the razor blade. It looks as though the blade has been inserted into a bar of soap. This is to make shaving easier by not having to apply shaving cream first. It also makes the head of the razor quite bulky in appearance.
I will admit to being a bit worried about using this without having the security of shaving foam protecting my legs first. What if the soap wasn't any good and I dry shaved my legs? That would hurt and I would be left with sore legs, never mind the fear of cutting myself.
The soap actually lathered up well, but I did notice there was a slightly slimy trail of soap on my legs as I was using the razor. This didn't look very nice but didn't affect the actual shaving process in any way.
The shave itself was a very close shave and worked well on my legs compared with my usual razor. I managed to get away without any nicks, but to be honest I don't usually cut myself with the razors that have the bars running down the front as these do.
Looking on the soap at the end there were tiny bits of my hair left over. Not a pleasant site I can tell you even though it was only leg hair. It made it look very unclean. Washing the razor isn't an easy task as if you imagine a bar of soap being in water for a while, its going to start disintegrating isn't it. That's going to make the life of my razor shorter.
To be fair, after usage, the bar still does look very solid and there doesn't appear to be a lot worn off it even after being dipped into water and run up and down my legs on a few occasions.
As I mentioned the head of this razor is bulky in appearance, and coupled with the fact the razor looks like it is made out of cheap plastic and coated with a thin rubber layer, it doesn't look like it's worth the money you would have to pay for it compared to other slimline razors on the market.
I weighed both this razor and my standard razor I use (both made by Wilkinson sword), and the intuition is in fact just as light as my other one, despite looking as though it would be a lot heavier.
For your £5.50 you will get a wall suction pad to secure your razor to the tiles whilst in the shower. The standard razor is a nice aqua colour, but there is also a pink version on the market for sensitive skin.
I'm not a very big soap fan, but will admit that for quickness this razor is a lot better than having to worry about lathering up your legs in the shower and managing to shave them before the water washes all the suds away.
If this razor cost a lot less then I probably would consider buying it, however I will use this one until the blade tells me it's time to be changed ( a handy little feature this razor does have), and then go back to using my own razor.
Please note this review is also posted on Ciao where I am a member.
Just couldn't resist writing about my experiences with the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor for women. I have just discovered this wonderful razor, I know it has probably been on the go for a couple of years, but I have always used cheap disposable razors in the bath or shower before, but a friend recommended the Intuition to me and now I am hooked.
The Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor for Women has three blades, which are surrounded by a skin conditioning solid soap. This solid is enriched with shea butter, aloe and vitamin E. Now you can lather, shave and condition your skin all at once.
This I did not like! The packaging is the clear plastic kind that is shaped around the product itself with no way of opening other than to grab a pair of scissors and cut it open! Which in itself is easy enough to do but I just prefer it when you can open new things with ease.
In the packet you will get the handle with razor attachment already attached, a lid which you can use to cover the blade attachment and soap solid allowing you to take this little gem on holiday with you and a holder, which you attach to the wall with a suction pad, once you have finished shaving you can just hang the razor in the holder ready for the next use. It does look a bit odd at first and I was a bit wary about using it. I have seen the Intuition sold in pink and in light green (mine is green). It has quite a slim handle, which is well shaped and easy to hold when shaving, it is also rubber coated stopping it from slipping from your hand during shaving. It has a pivot head, which is great for gliding over the contours of your legs and also great for use under the arm too.
Ease of Use
The best part! I could not believe how wonderful and easy this was to use. I prefer a bath so mine is used in the bath, but this can also be used easily in the shower. All you do is wet the solid around the blades and off you go, just shave as normal. If like me, I am sure you will be converted once you use the Intuition, it just glides over you skin with ease. You don't seem to feel the blades on your skin. I personally think it just feels like you are applying a soap or moisturiser to your skin. Another plus point is the speed with which you can shave using the Intuition, I now find shaving time much quicker.
The results are great. Often when wet shaving your skin can be left feeling a bit dry or even flaky and as I have dry skin this is often the case, but with the Intuition Razor my legs felt so smooth and conditioned, not dry at all. I also felt I did probably get a closer shave. During the summer months I tend to use the Intuition about twice a week but in the winter I am only using once a week and find these times both suitable for keeping my legs looking their best.
It is fairly pricey at £5.49 for the handle and one blade attachment and £5.49 for 3 disposable blade attachments from Tesco. I do usually buy the cheapest products but with this I am definitely converted and am more than willing to pay that bit extra for lovely, smooth and moisturised feeling legs!!
There comes a time in every woman's life when she feels the need to settle down; to find something worthwhile and long-lasting and something that she knows she will really love.
After those brief flirtations in late childhood with your father's razor, and then the giddy excitement of your very first disposable, a woman begins to become a bit more adventurous with her choices. She may have a few encounters with hair removal cream, but be left despondent by it's unsatisfactory performance - and no-one likes a date that smells bad. Eventually, if she's daring, a woman may dabble with the bad-boy that is leg waxing. If this one doesn't constantly leave her in a sticky mess, with less than desireable results, it may well cause her pain and heartache worse than any she has ever known....
And then, one fine day, out of nowhere she may bump into one that is quick and easy, without being cheap, one that respects her body, one who will easily travel with her anywhere and be there during any emergency. That's right ladies, meet the Wilkinson Sword Intuition.
One evening, about a year or so back, I was staying at my boyfriend's for the weekend, trying to teach my nostrils to close themselves to avoid the Odour Du Shaving Gel Man I had resorted to using after forgetting my lovely, softly scented, pretty-flowers-on-the-can, women's shaving gel. I suddenly had a brilliant idea. Why don't I invent a razor that has shaving gel already inside it? One that you could pack in your bag when you go away on your travels? One that won't make a mess of your inlaw's bathroom carpet when you realise you've forgotten to shave your legs ten minutes before you go out to dinner?
With this sure promise of my future as a millionairess still swimming around my mind, I ventured to Boots the following day to buy some lovely smelling shaving gel to keep at my boyfriend's, thus avoiding any future 'death-by-stench-of-man-shaving-gel' crisis.
What's that on special offer? Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor? A razor, with shaving foam built in? A razor you can fit in your bag when you are on your travels? A razor that won't ruin your inlaw's bathroom carpet? What telepathic minion of the Anti-Christ stole this idea from me and sold it to stores all around the country whilst I was sleeping?? Fear you, minion, I shall have my revenge someday.
The anger at the minion was short lived. I never do finish a project anyway. Plus, I really couldn't be bothered to make one. So I hot-footed in onto the nearest bus home, clutching my Boots bag with a knuckle-whitening ferocity, lest I should drop it underneath the bus and rip off a limb trying to rescue it.
DOWN TO THE NITTY-GRITTY!
I had a nice long cigarette whilst running myself a bath (partly to calm my euphoria at finding this snowflake from Heaven; partly because I have a sweet and evil addiction).
Once in the bath, I took the cap off the razor and swished it around in the water a bit to 'activate' the magical shaving foam, which is in the form of a thick soap-like block surrounding the blade. Making sure my legs and the razor were thoroughly wet, I followed the pack instructions like a good girl and first smoothed the razor downwards from my knee to ankle (to get the foam working a little) and then up (to get the blasted hairs off). All in all, very easy, and feels like shaving with a bar of soap!
Silky smooth legs, no nicks or cuts, no missed hairs. Good God, it's just fabulous.
THE INLAW'S BATHROOM CARPET TEST
It's Christmas time again and yes, that means staying with the inlaw's. Now, I don't know about you, but even after two and a half years, I still don't feel right having a bath at my boyfriend's parent's house. Especially given that their bathroom is on the ground floor, and a girl should not be seen by said boyfriend's father running upstairs in a towel. A woman has her pride, afterall.
So, forfeiting the shaving-in-the-warm-bath comfort for shaving-with-foot-up-on-toilet-using-sink-to-wet-legs method, I put the Intution to the test. And it did not fail. I no longer need to carefully manoeuvre the toilet roll holder into new-stain-on-carpet position. Freedom, freedom at last!
May I also point out that the Intuition is perfect for those unexpected 'oh, it's sunny, I need to wear a vest top' moments. Yes, genuine miracle worker that it is, the Intuition fits perfectly under your arms, so a little splash of warm water, a two-second shave and you're ready to wave enthusiastically to any passer-by.
EMMA AND THE INTUITION - DOMESTICS
Now, I very occassionally have disagreements with my Intuition. We tend to fall out over the following things:
1. When the weather is hot and I use it a few days in a row, I can come out in a bad shaving rash. But I could just be an over-sensitive type of girl.
2a. The packet instructions say to leave the cap off the razor and let it dry out. I personally would only leave the cap off for half an hour or so, as I find leaving it off for a longer time can reduce the amount of 'foam' produced...
2b ... On the subject of 'foam', and the advert you may have seen where the long-legged women stretches her leg out under a garden sprinkler and is suddenly covered in a rich, rather sexy lather.... I think she has Fairy Liquid slapped on there too. I think my spot-the-bubbles-in-the-'foam' record amounts to about seven little bubbles. It does not really foam up. But it does give enough lubrication to shave with.
3. Due to the size of the shaving block, it can be tricky to use on your knees (I recommend stretching your leg out so your kneecap is flat). You probably don't want to let it anywhere near certain other regions either, unless you want to look like a Patch Sister.
Although I love my Intuition dearly, I have to purge my soul of one sin... I do go off and spend some quality time with my other razor, the Venus Vibrance (see review for this!) now and again. It just gets into areas that Intuition can't, and I will not be ashamed of that.
And besides, where is the rule that ties us down to just one razor? There are so many prime specimens to choose from, and after all, isn't that a woman's prerogative?
To sum up (for those of you who got bored at the first paragraph):
*Comes with a spare refill
*Lasts a while! At least ten leg shaves.
*Outer packaging perforated plastic for easy access (don't you just hate it when you need to wield a machete to get into the packet?)
*Smells nice (-r than men's shaving gel)
*Cheap if you consider you dont have to buy shaving gel
*Travel cap and sucker-hook included, with a space for the refill. Great for travelling and festivals!
*The razor moves around so you do get a close shave
*Don't let that clumsy oaf any lower than your bikini line
*Cheap looking, perhaps? The colour is a bit naff...
*Expensive to some (about £6.99)
*If you're in a hurry, it's easy to miss certain bits. (Shaving gel does have the benefit of showing you which bits you've already done!)
In my bathroom are two Gillette Venus Razors, the blades are blunt and I refuse to pay £5.00 for some blades so I decided to venture into Boots today so look for a cheaper razor where the blades would be a bit cheaper to replace as I go through the blades like nobody's business as my hair grows soooooo fast.
As I browsed the razor area nothing took my fancy, disposable razors are nasty and hurt my legs and I didn't really want to get another Gillette razor so I decided to look for a boots own brand, they had one and the blades were around £3.49 to replace, not bad I thought picking it up but then another one caught my eye, it was chunkier and also came with 2 blades and was £3.99 and the blades were the same price as boots own brand so I picked up the Wilkinson Intuition Razor and went to the till.
If I had known that I was going to purchase a new brand of razor today then I would of checked some of the reviews of the item but as I am me it was a random purchase that I didn't think about anything other than the cost.
The razor is contained within secure packaging, yes that impossible packaging that not even an adult can get into, so I ended up asking Mark to open the razor, he noticed there was two simple notes on the corner of the packaging which said push here, he did and the packaging opened and here I had my new razor £3.99 paid for with my Advantage card points.
As I mentioned earlier this is a razor that has replaceable blades, so I removed the spare blade included in the packaging and picked up the razor.
The razor is a lot chunkier than the sleek competitor Gillette Venus but this would be ideal as I sometimes struggle to grip the razor so the wider area would be ideal for me.
I removed the travel cap which is also there as a safety feature, but is not child proof.
I was stumped. Around the blade was a chunk of what looked like soap, I thought I needed to read the instructions as I would do something wrong otherwise.
Simpler than I thought all you needed to do was wet the razor and your legs and shave and the soap that surrounds the razor creates a lather so there is no need for shaving gel or soap great!!!
It is actually described as "A Triple blade razor surrounded by a Skin Conditioning Solid "
The Intuition was launched in March 2004 and was the first all in one razor for women.
The replaceable blades are available in a sensitive which is what I had chosen as I had a rash from using my previous razors blunt blade so my legs were already sore.
The actual razor is coloured blue for sensitive skin however there is also another colour which is a lime green and is for the scented Melon Fresh, at the time I purchased my razor there was no others on display but as I said I had not really read about my purchase so just bought it as it was one of the cheapest there.
****Using the razor****
The razor is a lot easier and quicker to use than any others I have come across. The pivoting head follows the contours of your body to give a smooth shave.
As the skin conditioning solid or as I refer to it the block of soap is enriched with aloe vera, coco butter and vitamin E it is extremely good for your skin as shaving can dry your skin out especially in this warm weather we are currently experiencing.
As I was in the bath I simply dipped the head of the razor into the water so that the soap made contact and simply began to shave my leg the soap block immediately left a trail of fresh scent on my leg whilst removing the excess hair, no more shaving gel to add to the legs then shave then rinse, this is great!!
The razor is a little bulky when trying to shave in awkward places such as underarm and by the ankle but after a few attempts my legs and arms are done and are smoother than ever.
****Storing the razor****
The razor comes complete with a shower holder for convenient and hygienic storage, it hangs the razor upside down so that it can dry out and there is a slot to store the spare blade. On the back of the plastic holder are two suckers that stick to glass and tiles, which is where mine is currently draining off.
According to the instructions that came with the razor there will be a clear indication when the blade will need replacing that at present I have no idea what this will be I assume that the soap block surrounding the razor will begin to wear down but when I am sure I will come back and update and let you know if my opinion has changed, but I highly doubt it I was fed up of nicking myself with the venus razor and this gives you a close shave without the dots of blood afterwards.
****How long do the blades last?****
I have to admit this is where the razor fails in my opinion, I shave every other day and I now need to change the blade as it has worn away so not even 4 months wear and tear, they could do with looking at this so that it does last that little bit longer.
The Intuition Razor is made by Wilkinson Sword who have been in steel crafting for over 100 years. Their British Heritage and expertise in blade technology has allowed them to understand the diverse needs of our customers which is why they provide a wide range of shaving solutions to suit almost everybody.
Replacement blades are approximately £3.49 for 4 and are available from Boots.
Wilkinson Sword Ltd
Bucks HP13 6DG
Tel: +44 (0) 1494 533300
Fax: +44 (0) 1494 556228