Depressed and slightly shocked by the statistics of how many disposable razors are, well, disposed of, I decided to look into a reusable razor and have been trying out a couple of shaving subscriptions to see which one works for me. The one I am currently trying out is the All Girl Shave Club.
Their introductory Starter pack is $18 (or was when I ordered) and includes one reusable razor handle with four pack of blades.
Mine also came with a small plastic travel pouch. The subscription is customizable and you can choose how often you want to receive an order of blades. Each ‘monthly’ order is $18 on consists of eight blade replacements. As the blades come in four packs that is $9 per set or $2.25 per blade.
I signed up for the longest window between refills which means if I continue I will be getting a pack of eight blades every four months.
I wanted to give myself a large enough window to try the product and decide if I wanted to keep it without having to hustle to avoid another shipment if I didn’t.
So let’s break down the shaving shall we?
First of all, the handle. The handle is metal. It is rust proof and rose gold. You can choose either pink or purple accents. The handle is also weighted.
I like the fact that the handle is metal as the point of this trial is to find a durable razor and I am happy having less plastic in my life. I also really like that it is weighted as it feels like it gives me more control.
I do have two slight issues with the handle though. The first is that the handle is completely smooth where you grab it. I don’t know about you, but I tend to shave in the shower.
Its a fairly normal routine. I wet my legs and then apply my EOS shaving lotion to my legs. I rinse off my hands and then pick up the razor.
My hands are always going to be a little slick when I am holding the razor. I think if there were some sort of grooves or ridges on the handle I would not find it as slippery. When though there is a purple piece on the back it is perfectly smooth with no gripping capabilities. If it was textured or a little more rubberized, that would serve as a stabilizer as well.
I actually wrapped a rubber band around the handle and found just having that one ridge helped immensely. It isn’t the most elegant solution but it stopped me from dropping the razor which was the goal.
It also helped with my second problem with the handle. That is the placement of the blade eject button. It is on the top of the handle. (its that purple bit sticking up at the top in the side view.)
While this is fine, as a general placement of the button, because of the slipping issue I found I was sticking my finger out to control the sliding. When I did that, I hit the button and the blade went shooting off across the shower. Again, the rubber band fixed that. No slipping hand, no finger pressing the button, no ejecting blade.
Which brings us to the blades. They are six blade diamond coated blades with a lubricating Vitamin E and Aloe moisture strip. The strip is nice the first one or two shaves and then it peels off and ends up floating off down the drain. It is the same sort of strip that is on the disposable razors. It’s a nice though, but it doesn’t last long. I just use a moisturizing shave lotion.
That strip is really the only thing I dislike about the blade. And even that isn’t really dislike, it’s more of a ‘nice thought while it lasts.’ I really like the blades. I got an amazing shave and the maneuverability was just enough to get everywhere without nicking curvy bits, but not too loose to cut.
If you read my last shave club review the big issue was too much maneuverability in the blade preventing a decent shave. It kept flopping around a bit too much for my liking. This had just the right amount of maneuverability and stability in its design.
To be honest, I liked the shave of the blades enough that I no longer mind adding the rubber band to the handle.
Surprisingly the little plastic travel tote came in handy as well. It is a nice place to keep the extra blades and sits in the shelf at the edge of the shower. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and the plastic keeps it from the spray of the shower. Keep in mind it doesn’t open very wide or carry very much. I would probably not actually use it for travel.
It is however great as a place to keep my extra blades safe in the shower without actually getting them wet or lost in a drawer somewhere. It means that if I get into the shower and realize I forgot to change the blade, I don’t have to get out and look for the replacement, it is right there with me. As I often forget to change the blade until I am in the shower, this really helps me out more than I thought it would. I feel like I ought to apologize to the bag actually as I just thought it was cure but rather pointless when it arrived. I was wrong not to see it’s fabulosity.
I like the fact that their website also sells other shave related products (and some not shaving related). They carry Busy Beauty products, which I am a huge fan of as well as Spongelle and their own line of shave butter.
In fact they also have a Discovery Products line where they will send you several additional products with your shaving subscription. You can choose this as a one-time thing or as a recurring feature of your subscription. One time is $28 and adding it to the subscription makes it $25. So if you are looking to shake up your shower routine, this might be a good way to go. (You can also just add their whipped Shave Butter to the subscription for $9.) If I end up keeping this as my go-to shaving subscription then I will certainly be checking out their additional shaving products. This time around I just wanted to focus on the razor.
I found this subscription reasonably priced, and comparable to other subscriptions. There were many aspects about it I really liked, and they far outweighed the few things I didn’t. While I am still going to try out a couple of other subscriptions, I have to say this one is definitely a strong contender for a final choice. At the moment, it is at the top. Admittedly it is only a list of two, but still number one makes it the subscription to beat.
Even though July fourth has gone, there are still some sales going on. I’ve posted a few below for those of you looking to stock up on your favorite products.
No. 7 Beauty has 20% off until July 12th with the Affiliate Exclusive code 20OFF (I don’t make any money if you use the code, it is just something to share with you. Personally I really like their pressed powder. I love wearing it just over primer on my no makeup days.)
Cowshed also has a really good deal going on as well. (I really like their body lotion). Spend £40 or more and we’ll treat you to a full-size Refreshing Bath & Shower Gel from our new limited-edition summer range. Inspired by the Mediterranean, it’s scented with Spearmint, Sweet Orange and Magnolia essential oils. The sale ends July 8th.