Checking in on the Athena Club Shaving Subscription

In June I decided to try out the Athena Club’s Shaving Subscription. The base intro price was $9 and this got you a reusable handle, two sets of razor blades and a handy wall mount. Refills were $12 for a pack of four razers and you could get them at 1, 2 or 3 month intervals.

I know it is no real surprise that I was trying out shaving subscriptions. I’ve been trying to reduce waste and eliminating disposable razors seemed like a simple step forward. I also seem to forget to buy razors until the one I am using is so dull that it no longer works for shaving. So a subscription that sends me blades reminds me I need to change them out and so I have less of a problem.

still on the wall (handles come in other colors, I just liked the blue)

The problem has been that shaving subscriptions made me feel a bit like Goldilocks. This razor had a metal handle with no texture on it so it kept sliding out of my wet hands. That one had a moisture strip that stuck out further than the blades which just moisturized my leg hairs instead of shaving them off. This one had a blade that had too much flexibility so I found it hard to get everything cut and found large swaths of my legs were missed entirely despite using the razor.

All I seemed to be doing was accumulating reusable razer blade handles.

Athena I liked enough to keep for a while. The blade had flexibility but not too much flexibility. The moisture strip was just enough but not too much, and this far the wall mount is still on the wall. It has a 3M adhesive on the back rather than a suction cup and a magnet to hold on the razor.

I love that it is a flat surface that is slightly angled so it doesn’t accumulate water to stand on it. I also love that it is still attached to my wall. It has not fallen, shifted, slid or allowed my razor to drop into the bath tub. All of which have been issues in the past

The blades lasted me about three weeks (I am not a terribly hairy person). At the three week mark, the moisture strip was about gone and I noticed the razor wasn’t shaving as well, so I replaced the blade and was happy once again.

Today the Athena Club Razor replacement pack arrived. The plastic mailer is about six inches long by about 4.5 inches tall. The bag holding the razors is just enough smaller than the mailer to fit into the bag. While each of the four razors are individually packaged, the bag they come in is a thin plastic with a zip top. I believe it is recyclable, or at least I am going to try to put it in my plastics bin and see if they take it.

What I like about it, is the outer zip top bag, is waterproof. This means it can be slipped into my little shower caddy so that I can see it and remember to change the blades when I need to. It also means it won’t get lost somewhere and have to be located each time i want to change a blade. I am on the once every three month plan so I will get another pack of replacement blades in October. If I find I need more I can always request them. If I find I don’t need them or need to skip a month, I can. I actually like the timing, because if October works out, that means I won’t need new razors until January.

outer packaging, nails horrid as I pilled weeds this weekend

Which means I won’t forget them during the holidays (either to order or to delay the order because I am out of town) so for me that timing is perfect.

I know it isn’t much more information than my first review of the subscription, but since I actually kept this one long enough to actually get the refill pack, I thought I would offer that update for you. While everyone has their own needs and preferred style I am actually quite pleased with the Athena club. I haven’t tried out any of their other products like shave lotion or body wash because I didn’t want to get attached to a product if I didn’t like the razor. Now that I know I like the razor and will be keeping the subscription I’ll be trying out some of their other products, so stay tuned.

Trying out the Athena Shave Club

Covering the shipping label to protect the location of my secret underground lair

Over the past few years I have been trying to eliminate many of the disposable items in my personal routines. Disposable razers have been trickier than I anticipated. My quest to find a reusable razor I liked has led me to several shaving subscriptions.

It has also made me feel a bit like Goldilocks.

This razors handle is too slick to grip properly in the shower. This one had too much movement in the blade. This one had a moisture strip that I don’t like. Each one seemed to have one major issue that made me not want to commit to continuing the membership. So for a while I was just collecting reusable razor handles that I wasn’t going to reuse. So I took a break from the shaving subscriptions for a while.

The Kit

It helped that I had a stock of disposable razors that I needed to work through. It was one of the items my babydoll stocked up on before lockdown, still not sure why but disposable razors and Doritos were his two panic purchases. Apparently in his mind if you have those, you are safe.

I am now down to the last few so I figured it was time once again to delve into the shaving subscriptions. Enter Athena Club. The initial kit is $9 and comes with a reusable handle in an array of colors. I chose the dark blue because I like blue and also I sometimes take out my contacts before I shower so a dark handle against white tile is easy to find when the world is turned into an impressionist’s painting. There is a razor attached and one extra packaged blade. There is also a wall mount.

The wall mount for the razor is magnetic. On the back it has a 3M sticker rather than a suction cup, which is actually better for me. I put it in place nearly a month ago and it hasn’t moved at all. (We have yet to renovate the bathrooms and the previous owner put one of those plastic shell surrounds over the existing tile work and suction cups simply do not stick to it. This does.)

I really like that the magnetic part is just a flat magnet. It not only makes the razor easy to grab and to put away, but it’s flat surface means water can’t collect in plastic folds and cause problems. Sometimes the problems are just trapped sale water, other times mold and nastiness. Having it flat is fantastic. It makes that a non issue. It is also angled so water doesn’t sit on it.

The razor too is angled. I think part of the angle is so that when it is on the wall mount it is out of the way and less likely to be knocked about. It also makes it better for shaving. I found the angle in the handle made for easy maneuvering. The moisture strip is moisturizing, but not overly so. While the barrel of the handle is metal it is solid without being overly heavy and the rubberized material coating it makes it less slippy than plain metal would be.

It is backwards, after I took the plastic razor cover off I turned the blades to face the wall and the angle kept it tucked away neatly

The bottom line is that I had a really good shave. The head didn’t bend overly much, just the right amount for flexibility and I enjoyed using it. In fact, I think I may have found a shaving subscription that I can keep for a while. The refill packs are $12 for four new blade packs every three months.

I think this is very reasonable and about on par with other subscription services. For now I am just using the razor but there is the opportunity to add other items. They have the expected shaving foam, but they also have body wash, period care, wellness items and even candles. I haven’t tried any of their other items yet (I wanted to see if i liked the razor first figuring there was no point in possibly falling in love with something from the store if I didn’t like the razor) but they are all cruelty free and things like pantyliners come in biodegradable wrappers so I suspect, now that I know I like the razor and am keeping the Athena Club subscription, I will be dipping back in to see what other products I like. For now, I am just please that I have finally found a reusable razor that I really enjoy.

Pairing the Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover with the Glove Water only Makeup removers

Today I combined two separate products to get the best of both. A while back I received the Glov Water only Makeup removers. Now you know I love reusable makeup removers. In fact i have done my best to eliminate most of the single use products of this sort. I don’t really use disposable makeup wipes. I use makeup removing cloths, usually from Makeup Eraser or The Turkish Towel Company. I have replaced my cotton rounds with reusable ones, so when I received these heart shaped water only makeup removers from Glov I was thrilled to try them out.

They are, as you can see, fluffy hearts. For me they are too small for makeup removal, except for eye makeup, and then they tend to absorb a lot of the makeup remover into them. And the heart shape, as lovely as it is, makes them a bit awkward as it tends to increase the chance of them folding up on me.

However i wanted to try out the Mineral Fusion Nail Polish remover and I needed a cloth to do so. I figured why not pair these Glove hearts with the Mineral Fusion and see how they perform. Oddly enough they performed really well. The fluffiness that causes them to pull product into the interior was actually a benefit because i was twisting the cloth around the nail, the product was pushed out as needed onto the polish aiding in it’s removal.

To be honest, these cloths were fabulous for removing nail polish and then they went straight into the wash, coming out with nary a stain. I am really pleased I thought to use them and will be reaching for them with all of my nail polish removals in the future.

But what about the Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover?

This is a Non Drying and acetone free formula. Sometimes I can find non-drying formulas nail polish removers a bit greasy. It is almost as though they go too far in the opposite direction and as soon as the nail polish is removed I feel the need to wash my hands thoroughly so I don’t leave grease prints behind. Not so with this formula. It wasn’t drying in any way but it wasn’t greasy either. The polish came off easily and cleanly. In addition my nails did not feel stripped.

The nail polish remover has a slight orange note to it. It was pleasant to use and left my nails actually smelling a little bit orange-y. Actually there seems to be a hint of vanilla in it so my nails actually smell a bit like a cream-sicle. Which I find kind of amusing.

It also makes me want a cream-sicle.

Whether it was just the polish or a combination of the polish and makeup removing cloth, I don’t know. (If I had any regular cotton rounds here I would try the experiment with it). But because of the combination, I only needed one does of nail polish remover on the cloth to get the polish off of all of my nails. The current nail polish was a silvery purple. I suspect i might need a little bit more rubbing if I used a darker shade, but I don’t think it would require that much more. The silvery shade fairly flew off my nails, quickly and easily with this polish, proving it was both deliciously scented and effective. when looking at costs, using less product helps the bottle last longer as well.

post nail polish remover

While I am painting my nails less right now, concentrating more on keeping them healthy until the gardening ends in the fall, I will occasionally polish my nails, knowing that the polish won’t last. In the fall and winter, I end up polishing them once a week. No matter how good the polish, I can’t keep my nails non-chipped for more than a week. It just isn’t going to happen. So for me, getting a bottle of nail polish remover to last longer, really helps me out.

For me the Mineral Fusion Nail Polish remover was a winner. I also love the fact that it pairs well with the Glove Water Only makeup removers. I didn’t like them as makeup removers, but using them to remove nail polish will let me put them to good use and avoid having to buy cotton rounds to remove my nail polish. A win for me all around.

Rating the Reusables

I am constantly looking for ways to reduce waste in my home, and especially in my beauty routines. while there are several steps I have taken the one that has made the most difference in my reduction has been the incorporation of reusable makeup removal cloths. I know, you might ask why I can’t just use a wash cloth. Well I can, clearly, however makeup often stains and Makeup removal cloths are designed to resist staining as well.

Recently The Turkish Towel Company sent over a six pack of their Makeup removal face cloths. There are six so I have been rotating them so that I get a fresh cloth each day and get to see how they perform. (a 12 pack is currently $44 which breaks down to $367 per cloth). In addition to using them to remove makeup I have used them to remove face masks as well. Mostly because I often use my makeup removing cloths to remove face masks so that I don’t stain my regular wash cloths and towels.

Thus far they have done a good job removing my makeup, they feel soft against the skin and they have washed up clean with nary a stain upon them. Now part of that is their dark color. dark colors don’t stain as much. Simply because they are dark colored. I also washed them in with my regular towels and the dye did not wash out to tint the other cloth items in the wash. I have to say I also like that they have the word Makeup embroidered on them.

It is a little thing but when you are hurrying to get laundry done, folded and put away, having that word, white letters on black cloth, means you don’t have to think about where they go. The makeup cloths are easily stacked to the side for deployment back in the bathroom. I don’t stick them in the linen closet with everything else to be used as regular washcloths. I’m hoping not being used for hand washing will aid in their longevity. Thus far these makeup removal clothes from The Turkish Towel Company have sailed through my testing beautifully. I will continue to use them and repost after a year of use to let you see how well (or poorly) they have held up, but for now, they are working out quite lovely.

And I have not added a single stain to my wash cloths since their arrival.

But you may have noticed that it is not the only makeup removal cloth in the top photograph. As Easter approaches and I gather the elements for the celebration, I am doing a little bit of cleaning and I have noticed that I have accumulated quite a few cloths. Not all of them have performed equally and not all of them will stay.

This rainbow hued Makeup Eraser is about five years old. It came in a Boxy Charm box a while back. i was thrilled to get it as my original pink Makeup Eraser accidentally ended up being repurposed. (It was in the wrong Laundry pile and my babydoll grabbed it when he was working on lawn mower repair. Incidentally the motor oil did wash out of it completely but by then the new one had arrived and my baby was so impressed I let him keep the old one). I also have a smaller Makeup Eraser that I received in a different subscription (I can’t remember which).

It has been fantastically useful for eye makeup removal, especially with water proof mascara. The smaller size is fantastic for that, I use one side for each eye and then don’t have to worry about getting face makeup in my eyes. The smaller pink one is three years old at this point. You may notice that neither of them have stains on them and are both still working like champs. I keep meaning to get a set of the seven smaller ones so I can have one each day (although at the moment I have enough cloths that isn’t really needed). I mostly want them because I adore the Disney villain’s set. I keep talking myself out of them because I have plenty, but i really want that set and know at some point I will cave. Oh and when I was getting the links for these I saw the ones they released for April as Earth Month. They are round and each one looks like the earth AND they come with a mesh bag for washing. Those bags are fantastic. I had one but it has mysteriously disappeared and must soon be replaced (more for the small reusable rounds I use with toners and serums than these cloths, but that is another story.)

side 1

I know thus far it has been a raving success, but don’t worry that is about to change. Next up we have Simple Satch. I got this as a set. It came with a Velcro headband (which I use daily and absolutely love), two terrycloth scrunchies which are nice but a little bulky, seven reusable rounds (which are fantastic) and this makeup removal cloth. I purchased the set in either November or December of 2021.

side 2

I adored the light blue color but should have known it would not last long. After the first week of use I had mascara stains on it. The lipstick has also stained the cloth in multiple places. In addition the cloth itself is starting to look worn. It looks much older than my five year old Makeup Eraser. And the light blue cloth is starting to come out of the wash looking dingy. It is still useful, but I don’t know how long this cloth from Simple Satch is going to stay around. I will probably use it until I just think it looks too worn out to keep around.

side 1 glov

I am pretty sure my Glov mask Removing cloth is at the stage where it no longer looks acceptable I know it is more of a mask remover than a makeup remover, but as I also use my makeup removing cloths to remove masks and I store them together, I decided to review it here. This is a mirco-fiber cloth that is specifically designed to remove masks. I’m not a huge fan of the stiff and scratchy material, but it does keep my wash cloths from being stained. (I am a big fan of charcoal based masks. One of my favorites is from Annmarie Skincare but it comes with a warning about staining on the jar. Well worth it as it is a fantastic mask, but they aren’t joking about the staining.)

side 2 Glov

This Glov cloth is basically a pocket that you slip your hand into, which is quite handy. Although if I wet it and then use it to remove your mask, I generally find that even if I rinse it out as i go, I have to keep turning it to find new spots because the cloth really likes to grip the masking material. It isn’t a major deal but the shape of it really wants to limit how you use it. It it is a light gel mask then there is no problem. Any clay masks will require extra effort. And as it is the clay ones that generally have wash cloth staining pigments in them (as the gel ones tend to be clear) that isn’t very good. I love the idea, am not a huge fan of the material and I think the shape could use a little work. It is really stained at this point and the makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company have dealt with my mask like champs so I have no problem letting this Glov masking cloth go.

It wasn’t a big clear out as fare as these things go, but if you are looking to work more reusable makeup cloths into your routine and wanted to know a little bit about the cloths and how they perform, I hope this helped you out a bit.

Let’s Talk Reusable Makeup Cloths

Finding reusable products instead of disposable items is something that is really important to me. I have been doing my best to eliminate waste in my routine wherever possible. I have reusable rounds instead of disposable pads for products like toners and I use wash cloths and reusable makeup wipes for my makeup and mask removal.

The Turkish Towel company recently sent a set of six Makeup removal washcloths for me to try out and review. I’ve seen their towels before and have actually been contemplating picking up one of their robes for quire some time, but I missed the fact that they have Makeup cloths. Currently on their site the Turkish Towel Company has a set of twelve Cloths for $44. which boils down to $3.67 per cloth and given that you can more than likely reuse these cloths for years makes it a really good deal.

These look like washcloths and have the word makeup embroidered on the front. So I am surprised that i missed them. They are 100% cotton, which I absolutely love. I am a big fan of natural fibers. I don’t mind using non-natural ones in some cases but if i can use natural it is my first choice.

I have only been using these cloths for a week (maybe a little less). As there are six of them in a pack that means that they just came back from their first laundry day. I’m sure many of you know from pictures that I am a fan of both dark colored lipsticks and charcoal masks. Both are the reasons that many of my wash cloths and reusable cloths have some staining on them.

In fact one of my favorite charcoal based masks (The Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask) is the reason that several of my wash cloths have gray splotches permanently on them. It is an excellent mask and they do warn you it can stain, for me it definitely did (but still well wroth using which is why I just picked a wash cloth to use specifically with the mask)

hung up to dry after use, once dry they are put in the wash with other dark colored items, easy peasy no special wash

Thus far everything has washed out of these Makeup Cloths from the Turkish Towel Company with zero staining. Now they are black to begin with so they have a leg up, but honestly making a reusable makeup removal cloth out of dark material just shows good sense. These cloths are soft and absorbent (hello, 100% cotton). Six cloths gives me enough so that I can use a different cloth every workday with one for masking and then just put them in the laundry. I hang them up to dry after use and then when dry just put them in the wash with the rest of the laundry.

back from the dryer, no staining

I wash them with other dark colors, mostly jeans and towels and There was no issue when they came out of the dryer. I simply folded them and stacked them for another week of use. I will be using them as my makeup removing cloths exclusively for a full month just to get a feel for how they wear, and then I’ll be mixing them with the other cloths that I use.

Thus far, these makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company look like real winners. Hopefully they will stand the test of time. If they do it will give my other wash cloths some much needed relief from potential staining. And it will make me much less worried when I restock the Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask which is a definite plus.

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