Dollar Shave Club: Not Just for the Boys

As a lady, I like to have smooth legs. However, as a busy working mom… well, let’s just say that they aren’t as smooth as they were when I was on the dating scene.

I recently heard about Dollar Shave Club and thought it sounded like a pretty cool concept. You pick a razor, pay a monthly fee and they send them right to your door. You can do the monthly plan, where you get new blades every month. Or, you can do the “not so hairy plan” where you get blades every other month. You can also pause and resume anytime you want.

Oh, and they have this ridiculous commercial. I laughed my butt off, so I figured I’d give them a try. Because, really… humor is how you get me. Just ask my husband.

There are three razors to choose from:

dollar shave club - razor choices

The nice people at Dollar Shave Club sent me a couple of their different razors to try out, the Executive and the 4x. And all in the name of a fun review… I made my husband try them too.

Dollar shave club - Executive razor - Pocketful of Joules

The Executive Razor
I had Travis try out the Executive razor first, because he had a super hairy face that needed to be bushwhacked. The Executive has 6 stainless steel blades per cartridge, a special trimmer edge and a wide rubber guard with wave fins to bring the hair up so that it gets a deep shave. This razor subscription gets you 4 cartridges each month, so you can change it out once a week.

My husband went in for his macho shaving routine and came out as smooth as a baby’s bottom. When I asked him his thoughts, they were pretty much “Holy Crap, I thought I was going to slice my face off!” Travis usually uses a Mach 3 razor, so this was literally DOUBLE the razor blades pointed at his cheeks! He was impressed at the close shave, but didn’t feel that the razor head offered him enough movement to get over his bumpy parts like moles.

The Executive Price: Is it worth it?
Travis usually buys the Gillette Mach 3 cartridges, which end up being about $3 per cartridge. The Executive razor cartridges for $9 per month, equal out to $2.25 per blade. So there is savings, on top of the convenience of having the razors sent right to your door.

Dollar shave club - 4x razor - Pocketful of Joules

The 4x Razor
Next up is the 4x razor, also called “The Lover’s Blade” because it’s good for the ladies too. The cartridge has 4 blades in it and it has a 90-degree pivot head that is good for turns and angles. The 4x package also gets you 4 cartridges each month, so you can change it out once a week.

Since this one is recommended for ladies, I grabbed it right out of the package and jumped in the shower. I’m actually quite lucky because my leg hair is very fine and light, so you really can’t see it unless you’re ALL up in my business. To give you an idea of my view of acceptable furriness… I typically shave my legs once a week and my underarms every other day.

Oh, and for comparison basis, here is what I usually use:

bic razor

Yup, that’s a Bic Soleil razor — not the nicest razor out there, but it got the job done.

I tried the 4x razor out with the Shave Butter which is kind of similar to shaving your legs with some really nice conditioner. My first thoughts were, “Holy Crap, I’m going to slice my leg off!” The difference between the crappy razor and the Dollar Shave Club razor were immediately noticeable. The razor base felt quite substantial in my hand and the blade glided through the Shave Butter, like butter… just as advertised. And the shave was a super CLOSE shave. Even three or four days later and I could hardly feel any hair poking up at me.

Since Travis found the Executive a bit too rigid for his face, I snapped a new blade into the 4x base (sharing razor blades is not cool) and had him try this one too. After letting his face hair grow out for a few more days, he gave it a spin and said that the 4x was a little less scary than the Executive and still gave him an impressively super smooth shave. If forced to choose between the two by a nosey wife/blogger, he would pick the 4x.

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