Testing out the All Girl Shave Club

The Starter Package arrives

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.

Simple solution.

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. 

New Busy Beauty customers get 10% off their first order with code SAVE10.

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.

Cowshed UK Summer Mood Collection

Testing Shaving Subscriptions to find just the right one: First up, The Flamingo Shave Club

I am very forgetful when it comes to replacing my razors.  Seriously, I will literally attempt to shave my legs, realize my razor is too dull, throw out my razor and forget to replace it.  Then on my next shower I will wonder where my razor got to and spend a shameful amount of time looking for it.

I will also suspect demons and or gremlins working either separately or in cahoots.

Plus I’m not big on disposable razors.  I also don’t want to handle naked razor blades for the old fashioned kind of shaving kit.  I’m a bit of a klutz and I just can’t see that eventuality going well no matter how much waste is reduced.  Luckily, there are now a plethora of options.

I know because their commercials appear to be stalking me.

Either someone is trying to tell me something or my recent research into Sasquatch and Bigfoot in an attempt to find an anniversary gift for my baby doll has been drastically misinterpreted.

I decided to try out a few before committing. I suspect it will increase the number of ads I see, rather than reducing them.

Actually, I was hoping I could try one, really like it and not have to continue searching, but alas, such is not my fate. Which is okay, I like trying new things and honestly it’s not a bad fate.

So, Flamingo

I ordered the Starter Set which came with one reusable handle (mint green), a pack of five blades, a plastic ‘hook’ for the shower and some of their branded shave gel.  The entire starter set was $16. (I also forgot to take a picture of the set when it came in and the shave gel has mysteriously disappeared. No one is claiming responsibility so I suspect the worst.) What is included in the started kit changes periodically. Currently the starter set includes Body lotion as well as all of the other items and is marked $16. My set just didn’t have the lotion.

The hook is a suction cup mounted holder for the razer, which I like as it holds the razor up and in a place I can grow accustomed to seeing it. There is only one spot where the razor fits into the holder and if you misjudge it, then the razer will fall out.  But otherwise it is a nice simple holder that works well. You just have to take it down and clean it every now and again as mold tends to grow just under the lip and you can miss it with normal cleaning. The edge of my suction cup holder is now somewhat discolored but still functional.

I like the reusable handle.  It is a nice durable plastic handle that fits comfortably in my hand.  It is coated with a rubberized material that has a textured grip so that it doesn’t slip and slide around in the shower. It is, of course, reusable (as that is more or less the point of the subscription) so there is less waste in the product. I only have to throw out the blades not the whole razor. Plus, I have extra blades on hand so I can just change them out instead of wondering where my razor ended up or sighing over a dull razor. 

While the shaving gel was nice, it really wasn’t special enough for me to keep purchasing.  I have to say, I really like the EOS shave gel in case you are wondering.  It leaves my skin super soft. This is my standard.  While I’m not trying to make a direct comparison, when I have an everyday product that I can purchase at my local drug store for a relatively inexpensive price, to get me to upgrade, the product has to be better than my standard.  With shampoo and conditioner, products have to be better than Suave Rosemary and Mint. For me to purchase the Flamingo brand of shave gel,(or any other shave gel), it would have to beat EOS and it did not.

But all of those are minor details, because it is all about the shave.  The blade part of the razor has five blades.  I really like the multiple blades.  I generally find the more blades the better it works on removing all the hair I want removed quickly and easily.  I’m sure there is a tipping point number where there is one blade too many, but I don’t think we are there with five.

While the blades were nice, the razor itself had a lot of maneuverability.  While that feature is nice when trying to go around your ankles or the backs of knees, I found that the tilt of the blade was too much for me in other areas.  I was leaving large patches of hair on my legs behind because the angle just was not right for cutting. 

the flex in the blade

Oddly enough, as I used the blades, the angle became more important.  The first shave with a new blade, the angle was not so important.  By the third shave, I found if I didn’t hold my hand and the razor just so I was going to take forever shaving my legs as I had to repeatedly go over the same spot to get the angle of the blades just right.

As a consequence I ended up changing the blades out a lot more rapidly than I was used to (and probably more than I needed to) and emptying the pack quickly. While replacement blades are only a click away, they are also $16 for a four pack of blades.  This wouldn’t be a bad price if I managed to get a little more time with each blade. 

I fear though that I just got a little annoyed and changed the blades so I didn’t spend forever in the shower.  I can’t really see that changing. This means I’d need to reorder more often and that does increase the price of the shave.

It really is a tilt problem.  The blades are fine, but the ability of the blade to tilt is just a little too much for me.  I need something a little more stable for better control.  I do like however that the blades, razors and other accoutrements are now available at Target. It means if I keep the handle and run out of whatever razors I end up deciding to go with, I can always get an emergency replacement blade on the fly.

While I am intrigued by Flamingo’s waxing strips and other products, and will probably put in an order at some point in time, I don’t think that this will end up being my go to razor.  This will be a good back up, just not a primary.

And so we bid adieu to Flamingo and go in search of another shaving club to try. I’ve put an order in for the All Girl Shave Club subscription as my next trial and am hoping I have enough Flamingo blades to last until it arrives. Fingers crossed that the next one is right for me.

This is the first shaving subscription I’ve covered, so if I’ve left out any information that you’d like, please let me know.  Also if there is anything you want to know about with the next testing, let me know.  I’d be happy to incorporate it.