Dollar Shave Club, $1 to $9 per month, depending on plan; ships to US, Canada, and Australia ($2 shipping for $1 subscription; free shipping for $6 and $9 subscriptions)
Baby bunny butt! This little one was worried she was about to get a shave!
The Dollar Shave Club is a little different from most subscription boxes I review. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription box that sends you four razor cartridges each month. The first month of your subscription, you receive a handle in addition to the cartridges. I hate how expensive good razors are, so I decided to give this a try. I won't be reviewing it monthly as you get the same stuff every month, so there would be no point, but I will review my first one. If I ever switch my plan to another type of cartridge, I'll review that also. There are three levels -- The Humble Twin (two blades per cartridge, $1 per month plus $2 shipping), The 4X (four blades per cartridge, $6 per month, free shipping), and The Executive (six blades per cartridge, $9 per month, free shipping). You can switch the cartridge type whenever you want. If you switch to another type of cartridge, you'll get a new handle as, for some reason, the handles are not interchangeable. You can purchase extra handles if you need to. They recommend changing your cartridge once a week, but, if you change it more or less often, you can change the frequency of the boxes. Dollar Shave Club also sells shaving accessories, such as shaving cream, and other skincare products, such as moisturizer, hand cream, and lip balm. While this subscription is primarily marketed toward men, they say that The 4X and The Executive plans work great for women, too.
Here's what came in my first box:
- The Executive Razor Handle
- 4 The Executive Cartridges
- Dr. Carter's Easy Shave Butter (teeny sample, worth $0.33; full size costs $8)
I got the razor handle because it was my first box, but, normally, I won't be getting that. From now on, each month, I'll be getting just the four razor cartridges unless I change my plan to The Humble Twin or The 4X. They threw in a small sample of Dr. Carter's Easy Shave Butter. I don't know if they normally include samples, but, they sell a lot of products on their site that you can add to your box, so it makes sense for them to do that. For my first month, I paid just $3 -- they give you your first month free, but you have to pay shipping.
Above, we have the razor handle both with and without a cartridge attached, plus a closeup of the four cartridges. I thought that I might try The Executive plan for one month, then switch to The 4X and try that next month. I don't think that's going to happen. I am so in love with this razor that I can't imagine switching to a lesser razor. I have never had such a smooth shave These blades are extraordinarily sharp, so they made me a little nervous, but they gave me the closest shave ever and didn't cut me. I was not expecting to be nearly as impressed as I was. If you can afford The Executive, just go for The Executive and don't bother with The 4X or The Humble Twin. I haven't tried the less expensive blades, so perhaps they are great, too, but I don't think they are nearly as good as The Executive. I had been using Schick Intuition as I liked that I didn't have to bother with shaving cream, but I'm happy to use shaving cream if I can get this good a shave. Even immediately after I shaved with the Intuition, I could feel teeny hair bumps because the hair wasn't quite flush with my skin and I assumed that was normal. The Executive cuts the hair all the way down to my skin and my legs feel completely smooth when I'm finished.
I tried the Dr. Carver's Easy Shave Butter and thought it was okay. I think this would be better for shaving the face than it was the legs. This slides off if any water gets on it, so, if you cover your legs with it, it'll be gone before you've been able to shave most of the skin. I don't think men usually shave their faces in the shower (although perhaps I'm wrong), so it would probably work better for shaving facial hair than it does for legs.
I wish I hadn't waited so long to subscribe to Dollar Shave Club! I've thought about it off and on for years, so I'm glad I finally did it. I didn't know I could get such a good shave. I've heard razors marketed toward men are often better than those marketed toward women, and it appears that that is true. Has anyone else tried the Dollar Shave Club? If so, did you try The Executive or one of the other cartridge types? I'd love to hear how the other cartridge types work.