Want to know the secret to getting a close shave? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t involve soothing shave gel. It doesn’t involve moisture strips on your razor. It definitely doesn’t involve five blades all lined up in a row.
The shaving companies have consumers totally duped and they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Gillette, Schick and the other big players in the shaving world want you to believe the products they sell will give you the best shave, but it’s a total lie. They spend millions on advertising campaigns to make their new shaving products look like major scientific advancements, but the reality is they’re built to maximize profit.
The truth about shaving is that the number of blades isn’t what determines a close shave — it’s the quality of the blade you use and how you handle it. A simple double-edged razor, like the one your grandpa used, will give you a closer and better shave than anything you can buy at your local Walmart.
Cartridges cost companies only pennies to make, but they sell them for exorbitant prices. A pack of four Gillette Fusion ProGlide cartridges sells for a ridiculous $16 at Walmart. In some places, the price of cartridges has doubled over the past three years. That price increase is entirely artificial; it’s not like men around the world suddenly decided to start shaving and demand caused prices to go up.
Throw out your Mach 3, Fusion ProGlide or whatever rip-off cartridge razor system you use. Never spend another penny on overpriced cartridges. Buy a double-edged razor (about $10 on Amazon), order yourself a sampler pack of blades (less than $15 for several months’ worth of blades) and start shaving like a real man — one who knows when he’s getting ripped off and who won’t stand for it.
Don’t believe me? Look at this cost breakdown:
A 4-pack of Gillette Fusion ProGlide cartridges lasts for up to 20 weeks (according to Gillette, though many would dispute this claim) and costs about $16 at Walmart. That equates to roughly $42 per year.
A 100-pack of BlueBird razor blades last for one year (using the conservative estimate of two blades per week) and costs about $18 on Amazon. That’s just $18 per year.
See the difference?
It’s not just that razor cartridges are insanely overpriced compared to double-edged razors, it’s that they also give you an inferior shave!
Here’s all you need to have a great shave:
- Real shaving cream
- A double-edged razor
- A razor blade
If you want, you can replace items two and three on that list with a single straight razor, though that isn’t recommended for novice shavers.
Shaving with a double-edged safety razor is a little more difficult and time-consuming than shaving with a cartridge razor, but you get way more bang for your buck. Not only do you get a closer shave, you spend hundreds and potentially thousands of dollars less over the years. If you’re worried about cutting yourself, just watch a short tutorial video like this one before you get started:
While you’re overhauling your shaving routine, you should also stop buying shave gel. Start buying real shaving cream instead — it’s better for your face. Buy a shaving brush, too. You can get them on Amazon for under $10. Hold a hot, wet towel up to your face for a few minutes or take a hot shower. Then, work up a lather of your new shaving cream (using your brush, obviously) and rub that stuff all over your face.
Or, you know, just keep getting ripped off and paying way too much for crappy razor cartridges. At least you’ll be supporting the economy.