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Gillette Venus Oceana Disposable Razors

After my little post on hair removal last month (or was it the month before) I set about trying out a few new things. The first was an epilator, but more on that in a separate post because I need to work up the courage to give it a second try! The second thing was going to be a wax, but then I changed my mind (ie, chickened out) and decided to test throwaway razors instead! What a cop out!

I know that I will probably burn in hell for even owning a pack of disposable razors – they’re not particularly environmentally friendly, after all. It’s a lot of plastic, a lot of unnecessary waste. However, I wanted to have a little test of a few to see whether they had advanced at all since 1998, which was the last time I used one. It was a BIC and I sliced open my ankle.

Pleased to say that the Gillette Venus ‘Oceana’ is a sturdy little thing with an excellent rubber handle that almost sticks to your skin! No more slippery, possibly life-threatening razor chases around the shower cubicle! However, the head of the razor is exactly the same as the blades on my normal, refillable razor and so I have to admit that I’m at a slight loss why you would buy the disposable version! Surely easier just to buy the razor heads and swap them over, keeping the same handle?

Answers on a postcard, please people: what is the advantage of a disposable razor over the refillable? Have I missed an important trick? Do let me know!

A pack of three Venus Oceana razors cost £5.99 from Boots HERE.

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  1. As I told you via twitter nobody should use razor. The best way to wax is preparing a paste with lemon and sugar. Safe, soft, practical, perfect.
    ciao from Italy

    • It wouldn’t be worth it for me, I don’t get much hair. That’s why I use razors – fuss-free. The waxing would take me about fifty times longer, I can shave my fuzzy legs in thirty seconds flat! I wrote all about it on here somewhere… X

  2. well I0m not that hairy too, but razors should reinforce hair… you should really consider sugar wax…

    • @Lori that’s great if that works for you, but I don’t find that my hair are any more coarse or thicker from shaving. Might be different for others though!

  3. I use hair-removal creme – I have super sensitive skin and was scared at first, but it’s never given me any issues and the results last for 2-3 weeks – and that with no pain involved, who could ask for more!

    I’m not really sure why anyone would chose disposable razors over the razorheads – maybe people that use them in the shower find them more hygenic then keeping the same handle around for ages? Not sure really.

  4. no im totally with your on the waste of plastic! and lucky lucky you! i have thick hair which means thick hair EVERYWHERE, shaving my legs takes forever and if anything other than waxing is used on my bikini line, MAN do i know about it in the form of massive ingrown hairs- not fun!

  5. I noticed a big difference between the refillable and the disposable (I tried the venus embrace). The refillable were truly better!
    (I hope I’m not confusing the two words, by refillable I mean the one you only change the lame).
    Again, sorry for my poor English :/

  6. @Lori, lots of girls like razors for reasons as personal as yours surely are about lemon and sugar waxing, so each to their own eh? I bought a pack of these on holiday recently when (a) I was travelling easy jet and couldn’t get razor blades through security and (b) had forgotten my handle anyway and didn’t need another one to add to the THREE I’d got at home. They are indeed no different to the normal ones but agree that environmentally, it’s a shocker and it takes a very odd set of circumstances to make buying them a serious consideration.

  7. I always use a refillable razor too. The thought of letting my hair grow to the length required to wax puts me off almost as much as the pain!

  8. Ruth, if you want to try waxing, even if only for a review here, don’t be scared. It shouldn’t hurt you much, you have few and thin hair…
    Without many deatils (lol), I do my own at home and thinking about pain is not even an option! In my opinion it hurts much less than the epilator (I get all red until next depilation :O )

    They say the mixture of sugar and lemon that Lori refered hurts even less than wax because it only sticks to the hair and not to the skin. I’m still a little bit skeptical about that mixture, not sure if it would work for me after all the trouble to “cook” it.

  9. I buy disposable razor because they are the least expensive compare to refillabe razor. I have a habit to look for the cheapest when i’m buying razors and i never thought there’s much difference between disposable and refillable. If my legs are smooth and hair-free, i’m good.

    When you are on a budget, disposable razor are good.
    But i never thought it was a waste of plastic, i should consider refillable.

  10. I just think the disposables are a con. You think “Twelve quid for three razor blades I can buy three disposables for a fiver.” But you never tot up just how much that costs over the year. I don’t see the point of disposables too – so bad for the environment.

    As for waxing, the hassle of ingrown hairs made me stop, along with the last week of waiting for them to be long again to wax but in the meantime, you’ve got stubble. It´s just quicker thirty seconds in the shower with a razor.

    How does a cream last a couple of weeks? Veet and the like barely last a couple of days on me!

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