“I Tried It” is a series about testing happiness. Some of these trials are to save money, some are just to see what is possible. Going without now will help me achieve my other goals later, but its scary sometimes to make a permanent change. These are my adventures of just trying it out.
Shaving can be a chore. Every man that can grow a full beard has been grateful for the latest facial hair trends. Nothing to do with how they look with a scruffy face, just the fact that shaving whiskers off your face is a (literal) pain in the neck.
Add on top of that Gillette’s hold on all of us men with their pricey razors. Credit where credit’s due; Gillette make’s a mighty fine razor. All of the shave testing that is going on with the underwear models in front of steamy mirrors their R&D department has paid off. Five super-thin, comfort-coated vibrating blades is a good way to get the hair off of my face.
But four bucks per cartridge? Come on. And how long are these razors supposed to last? A few days? A few weeks?
Historically, the shaving powers-that-be have been silent on the topic, but recently they’ve spoken up (if softly) and let their customers know that their cartridges will last up to a month.
Of course, the only reason they admit that is because of up-and-coming brands like Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s are out in force trying to educate men that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your shave.
I tried it
In brainstorming how I would rather have $3,154.16 (with interest) over a decade instead of changing my razor out once a week, I decided to test out how far I could take one razor cartridge.
A few things I learned in the process:
- A dry razor will last longer than a wet one. I dried mine off on a towel after each use. I also live in Arizona, which is probably helpful.
- Shaving after a shower ensures the whiskers are hydrated and weakened. But you should know there is debate on shaving before or after a shower. You should also know there are forums and blogs dedicated only to shaving. Seriously.
- The buttery, smooth feeling of the new razor (when it doesn’t matter if you’re shaving dry whiskers against the grain, it’s still good) lasts a few days to a week. Beyond that, I didn’t find the shaving experience getting any worse, even after months of use. YMMV.
So as you already know from the title of this post, I lasted over a year using the same razor. I don’t actually know when I started using the razor because I only started my plan after I realized months into a cartridge that I didn’t have a replacement.
Results — It worked.
I tried it, and it worked. Of course, it wasn’t as nice as using a fresh razor all the time, but it wasn’t the worst and it didn’t make me any less happy.
I did stop using that razor and have started an experiment using an old-style razor with double-edge blades. Eeets for fun. A hundred-pack of blades cost me $9.19, so if it works, it will still be a cost-effective option. Even if I trade out the blades more often than in the last year, by my calculations, those blades will last until robots are doing the shaving for us.