Dollar Shave Club Review: Goodbye Gillette
- - Significantly less expensive than Gillette blades.
- - Quality of the shave is identical to Gillette Fusion Pro.
- - Less painful to shave since blades can be swapped out frequently.
- - Shaving Butter is simply OK, nothing particularly awesome.
Ever since I watched the hilarious Dollar Shave Club viral video late last year, I’ve been itching to try out the service. However, I had to polish off the 24 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power blades I had on hand, a lovely gift I received. That’s right. Those Gillette blades are so damn expensive, I asked for them as a gift. $90 for 24 blades is insane, nearly $4 a cartridge!
Since they are so costly, I’ve grew accustomed to using them longer than I should. Up to the point where it was painful to shave since the razor was pulling more hair off my face than trimming it off. Up to the point where the blades were stuffed with remnants of shaves from week’s past. Up to the point where a styptic pencil was on hand for the inevitable blood loss. It got to the point where shaving was a dreadful experience, unless I was on the first week of the new cartridge.
Enter Dollar Shave Club
After my last ProGlide blade started to feel like the Mach 20, I signed up for Dollar Shave Club and opted into the $6-a-month, 4-blade cartridge (The Lover’s Blade) since it was somewhat similar to the 5-blade ProGlide blade. Other options include the $1-a- month 2-blade cartridge (The Humble Twin) and the $9-a-month 6-blade cartridge (The Executive). Adding it all up, I’ll spend $72 over the next twelve months for 48 blades. The site also gives you the option of upgrading or downgrading at any time if you want to try a different type of blade. In addition, you can purchase more cartridges or a replacement handle through the site.
My first package arrived via USPS within two days of my order. It included my first four blades, the razor handle, a sample of Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter and a welcome card. Right off the bat, I noticed the razor handle has a nice heft to it. It feels more durable than the Fusion ProGlide handle, less apt to breaking. However, it’s also a bit tougher to attach and detach blades. You need to apply slightly more pressure in order to swap out blades from week to week.
How’s The Shave?
After taking “The Lover’s Blade” for a spin around my face, I can state with certainty that the quality of the shave is identical to my Fusion ProGlide. I typically take two passes, one pass with the grain to slice away my dense forest of prickly jawbristles and a second pass against the grain to remove the rough feel. It didn’t require any type of additional work on my part to get the same type of smooth shave and it wasn’t painful in the slightest bit.
I’ve been able to ramp up my volume of shaves during the week, something that I previously avoided in order to make my ProGlide blades last longer. However, I can swap out a new cartridge every 7 to 8 days now.
My fiancé also seems to appreciate the change, since she doesn’t have to wince in pain when I give her a kiss while sporting 2-day old sandpaper stubble. The cartridges are very easy to clean with a little running water and seem to hold onto less hair than the Fusion ProGlide blades as well.
The only thing I wasn’t impressed with was the shave butter. I prefer standard shaving gel or even shaving foam over it. That’s really just a personal preference as I like the feel and smell of other products over the included shave butter. However, feel free to try it out. I generally don’t experience much razor burn to begin with, thus shaving butter isn’t a necessity.
Should You Buy It?
I have very little criticism of the Dollar Shave Club so far. Cartridge packages arrive quickly, the quality of the razor is on par with Gillette’s lineup of blades and the price is extremely competitive. While you can purchase these types of blades in bulk for less than what Dollar Shave Club is charging, the convenience of the service is most definitely worth $1.50 a cartridge. It’s very similar to Amazon’s subscription services; pretty much set it and forget it. Highly recommended!