This is a love story. It is the story of a knight in a shining armour, saving his damsel in distress from a lifetime of pain, shame, and torture. It is the story of my “Gillette Venus Razor.”
For those who have read my previous post, waxing vs shaving, this should be easy to understand. For the rest, please refer to that article every time your head goes, “shaving?!*GASP*”, while reading this article.
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I myself grew up with the notion that razors are, at max, an emergency saviour to be kept hidden away in the back of the closet away from regular use. Thus, only a temporary solution, a task manageable by a disposable razor (used the Gillette satin care disposable one). I guess it never worked the intended way though, because my closet, at any given time, stored at least 2-3 of them, and I found myself reaching for them more often than I expected. It took me time, but eventually I realised that I much preferred shaving despite all the omens attached to the poor fella’s image. One fine day, while browsing online, I decided to buy the Venus razor.
Not a single day has passed when I haven’t thanked Lord for giving me the insight to do that. There’s been no looking back. Now, I do not dread smooth hairless legs, because now smooth hairless legs do not mean a painful visit to the waxing aunty!!
The Venus is one of the more basic razors from Gillette. A blue, translucent plastic body, a white rubber handle for a firm grip, an angled neck, and a very flexible but sturdy spring-loaded head. The face (:P) looks pretty, with cushioning, an aloe strip, and a triple bladed mouth, that eats hair like there’s no tomorrow.
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I bought it online for INR 199 which is very reasonable. Availability is not an issue, neither online nor offline.
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The first 3 bladed razor designed for Women. The Venus Original razor features protective cushions surrounding 3 blades for a smooth, close shave in just one stroke. 3-blade cartridge gives an ultra close shave. Protective cushions for a nick-free shave. Interchangeable Razor Blade. Refill Cartridges. Shaving Compact for in-shower refill storage. Soft grip handle for no-slip control.
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My Take on Gillette Venus Razor:
I had been using the disposable Gillette razor on and off for years. It wasn’t something I looked forward to, but it was worth keeping for the emergency times. Also, I didn’t know any better then, until I had used and thrown so many of them that I decided to get a non-disposable one. It was only after buying the Venus razor that I realised what I was depriving myself of. The disposable razor now came across as a very obviously rough, inefficient, unsafe and tedious counterpart. Easily disposable indeed. I have since used the Venus razor almost regularly, on dry skin (not even damp), on wet skin, on soaped skin, and the proper way, with some shaving cream on it. The efficacy of the shaving is unchanged. However, with shaving on a soaped skin, my skin did get dry and itchy, albeit smooth and sexy.
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With the Venus razor, shaving is a breeze. Just put the razor on your leg, it will angulate itself. Then draw it towards you with a not-so-hard hand. You will not even realise when it happens but you would end up with a patch of smooth skin. No tugging, no nicks. So on and so forth you go around your leg. There would be no missed hair. No double takes required.
After you’re done, rub your hand over your leg, especially in the direction opposite to your hair growth. If you had exfoliated before your shave, and don’t have any bumps from ingrown hair, etc., I promise you will not feel anything. It is as close a shave as can be. I was surprised by how smooth my skin felt after my first use. There was no way to tell I had shaved and not waxed.
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This product is a keeper. A friend in need, a friend indeed!
Pros of Gillette Venus Razor:
- All the pros of shaving over waxing.
- Highly affordable.
- Very efficient – no missed hair, no re-shaving required (triple bladed).
- Very safe, no nicks or cuts (pivoted head, cushioning).
- Long lasting, I have used mine for months now, and still don’t feel the need to renew.
- Refillable- cartridges available easily.
- Easy availability.
Cons of Gillette Venus Razor:
- All the genuine cons of shaving.
- Not specifically designed with a hair growth retardant.
Would I Repurchase Gillette Venus Razor?
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For my entire life.
Would I Recommend Gillette Venus Razor?
Yes, to anyone and everyone who wants to try shaving.
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