Summer is approaching, which can only mean one thing… shaving. Every woman dreads it — having to unveil her legs for the first time in months and realizing that she could use a good shave. Did you know that women shave about 90% more of their body than men? Because of that, we need razors tailored to our bodies — ones that won’t go dull as quickly, that hydrate better, and that aren’t up-priced because they’re for women. Read more to hear about my favorite shaving products.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to promote or encourage shaving in women; it is tailored to people who already shave and are looking to learn about new products. Shaving is a very personal choice, and I happily support anyone who chooses to shave or not to shave.
I distinctly remember the first time I shaved my legs. My mom made me wait until the summer after fifth grade — I was eleven and so ready to shave, because I’m a naturally hairy person. The feeling of “graduating” into pre-teen-hood and being able to have silky smooth legs strongly appealed to me, and it’s never quite left.
I love to shave! Yes, you heard that correctly. I love having smooth legs and shiny skin that’s only as radiant as it is after a good exfoliation and shave. Sadly, though, I’ve been cursed with sensitive skin. My sensitive skin allergies and irritations have come in many forms, but one constant struggle of mine has been to find a razor and shaving cream that don’t break me out, give me razor burn, leave me with rashes, or just leave me incredibly irritated in general.
My Routine + Issues
Over the last 10 years, I’ve experimented with different shaving products and methods to find what works best for me. Over this time, I’ve discovered a few things:
- Aerosol shaving cream does not work for me: it leaves my skin extra dry and almost always gives me a rash.
- Exfoliation is a must: the result of my shaving is almost always decided upon whether or not I exfoliated my legs beforehand. This doesn’t mean a simple scrub, but rather the use of a pumice stone or exfoliation gloves to make sure I’ve removed extra dead skin.
- Standard lotion doesn’t cut it for me: a lot of body lotions on the market are complete sh*t. To avoid spending a lot of money, I use coconut oil on my legs after shaving. It’s wax free, so your legs essentially drink it up, giving them major hydration.
- It’s all in the razor: since starting college, my razor game has really depleted. Due to lack of funds, I’ve turned to buying cheap razors from the dollar store in order to save money, because nicer razors with replaceable heads can cost upwards of $20 for every new pack of replacement blades you buy. That’s just not in my budget. Fortunately I’ve found another alternative.
My shaving routine for the past few years has worked relatively well for me. Even when using cheap razors, the EOS Shave Cream has been a life saver. In the last few weeks, though, I’ve been experiencing an increasing amount of razor burn following the days I have shaved. And this razor burn has been both itchy and painful. Below, are two pictures of what my legs looked like two days after shaving them and following the previous routine. The actual razor burn bumps are hard to see in the photos, but you can definitely see how red, irritated, and swollen my legs were. (Note: I’m wearing pants in these pictures, they were just shorts so you can’t see them!)
I knew this was a sign that it was time to try something different.
What is Billie?
I’d heard about Billie a few months ago and had considered trying them out, but kept putting it on the back-burner. I finally caved last week and decided, if I wanted to attempt to have better looking and feeling legs, I should try a shave company that not only designs razors and shave products for women, but doesn’t overcharge for them either.
Billie is a shaving subscription company built entirely for women, by women. The razors are made to the shape of a woman’s hand so they’re easy to hold and glide across your legs. The blades are meant to last around 7-8 shaves, lasting longer than men’s razors will since women cover much more body area.
Your first subscription box is only $9, and every other box after that is only $9. This is the cheapest amount of money I’ve ever spent on quality shaving materials. The first box includes a razor (color of your choice), two blades, and a holder for your shower. After that, you can sign up to receive a new box of four blades every one/two/three months, depending on how often you shave.
They do all of this without overcharging you for a product that works.
I did a live review on my Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there for similar content.
First off, I loved their packaging. It’s very sleek and clean which is the kind of branding I want to see from a shaving/bath company. I got the first subscription box, but added on a bottle of their shaving cream since I’d seen a lot of good reviews on it (and it had just been put back in stock when I ordered it).
The razor did fit very well in my hand and includes a padded underside which is nice. The holder for the shower is small and minimalistic, and matches the color of the razor. The blades also looked high quality, and are framed with moisturizing pads.
The bottle of their shaving cream was smaller than I had expected but, from all the reviews I had read online, people have said the shaving cream lasted a long time, so the size wasn’t much of a disappointment. It’s a fragrance-free shaving cream, but it still has a nice, natural fragrance that comes from the aloe vera and sage used in the cream. It’s also a non-aerosol cream (so it’s more like a lotion).
My Review of the Products
This stuff is phenomenal! I was incredibly impressed with both the razor and the cream, but the shaving cream really shocked me. It takes about a pea-sized amount of the product to cover up your entire leg and it lathers so easily and quickly, too! This is the best non-aerosol shaving cream I’ve ever used (yes, it even beats EOS).
The razor is also great. At times, it didn’t even feel like I was shaving. It was easy to hold and I didn’t knick myself or experience any type of irritation while shaving, while rinsing my legs, or after the shower. Billie really got my seal of approval when I decided to experiment shaving my bikini area with their razor and shaving cream. I don’t normally shave “down there” with anything but an electric razor because I always get razor burn and major irritation otherwise, but I decided to give my new Billie products a try and — wow, just wow. I experienced absolutely no irritation, no razor burn, no ingrown hairs, and no itchiness. That’s what sold me.
Billie razors live up to the hype, and their shaving cream surpasses that. I’m also a fan of their mission — to deliver shaving products tailored towards women without up-charging, like most other companies do (also known as the “pink tax”). You can find out more about Billie by clicking here and entering your email (by doing this, I’ll receive a small rebate from the company). Ultimately, I think I’ve found my new shaving essentials and I couldn’t be more excited. What are your shaving essentials? Let me know in your comments below or on Twitter, @MiaReneeCole.
Until next time,
Photo Courtesy of: Mia Renée Cole