SHAVE WARS! I Tested 5 New Razors to Find the Closest Shave of Summer 2012

Join me in the shower while I try out some razors.
Publish date:
July 2, 2012
shoppables, shaving, summer, razors

I'm not a big shaver, mainly because hot wax has never done me wrong and I'm impervious to hair removal pain. Seriously, I gave myself a full Brazilian yesterday when I didn't have the time or money for a pro wax and it turned out beautifully. Some of my friends, on the other hand -- especially the blonde ones -- prefer not to rip the hair from their bodies and choose to shave instead.

It's a shave show up in here.

For those who are dedicated to shaving, there's a fresh crop of turbo-charged spaceship razors on the market this summer that you should know about. My favorites marry two drugstore brands in one for a hair removal hybrid even wax-lovers like me will love. Because really, how often does a collabo not lead to something great? Crest plus Scope, Doritos and Taco Bell, Jay-Z and R Kelly. Okay, the last one didn't end so well, but you get the idea. Let's check out these razors already.

Razors in question.

Gillette Fusion Proglide Power,$11: Here we have a 5-blade men's razor with a tiny power button that activates a light oscillating action. Will this lead to a closer shave? Maybe. Does it double as a vibrator? Definitely. A friend who works in men's grooming once warned me about 5-blade razors like this one, claiming they carry a higher risk for infection. Since I've never fallen ill from an extra close shave, I'm going to keep on living dangerously with multi-blade razor heads. This left my legs feeling smooth like plastic.

Gillette Venus & Olay, $9: Two brands I love unite to create a razor that looks like a Fleshlight. YES! This 5-blader features Olay strips designed to eliminate the need for shaving cream (which I rarely use). The head hinges back and forth to allow for easy movement over knees and cavernous underarms -- the spots I always cut shaving.

Schick Quattro for Women Disposables with Skintimate Scented Handles, $9: As far as I know the handles on this razor are scented solely for fun not function. It's a 4-blade disposable that delivers a solid smooth shave. No complaints here.

Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care, $9: While I love the moisturizing solid surrounding this 4-blader, the smell is sort of geriatric. It's also too big for an everything-off bikini shave. Strictly a stay-at-home leg razor.

HONORARY MENTION Noxema Bikini Shavers, $4: Not pictured above and not a new launch, this tiny classic is designed to scale for those who insist on shaving their bits. No hair left behind!

Photos Courtesy of Olivia Hall.

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