We’re here for the “let it grow” body hair movement in all its low-maintenance glory. But we can admit that there are times when you might want the legs to be as soft as a baby dolphin. If you choose to wax, a shaving subscription is a game-changer.
We know what you’re thinking, another one subscription commitment (between Pret and Netflix, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all our releases) but we promise, it’s worth it.
We’ll get into the details later, but as a teaser, it can help make your hair removal regimen more eco-friendly. and save you a few coins in the long run – seriously, what’s better than that?
If you’re ready to try a shaver subscription, we’ve already got a head start and asked our panel of beauty testers to try out the best on the scene, to see which one is worth the commitment.
First, here are all the reasons why you need a shaving subscription in your life…
What are Razor Subscriptions?
Shaver subscriptions are a simple way to make sure everything you need for your hair removal regimen arrives right at your doorstep, when you need it.
Much like a coffee pod service or the delivery of beauty boxes to your mailbox, they allow you to forget about all the little things, so you can focus on the fun stuff.
Shaver subscriptions do what they say on the box and regularly deliver new razor heads and accessories – like shaving gels or foams. They’re fully customizable and let you edit and manage deliveries, so you’ll never have to try to shave with a rusty dull blade *chills* again.
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your razor head, this is for you.
Are razor subscriptions better for the environment?
There’s no denying the impact these little plastic disposable razors have on the environment. Billions end up in landfills every year, making it a huge contributor to our plastic waste problem. Safe to say, Greta wouldn’t be pleased.
The razors you pick up in supermarkets are encased in so much thick plastic that it’s easier to get into the next set of Love Island than to break into the packaging. Subscription services, on the other hand, deliver your kit right to your doorstep in cardboard boxes, without being individually wrapped. Many services also include only recyclable, recycled or compostable packaging materials.
While there’s only one brand on our list that’s completely plastic-free, most razor subscriptions are a great eco-friendly alternative for several reasons. Instead of plastic, most opt for more sturdy and durable materials (like steel), so your razor will last you longer, with minimal waste.
The fact that you cut out the middleman (i.e. your local pharmacy or supermarket) and deal directly with the brand, will save you well-deserved money and help reduce carbon emissions from shipping here, there and everywhere too.
What to Look for When Choosing a Razor Subscription
Shaver subscriptions have become very trendy, so it’s safe to say that there are almost too choice. While we’ve narrowed down our favorites below, here are a few things to keep in mind before signing up:
Supplements: As mentioned, some offer the ability to customize your shave. So if you fancy a candle shave gel to help smooth things out, make sure that’s an option. On the other hand, if you just want to keep things to a minimum and save costs by just buying the blades, check that this is also available.
Features: Sensitive skin? Some specifically address the cause by including blades filled with soothing ingredients (like aloe) to help stave off irritation. If that’s a must for you, we’ve noted which ones come with the option.
Cost: Many will offer a discounter (or in some cases, free) starter kit, but it’s always worth checking what the long-term cost of the subscription is. It also depends on your add-ons and how often you shave, as you might need more blades delivered, if you follow a strict shaving schedule.
How we test
Our panel of 165 testers tested 11 shaver subscription services over eight weeks, to see which offered the best hair removal experience.
They rated how convenient the delivery was, the brand communication, the ease of use of each razor and the design of the product itself, as well as each razor’s ability to tackle unwanted hair.
Best Shaving Subscription Service
Best aesthetic design
Best Plastic Free Service
Ideal for shaving accessories
Shaver starter kit
Best unisex razor
Razor starter pack
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