Let’s be real – there are tons of razors out there for men. But when it comes to women’s razors, you have the Gillette Venus series, the Wilkinsons Quattro and then.. well, not a whole lot else out there. However, this was before Friction Free Shaving became a thing. With the tons of shaving clubs popping up all over the place, it was only a matter of time before someone started a women’s shaving subscription service.
Friction Free Shaving is intended to be a higher quality razor, so those who are fed up of shaving with disposables will rejoice. So, I tried it out for a month, and here’s how I found the razor overall.
Friction Free Shaving Review
In short, the Friction Free shaving set is nothing revolutionary. It’s quite similar to many other cartridge razors out there, and it doesn’t do much to separate itself from the rest of them. But to be fair, there’s only so much you can do with a razor.
And actually, there are a few things that stand out that will probably make some people like the monthly subscription service. The rose gold handle of the razor itself is of a solid build and decent quality, much better than you’ll find with disposable razors. The free engraving is a nice touch, and I think many of us are looking for cruelty free products and a blade recycling scheme – FFS offer both of these.
So although they may have a slight extra cost than the cheapest razors, you may want to check them out. Here’s how I go along with their trial set.
I ordered the Friction Free Shaving trial set at the start of the week, and it came just a few days later. It came in a nice, recyclable box and include the razor handle, the blades, a razor cover and a small booklet with some more information about the company.
The handle that I ordered is of a nice rose gold colour, much nicer than all of the other cheap razors that I have in my drawer at home. It comes with a razor cover that you can use to protect the blades, too.
As you can see, you can also get the handle of the razor engraved too. This isn’t essential, but it’s a nice added touch.
The handle is quite a nice ergonomic shape, and it fits into the palm of your hand pretty easily. It’s very easy to detach and attach new cartridges as and when you need to.
The razor that I ordered uses a quite thin 6 blade design, similar to that of the Dollar Shave Club razor, the Executive. Although this is much thinner, which I think helps to give it a smoother shave, as well as being able to access some areas easier than you would with a larger razor, too (like the ‘stache).
The razor has a thin alum strip across the top of it, like most razors do. This is to help maintain an irrititant free experience. It really does give a good quality of shave, so if you’re tired of using cheap-y disposables, then it might be worth trying this model out and seeing if you get on any better with it.
As well as the standard razor itself, you can order a variety of different shaving products to use with your razor. They have a variety of nice wax strips and deodorants that you can try, however the only thing that I got my hands on to use with this razor is the shaving cream.
I found the shaving cream to be pretty good – I’m not going to lie and say it was a million times better than any other that I’ve used, as it’s pretty similar to my regular shaving cream. However, it definitely helped to get the job done.
One of the main criticisms of cartridge shaving is that it’s not good for the environment. Most people don’t recycle their cartridges, and they just end up throwing them in the bin. This accounts for a lot of wasted material, and don’t even get me started with the unnecessary amounts of plastic some companies use to cover their products.
However, it’s pretty clear to see from the Friction Free Shaving website that the company are aware of their products and their environmental efforts seem to be much higher than most other shaving companies out there. You can see this just from the packaging that the razor comes in, which is completely made out of cardboard.
It goes on to explain that you can very easily recycle your cartridge with Friction Free Shaving. All you need to do is save your cartridges up, and you can send them back in the packaging that they came in. Every brand should be doing this and being vocal about it, so kudos to Friction Free Shaving for making it a major part of their branding.
As well as this, the manual also goes on to mention efforts against animal testing products (they’re a verified cruelty-free and vegan brand). So if a company that actually has a moral compass is something you can get behind, then maybe Friction Free Shaving would be a good choice for you. If you’re interested in checking out how they fared against other brands, check out the guide of razors for women.
All in all, I found the shave that the Friction Free Shaving razor gives to be about the same quality as the Pace 6 razor that the Dollar Shave Club use – 6 blades is perfect for those who grow thicker hair on their legs. The handle is of a decent quality, and the engraving is a nice added touch. They’re also a good company to support for environmental reasons too, so it’s a no brainer to sign up to their trial razor and see how you get on.