Shaving Myths Debunked: Does Wet Shaving Cost More Than Cartridge Razor Shaving?

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There is a lot of confusion out there regarding shaving. Every man shaves differently. Some of us use shaving soap, some prefer shaving creams, and some don’t use anything at all (though we don’t recommend the latter). There are also several types of razors – disposable, cartridge, double-edged, straight.

The sheer magnitude of options has given way to popular assumptions and myths. Since we’re here to help you achieve the most satisfying shave possible, we’re starting a series called “Shaving Myths Debunked,” in which we uncover the truth behind everything you’ve heard.

First in the series is a myth we encounter on a very frequent basis – that wet shaving costs more than cartridge razor shaving.


Myth: Wet shaving costs more than shaving with cartridge razors.

Busted: Quite the contrary – wet shaving is far more economical.

Let’s break this down: as of this blog post publication, a 4-Pack of Gillette Fusion Proglide cartridges costs $17.79 on Amazon, or $4.45 per cartridge. Meanwhile, a 5-Pack of double-edged blades from esteemed wet shaving brand Derby costs $1.75, or 35 cents per blade (blade prices vary and decrease if bought in bulk). A blade lasts about a week. Replacing the Derby blades weekly would come out to $18.20 per year.

While Gillette claims its cartridges last for 5 weeks, if you’ve ever shaved with one of these razors, you know comfort levels usually dip around week 2. Replacing a Proglide cartridge every two weeks for a year would cost $115.70, or nearly 6.5 times the cost of using the Lord Precision blades. Even if you replaced your razor cartridge monthly and braved the burn, you would be paying $53.40 per year, which is still about 3 times the cost of the double-edged blades.

Something else to consider:

Double-edged razors are built to last a lifetime – you can find 80-year-old, fully functioning double-edged razors out there.

Because they are so well made, double-edged razors and straight razors are far more eco-friendly than disposable razors or cartridge razors. Just think about how many razors/cartridges you’ll be throwing away in a lifetime (left to accumulate in a landfill) vs. replacing a straight razor or double-edged razor a few times at most.

In the end, you have to make a choice between quantity and quality.

GOT A QUESTION ABOUT SHAVING?

Whether you’re hirsute or clean shaven, we’re here to answer all your grooming questions! Leave your question in the comments below and we will consider it for a future post.

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How to Treat Razor Burn

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Recently we wrote a blog on how to prevent razor burn. But it occurred to us that we should also address how to cure razor burn if you already have it. Because while prevention is key, no technique is 100% foolproof. Thankfully, knowing how to minimize symptoms will save you a lot of pain and annoyance.

Read on for some effective post-shaving skincare tips that calm those unsightly red patches. We’ve included both short-term and long-term fixes.

My skin itches, hurts, and generally looks angry. What should I do?

We’ll be going over 5 methods to treat razor burn:

  • Stop shaving for a while
  • Apply an ice pack
  • Avoid products with alcohol
  • Consider aloe vera, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid
  • Rethink your skincare routine

Fix it:

Stop shaving for a while / Time heals all wounds, at least when shaving is concerned. Put down the razor and let your skin breathe for a few days. Your skin will naturally heal itself. Just remember to use our razor burn prevention tips the next time you shave. During this growing out period keep skin clean by washing your face regularly – this will prevent pores from clogging and aggravating razor burn. Apply an antibiotic to infected sites.

Apply an ice pack / Apply an ice pack or ice cubes to the affected area in thirty-second intervals. The swelling and redness should go down quickly.

Avoid products with alcohol / Pouring alcohol onto skin affected by razor burn is like twisting the knife. Alcohol is an excellent antiseptic, but it seriously dries out skin and can clog pores, leading to more razor burn. Further minimize irritation by avoiding bar soap and anything with fragrance, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Consider aloe vera, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid / ALOE VERA is an analgesic (a painkiller) that fights irritation and swelling while forming a moisturizing barrier that promotes skin healing. Aloe vera contains two hormones, Axim and Gibberellin, that have superior wound healing properties. We recommend applying some aloe vera lotion or gel right after shaving. Because aloe vera is gentle and non-greasy, it’s suitable for both oily and sensitive skin types.

If you tend to break out after you shave, aloe vera’s got you covered there, too – it contains salicylic acid to destroy bacteria that leads to inflammation.

GLYCOLIC ACID is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), a type of acid found in fruit and milk. Glycolic acid exfoliates skin by dissolving the outermost layer of cells to trigger repair. This means razor burn and bumps will heal faster. Glycolic acid regenerates collagen and evens your skin tone.

Used regularly, glycolic acid can enable you to shave daily with minimal irritation.

SALICYLIC ACID is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), a type of acid found in plants. Salicylic acid is similar to glycolic acid in that it removes the top layer of dead skin cells, though it is slightly gentler. Salicylic acid helps break down whiteheads and blackheads, reducing breakouts. This function is especially useful if you shave and have pimples.

Our tips:

  • Use a shaving cream with salicylic acid for a closer shave: these shaving creams tighten the skin and narrow pores to create a barrier between you and pimple-inducing bacteria. Finish with a salicylic acid aftershave to keep skin moisturized and clean.
  • Salicylic acid can be used in conjunction with glycolic acid – start at lower concentrations for both and work your way up as it suits your skin.

Rethink your skincare routine / Moisturized skin is resilient skin, and resilient skin is less likely to react adversely to shaving. Everyone has a different skin type, and how your skin reacts can also vary depending on climate, weather, and age.

We can give you every tip in the book for wet shaving, but none of it will matter if you’re starting off with compromised skin. Skincare is a weak spot for most men, but such a vital part of a quality wet shaving experience. We will cover proper skincare in future posts, so stay tuned!

Product Recommendations:

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SHOP: 1. Lab Series Skincare for Men Razor Burn Relief Ultra, 2. Geo F Trumper Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion, 3. Dreadnought Cooling Moisturizer, 4. C.O. Bigelow Premium Shaving Cream, 5. Ernest Supplies Face Wash, 6. Beardition After Shave.

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Infographic: The Best Beard for Your Face

Well-trimmed facial hair has the power to completely reshape your face. And as you’ll see, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to beards and scruff. Whether you’re interested in growing out your facial hair or need a lifeline for your current overgrown situation, we’re here to help.

Check out Mashable’s infographic below for the best beard for your face shape. And in case you’re looking for some shaving implements, browse our selection here.

The Best Type of Beard for Your Face – An infographic by the team at Mashable

Interview: RazoRock

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RazoRock has the kind of name that immediately provokes curiosity (it sounded like a rock band name to us at first). So of course we set out to get the scoop on this Toronto-based wet shaving brand.

Exclusively on The Grooming Artist, RazoRock founder Joseph Abbatangelo gives us an in-depth look at the brand and how it aims to empower every man with a quality wet shaving experience that doesn’t dent the wallet. Read on for our interview with RazoRock!

Where are you located?

We are based out of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

When and why did you start this business?

The idea for the business originated while we were on vacation in Tuscany, Italy.  We were searching for some alum blocks for my father-in-law, who is a retired Italian Barber.  We eventually found half a dozen of them in a small shop in Lucca, Tuscany, and after using them to great result, we decided to open a small hobby business and start importing these alum blocks to Canada.

Little did we know that five years later, we would be importing almost 2,000 different traditional shaving and toiletry products and have a brand with clients from all around the globe.

How did you come up with the name of your company? 

Our first product was our RazoRock Alum Stick.  It was a “rock” used after the “razor,” so “RazoRock” made logical sense.  Back then, we didn’t realize we would eventually be selling shaving soaps, aftershave splash, pre shaves, razors, deodorants, and more!

What inspires you?

I love wet shaving, I love great fragrance, and most of all, I LOVE ITALY.  My job allows me to travel to a place I love and to create products I’m personally passionate about.

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What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The accomplishment I’m most proud of is being able to offer super high quality products at value prices that any man can afford.  It’s very easy to make a great $50 shaving soap; it’s not so easy to make a great shaving soap and sell it for $7.99.  Every man deserves a high-quality shave, regarding of class, status, or pay grade.  Looking great is an important part of feeling great!

What do you believe makes a quality product?

In the wet shaving and toiletry segment a quality product (in my opinion) requires the following… a) High quality and natural ingredients; b) Packaging that is beautiful and user friendly; and c) Performance that delivers beyond the client’s expectations.

What is one RazoRock product every man should own and why?

That’s a tough question because we put our passion into all our products.  If I was pressed to pick one, it would be our Italian Shaving Soaps.  I believe the quality of our Italian Shaving Soaps is right there with the best shaving soaps in the world, and when you combine that with their affordable prices, it really makes them a no-brainer.  Not a day goes by where I don’t get an email or a Facebook message from a client who thanks me for the value of our Shaving Soaps.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

If you are going to pursue a business, you better find something you absolutely love and are passionate about because entrepreneurship isn’t just a job. If you do it successfully, it becomes your life, so be prepared to work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you aren’t prepared to dedicate your entire life to your business, don’t waste your time, because your competition will eat you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What do you have coming from RazoRock in the near future?

We just launched a new razor called the RazoRock “Baby Smooth,” a double edge safety razor that is built for men with sensitive skin.  The razor is CNC machined out of solid aluminum in Canada, and will offer a price point that is going to shake up the market.

Where can readers find out more about your company?

The best place to find out more about our company and our products is through our social media platforms (below) and also our vendor thread on the internet forum Badger and Blade.

Website: RazoRock.com

Facebook: RazoRock

Instagram: @RazoRock

Twitter: @razorockjoe

Shop for RazoRock products at RoyalShave.

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