When we stayed in Toronto for the P&G Mom event, each #PGmom received a gift basket in her room full of every P&G toiletry product we could possible use while there overnight. Everything from Secret deodorant to a new Oral B-toothbrush and Crest toothpaste. And that’s when I met my new best friend, the Venus & Olay Razor.
I had long ago decided that selling separate razors for women and men was some ridiculous marketing ploy, dreamt up by the same goofballs who decided we need pink Lego for girls and pens “made just for her”. I’ve been using “guy” razors for years now. It started when hubby’s parents gave him a fancy Braun electric shaver. There was a stock pile of “guy” razors left on hand, and rather then go out and buy new “girl” razors I decided to use them up. And they were fine. Heck they were interchangeable. I remember at one point figuring out that I could swap them onto either handle. So for years now I’ve used whatever was cheaper, whatever was on sale, or whatever showed up for free in those nifty Procter & Gamble brandSAMPLER packs.
But here I was staying overnight in Toronto, with this lovely giftbaket full of P&G goodies in front of me, including this Venus & Olay Razor. I decided to open it up and give it a try, and I was shocked to discover that maybe not all razors are made the same.
I swear whoever made the Venus & Olay Razor actually sat down and thought about the difference between shaving a face and shaving legs. And they made a girl razor. An honest to goodness razor that is made for women, not because it’s lilac coloured, or has scented cream strips attached, but because it was designed to shave where a woman shaves. I was really impressed with the way it pivoted. With the way it fit to the contours of my legs and my underarms as I was shaving.
The next day I had a chance to speak to some P&G reps about various products on display. I watched the look of horror and confusion on their faces as I tried to explain how I usually use “guy” razors. I mentioned how much I liked the new Venus & Olay razor, and they pointed out a very cool feature that I had used without really noticing. The wacky handle shape, with the big thumbprint at the end, was specifically designed so that you would have the same leverage, the same pressure applied, when holding it from various odd angles, like when you’re trying to shave the backs of your legs. I thought, wow, that is truly brilliant.
I also liked the Olay moisture bars. Usually I find that the moisture strips work the first shave with a new razor, and after that they tend not to really make that much of a difference. With the Venus & Olay razor, this isn’t a tiny little strip that only foams up once. It’s a thick bar that slides onto your skin, leaving a lather behind. The moisture bars seemed flimsy, I thought they were going to fall off while I was using the razor, but several uses later they are still going strong. What I first interpreted as as flaw is actually all part of the design, they seem loose because they pivot to fit the contour of your legs.
And one other small stroke of brilliance. The package included a suction cup shower hook, for storing the razor. Which is a far far better solution then my usual game plan of carefully balancing the handle on top of my shampoo bottle.
All in all, I was impressed. I was impressed enough I felt compelled to write a post about a razor blade, because I thought you should all know how much it rocks.
Disclosure: I am a P&G Mom, and as such I receive various P&G products to test out, such as this fantastic Venus & Olay Razor.