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Dr Carver’s Magnamimous Post Shave

I’ve been writing enough about depressing lung disease stuff, it’s time to switch gears a bit.  For the past couple months I’ve been trying out Dollar Shave Club’s newest product – Dr Carver’s Magnamimous Post Shave.  I’m sometimes asked why I like the Dollar Shave Club so much when I have a full beard; I shave my head on a regular basis, not so much my face.  Along with it comes dry skin all winter and the need for daily sunscreen the rest of the year to keep the skin cancer away.

Dr Carver's Post Shave

Dr Carver’s Post Shave

Moisturizing your scalp can be difficult because many standard moisturizers have the potential to clog your pores and trust me dude, you do not want ingrown hairs and acne on your chrome dome.  I usually buy non comedogenic moisturizer which is generally for your face.  The stuff is a bit more expensive, but it works.  I had been wishing Dollar Shave Club had something I could just add to my order, similar to their Dr Carver’s Shave Butter.  Lo and behold, a month or so after my pining I received notification of their new item for sale.

The post shave comes in a 3.4 oz bottle and can be added to any order for $9.  As usual, shipping and handling is included.  The moisturizer is a semi-thick, white, paste that is easily absorbed into your skin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy.  I haven’t done any scientific experiments, but I feel like it pairs really well with the shave butter.

Dr Carver's Magnanimous Post Shave

Dr Carver’s Magnanimous Post Shave

At first I was a little concerned about the price and bottle size, but it’s going to last me a very long time with the amount I use on a daily basis.  At the moment I’m only on my 2nd bottle of shave butter with the first one lasting me about six months.  As usual, I am more than satisfied with the Dollar Shave Club and whole-heartedly endorse their shaving products…and if you’re interested in using my referral link I can get a little kickback on my next order.

Dollar Shave Club Weeks 2 and 3

In my first week of trying out the Dollar Shave Club I shaved my head every 3rd day and around my full beard every day.  I shaved off most of my beard into just a goatee for Week 2 and in Week 3 I waited five days before shaving.  I’m still experiencing great shaves with The 4X and have yet to see the blade cartridge become clogged.  My replacement cartridges should be arriving soon and I’m still a satisfied customer.  The Shave Butter continues to be a major bonus when maintaining my beard.  There’s just something awesome about being able to see exactly what I’m trimming and shaping on my face.  The six ounce tube should last me at least a couple more months.

The only other thoughts I have on the razor system is the release lever/button to release the razor cartridge isn’t always easy to engage, especially if my thumb is wet.  I like the cartridge being firmly attached, but last time I swapped them out I had to try three times before I detached the old one.

Dollar Shave Club – Week 1

Last week I told you all about the Dollar Shave Club, and I must admit I was a little impressed.  I’m not entirely sure if that’s due to expectation levels vs experience or just because it’s a good product.  I wanted to come back after a week of shaving and let you all know how I’m feeling about it.

The 4X Razor

The Club’s four-blade razor has been working out well for me.  I’d say it works just as well as any other four-blade, with the exception that I’ve had zero problems with clogging.  I think this is probably the most common problem I’ve had in my years of shaving that can really lead to a bad shave experience.

My biggest concern with the razor is how it would perform shaving my head.  It’s done wonderfully well.  I decided to go for haircuts every three days.  So that equated to three shaves: last Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.  Essentially one swipe of the razor was all I needed to clear a swath of stubble.  My common mistake, because I’m cheap, is to continue using a razor well past its prime.  So while I didn’t think I needed to swap out the razor cartridge today, I did it anyway.

The Shave Butter

I’m so glad I decided to give the Club’s shaving cream solution.  At first using the translucent product was a little weird, but I quickly figured it out.  I’m used to using large amount of shaving cream that never quite does the job.  I’ve thought about trying out The 4X without the Shave Butter, but that just sounds silly.  If for some reason I quit using their razors, I think I’d still want to use the Shave Butter.

Other Thoughts

  • With all the razor cartridges I’m going to be going through, I wish there was a way to easily recycle them.
  • I miss having a holder thing to snap the razor into like what I have had with every other commercial razor I’ve bought.  If I happen to leave the razor lying blades-down on the counter after a shave, the lubricating strips will get stuck to the counter.

Since I discovered The Dollar Shave Club, I’ve found similar services on the web, although most of them exist not in the US.  I did come across a pseudo-subscription service that’s more high end called Harry’s.  They’re more about a brand/product than just providing a cheap shaving solution.  They offer high-end razor handles named after Winston Churchill and Harry Truman paired with German engineered razors.

If you’re interested in trying out the Dollar Shave Club, please consider using this link.  I’ll get a few bucks towards my next razor purchase.

Dollar Shave Club

A while back I came across a video about some guy selling razor blades.  I got a good laugh and forgot about it until last Monday when I saw an ad on Facebook.

Pretty awesome, right?  I’m almost as good at tennis as he is.  Of course I had to check things out.  I started clicking through everything on their site to see exactly what their deal is.  Afterward I checked Google to see what everyone else was saying about it.  Here’s the short and skinny.

Razorblades come in three varieties:

  • Humble twin – this 2 blade razor is your most basic option for $1/month + shipping and handling.  Some people just like to torture themselves and I haven’t even used a 2 blade razor since last century.  You receive 5 of these blade cartridges per order with a basic handle on first shipment.
  • The 4x – I decided to try out this option at $6/month (shipping and handling included).  I’ve been using the Schick Quattro with titanium blades for years now.  It’s not bad, but there’s always room for improvement.  You receive four of these blade cartridges per order with an upgraded metal handle.
  • The Executive – here’s the cream of the crop with six blades for $9/month (shipping and handling included).  There are extra bells and whistles on this such as a trimmer and slightly nicer handle.  You receive four of these blade cartridges per order with a premium handle.

Shipping:

You will receive one shipment per month unless you opt to receive shipments every other month.  There is also no lock-in or contract so you can cancel at any time.  After receiving your first shipment, your next shipment will go out one, or two, months later.

My first shipment

My first shipment

Other products:

Shave Butter is their premium shaving cream that’s not a cream.  I added one to my first order and am so far pleased with it.  The shave butter comes out looking sort of like vaseline meaning it’s translucent and you can actually see what you’re shaving.  I can’t count how many times I’ve been trying to shape my current beard configuration and have messed up because I can’t see what I’m doing.  Shave Butter can be added to your order for $8, but will not automatically ship every month.

One Wipe Charlies.  Yes, they have fancy, flushable butt wipes for men.  I don’t see myself trying this one anytime soon, but I’m sure one of you reading this can’t wait to get your package of 40 durable 5″ x 7″ sheets.  One Wipe Charlies can be added to your order for $4, but will not automatically ship every month.

Extra Razor Handles – You receive your first handle free and can order a second handle but will have to pay for it.  If you upgrade or downgrade, a new handle will be sent to you.

Reviews:

While googling and googling this service I came across many reviews and recommendations lauding the awesomeness of the Dollar Shave Club with negative reviews sprinkled here and there.  It was nice to see the diversification because any product worth considering should have a good population of people willing to share their thoughts/experiences as well as people who love it and hate it.  We all know everyone will never be happy so if you have an entire population loving or hating something, you better check into it more.

  • Some reviewers just hated the $1 razor and handle, and I’m not surprised.  I can’t shave my head with a disposable razor so why would I purchase a $1 safety razor to do the same job?
  • Some reviewers have pointed out you can buy these razors directly from the manufacturer for less money, however, the manufacturer charges you shipping and handling which pretty much negates the savings.  You would also miss out on the awesome advertising, packaging and not having to remember to re-order on a regular basis.
  • Some reviewers say the razors clog too easily, don’t offer a “good shave” or irritate their skin.  These are all great observations, but there’s very also subjective and hard to measure.  I have no idea how they’re shaving, what their skin type is, how much stubble they’re attempting to remove, how old the razor is, etc, etc, etc.  You basically have to try this stuff for yourself and see what happens.

My Experience:

I received my first shipment Friday and shaved my head Saturday, this morning.  I applied a thin layer of Shave Butter onto my scalp and gave it a whirl.  I was a little worried about a “dry-shave” feeling since my standard operating procedure is to apply a hefty amount of Gillette Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream.  It actually felt great and the razor didn’t clog at all.  My last head-shave had been three days prior which is about the perfect time for a touch-up.  A few days later and the hair is almost too long to easily shave.  I often use my Quattro razors much longer than I should because I can’t afford to buy them as often as I’d like which results in less than awesome shaves.  I’m hoping to shave my head every 2-3 days with The 4X.

Shave butter, The 4X razor handle and four cartridges

Shave butter, The 4X razor handle and four cartridges

The one thing that was awkward was getting used to the angle of the razor cartridge on the handle.  It’s more like a Gillette Mach 3 which is a different angle than the Schick Quattro.  That was easy enough to get over though.  I’m very interested to see how long the blades continue working for me.  I always have some sort of facial hair going on and am rocking a full beard at the moment.  My face is pretty hardy and isn’t really phased by a “bad shave.”  My scalp on the other hand is an entirely different matter.  I was able to shave my head in several minutes with no irritation and when getting directly into a hot shower, I had no “stinging patches” on my head which often happens with other razors.  I’m going to continue to see how DollarShaveClub works out and will update later on how things are going.

I placed my Schick Quattro next to The 4X

I placed my Schick Quattro next to The 4X

How do I order?

So this link here will take you straight to the DollarShaveClub’s site where you can check things out and think about giving it a try.  I’m going to just fess up and say it’s a referral link.  If you use my link and sign up, I’ll get a few bucks credit on the site and you’ll be empowering me to continue having an awesome shaved head.  If you’ve tried this service, are using it or think you’ll start – I’d love to hear your comments.