August 25, 2015

{review} oui shave ‘carrie 14k gold’ razor set

oui shave review by life in blush

There’s no question that it’s expensive to be a women.

And time consuming when it comes to our beauty rituals.

We women on average spend about 72 days of our lifetime getting rid of unwanted hair in a number of creative ways and spend approximately $10,000 to do so.

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Ugh I wish I was.

The quest for smooth, hair-free skin dates back to ancient Egypt and in the Roman Empire days a lack of hair was seen as a sign of class. Even pubic hair was considered uncivilized which is why famous statues and paintings of Grecian women are depicted hairless.

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Gillette created the first razor targeted to women in 1915 and every decade after saw a new method of hair removal from waxing to electrolysis and lasering enter the scene.

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We also saw women overpaying for the same product as men. Just compare Gillette’s Venus and Mach 3 raozrs and you’ll see what I mean.

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Oui Shave, founded by Karen Young, aims at teaching women the art of a better, smarter shave. We don’t need 3 blades, 5 blades, or good god a vibrating razor that just ends up giving us ingrown hairs and irritated skin.

I reject that.

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One blade and a basic understanding of how to shave without traumatizing your skin is all you need.

Sarita Rosenhaus Coren of Edible Facial surprised me one day with the Carrie 14K Gold Razor Set which included: 1 Carrie razor, a 2oz bottle of neroli shave oil, and 4 double edge razor blades.

Carrie features a 3″ handle that is a perfect fit for women 5’7″ and under, as the shorter handle fits well in the palm. Like her namesake, she’s petite and glam, coated in 14k gold. Best for: sensitive skin, prone to ingrown hairs and irritation

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I must admit though when I received it part of me secretly wanted to only like it and not love it like Sarita did.

Why? Because the set cost $75.

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I know right?

I had the same sticker shock reaction most of you probably had when you read that, but once I learned how I, like most women, were spending on average $189 on shaving products per year I did the math on what Oui Shave was selling.

Up front cost ($75) plus 10 replacement blades ($11) equals $86

Lets say a blade lasts you 3 weeks, then the upfront cost for 14 blades will last you 42 weeks. And depending on how often you shave you could extend this longer and get a full year out of it.

$86 versus $189?

Plus the following year you’ll only be shelling out approximately $22 ($11 x 2 for 20 blades) based on the usage math above.

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Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

You will also have to factor in the cost of the shave oil on top of that ($16), but a little bit of Oui Shave oil really does go a long way. Or if your budget is tight you can simply pick up a big bottle of almond or jojoba oil at a health store.

And trust me those bad boys last a long, long time.

But just don’t get commercial shaving creams.

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With one blade, exfoliated legs, and a bit of shaving oil here’s how you’ll get a closer, smother shave with Oui Shave that will keep your skin in mint condition.

  • Ingrown hairs are caused by the hair being pulled up by the first blade, with the remaining blades cutting so that the hair dives below the skin
  • The blades are made in Germany and their manufacturer has a long history of crafting some of the very best razors (conventional razors are most often poorly made with cheap blades)
  • According to Karen, the straight razor is unique in that the combination of the razor, blade, weight, and angle play a role in giving you the best shave. It has the ability to shave coarse and fine hair with the same great results
  • The shave oil is designed to create a barrier between the blade and skin, but also to soak in and serve as a treatment, by toning and hydrating after shaving (I tried Neroli Jasmine which has a distinct floral / orange blossom scent and is chalk full of  vitamins A and C to tone the skin while Omegas 3, 6, and 9 revive it.)

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It took me a little while to get used to the weight of the razor and understand that you didn’t need to scrape it against your skin, like most other razors, but that a light touch was all you needed to get those silky soft legs.

And now that I’ve switched over I can’t switch back.

My legs feel so smooth post shave that I just want everyone to look at them and admire.

(Look at mah legs. LOOK AT THEM!)

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I probably wouldn’t have tried it had Sarita not gifted it to me, due to the initial investment, but now that I know I need to pass this wisdom on to you!

Put it on your wish list, treat yourself for making it through a hard day at work, or for just waking up in the morning feeling happy, but this is one product I can 100% say it’s worth buying.

Plus in the long run you’ll actually save tons of cash which I for one feel pretty financially smart about.

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  • How easy is it to change the blades?

  • Nic Gustafsson

    Considering I just put down $170 on a Kypris serum this set sounds like a steal to me! Will definitely be looking into getting this at some point, especially after Sarita’s love for it and now yours. Naturally I’d go for Carrie 🙂 xx

    • Not gonna lie sometimes I break out into nervous sweats as I’m passing over my credit card for green beauty items that are north of $100 haha. I hope you get to try the Carrie one day, if you do be sure to let me know what you think! xo

  • I’m horrible at maths so thanks for that, clearly convinced me! Now I’m wondering if my husband would like this, she shaves his head…

    • I always break the cost of items down into cost-per-use… which makes it seem much more financially logical haha