Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Man's Search for Happiness...


That search has got nothing on me...  I've been searching for years - happiness I think I've found (at least for brief stretches when I can hold on to it) but the thing I'm still searching for is a decent RAZOR!  Why on earth is this so difficult?  It probably has something to do with the fact that until recently I was content to use the same disposable pink (sometimes orangish) razors that I've been  using since I was 13 years old and was finally allowed to shave my legs.

Side Note:  Why on earth was that such a treat?  Razor burn, nicks, stubble...  I think I'd gladly wait until marriage if I had it to do over again!

A few months ago I decided that at the ripe old age of 36 I was finally old enough to have a real razor... you know the type - the handle is not meant to be thrown out but the blades are to be replaced every once in awhile (no, I don't know how often... I just replace it when it no longer cuts)  

The problem with this razor is the noise...  there's a little squeaky noise that it makes as it glides across my skin... no amount of lathery soap or shaving cream seems to completely silence it and ManOfTheHouse gets a good laugh at the abandoned puppy sounds coming from the shower.  Not to mention that if I want a really close shave I need to shave, let in enough cold air to give myself a good chill, and then shave again.  This is a technique I've been practicing since the good old days which I completely blame on some boys which were friends but were NOT boyfriends...  each time we'd go somewhere and hang out together they'd manage to pass judgment on whether or not the girls had shaved sufficiently well...   No worries, there was nothing "weird" about this - I learned to wear jeans no matter how hot it was and I was known to purposely avoid shaving if I knew we'd be around them...  why do I even remember this?  

But seriously - before my "stream of consciousness" writing becomes embarrassing - I could really use a good razor...  one that doesn't squeak and one that doesn't require a chilly break in my otherwise warm and wonderful shower...  any suggestions?

14 comments:

lori said...

I've been using the gillette fusion....the one with 5 blades, there is a version out there for women, but my husband got a free one in the mail, so we had 2. The blades are expensive, but last for a while and I've never experienced any squeeks. Good Luck!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks shaving is for the birds. I use the Venus--don't know who makes it and am too lazy to look. It doesn't squeak and it leaves behind a heavenly streak of stainy lotion. Yum!

Eudea-Mamia said...

I go with the Gillete as well - also because it fell upon my doorstep. So far, so good. And it's the "male" version. Whatever the Marketing guys mean by that.

This image gave me the willys "let in enough cold air to give myself a good chill, and then shave again" - isn't that shaving goose bumps? OUCH!

Chelsi said...

Wow! Those folks at Gilette know what they're doing. I also use the Gilette Fusion because it came free in the mail. And, I remember seeing in consumer reports that the men's versions of a razor were always rated higher than the women's. So, there you have it!

Barbaloot said...

I use a Venus one that has some sort of lotion thing around it. It's kinda expensive, and I don't replace it as often as it would like me to do so...but for the first few shaves, it works really well and automatically lotions your skin for you which is nice.

just the five of us said...

I just threw out the Venus with the vibrating blades. A vibrator for my legs...well, I just didn't notice any difference as far as clean shave. I have switched to Bic Soleil. It has 3 blades and it works great. (The fact is, I really don't shave my thighs in the winter)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I'm totally going to disagree with JUST THE FIVE OF US, but then I've never tried the one that she switched to...because I LOVE my Venus Vibration Razor...I don't usually have it vibrate ALL THE time...but the razor is superb and it handles nicely in my palm! :)

Sher said...

I'd be the wrong one to ask. I can use pretty much any cheap razor and be fine. I even seem to get less cuts if they are dull. My girls started complaining about the cheap razors and so I got some more expensive three blade things that they think are much better. I've tried them and I still can't tell the difference.

Melissa said...

How do you not cut the goose bumps off? Just wondering.

Anyway, my husband and I both use the Mach 5 (Ithink that's the number) and we love it.

T said...

as long as you let the goose bumps settle a little bit, you're really just trimming the hair again... no worries - it's an art I've been perfecting for a long time :)

The Sports Mama said...

Wait.... you're supposed to shave after you get married?!?!?!

cold cocoa said...

I don't know if I'm comfortable discussing this.
I have never used any sort of vibrating-electric razor but I have some gillette venus or similar and got refills on ebay (for a whole year's worth plus) for cheap. Anyone ever try wax? Now that's what I'm curious about!

LC said...

I was sure glad when I got a Venus in my stocking a few years ago (I couldn't buy one myself.)I went from getting lots of nicks to almost never.
I'll stick with shaving over wax unless I was a swimsuit model.

T said...

wax? that sounds immensely painful to me...

thanks for all the input :) and shaving my thighs? umm... yeah, that hardly happens even in summer... I just want nice smooth calves ;)