You get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed and give yourself a quick shave before rushing out the door to work.
You use a cartridge razor because they are seemingly cheap and get the job done in less time. And in the morning when you’re rushing out the door, you need all the extra time you can get.
Shaving is just a part of your daily routine. You don’t really think about it, you just do it.
And when it’s time to purchase new razors, you don’t really think about that either—you just buy what you need.
However, if you were to add up what you spend on a weekly or monthly basis on shaving cream and cartridge razors, we are willing to bet you will be surprised at how much you spend in a month, and even in a year!
Believe it or not, you can save hundreds of dollars each year simply by adopting a new shaving technique.
If you have been following the wet shaving blog, you would know we are big advocates of traditional shave techniques. Read on to learn these top three tips for saving money on shaving.
1. Wet Shaving. There are a number of myths surrounding wet shaving. Many men believe that it is an old-fashioned, outdated form of shaving, and it can lead to more dangerous and painful nicks and cuts.
However, the truth is wet shaving is actually safer than using a traditional cartridge, and its accessories are cheaper over time. And the best part? Wet shaving reduces the risks for that painful and literally irritating razor burn.
Here’s a glimpse of the costs associated with wet shaving:
- A good safety razor = $30 (give or take)
- Five razor blades = $2-3
- A wet shaving brush = $25
- Shaving cream = $10-$15
TOTAL = $75-$100
So, how does wet shaving save you money? Now take a look at what cartridge razors cost. A package of four Gillette Fusion replacement cartridges costs approximately $15 to $30. Add this up over time, and you will easily see that wet shaving is a better investment—and more cost efficient—over the long term.
2. Shaving Cream. Yes, canned shaving cream is dirt cheap, priced at approximately $1-$3 per can. However, for a few extra dollars, you can purchase tubed shaving cream, which is better for your face—and the environment.
For example, Cremo Shaving Cream is priced at only $5-$6 a tube, and it ensures a better shave. This is because tubed shaving cream doesn’t mat to the face and hair the way that canned shaving cream does. Tubed shaving cream also doesn’t dry out your face, leaving it itchy and irritated.
So, over time you save money—and your face—by switching to a tubed shaving cream.
3. Shaving Soap. If you want to ditch the canned shaving cream, but you don’t want to pay more for tubed shaving cream, then shaving soap is another effective and cost-efficient option. For example, Williams Shaving Soap is one of the oldest and cheapest brands available. You can purchase a box for only $1-$2.
According to customer reviews, it’s not the greatest product in the world, but many enjoy using it. Shaving soap is also better for your face than canned shaving cream. This is because shaving soap is often rich with naturally-based ingredients, which nourish and moisturize your face rather than drying it out.
A Cheaper—and Better—Shave
So, there you have it. If you are trying to save money, and are looking for creative ways in which to do so, take a look at your own daily habits. One easy way to save money is simply by adopting the wet shaving technique, which can save you hundreds of dollars every year on shaving cartridges.
Of course this will require some money upfront, it will eventually pay for itself in 2-3 years. And, you’re giving yourself a better shave. What could be better than that?