I asked amazon.com's VINE program to send me to use and review a free three pack of its HYDRO FIVE DISPOSABLE RAZORS. After an initial problem or two flowing from lack of information provided by manufacturer SCHICK, I then had three shaving experiences so enjoyable that I have ordered both some disposable and non-disposable ones.
If you go to the amazon.com web site you should find by now at least twenty independent reviews by new or recent users. My review adds little special to any of them. Except this: I blame Schick for not giving me any enclosed instructions about either five blades or moisture-released HYDRATING GELS. This caused me to make an initial mistake that resulted in yelps, ouches and a cut. I then guessed that hydrating gels were not REPEAT not meant to be used in conjunction with my traditional shaving soap, lathering bowl and shaving brush. Too much of a good thing meant that a weird-looking grey slime oozed down my lathered face as I shaved and the combination of gel and soap seemed to clog up the five metal blades making for painful, irregular strokes.
Eventually I found by googling the manufacturer's site at
and quickly educated myself about a new world of HYDRATING GELS and more.
I have now used the same disposable HYDRO FIVE four times and the last three experiences have been pleasant. The hydrating gel contains aloe. I can feel the gel being released as I shave. And the gel continues to soothe when all the work is done.
The five blades are wide. The plastic handle is sturdy and comfortable. My guess is that with proper usage one throwaway set of five will last a week before running out of hydrating gel. The disposables seem ideal for a trip I am about to take to Texas. But the standard non-throwaway with replacement blades sounds right for regular daily use at home and lest wasteful.
If this SCHICK razor continues to work well for me, then its bottom line will be that it shortens the time to prepare the face for shaving and saves the cost of shaving soap, shaving mug and shaving brush. What is not to like?
Prices no doubt vary according to outlet. But figure on +/- $3.00 for one of the three disposable razors that are sold in a set. Surprisingly inexpensive, I think, for what you get.
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(Thomas) Patrick Killough (qigongbear)
I am a retired American diplomat. Married for 47 years. My wife Mary (PhD in German and Linguistics) and I have two sons, six grandsons and two granddaughters. Our home is Highland Farms Retirement Community … more