The world of mens toiletries is a strange one; simply looking after your skin and hair never seems to be enough and instead products are marketed to “protect your face from the elements” or “put up with the toughest environments”. But what if you want to look after your skin and don’t need it to deflect bullets or withstand sandblasting? Well luckily the trend of using good, sometimes old fashioned, products that actually work is growing and along with it has come a return to traditional wet shaving.
Razorun is a monthly subscription box much like Glossybox or Birchbox but the focus is on shaving products and face care. The monthly subscription is £25 and for that you get a nice solid box containing various shaving related items. Each month comes with at least 1 sample pack of blades so you can find your favourites to purchase in the future. It’s a nice touch that saves you buying sample packs and means you get to start off with something milder before moving on to more aggressive blades as you become more experienced.
In your first box you receive all the essentials required for a good wet shave. In my box I received a razor (used to hold a blade, this is the main tool you need for wet shaving), a selection of blades, a face towel, shaving soap, a shave brush and some alum matchsticks (these are used to heal nicks and cuts you may get while shaving). Everything you receive in the box is of good quality and the alum matchsticks might come in useful if this is your first foray into the world of wet shaving! There is also a nice little guide to wet shaving for first timers and believe me it comes in useful.
Subsequent boxes contain a variety of items and from the 2nd box onwards you will receive some form of scent be it an aftershave, shave oil or something completely unexpected.
In the first 3 months of receiving my boxes I’ve been sent some interesting and quirky items that I’d never have considered before; the Morgan’s Daily Moisturiser was a particular highlight as the fresh mint scent really wakes me up in the morning! I’ve been sent a mixture of shaving soap, oil and cream so far which means I’ve had a chance to try each form of lubrication out, my favourite being the Lemon & Lime Shaving Cream from Taylors of OId Bond Street. I also used Shaving Soap by The Handmade Soap Company for around 4 weeks as I enjoyed the scent so much. None of the soaps or creams have caused any issues with my skin and any shaving irritation has been kept to a minimum.
True to their promise the Razorun team have sent a new scent in each box since the 2nd one and these have always been pleasant without being boring or generic.
The blades I’ve received so far have varied between softer, less harsh blades and full on aggressive metal. If you’re coming from cartridge shaving you may recognise some of the brands here. Gillette and Wilkinson Sword manufacture blades for safety razors but make no mistake; these are miles ahead of their cartridge products in terms of performance, durability and cost. My favourites so far have to be the Gillette 7 O’Clocks pictured above as they cut without any drag and aren’t so aggressive that they irritate sensitive skin.
If anyone out there is curious about wet shaving with a safety razor or is fed up with paying crazy amounts for cartridge blades I’d definitely recommend Razorun to you as an easy way of getting started. It’s cheaper than most of the starter kits out there and the range of products you receive each month is always interesting. Getting started with a safety razor can be quite a daunting experience but once you’ve tried it you’ll never want to use anything else. It not only saves you money but also feels like more of a special occasion, something to look forward to rather than dreading! Who needs 4 blades when you can get a closer, more comfortable shave with 1?
£25 monthly subscription