Ah shaving, the one thing that can ruin even the best of showers. I’ve never liked shaving, it’s annoying, tedious and genuinely just a pain (and I’m not even talking about cutting yourself). So why shave? It’s so much easier to just let the hair grow out or hell, there’s a bunch of different options for hair removal, I could just stop whining and do one of those. Regarding all the alternative methods of hair removal, I’m even less of a fan than shaving. Laser is so expensive, depilatories are super rough on the skin and I don’t hate shaving enough to deal with the whole process of sugaring or waxing. So I shave.
I started shaving as I think most girls do, with those tiny, absolutely horrid, pink plastic razors. I cut myself so many times the first few attempts, to the point that the bottom of the shower vaguely resembled a murder scene. But the pints of blood and general pain didn’t phase (well, the blood phased me a little) because I was so excited to be shaving. It felt like a rite of passage, and I felt one step closer to being an adult — why kids lust after being an adult, I’ll never understand now but as a twelve-year-old, it was all I wanted.
I slowly moved up the shaving ranks, switching from the pink razors to ones with more blades and a little more pizazz. Soap became shaving cream and the amount of blood drawn decreased exponentially. A routine was formed and it stayed the same for about six years. One of the biggest pitfalls about shaving other than the general effort that it requires was the price I was paying for razors. Some packs were $15 or more and because I was a broke teen who didn’t really want to be spending their money on razor blades, I didn’t change out my razor heads as often as I should have. Because of that, I suffered a lot of I grown hairs, razor burns and began to nick myself more and more with the blades.
I thought I was just going to have to suck it up and pay for razor more often until I came across an Instagram ad for a razor brand: Billie. They were claiming to sell a razor subscription service that started at $9 for a razor. Now I know $9 from $15 doesn’t sound like a lot but by this time I had started college and was like that broke college lifestyle and having an extra $6 to spend on coffee sounded like a damn good deal to me. To be honest, though, $6 will really only buy one cup of coffee in my fancy-ass coffee town but hey, that was one more cup of caffeine to get me through the black hole that was my project pile.
Long story short, I clicked on the link, followed through with my razor selection and fell in love at the very first use.
What is Billie?
Allow me to enlighten you on what I will argue is the best female razor brand in business right now. Billie is a razor brand that was founded in late 2017 has quickly taken the shaving industry by storm because they preach to be a razor brand made by women for women with womenkind in mind. Not only are their razors definitely aesthetic but they come in at a price point that falls much lower than most of their other competitors. One of Billie’s main principles is creating razors that are sold without a Pink Tax: a pricing strategy that markets women’s products at a higher price (often a 7% increase) than the same men’s products. Razors are notorious for being one of the product categories that fall subject to the Pink Tax but it’s also often seen in menstrual products such as pads and tampons. Billie founders Georgina Gooley and Jason Bravman specifically marketed their razors against the Pink Tax because they believe that “the idea that women should pay more for something simply because of their gender is absurd.” (Time Magazine).
While Billie is a hair removal company, they speak loudly for inclusion and acceptance when it comes to body hair — removed or not. With their campaign Project Body Hair (which had the most amazing campaign video) Billie worked to embolden the community of body hair connoisseurs and to normalize the idea of a woman keeping, accepting and loving her natural hair. And if or when that woman chooses to shave, then Billie will be there, ready to support their shaving needs.
With a brand identity so stellar, one can only hope that their products live up to their high bar. As far as I’m concerned, their razor definitely reaches that bar. Billie does sell a few body products to accompany shaving (lotion and body wash) but as I have only tried their razors, I won’t be speaking for the other products. The razors come a few different colors, which the buyer is able to choose during the subscription sign up. Billie is solely an e-commerce subscription service so everything is distrusted in a mailed package that comes as many times as the buyer wants (usually monthly or bimonthly). In the subscription service set up, you get to choose the color of the razor — I picked a periwinkle blue that looks oh, so nice in my shower — and how often you shave determines how often you get the replenishment of razor heads. For example, I shave a few times a week, so I get four replacement heads every other month. The service is so easy to stop or suspend if you need to skip a shipment and the entire process for purchasing only took me about ten minutes to complete.
Easy, simple and only $9.
I’ll never buy other razors again.
The actual razor itself is great for the price (screw you Pink Tax). It’s very lightweight and simple but it definitely does the job. It doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles — there’s no swiveling head or extra nonsense — but the blades do a great job and it’s small enough that it provides no extra hassle during travel. One of my favorite parts about the razor is the magnetic attachment that comes with it. You just stick it to the wall of your shower and the razor magnetically sticks to it which makes storing said razor out of the way a dream.
After five months of use, I can definitely say that I have no intentions of canceling my subscription any time soon. I love how easy the process is, the product itself is top-notch and I stand behind the brand and their social values. Who would have thought that a razor could bring me so much joy!? Crazy times y’all.
Disclaimer: None of the products shown or discussed above were gifted or sponsored, all were purchased with my own money. The content above is my own opinion and I have not received financial or material compensation for it. Read my full disclaimer here.