Real Estate Agent with Emerald Coast Realty, Inc.

Does anyone besides me think that shaving products and shaving advertising has risen to the level of idiotic in this country?  Now that football season is here and of course sports advertising in general, I am noticing the Gillette and Schick commercials all over the place.  Make no mistake about it, this blog is about shaving, it is not about being unshaven.  But I mean, how many ways can you serve up a razor?  How successful can a company be trying to separate me from my hard earned money for things like:

  • Electric razor with 3 cutter bars instead of 2 cutter bars or 1 cutter bar.
  • Electric water-proof razors that dispense soap. 
  • Hot lather  or  Vibrating razors  or  4 bladed razors

To me the greatest shaving improvement in our lifetimes was 1) the electric razor and 2) the disposable safety razor.  The electric razor, it just saves me time and it doesn't cut me.  HOW MUCH MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR ? !  The disposable safety razor (thank you BIC),  IT IS CHEAP AND IT WORKS !  And if I have forgotten to pack my electric razor, I can buy a pack of 5 for $1.19.  Less than a cup of coffee !!  And the truth is, I can use a single disposable razor for about a month!! 

Multi-bladed razors. 1 blade or 4, every place on my face still gets stroked about 3 times, no more no less.  Does anyone really believe that the first blade pulls the hair outward and the second blade then gives the closer cut?  My Braun has one cutter bar, it works great !  

Electric vs. Blade.  I just prefer electrics but I can use either equally well.  I guess some folks faces do better with one than the other.  How about you?

Rotary Head vs. Cutter Bar.  I tried a Norelco Rotary and I thought my face was being ripped off.  My brother loves it.  (One day I will re-gift it to him.)  My 18 year old Braun electric cutter bar is ‘the love of my life'.  I have only replaced two screens and two internal blade sets on that thing in 18 years!!  I also need to say that the side burn trimmer on that razor is the full width, about 2 inches.  It really helps get those stray hairs all around the neck.  One of Braun's later versions only had a tiny sideburn trimmer, I refused to buy it.  That is how I met the repair shop folks in Virginia.

  • I know when I mail my Braun off to the repair shop in Virginia that guy has got to think I am nuts. 
  • I always ask him, "Can you repair it still?" 
  • He says "Yes". 
  • Then I say, "You know, I will die without it, I love that razor, it does such a great job." 
  • He says. "We can fix it." 
  • And I say, "Even if the duma-hicky-thing-a-ma-floppey is broken?" 
  • He says, "We can still get every part for that razor, we could build one from scratch it we had to." 
  • And then I say, "Maybe I should have you build me and extra one now, that way I can get through most of the rest of my usable life with a razor I like." 
  • He says, "Just give me the word, we'll build it."
  • And so it goes.  God forbid that anything ever happens to my Braun electric. 

Vibrating razors.  When I am shaving all I want to do is get done.  Sorry, I am not gonna spend extra money for a vibrating razor and a damn battery to boot!  An electric carving knife is a pretty nifty electrically operated blade but on my face, I am trying to avoid carving it!

Canned soap.  And then there is shaving cream / lather.  Hot, cold, scented, mint flavored, with baby lotion, WHO CARES!  Guess what, the bar of soap I use  for my hands and face works just as good!  Soap dispensing razors, I am in the shower, I HAVE SOAP IN MY HAND, for goodness sakes!

SHAVING LEGS.  How can I segue into shaving legs.  NOT MY LEGS,  I know you were all thinking that.  NOT !  How about this.  Many years ago my fiancé would use my safety razor to shave her legs, usually while I was at work.  The next morning when I would use that razor, it usually took about two strokes and would ask her, "Did you use my razor to shave your legs?"  She would give me that look, ‘How could you tell'.  I do not know if it was legs or armpits, but the hair on her body was not near as tough as the hair on my face.  But two strokes with that razor and I could tell she had used it.  So I would break out a new one, no big deal.  Can your husbands tell when you use their razor?

MARKETING TO WOMEN.  Now in the last 10 years I noticed that the shaving companies have tried to push all this goofy marketing onto the ladies.  Different shapes, different colors, special after shave lotions, on and on.  EVERYTHING BUT ELECTRIC RAZORS.  God forbid anyone would buy something that would last for 18 years.  So if you are shaving your legs, LADIES ONLY, chime in on the conversation and let me know what you think.  And if you are not using an electric razor, you may want to try it.

Back to the original question, ‘Have shaving products and shaving advertising has risen to the level of idiotic in this country?' 

Comments (10)

Dave Roberts
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty - Healdsburg, CA

Dave RobertsI hate to say it, but any guy who shaves every day is asking for trouble. Just the other day I was thinking that if I strapped some of this delta weed on my head it might boost my hearing. That didn't work out too well, but at least the not-shaving has worked out so far. My wife of thirty years has never seen me without the beard and it's likely to stay that way since she's a fan of the masculine look. 

I stopped shaving when I got out of high school and have never looked back. I spend about five seconds trimming my cheeks, but the amount I spent on shaving products over the last forty years wouldn't buy a one second spot on late night cable. That's why all those commercials fly by without me paying any attention to them, so I really can't comment on how idiotic they are. 

BTW, Dwight, I don't call it unshaven. I just call it a light trim. 

Oct 02, 2007 05:13 PM
Dwight Wolfe
Emerald Coast Realty, Inc. - Panama City Beach, FL
Dave  -  Shaved or Unshaven you are welcome here!  So unltimately you did not buy into all the ridiculous advertising.  I had a beard for about 18 months in college and then I got tired of it.  Good thing since I spent 22 years in the Air Force.  I usually skip shaving about 1 day a week.  BTW, the head gear is a nice touch, rutting season?
Oct 02, 2007 05:23 PM
Dave Roberts
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty - Healdsburg, CA

5 minutes per day

6 days per week

52 weeks per year

40 years

That's 5 x 6 x 52 x 40 = 62400 minutes = 660 hours = almost 28 days

I figure I'm way ahead of the game, but that's just me.

For awhile the Navy was letting beards in, and I know a lot of the special forces guys wear them. Probably as much to piss the brass off as anything else...

Thanks for the fun topic.  



Oct 02, 2007 05:30 PM
Dwight Wolfe
Emerald Coast Realty, Inc. - Panama City Beach, FL
Dave - That is the way I feel about gas station stops.  I always try to wait until I am down to about 2 gallons left.  Which on a 25 gallon tank and a broken gas guage is pretty low!
Oct 02, 2007 05:39 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
About 20 years ago, Saturday Night Live did a goofy imitation commercial for a "triple edged razor" with the punch line, "Why?  Because you'll buy it!"  This was soon after the double edged models came out.  They could have even more fun with it now!  Building a better razor is probably more profitable than building a better mouse trap.
Oct 03, 2007 12:07 AM
Dwight Wolfe
Emerald Coast Realty, Inc. - Panama City Beach, FL
Patricia -  I think that is American marketing right on the nose, "Why?  Because you'll buy it!'  Or maybe it is more about the American consumer.  Yes, they could have even more fun with it today.  Lets see, how about a leaf blower powered (gotta have the sound), multi-headed, both sides at once, lazer razor . . . .   Why?  Because you'll buy it!
Oct 03, 2007 07:06 AM
Dwight Wolfe
Emerald Coast Realty, Inc. - Panama City Beach, FL

Michael -  Thanks, glad you liked the post.  Does the 4 razor thing really work that well?  By the way, I used the single blade disposable that I had sitting in the drawer forever today.  Probably been sitting there since the last time the Braun had to go in for repair.  It is really 8-9 strokes per spot.  Just kinda works that way, you know, they are short and quick.  If I used a 4 blade, could I cut the shaving time in half?  Could I cut the strokes in half? 

It is so sad in America that we have school systems allowing so much advertizing in schools.  THAT IS A BUNCH OF CRAP !!  And then there is that damn REALTOR(C) advertizing all over the place.  :0)

Oct 04, 2007 05:40 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Vibrating razor? Haven't heard of this one! If I want that I will have a double shot espresso before shaving same effect.

Oct 05, 2007 05:06 PM
Robert Huntsinger
Empire Realty - Upland, CA
Empire Realty Upland, CA - Full Service at a Discount

Shaving Shaving Shaving, I cant wait to retire, I will never shave again, after a couple years of retirement I am going to join ZZ Top.

Take care!


Oct 07, 2007 02:09 AM
Dwight Wolfe
Emerald Coast Realty, Inc. - Panama City Beach, FL

One and All, Thank You for your comments !

Todd -  For men it is the Gillette Phantom and for women it is the Venus Vibrance.  I will gladly ‘pass' on the opportunity to buy any more batteries.  No thanks.  Double shot of Espresso, followed by a double shot of Rum.  If the Espresso hypes you up and the alcohol is supposed to ‘steady the nerves',  that should make for an interesting shave.  And the alcohol may also be useful as a pain killer.  :o)

Michael - Shaving in the earthquake could give one quite a nasty nick, I think.  Probably survivable as long as your not right over that big vein in the neck.  Which side spurts and which side flows?

Jamie -  Do you think the Nair will get me 3 to 4 days on the manly whiskers?  That would make it worth trying. 

Robert -  Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel !!   I am not much on the long beards but ZZ Topp always made me laugh.  Their style and music was great.  They make ya wanna run right out and grow a beard.  I experienced similar emotions after watching the movie ‘Bonnie and Clyde'.  The good news is that I did not run right out and . . .   

Oct 07, 2007 05:07 PM