We Tried That Pretty Razor Subscription All Over Instagram And, TBH, We Loved It
Seven of my coworkers and I tested out Billie's razor subscription service and can unanimously confirm: It's the best.
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I'm just going to come out and say it: Shaving sucks. Patches of hair are *always* — without fail — left behind, cuts and razor burn are an all-too-frequent reality, and it's just...
I mean, does anyone actually keep brand new blade cartridges under the cabinet at all times to whip out the second their razor dulls? I don't! I've 100% shaved with an old rusty razor a time or two (or 10), because I'm too lazy to buy new razors — which I think is semi-justifiable, they are EXPENSIVE.
That's why a group of my coworkers and I decided to try out
Billie. It's that gorgeous razor subscription you may have seen an ad for while scrolling the 'Gram. Yeah — *that* pretty pastel razor surrounded by sparkly bubbles.
All eight of us (yes, EIGHT! OF! US!) tested Billie over the past few months and all came to the same conclusion: We love it.
We figured the more people to try it the better, but I honestly didn't think we'd ALL trash our old razors and end up sticking with Billie. You can read our individual reviews below to learn more about their service and products!
So why exactly are we obsessed with a literal piece of plastic? For starters, their razors are as affordable and effective as they are just absolutely gorgeous.
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"Billie is just the most wonderful company, and every time I take a shower, I ponder if I should write them fan mail. First of all, everything they design is ADORABLE, so even if their razors were dull or flimsy, I'd still be a loyal fan. But luckily, their razors are as sharp as they are sharp looking.
The handle is super lightweight and easy to grip. The razor heads are surrounded in a layer of soap, so they glide beautifully over skin without irritating it. Billie makes great razors and it's awesome that they're so affordable. If only they could go back in time and stop me from paying absurd amounts of money on pharmacy brand razors in my youth." — Rebecca O'Connell
After you sign up you'll receive their entire
starter kit: A razor, two blade cartridges, and a holder *all* for $9 (seriously, that's a deal). Plus, they offer a small line of lotions and shave creams you can add on for $8+.
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"For the last five years or so, I haven't cared that much about shaving. I'd let my legs and pits grow into a (beautiful!) forest, but whenever I craved a nice, smooth shave and picked up a razor from the drug store, I'd end up disappointed. Even with more expensive razor brands, I'd still be prickly and end up regretting ever shaving in the first place. I have never, ever had that problem with Billie.
Ever since trying their razors and shave cream, I've actually *wanted* to keep up with shaving. You get a ridiculously smooth result on the first go, even if your hair is super grown out. But most importantly, it STAYS that way for way longer than with other brands. With Billie, it actually feels worth the time and money to shave, something that I could never say about any other razor." — Rachel Dunkel
Billie's products are made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances (and are never tested on animals!), and are great for sensitive skin.
"I have VERY sensitive skin. As in, I so much as LOOK at a dull blade and suddenly I'm on a one-way trip to little red bumps. Until Billie, I had kind of just accepted that my bikini line was never going to be ~perfectly smooth~ no matter what. And yet!
When I started shaving with these razors, I immediately noticed how comfortable the whole experience was. I'll be honest and say I rarely use shaving cream (very responsible for someone with sensitive skin!) and it doesn't even MATTER. The blades never nick me and I've actually seen fewer and fewer bumps, even in my ~most sensitive~ areas. I credit its charcoal shave soap that encases the five (!!!) blades so if you 'forget' cream, you'll still get super smooth results. I'm pretty confident in saying if a total klutz like me has yet to do damage with these bb's, than everyone can benefit from these." — Emma McAnaw
"Their luxuriously foaming, sensitive-skin-friendly, gently exfoliating and hydrating
shaving cream is the ONLY shaving cream I've ever tried that doesn't make my skin itchy and bumpy."
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"I swear it must be what celestial beings use when they shave their legs. I wish I could have given Billie's razors and
shave cream to my fourteen-year-old self, because they would have saved me so much angst! Back then it seemed like every drugstore shaving cream — including ones marketed specifically for sensitive skin — made my legs break out in angry red bumps. I didn't fare any better with regular soap either, so for years I only shaved with water. When I first tried Billie's cream I had my doubts, but after I emerged from my first shower with zero bumpy rash, I was sold. Plus you get a good value for your money; a nickel-size amount foams up enough to shave an entire leg and easily stretches for two. The texture is definitely soapier than the kind that comes in a can, but I think that's part of what makes shaving with it so smooth." — Natalie Brown
The razor itself features five blades encased in a super-soothing charcoal shave soap and a lightweight handle so you can finally kiss razor burns and nicks buh-bye.
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"If there's one way someone can hurt themselves, I've invented five more out of sheer clumsiness. I even kicked off 2019 to slipping on a hair mask–coated shower floor, falling into my shower curtain, knocking the *mounted* shower rod loose from my bathroom wall, and landing on my bathroom floor with the perfectly sized space for my naked body between my sink and toilet. Oof. Catch my accident-prone drift? Cool.
Lots of razors have all kinds of (tbh uneecessary) curves and undulations on their handles that yeah I guess give a good grip, but also I’m not trying to shave my legs while going through a Mad Max desert race.
The curves (and slightly squishy underside) of the Billie handle has helped me from making most shaving accidents that I did of yore. Though I DO still nick myself every now of then because of my clumsy nature I think it’s drastically less. And I don’t know if this is a thing or just my imagination but I think the razors last longer than my OG drugs store go-tos." — Elizabeth Lilly
They even solve the annoying,
where the heck should I keep my razor problem with a magnetic holder that comes in all starter kits. Amazing.
Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed
"Shaving is probably one of my least favorite things to do, but after discovering Billie, somehow it doesn’t seem so terrible anymore. The main issue I run into while shaving is having no place to store my razor (I don’t like resting my razor on surfaces that haven’t been disinfected).
Billie razors come with a magnetic holder that you can stick anywhere, and it just makes the whole shaving process So. Much. Easier. I just pop the razor on the holder whenever I need to rinse off or take a break and I feel at ease knowing it stays clean and within reach. It’s also safer than leaving the razor on the tub rim, where it can easily slip down into the tub and cut my feet! Also, I’m not a very hairy person so I like to re-use my razors for as long as I can, but they would always get rusty within a couple of days. T he blades on my Bille razor have stayed rust-free and sharp at least twice as long as regular ones (I do keep it on a wall right outside the shower so it can dry off properly). As for the razor itself, it’s probably the smoothest one I’ve ever used. It almost makes shaving feel like a luxurious experience. I just love it so much!" — Yi Yang
Finally, the cherry on the cake,
Billie will send you replaceable shave heads at a frequency suitable to your lifestyle...meaning you'll *never* have to shave with a rusty, dull razor again.
"I am the kind of person who runs a razor over my legs every time I shower because I hate the feeling of stubble. The issue with how frequently I shave is how often I need to change my razors, which I obviously do not/will not remember to do. What will I buy at Target? Everything from the dollar section. What will I not buy at Target? Contact solution and new razors, both of which are significantly more important than that pair of $1 socks.
This is where Billie comes in.
They’ll send you a razor handle, a holder, and (depending on how frequently you shave) up to four razor blade replacements a month — and we’re talking quality blades that remove hair and leave behind a silky smooth, nick-free canvas that feels like the skin of a baby whale. Full disclosure: I usually hate subscription services. I don’t mind running to the store when I need something like, say, shampoo. But it’s genuinely hard to gauge and remember how often you should be changing your razor blades, and t his makes it so much easier to ensure that I’m not applying fully-formed rust onto my limbs whenever I go to take a shower.
If you shave your legs every single time you shower = this is something you should seriously look into." —
Ok, I realize that was basically 10+ paragraphs of pure accolades...but our praise for Billie is not hyperbole! We genuinely love a good freakin' razor and a brand that offers high-quality, affordable products.
Get the starter kit from Billie for
$9 (available in five razor colors).
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