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It Came in the Mail: ShaveMate

Sunday, October 18, 2009

An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.

WHAT: All-in-One ShaveMate razor.

AIMED AT: Travelers wanting a close shave and less bulk than a traditional disposable razor and shaving cream.

HOW MUCH: $9.99 for a three-pack, at Target.com or Walgreens (http://www.walgreens.com).

BUT DOES IT WORK?

The pink ShaveMate Diva razor looks a bit flimsy, and I'm initially skeptical that anything could replace my green Venus razor and organic shaving cream. The Diva's pink cream foams up nicely, and the six blades glide smoothly over my legs. The smell of the cream is more chemical than I'm used to, but then again, considering I just squirted it out of a tube at the bottom of a pink plastic razor, that's not a surprise. Tom's of Maine this ain't.

When the shaving cream ran out after about a half-dozen uses, I hesitated to throw out the razor. It seemed wasteful. But what came in the mail was a three-pack, so I pitched the old razor and reached for a second -- in the name of research.

ShaveMate says its razors (including a model for men) are "better for the environment because shaving cream inside the razors means one less shaving item to discard." But I'm pretty sure a bunch of disposable razor heads and a spent tube of non-foaming shaving cream, which can last for months, takes up less landfill space than a dozen ShaveMate razors. So for daily use, I'll probably go back to my Venus and Tom's. But on my next trip, I'm definitely packing a Diva.

-- Christina Talcott

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