If you're an active user of pretty much any social media platform then chances are you've heard and/or seen the subscription box "Friction Free Shaving" or "FFS", a monthly box who send you a razor, a new razor head for every week and optional (£6 extra per month might I add, ouch) shaving cream.
If you're anything like me (or my friends who commented when they saw the box lying around) sitting here saying "I don't even shave enough to need to change my blade every week" then join the club. Luckily FFS offers the option to "skip a month" on blades for as long as you like, or until you feel you need a new one. Which thinking about it kind of defeats the object of the product, oops. Still an option for us lazy gals though.
However, for the sake of a good old fashioned experiment I'm here to find out "Is this really worth it" Subscription Box Edition #1.
So here is FFS's reasoning on why you should change your blade every week... In their words "A fresh blade every week prevents 'ugly rashes and shaving bumps'". Sounds fair enough I don't think I can really argue there so lets jump into what they can offer us in their monthly packages and what you should expect.
FFS offers 2 different razors at different price points.
Both apparently have "perfectly sharp blades coated with friction reducing carbon, full 90 degrees pivot head, a strip of vitamin E above the blades and a styling bikini blade built into the back". So whats different about the two?
1. "Frankie" - The cheaper plastic option, there are only 3 blades however. This initially costs £5/month
2.Rose - A pricier option consisting of a rose gold chrome plated handle to prevent rust and 6 blades on the razor. Initially this costs £9/month
I received "Rose", engraved with my name (which I'm in love with), I opted for the whole set including the shave cream.
I was pleasantly surprised when my package arrived, everything looked very fancy in the box and even included a blade cover which I didn't realise came as part of the package. The lid of the box also had printed on it a shaving interpretation of Craig David's song "7 days" which unashamedly instantly made me more interested in the product. (2000's songs are my weakness okay).
If you can't see it on the picture, it reads "Met this blade on Monday, took it for a ride on Tuesday. We were feeling smooth on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. I changed my blade on Sunday".
My first impressions of the shaver handle itself was that it is fairly heavy, but ergonomically it feels great. The rubber on the base of the handle is really soft to the touch and really does make it easy to grip especially in the shower. Of course, it looks stunning and the rose gold really makes you feel like you're using a razor a lot more expensive than it actually is.
I want to say the razors are easy to put onto the handle but it took me at least 5 minutes to work out how to do it, but then again you're talking to someone who uses google to find out how long to boil an egg for... every time. Once I got the hang of it it was smooth sailing from there.
Once assembled it was time to put the razors to the test.
I think the stand out feature of the razors for me was the lubricating strips built into the blade heads. Unlike a lot of razors I've tried over the years, whilst using the FFS shaver you can actually feel the product onto your skin as you shave and makes it such a smoother and nicer experience.
Over the times I've used it, you can definitely feel the strip disintegrate as its used each time which means sometimes the top of the blade can get a little gunky the next time you open it to use. However, I don't feel like it actually effected the way the blades work in any way which is always a positive thing.
The blades themselves do live up to the hype and give a really nice close shave which surprised me as I admittedly wasn't expecting a lot in terms of them working anywhere near as well as the shavers I usually use regularly.
Lets talk shaving cream. As I mentioned early FFS offer a tube of shave cream for an extra £6/per month. Incentives? On the website they describe the shaving cream as a manuka honey, shea butter and coconut oil blend which reduces friction for a closer shave and smoother skin. I was sold as soon as I saw that the product is certified cruelty free.
To be completely honest, I don't rate the shaving cream very much. It smells absolutely delicious and leaves my skin feeling soft but the cons for me outweigh the pros. For starters, unlike a lot of shaving creams it doesn't really spread out well around the skin which means you have to use a lot of product every time you shave. Its also clear on application so you cant really see where you've shaved and where you haven't (especially when you're shaving your legs). I also feel for the extra price each month you could probably find something cheaper for the same quality or something for a similar price and quality but in a larger quantity. I do think its something i'll keep for when I want an extra nice pamper night, but until then i'll probably stick to my good ole' regular cream, sorry ffs!
Have any of you tried the FFS boxes? What did you think?
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