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Thursday, June 21, 2012

BzzAgent Review: Bic Soleil Savvy

First off I have to thank BzzAgent for letting me be a part of this campaign.
Want to join BzzAgent? Send me an email (Jennmarie 68 at gmail dot com) and I'll send you an invite!

For this product review BzzAgent sent me a pack of Bic's new razor and some coupons to help create Bzz! My opinion on this product is honest and has not been influenced by BzzAgent or Bic.

First off let me give you some information about the Bic Soleil Savvy:

  • Each BIC Soleil Savvy package contains one disposable handle and four refillable cartridges
  • The razor's handle includes a rubber grip for added control
  • Tripple-Blade heads feature flexible blade technology and lubricating strips with Vitamin E
  • Pivoting heads are made to follow a woman's contours and provide a super-close shave
  • Available at grocery stores, drug stores, and mass retailers for a suggested retail price of $7.49
In my campaign kit Bic shares some secrets to getting a close shave: 

  • Shave at night - Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of skin. While this process is healthy, it reduces your skin's defenses for a couple hours. Shaving at night gives your skin time to recover its strength and suppleness to resist irritation the next day. 
  • Shave clean skin - To help prevent infection and bumps, make sure your skin is perfectly clean before you shave. Apply hot water beforehand or shave after showering. Warm humidity increases skin elasticity and softens your hair, making it easier to shave. 
  • Apply shaving cream or gel - Use shaving cream or gel with Aloe Vera when shaving — it's gentler on your skin than regular soap and can help lift hair. Lather the cream or gel, then leave it on for two minutes prior to shaving. Once your hair is softened, the razor will glide more easily over skin. 
  • Use a sharp blade - Change your blades regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. On sensitive areas like your bikini line and underarms, shaving with a dull blade can result in red spots.
You can check out feelthesoleil.com or the Bic Soleil Facebook Page for more information. Just an FYI there's a giveaway going on on the Bic Facebook Page! 

My Bzz Campaign Kit

My Review:

When I got my package in the mail I immediately opened it and started reading the brochure that was included. As I was reading through the tips I was thinking "isn't shaving just shaving". But I guess everyone does it a little different so here were my thoughts on the tips. I don't have a regular schedule of any kind so I shave whenever I take a shower - sometimes in the morning, sometimes at night. I do however shave clean skin - I shave after I finish washing up in the shower - when is your skin cleaner than that? I used to use shave gel, now I just use body wash, soap, or even shampoo (it leaves my legs so silky feeling).  But I thought to myself who lets the cream sit for two minutes? I shave in the shower, if I left the cream on for two minutes it would all be rinsed off before I even got a chance to shave! Then the last one just seemed like a duh kind of statement - then I thought about it and realized I know lots of women who will use the same razor for quite a while. Me being the picky person I am doesn't mean that everyone does things the way I do them so..... 

Now onto the razor: I've tried almost everything out there to remove body hair - waxing, bleaching, and hair remover creams but I always come back to shaving because it's easy (a.k.a. painless), it's consistent (no patches of missed hair), and I don't have to sit for 6 minuets with stinky cream on my legs. I shave my legs and underarms everyday in the summer, and close to everyday the rest of the year. My hair grows so fast that I wouldn't be able to keep up on it any other way! So with as often as I shave I go through razors quite fast. I used to buy men's razors with the changeable cartridges because they worked really well - then I moved away from home and had to start buying my own razors. Sticker shock changed that habit. I will occasionally buy a razor and/or cartridges if they are on sale but for the most part I've been a disposable girl for quite a while (although I do have quite the arsenal of razors waiting for the day their cartridges go on sale!) I've bought so many different brands of disposable razors. But I've never really found one that I can call "my brand". It's such a frustrating thing for me. It shouldn't be this hard to find a good razor should it?

When I opened the actual razor there were a few things that I noticed. The razor has a "dummy" cartridge on it. Had I just opened it and stuck it in the shower I would have been a bit perturbed that I had to get out and put a regular cartridge on it. However I do like the dummy cartridge because I can put the dummy head on when I'm traveling and not break the prongs that hold the cartridges on. Second the cartridges are in holders that can be pulled apart. They are kind of hinged together and you can snap them apart at the hinges (and they do snap back together.) This will make traveling nice. I don't have to cram a pack of four cartridges with my razor, I can just pull one of the holders off and throw it in my bag. Great idea! 

So when I signed up for this Bzz Campaign I wasn't expecting too much. I've been disappointed at some point by all the disposable razors I've tried (Bic disposables included.) And I figured they would probably get rid of the hair but I might have to go over it twice, or it will cut my legs all up, or I'll have tons of irritation later. Like I said I've not had great experiences with disposable razors... But since this is a disposable razor with refillable cartridges it does have an initial appeal to me (maybe now I can throw out my arsenal of razor handles.) But we'll have to see how it works. 

So I set off to the shower to try my new razor. First my underarms. This is my #1 problem area, by far. I can't ever seem to get as close a shave as I want and I always have red bumps afterward. The Soleil Savvy got much closer than my last razor for sure. Was it the closest underarm shave I've ever had? No, but it did get pretty close and it didn't leave any red bumps. So that's a good thing! Next my legs - I am always nicking myself or getting razor burn and I think this is because to get the close shave I want I have to shave my legs twice usually. So I shaved my legs rinsed them off and felt to see if they needed a second pass. Guess what? No second pass needed! Yippee! I got out of the shower and did my normal routine - put lotion on my legs. After about an hour, which is when the razor burn kicks in usually my legs felt fine. No red bumps, no nicks, no razor burn. So call me pleasantly surprised :-) 

I would have to say this was much better than any disposable razor I've tried and better than some of the razor/cartridge combos I've used before. There is still one razor/cartridge combo I prefer - but given the price on this razor it is a much better solution! Overall I liked it and I will be purchasing these in the future. 


Anonymous said...

I just bought one the other day, it's a nice razor. Thanks for the sharing the tips! I'm going to try shaving at night.

jen said...

Wow! I had no idea on any of those tips for a closer shave. crazy!

nshamblin81 said...

I have no shaving horror stories and no other tips than what you shared. I guess you could call my son shaving my little ones head with a razor a horror story! Well part of it anyways.