This is a product for super lazy people – Schick Intuition razors lather and shave in one go, in case you’re finding it too hard to put soap on yourself. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually a bit tricky to lather with soap, then shave your legs before the soap gets washed away. Of course, you can turn off the water when you shave, but this winter has been bloody freezing in Sydney, so it’s not really an option.
Schick Intuition shavers are essentially a block of soap attached to the end of a 4 blade razor, with a nifty mechanism that ensures that the soap and the blades are level when you use it. I’ve found that the soap lasts about 2 months of daily/almost daily use, but I’m not particularly hairy, and I’ve read that some people do find that the soap runs out too quickly.
There are three varieties available: Sensitive Care (soapy scented), Renewing Moisture (fruity scented) and Pure Nourishment (my favourite, vanilla scented). Judging from the ingredients lists, all three varieties are essentially the same, except for the fragrances and the order of a few of the moisturising ingredients at the end (aloe vera juice, sweet almond oil). The ingredients in the block o’ soap:
Sensitive Care: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Isostearate, Water, Potassium Palmitate, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Isostearate, Kaolin, Sucrose Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
Renewing Moisture: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Isostearate, Water/Aqua, Potassium Palmitate, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Potassium Cocoate, Kaolin, Potassium Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Red 33, Fragrance/Parfum. May Also Contain: Isostearic Acid.
Pure Nourishment: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Isostearate, Water, Potassium Palmitate, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Isostearate, Kaolin, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Isostearic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide.
There’s actually a bunch of soaps in these: sodium palmitate, sodium cocoate, sodium isostearate, potassium palmitate, potassium cocoate and potassium isostearate are all different types of soap. Sodium palmitate usually comes from palm oil, and there’s no statement from Schick that says it’s sustainably sourced palm oil, so I’m assuming it’s not great and I feel a bit iffy on it. That said, it’s a pretty small amount of palm oil in this compared to a lot of other products, so there’s that going for it. Unlike a lot of other traditional soaps, this doesn’t leave my skin with that dry, dehydrated “squeaky” feeling.
I’m pretty happy with how well this works, so my only complaints are:
- The shave isn’t as close as it could be
- The hair you shave off tends to get stuck in the soap, which looks particularly gross with coarse, dark hair. Hide it when people are staying over!
Otherwise, it’s fantastic for lazy people, and I don’t know why more razor companies aren’t doing this instead of those prissy little moisture strips that shed like a dying pot plant.
You can get Schick Intuition at supermarkets and chemists. The razor + suction holder is $12.69, and 3-pack refills are $13.49.
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