Along with paying taxes and lawn care, one of adulthood's more vexing responsibilities is having to deal with all that hair that won't stop growing out of our faces. Even if you can get away with cultivating a beard or mustache, you still need to spend a lot of time grooming (if you've gone that route, click here for our expert guide to beard trimming). And adding insult to injury, shaving creams, lotions, and especially blades, are absurdly overpriced: Consider that most of us drop about $4 a pop per cartridge (which cost pennies a piece to manufacture, by the way). This means we're paying as much as a buck a day to remove unwanted follicles from our faces. It's insane.
There is a better way, though. In its typical disruptive fashion, the Internet has created a host of new competitors to the old guard – products and services that shake the old shaving pricing model to its core – which translates into serious savings (or should we say, shavings). And there are a few additional ways you can, say, make your razor last longer using products you already own. You can go on being a sucker and pay full price, or you can read on for nine easy ways to stop pouring precious ducats down the drain.
What is it?
A silicon thermo-plastic elastomer pad that cleans and sharpens regular razor blades, extending their lifetime tenfold. After shaving, simply lube the rubbery strip with cream or lotion, then gently swipe the blade four or five times along the Razor Pit. In our tests, after a few weeks, the moisture strip on our blade wore away and the razor started to look scraggly, but it was no less effective.
Does it save?
Yes. Shaving neck and cheeks twice a week, we used the same blade from May 2012 until January 2013. That's roughly equivalent to 36 days of full facial shaving or more, which is still impressive.
The pad doesn't wear out, so unless it gets lost or stolen, it's a onetime purchase – unlike razors. Also, fewer trashed cartridges means a lower carbon footprint. [From $25; razorpit.com]