Ten years ago, I was a keen user of electric shavers, but the quality of the shave kept letting me down. But ten years is a long time in todays world, so I was excited to find out how much Philips has managed to improve their razors over the years.
I have been allowed to test three different Philips shavers, and this review will be featuring the most recent of the three, the AquaTouch AT890.
The Philips AquaTouch AT890 is a stylish shaver. The blue body and the grey and black fitting give it a clean and efficient look. As the name suggests, the AquaTouch series is entirely waterproof and can be used both with shaving cream or without. The AquaTouch can even go into the shower with you.
So basically, the AquaTouch seems like an attempt to attract some of the wet shavers around the World into trying electrical shavers. So for me – as a man who used to shave electric but has since changed into traditional wet shaving – this revisit to the world of rotary blades is interesting.
The AquaTouch series use the HQ8 blades also found in the 2D/3D SensoTouch series. The blades are almost identical to the blades used on my 10 year old HQ6580 apart from a few extra holes in the middle.
I have used the AT890 for a total of 10 shaves on 10 different days. I used it both in the shower, after my shower and even without shower (but with shaving foam).
Shaving in the shower
It sounds easy, and it sounds efficient. But it really isn't. I always end up with large patches of my face unshaven. I would possibly get a better result if I had a large, brightly lit mirror in my shower, but I haven't. 🙂
Shaving after the shower
10-12 years ago I used to sell electric shavers in an electronic shop in Copenhagen. I always told my customers to shave BEFORE the shower, not after. The skin has a tendency to expand slightly from the long term exposure to hot water, and even though this is great for a blade based shave, it's a bad idea when you use an electric shaver.
Based on my experience with the AT890, this is still the case. Do not use an electric shaver right after showering – it will leave you with a 5 o'clock shade even before noon.
Shaving before the shower with shaving gel or foam
This is where I got the best results from the AquaTouch. First I warmed my face using either a hot towel or washing it with hot water. I then applied a nice lather to cover my stubble, and started shaving.
This procedure gave me a very nice and close shave on my cheeks, chin and upper lip. But when it comes to shaving the neck, and in particular the upper part of the neck just below the cheeks, the Philips shaver got itself into trouble. It simply couldn't cope with the shape of my neck and left the stubble more or less untouched.
According to Philips, you should look down when you shave your neck (contrary to stretching your skin when using a blade). This did help a bit for me – but not much.
I like the design of the Philips shavers, even though the AT890 look almost excactly the same as my 10 year old Philips. But the weight, shape and balance make it very easy and comfortable to use. Unfortunately, I must still admin that the shave is average at best. For a quick shave on a busy day it will do fine. But as I have mentioned before (in the article Rotary blade or foil shaver?) everything depends on YOUR face.
Just because it's no good for my weird skin, doesn't mean that it will not work for you.
If you own the AT890, please write your experiences in the comments below.
Yesterday I received two large packages full of shavers and trimmers. A total of four electrical shavers and a body groomer arrived from Philips and Braun. I'll make some thorough reviews of the different models over the next months, but I'll start in a few days with a brief comparison of the models.
From Philips (Norelco) I'll be testing the entry level razor, PowerTouch 920CC along with the new AquaTouch 890 and the SensoTouch 2D RQ1180.
From Braun, I'm up to test the Braun Cruzer 6 Face Cruzer and the Cruzer 6 Body and Face.
As you may imagine, reviewing five different electrical razors on one single face can take more than just a day or two. But I'll do my best to give you a heads up on all the models in just a few days. That should give you a chance to get the right model on your Christmas list.
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Note on review products; The Philips products have been lend to me, and I will be returning them as soon as the reviews are completed. The Braun products were part of a press release kit and was sent to me for review purposes.
When I started this blog, it only took me a few days to get hooked on a British company named King of Shaves, and in particular their series of cartridge razors, Azor.
A few months ago, my wife went on a short trip to London – and the only thing I asked her to get me was a King of Shaves Azor 5 razor. It’s not yet available here in Denmark and has just recently been launched in US by Remington. (more…)
You have everything packed. Trousers, toothbrush, passport. The plane tickets are in your bag, and you arrive at the airport, ready to check in. But how is it with your razor? Can you bring it along in your Carry On bag? Or do you have to check it in?
In fact, the answer is simple – but it also depends on the type of razor you're using. So let's just take a minute to recap what you can or cannot bring through the airport security.
Razors and blades
Cartridge Razors like the Gillette Fusion, Schick Hydro or any other safety razor, where the blade is mounted in the head and cannot be taken out easily ARE ACCEPTED as carry on luggage. Spare blades for this type of razor is accepted as well.
Safety razors, like Double Edge Razors and straight razors, where the blade is NOT fixed in the head are accepted, as long as it doesn't contain a blade! But then again – why not just put it in the checked in luggage along with the blades.
Double Edge blades, Straight razor blades and similar, where the blade is NOT embedded in a cartridge ARE NOT ACCEPTED as carry on luggage. These must be checked in at all times.
So – for business travelers carrying only a small cabin bag and no checked in luggage, the best solution would be to bring a safety cartridge razor or disposable razor – and leave the DE razors at home.
You should also remember the 100ml limitation on liquids that apply to all flights in US and Europe. Any containers of liquid that can hold more than 100ml can be rejected by the airport security and confiscated.
Having said all that – I wish you all a happy summer and a safe journey. And for myself? Well – I think I'll just drive my way to Holland this summer! 😉
How many shaving products do you really need? Surely you need some sort of shaving gel or similar to apply to your face during the acual shave. But how about preshave and aftershave? The amount of products is immense, and it can be hard to find your way through this consumer jungle. But at the Real Shaving Co, they try to make your life easier.
1, 2, 3 – shave
You can divide your daily shave into three steps.
The preshave, in which you prepare your face to the upcoming encounter with your razor. The preshave should clean your face as well as moisten the skin and your beard.
The actual shave – the war zone – when you let a sharp steel blade glide across your skin and through your bristles. The key is to keep your beard soft, moist and vigilant, while still getting the razor close to your face.
After the shave, when your skin is more vulnerable than usual, you probably need to add some moisture to your face again. A good aftershave will help protect your skin and give you a fantastic glow for the rest of the day.
This three part way of thinking is the basic concept of all products from The Real Shaving Co. All products are clearly marked as preshave, shave or aftershave products with a simple three-step system.
Part of my daily shave
I'm currently testing a few products, and among these are two products from The Real Shaving Co.
For the last two months, I have been using the Step 2 – Super Slide Shave Gel and Step 3 – Sooting Balm every now and then. I am testing several products, so I don't use them every day – and not always at the same time.
But I must say that I have been very satisfied with both products so far.
Super Slide Shave Gel
I had a few concerns about the Super Slide Shave Gel, as it is absolutely transparent. If you're used to the classic white foam on your face, it's actually a strange feeling to shave while you still see all of your vulnerable skin. It took me a few days before I had the guts to try the Super Slide Shave Gel with my Double Edge razors.
For some reason, I didn't have any concerns using the Wilkinson Hydro 5 (Schick Hydro 5) with the transparent gel. But I have just recently begun using my DE razors with the gel. In fact, I still feel that the transparency of the Super Slide Shave Gel fits the “safe” cartridge type razors better than it fits Double Edge or straight razors.
So if you're using the Wilkinson / Schick / Gillette Fusion / Azor type of razor – and want to try a nice, gentle, paraben free shave gel – I suggest you give the Real Shaving Co Super Slide Shave Gel a try… (hmm – that is a long name, isn't it?)
You will have to apply the gel to your face by hand – it doesn't work well with a brush. Just make sure to massage it good around your entire face and neck and make sure you're not missing any spots.
The aftershave balm – or “Post Shave Daily Soothing Balm” as it's called – contains Aloe Vera to help moisten and reduce irritation of your skin. The list of ingredients is a long one, but there are no parabens or sodium laureth sulfates, so that's a plus to me.
The post shave balm has a very distinct scent. I haven't quite figured out what it is yet, but probably a combination of the Aloe, coconut oil, rooibus extract and a few more things. But to me, it is just the scent of “having just stepped out of the shower and feeling clean”.
Note on the scent: After having pondered about this for hours, I asked my wife as she said goodnight… “Oh, that's easy… It's apples, dear!”
Do you use any of the Real Shaving products? Which is your favorite? And what does the post shave balm actually smell of? Join the discussions by adding your comments below.
Visit Real Shaving Co on http://www.realshaving.com
I almost dropped my cup of coffee this morning, as I was checking up on the Shaving Detective website. All of a sudden, this quiet morning (my 34th birthday by the way), I found myself annoyed by Gillette and their marketing efforts. Why?
Have you read the article about Gillette Young Guns 2011? It's not really about shaving, but about a Gillette marketing stunt called “Gillette Young Guns” featuring new, upcoming sport stars from the US.
That's cool with me – and I have featured their video on my site for the last two months, showing it to nearly 5.000 visitors. A lot of these visitors came to my site just to watch this video – and some ended up as new “Shaving Detective fans” instead. So all in all, we all benefited from this.
But… Gillette has pulled the plug on this video and simply removed it from YouTube. This is what made me mad this morning. Why on earth would they do that? Why remove a video that has gone viral and is featured on many blogs around the world? I just don't get it.
I could understand it, if I had just linked to the video on my own initiative. But Gillette actualle emailed me directly with a press release and a link to the video.
I have worked with online marketing, communication and development for the last 12 years. I never expected this from someone as big as Gillette.
An apology to anyone but Gillette
I'm sorry guys, but I just had to get all of this off my chest. It has nothing to do with shaving at all. But I promise that my post tonight about some of the products I got in London will be.
Until then, take care!