Billie Shave Club for Women Review – February 2018
Billie is a shaving subscription service that caters to women. It allows you to choose the frequency of deliveries and cancel at any time. They outright bash the “pink tax” (that extra amount women are charged for certain products or services, for no good reason) and support women’s causes around the world.
Billie doesn’t typically offer coupons, since their starter kit is only $9. (This is a little more expensive compared to Dollar Shave Club’s Starter Kit, which is just $5 and includes a razor with refills plus additional sample products. Check out our Dollar Shave Club Reviews if you want to see their products in comparison to Billie!)
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Isn’t this packaging great! I could stare at anything holographic all day. I love that the colors and holo are used throughout. I tend to get fixated on packaging – I’m a graphic designer – and this packaging is just super enjoyable.
The Subscription Box: Billie
The Cost: $9 for the starter kit and $9 for each replacement cartridge delivery
The Products: The Starter Kit includes a razor handle, mag(net)tic holder, and 2 5-blade razor cartridges. There is also an option to add body care products of your choice.
Good to Know: Billie only has one level of razors, unlike other shaving subscriptions with multiple razor options. The razors are 5-blade and surrounded by aloe shave soap.
Ships to: US for free (including P.O. boxes)
Billie Starter Kit Review
This is my first experience with Billie. I’ve heard so much about this shaving club (and seen so many ads). Let’s see if it lives up to the hype!
When I signed up, I took a super simple quiz to relay my preferences:
First, I picked my handle color. I only had two options because the other two were out of stock. Typically you would have the option of Billie Blush, Coral, Periwinkle Pop, and Cool Blue (shown above). I chose Cool Blue.
Next, I chose my shaving frequency which corresponds with the replacement cartridge shipment delivery. I shave 2x a week on average so I opted for a delivery every two months. BTW, this can be changed anytime.
I then had the option of adding extra skincare products to my order. They carry The Shave Cream, Sudsy Body Wash, and Dry-Bye Body Lotion normally but I had the option to order only two of the products. I didn’t add any this time, but because all of the products are vegan, gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free, non-GMO, exclude synthetic fragrances, are never tested on animals, and are made in California, I may be tempted to in the future.
Ta-da! Here’s the main event!
The top of the icy blue razor has smooth, nice, minimal design with a button to eject the razor head.
The bottom is coated with a rubberized material to prevent slippage when you are all sudsy. This razor feels really nice in the hand and I’ve had no problem holding on to it.
A cover is included on each razor to protect it (and you) during shipment. It is also great to keep in case of travel.
As I mentioned before, Billie only offers one style of razor. It is a 5-blade razor surrounded by aloe shave soap (so you can shave with no additional product) and curved to fit any and all of your curves. Just like their body care products, their shave soap is vegan, gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free, non-GMO, exclude synthetic fragrances and are never tested on animals. Oh, and the blades are nickel free.
I remember the razor with the soap attached from my teenage years and wasn’t excited about the built-in shave gel. But…this one is awesome! I did an experiment in which I shaved one leg with just the razor and one leg with shave gel. I thought the leg with just the razor was easier to shave, smoother, and lasted longer before feeling prickly. I’d recommend thoroughly soaking your legs first and then the razor just glides over without nicking or tugging. I have no problem with clogging either!
In terms of how long each razor will last, that depends on your shaving frequency. Usually, I shave my legs 2x a week, but I put this razor to the test on my vacation to Costa Rica where I wanted to shave every day (for a week, whew!). The aloe shave soap lasted the whole time and my legs felt smoother than ever. As the soap wears down, I will add some shave gel. But, with a shaving subscription, shouldn’t I feel free to change my razor more often. Yes!
I’m happy to say the fun doesn’t end there.
Billie includes this Mag(net)ic, a.k.a. magic, holder.
It comes with a tacky dot on the back, similar to what you’d use to hang up posters. It is easy to move if you need to adjust placement too. Just pull it off and stick it back on.
It keeps the razor dry and out of the way. I love that it just sticks up there (it’s magnetized) without having to worry about it falling when bumped.
Here is my cute razor hanging next to John’s. It is a little longer than a typical razor, but I think that helps with the “gripability”.
The Verdict: I’m so impressed with Billie! I’ve wanted to try a shaving subscription for a while but I wanted a customizable replacement schedule and an amazing razor. Billie offers it all – customizable shipment schedule, cute and functional razor, and a great shave at a great price. For comparison, you can buy a pack of comparable Schick Intuition razors at Walmart for $4.41/cartridge and a pack of comparable Venus Swirl razors for about $6/cartridge. The refill cartridges cost just $2.25 with Billie. That’s a great price for a razor that works so well. The best part is that you get this starter kit for $9 and can cancel at any time. Billie also supports womens’ causes around the world by donating 1% of all revenue. If you have been looking for a shaving subscription that caters to women, I highly recommend giving Billie a try.
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you can sign up anytime!
Value Breakdown: The starter kit costs $9 which is a great value for a handle, 2 shave cartridges, and a magnetic holder. Each shipment after that costs $9 for 4 cartridges, so each cartridge breaks down to $2.25 a piece. Plus, you get free shipping on all subscriptions!
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What do you think of Billie?