Flamingo is the women's shaving counterpart from men's razor subscription, Harry's that allows you to purchase replacement cartridges instead of the whole thing- handle and all each time. While it's not a subscription, you can order online from their website as needed (the shave set is $16, the razor + handle alone is $9, and cartridges are as low as $1.88/each). It's been popping up a lot for me so I was curious to see what it's all about and if it really works. In my review, you can find a wealth of info you'll need to see if it's the right razor for you!
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About this Women's Razor
The Brand: Flamingo
The Cost: $16.00 ($22.00 value) for the set or $9.00 for the razor alone. Additional cartridges start at just $1.88/each.
The Products: The Shave Set includes:
- 1 Flamingo Razor Handle
- 2 German-Engineered Five Blade Cartridges
- 1 Foaming Shave Gel (1oz)
- 1 Body Lotion (3oz)
- 1 Shower Hook
- 1 Reusable Pouch
Good to Know: Flamingo is not a subscription, but is the female-marketed equivalent of shaving subscription Harry's. In additional to being online, they can be found at brick-and-mortar retailers as well.
Ships to: US for free.
Flamingo Shave Set Review
When you receive your order, you'll get a card that explains their credo.
Everything included in the set comes in a purple-hued square reusable pouch with snap closure.
It fits everything perfectly but can, of course, be used for anything you'd like.
Like many razor companies, theirs comes in a very nicely branded box.
Even though you'll keep your handle and only purchase the blade heads, your first one comes assembled. There's even a little message as you slide the box open.
Flamingo Razor in Taro with Rose Gold - Retail Value $9.00
When you order, you'll get to choose from three different colors. I went with the subtle taro with rose gold. The handle has a nice weight to it (like Harry's, it's heavier than Billie but not as heavy as Dollar Shave Club) and is wrapped completely in a thin grippy rubber and includes the simple flamingo logo. The rose gold accents appear to be metal and are on the end as well as the neck, closer to the blade head.
The underside has some swirls stamped into it to provide extra grip when you're in the shower.
They only have one kind of head and it has 5 (Swedish steel) blades, along with a strip of aloe at the top. I honestly didn't even notice that this was part of it until I had used it and noticed a difference. It was smooth and felt like hard plastic. I'd say it isn't as obvious as the Billie strip and a little sleeker. This gave me a very close and clean shave and looked good while doing it.
Extra 5-Blade Cartridge - Estimated Value $2.25 (buy a 4 pack for $9.00, 8 pack for $16.00, or 16 pack for $30.00)
In the shave set, you'll also get an extra 5-blade head replacement for future use. It comes in a small plastic tray to protect it until you're ready.
Suction Cup Razor Holder
Like Billie, Flamingo also comes with a holder for your new razor.
There's has a suction cup instead of a sticky pad which sadly refused to stick to my porous shower tile. Boo!
I still used it on the side of my tub to rest the razor on and keep it out of puddles though.
Flamingo Foaming Shave Gel, 1 oz. - Estimated Retail Value $0.75 (Buy a 6.7 oz. bottle for $5.00)
Like all of the other shaving brands, they offer a product to help slide things along with ease. Flamingo's comes in the form of a foaming gel. As soon as you squirt a bit out (it comes fast, watch out!) it immediately turns into a foam and puffs up. That means a little bit goes a long way which is good because this 1-ounce bottle doesn't seem like it will last longer. Of course, it's just a trial size, so I wasn't expecting much. I do like the fact that they include it in their set. I think it's a smart move. It's made with aloe and has a pleasant feminine scent that is nice but a bit floral for me. I also prefer creams to foams for shaving, so I personally probably wouldn't get this again. It did aid me with shaving and allowed the blade and aloe strip to glide along my legs and underarms with ease. I think this one is just a personal preference call!
Flamingo Body Lotion, 3 oz. - Estimated Retail Value $2.70 (Buy a 10 oz. bottle for $9.00)
In addition to the shaving foam, they also offer body lotion that they've included more of a travel size of. Like the foam, it has a sort of light floral scent (actually described as Asian pear, white freesia, and vetiver for a better idea) that I don't hate but also don't love. It's made with white willow bark and papaya fruit extracts and is actually quite nice. I like the thick consistency and even though it's slightest bit greasy feeling at first, it quickly dissipates and leaves a soft velvety finish. I'm truly on the fence about this one! I think the scent is growing on me...
The Verdict: I think Flamingo provides a great product with some extras that are helpful without being overwhelming. They value their $16.00 kit at $22.00, but once I added it all up I came up with $14.70 minus the cost of the holder since it isn't available (which, sure, could be worth $1.30). While this doesn't quite add up, it's the only way to try their lotion + shave gel without buying full sizes, so it makes sense. Shipping was also free, although you can just pick this up at some brick + mortar retailers as well.
If you're curious to see how Flamingo stacks up to the razor subscription, Billie, you should check out the Billie vs. Flamingo post I wrote recently!
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! It's not a subscription but this set is available anytime online and in many stores.
Value Breakdown: For $17.12 ($16.00 + tax) I got a reusable handle, 2 shave cartridges, and a suction cup holder, and a travel size of their shaving gel and lotion to try.
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