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Dollar Shave Club Shave Starter Set Review + Coupon

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichJun 28, 2019 | 11 comments

Dollar Shave Club Review

Dollar Shave Club
4.2 overall rating
108 Ratings | 44 Reviews

Dollar Shave Club is a razor and grooming supplies subscription service that allows you to choose the frequency of your deliveries and cancel at any time. They promote themselves with high-quality products at affordable prices. While they originally seemed focused on men, a large portion of their subscribers are actually women because, well, does it really matter when it comes to razors? Here, I give their starter kit a test drive to see how it works on legs and armpits as opposed to a face. 

If you're curious how this one stacks up to other shaving subscriptions, check out our post where we compare Dollar Shave Club, Harry's, and Billie here.

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This is a review of their Shave Starter Set for $5.00.

About this Shaving Subscription

The Subscription Box: Dollar Shave Club

The Cost: $5.00 for the starter set ($15.00 value)

  • Shave Butter Travel (3 oz)
  • Executive Handle (1 ct)
  • Razor Cartridges (4 pk)

Recurring pricing varies by which plan you choose. There are three plans: The Humble Twin ($1), The 4X ($6), and The Executive ($9)

The Products: Razors and Grooming Supplies: Shave, Shower, Hair and Skin Products. You decide which products are in every shipment.

Ships to: U.S., Canada, and Australia

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set Review February 2019

Dollar Shave Club has their own little newspaper that changes content each month. I actually found this one to be pretty interesting!

There's also an info card about their oral care line, Superba!

As well as a plethora of their other grooming products.

There's yet another pamphlet with testimonials and a quick overview.

The Executive Handle ($9.00 value with 4-pack of cartridges)

Dollar Shave Club has three choices of handles that go with three different choices of blades. This is their most expensive handle and is made of mostly metal with blue and grey plastic and rubber accents. It coincides with their 6-blade razor cartridges which is the most you can get. It has a pretty hefty weight to it and looks sort of like a transformer. When you get your first delivery, the handle comes separate from the blades and you'll attach them as seen above to get your first shave going. There's a button to eject old blades once you're done.

The underside has some silver rubbery grips going on so it won't slip out of your hand in the shower.

A closer look at the razor cartridge reveals six blades and a small yellow aloe strip at the top and a blue rubber strip at the bottom. As you can imagine, 6 blades really give you a ridiculously close and smooth shave. No nicks were had on my legs using this heavy handle and even though I don't love the design, it feels good in my hand.

6-Blade Razor Cartridge 4-pack (included in $9.00 value with handle)

The next item is your pack of blades. DSC has the most minimal packaging of all of the shaving clubs I 've seen.

A plastic tray containing your 4 cartridges slides out of a cardboard sleeve. It's easy to just stick the handle in, and remove to change the blades.

Dr. Carver's Easy Shave Butter, 3 oz. travel size - Retail Value $6.00

The last item you'll receive in your shave kit is a travel size of their Easy Shave Butter. When I first tried this stuff, I fell in love. It has slick packaging, is really smooth on the skin, and has a nice scent that isn't super masculine. I ended up reordering this many times since the first time I tried DSC over a year ago. It's packed with cool stuff like golden barley, organic prickly pear cactus, Pacific sea algae, black willow bark, oat extract, and vitamins A, E, and C. Not too shabby!

Verdict: I've always been a fan of Dollar Shave Club but now that other brands are popping up and marketing towards women specifically, I can't say I'm not tempted to switch. They do a good job of catering to everyone since they know many women use their products as well, and they've been around the longest so I want to stay true. They're packaging is minimal and they are all about no-frills but they do happen to have a lot of paper that comes with their deliveries which seems a little unnecessary. They're 6 and 4-blade cartridges are both amazing to shave with and they have an overwhelming amount of products you can add to your subscription which cuts down on trips to the store, but I also have other brands I go-to for oral care, grooming, etc so for me, the shave butter is all I'll ever use.  

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yep! You can order this anytime! Their promos change often though, so order now to get the current $5.00 deal.

Value Breakdown: At $5.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Razor: $3
  • Shave Butter: $2

Check out all of our Dollar Shave Club reviews and more grooming and personal care boxes in the Men’s Subscription Box Directory!

If you're trying to figure out which razor subscription is right for you, head over to this post where I compare the leading brands!

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Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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David Wier

I have been using your product for 3 years. Like it but razor handles don’t last and the cartridge falls out after about 5 months of use. How do I order a new handle? Let me know, as I have enough blade cartridges for the next year!!!!!!

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Pemny Locklear

I would like to try them. I already use the Venus Embrace razors, with 5 blades. Its refills are good

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I love their shave butter, 6 blade razor (it’s been through the winter yeti test), and the toothbrush and paste! The shave butter is thick and smooth to where the shave cream is thinner than I expected but it smells better. The razor gives the smoothest shave I’ve ever had but be careful about that single blade on top because it will catch you and it is sharp! I love the toothbrush and paste because the brush is designed more ergonomically and the paste makes my mouth feel clean.

I am half tempted to try Leaf because I want a more environmentally friendly option, but Dollar Shave is really good.

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$5 and $48 are very different. Why does it say you can try it for $5 yet try and charge nearly 50 bucks?

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If you want to buy the blades direct from the manufacturer that supplies DSC, you can always check out Dorco USA. They ship super fast and have sales all of the time. They also have a decent amount of razors more geared to women on that site.

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I’ve been subscribed to the dollar shave club for at least two years now. And I really appreciate them. My razors last me quite a while because I only need to shave about once a week so I only have them send me a box about every 3 to 4 months or sooner if need be. It’s nice seeing that they’re adding new products.

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Marne great review I always love reading all your reviews, all your team mates are excellent also.

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I am interested, but want to ask anyone whose household gets these: Do you really have to change the head every week like they recommend? This would be for a woman’s legs, not for a man who has to fight the beard every day. What do you think?

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Jennifer 3

I’ve had this sub since last summer. I shave with every shower or bath. (I’m not particularly hairy however I’m strangely OCD about shaving. For whatever the reason, I simply do not feel clean if I don’t shave. Lol)
I’ve found that even with very frequent use i still do not need to change blades weekly. I think maybe every two weeks is the most, however generally every three weeks or so. The blades really retain their sharpness quite well. So well that I have a nice stash of replacement blades waiting.
They more recently began allowing how often you receive your replacements. I have at least temporarily changed mine to every three months (to allow me to use what I have in hand) but most likely go to every other month.
I hope that helps?

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Thank you so much Jennifer and Patty!


I use this razor and I still would say depends on how much you use it. I personally receive razor ever two months and I changed to the 4 blade. They also raised the price. I don’t know why that wasn’t in the review.

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