He's ba-aaack! I was recently offered a chance to try out a month of Wet Shave Club, and who better to help me review it than my main squeeze (and daily shaver) Stan? Don't be fooled by that wan smile, he was damn excited to try out this box.
Not familiar with Wet Shave Club? It's a monthly subscription box service geared towards wet shaving enthusiasts (and newbies!) Subscribers get a selection of razorblades, soaps, aftershaves and whatnot each month, as well as a premium double-edge razor and boar hair brush in the first month. Their subscription prices are as follows:
- $29 per month on a month-to-month plan
- $26 per month on a prepaid 3-month plan
- $24 per month on a prepaid 6-month plan
- $22 per month on a prepaid 12-month plan
Those prices include shipping within the United States. Good news if you live abroad: They do ship to Canada for an additional $5.99 per month or worldwide for $13.99!
The first things I saw when I opened the box were a Wet Shave Club "membership card" and an info card explaining how to get a good wet shave—which Stan read aloud to me as if he was reciting a poem. Thanks...? Might come in handy if I ever steal the razor away from him, buahaha.
Speaking of gals stealing razors, I don't think there's anything in this box that isn't lady-friendly. The overall vibe is definitely masculine, but if you shave your legs or pits or whatever and enjoy vintage-feeling things, this stuff will do the trick nicely.
First thing in the box: A gorgeous boar hair brush! The handle is very, very shiny. So shiny that I see the reflection of my studio lights in the picture. Can you spot them?
Stan's thoughts: This brush looks like it would be really rough and stuff, but it isn't. I like it.
Next up, we have the razor handle, which is housed in a sturdy leather sheath stamped with the Wet Shave Club logo.
I'm not sure if it's standard for razors of this type to come bundled with a leather case like this, but it's an excellent idea, especially if you plan on putting the razor in your travel bag or something.
Stan's thoughts: The razor is very sturdy. It looks like it would be heavy, but it's very light and easy to shave with.
Next up... some Trig stainless steel blades! I don't really know much about razorblades, but they seem sharp, and the side of the box says "Treet Corporation Limited Pakistan". There are 10 blades in the box—I think the idea is that you're supposed to change up the blade roughly every three days or so. Keeps things SHARP.
Stan's thoughts: They're razor-y!
(Yes, that's actually what he said.)
What would a wet shaving box be without a bit of shaving soap? Here we have Ellington's natural shaving soap, which apparently is a detergent-free, shea butter-based formula. According to their website, this has notes of "masculine spice with woodsy musk undertones and hint of floral and citrus." I wonder what Stan has to say on the subject....
Stan's thoughts: At first I thought it was going to smell kinda neutral, but it smells like cloves. I like it.
Cloves = masculine spice, maybe? Either way, sounds nice.
Last but certainly not least, we have a mini jar of Local Gent Shaving Co. Eucalyptus Mint Aftershave Lotion.
Stan's thoughts: This stuff smells real minty so I thought it was going to be kind of bracing on the skin, but it just feels like regular lotion. It smells good though.
Some guys like their faces to tingle, I guess.
I asked Stan to test everything out for a couple of weeks and report back to me with his overall impressions of the box, and this is what he had to say:
I like this box a lot because I feel like I get a smoother shave with the old-school razor. It's also sort of fun to use. It takes a bit longer than using a disposable razor though, so I use a regular razor if I don't have time in the morning. It's really great to use on the weekends.
Judging from the amount of time he locks himself away in the bathroom I don't think it's that time-consuming, just a bit more involved than your usual scrape-n-go type affair. Speaking as someone who has a 7+ step skincare routine, I can see the appeal of a daily wet shaving ritual myself, at least. I think Wet Shave Club did a great job of providing all the basics one might need to get started with wet shaving in this box... I do wonder what folks get in the box after their first month? Hopefully an awesome selection of blades, soaps, lotions and/or potions.
To sign up for Wet Shave Club, visit here and select your subscription length. They also have gift subscriptions available—this would be an excellent choice for a guy who's hard to shop for!
What do you think of Wet Shave Club? Are you willing to spend a little extra time on your beauty/grooming routine for better results?
Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.