Saving money around the house isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish. The kids need this, the house needs that, and at the end of the day even little expenses can add up. While the price of many goods will vary, one expense that can be controlled is the cost of shaving goods.
Introducing Wet Shaving
Wet shaving is a shaving method that is characterized by the use of a single disposable razor blade attached to a non-disposable safety razor. The shaving method focuses on applying hot water and shaving cream to the face prior to shaving. This varies from electric shaving methods, or “dry shaving.”
Wet shaving began as a more efficient, safer method of shaving to replace straight razor shaving and was popular up until the introduction of the modern day cartridge razor.
Benefits of Wet Shaving
Wet shaving offers more than a few benefits over the modern day cartridge razor. First, the shave achieved is vastly superior. Wet shaving with a safety razor provides a closer, more even shave that cartridge and electric razors cannot come close to matching.
What about the savings?
Perhaps the greatest benefit of wet shaving is the savings it affords over cartridge shaving. Because safety razors are permanent, only the blade needs to be replaced every couple of uses.
- The average cost of a replacement safety razor blade is $0.10
- The average cost of a cartridge head replacement is $3.30.
In addition, many safety razor blades are double-edged, meaning both sides can be used which will extend the useful life of the blade.
Over time, the savings add up. A package of 100 safety razor blades costs $10-$12 and may last more than a year. A package of 8 cartridge blades costs $25-$30 and may last a month or two, depending on how often you shave.
It may not seem like much, however over the course of a year the savings can equal $200 or more. In addition, safety razor handles are typically made from metal which are far more durable than cartridge blade handles which are often plastic or rubber coated plastic.
To put it in perspective, the money saved on razor blades alone may equal an entire car payment, a down payment on a new cellphone, or a nice dinner out with a bottle of wine.
Increasing in Popularity
Wet shaving was once the only alternative to straight shaving. While the last few decades have seen the rise of cartridge and electric razors as the dominant shaving choice for men, the practice is making a comeback.
More men are taking an interest in their personal appearance and hygiene, including their facial hair and shaving needs. As such, a variety of different blades, handles, and accessories are available to suit every man’s shaving style and preferences.
Wet shaving provides a shave that is vastly superior in quality to cartridge razors. Combined with the savings you can achieve by making the switch, there’s no reason your husband should hesitate to give wet shaving a try.