Real Beauty, Gillette Venus razor review

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So, I got to review Gillette’s Venus razor for new shavers together with my daughter. Plus we got a whole bottle of their Passionista Fruit SatinCare shaving gel. My daughter was excited about that.

“Is it going to make me smell like that?”

“Maybe. At least a little bit.”

“Wow! And they should make one that smells like pigs because then it would smell like me!”

Now my daughter does NOT smell like pigs. Or even a pig. But she does spend a lot of time in the barn with her steer and her minihorse. And she had just finished moving her newly hatched chicks out of the incubator and into the brooder. And I think she rather likes the smell of living and playing amidst the animals on our little homestead.

As I opened the package to the razor, I figured I may as well make these few minutes teaching her how to shave count for something.

“What do you think it means to be beautiful?”

“To be kind and to be pretty.”

“Good. What does it mean to be pretty? How do you decide if someone’s pretty?”

She wrinkled her nose the way only a thirteen year old girl who has been asked the obvious can.

“That . . . you . . . are . . . pretty. Nice skin and hair and you aren’t deformed.”

“Ok, good. For the most part, what we see as pretty is tied to signs of good health: glowing skin, shiny hair, clear eyes, proportional body shape. Those are all signs of good health so when we make choices to be healthy, we are doing what is best for our bodies and nurturing our natural beauty.”

“So what does that have to do with shaving?”

I looked down at the razor in my hand.

“Maybe not much, but we’ll see when I get there.”

“Oh. OK.”

“Anyway, sometimes people do have deformities or disabilities or other things that aren’t considered “beautiful.” Most people have something about their body they don’t like, but even pimples can make you self conscious of how you look. That’s why the kindness you mentioned is such an important part of beauty. People who have that kind of true, internal beauty are just nice to be around. After a few minutes, you don’t even notice the way they look, only the way they make you feel.”

“Horses don’t care about that stuff, either.”

I laughed.

“That’s true. And most people really don’t either if they get a chance to get to know each other. Good hygiene helps, too. Cleaning yourself, brushing your hair and dressing in appropriate clothes tell people that you respect yourself. Shaving is really just a cultural thing here in America, but it is part of basic grooming that communicates to other people that you respect your body and want to take care of it. And it doesn’t hurt to smell like Passionista Fruit.”

She laughed and I handed her the razor.

“So, how was it?” I asked when she returned.

“Fine.”

“Fine?” I wasn’t sure whether she really didn’t like it or if she was just a thirteen girl who thought enough talking had already taken place. “Is that what you want me to write for the review? Fine?”

“Oh, OK. Well, I really liked the shaving gel. It smells really good, but it didn’t really make me smell like that. A little nice, but not so strong. And when you first put it on it is like a gel but then it turns white when you rub it in and foams up. It makes your legs really slippery. The razor was cool. You don’t even have to hold it or move it and it just shaves.”

“What do you mean you don’t have to hold it? How do you shave without holding the razor?”

She went and got the razor and showed me how the head tilts.

“All you have to do is pull it straight and razor just goes up and down. You don’t have to hold it.”

With the image of razors magically floating across legs, I laughed.

“So you liked it.”

“Yeah, it was nice.”

And with that, she went to bed not smelling like pigs or chickens.

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