Rockstar Review: DollarShaveClub

by Michael Nolan on 24 March 2012 · 4 comments

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A few weeks ago I came across a viral video that was going around. In it I watched Mike, the founder of a new website called Dollar Shave Club, explaining what his site was all about and how it worked. How did a video on such a boring topic go viral? Watch for yourself:


My Earth Garden: Dollar Shave Club ReviewI was so entertained that I found myself watching the video several times and sharing it all over the place. Along the way I visited the website and read  up on the offerings and though I proudly sport a full beard at present, I signed up.

Let me say up front that my expectations were really low. First, I have hyper-sensitive skin and most razors are less-than-kind to my face and neck as a result. That combined with the fact that I only shave part of my cheek and my neck led me to sign up for the lowest priced plan, listed at $1/month (with $2 shipping, the monthly charge totals $3).

Apparently the viral video caught the company by surprise. I received an email several days after I signed up alerting me to the fact that they were overwhelmed by the response, and shipping would be delayed by a few days. It gave a specific date on which orders would begin shipping and a way to contact customer service with any questions.

Here’s what came in my package:

My Earth Garden: Dollar Shave Club Review

  • 1 shaver handle
  • 5 twin-blade cartridges with aloe vera strip
  • 4 packing peanuts

My Earth Garden: Dollar Shave Club Review

While I don’t shave my entire face, I do shave my neck. The photo to the left shows several days worth of growth.

I had not shaved because I wanted to give my new Dollar Shave Club razor a good first test


My Earth Garden: Dollar Shave Club Review

The handle is comfortable to hold, and the blades are very simple. All in all they were exactly as described on the website when they say

The Humble Twin keeps it simple. It wields nothing but truth. It’s like your old high school gym, before the class of ‘62 alumni donated $1 million and rebuilt it into modern coliseum.

The real test wasn’t how it looked, but how it handled, so I lathered up and got to work. The results were pretty impressive for such an inexpensive razor:

My Earth Garden: Dollar Shave Club Review

I expected my neck to resemble my knuckles after a fight with a cheese grater but was pleasantly surprised when there was no such incident. Not even the first sign of razor burn or stubble. The shave was as close as I could have hoped for without any nicks or grabbing.

For cost, quality, customer service and performance I give DollarShaveClub’s “Humble Twin” razor an enthusiastic thumbs up. For those who might not be so brave as I, Dollar Shave Club also offers 4 blade and even an executive 6-blade model for $6 and $9/month respectively (shipping included).

Dollar Shave Club also offers a referral program that earns a free month of blades for every person who signs up using a member’s unique referral URL. If you’re interested in giving it a shot, my referral URL is:

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