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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Packing tip

Normally, when I travel, I just throw my razor into my makeup bag with the rest of my toiletries—which, when you think about it, is gross for so many reasons. So last week, when we packed for the beach, I brought along the Venus Snap. Each mini razor comes in its own compact, so you can keep your razor (and the rest of your stuff) separate and clean.
The Snap is just like the regular Venus Embrace razor (with five blades and a moisturizing strip), but with a smaller handle. Cute, right? It kept my legs beach-ready and my makeup mess free. I'd definitely recommend it for summer trips.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Gillette. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)

68 comments:

LeeLee said...

Great tips. I didn't know the travel shaver existed! Such a great idea.

Elizabeth said...

Regardless of how well it works, it's so cute! But it would definitely be perfect for traveling too. :)

Nina Leung said...

Super idea! I used to have a razor that opened up like a lipstick. It was cool, but I can't find it anymore! Nice thing about this, it's completely covered up and easy to find. Plus, you can leave it in the shower. So smart.

Sandy said...

Clever! And you don't risk cutting yourself when you reach into your toiletries bag!!

E. and Baby P. said...

cute! another handy tip is put your razor in a snack ziploc bag.

Amy said...

$10 for a razor? How absurd.

Alexandra said...

That tiny razor is super cute! I think I would like one that size for everyday.

-- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

Razmataz said...

It would make more sense to pack a clean razor into a cotton drawstring bag to prevent cutting yourself or it touching your cosmetics. Much better than tossing individual containers into the trash after single use products.

laurendoeslife said...

That's actually pretty brilliant. Before I even scrolled down and saw that it was sponsored I thought "oh! what is that mini razor, that's brilliant!" Plus, I always forget to unpack my razor right away and end up in the shower and "borrow" my roommate's, which I know is just terrible. Sorry, roommate :( So, having a specific travel razor would be helpful. For both of us.

Genevieve said...

Why is chucking a razor into your toiletries gross on so many levels?? If it's a disposable razor it'll be clean when it goes in and you will chuck it out before you pack up to come home again, and it's impossible to cut yourself on a safety razor right?
If you're that bothered just wrap it in a ziplock bag... What a waste of money and packaging.

Sbsc3212 said...

Hi! Just so you know, Joanne, Gillette is known for its horrible animal testing.
Though I don't mean to be a downer, I thought you might want to know.

Unknown said...

Can't thank you enough! Had no idea they made this awesome portable razor. Buying one now for my August cruise. Thank you!!!

Lisa said...

I would never spend this much money for a one-time use razor. I buy the cheapo single-blade BIC razors...they come with a cap to cover the blade, so they travel well, too!

Jesse {wefancythat.blogspot.com} said...

I travel for work and have one of these ! So cute and such a smart idea! Loved your post and pics from your trip.... Just dreamy!

kmohawk said...

Sorry, can't get behind unnecessary, wasteful packaging but I do thank Gillette for sponsoring this wonderful blog!

collette said...

Nice. I just bought travel facewash and TSA approved travel bottles for shampoo today.

Mam'zelle said...

LOL that's so cute. I usually leave my razor empty in my makeup bag too, much to the...surprise of my boyfriend when I ask him to get something for me. Good idea. :-)

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NotesFromAbroad said...

I just throw things into Ziplock bags. Easy peasy.

Lana said...

It's not a one-time use razor. It's refillable and you keep the handle and case forever. You just replace the blades every so often...So, it's actually less wasteful than buying disposable razors.

ohraq said...

I love this razor and am definitely getting one! However I really miss your daily posting... I hope all is well at the goddard house!

siftwithstyle said...

Really cute razor! I would like to know what you think of the Vacationers though? It's on my summer reading list.

Amelia said...

super cute, another reason is I once reached my hand into my toiletry bag and cut my hand on the blade. one of my brighter moments

AngelaZ said...

Can you recommend a makeup bag? Mine is always too full:)

Gracey Williams said...

Haha, that's adorable! I'd definitely get one if I actually had places to travel to.

jm said...

Very cute and I think you can use it many, many times like a regular Venus razor. Then you can reuse the cae when you pop in a new blade.

Danielle said...

Love your blog Joanna - but agree with the poster who points out that Gillette is infamous for it's use of animal testing. Given some of the great eco-friendly ethical companies you promote, wanted to give a heads up on this one too.

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

that really is super cute and tiny and PERFECT for travel!! we are headed to DC next week so I might need to hook myself up with one!

emma summer said...

I spot Josie Maran moisturizer w SPF, no?

Crosby said...

PRO-TIP:

Before you head out on vacation, "borrow" a binder clip from the office. It perfectly covers the razor head, never comes off like those little plastic covers, and let's your razor stay dry and protected. I love that I can just toss it in my bag and not worry about it.
Hope it works for you all too!

Emma R said...

As others have said, I am not a fan of the extra plastic here. Also, although it's not as long as a regular razor, it looks basically equally bulky just in other directions. You know how new razor blades come in a little plastic capsule? What I would do (if I'm flying somewhere I don't check bags so I usually don't bring a razor at all, but for road trips etc) is simply remove the old razor blade, pack a new one, and to pack it going home, use that little plastic capsule and a little bit of tape or a rubberband to keep it on.

Personally I would try to protect the blade in transit not just because it's "gross" otherwise (how is it really that gross?) but because little dents and nicks in a blade make it work less well meaning you have to replace it more often--again generating more plastic.

Again like others have said, I understand the need for sponsored posts sometimes, but this seems irresponsible.

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StephNav said...

I'd love to peruse the products in the homes of all these people that are saying negative things - your negative attitudes are worse for this world than a little extra plastic...cute razor, cute post :)

heartfulmouthful said...

Or, you could not shave your legs.

bisbee said...

I agree with many of these comments - yes, this is a REUSABLE razor - it comes with a case and a blade and probably an extra blade - $10 is a fair price - where have you been buying your razors and blades? The hard plastic case isn't that bad - putting a razor in a ziploc or even a cotton drawstring bag will not protect you from getting cut. And...I'd love to scutinize the homes of those who are posting holier than thou comments about waste. For those who comment about Gillette doing animal testing - you may have a legitimate complaint, but why do you assume everyone has to share your opinions? I don't assume you all share mine...

Sadie said...

I love the little case! Not sure why anyone finds this more wasteful than a regular razor with disposable heads, much less a totally disposable razor. And, uh, ziploc bags are also disposable, last time I checked.

I detest shaving, and I generally wax my legs (with the strips-- liquid wax is way too much hassle). However, I just bought an epilator after someone's comment on your last shaving post and whoa, it is awesome! Haven't had the guts to try it on the armpits, though. I waxed those once and NEVER AGAIN.

sumslay said...

Definitely want one of these! I always throw it in my make up bag too - when I remember it at all.

Crosby - GENIUS tip about the binder clip, might be trying that first!

Sadie - an epilator? I want to know more! I had my armpits and bikini area lasered, and while amazing, I'm shocked that the armpit hair is more stubborn. :\

Also, do people really just use disposable razors one time? Just curious, bc I sure don't.

I dress myself said...

Boy do you have a rough crowd that dissects everything to a pulp! You are great and always do your best even when promoting through your posts sponsorship related material!

Kerry said...

Love your blog, Joanna, but can't get behind a company that tortures animals. Could you please post a remark to this point for me and the other folks who have mentioned it? Not trying to be mean, just curious about your thoughts on this. Thanks.

Sarah said...

Yikes! Now I'm wondering about what's so gross about throwing a razor in a toiletry bag with everything else. I mean, it's dry and clean, and everything else is sealed up. I guess it's akin to hair being gross as soon as it's off someone's head?

In any case, this is a very cute razor, and I'd definitely use it for travel or every day use.

Sarah said...

ps, I'm sure many of the commenters EAT animals, so I think you need to let Gilette testing on animals go.

(Are they sending razors to vets who are already shaving animals for surgery? Or chasing wild animals around with a razor? ... I think the former?)

Meadow said...

Oh that is so cute!! I usually just buy Venus disposables... they do the trick as well. @Amy: what kind of razors do you buy?! The crappy ones that cut your legs?? Lol $10 isn't steep at all...

Meadow said...

Remind me to never start a blog. Omg. I don't know how Joanna does it. Post about a cute razor and we have people complaining about animal testing, unnecessary plastic (wtf, it's less wasteful than disposables), the -gasp- $10 it costs... geez. People will find anything to nitpick. I don't know how Joanna puts up with it all!!

Unknown said...

On a separate but related note-- how are you enjoying The Vacationers?!

Bridge said...

Wow! I'm surprised so many readers are defending animal testing for toiletries. I'm guessing they are in the dark about what it involves and why the outdated practice has been banned around the world. Really wish consumers were more educated about products they buy and would boycott companies with unethical, inhumane practices. If we stop being passive about animal testing and demand that companies stop using it before giving them money they will change. Meanwhile, there are so many companies to choose from who do not test on animals and have great products - how about we buy from them instead?

I'm not trying to be a snot or nitpick, just want to say that I'm really turned off by this choice of sponsor. Sponsored posts from Gillette really stick out when compared to other more ethical companies this blog promotes. I'm a long time reader and understand that blogs evolve but such a low standard of sponsors makes me concerned about the direction of A Cup of Jo. Much prefer hearing about cool, small companies, or ones providing a unique service to giant companies who partcipate in animal cruelty.

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Leah said...

What a great idea!

S. said...

Why is it gross? That's implying your body is gross, which I hope you do not actually think to be true. Unsafe would have been a better use of words. -Shannon

Lily L-M said...

This IS rather brilliant, thanks for the tip!

x Lily
http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

Emily said...

this seems like such a dumb product. I hate how beauty companies are constantly manufacturing more problems which can only be solved by their products.

Justine said...

I see you use Josie Maran's facial moisturizer with SPF. Obsessed.

Hazel said...

This is sponsorship (and to a lesser degree the Old Navy post) really disappoint me. The more I see this type of content, the less excited I am about Cup of Jo.

Ruth said...

I also can't understand what is gross, and this is product is an unnecessary waste of money. And it's hardly nit picking to say this or point out a company's ethics or lack thereof when Jo is being paid to promote their products. Is no (constructive) criticism allowed in blogging? This is Jo's job, in any other job one receives criticism and you put on your big girl pants and deal with it.

krcv said...

My husband had a razor blade get dented in his toiletry bag that caused a huge gouge on his face when he was shaving. A case like this would have saved his face and our pictures! Great idea.

Christy Tennery-Spalding said...

I agree with many of the commenters here. Cup of Jo's sponsors are usually values-based brands that are (more) gentle on the environment. As someone who appreciates all of the beauty contained in your blog, I'm really sad that a company with such ugly practices (egregious animal testing among them) made your cut. I'm also disappointed that you have chosen Gilette (as well as others) that have so much unnecessary packaging.

Please give more careful consideration to your sponsors, the impacts that they're having, and the message you're sending by promoting them.

Caitlin said...

I agree with the others who said that this post doesn't belong on this blog.... Packing tip? Not really. I get that sponsored posts are a must but this doesn't fit with your content.

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