Sure, shaving is a bitch, but…really…we’re not sure if we should laugh, cry or cringe at this story.

According to news reports, a 37-year-old driver was headed to Key West for a rendezvous with her boyfriend. She was accompanied in the car by her ex-husband. In order to be ‘properly groomed for the visit’, she decided — as the news ever so tastefully put it — that she needed to shave her ‘bikini area’.

As the news story went on to explain: ‘Her ex-husband, who was in the passenger’s seat, took the wheel while she focused on other areas…’

Well, you can see what’s coming — but evidently she couldn’t, since she managed to rear-end a car ahead of her.

Our attorney would want us to make an urgent plea at this point in the story, just in case any of you feel tempted to follow this driver’s example and later blame us in court for having given you the idea: Never, never, never shave in your car…while driving.

As you might have guessed, alcohol was reportedly involved impairing the driver’s shaving-while-driving abilities. Which brings us to another safety plea: Never, never, never drink and shave.

You can read an actual news account here, just in case you think we’re drinking-while-blogging and concocted this tale for our own entertainment.

There’s a saying in the real estate business world about the three ingredients needed for success: ‘location, location, location’. We had no idea until now how much those words also pertained to successful shaving. If you must shave in your car, please…turn off the engine.

“It’s a man’s world,” or so James Brown has been known to sing, and in the world of razors that certainly appears to be the case. With that said, let’s turn to the fairer sex as we list the top 5 reasons shaving is even harder for women.

1.  For stylish women, they don’t really have a choice in the matter

Quickly, name some styles of men’s facial hair.  That’s fairly easy, isn’t it?  Beard, mustache, goatee, Van Dyke, mutton chops, sideburns, handlebar, etc.  Now then, name some styles of women’s leg hair.  Um…

Without getting into a massive dialogue about the standards of beauty, men have an easier time of things than women.  While men can choose to grow their facial hair, women have, for the most part, two choices when it comes to hair not on the top of their heads: on or off.  And in order to be stylish (certainly while wearing a skirt), there really is no choice; it has to be done.

2.  There’s more “square footage” involved

Men may grouse about having to shave every day, but what women may lack in frequency, they more than make up for in area.  Even the largest-faced men in the world can’t hold a candle to the amount of skin women shave.

3.  Shaving a leg is a lot more difficult than shaving a face

We all know, or should know at least, the shaving tip of shaving with the grain (at least with the first pass).  Consider, then, that the average leg is going to have more grains than the average face, requiring a lot more care.

What’s more, shaving one’s legs is a lot less convenient than shaving one’s face.  Everyone can reach up and touch their face, but considering that touching one’s toes is an actual exercise for some, getting a razor in that area becomes an exercise in flexibility.

4.  You heard it here first:  Legs are different from faces

Men are often quick to notice, and even quicker to complain, when the women in their lives have used their razor.  This may cause some women to wonder why; men’s whiskers are so much thicker than the fine hairs on a woman’s leg, so what’s the big deal?

The big deal is that shaving doesn’t just remove hair, but the very top layer of skin as well.  Consider, then, that the skin on our legs is a lot tougher and a bit thicker than the skin on our faces.  As a result, leg shaving dulls a blade faster, and if they’re not careful, what should be a smooth glide of a razor suddenly becomes a bumpy skid.

5.  It burns, it burns!

The sensation of razor burn is due to the fact, as outlined just above, that shaving not only removes hair but a layer of skin as well.  The faster you shave, the greater the burn, because you aren’t giving the skin a chance to heal.

But the real problem, then, lies not just in the burn, but where the burn is.  A bit of burn on the face, and it becomes irritating, but ultimately it can be left alone to get better; don’t wear a face mask and all will be fine.  A bit of burn on the legs, and suddenly any sort of fabric or stocking reminds the women that, hey, ow, they shaved recently.

So there it is; the razor world may be a man’s world, but as James Brown also notes, it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman.

- CC

2013: Shaving is a bitch.

January 10, 2013

I'm sorry, Skintimate, but we need to break up. I'm in love with someone else.

I’m sorry, Skintimate, but we need to break up. I’m in love with someone else.

A quick post for the ladies only…

We’re not men. So why shave like them? After all, we women have 18 times more surface area to cover, drier skin, and three different textures of hair (in some hard-to-reach areas).

Since 2003, Pacific Shaving Company has been dedicated to improving the shaving experience for men. It was time we turned our attention to the specific shaving needs of us women.

The result?  A trio of safe and natural premium shaving products, affordably priced and specifically formulated to support a smooth, nick-free shave anywhere on a woman’s body. Products so astonishingly good, they make the Skintimates and Satin Cares of the world blush with embarrassment for representing half the shaving world so poorly — and for so long.

Each component of Pacific Shaving’s women’s line is made with a unique formula of safe and effective ingredients — argan oil, shea butter, avocado oil, aloe to name a few — designed to leave a woman’s skin smooth and hydrated all day. And with just the right amount of lavender and orange essential oils, they smell great too.

The men have enjoyed their spotlight long enough. 2013 is the year of the woman!

- CC Sofronas
Pacific Shaving co-founder, product developer, woman. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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