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Myth: Wetshaving is vastly more expensive than regular shaving

Aleksander R. Nordgarden Rødner
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I have heard this myth so many times, I can't even remember how many any more. I even believed it myself.

Let's look at the evidence. I live in Norway, so the prices are in NOK.

In the one corner, the Gillette ProGlide razor retails at 199 NOK. Four blades retail at 199 NOK. Proglide Hydragel retails at 69 NOK. This assumes you never cut, and don't need after shave balm. It works out at 467 NOK.

In the other corner, we have a starterkit for traditional shaving, consisting of a 5-pack of blades, a brush, a razor, shaving cream and aftershave balm, which retails at 549 NOK. Add another 5-pack of blades, which retails at 25 NOK. This works out at 574 NOK.

At this point, before any shaving has taken place, wetshaving is, indeed, more expensive. However, let's go a year down the road. The following calculations is based on just buying additional blades and cream, three shaves per week, and changing blades every third shave. We also assume that more shaving cream is needed once every three months.

The Gillette shaver needs new blades after eight weeks, and needs eleven four-packs of blades at a total of 2189 NOK. Three additonal cans of shaving cream comes in at 207 NOK, bringing the total from no shaving to shaving regularly for an entire year to 2863 NOK.

The Wetshaver needs new blades after ten weeks, and needs nine packs of five blades at 25 NOK per pack (assuming they are bought one at a time. If bought in bulk, they come in at 19 nok per pack when buying five packs) and three tubes of shaving cream at 99 NOK per tube. This brings the total for the first year to 1196 NOK.

After a year, that's a saving of a whopping 1667 NOK, or 58%. In addition, after eight weeks, when the Gillette shaver needs new blades, he passes the wetshaver in spendings.

I concede that my assumptions may throw the timeline off, however, the substantial point, that wetshaving not only is not vastly more expensive than regular shaving, but rather significantly cheaper, still stands.


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