I’m not the most diligent person with a razor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shaved in the shower and missed a patch or two, only to discover it mid-meeting, at the beach, or anywhere else where I can’t get back in the shower and fix it. So when I recently stumbled upon the Sphynx razor, I immediately ordered it.
The Sphynx is a compact, circular plastic case — it looks a little like old-school birth control, or Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape gum — that’s a three-fer portable shaving kit. Inside, there’s a refillable water spritzer, a bar of shave lather, and a razor blade (plus an extra two for future use). Here’s how it works: Twist the dial in the center of the palm-size kit, and you’re able to switch between the aforementioned bottle, soap, and razor. Start by misting the area to be shaved, then click over to the all-natural emollient lather bar, to create a smooth surface for the blade to glide over. Then click the dial one more time to get to the razor. And then shave, quickly and anywhere.
The first time I tried the Sphynx, it was to fix a swipe of underarm hair I missed before heading to the beach with family this summer. The single-blade razor did an impressive job of fixing my mistakes. Bonus: I also learned that the lather bar could be used after shaving as a moisturizer — a soothing benefit for my supersensitive skin. As an experiment, I later tried shaving my legs with the Sphynx, and it’s somewhat laborious. I also had to refill the water four times. But for a touch-up, I didn’t refill it at all.
The Sphynx is very much a portable product; the founders actually designed it with just one blade for that reason: According to their FAQ page, unlike multiblade razors, you’ll never need to tap it to a sink to rid it of hairs. That means less clogging and a cleaner device, which feels like a reasonable requirement for anything you’ll want to permanently stash in your work bag.
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The Strategist actually ran a whole week of Hairless Content, we talk about the subject so much. One of our chief recommendations in that department is this at-home laser hair-removal device that writer Fiona Byrne bought in an attempt to stop going from beauty appointment to beauty appointment. It worked for her on her legs and underarms in a matter of 12 weeks. “I know it’s expensive,” she wrote. “But if an underarm wax costs $35, this thing will pay for itself in under nine months. If you do your legs, too (let’s say a full leg wax is $105), this thing pays for itself in two months. If you wax monthly, in one year you save almost $1,400.”
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Even more discreet than the Sphynx are these tiny Japanese razors, recommended by the Cut’s beauty editor Kathleen Hou: “They’re small enough to fit under your chin, with enough of an edge to remove peach fuzz, yet not so sharp that they’ll nick you. And the fear that shaving your chin hair will make it grow back with a vengeance is unfounded: Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi assures that shaving does not affect hair-growth rate or thickness.”
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