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A Hair Removal Tradition that May Be Older than You Think!

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Spring is here!  Living in Maine makes one look forward to the first 70 degree day like no other. Winters are so long and dark, by the time spring finally arrives the thought of hot sunny beach days distracts my thoughts. It is also a time to start thinking about beginning another summer hair removal routine. Let’s face it, the easiest way to manage the unwanted hair is to create a routine which involves good products to make the experience easy, and pain free. Women have been removing unwanted hair for thousands of years, for a variety of reasons.

Archaeologists believe that the earliest razors used for hair removal were made of flint. These "blades" have been discovered in many excavations of prehistoric human dwellings and may date as far back as 30,000 B.C. Metalworking advancements developed in Egypt, India and Greece in 3,000 B.C. introduced the first permanent and reusable razors. It was these metal razors and modified versions of them that would be used for centuries to come, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the Victorian era. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.

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It began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her (shaved) armpits. Shocking at first, this soon caught on. At the same time a marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, which made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince women that underarm hair was unfeminine. By 1917 the sales of razor blades doubled as women conformed to this feminine stereotype of shaving under their arms.

The trend has continued. The average amount of time a woman will shave in her lifetime is 7,718 times, the average amount of time per shave is 10.9 minutes.  That’s an average of 322 days per lifetime dedicated to shaving our legs and armpits. Lucky for me, I was given some amazing shaving products that will make all of this shave time much easier.

Gillette Venus & Olay razors are amazing. Not only does this razor have 5 blades (more blades= closer 05202013 Gillette Venus Olay Razor Certified Fabulous
shave), these 5 blades are surrounded by sugarberry scented moisture bars. I used this razor in the shower, and didn’t need any shave cream at all. This razor also comes with a handy holder that suctions to the wall of the shower. The claim that this razor “gently exfoliates and helps replenish skin’s moisture” is definitely true. My skin felt smooth and hydrated. I was also given 05202013 Gillette Venus Embrace Razor Refills Certified FabulousGillette Venus Embrace cartridge refills. I have been using Gillette Venus razors for quite some time, and was pleasantly surprised that these refills fit into my old razor handle. Although the blades are not surrounded by the Olay moisture strips, they do possess a protective ribbon of moisture. This is also a 5 blade razor, which I love. Although I did need to use a shaving cream with this razor, it provided me with an incredibly close shave. Each blade individually adjusts, which I think prevents those little nicks one can sometime get when shaving underarms or around your ankles.

 

Thank you Gillette for 2 amazing razors!!

 

 

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Stacey is an outgoing herbalist, spa frequenter, and a self-proclaimed beauty historian! She is the most recent addition to Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. and gives you weekly insight into the past and present of your beauty must haves!  


SKIN TYPE:  Combination


HAIR TYPE: Course, thick, naturally wavy, dry


HAIR COLOR: Dark brunette


COMPLEXION TYPE: Combination.


EYE COLOR: Blue


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Body and face scrubs, exfoliating in general :)

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  • Nathan Horn
    Nathan Horn Monday, 20 May 2013

    I will admit to being a history geek. I love learning the origin of modern things. I enjoyed reading this article a lot... even though I dont shave my legs or underarms. I do "Man Scape" though... so I wonder where that came from? hmmmmm

  • Sheena Eaton
    Sheena Eaton Monday, 20 May 2013

    I absolutely love the Venus and Olay razor! I will never use another razor again!!

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