How often do we get good things in the mail? Hardly ever anymore, now that pen pals are a thing of the past – unless you subscribe to a shaving club. Then you find yourself excited to crack open the mailbox. Shaving clubs are a pretty convenient way to automatically get the stuff you want and the stuff you use delivered right to your door.
Although you often can’t choose exactly the items you want, clubs are a quick and easy way to make sure you’re never out of stock on a Monday morning.
Each club offers something slightly different, and it can be hard to know if one is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together this convenient guide with prices and info on some of the most popular shaving clubs.
Monthly fee: ranges from $8 – $24, depending on the options you choose.
Harry’s offers lots of high-quality blades at what most people feel are reasonable prices, and you can increase or decrease your subscription frequency. The free trial package (you just pay for the shipping) includes a Truman Razor with a blade, foaming shave gel and a travel blade cover to last about two weeks.
Bonus: They publish Five O’ Clock, a pretty cool online magazine.
Monthly fee: about $40
The Starter Kit comes with Priming Oil, Shave Cream, Restoring Balm, and Blades with an optional razor and brush for an extra $40 (which they say is an $80 value). The benefit of Bevel is its specialization in products for people of colour that help reduce razor bumps and irritation. You can sign up for monthly or bi-monthly delivery.
Monthly fee: Ranges from $3.50 – $9.50
Subscriptions are divided into three categories: the Humble Twin, the 4X (also recommended for women) and the Executive. New members get a free compatible blade handle; the type of plan you choose determines the styles of handle available to you.
Bonus: They also publish an online magazine, MEL, which is a great read.
Monthly fee: $10 or $20 – $110 for Birchbox Plus.
Each month get a good supply of five grooming samples like anti-ageing moisturizers or beard care products. The Birchbox Plus Men also includes a lifestyle item in each shipment. Just fill out your grooming profile and tell them what you like instead of getting surprised with what you’d rather not receive.
Bonus: They’ll often offer a free gift with your subscription.
Monthly fee: about $5 + price of products
The Public Goods subscription is a bit different. Pay $59 a year, and then get access to products at lower prices, every day. PG promises that you can save about $70 a month on this model. Whether the math checks out or not, we don’t know. But they do offer a shaving cream for $18, or $3.25 for members.
Makers of healthy premium products, from bathroom essentials and shaving goods to bamboo, biodegradable toothbrushes and non-toxic cleansers.
Bonus: All products are claimed to be vegan.
Monthly fee: $1 and up
The Epic Beard Club doesn’t involve a whole lot of shaving, so whether this qualifies as a “shaving” subscription depends on your point of view. Instead, they sell beard oils, waxes, balms, and more. How’s it work? The first step is to choose your beard oil, choose balms, beard spray, waxes and shampoo or conditioner (priced individually as you add them to your shopping cart).
They also offer accessories like beard combs and brushes, hats, and even “growth vitamin” capsules. Don’t feel obligated to load up your box, just select one item if that’s all you want. That’s how we got our minimum $1 price. The max price? Well, that depends on just how many ball caps you want to receive each month.
These are only a small sample of the clubs out there in the world, so don’t feel limited to what we’ve listed here. Let us know in the comments whether you’re subscribed to any of these and whether you enjoy their products and services!