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The Herald Magazine - - etc EVA ARRIGHI HOME -

What is it?

A groom­ing aid de­signed to both trim and shave with a sin­gle elec­tric blade. For those of us with sen­si­tive skin, the thought of shav­ing ev­ery day is hor­rid: cold me­tal scrap­ing the skin un­til it’s red and sore, fol­lowed by dry­ness that feels like some­one is stretch­ing your flesh and then set­ting it on fire.

Philips has de­signed the OneBlade to avoid this by lim­it­ing di­rect con­tact with the skin. This re­sults in a slightly less clean shave but greatly re­duces ir­ri­ta­tion.

Good points?

Tra­di­tional ra­zors have the con­tact blade at the bot­tom edge to per­form a pulling ac­tion, but Philips has put cut­ting edges at the top edge too. This al­lows for an up and down mo­tion which re­duces the time needed to per­form a shave, thus min­imis­ing dis­com­fort.

This, cou­pled with the os­cil­lat­ing head cut­ter that guides hair onto the con­tact points, fur­ther re­duces fric­tion and elim­i­nates painful hair pulling and catch­ing.

Three sup­plied guard combs – 1mm, 3mm and 5mm – dis­tance the blade even fur­ther from the skin, which is per­fect for those who don’t mind some stub­ble for the sake of pain-free morn­ings.

Bad points?

The bat­tery doesn’t last par­tic­u­larly long, with 45 min­utes of use from 8 hours of charge.

Best for …

Those who travel reg­u­larly and need to look their best on the road. The de­vice weighs 100 grams with the bat­tery, which is not much more than a con­ven­tional ra­zor blade.

Avoid if ...

You re­quire a su­per-close shave in your daily life.

Score: 8/10.

Philips OneBlade, £39.99 (


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