7 of the best electric razors, plus expert advice on how to properly clean and care for one

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  • Electric razors cost more than disposable razors, but they provide smooth shaves and last longer.
  • Braun’s Series 7 7085cc is our top pick because it’s versatile and effective at shaving or trimming.
  • We also recommend picks for affordable, high-end, professional electric razors, and more.

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Shaving isn’t as simple or as easy as brushing your teeth. All beards aren’t the same, and when you factor in the many styles of facial hair people prefer, there is no single tool or technique that works for everyone. While traditional manual razors are usually great for full, clean shaves on people with straight hair, they’re not of much use beyond that. That’s where electric razors come in.

For some people, using an electric razor instead of a manual razor means fewer nicks, cuts, and no razor bumps to follow. For others, the choice to use an electric razor simply comes down to speed and convenience since they can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving cream. Wherever you fall in the spectrum of shaving expectations, there’s definitely an electric razor out there that can meet or exceed all of your grooming needs.

We thoroughly tested and reviewed all of the best electric razors for most people’s needs, below. We’ve also broken down the differences between foil and rotary shavers to help you determine which is best for your intended use and hair/skin type. You can find the explanation below, just under our top choices for electric razors.

Here are the best electric razors you can buy in 2021:

Braun Series 7 (7085cc)

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The Braun Series 7 is able to “read” the density of your beard, automatically adjusting its power to give you the closest shave ever.

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The Braun Series 7 (7085cc) replaces the older Braun Series 7 (7895cc) as our best overall pick because of its dependability and a few key improvements. Like the previous generation, the Series 7 (7085cc) features Braun’s AutoSense technology, which reads the density of your beard and automatically adjusts its power to provide a clean shave in one pass.

The biggest improvement in the design is the new 360° Flex Head shaver that contours to the curves of your face and neck. Using the new Series 7 (7085cc) feels effortless, even in hard-to-shave areas like your Adam’s apple or jawline.

The new model (7085cc) also has a detachable trimmer that goes in place of the shaver, unlike the previous model (7895cc) which featured a slide-out trimmer on the front of the device. With the new design, the trimmer tool is placed at the top of the device, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. If you’re having a hard time visualizing the difference between the two designs, see the side-by-side comparison here.

With 50 minutes of continuous shave time, the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) typically lasts three weeks on one charge — and when it does die, you can get enough battery power for a single shave with a 5-minute quick charge.

Just like previous models, the Series 7 (7085cc) is also entirely waterproof, so you can bring it in the shower, use it with water and shaving cream, or rinse it off in the sink when you’re done. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 7 7071cc here.

The 7071cc is the same as the 7085cc, except it doesn’t include extra length guard attachments.

Remington F5-5800

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F5-5800 (small)

Electric shavers can be expensive, especially foil-style shavers, but Remington consistently offers models with good performance, at the affordable end of the market. The Remington F5-5800 is one of the better razors available for such a low price. It certainly has some drawbacks, but it will give you a decent level of performance, considering what you’re paying.

The F5-5800 has a nicely contoured handle that makes it comfortable to use. Meanwhile, the head on this electric razor is just the right size to reach hard-to-shave areas, such as just below the nose. Keep in mind, though, that the Remington F5-5800 does not allow for wet shaves, and it won’t work with shaving foam or gel.

The rechargeable battery on the Remington F5-5800 is reliable, and the handle of the razor contains a series of LEDs that conveniently indicate the current charge level.

Many people like to use the F5-5800 as a travel razor or as a second razor at the office, because of its small size and low price. 

One problem many Amazon reviewers mentioned is the failing of the foil screens on the razor after several months. This can expose sharp edges on the F5-5800 that could cause nicks and cuts while shaving. — Kyle Schurman

Braun Series 9 (9370cc)

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The Braun Series 9 (9370cc) electric foil shaver is an upgrade to both Series 7 and older Series 9 Braun shavers with the latest design features. Although you’ll pay extra for these features, the 9370cc is well worth the money.

The cutting head consists of five separate parts — two OptiFoil shavers, a lift and cut trimmer, a direct and cut trimmer, and a protective skin guard. Together, the system provides a smooth and close shave, whether your hairs lay flat, stand up, or grow in an odd direction.

If you weren’t a fan of electric razors with pivoting heads in the past because they didn’t fit the contours of your face well, you don’t have to worry about that issue with the 9370cc. Braun includes a 10-direction pivoting head that provides all the flexibility you’ll need. You’ll also have to ability to lock it in place if you find a specific angle that works for you.

With 20% more battery power than the previous model, you’ll get a full hour of shaving time on just one charge. Considering you’ll only need to shave for a few minutes each time, you can get nearly a month of daily use on a single charge — or much longer if you don’t shave often.

As one final advantage over its predecessors, the 9370cc has one of the largest heads found on an electric shaver, allowing you to finish shaving a bit more quickly than with other electric razors. This Braun razor will work in wet or dry conditions, and you can use it with shaving foam or gel.

As a self-cleaning model, the Braun Series 9 comes bundled with a Clean and Charge station and one Clean and Renew cartridge, which contains a solution designed to clean and lubricate the shaver head before each use. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 9 9370cc here.

Bevel Trimmer

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If you have coarse or curly hair, you’ve probably struggled to find products that make grooming comfortable. While most razors focus on getting the absolute closest cut possible, that’s also usually the first step to unattractive, painful, or itchy razor bumps. Luckily, the Bevel Trimmer solves that. 

Founded in 2013, Walker and Company (Bevel‘s parent company) was created by Tristan Walker to cater to the grooming needs of people with coarse or curly hair. While that most directly applies to people of color, the brand’s products are generally great for anyone who has sensitive skin.

Rather than using multiple blades that either cut hair below the surface of the skin or snag and pull on hair, the Bevel Trimmer uses an adjustable blade to cut hair to the same level of the skin.  

The Bevel Trimmer is extremely precise and sharp, and a small mechanism inside gives you the ability to adjust the blade. This is a nice feature because most trimmers (even the professional ones used by barbers, including the Andis T-Outliner included in this list) require a screwdriver to make adjustments. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review on the Bevel Trimmer

The best professional razor

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If you shave your full head multiple times a week and you’re sick of paying the barbershop to get it done, you may want to pick up the professional-grade Andis T-Outliner. This electric razor is used in many barbershops, and people who shave their full head swear by it. You can also use it for trimming your neck, beard, mustache, and hairline.

The Andis T-Outliner trimmer uses a close-cutting T-shaped blade that’s perfect for full head shaving, fades, and designs. Andis sells a cordless version, but the one we reviewed has a heavy-duty 8-foot cord, so even though it’s corded, you’ll still have plenty of room to move.

The trimmer’s carbon-steel blades are specially hardened so that they last longer than your average blade. The blades are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace, though, so when the time comes, it’s an easy swap.

You do have to oil it often to keep it running smoothly, and every now and then it’ll need a full tune-up. That does require unscrewing some small screws to oil the insides, but you won’t have to do this regularly.  — Malarie Gokey

Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0

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At $70, the Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 might seem expensive, but it’s well worth it if you’re using it specifically for trimming body hair. The trimmer features SkinSafe technology that prevents you from uncomfortable snags or cuts, while still providing a close shave all over your body, especially below the belt.

Anyone who has trimmed their groin area knows how catastrophic having an unsteady hand or using too much pressure can be. With the Lawn Mower 3.0, it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake. After using it a few times very cautiously, I became more comfortable and trusted the SkinSafe technology more. You’d have to really dig this into your skin to come close to cutting yourself.

The trimmer head is small for accurately trimming in tight areas and comes with four guards, so you can decide how much of your hair you trim. It’s also fully waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or rinse it off in the sink without the risk of damage.

Andis Slimline Pro Trimmer

Andis Slimline Pro Trimmer

Slimline Pro Trimmer (small)

For some people, their grooming regimen calls for slightly trimming length off their facial hair and creating sharp lines along the mustache, beard, and neckline.

While some electric razors come with a trimming attachment, the Andis Slimline Pro‘s design is fully dedicated to trimming. As a professional-grade tool, it can outperform any trimmer attachment and it’s simple enough to use at home. 

The trimmer has a slim profile and weighs only 4 ounces, making it easy to control and hold in-hand. Despite its small size, it has a single-speed motor that delivers an impressive 6,000 cutting strokes per minute. It comes with four comb guard attachments, a charging stand, blade oil, and a cleaning brush.

I have some facial hair and like to maintain clean lines in between trips to the barber. Although I own other electric razors, the Andis Slimline Pro is my tool of choice because of its accuracy. Most trimmer attachments on electric razors feel like an afterthought, and can be hard to control.

What else we’ve considered

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Panasonic Arc5 (LV67-S), ($145.44)

The Panasonic Arc5 was previously our choice for the best razor for coarse hair, but I recently removed it. While the brand has put research and development into cutting thick and curly hair, the overall design is very similar to other foil shavers/razors. You’ll find contouring and pivoting blade heads, a powerful motor, and different power settings on most any similar razor worth having.

The Bevel Trimmer, which is arguably more similar to the Andis T-Outliner, is a better choice for anyone who has coarse hair and specifically wants to avoid razor bumps — a common issue while shaving or trimming. You won’t be able to use the Bevel Trimmer in the shower or run it underwater, though.

However, if you must have a wet and dry razor, the Panasonic Arc5 would be a better choice. I’ve used it on my neck and face and it’s pretty good. I got a few razor bumps here and there, but it was far less egregious than other trimmers. 

GilletteLabs Heated Razor, ($114.94)

When you think of electric razors, grooming tools with a motor and an oscillating blade usually come to mind first. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor doesn’t have either of those attributes, but it is a razor and it technically is electric. 

Coming in the form of a more traditional multi-blade razor, it features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade. 

Wet shaving with traditional razors is not my preferred way to groom my facial hair, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor. The heat feels amazing. I didn’t include it on this list because if you already use traditional multi-blade razors, chances are you’re content with your more affordable blades and you’re not specifically looking for an electric version. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful gift or item to splurge on for anyone that likes wet shaving with traditional razors. You can read my full review here.  

Andis Profoil Lithium Plus, ($63.79)

While the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus can be used at home, it’s something you’d probably find in a barbershop along with a professional barber’s other grooming tools. If you’re looking for a multi-functional grooming tool, this isn’t the right choice for you. But if you need a strong and dependable razor with one setting for a close shave, you’ll find this to be an extremely useful and cost-effective option. I always pay close attention to the tools the barber uses and I’ve gotten extremely close fades and shaves with the Andis Profoil Plus. And, I’ve gotten equally good results at home during my own testing. The only reason this doesn’t make the list is that it doesn’t have multiple functions, which most people grooming at home really want. 

Cleaning, maintenance, and care FAQs

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We talked with professional barber Sydney Shlakman of Hairrari Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York about some care and maintenance tips for your grooming tools.

We’ve also answered other frequently asked questions pertaining to grooming tools.

What is the difference between foil and rotary razors?

  • Foil: The foil electric shaver contains oscillating blades that move back and forth at high speeds. These blades are covered with guards that lift hair for cutting and that protect the skin. A foil razor will often have a few separate cutting blades that flex independently to match the contours of your face. However, because a foil head has a rectangular shape, it might not match your face as well as a rotary razor.
  • Rotary: The rotary razor has round blades that spin. You’ll receive protection from the spinning rotary blades with a slotted guard that sits atop the blades and helps to lift the hairs so they’re easier to cut. The heads flex in multiple directions, giving you a close shave by hugging the contours of your face. However, rotary heads are more difficult to clean after shaving versus the foil shaver.

How often should I clean my razor or trimmer?

“You should clean your tools after every use,” Shlakman told Insider. “It’s important to maintain clean grooming tools to make sure your tools are working properly and do not build up bacteria or rust.”

What is the best way to clean grooming tools?

“The best way to clean your grooming tools is by using a barber bristle brush to brush the hair off of your tools and also using a blade cleaning spray,” said Shlakman. “I like using Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my blades. You want to brush the hair off first and then spray the cleaning spray.”

Some shavers like the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 come with a clean and charge base that will clean it automatically. If your device doesn’t have a cleaning system, you should remove the blade, brush or rinse out excess hair, sanitize it, and re-oil your blade before the next use.

Why do I need to oil my blade?

Without oil, razors — whether foil, rotary, or a combination of both — can generate a lot of friction and heat. When a blade gets hot without proper lubrication, it will underperform and will eventually rust and warp. You won’t get as close of a shave, you’ll be more prone to nicks and cuts, and you’ll have to replace your blades more often.

What kind of oil can I use on my blades?

Most electric razors and trimmers come with oil, but should you run out, you can use a variety of oils to keep your blades lubricated. A few drops of olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, or even your favorite beard oil can get the job done. You’ll want to avoid products that definitely don’t belong on your face like motor oil or WD-4o.

Can I use the same electric razor for my face and my body?

While some electric trimmers can adequately be used anywhere, it’s recommended that you use separate blades for your face and body. The bacteria on your face thrives in dry areas with oxygen and bacteria on your groin area thrive in moist environments. Potentially mixing the two by using the same blade everywhere can cause irritations and breakouts.

If you already have a grooming tool you like for your face, it’s a good idea to buy a separate tool dedicated to body grooming.

The best deals on electric razors from this guide

If you’re trying to save money, you might be thinking that a disposable razor is your best bet. However, not only do electric razors provide a smoother shave, but they also last longer and eliminate the recurring cost of replacement razor heads. We also see pretty good deals on them every now and then. The best time to buy an electric razor is during sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with models like the Braun Series 7 7085cc and Bevel Trimmer both dropping down to $140.

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Insider Reviews’ All-Time Best: The top 100 products our team has ever tested

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Here at Insider Reviews, we’ve tested a lot of products, from cheap knick-knacks that are surprisingly useful to big investment pieces you need to make your life more productive, comfortable, and enjoyable. Along the way, our team of experienced service journalists has discovered our all-time-favorite products, and we want to share them – all 100 – with you.

All-Time Best is our collection of can’t-miss products in the sea of everything you can buy online today. They’re the products we can’t live without, the ones that make our eyes light up and that we recommend to everyone we know IRL. Through tens of thousands of hours of testing, these products across the categories of tech, home, kitchen, style, beauty, outdoors, fitness, pets, and parenting stand out as the best of the best.

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This vitamin C serum was created by a former K-Pop star and has received $10 million in early funding – it also completely changed my skin in 30 days

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Matter of Fact Skincare Ascorbic Acid 20 serum

  • Matter of Fact skincare, which was founded by Paul Baek, has already raised $10 million in funding.
  • The brand launches today with a vitamin C serum that is 500% more stable than its competitors.
  • I tried the Ascorbic Acid 20 serum for 30 days, and friends kept complimenting me on my glowy skin.

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Matter of Fact Skincare was founded by Paul Baek, a former K-Pop star who suffered from problematic skin for years. “[The music industry] is a brutally image-focused industry,” he says, adding that he was required to see a dermatologist regularly. After his music career (where he released four major hits, two of which cracked the top 50 charts) Baek got his MBA from the Wharton School of Business, during which time he also studied cosmetic formulation and became intrigued by the idea of waterless delivery systems.

This eventually lead to the creation of Matter of Fact’s Ascorbic Acid 20 Brightening Serum. “Water is the typical delivery system for vitamin C, but it also degrades ascorbic acid,” Baek explains. But stable, waterless forms of vitamin C tend to be gritty and can pill on the face. (If you’ve ever used a lotion-format vitamin C, you’ve probably experienced this unpleasant texture.)

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Matter of Fact’s Ascorbic Acid 20 serum is waterless, but applies like and feels like a liquid.

Matter of Fact is waterless, but it feels and applies like a liquid. It also contains ferulic acid, Pinus pinaster bark extract, and a heady 20% concentration of vitamin C. (Most on the market contain between 12% and 15%.) The best part, though, is that the strength lasts. While most vitamin C serums’ efficacy drops to about 88% after four months, Matter of Fact’s efficacy remains around 94% after 16 months – even at room temperature.

To date, the brand has raised a staggering $10 million from investors. (Michelle Lee, the former Editor-in-Chief of Allure, is a personal investor in the company.)

Initial thoughts

Maria Del Russo skin before Matter of Fact Skincare
My skin before I started using Matter of Fact’s Ascorbic Acid 20 Brightening Serum.

My skin tone has always been a little dull and uneven, I’ve relied on vitamin C serums to add a bit of glow. I also use it to help fade dark spots left over by acne – something I’ve been dealing with my entire life.

I was actually pretty surprised when I first pumped the Ascorbic Acid 20 serum into my hands. First, I was shocked by how little Baek had told me to use – between a half a pump and a full pump. He also suggests that vitamin C newbies and those with sensitive skin apply the brand’s Minimalist Hydrating Cream, which helps protect the fact from this potent ingredient. As I’m a bit of a vitamin C junkie, I skipped the cream and applied the serum immediately after my cleanser and toner.

A little does indeed go a long way, and the serum spread seamlessly over my face and neck. It isn’t tacky, and it has zero scent. It might be the more low-profile serum I’ve ever used in my life – it simply disappears into the skin. The serum also left my skin looking instantly glowy, which was a nice little bonus, although it might have been the placebo effect.

After 30 days

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My skin after 30 days of using Matter of Fact’s Ascorbic Acid 20 Brightening Serum.

I started seeing a noticeable difference in my skin after just 10 days. My tone was more even, especially along my cheeks and nose. My acne scars were fading, and my skin had an overall glow that hadn’t been there before. After about three weeks, my friends started to notice, too. One actually stopped me during our weekly walk and asked what I was doing differently. “You’re glowing!” she said. I’ve been using the vitamin C serum for just over 30 days, and I truly don’t think my skin has ever looked better.

The bottom line

I can’t recommend this serum enough. The $92 price tag may give you pause, but it’s pretty reasonable for a highly potent vitamin C serum – especially one that you use so little of and that will last a while. Plus, you can count on the efficacy to be just as high after a year as it was the first time you applied it, making this a gift that truly keeps on giving.

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A running list of 25+ stores that offer free returns to take the hassle out of shopping online

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You don’t need to be an online shopping veteran to know that it’s a tricky affair – the whole process occurs without you ever seeing or trying the product. To make buying a little easier, many retailers offer helpful policies, like free online returns. Especially with holidays like Labor Day Weekend around the corner, it’s good to know which stores you can easily make returns to.

We’ve rounded up a list of retailers offering free online returns, below.

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Get free online returns on orders at these companies:

Style & clothing

  • ALDO: Aldo will refund unworn, unwashed, not final sale items returned within 60 days of your purchase.
  • Allbirds: The buzzy shoe brand allows returns for 30 days with no questions asked, even if you’ve already worn the shoes around. You can return or exchange any shoes for free that aren’t to your liking.
  • Bonobos: Bonobos includes a pre-paid return label with every order for hassle-free returns. If you make your return within 45 days of your purchase, you qualify for a refund using your original payment method. If you return within 90 days of your purchase date, you qualify for store credit instead.
  • Bloomingdale’s: You can return an order for free for up to 90 days with a receipt. If you do not have a receipt, you have up to 180 days to receive a merchandise credit of the lowest price for the item.
  • Everlane: All purchases from the popular clothing brand Everlane can be returned for free for up to 30 days after your ship date. That even includes Choose What You Pay purchases. Plus, you can also return anything you bought at a brick-and-mortar store via mail.
  • Macy’s: Macy’s offers free and easy returns on most items by mail. Just print a pre-addressed shipping label and send your items back. They’ve also extended their return window from 30 to 90 days.
  • Neiman Marcus: Almost all merchandise can be returned to Neiman Marcus free of charge if received within 15 days of the delivery date. However, you may want to double-check their return policy as a few items aren’t eligible for free returns, including anything bought on clearance.
  • Nordstrom: The department store offers free returns in the US via a postage-paid return label. Your return is generally processed within 10-14 days. Plus, if you don’t have a printer, bring the digital return code to select USPS stores for free printing.
  • Patagonia: Outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia offers free returns on all items, though they’re currently delayed due to staffing and safety requirements. Even better, they also usually offer free repairs on all Patagonia items, though this program has temporarily been suspended due to the novel coronavirus. They do, however, have free DIY repair guides online.
  • REI: If you’re not satisfied with any purchase from REI, you can return it for up to a full year for free. Return shipping labels come with all invoices. The only exception is outdoor electronics, which can be returned for free within 90 days.
  • Shopbop: Shopbop is known for designer women’s fashion apparel, which means items often come with a high price tag. Items returned within 15 days after receipt are refunded with no extra cost – though they’ll accept returns up to 30 days after with a $10 fee tacked on.
  • Sunglass Hut: The Sunglass Hat carries brands from Ray-Ban to Gucci. Shop with confidence knowing you can return items for free for up to 30 days with a printed shipping label.
  • Urban Outfitters: Returning items to Urban Outfitters is easy. Just start a return online and print a free pre-paid shipping label. Returns made within 30 days of your delivery date qualify for a refund using your payment method; if it takes place after, you may qualify for store credit instead.
  • Zappos: Zappos has long been heralded as a gold standard for customers when it comes to returns. Return shipping is always free and you have 365 days to do so for all purchases – no exceptions.
  • Zara: Don’t love an outfit you bought from Zara? The clothing retailer offers a 30-day window to return clothing with free shipping.

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Home, kitchen, and pet supplies

  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Bed Bath & Beyond offers free return shipping on most items. You have a 90-day window after purchase to exchange or return.
  • Chewy: Pet owners will be pleased to learn that returns to Chewy are easy. If you’re not completely satisfied with your items, you can return them free of charge within one year. Just send a message with your order number to receive a shipping label.
  • Home Depot: While there are a few exceptions for bigger items, many orders are eligible for free online returns. Once you start a return you’ll receive a free UPS shipping label via email to print and attach to your package.
  • Target: Shoppers at Target have 90 days to return or exchange items for free. RedCard holders get 120 days.
  • Walmart: Walmart makes it simple to return items for free. Just log into your account, initiate a return or replacement, and print a free return label. Refunds or replacement items are issued as soon as the store receives the item. You have 90 days after purchase to make a return in most cases.
  • Williams Sonoma: Foodies and home chefs will like that Williams Sonoma allows for free returns by mail within 30 days for any items under 70 pounds. You can use the form attached to your invoice or quickly print a label online.

Read all Insider’s kitchen product reviews and home product reviews.

Tech

  • Apple: Apple gives its shoppers 14 days to return most items after receiving them.
  • Amazon: Most items bought on Amazon can be returned, free of charge, within 30 days of delivery. Plus, Amazon offers multiple ways to return products without boxes or labels.
  • Best Buy: Most items are eligible for refunds if you return them within 15 days of receipt. It’s important to note, however, that some items (like cell phones and DSLR cameras) will incur a restocking fee.
  • Dell: It can be nerve-wracking to buy pricey electronics sight unseen, but you can shop easy at Dell. Ship any items back for free within 30 days of your invoice date for a full refund.

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Beauty

  • Sephora: Makeup and skincare junkies will love that Sephora.com purchases can easily be returned completely free of charge using a pre-paid shipping label. You have 60 days after purchase to do so.

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The 8 best razors for women, including subscription services that deliver them straight to your door

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Well Kept Safety Razor Kit in doorstep

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  • Razors are an easy option for those who choose to remove their body hair.
  • With so many options out there, it can be tough to figure out which blade is best.
  • We tested a handful of the best razors for women, and these 9 reigned supreme.

When every razor in the aisle guarantees a nick-free close shave it’s hard to determine which one truly lives up to its promise. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the repetitive products on shelves that lack quality and make grooming feel like a chore. There’s not one kind of woman and our razors should reflect that. When, where and how we groom should complement our schedules, target our problem areas, align with our values and fit our individual needs.

Dedicating my body to one razor a week, I tested each product glide by glide. I wanted to see how smooth my shins could get and if the razors were flexible enough to fit in the hollows of my underarms. Because bikini lines can be super sensitive and a bit tricky to properly care for, I committed to one set in particular. This way I could see its effectiveness over time and look out for irritation, razor bumps, or even worse, in-grown hairs. Below are razors, sets and brands that will not only get you excited about grooming again but are made with intention and designed with precision.

Read on for the best razors for women in 2021:

The best safety razor

Oui The People Tone It Around Set

If you’ve never tried a safety razor before, the Oui the People Tone It Around Set is a great place to start. It provides a sophisticated and luxurious alternative to plastic razors while also delivering a close shave. The Matte Gold Single Blade Steel Razor is weighted, so it cancels out the need to apply heavy pressure or repeat strokes that would usually cause irritation or razor burn. The set also contains a chemical exfoliant to help prevent ingrown hairs while also brightening the skin. As intimidating as safety razors can be, the single blade offers a close shave without tugging and pulling on the hair follicle that will make you want to ditch disposables for good.

Oui the People’s razors tend to sell out fast, so this particular set is on back order. But the razor on its own is in stock, and definitely worth it. 

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The best travel razor

Alleyoop All in One Portable Razor

When it comes to the Alleyoop All-In-One Portable Razor it’s almost impossible to think of what this 4-in-1 razor can’t do. It’s circular shape and hard shell fits in the glove compartment of your car, tucked away inside of a purse, or, more predictably, in a bathroom drawer. Tucked into this tiny case is a refillable spray bottle, a moisturizing body bar that doubles as a shave cream, and two triple-blade razor cartridges. All you’ve got to do is turn the dial on the side of the compact to access each.  Compact in size and TSA-approved, this palm-sized razor is the handy travel razor you’ll want to reach for first.

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The best razor for your bikini line

Venus Pubic Hair & Skin Collection

Usually skeptical of using a razor to shave around my bikini line, I was pleasantly surprised by the Venus for Pubic Hair & Skin Collection. The flexibility of the razor allowed for a suitable fit in the nooks of my inner thighs, and the spacing of the blades made for a soft, easy glide.  I followed up immediately after shaving with the Skin Smoothing Exfoliant. The lather was light and the grit was way more gentle than the exfoliating glove I would have otherwise opted for. 

Along with the razor, exfoliant, and shaving gel, the collection also comes with the Daily Soothing Serum. When used daily, it maintains overall smoothness and hydration while reducing itch and irritation as well.

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The best eyebrow razor

Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Facial Razor

Shaving doesn’t get any more straightforward than this. The Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool is a disposable budget-friendly razor that’s extremely easy to use. It’s not the most sustainable out of the list, but the way it gently exfoliates and quickly removes hair for just $5 makes it hard to hate. 

The process of dermaplaning normally consists of gently removing the tiny thin hair from your face by using a sharp blade. Aside from shaping up your brows or cleaning up above the lip, removing overall facial hair can benefit your skincare routine because it allows a clean and smoothly exfoliated surface for creams and serums to better absorb into. This is why the fine micro-guards on this blade is arguably the best feature of the razor. They help protect the skin from cuts or nicks.

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The best razor for hard-to-reach areas

Flamingo Shave Set

You’ll know exactly why The Flamingo Razor earned its name after the first glide. The ergonomic handle bends at the neck at a seemingly 90 degree angle which makes it compatible with every curve and crevice of the body. Over the knee, under the arm or in the pocket of your inner thigh, the flexible-hinge neck makes anywhere easy to reach.The rubbery exterior and ridged under belly of the handle feels secure even when slippery. The set contains a Foaming Shave Gel you can use sparingly and a Daily Moisturizing Lotion you’ll wish there was more of. With just two pumps everything below the knee was white, foamy and fully coated with enough leftover to store under my arms as well. 

The five blade razor offers a tiny bit of resistance, but that’s to be expected when using Flamingo’s custom cut Gothic Arch shaped blades. With a blade crafted to have super sharp edges and a strong base, you’ll want to pace your shave with precision. Because the razor, gel and lotion work together to leave skin incredibly hydrated and shockingly smooth, the wall mounted suction hook and extra 5 blade razor will feel like bonus gifts in this set.

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The best sustainable razor

Well Kept Safety Razor Kit in doorstep

Although it’s not the only cruelty-free razor on this list, The Detox Market redefines the true meaning of green beauty. The Well Kept Safety Razor has a plastic-free brass handle made to last a lifetime with stainless steel, recyclable blades. (The packaging it arrives in is recyclable, too.) Like most safety razors, it comes with a bit of a learning curve, but the weight does most of the work for you. With step-by-step instructions on how to use the razor, replace the blades, and how to dispose at the end of its life, The Detox Market reinforces that sustainability is a journey that we as a community all play a role in. This planet-friendly razor is costly upfront, but when a shave feels more like a wax and is boxed with care, it’s worth the extra penny.

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The best razor for sensitive skin

Billie Starter Kit

When it comes to the Billie Razor, this company’s mission to design for womankind means much more than a close shave. After realizing that women are tasked with overpaying for razors and pressured to remove body hair, they ditched the Pink Tax and displayed body hair positivity. Although Billie donates 1% of their revenue to important causes around the world and are currently partnering with Every Mother Counts, YWCA and Black Girls Code, their offered support starts in the shower. 

The brand’s starter kit comes with a magic holder, two five-blade cartridges and a handle in five different flirty colorways to choose from. It’s guaranteed to be the prettiest bathroom essential mounted in your shower. The largeness of the razor head covers more skin in half the passes while the blade itself provides a seamless shave. The Billie razor offers consistently effective results and requires minimal effort from the shaver. It does all the work, so women don’t have to.

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The best subscription razor

Athena Club The Razor Kit

Once selecting your handle color and choosing a plan that best fits your shaving schedule The Athena Club Razor Kit  becomes more like a prescription and you’ve chosen the dosage. In a box that matches the color of your razor comes one ergonomic razor, one magnetic hook and a five blade cartridge with an extra one to hold you over until your next box arrives. Even when wet, the handle’s smooth, but rubbery feel is slip resistant and easy for gripping. You can thank the water-activated shea butter serum that borders the blade for the smooth and precise shave you won’t have to touch up the next day or two. With a razor you don’t have to press down hard to use and a subscription service that sends blade refills directly to your doorstep, you get the best results with half the effort.

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The 14 best conditioners for every hair type, according to a trichologist

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Pattern of best hair conditioners, including Aveda Conditioner and Garnier Whole Blends
  • Conditioners keep hair healthy, shiny, and strong.
  • A conditioner helps by moisturizing with oils and butters, and by strengthening with proteins.
  • We found 16 of the best conditioners, based on hair type and hair needs.

Whether your hair is wavy, coily, curly, straight, or somewhere in between, it’s all made of one thing: dead protein cells. Because hair has a tendency to dry and break, most hair types need conditioner to stay healthy. Conditioner is a crucial step in your hair care routine if you want hair that’s moisturized and strong.

“The job of a conditioner is to strengthen the hair-so there’s going to be some element of protein-and then to moisturize, to replenish moisture into the strands and soften the hair,” certified trichologist Dr. Kari Williams tells INSIDER.

When searching for the best conditioner, it’s important to consider how much moisture your hair needs. This depends on your hair type, curl pattern, and texture, which determines how prone to breakage your hair actually is.

It’s also important to think about how much strength you need and whether your hair is protein sensitive. Watch this to learn more about protein sensitivity and protein overload.

We picked the 16 best conditioners, organized by hair type:

Best conditioners for straight hair

Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner for Dry Damaged Hair

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Here is a rich mix of hydrating ingredients like argan oil, honey, and aloe juice, which each have restorative benefits to hair. Unlike any other option on this list, Garnier’s conditioner uses royal jelly, a nutrient rich ingredient produced by honeybees. If your hair feels dry, frizzy, or dull, Garnier’s Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner has the power to leave your hair smelling sweet, looking shiny, and feeling soft.

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner

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This conditioner focuses on moisturizing and strengthening your hair with keratin, the protein hair is naturally made of. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair uses castor oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil—all known to majorly hydrate skin and hair. Customers who swear by this say they trust this conditioner to leave them with healthy, frizz-free, and silky hair.

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner

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Oribe’s luxurious, hydrating conditioner is known for making hair softer without having an overpowering fragrance. It uses common ingredients like shea butter and olive oil, as well as some unique additions like it’s Mediterranean Cypress extract and Oribe Bio-Restorative Complex—which includes biotin, plant collagen, caffeine, and niacinamide. Especially if you have color treated or heat damaged hair, this conditioner will help detangling and creating a silky smooth finish.

Best conditioners for wavy hair

Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Conditioner

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Lightweight, creamy, and crafted with mango butter and gardenia extract,Not Your Mother’s Curl Defining Conditioners has a sweet and fruity smell. The formula is infused with the right amount of oils to help detangle waves and curls while also leaving them soft and shinier. Fans say this product also gives their hair definition.

Aveda Be Curly Conditioner

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Wavy and curly-headed folks love this product because it helps detangle, which can be a nightmare without the right product. Known as an environmentally friendly brand, Aveda’s be curly™ conditioner is a lightweight mix of botanicals like aloe and sunflower oil as well as wheat protein. The formula also includes wheat protein to strengthen hair strands.

Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Conditioner

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Specifically made for easily weighed down, fine, and low porosity hair, Maui Moisture’s Lightweight Conditioner uses watery moisturizers, like aloe juice, coconut water, and hibiscus water. Plus, lots of customers said they got comments on how good their hair smelled after using this.

Best conditioners for curly hair

If you have curly hair, you’ll want to use a leave-in conditioner, too. Check out the 12 best leave-in conditioners here.

SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner

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SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner is a curly classic that beautifully defines curls and helps detangle without weighing them down. One reviewer says that while other products leave her hair gummy or waxy, this one washes out smooth and clean. With coconut oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter, the conditioner also leaves hair smelling like fresh fruit.

Pattern Beauty Medium Conditioner

Bottle of Pattern Beauty Medium Conditioner

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Tracee Ellis Ross launched her own natural hair brand in the fall of 2019, and it’s made great im pressions since. The Medium Conditioner is her award-winning product that mixes jojoba seed oil, castor oil, avocado oil, and honey to give curls moisture and definition. Formulated to not be too light or too heavy, it’s best for low to normal porosity curls. Pattern offers a lightweight conditioner and a heavier formula for more specific needs, too.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

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This is the only conditioner on the list that uses a mix of quinoa and tomato fruit ferment extract, which are supposed to promote curl definition. As a clean beauty brand, Briogeo coined the term 6-free, which means their products are free of common ingredients and chemicals like parabens, harsh sulfates, and silicones.

Nexxus Curl Define Conditioner for Curly & Coily Hair

Bottle of Nexxus Curl Define Conditioner for Curly & Coily Hair

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Celebrity stylist Lacy Redway called out this product as one of her favorites in our recent piece featuring curly hair routines. The Curl Define Conditioner by Nexxus is made with marula oil and a custom blend of protein specifically designed to work with curly hair shafts. Nexxus’s recent research on proteomics and curly hair is considered groundbreaking.

Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner

Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner

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If you have curly hair and had to learn how to take care of it over time, you’ve probably used Cantu products before. As the formulas continue to improve over the years, Cantu’s Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner remains a top budget option. It uses shea butter to ease detangle and moisturize, all while leaving the signature, tropical, and fruity Cantu smell.

Best conditioners for coily hair

If you have coily hair, you’ll want to use a leave-in conditioner too. Check out the 12 best leave-in conditioners here.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Rinse Out Conditioner

Bottle of Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Rinse Out Conditioner

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Rinse Out Conditioner (small, Preferred: Walgreens)

When it comes to moisturizing your hair, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil conditioner doesn’t play games. This bestseller is packed with proteins and several different butters and oils, including shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil which mimics properties of sebum. Since it’s infused with peppermint, it also gives a soothing sensation.

Pattern Beauty Intensive Conditioner

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Pattern customers say this conditioner helps detangle their coils before leaving them looking luscious. This heavyweight conditioner from Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair care line is specifically formulated for tighter curl patterns and low porosity hair by using a thick mix of avocado oil, shea butter, beeswax, and safflower oil.

CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

Tub of CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

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Other conditioners on this list may smell fruity, but CURLS uses actual blueberry extract for its reparative conditioner. Proanthocyanidins from blueberries stimulate hair growth and help prevent breakage, which is why the brand sticks to this as its hero ingredient in most other CURLS products. But a blueberry can’t do everything your hair needs alone, so this product also includes soybean oil and soy protein.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends this weekend – here are the best deals you can still shop

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Although we’re reaching the final days of the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, many of the deals are still hot. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, this is the time to find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs until Sunday, August 8, and the event includes thousands of deals across all categories on the site. To help you get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now, including savings on fashion, beauty, kitchenware, and more. Scroll on for the best deals we’ve seen this year.

So far, we’ve found some amazing deals on brands like UGG, Nike, Tory Burch, Dagne Dover, Theragun, and more!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 women’s style deals:

Pureboost 21 (medium)Frayed Corduroy Shirt Jacket (medium)Finn Chain Pointed Toe Mule women (medium)Essential Fleece Pants (medium)Perfect Back Seam Skinny Pants (medium)Body V Neck Bralette (medium)Faux Leather Jogging Pants (medium)Carson Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag (medium)Wubby Jacket (medium)Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Suit Yourself Long Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Jogger Pants (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Signature Classic Tote (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)2 Pack Slouchy Ribbed Crew Socks (medium)Landon Carryall (Small) (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)City Buckle Bootie (medium)Live In Pocket Jogger Pants (medium)Cozette Genuine Shearling Slipper (medium)CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan (medium)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Biltmore Chelsea Boot (medium)HMLYN Windbreaker Jacket (medium)Anywhere 7-Inch Shorts (medium)Sunfaded Slub Scallop Crew T-Shirt (medium)Sedona Coach’s Jacket (medium)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ØriginalGrand Wingtip Oxford (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals:

Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Glycolic Foaming Cleanser Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Black Rose Skin Infusion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Method: Cleanse for Normal to Combination Skin, Jumbo Size (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Stay All Day Eyeliner Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 home and kitchen deals:

Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ménage à Quatre Set of Four Reclaimed Napkins (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Smart Garden 9 (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser (medium)Carbonator III (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Monty Set of 2 Milk Latte Art Cups (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mountain Classic Camp Blanket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini, Wave Solo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Prime, Wave Duo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The best beauty subscription boxes, from makeup to skincare

  • Beauty subscription boxes can expose you to new brands in an affordable and often customized way.
  • We found the best beauty subscription boxes in every category, from makeup to haircare.

Working in the beauty industry definitely has its perks, one of which is getting the opportunity to test the latest and greatest cosmetics first-hand. Still, I’m not naive to the fact that cosmetics are pricey, as are haircare and skincare products. In fact, according to a study conducted by Groupon, the average American woman spends $3,756 a year on beauty maintenance, while the average American male spends $2,928.

Thanks to beauty subscription boxes, however, not only can you save money on makeup and other cosmetics, you’ll also be introduced to brands and products you may have otherwise overlooked. That said, there are dozens of beauty subscription boxes on the market that can make narrowing down the best options just as tricky as finding the best mascara or shampoo. But rather than stand by and watch you go through an unnecessary lengthy trial and error period, we’ve rounded up five of the best beauty subscription boxes in different categories that will hopefully meet your needs.

Here are the best beauty subscription boxes:

  • Best beauty subscription box for makeup: Birchbox
  • Best beauty subscription box for skincare: Kura
  • Best beauty subscription box for haircare: Prose
  • Best sustainable beauty subscription box: Love Goodly
  • Best beauty gummies subscription: SugarBearHair
The best for makeup

Birchbox Subscription Box

Birchbox is the ultimate beauty subscription box for makeup fans looking to sample a bunch of cosmetics before committing to a full-size purchase.

Pros: Subscribers receive 4-6 deluxe samples in every box based on their preferences, a mix of both high-end and indie brands, reading material on each product, different subscription plans, the option to add more products to your order

Cons: Samples are not full-size

Birchbox boxes are personalized with 4-6 deluxe samples based on user profiles, ensuring subscribers receive products that meet their needs and align with their interests. Subscribers have a chance to review and edit the contents of their box prior to shipment, and/or add full-size products to their order. 

This OG subscription box works with a wide variety of brands, from Aveda to Dr. Jart+, GLAMGLOW to Shiseido, and everything in between, and strives to introduce customers to brands that match with its own core values: sustainability, inclusivity, and labels that are women-founded, -owned, or -run. Birchbox also values product education and includes informative tidbits about each product in the package.

There are three subscription plans to choose from: monthly for $15, a six-month subscription for $14 per month, or a yearly subscription priced at $13 per month. Boxes are shipped by the 10th of each month.

Read our full Birchbox review here.

The best for skincare

Kura Skincare Subscription Box

Kura curates a skincare regimen based on scientific data specific to your needs and goals.

Pros: Boxes are curated based on a very detailed user profile and sent quarterly so you have enough time to test and finish products (and reduce waste)

Cons: It’s a fairly new subscription box, so it doesn’t have the same reputation as others

Factors like the climate you live in, what season it is, your age, hormones, and sensitivities all play a role in how your skin looks, feels, and responds to the world around you. Kura takes all of this information and more into consideration when creating your personalized box. 

Subscribers are prompted to take a quiz on the brand’s website and once your details are entered into the system, a team of experts will use Kura’s exclusive algorithm to curate a full routine based on your unique specifications and budget. Products will then be reviewed by a clean beauty expert to make sure they’re a perfect match for your needs. Individual product curations are also available if you’re looking for something specific.  

Kura offers three quarterly subscription plans: The “Basic” subscription ($99) includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. The “Core” ($149) and “Comprehensive” ($199) include a cleanser, moisturizer, SPF, plus more targeted treatments like serums, eye creams, and masks. 

The best for haircare

Prose Haircare Subscription

Prose goes through an incredibly thorough user profile to vet haircare products and formulas specific to your needs and goals.

Pros: Online consultation is extremely thorough, Prose chemists and experts are constantly updating products and improving formulas, individual products are available to buy through the site

Cons: Might take some tweaking to get the formula just right for your hair

Prose subscribers are prompted to answer a series of questions regarding age, natural hair texture, type, length, density, and more. Over 80 factors are taken into consideration when formulating each product such as your lifestyle, environment, and daily styling preferences. 

After your consultation, Prose will curate a list of custom recommendations. Currently, the brand’s product offerings include eight haircare products: a pre-shampoo hair mask, pre-shampoo scalp mask, shampoo and conditioner, hair oil, dry shampoo, curl cream, and leave-in conditioner. It also offers a plant-based supplement system, as well as a collection of brushes. Delete what you don’t want or need from your cart, and only pay for what you do. 

Don’t recognize an ingredient? The Prose ingredients dictionary offers a detailed description of each ingredient, including where it’s sourced from, the science behind it, and a list of references for further review. And in order to adapt to your hair’s ever changing needs, your profile includes a Refine & Review section where you can review each product and explore which product, or what ingredient, isn’t working for you.

The best for sustainable beauty

Love Goodly Subscription

You can’t beat a box of 4-5 full-sized beauty products that are all sustainably made and packaged.

Pros: Exposure to different brands that all have sustainable values, boxes have sustainable packaging and include 4-5 full-sized beauty products

Cons: Boxes are not generally customized to individual subscriber’s preferences and delivered bi-monthly instead of monthly

Love Goodly boxes are shipped bi-monthly, and subscribers can choose from two offers: The Essential Bi-Monthly Box ($34.95 with a $75+ total retail value) and The VIP Bi-Monthly Box ($48.95, with a $105-115+ total retail value). You can also get a prepaid Essential six-month subscription for $96, or a prepaid Essential one-year subscription for $180.

The boxes include 4-5 full-sized beauty and skincare products from over 50 brands like Au Naturale, Flower Mill Beauty, Milk Makeup, and OSEA that are cruelty-free and vegan. Boxes will also occasionally feature an eco-friendly style accessory, wellness product, or healthy snack (like Hippeas), and all of these goodies are packaged in recycled boxes labeled with toxin free ink.

All products featured in the Love Goodly shop are clearly marked with the values and attributes they subscribe to, like being handmade, Fair Trade, or a brand that donates a portion of its proceeds to charity. Love Goodly also made its list of banned ingredients public, so subscribers can feel good knowing what won’t be absorbed into their bodies when they use Love Goodly-approved products, and why. 

The best beauty gummy vitamins

Sugarbearhaircare

Not only are SugarBear Hair gummies delicious, they deliver results fast. 

Pros: Gummies taste great, offer fast results, are vegan-friendly, and free of dairy, gelatin, gluten, and hormones; multiple subscription options

Cons: High in sugar, brand doesn’t offer a wide variety of beauty-specific vitamins

SugarBear gummies taste like the kind of gummy bears you’d buy from a candy store; there’s no weird medicinal or artificial sugar aftertaste. They’re sweetened with natural berries, tapioca syrup, and raw cane sugar, and easy on the stomach.

The Hair gummies are swarming with hair-loving ingredients like biotin, folic acid, and vitamin D. The delicious formula is also vegan-friendly, free of dairy, gelatin, gluten, and doesn’t contain any hormones. They also contain vitamin A, which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and B-12 to support hair growth, vitamin E to support blood circulation, vitamin B-6 to combat hair loss, and pantothenic acid to support hair’s natural keratin production, among other active vitamins and minerals. 

In my experience, the vitamins deliver real results, and quickly. When I regularly take two gummies per day, I notice a visible difference in my hair length and health, and my nails grow longer and stronger, too. 

SugarBear’s hair gummies are available for purchase in one-month ($29.99), three-month ($79.99), and six-month ($159.99) supplies, with the option for one-time purchases and recurring shipments. 

What else we considered

Target Beauty Box

Macy’s Beauty Box: With this subscription, you’ll get a sampling of five beauty products from Macy’s in a cute makeup bag once a month, plus $5 off your next beauty purchase at the department store. If you buy a lot of makeup at Macy’s, this could be worth it.

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The best natural skincare products

The rise in demand for natural skincare products means there is now a better selection of higher quality products available, so whether you’re a die-hard natural beauty lover or just want to detoxify your skincare routine, there are plenty of great options for you. These are the best natural skincare products for any routine.


The best micellar water

Micellar water is rich with tiny micelles — small oil-loving molecules that suck waxy makeup, dirt, and general gunk out of your pores. Sounds satisfying, doesn’t it? Sometimes called cleansing water, micellar water is an excellent makeup remover whether used alone or as part of a multi-step routine if you wear heavy makeup. These are the best micellar waters for cleansing.


The best eye creams

The skin under your eyes is a lot thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face; therefore, it needs to be treated differently. You want an eye cream lightweight enough that it absorbs quickly into the skin in the evening, or doesn’t feel too heavy under makeup. These are our top picks for the best eye cream.


The best anti-aging serums

Anti-aging serums deal primarily with fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration, but also tone, texture, and dark spots. Some of the best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are vitamin C, for brightening the skin, hyaluronic acid for plumping it up, and Retinol. These are our top picks for the best anti-aging serums.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 8 – here are the best deals you can still shop

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Week two of the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening now. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs through August 8, and the event includes thousands of deals across all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now, including savings on fashion, beauty, kitchenware, and more. Scroll on for the best deals we’ve seen this year.

So far, we’ve found some amazing deals on brands like UGG, Nike, Tory Burch, Dagne Dover, Theragun, and more!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 women’s style deals:

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The 12 best heat protectant sprays for every hair type and style, according to professionals

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  • Heat protectants help prevent damage while heat styling, making them a necessary part of styling.
  • They work by forming a very thin film over the follicle that both prevents damage and smooths hair.
  • We spoke to professional hairstylists to identify the best heat protectants in 2021.

If you frequently use heat-based tools or dryers to style your hair, heat protectants are an absolute necessity. These sprays add a barrier that coats the hair follicle so that heat-styling tools don’t burn your strands or zap away moisture.

“Often the product will have a formula that will coat the hair shaft and offer heat protection up to 428-degrees,” says Penny James, a trichologist and owner of Penny James Salon. “Then a smoothing effect on the cuticle to give the shine.”

When you continuously use high heat on your hair, it can cause the hair’s keratin proteins to break down and the hair cuticle to crack. It can also cause all moisture to evaporate from the inside-out. For color-treated hair it can even cause the pigments to adopt an unflattering brassy tone. Heat protectants work by forming a very thin film over the follicle of the hair that acts as a protective barrier.

We spoke to James and celebrity stylist Dimitris Giannetos, who regularly works with Camila Cabello and Meghan Trainor, to find out how you should be using heat protectant sprays in order to make your style last. You can check out their tips here, but first, read on for the best heat protectant sprays we’ve tested.

These are the best heat protectant sprays in 2021:

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Davines Hair Shield

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This product contains dimethicone and a couple of other silicones to protect the hair from high heat. It also smells amazing and leaves hair looking super shiny. And if your hair is static-prone, you’re in luck. Davines Hair Shied really cuts down on static, so it’s a perfect heat protectant for winter. Because it’s so lightweight, this is perfect for people with thin and fine hair. It still leaves a nice, even coat throughout your strands that also help prevent humidity.

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray

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I would say that Good Behavior’s heat protectant is one of the more heavy-duty formulas on the list — in a good way. It works to smooth and hold styles while protecting against heat up to 450-degrees.  This is great for all hair types, and should definitely be used during the summer. That said, make sure you aren’t using this every single day as it will create a bit of build-up. 

COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

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The first time I used this spray, I was shocked by how thin it is — it has the consistency of water. That said, this is a total game-changer for the summertime, and Giannetos agrees. “It makes the hair so shiny, it looks like glass,” he says.  While you have to make sure to section-off your hair as your spraying this product in order to evenly coat it, it really holds your style for days on end.

CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray

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Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray (small)

This is the first heat protectant I ever used. Chi’s Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray smells amazing, and it doesn’t have any buildup issues, so you can use it multiple days in a row without worry. It’s great for every hair type, but because it coats the hair so well, it can definitely feel a little damp when applying. So if you have very fine hair, it’s a good idea to wait a few seconds after applying before using your hot tools. 

Oribe Balm D’Or Heat Styling Shield

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Balm D’Or Heat Styling Shield (small)

This heat protectant from Oribe smells great and adds in just enough texture so that you feel like you really have some hold in your hair as you’re styling. It also produces substantial shine and softness that really lasts. This is especially great for those that have super fine or greasy hair — even those looking for a dry shampoo alternative. It really coats each hair follicle to add both texture and heat protection.

R+Co Bleu Hypersonic Heat Styling Mist

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Bleu Hypersonic Heat Styling Mist (small)

Beauty fans are most likely familiar with R+Co already, but the brand has recently launched a couture line: R+Co Bleu. This mist from the line, in particular, is phenomenal. It offers heat protection up to 450-degrees and leaves the hair feeling flexible so that you can update your ‘do over the next few days. This is great for all hair types, as it coats each strand evenly and provides a texture that isn’t super drying. It also helps keep styles looking great by acting as a humidity shield. 

OUAI Heat Protection Spray

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Like all Ouai products, this heat protection spray smells absolutely divine. The nozzle is super effective and evenly coats the hair so well that you wind up using less product. It definitely makes the hair much shinier and humidity-proof. 

This is a perfect spray for fine to thick hair. It will add volume, shine, and a smell so divine you’ll want to spray it all over. Just make so to position the bottle at least six inches from your head as you apply — it applies pretty heavily if you don’t. 

Living proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray

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Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray (small)

In addition to acting as a heat shield, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray almost works as a texturizer and dry shampoo. I’ve noticed that my hair appears to stay cleaner for longer when I use it. In fact, it’s great on hair that’s greasy or working toward oily. If your hair is freshly shampooed, it might be a little drying. 

Amika The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer

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The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer (small)

Not only does this evenly coat your hair to protect it from heat styling tools, but it’s also great when used as a detangler as well. Make sure that you apply it to your hair when you’re fresh out of the shower, as that’s how it works best. It’s really great for all hair types — even hair that is damaged or needs a trim. Its detangling properties make it so much easier to drag a comb through, so you never feel like you’re pulling on your knots. 

Gisou Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray

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Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray (small)

Just because this product is all-natural doesn’t mean you have to worry about it being less effective. It’s great for all hair types, but particularly for those hoping to really prevent additional damage. In addition to protecting your hair from heat styling tools, Propolis’ spray is great for staving off sun exposure on your strands, which can be drying and damaging. Make sure you spray it on when your hair is wet from the shower so that it’s fully coated as soon as you hit it with a blow dryer. 

Ghd Heat Protectant Spray

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Heat Protectant Spray (small)

Ghd’s spray provides such a lightweight, even coating that you’ll hardly notice it at all. It’s great at protecting from harsh hot tools — it truly feels like it even distributes the heat for faster styling. This incredibly lightweight spray is great for all hair types and protects against humidity.

Bumble and Bumble Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

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Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (small)

This is one of the best options if your hair is really dried out from past damage — or from putting off a haircut. It’s intended to be applied to damp hair, so it’s best used directly out of the shower. Like the name suggests, Bumble Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil also contains lots of oils so that moisturize your hair and keeps frizz at bay— even if you’re going to be outside or exposed to humidity. It also protects against UV rays and even works as a detangler. 

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