Travel Gear: Razor Packs Its Own Shaving Cream

Name: ShaveMate All-in-One Combo Razor

What it is: A six-blade razor with shaving cream inside the handle. The Titan 6 (for men) is gray, and the Diva 6 (for women) is pink — with pink-tinted shaving cream.

How it works: Rather than travel with a razor and a container of shaving cream, you can merge the two with ShaveMate. To access the cream, turn the bottom of the handle to the open position, push until enough cream spurts into your hand as it would from a can, then spin it closed.

The good: Traveling with less is always better, and this certainly clears room in the dop kit. The blades are better than your garden-variety disposable razor, and the shaving cream makes a fine, creamy lather. I shaved my head and my face several times and got a close shave without cutting myself.

The bad: The razors are inexpensive and feel like it — the head of my razor fell off a couple of times before I was finally able to snap it into place, and the shaving cream smells slightly of chemical. The woman I enlisted to test drive the pink model said she would "rather take my nicer razor and use soap." It was then that I realized the pink and gray razors are identical except for color.

Cost: $9.99 for a three-pack.

Available from: Several Web sites. The list is available at


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