How to Take Care of Yourself for Less-Avoiding the “pink tax”

How to take care of yourself for less and avoid the pink tax. Beauty for less. Photo by Roberto Nickson.

It is less well known that women often pay substantially more than men for similar goods and services. Common products and services marketed to women, ranging from razors and soaps to dry cleaning, often cost more than similar products marketed to men. Learn how to take care of yourself for less, avoiding the nasty “pink tax”. And trust me, once you try Harry’s, you will be seriously hooked.


Ok, lovelies…you know how passionate I am about beauty buys. But what I don’t like is getting charged more just because it’s in the “women’s” category. I like to take care for less. Beauty for less, if you will. Enter the “pink tax”. Hateful as it is, most women’s beauty items have this tax. Here’s a hack to take care of yourself for less and avoid the pink tax. You’re welcome 🙂

A Little Lesson on the Infamous PINK TAX

The “pink tax” refers to gender-based pricing. You’ve probably heard about the “gender pay gap”,  where a woman with median earnings working full time, year-round earns only 80 percent of what her male counterpart earns.

However, it is less well known that women often pay substantially more than men for similar goods and services. Common products and services marketed to women, ranging from razors and soaps to dry cleaning, often cost more than similar products marketed to men.

Manufacturers and retailers may claim that the price difference is due to higher costs for producing women’s products or providing services for women, but there is a great deal of evidence that there are significant price differences for practically identical products. In some cases, the only difference is the color. This markup has become known as the “pink tax.” [“The Pink Tax.How Gender-Based Pricing Hurts Women’s Buying Power.” U.S. Senate. Dec.2016. Web].

The rate of occurrence with which women find themselves paying higher prices for gender-specific goods and services effectively becomes a tax on being a woman.

Now sing with me:

Who run the world? Girls! 
Who run the world? Girls! 
Who run the world? Girls! 

I had to throw in a little Beyoncé! I mean, C’mon! Although, when it comes to gender-specific goods, this chorus might not be entirely accurate …Ok, so back to the nasty “pink tax”. Now that you know what the hideous pink tax is, it’s time to introduce you to a brand that is revolutionizing this area. Enter Harry’s.

Ladies, I ought to present you: HARRY’S 

I'm all about beauty for less. Here's how you can avoid the nasty pink tax on gender-based goods and take care of yourself for less.

Harry’s is a New York-based company that manufactures high-quality shaving equipment via online. They believe in not having to buy an overpriced razor ever again without sacrificing quality. This kick-ass company owns a German factory to ensure quality. Their team in Germany has been grinding high-grade steel into some of the world’s sharpest blades since 1920. Today, more than 600 German engineers, designers, craftsmen, and production workers build and operate sophisticated, custom equipment that produces millions of precision blades every year.

I mean, we’re talking about German engineering in their blades and razors…think of it as the Mercedez Benz Maybach S600 of razors but without the high price tag. 😉

I don’t believe anyone should pay more than what’s fair for shaving items, and at Harry’s, they strongly believe in this. Why create gender-based products when you can create one, high-quality product that works exceptionally well for both men and women? Exactly…that’s Harry’s thinking. Sayonara pink tax! Or should I say “AUF WIEDERHESEN! ”

A Closer Look into Harry’s

I tried the Truman set (my razor is in Nautilus Blue 😊) which sells for $15 on their site. The set includes:

-A blue razor

-2 replacement blades

-A travel clip

-Foaming gel with Aloe

(I also got a sample of the Post Shave Balm, which I loved and wished it included a bigger sample, lol) And let me tell ya’, the shave you’re going to get from Harry’s is a super close one. I’ve been shaving for over 15 years now (Ok, maybe it was a bad idea to do the math on that cuz now I feel old 🙈😂) and I can attest that for the FIRST time in my shaving lifetime, I got no razor bumps. None. Zero. Niente. Nada. Plus, the shave is so close, I only have to shave every 3 days with Harry’s!!! Three days!!! Normally, I have to shave every day, sometimes every other day. But for a shave to last up to 3 days?! First time ever!

I'm all about beauty for less. Here's how you can avoid the nasty pink tax on gender-based goods and take care of yourself for less.


So here are some facts you should definitely know about Harry’s:

  • A five-blade cartridge evenly distributes pressure over the skin ensuring a quality shave and follows with a lubricating strip for a smooth finish. Each blade is in the Gothic Arch shape which is strong at the base and sharp at the tip ensuring durability. Aka, a really close shave!
  • Harry’s razor handles (Truman & Winston) are made with a weighted core and an ergonomic shape that is designed to maximize comfort in the hand and optimize control while shaving. You don’t have to worry about your razor slipping off your hands and getting cut.
  • To sum it up: 5 German blades. Flex hinge. Lubricating strip. Precision trimmer = Perfection in every shave

So, by now, you probably already know that I have very, very sensitive skin (if you haven’t read my other beauty posts, click here). It was such a delightful experience to be able to shave and not experience any razor bumps or burning after-shave sensation. Their Foaming Shave Gel with Aloe is just perfect for sensitive skins, or any skin type, for that matter.

I cannot stress enough how close the shave is with Harry’s Truman razor! You can expect a super smooth and luxurious shave. For real, I’m obsessed (can you tell?🙈). Like, I want to shave every day, but since the shave is so close, I don’t even need to 😌.

The Post Shave Balms cools without a  burning feel to it. It really does soothe your skin and reduces redness (think sexy legs 😉). This balm contains natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber, which moisturize and leave you feeling cool and refreshed after you shave. And yes, Harry’s is my this month’s beauty obsession. This is taking care of yourself for less Y’all! What’s not to love about that?

I'm all about beauty for less. Here's how you can avoid the nasty pink tax on gender-based goods and take care of yourself for less.
An example of Harry’s awesome branding. And that lotto number is mine! Lol!

I'm all about beauty for less. Here's how you can avoid the nasty pink tax on gender-based goods and take care of yourself for less.

Give Harry’s A Try for Free! Yes, Free!

First of all, I need to warn you: You will be seriously hooked after the trial. Can’t say I didn’t warn you😜.

Ok, so Harry’s has a shave club free trial option. You get a Truman razor handle and blade, travel foaming shave gel, and travel blade cover for free! You just have to cover $3 for shipping. It’s a $13 trial set so it ends up being a terrific value! Click here and start your Harry’s free trial ASAP! You can thank me later 🙂

Make sure you let me know how hooked you are on Harry’s after the trial 🤗

Now tell me, what are your thoughts on the “pink tax”? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers! 🙂

*This post is in collaboration with HARRY’S. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own. 

52 Comment

  1. I’ve heard good things about Harry’s recently. Never really paid attention to the pink tax until my daughter was born. It starts early and it’s a joke.

    1. Definitely agree with you! Total joke! But the best thing is to be informed on ways to avoid it. Harry’s is awesome! I definitely recommend it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you explained what the pink tax is, because I’m super dumb and thought it was referring to Victoria Secret/Pink hahaha. These sound like such good products!

    1. Lol! You’re so funny! 😂 But hey, we gals, all love VS! So it’s perfectly understandable! I’m glad you found this post informative! Thanks for stopping by! Cheers! 🙂

  3. I had never heard of this “pink tax” before, I’m so glad you mentioned it! I also have really sensitive skin – it sounds like Harry’s would be great for me. I learned about two new things on your post today 😀 Double win!

    1. I’m so glad you found this post useful! Harry’s is an awesome brand. Their products have really great, affordable prices and their quiality is top notch! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  4. I have heard so many wonderful things about Harry’s! Definitely need to give it a try for myself now! <3

    1. Harry’s is a wonderful brand! I personally became a huge fan after the trial! Definitely worth it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. I was just telling my husband about the “pink tax” the other day! I’ve always been curious about Harry’s. They sound pretty awesome!

    1. Oh, once you try harry’s you’ll be hooked! Their prices rock and their quality is really top notch! I definitely recommend it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. I hated spending money on razors — I often went far too long in between changing blades because they’re so dang expensive. I love Harry’s razors.

    1. Lol! I’m guilty of the same! haha! Although sometimes I think it wasn’t such a great idea because I ended up getting some not so nice cuts 😂 But with Harry’s, it’s a whole different story! They’re an amazing brand! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. This sounds like a great brand, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of them before! I hate the idea of the pink tax so I’ll definitely be checking Harry’s out in more detail.

    1. Harry’s is an ah-mazing brand! Definitely should give it a try! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Wow, I love this! I can’t wait to check out “Harry’s” for the prices and the closer shave too! Great post!

    1. Hi, Michelle! I’m glad to know you found this post helpful! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. I just tried out Harry’s and I love it! the shave gel is so good!

    1. I know! Their shave gel is amazing! Glad to know you are hooked on Harry’s, lol! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  10. The “Pink Tax” is sooo maddening! Men can get haircuts for $10 and womens are nearly 10 times that!!! Thank you for the info on Harrys! I’m so going to try the trial!!

    1. OMG! Yes! That is so true!!! Women’s hair is much more expensive to maintain than men’s and it’s all because of the nasty pink tax! I’m glad you found the info on Harry’s helpful! Please let me know your thoughts after the free trial! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Wow. Wow, wow! You wrote this magnificently and I am sooo loving that Germany is its steel manufacturer because Germany most definitely knows its steel. You gained a customer for them! I’m going to try out their free trial and excited to get the full set! 😁

    1. You just made my day!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thank your for your kind and encouraging words! And yes, I mean, it doesn’t get any better than German engineering! Let me know your thoughts on Harry’s after your free trial! 🙂 Thaks for stopping by, doll! 🙂

  12. Taylor M. Harrison says: Reply

    Okay, Harry’s! That sounds amazing!! Will not hesitate to try it out!!!

    1. It is amazing! Definitely recommend it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  13. elizabethcolette says: Reply

    I have never heard of the “pink tax” before, crazy! I have never heard ofHarry’s before either, but I think I’m going to give it a try! I hate razor burn, so I’m sold :).

    1. I’m glad to know what you read here is resourceful, then! I’m in love with Harry’s! I really hate having a razor burn so Harry’s works wonders for me!I’m sure it will do the same for you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  14. It’s honestly pathetic that companies make us pay more just because we are women. I have heard such good things about Harry’s, so maybe I should give them a try!

    1. I totally agree with you! The pink tax sucks! But Harry’s is great! Definitely give it a try 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  15. I love my Harry’s razor! It gives such a good and sharp shave and for. I have cheaper than my Venus did!

    1. Harry’s rocks, right?! Totally agree! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  16. I’ve heard of the “pink tax” before, but I wasn’t sure what it meant. Now that I know…that’s super uncool. :/
    But Harry’s sounds like such a cool company. I’m all for learning about new companies that are going at marketing and providing products in a way that challenges the norm! 🙂

    1. I agree, the pink tax is super uncool! Harry’s is an awesome brand! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  17. The pink tax–I think I’ve noticed this too! So frustrating. Harry’s seems like a good product.

    1. Harry’s is a great brand/product! Definitely recommend it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I hadn’t heard of this company before, but I’m already in love! I love the layout of your photos! And UGH @ the pink tax

    1. Awww…thank you so much, doll! I’m also in love with Harry’s now🙈 and yes, the pink tax is totally ugh! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  19. How cool! It is the same with baby products. You can can pay twice the price for the same product just because it has the word ‘baby’ on it!

    1. Yes! Totally! I agree! It’s ridiculous! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  20. Ok, I am seeing Harry’s everywhere in the blog-o-sphere. Think I need to check ’em out!

  21. Believe it or not I’ve never heard of the pink tax! Harry’s sounds like they are are great products! The razor sounds amazing.

    1. I do believe you. Many have never heard of the pink tax before so I’m glad this post explains it 🙂 Harry’s is amazing! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  22. These photos are just stunning! My husband actually uses these razors.

    1. Thank you so much! 💜 100 points to your husband who uses Harry’s, lol! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  23. I havent really thought about the ‘pink tax’ but It’s great that you’re spreading awareness about it!!! The product’s packaging is super cute, how do you feel like it compares to the women’s shavers?

    1. Yes, their packaging is super cute. Harry’s is way better than any women’s shavers out there. I only use Harry’s products for shaving now and have no intentions of going back. Harry’s quality really stands out! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  24. my bf swears by harrys, and for the price and quality, I would swear by harry’s too if I used a razor!

  25. Loved this post and I love Harry’s! I never really thought about stuff like razors costing more just to be “women’s.” But you’re totally right! Thanks for sharing!

  26. I’ve always just used men’s razors to be honest. This sounds like a great alternative!

    1. I used to steal my Dad’s razors, lol. Harry’s rocks! I definitely recommend it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  27. My husband loooves this brand but I never payed attention to it! Now I really want to try this!! Great post, thanks for sharing it!!

    1. Hi, doll!!! It is an amazing brand! I love it as well and became a huge fan of Harry’s! I hope you’ll enjoy this brand as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  28. Great option! I use Dollar Shave Club right now, but looking to try Harry’s too. The pink tax is a real thing, there’s nothing wrong with using the men’s products!

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