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Personal grooming can get a little hairy

Desiring a neat and tidy nether region, many women reach for the same manual razor they use for legs and underarms. While that may offer a clean shave, the results may be far from tidy, with razor bumps and ingrown hairs left behind. Longer hairs may need to be trimmed, which requires a separate electric trimmer.

Schick aims to solve that conundrum with the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle (Est. $10), our Best Reviewed pick among bikini shavers; it places a motorized bikini trimmer in the handle of the highly rated Schick Hydro Silk five-blade refillable razor. Reviewers find the combo very convenient. Some take the TrimStyle on trips, instead of their regular razor and electric trimmer. Others say that thanks to the TrimStyle, they no longer need a separate electric trimmer at all.

The TrimStyle's bikini trimmer uses one AAA battery and has three adjustable settings -- or you can remove the guard entirely for a very close trim. The trimmer isn't meant to take you down to bare skin; its aim is to keep hair short and tidy, and users say it does that very well, without pinching or pulling hair.

For removing bikini-area hair completely -- as well as shaving legs and underarms -- the TrimStyle has a manual razor end. Users largely adore the silky-smooth shave they get from the Hydro Silk razor with its ultra-moisturizing strips (refill cartridges cost about $3 each). Some find the moisturizers goop up the blades, though, and others say the razor head is too big to maneuver well around the close curves of the bikini line.

Also, the trimmer sometimes clogs up with hair or stops working entirely, and changing the batteries doesn't always fix the problem. And although the trimmer is supposed to be waterproof, some users say theirs rusted after they used it in the shower for a while. Still, the vast majority of owners are extremely pleased, awarding the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle 4.4 out of 5 stars in thousands of reviews at Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com. And at about $14, many women consider the TrimStyle to be well worth the price -- even if they have to replace it every few months.

The Noxzema Bikini Shave and Trim (Est. $3 for 3) is another popular choice for a close, clean shave. It's essentially a miniature, 5/8-inch-wide disposable razor built to navigate bikini-line contours. The small size makes it easy to shave delicate areas or tuck into your purse for last-minute touch-ups. However, it can also make holding onto the shaver a challenge, especially with soapy hands. Reviewers note that the razor seems to dull very quickly, and the aloe moisturizing strip disappears after two or three shaves -- but at a cost of about $1 for each razor, that's not a big problem according to most.

We found some reviews from men who post to Amazon.com, saying they use the Noxzema Bikini Shaver for touch-ups as well. A comb-style skin guard is meant to protect your skin from irritation; some owners say it prevents them from getting a really close shave, leaving hair trimmed very short instead. Others find the opposite: For them, the Noxzema delivers a nice, close shave, entirely removing the hair -- they don't really see where the "and Trim" part comes in.

Owners say the Noxzema Bikini Shave and Trim is difficult to find in stores, but it's cheap and readily available at major online retailers like Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Assuming daily use, expect to spend about $120 per year on the Noxzema Bikini Shave and Trim, versus $80 per year for the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle (and unlike the tiny Noxzema, the TrimStyle can also serve as your leg and underarm razor).

Elsewhere in this Report:

Best Women's Shavers | Best Razors for Women | Best Epilators | Buying Guide | Our Sources

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Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor and Bikini Trimmer
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Schick Hydro Silk for Women Razor
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Noxzema Bikini Plus Shave and Trim Disposable Shavers, 3 Count
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