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This function is automated, so it may take a few hours from the time of your 50th post/45th day for you to be able to post a review. Use that time to contemplate life, have a spectacular shave, or compare more products to better inform your review! If you believe you may be incorrectly restricted from posting in the reviews section or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a moderator.
Ok, so you have a shaving product that you are just busting to tell everyone about. A review is just the thing! So you ask yourself,…
What makes a good Review?
First of all, the review should reflect YOUR experiences with the product in question. More simply stated, YOUR experiences entail what YOU think of the product and not what someone else influenced you to think. A good review will detail YOUR thoughts and opinions. Your EXPERIENCES involve you giving the product a fair shake and using it more than just a couple of times. It is paramount that you give the product ample opportunity to shine (or sink), and get to know the product’s strong points, quirks, and/or failings.
When am I ready to begin Reviewing products?
If you can make statements like, “I used this product last week for my first DE shave ever,” then you likely do not yet have the necessary perspective to fairly evaluate a product. Reviews from gents who have a solid understanding of technique and who have sampled a wide array of products typically prove to be most helpful to other shavers. Many of the most helpful/informative reviews will include comparisons with other like products or product groupings. This can allow readers to compare their own experiences with yours to determine whether or not they may like the product being reviewed.
What other things are useful in a Review?
Details, Details, Details! Be specific about what conditions the product was tested in, duration of personal use, other equipment used during the test, and any other information that could prove useful. Nothing is more frustrating than reading a statement like, “This products is bad,” and having no explanation as to why.
A final point of consideration would be to include any points or pieces of information that you believe could further influence the reader.
Is the product a good value based on cost and how long the product lasts?
From where can the product be sourced?
What does the ingredient list include?
Does this product undergo a special manufacturing process?
Is there any traditional or historical significance to the product (perhaps a historical figure used it)?
Are there any special things that should be considered in terms of formatting?
Yes and no. As long as your review is somewhat organized and easy to follow, then you have achieved your goal. One highly recommended practice, however, would be to include a link to a discussion thread that you have placed into the appropriate forum.
A note about the numerical scale, if you select N/A for that metric it will eliminate it from the review- For example lather in a lather-less cream.
The most important point of all – HAVE FUN!