Inside Gillette: What exactly goes into developing a razor?

Cosmetics Business goes inside the P&G brand’s high security R&D facility in the UK

When using a razor, it’s often easy to take for granted the technology, research and sheer labour that goes into its creation. Last week, Cosmetics Business was invited for an exclusive tour of one of the leading shaving brand’s R&D facilities to find out more about the complex development process, as Lucy Copp reports…

On 28 January, P&G brand Gillette opened up the doors to its high security facility in Reading, UK, where approximately 100 employees work on developing new Venus models. In some cases it can take up to 15 years to develop a new model, so non-disclosure is a key part of operations at the facility and even scrapped ideas end up in the confidential waste bin.

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