Scrounging from partners could cost the nation over £38 billion a year

New survey reveals 42% of Brits borrow their partner’s items without them knowing


  • The research reveals Brits to be a nation of cheeky borrowers
  • 1 in 5 women (20%) admit to borrowing their partner’s razor
  • The UK’s borrowing culture costs the average Brit £585 a year
  • Londoners are the UK’s most reluctant sharers, with Northern Irish and Midlanders being the least.

New research from Korean razor manufacturer, Dorco, reveals the “all take and no give” side of Britain, as we loathe sharing but will happily borrow. Forty-two per cent of Brits say that they borrow items from their partner without consent and a fifth (20%) of all women surveyed say that they un-hygienically borrow their partner’s razor on the sly.

Not just things – Brits won’t share secrets either

The survey of 2,000 UK adults also revealed that not only is it items that we feel uncomfortable sharing, but feelings, secrets and private moments too.  A quarter of us (25%) feel uneasy about sharing the number of former lovers with their current partner, with Scots being particularly shifty (34%). Fewer than half of us (44%) are happy to use the loo in front of their partner, just 1 in 3 of us will clean our ears in front of our partner (37%), and less than a fifth (17%) will apply a cream to an intimate area in front of their partner.

We shouldn’t mind baring all… Our partners don’t care if we do

However, this research shows that, whilst we may feel insecure about sharing the more intimate aspects of our lives, we don’t mind it when our partners do the same in front of us – with blasé Brummies being the least prudish of anyone. Ninety per cent of Brits say they wouldn’t mind if their partner shaved their body in front of them, 74% of people (83% of East Midlanders) and say they would be indifferent to their partner passing wind loudly and 76% (84% of East Midlanders) wouldn’t care if you picked a spot in front of them.

The real cost of our borrowing habit

However, our self-serving habit to borrow but not share has its negative consequences. Just over a quarter (27%) of Brits and (43% per cent of short-fused Geordies) admit that they have argued with their partner after discovering their possessions have been used without their permission.

This is understandable when an incredible 1 in 8 men (13%) complained that someone they were in a relationship with borrowed, and then crashed their car. Whilst this is an extreme example, borrowing without consent really is hitting Brits where it hurts most: the wallet. The findings estimate that 80 per cent of us feel as if we have lost money as a result of borrowing and that our partners’ borrowing habits cost us an eye-watering average of £585 in just one year! That’s equivalent to six years of Netflix or Spotify, and a mammoth 12-and-a-half years of razor subscriptions.

Londoners are the least trusting Brits

The research shows that we are a nation divided when it comes to borrowing and sharing! Nonchalant Northern Ireland are the most liberal, with London the least. There is a greater proportion of people in Northern Ireland that will lend their partner their car (65%) than people in London who’ll let their partner borrow a t-shirt.

Perhaps Londoners’ stingy attitude is justified, given 1 in 5 of them have had their laptop lost, stolen or damaged while it was being borrowed, and 1 in 10 have had more money than they can afford taken out on their credit card!

Sue J. Kim, General Manager of Marketing at Dorco, comments: Britons’ reluctance to lend their partner their precious belongings – but willingness to take from the very same person – did surprise us! It’s not good to hear we’re borrowing our partners’ razors – not only because it’s not hygienic, but also because it triggers needless arguments.

We can’t help with unwanted car prangs, but we can help take away the pain of the unwanted sharing of a razor. Dorco is the UK’s only razor-subscription service to make both men’s and women’s blades, and what’s more, with our patented Common Docking System, if you’re going to share anything, simply share the handle, but please don’t share the blade!’

To find out more about Dorco, their shaving products and subscription offers visit

Prices start at £3.90 a month for Dorco’s monthly subscription service, with the first trial month costing just £1.

Prosecco Mum

the PACE 6 Plus doesn’t only look good it’s pretty good at its job too – with six blades for a close shave, including a fine trimmer blade on the rear.”

The Treatment Tester

‘The razors have some pretty impressive technology in their design. The head curves meaning it is easier and closer to shave those awkward areas like armpits and knees.”


“Designed to provide customers with the best shaving experience possible, razor brand, Dorco offer the Pace 6 Plus.”

Women with smooth armpits demonstrates why some women shave armpits

Why women shave their armpits

“Whether you shave your armpits or not, just do what feels right and
natural for you,” writes Joy D’Souza in the

Huffington Post


This view is reflective of changing social attitudes towards women and body
hair, particularly amongst younger people. According to


, between 2013 and 2016, 18% of women aged 16-24 stopped removing their
armpit hair.

There are various reasons why less women are shaving their armpits. Roshida
Khanom, Mintel’s associate director in beauty and personal care,


in some cases young women are “worried about causing irritation from their
skin” as a result of the products they use.

The decrease in the number of women shaving their armpits may also be a
positive response to campaigns encouraging women not to shave if they don’t
want to. Many celebrities have shown public support, including Julia
Roberts, Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne.

Of course, this trend is about more than the armpit hair itself; many women
are seeking to challenge attitudes towards beauty that put unfair pressure
on women and young girls.

There is still a long way to go, sadly, we don’t yet live in a society
where women are able to feel in full control of their body choices.


found 83% of women aged 16-24 still feel under too much pressure to remove
or groom their body hair.

But scientifically, are there benefits to shaving your armpits or is it
best to leave them be?

Pros and cons

There are benefits to either choice. Having armpit hair reduces friction
between the upper and lower arm during exercise, and

facilitates the release of pheromones

, allowing your natural scent to spread to prospective mates – excellent

By not shaving, you will also forgo any risk of skin irritation and razor
bumps. And think of all that time you will save by allowing your body to
exist in its natural state.

On the flipside, shaving armpit hair can help reduce body odour, as armpit
hair traps sweat and allows bacteria to breed. Having less body hair will
also make it easier to cool down, particularly in the hot summer months.

On top of this, your deodorant will be more effective which seems obvious
when you think about it, as it can be applied directly to the skin.

Embracing the power of choice


Speaking to ABC News,

Alex Andrews

, Founder of the ‘Get Hairy February’ campaign, said: “We
hope women feel empowered to let themselves grow, embrace their natural
bodies and be proud to be involved in a community that demands equality and
safety for all women.”

At Dorco, we’re all about choice and being able to do what makes you feel
at your best.

If you do decide to shave your armpit hair, it’s important to do so in way
that doesn’t cause irritation your skin. That’s why Dorco products
are a great place to start.

Crafted for curves, the

Dorco EVE 6

provides a smooth shave, boosted by patented technology, helping to reduce
shaving irritation. The six blades are split into a unique ‘double 3’ blade
format which, alongside a bendable cartridge, encourages smooth shaving.
Meanwhile, the open design means your razor and refill cartridges are easy
to clean and rinse.

Should men shave their armpits?

In days of yore, armpit grooming would have been unheard of among men.

But in more modern times, men who don’t shave their armpits are in the
minority. A recent survey by

Men’s Health

magazine found that 68% do it regularly, while only 10% never trim.

Does that mean men have become more image conscious over time? Possibly
not. Perhaps a better explanation for this shift in grooming habits is that
modern males are more clued-up scientifically than their forebears.

What are the benefits?

One recent


found that although removing armpit hair won’t stop you sweating, trimming
it to skin level substantially enhances the odour-reducing effect of
washing with soap.

Another possible reason why men of old didn’t shave their armpits could be
that they simply didn’t have the right tools. For example, medieval men –
they may have mastered weaponry, but they were a long way off engineering
the kind of precision blades necessary for a clean, close shave. In fact,
most historical accounts shaving in this era sound quite harrowing.

Thankfully, several-dozen generations on, that is no longer the case, and
with a

high quality razor

in your bathroom cabinet, you are sufficiently armed to shave your armpits
safely and smoothly.

Take care to do it right

As with anything, trimming your armpits to excess isn’t recommended.

Warns Hibba Kapil

, founder of the Hibba Beauty Salon in New York City: “Underarms go through
constant friction and shaving them every day can escalate [problems].

“Because the area never catches a break from shaving, it’s always going to
have bumps or ingrown hairs.”

Ultimately, the question of should men shave their armpits has no right or
wrong answer; it all boils down to personal choice. Just be sure that if
you do decide to shave your armpits, you use

shaving products

that help you do it safely and smoothly.

A premium shave without the premium price

At Dorco, our

patented shaving technology

helps to provide a close shave with no irritation, perfect if you do choose
to shave your armpit hair. Three to four blade razors such as the PACE 4
and PACE 3 Plus are perfect for ensuring a smooth shave.

Some male customers have even found that the Dorco EVE 6 has proved
successful when shaving parts of the body such as the armpit and jawline
due to its bendable ‘double 3’ blade cartridge, designed to follow the
bodies curves.