I am so excited to share my zero-waste alternative for shaving!
Safety razors are metal razor handles that come with two to three pieces. To utilize a safety razor, one must purchase double edge razor blades. These blades are ridiculously cheap and made without any plastic. Win, win! Some people also purchase a shaving soap and brush to create a foamy lather. Shaving brushes are typically made with badger hair, so I opted out. I prefer cruelty-free options. Instead, I just use a natural bar soap with a small piece of loofah to create my lather.
I was slightly apprehensive about the safety razor experience, possibly due to the need for the word “safety” in the name. After a successful first time shave, I have no clue what I was trippin’ about. I found the experience no different from using a plastic disposable razor. The only noticeable difference was the alternating sides of the razor between strokes. I felt better using my safety razor because no guilt ensued. My legs are smooth and soft with no nicks in sight.
I am so satisfied with my purchase I am planning on buying these for all my loved ones over the holidays. They will make a great stocking stuffer. It is also fulfilling to contribute to the reduction of plastic cartridges and disposable razors in landfills. It is estimated that about 2 billion disposable razors end up in landfills each year. Major fail on our part.
If you are considering buying a safety razor I would check out local shops first. If you cannot find one in your area, Amazon.com has a great selection at reasonable prices. I bought a Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor on Amazon for $30. It comes with one blade. Many people suggest buying a sample pack of blades in order to find the type that suits your specific needs best. I bought a pack with seven different brands (five blades each, 35 blades total). The pack cost me around $16. Once you have found your preferred blade, you can buy bigger packs and the savings will really start to add up! Make a small investment now and you will save so much money in the long run.
Thanks for reading! Let’s Re-Prioritize! What do you use to shave?