Less Plastic Challenge Day 6: Shaving

When I started going plastic free in the Spring of 2015, I switched to the double edged stainless steel safety razor for all my shaving needs. I also bought a package of 10 recyclable stainless steel razor blades that cost me $6. So far I've only used four of them! Saving money and diverting plastic trash from the landfill is awesome!

Let's face it, disposable razors are an expensive waste. I remember paying over twenty dollars for just four blades, which were individually packaged in plastic and could only be used for less than a month each. It was actually cheaper to buy new razors (handles with blades) then it was to just buy the blade replacements. My safety razor seemed expensive at $40; however, after just 4 months of owning it, I already made my money back!

Shaving cream is another expensive item and most are filled with toxic chemicals (phthalates, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, to name a few), packaged in plastic, and most often cannot be recycled. If you're using mainstream hand soap for shaving, there are many harmful chemicals to be aware of: Triclosan, Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), FD&C color pigments, Diethanolamine (DEA), Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fragrances, 1,4-Dioxane, Benzalkonium, and Ethyl alcohol. 

What We Can Do:

  • Make a one time purchase of a non-adjustable double edged stainless steel safety razor that will last a lifetime.
  • Buy recyclable stainless steel blades for our new razor.
  • Add more value to our razor and blades by taking good care of them. 
  • Use package and palm oil free local bar soap instead of plastic packaged shaving creams and soaps. 

The Safety Razor:

  • Great for all hair and skin types
  • Easy to use, go slow to be a pro 
  • Made from stainless steel--an incredibly recyclable material
  • Well worth the investment for a smoother you and a greener planet

Safety Razor Vs. Conventional Razor:

The safety razor takes some getting used to. When I first got it, I had to shave slowly because I wasn't used to its blade, and I was afraid I was going to cut myself. I've only nicked myself twice in the last year of shaving with the safety razor--way less than with my conventional razor. It did take me a couple months to feel confident with the stainless steel razor, but now I can shave pretty fast. If you're wondering if you can shave ALL parts of your body-- yes, yes you can! I don't get razor burn after shaving; however, I can obviously not guarantee that for anyone else, as we all have different skin types and are using different soaps and creams. I find it helpful to moisturize my skin after shaving, and I've been doing that with my Body Balm, which is incredibly nourishing and healing for the skin.

Bar Soap:

There are only two bar soap companies that I've found in my area that don't use palm oil in their soaps. In an upcoming post, I will be sharing my detailed thoughts on Palm Oil Vs. Sustainable Palm Oil. Simply put, palm oil is the main driver of deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra, killing thousands of endemic species like the Orangutan. When we say no thank you to palm oil, we are protecting habit from loss and species from extinction. 

To help you decide which safety razor is best for you, check this out!

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