by Tammy Taylor~
I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years. Will I ever be truly zero waste? Probably not. But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted. One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.
Buy – Use – Throw Away – REPEAT…
PLUS not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable razor I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste!
I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous. Aren’t they dangerous? Maybe I’ll cut myself? As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded. A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.
Although I know you can still easily buy a brand-spankin’ shiny new *safety razor online, I love all things vintage. So I sought out a clean, older razor and found this beauty. I’ve now used an authentic vintage mid 1960’s Lady Gillette safety razor for over 5 years. (RancherMan uses a vintage 1960 Gillette flair-tip safety razor.) I’ve never cut myself using my safety razor. Isn’t she a beauty??
No more flimsy plastic razors in our shower. No more constantly buying a new replaceable head entombed in plastic. And more importantly – no more waste. This was such a fantastic no-waste move for us!
NOTE: I sometimes list authentic vintage safety razors on my online store. At the time of this writing there is one on my site identical to the one I use except it’s a little older – a 1963 model. But I often find safety razors at estate sales in good condition & list them on my store. Check it out!
But what about actually using a safety razor? Is it really easier to cut yourself? Well, I will say that I too was afraid that by using a safety razor I would be more likely to cut myself than the standby flimsy disposable plastic versions I’d been using.
My fears were completely unfounded – nary a cut in over 5 years!
From my experience shaving is easy using my safety razor. The first few times I barely touched the razor to my skin, fearful I’d cut myself. But I found you just shave with a lighter hand using only the weight of the razor as the downward pressure. Start slowly and go gently, being careful around turns like at the ankles & knees. But once you get the hang of it, there’s no difference to your task of shaving.
And I don’t even use specially-purchased shave creams. I just use my own luxuriously latherful homemade soap to make a thick lather on my legs. Then I simply let the razor do the work. No cuts!
The blade you buy could make a difference too. RancherMan did his research & found Personna blades are a good, sharp beginner blade that may be less likely to cut than some of the high-end professional blades. So that’s what we bought. Heck it comes in a quantity of 100, so it’ll last both of us for quite a while.
And the blades are individually wrapped in paper and they’re sold bundled in a paper box. No plastic – yea! And they’re very inexpensive & easy to find – you can find *Personna Blades at WalMart (order online for easier product location) or if desired they’re also on *Amazon here.