Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

by Tammy Taylor~

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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… 

And not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable 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.

Lady Gillette safety razor. Safety Razors are a zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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 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.

Lady Gillette safety razor. Safety Razors are a zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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 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 or if desired also on *Amazon here.

~TMH~

Want to read more about our zero-waste hygiene journey?

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Homemade Minty Mouthwash

Homemade Vanilla-Scented Shampoo Bar Soap

3-Ingredient DRY SHAMPOO Mix

Homemade Soap: Morning Motivation Mint

Homemade Soap: Lavender/Rosemary

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10 thoughts on “Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

  1. candace

    Leg shaving. Hmmm. I have not shaved anything since I had breast cancer in, of all times, the millennium year, 2000. So, of course, all (and I mean all) the hair fell out, EXCEPT, of course, the leg hair. I was working in sales so, penciled eyebrows and wore a wig at work, and a ball cap about town and a knitted thing in bed when my head would be cold. Sheesh who knew? So, in my wellness years I only shave my legs if I’m gong to an outdoor summer party in a dress and high heels (Hold onto me Birdman so I don’t fall in the grass in these stooopid Jimmy shooooos. He always seems agreeable to that. Bless his heart.) So I think I have used the same disposable razor since 2000!!! OH wait. I think there might still be 3 underarm hairs on each side, they are wispy and occasionally I can grasp one and yank it out. Embrace life, live it to the fullest and DON”T sweat the small stuff!!!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Warrior Sister! I’ll have my 5-year anniversary in April. Cancer is such an evil thing – good riddance! And high heels? Oh no, not sure RancherMan could even hold me up from walking on those stilts. We’re planning our daughter’s wedding in May and I’ll be donning a new pair of ‘laughable exercise in moving balance’ heels – hope I don’t embarrass myself. LOL! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      As with so many things in our relatively recent history, Debbie – what was old is new again. With the zero-waste movement so many folks are turning back to safety razors and shunning the disposable options. I love that! ~TMH~

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  2. Ellen C.

    Somehow I didn’t know you had an online eBay store. I love it – got the razor and the lovely soaps. Will be back for beeswax cloths once we get moved into our home. Love the less waste concept and have been implementing it in my life. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I see that Ellen, it’s all being packaged up right now to be sped your way – thanks! I love the less waste concept too and I’ve found small steps really can made a measurable difference. Just think if everyone made a small step toward less waste – what a great thing that would be! ~TMH~

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      1. Nancy

        How did you find a razor in that condition? I remember my mom had one like that when I was a kid. If I remember right hers even had the snowflakes. But I haven’t seen one in ages. I thought they would be all rusty and gross. Hmm I may have to start looking.

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        1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

          Estate sales are a great place to find them Nancy. You know, like great grandpa had this old razor but decided he wanted an electric one instead so he tucked his safety razor away unused? Oftentimes we find them in great condition and I will be sure to list them on my online store when we do – keep watching! ~TMH~

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          1. Clay

            I just went ‘all-in’ and bought my first DE (I’m even learning the lingo). I bought the sample blade to go with it so I should be ready to go.

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