If you follow me on Instagram, you’re likely aware of my journey to consume more consciously. Even if you’ve only ever landed on my website, it’s clear my message has a focus on businesses who practice mindfulness and sustainability.
You might have seen safety razors being used on television, or perhaps someone you know uses one, but there’s a good chance you’re not using one yourself.
Despite safety razors being around since the late 1800’s, with the rise of plastic manufacturing, companies learned that they could produce their products more quickly and more cheaply. And since plastic has a shorter lifespan, these products would need to be replaced more often than its metal counterpart, meaning more purchases and more profit. Thus began the same marketing you see today.
But did you know an estimated 2 billion (yes, you read that correctly!) disposable razors end up in landfills every year? And I once read that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Let that sink in for a moment.
Today I want to share a little bit about why safety razors are making such a major comeback, while introducing you to the brand I used to make one of my favorite sustainable swaps — Oui Shave. Oui Shave is a speciality safety razor made for women, by women, and while any safety razor is a more sustainable choice than disposable, the beautiful style of Oui Shave and the thought they put into their product makes me happy to support this brand (it’s true, I’m a total sucker when it comes to packaging and design).
Bathrooms are one of the worst offenders when it comes to the amount of plastic disposed of each year. Just think about all the plastic products we use and replace every few weeks: shampoo and conditioner bottles, body wash, hand soap pumps, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, cotton tips, and of course, razors. There are so many swaps you can make in this one room, alone!
Disposable razors are one of those products that are continuously being thrown away after just a few uses, the majority of which ends up in our oceans and landfills, so making a swap to a more sustainable option is always a good idea! Safety razors are typically made of stainless steel, adding a conscious touch to your skincare routine, and reducing plastic waste. With care, they can last a lifetime. The only part that needs to be disposed of is the blade, which can be recycled!
A Better Shave
I’m a big believer in “quality over quantity” and since starting my zero-waste journey have made more of an effort to buy once, but buy well.
These big name brands have led us all to believe that the more blades, the closer the shave, but the reality is that aggressive disposable razors do more harm than good. Disposable razors are made with multiple blunt blades, instead of one sharp one. It lifts the hair with the first blade, cuts with the second, and continues cutting over our skin with the rest. And while that may sound like it would create a close shave, it actually causes irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs, because by lifting the hair, the razor is cutting below skin level.
A single, intentionally angled blade means you’ll get a closer shave in one pass, cutting AT the hairline, not underneath, meaning hair won’t get trapped, decreasing irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs that you’d get with the above. No bumps or irritation means you have smoother shave, for longer!
One quick tip for shaving with a safety razor: don’t press down (something we’ve been conditioned to do, in order to get a close shave). Oui Shave’s weighted handle means no additional pressure needs to be added.
Safety razors have an upfront investment, and truthfully, Oui Shave is even higher than others because of the audience they market themselves to, but no matter where you buy yours (another popular brand that you can find at a lower cost is Merkur), it will end up paying for itself rather quickly! Since safety razors are made to last, you’ll be saving money in the long run. Just think about how much you’re spending on these speciality disposable razors or their expensive cartridges! A pack of refill blades for your safety razor is dirt cheap in comparison.
Shaving is considered a chore for many of us. It’s just something we do, not exciting or luxurious. We quickly run the blades over our legs to get the job done and move on. Using a safety razor causes you to slow down and connect to the process. Instead of mindlessly shaving, it becomes a more intentional experience of nourishment and self-care, adding a moment of calm and luxury to your routine.
The beautiful rose gold color of Oui Shave doesn’t hurt either! ;)