HOW TO USE A SAFETY RAZOR

Want a more eco-friendly shaving routine? Switch to a safety razor! They're less expensive in the long run, and the blades can be recycled (just check with your municipality to make sure they get handled properly or find a razor take back program like the one from Albatross). This is just one step in creating a zero waste bathroom.

Get comfortable holding your razor:

Get to know it! Feel its weight, shape, and learn how to put the razor blade in properly (always holding the shorter edges that aren’t sharp). How the blade is inserted will vary depending on your razor.

Lather up:

Wet your brush lightly, and lather it with the shaving soap bar. Then prep where you’re about to shave! If you don’t have a brush, no worries. Using a brush is personal preference, but it can reduce the amount of soap you use during each shave.

 

Shave slowly:

Safety razors need to be held at a 30-45-degree angle to shave. There’s no need to apply pressure, just let the weight of the razor do the work. You’ll need to move with your curves to maintain the angle, which will take some practice. This can take some time to get used to – from a few days to a couple of months. Go at your own pace.

Moisturize:

This is a close shave, and your skin may be a bit dry after, so moisturize!

Cleaning and storage:

Rinse off your razor when you’re done shaving, and store it in a dry place.

Replacing the blades:

It’s a personal preference as to when you need to replace your blade, but they typically last about 10-15 shaves. Just stay true to your skin, and when it’s time to swap, then swap!

Disposing of the blades:

Find out how to properly recycle your metal razor blades in your municipality.

Want to purchase a safety razor? Check out the shop!

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Hi! I'm Tara McKenna, Founder of The Zero Waste Collective. Based in Canada, I have created this community as a hub for all things zero waste! Take a look around, and join this global conversation. You can also follow my zero waste journey on Instagram at @mindfully.tara. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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