I really wanted to make the swap to a safety razor for environmental reasons. I ordered one with good feedback made by Edwin Jagger for £22. Did you know we throw away 2 BILLION disposable razors each year? I bought it with a good heart for saving on plastic to do my bit for the earth but I was terrified at the thought of using it!
When it arrived and I used it for the first time I actually played a YouTube video while in the bath and watched it as I shaved my legs. I’ve no idea why I was quite so nervous about using it, it really isn’t as scary as you would think.
I don’t doubt you could cut yourself with it if you were rushing or applying too much pressure but so long as you take your time, use a light pressure and keep the blade at the correct angle you are flying. I can honestly say I haven’t cut myself with mine thus far.
For lather I am currently using a tub of shaving soap called D’Fluff from Lush as I had it in the house anyway but you can buy shaving soaps to avoid the plastic or a shaving oil in a glass bottle. When I need to replace my shaving soap I will 100% be opting for a plastic free version.
I’ve been using mine for over a year now and love it. When the blade goes blunt all I have to do is replace the metal blade by opening the razor and safely dispose of it in the little cartridge provided. I know some people like to try and recycle the blades by popping them into tins but I worry for the safety of those in the recycle centre so choose not to do that as I wouldn’t want somebody injured over the sake of recycling a razor blade.
The one flaw in my safety razor? I didn’t realise they came with different handle lengths and mine is about the length of my thumb (so really quite short). When ordering don’t just go for aesthetics, be sure to check the length of the handle to have the perfect length for using. I decided to keep using mine anyway as they are costly to replace but I don’t want you to buy the wrong length and end up not using it or having to buy another. After all, most of us are buying our safety razor to minimise our waste.
If you have made the switch, let us know how you get on with it and which brand you ended up going for.