The act of shaving is one of the least sexy personal care routines... Although, worth the silky smooth post-shave feeling. The Chemists however carry an insane selection of hair removal products, mostly in baby pinks and made of cheap plastic. They promise roses, butterflies and the skin of a goddess and before you know it you have spent $40 on a few cartridges which adds up fairly quickly given those sneaky buggers grow back quicker and quicker!
Have you ever wondered why the male selection isn’t quite the same? In fact, you will note the ever-increasing number of barber shops and the beautiful salon style kits the husbands have sitting sink side. Why are we paying exorbitant sums for pink plastic? Why is there a difference between what the lads are doing and us?
Simply put, there shouldn’t be. The 'old time' razors, more accurately defined as Safety Razors or Single Blade Razors, which have made a comeback, may be just what you have you needed all along!
Not only are Safety Razors sleek and sophisticated in appearance, but the benefits all around are to be taken very seriously.
Firstly, the handle and replacement blades are far more environmentally friendly and significantly more budget friendly, even for premium blades.
The blades are sharp, and one blade is all you need. Don't fall for the 5 blade razors, they strip your skin and cut your hair lower than the surface which causes irritation (and often red bumps on the surface of your skin).
Stop being a sucker for marketing, but don’t feel bad, we have all been there. Give the classic a go as I can promise you will not be disappointed.
Although the facial hair and body hair between males and females have some differences, the Safety Razor itself is perfect for us both. Ritology has put its take on the classic male version to better suit the females with longer handles due to the stretching down while shaving legs in the shower, and a close combed as our hair isn’t as think so we do not need as much of the blade exposed. Despite my first attempt with a safety razor, for some reason quite nervous having been subject to the plastic razors for so long, by shave number two I was shaving faster, shaving less, and my legs were smoother far longer! I never have had a single nick, but I guess that’s why it’s called ‘Safety Razor’.
And the cleanliness of these razors? Without the soap connected to the blades and the tiny 4-5 blades getting gooped with god knows what, Safety Razors are much more hygienic and therefore better on the pores given the close contact of them.
Did I mention they’re sex appeal? I don’t know, but I feel much more like a goddess using a sleek matt metal Safety Razor then I ever did before!
Similarly to the cartridge razors you are already purchasing, how often you replace the blades will depend on how often you shave- normally 5-10 shaves. It’s really easy to change out the blades and have a smooth shave in seconds. Surprisingly the blades are really flimsy, so I promise even the clumsiest of us will survive cut free.
You don’t need any special kind of shaving cream or soap, however given the closeness of the shave we find a good all natural cream and especially an oil to do wonders allowing the razor to glide effortless up those legs whilst keeping your skin smooth and moisturised.
Every skin is different, the feedback from Safety razors is far less irritation and ingrown as there is simply ONE blade being dragged up the skin rather than 4-5. Further, you are likely changing out your blades more often with a Safety Razors then your pink plastic which ensures the blades are sharp, clean and more effective. To keep those nasties away, we would always recommend a quality shaving soap or oil and post shaving product to keep the area moisturised and soft.
So yes, the pink plastic may be cheaper in the beginning, but after that you better be prepared to pay as those cartridges are going to cost you. We prefer our way- pay a bit more for a luxury quality razor that you are happy to keep for decades and looks simply stunning sink side. After that, blades are ridiculously inexpensive in fact about a 1/5 of the price of the pink plastic cartridges. Lastly you can feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing you are doing your part to reduce the amount of plastic in this world.
Let’s change the way we look at shaving and turn it into one of life’s little luxuries!