I love my reusable razor so much! (✿◠‿◠). It’s one of the best investments I’ve done so far. This beautiful chrome-plated item is part of all zero-waste bathrooms. Aesthetic, economical and hygienic, this razor will make you forget about refillable and disposable plastic razors forever. Regardless of whether you care for the environment, it’s a classic that every man or woman should own.
I still don’t know why I thought my grandpa was the only one able to use it. Today things have changed. My lobster and I are done suffering because of plastic razors. Why were we buying them? It’s a great question. Frankly, we don’t know. Plastic razors have no benefits at all: they are hideous, polluting, expensive, irritant and ineffective. In a few words, they are nothing like a reusable razor. Stop being a victim of mass marketing and make your first step to an ivory-smooth shave.
WHICH IS THE BEST REUSABLE RAZOR?
Let’s forget about electric razors right away. While reusable, they’re also consuming electricity (sometimes even batteries) and destined to garbage. I’m talking here about traditional shaving. Three types of razors fall into that category: the straight razor, the shavette and the safety razor. As beginners, my lobster and I went for the best option.
The Straight Razor
The Safety Razor
The Safety Razor
Finally, let me introduce my loved one: the Merkur 23C chrome-plated safety razor. It has a straight bar and a long handle. Composed of three pieces, this beauty uses double-edged blades. Bought 29.17€ in January 2017 on Amazon. Supplied with one stainless steel blade.
HOW TO USE IT?
It’s very simple. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can use it more or less as a plastic razor. Shaving in any direction is safe but there’s no need to apply aggressive or repeated pressure to the skin to get a clean shave. Unlike a plastic one, the safety razor does all the work for you. Its weight is sufficient to cut your hair. Say goodbye to razor burn and skin rash. My lobster and I use it to shave all parts of our bodies (≡^∇^≡).
To ensure a smooth shave, don’t use the razor alone. Instead of shaving foam, my lobster applies either shaving soap or Marseille soap to his beard before shaving (see section Where to buy all of it?). He claims that both are equally great. To do so, he wets his shaving brush and works the shaving soap around in circular motions. I personally use Marseille soap without brush. It’s the simplest way to proceed for me since I shave in the shower.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT?
Plastic razors get clogged up with no ability to clean the blade entirely while safety razors allow you to do it. That makes them a far more hygienic solution. Cleaning or changing the blade of a safety razor is quick and easy. For a one-piece butterfly razor – also known as twist open razor – just twist counterclockwise the handle bottom and clean or replace the blade. Then twist the handle closed. Two- or three-piece razors are a little more involved. Start by twisting the handle until the head and blade are released. Clean or replace the blade. Align the different layers and lastly screw the handle back in.
Water is crucial for cleaning a blade during and after a shave, but it’s deadly if it sticks around. As soon as you rinse the blade clean, let it air dry or use a towel to speed up the process. Once in a while, clean your whole reusable razor with a mixture of water and white vinegar. A well-kept safety razor can last a lifetime.
Stainless steel blades are resistant. Over the last six months, I changed mine once. Then I’m only going to use two blades per year. Knowing that a blade costs approximatively 0.75€, you understand that your investment is quickly recovered. As for my lobster, he replaces his razor blade every two weeks. Of course we don’t share the same type of hair (*^▽^*). He plans then to use around 24 blades – worth less than 20€ – per year. It appears clearly that buying a reusable razor is cheaper in the long run.
There’s more…! Blades are entirely recyclable and ecofriendly. Therefore, we stock worn blades in a can that we will once full take to a waste collection site. That way we make sure no one gets hurt in the process.
WHERE TO BUY ALL OF IT?
Don’t wait any longer and revolutionize your shaving ritual. In case no second-hand razor is available, the following table might be useful to get a great deal. To date, I only find plastic-free packed blades at Barbe Verte. Let me know if you buy those elsewhere (๑★ .̫ ★๑)
|Barbe Verte||Parker razors||from 31€|
|Barbe Verte||Shaving soap||from 3.20€|
|Barbe Verte||Blades||from 4€|
|Au Grand Rasoir||Razors||≠ brands|
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