Friday, February 6, 2009

Shaving, Sometimes Newer Isn't Better

Hey folks, here's an idea. For all of you using disposable razors, cartridge replaceable razors, and canned shaving cream, there is an obvious alternative that's been around for a long time. No, I'm not saying you have to quit shaving, if that's something that's important to you. I'm just saying there are some ways to do it that are less wasteful and a lot less expensive. Personally, I use an "old fashioned" safety razor. The kind that use regular flat razor blades, so that is the only part that you are using and discarding. The top of the razor opens up when you twist the handle, the old blade is easily taken out, and a fresh blade dropped back inside to take it's place. These type of razors are still available, but you will mostly find them at pharmacies. They are just as easy to use as a cartridge razor and I've always gotten a very fine shave with mine. Today's mega bladed popular razors are fairly cheap to buy initially, but where they really trick you, cost wise, is replacing the cartridges. They are many times the cost of the razor itself. Then, take into consideration all of the plastic and packaging involved, it's not a very green choice. For the extremely daring, there is always the straight razor, which only has to be honed (sharpened). I haven't used a straight razor, yet, but it is something I want to try in the future.

Secondly, look at all of the waste generated by "shaving cream". Which is basically, soap in a can. Personally, I use a mug and a brush. These are readily available at most pharmacies and department stores. The mugs tend to be short and wide, so you have easy access to the soap with your brush. The brushes tend to be boar hair bristles and can have a wide variety of handle types, from plastic, wood, or even porcelain. There are ready made mug soaps available, usually very close to mugs and brushes on the shelves. I use a handcrafted soap which has almond and goat's milk in it. You can also just take a bar of whatever your favorite soap is, cut the corners off of the bar so it will fit nicely in the bottom of the mug, and you are all set. I get just as good a shave with my single blade razor, using my mug and brush to make a nice lather, and it really doesn't take any longer.

So, consider looking into some "older" technology, when it comes to shaving. You might be pleasantly surprised at your "new" shaving experience and save some money and cut down on waste at the same time. Cheers !

1 comment:

  1. You are so right about the disposable blades! Definitely not very green and costly over time. Thanks for bringing it up. If we can find the blades at the pharmacies, what about the razor itself? Are those still available? I thought they were a thing of the past. If they are still available, where can we get one of those? Thanks for posting this info :)