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“safer” razors

this is going to be a quick post, but one reader brought up a GREAT point.
i’ve posted on shaving creams and didn’t even bother to mention razors!

wait.

what?

yes. the chances of your average razor having an ingredients list is high.

you know the lubricating strips on razors? yea those. they’re terrible ingredient-wise. check these common ingredients out:

Sodium Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Water/Eau, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Sodium Myristate, Lauric Acid, PEG-90M, PEG-45M. Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Fragrance/Parfum, PEG-7M, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Red 4, Yellow 10.

they’re ingredients you avoid in your body washes, shampoos, and lotions!

so, what do we do now? well, we can use razors (i haven’t mastered sugaring or anything. if anyone uses that method, PLEASE email me so we can set you up for a guest post. i’m a total flunkie at it!), we just have to be sneaky hippies.

choices:

  1. buy a more “natural” razor (ha. sounds funny)
  2. take the strip off

MORE “NATURAL” RAZORS

  • razors without a lubricating strip

for shaving creams, use these or a norwex body cloth!

i’ve seen a few blogs recommend the schick intuition naturals razor. i looked at the ingredients and i’m gonna say please NO. although better than it’s “regular” counterparts, the “naturals” razor still has a terrible ingredients list:

Schick-Intuition-Naturals-4

so what else can we do? remove the strip ourselves!

TAKE THE STRIP OFF

using a safety pin, pick the strip out while it’s dry and never been used. it’ll most likely come off in weird chunks, but at least it’ll come out. that way you can use your favorite razor and just use a natural shaving cream/lotion.

this was a quick post, but hopefully helpful!

how do you remove unwanted body hair??

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11 thoughts on ““safer” razors

  1. Hi there! This is my first comment here as I’ve just discovered your blog today and am perusing older posts. Totally up my alley!

    I started using a safety razor last year. The blades are super inexpensive to replace (which helps offset the initial investment in the razor itself) and the razor can last you for your whole life! (I found my razor on Amazon for around $40 I think.)

    Before starting, I read some pretty horrific posts about women that cut their legs all up the first time they used theirs. I was a little worried… but discovered that not shaving in a rush (which is a great self-care practice anyway) resulted in the best shave of my life. My legs are super smooth and I don’t end up with a weird dark hair shadow under my armpits like I used to.

  2. I’m concerned about the ingredients in the lubricating strip, and I’m also concerned about the impact razors have on animals. Apparently the options for razors and their horrid strips that aren’t tested on animals and don’t contain animal products are very slim. Apparently Preserve is one option (wasn’t crazy about their shaving ability) and Personna is another. After a little digging I was able to find some Personna razors with NO strip! I bought these: http://www.bettymills.com/shop/product/view/American%20Safety%20Razor/MON66001700.html

    I’m excited to try them out! The box comes with 50 razors and free shipping so it’s only 27 cents per razor.

  3. Epilating is definitely my method of choice, saves chucking away razors, and the results last a long time. Only problem I have is getting ingrown hairs which are common if you wear skinny jeans/leggings alot. I solve that by giving my legs a good salt or sugar scrub before showering.

  4. Epilators are definitely the way forward, after the first (very painful) session it gets a lot easier and pain free. Hair grows back so thin and light not to mention super soft…none of the horrible black stubble! It is time consuming but it’s worth it, plus you only have to do it once a week or less….I do shave for special occasions though!! So much cheaper than waxing, brought mine years ago for around $60 and all I do is charge it up!

  5. Why have I never thought about the strip on my razors?? Holy cow. It just never occurred to me. Thank you for this post. I am going to remove all of the strips from my razors before I use them now.

  6. About a year ago, I stopped buying disposable razors for a handful of reasons. One was the expense, one was the environmental impact, but none was the ingredients in those strips! You definitely made razors on my “never buy again” list. Also, a year ago, I bought an electric razor made for women. I use this on my legs, armpits, and bikini line. Although I don’t get a SUPER close shave, it’s good enough and you never risk cutting yourself, getting razor burn, or throwing away razor blades. It is a rechargeable model with a few different levels of closeness – I love it! One of the best purchases I’ve made.

  7. One cup of sugar, one quarter cup honey, and one ounce of lemon juice.
    Melt together on the hob and spread thinly with a butter knife. Washable cotton strips to remove. Smells wonderful!

  8. I remove unwanted body hair by tweezing, sugaring (via MOOM Organic Hair Remover) and shaving. I need to find a more ‘natural’ razor without those moisture strips.

  9. I’ve done sugaring and I realized putting baby powder on first helped A TON!! Probably already know that. =D I never thought of razors!!! GREAT POST!!

    ScoopOfGlitter.com

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