At Christmas I bought myself a safety razor for my stocking. I was tracking how much money disposable cartridges were costing and it was so much waste. I had no idea I could be so scared of a little object!
This is normal–I kept envisioning some scene from a cheesy horror movie as one bad swoop and somehow I’d be bleeding out as I pull down the shower curtain. So this cute safety razor sat on the edge of my bathtub intimidating me for two weeks. Somehow I mustered up the courage to try it after watch some ridiculous YouTube videos. If you want to waste a half hour of your life, watch some young girl on a Zero Waste journey shave herself. And then tell me if you regret it too.
There’s a major change I had to make using a safety razor. No more dry shaving. Soap is absolutely critical. Also, some kind of oil or lotion afterwards because clearly the skin gets dry from the soap.
My safety razor came with mild blades for non coarse hair. Luckily for me that is all I need and they’re great for beginners. The key is letting the blade just glide along your skin and let its own weight create the resistance and pressure. And only go in a straight motion or you’ll knick yourself. I think my first time my knees looked like I crawled on glass shards. You can also manicure the lady garden area without issue, if that’s your thing! I don’t recommend starting here, though.
It’s been a month now with regular use and I’m no longer afraid of the tool and I am using one blade per month! I was using a Venus blade per week costing around $20 per month. I seriously spent almost $250 on freaking razors in a year?! The new blades are $15 for a 12 month supply–but that’s 50 blades and I’m not mowing my legs enough to need that many I guess, so even better savings!
All in all, I definitely recommend the Viking brand–it’s solid and well made and after the initial squeamish phase, a really nice addition to my waste-free bathroom makeover.
Check out my version of the safety razor HERE! Less trash, less money down the drain.