First off, I would like to say that I do not think hair removal should be something that we feel we have to do. You are beautiful whether you are hairless as a skinny pig, or as hairy as my cat. Whether you decide you want to remove it or not is up to you. I really admire those who let their bodies stay hairy and natural. I have learned over the last few years to be more forgiving of my body and the hair it grows.
As someone who chooses to remove most of my body hair, it has been a huge source of waste over the years. All those plastic disposable blades and creams… so much going to landfill! I decided this needed to change. I started using a safety razor April 2017 and have never looked back. There is a slight learning curve if you have been using disposable plastic shaving tools your whole life but, it really is not difficult.
I purchased mine at The Big Carrot which is Toronto’s first certified organic health food store specializing in organically grown, non-GMO and environmentally safe body care and household products. I think I paid somewhere around $18.99 CAD for it. I know 2 people who have purchased vintage blade holders which can be cleaned and fresh blades used for safe use.
My small bits of advice for a safety razor noob would be:
- Do not press as hard as you did with the disposable blades.
- Try shaving in the bath the first couple of times until you get the hang of it.
- Take your time. There’s not much worse than trying to rush and then nicking yourself.
- Keep your blade nice and clean to get the most out of the life of each blade.
Here are some examples of safety razors you can purchase:
The next step was to switch over my shaving cream method. I used to use those aerosol cans of Venus or whatever. I have used Lush’s Shaving Soaps & Creams and liked them. Recently I have been using Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Soap as they are cruelty-free and vegan. It does unfortunately come in a plastic tube but, it has been lasting me SO LONG. I should also mention that the consistency is very thin so be careful when you first open the tube!
I will perhaps try to make my own shaving soap for next time. If you have any great shaving cream or soap recipes, feel free to share in the comments.
The other thing I started doing was waxing with reusable fabric strips. I really like this one in particular, Parissa Warm Wax – Vegan Friendly. It’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart, isn’t too expensive and you can buy replacement strips if you need more. Usually, I will wax and then wash the strips and hang them to dry. I recommend washing them by hand with hot water and hanging them to dry. I once made the mistake of machine washing and drying them and it ruined the strips. I think it actually made them too soft for the wax, the strips work best if they are on the stiff side. This of course is not zero waste, but is low-waste.
I found this great post about sugar waxing at home and I think I will give this a shot the next time I decide to wax: Zero Waste Zugar Waxing.
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