how to shave zero waste

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Hi lovelies,

I hope you are all well. I sit here in peaceful quiet on a beautiful Saturday afternoon writing. Some people would be outside enjoying the sun and doing all sorts of crazy things, but let me tell you this: as a Mother of one working from home, I spend a lot of time outside in the sun doing all sorts of crazy things and having one day to spend inside in peace and quiet, alone, writing, is a treat.

Anyway, up there in that picture is my new razor. I ordered in the hopes from Amazon (here) that I would never have to use it because I thought that I could somehow keep using the same, last, disposable razor over and over again. I researched and read reviews of all sorts of razors with a variety of blades and a variety of users all using different ones and while this one had no reviews, I put all my research together and decided if I needed to buy one, I’d buy this one.

It helps that I’m a hairstylist and my scissors are made of Japanese steel. I loved the quality of them and I have a fondness for samurai’s so it made my decision easier.

Anyway, the research also made me panic so I figured I could prolong the inevitable or perhaps I thought… never shave again. I’d be a hairy but free woman, helping the planet… But when my final last disposable razor broke (in the shower) I mustered up the courage to pull out my Classic Samurai, assemble the blade and….


Holy. Shit.

A little water, a little soap,  a lot of caution(I have not bought shaving cream since I was a teenager, although I may make my own that could be used for a man too) and before I knew it I was smooth all over. Yes. ALL OVER. Not one cut. A better shave than any of my little stupid, pink disposables could ever do. And at the end of it, I honestly felt so good. It was like I had taken the time to take care of myself – a rare occurrence which I’m working on making it a daily must.

But seriously, this razor is amazing.

  • It feels solid and is built well.
  • The handle has an amazing grip so I can be all soapy and wet and not have to worry about me losing grip on this bad boy.
  • It’s really easy to assemble.
  • It comes with 5 blades, which you can refill with any standard double edge blade.
  • It comes with a leather travel case. So you can disassemble this, pack the refills in your check out luggage and bring this little guy with you wherever you go.

Why did I not know about this sooner? Oh yeah, duh, the world wants us to buy things that break and that we can throw out so we can spend more money, remember?

The best part is the price. For what I paid for this and the care I put into drying off the metal, cleaning off the blade and putting it away with a somewhat obsessive love, I know this spend was well worth it.

I did ask the seller not to package my item in plastic, but it came in a bubble envelope and a bubble wrap anyway. Maybe you guys could have better luck.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Published by Mailyne

Owner of DLG Media. Founder of A.R.T. in Action. Philanthropist. Environmentalist. Activist. Photographer. Video Producer. Writer. Artist. Mama.

17 thoughts on “how to shave zero waste

  1. I’ve been using the same old blade for months now. Definitely want to buy one of those safety razors but realized that I’d need to do some more research. Thanks for posting this. I’ll see if I can get the same one here.

    1. Just ordered the same razor for $25 plus a bunch of blades. Excited to try it. I’m sure it will revolutionize my leg shaving efforts as I had used the same old blade for eternity which made it more a ‘scratching off the hair’ instead of ‘smoothly shaving it off’. Thanks again.

      1. Let me know how it works for you Inge! I just had a friend order one too and she fell in love!

      2. Used it today for the first time. I have to admit that I was a bit scared but I didn’t cut myself and in the end, I was absolutely happy with the result.

    1. I’m so excited to hear. I never thought about going to Etsy but if you take good care of the razor, they will last forever!

  2. Great article! I want to begin shaving like this but being a total newbie, I’m concerned about the process. What sort of soap should I use? Do you lather in a bowl with a brush or just slather it on? Do you have any after care–oil or lotion? I’m dying to get rid of shopping for my disposable cartridges! Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Hi Danielle, I use homemade soap but I use A LOT of soap to make sure that my body parts (legs, armpits etc.) are covered and feel very slippery so that the razor glides over it smoothly. If you don’t use enough soap, you may get razor burn. I am extremely cautious and only go in one direction making sure to move with the curved part of the razor. When I’m out of the shower, I use grapeseed oil or a body butter.

    1. Please let me know how it goes! Just be careful with shaving – the most important part is to not be too much in a rush, go over your curves slowly at first – until you get comfortable with it and lather A LOT! ❤

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