So I took the leap, no more plastic Bics, no more Venus or Gillette, it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve graduated to using reusable a safety razor.
According to the EPA in the US, it was estimated that in 2014, Americans threw away 2 billion safety razors (I can’t find any more recent stats, sorry). Sooo that is about 6.2 razors per person according to the population at that time (that includes babies and children). That is just numbers from the US – for one year! If I were to calculate Australia’s waste of safety razors from the same year based on the same equation, it would be 145.7 million razors thrown into landfill in one year. Pretty scary stuff. So it’s a no-brainer, things need to change.
I started looking around for a razor and realised that I had to think about some factors;
I want this investment to last me a long time, if not forever, so what this razor is made of is important. Most razors that are a in a cheaper price range, are usually plated with chrome. This means that your razor will eventually shed its chrome coating and rust – therefore needing to buy another razor. Pure stainless steel is the way to go. It will cost you more upfront, but if you maintain it, you may never need to buy a new one, which will save you money in the long run.
So I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when buying a safety razor. The options out there are numerous and the technical side of shaving is quite daunting. Straight edge vs slant bar, 1, 2 or 3 piece and what aggressiveness do I need? I had no idea and the last thing I wanted to do was buy an expensive razor that would cut or irritate my skin when I used it. So I opted for a model that had a few inbuilt adjustable options.
I never knew shaving was so complicated and you can go a bit crazy with buying yourself brushes, lather bowls and bespoke shaving creams etc. All have biodegradable options using wood, horse hair clippings, stainless steel and tin. There are vegan and sustainable options available for bristles and lather soaps. At the end of the day, I was ok give simple soap water a try before investing in these added items.
So after much bumbling around and researching, I landed on the Rockwell 6s Safety Razor.
Pros: Made of pure stainless steel, comes with 6 adjustable settings and some samples blades to get you started (packaged in paper).
Cons: the razor’s packaging is made of plastic! I didn’t know this when I bought it, so unfortunately I will need to find a use for it’s over the top presentation box.