Updated: Apr 13
One of the most "controversial" items I use as part of my waste reduction tool kit, and the item most people seem a little scared of, is the safety razor.
About 12 months ago I made the switch to a safety razor. Up until this point I had been using a plastic reusable razor with interchangeable heads. Now, this is a reasonable option, using LESS plastic than the standard disposable razor. However, we live on an extremely low budget. Changeable heads is NOT affordable long term. And so enroute to reducing our waste, when I used up the last of the replaceable heads, I bought a Bambaw razor. 3 replaceable heads where the same price as the whole new Bambaw razor. Makes a lot of long term sense.
The razor is very aethetically pleasing, which of course helps. It’s steel and bamboo.
I read a lot of horror stories on safety razors before I bought it. Of slicing, cutting, nicking. Etc. Etc. But honestly, I have had ZERO problems bar normal razor problems whilst using my bambaw razor. I have had minor nicks, when going over an old graze, oops but this is no different to using a "normal" razor.
The whole razor is a lot heavier, and I have gotten more mindful when I shave- by mindful I make sure I have properly soaped and softened my legs first, I am slower, I am careful where I put the razor (it’s heavy, if it drops from height it could damage your shower!) and I take care.
The shave with the bambaw razor is literally just the same as a plastic razor. Smooth. Zero compromise on silky smooth legs.
I change my razor blades probably every month. But this varies WIDELY between different people, and of course on how much you shave. Changing the blade is pretty easy, although I really recommend again, being extremely careful. Blades are also very cheap, I won’t be worrying about razor blade purchasing for many years...
Which brings me back to price. All in my bambaw razor and blades cost me under £30= and I have enough blades for... eternity? This would have been about a year of plastic replaceable heads. Thats all. Now I’m quite literally probably sorted for life.
It’s REALLY important to keep your safety razor clean, this is to ensure it lasts for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE! Clean out hairs, suds, general grime. Keep it dry, and clean between washes. I like to keep mine on top on a loofah or brush in the shower, so it doesn’t sit in water.
I am really pleased I made the swap to a safety razor, and when I did. If you’ve got disposable razors you want to use up first, do that!! A safety razor might seem like a hefty investment, but over time it certainly pays off.
I really love my bambaw razor. It’s why I stock it in the store- because I’ve tried, tested and loved it! If you would like to know more about safety razors, if you have any concerns, drop us a comment below!