My First Safety Razor Experience

I am back! Sorry for the disappearance these past few weeks, I finished up exams, went home for the holidays, and had a much needed break from everything. But! I’m back and better than ever and I’m going to do my best to post every Sunday *and hopefully Wednesdays too* from now on. Today I’m giving you the full details of my very first safety razor experience. This post is going to be most beneficial for people who shave their legs, underarms, and bikini, though feel free to read if you don’t fall into that category. If you’re interested in getting a safety razor or have one and are a little nervous to try it (I feel you), this is for you.

Standard Safety Razor

I’ve been looking into getting a safety/butterfly razor for a while and I had an Amazon gift card so I thought it was time to order myself one and give it a try. I bought this one if you want to check it out! Today it arrived (which I was very surprised by because it’s Saturday and since when are packages delivered on weekends?) and I’ve been nervously waiting all day to use it. If you’re not a weirdo zero-waste wannabe like me then you might be wondering why I’m so excited about a freaking razor, valid question. I’ve never really loved disposable razors, they get dull too quickly or start to rust and I feel like I only get a few uses before I have to toss them. This has always pissed me off because of the cost of those damn razors but it seriously irks me now that I’m more conscious of the effects that one time use items have on the environment. So I started looking for a better option.

At first I thought I might start sugaring my hair instead of shaving, I still plan on giving this a try but I don’t trust myself to do it and it can be expensive to go to a salon every few weeks. I’m also not too sure how I feel about being that exposed in front of someone, I prefer to do most of my hair removal in the comfort of my own home and I needed a more feasible option. Recently, I saw a post on facebook about safety razors and I was like what the heck is safety razor? Basically it is a metal razor that has a double edged blade and a protective device with a handle as you can see in the picture above. Here are just a few of the benefits of using a safety razor:

  • You only need to replace the blades and not the entire razor (less waste, hell ya).
  • The blades are seriously cheap and will last a long time if you care for them properly.
  • There is only a single blade touching your skin at one time so there will be less irritation.
  • You’ll look like a badass with a metal razor.

And of course there are some downfalls of using a safety razor but that mostly has to do with the learning curve. You’re more likely to cut yourself while shaving, you need to have a good lather because there is no moisture strip, and it’s probably going to take you a bit longer to get the job done when you’re starting out. However, in my opinion the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Once you figure out how to work the damn thing you’ll be golden and plastic razors will be a thing of the past.

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you that safety razors are awesome and that you should definitely try one out let’s get into my experience trying one out for the first time. I literally just got out of the shower as I’m writing this (I still have my towel on my head) so this is fresh in my memory. I want to preface this by saying that I did quite a bit of research and talked to people who use safety razors religiously to get the insider tips and I was still nervous.

I decided I was going to take a bath and start with my legs, I figured they were the easiest spot and I could sit down in the tub and start slow. I started near my ankles, lathered up with some soap like I was told, and started doing slow short strokes. This went pretty well and by the time I got up to my knee I was feeling fairly brave, that was a mistake. Shaving your knee is nothing like shaving your calves. I cut myself almost immediately, it was small but it hurt and for a second I considered giving up, but I persevered (not well I might add as I missed quite a few spots). I lathered up again and did very very short strokes. The issue with safety razors is that the head doesn’t move like a disposable one does, so if you’re not going in a straight line you’re going to cut yourself. I made it past my knee with no more cuts and everything was well again, I shaved my thigh with no problem and moved onto my other leg. This time I was much more careful when I got to my knee and, although I missed a lot of spots, there was no more cuts. On that note, if anyone uses safety razors please give me your tips for shaving your knees I’m hopeless. By the time I was done my legs I was over the bath and decided to switch to a shower.

After my legs I moved onto the bikini area, which is probably the most terrifying thing I’ve done recently. I won’t go to into too much detail on this but I will say that this is definitely going to take some getting used to. I managed to make it though without any cuts (thank goodness) and have acquired some tips for you. Lather very very well, go over your hair twice first with the grain and then against, and go as slow as possible with the shortest strokes you can manage. It took me at least twice the time it normally takes but I’m sure that with some practice I can get that down considerably. After that all I had left to do was my underarms which didn’t seem that bad until I realized I was going to have to use my non-dominant hand for one of them which scared the hell out of me. I lathered up and using my dominant hand first did my left underarm and then moved on to my right which went surprisingly well. Quite honestly, both of these areas were so much easier to shave than my knees (I really need to figure that out).

Overall I think this was a good experience, I managed to make it out alive with only one small cut and I think I’ll continue to use my safety razor for a long time. I hope that this post gave you a little bit of insight into why disposable razors suck and safety razors should become the norm. I also hope that this gave you an idea of what to expect when you try out your safety razor for the first time. If you’re interested in getting your own check out a few different brands here:

VIKINGS BLADE | WEISHI | QSHAVE | MERKER FUTUR

This post is written differently than my pervious posts so let me know if you like this more personal style. I had fun writing it and would love to do more posts like this in the future. If you use a safety razor and have any tips or if you have questions about them please leave a comment and we can help each other navigate this difficult task. Thanks for reading!

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“The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive” – Paul Hawken

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10 Comments

  1. December 31, 2017 / 2:41 PM

    Having grown up with safety razors I feel your pain. Never shave your legs in the bath-shower only. You don’t want little short hairs going where they shouldn’t. Short mall strokes are best for knees and while doing the bikini area hold the skin taught with the other hand. I use a shave stick from a small local company here in town they do sell on-line also, it is better for the blades and a better surface on which to shave. Look up http://www.soapbin.com for shave sticks. I know it is packaged in plastic but the last a long time.

    • January 2, 2018 / 3:10 PM

      Thank you for the advice! I will definitely check out the shave sticks 🙂

  2. Paige
    December 31, 2017 / 3:12 PM

    I LOVE my safety razor! It really does give you the closest shave and the smoothest skin. Thanks for sharing 💕

    • January 2, 2018 / 3:09 PM

      Thanks for the comment Paige! I can’t wait to get used to using mine to I can truly enjoy all the benefits!

  3. January 1, 2018 / 2:52 PM

    Nice to hear from you again! What are your thoughts on an electric razor? Too much electricity use? Not close enough shave?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • January 2, 2018 / 3:08 PM

      Hey Angela! I personally have never used an electric razor so I can’t comment on how close of a shave you’ll get but I can say that I think it’s a much better option than disposables. An electric razor can be kept and reused for so much longer than a disposable so that’s less plastic ending up in the landfill. As for the electricity I’m not sure how much a razor would actually use but I don’t think it’s enough to negate the awesomeness of being able to use it for so long!

  4. January 6, 2018 / 12:14 PM

    Using a safety razor is definitely a great way to reduce waste from single use items! A few months ago, I started using in an attempt to reduce the in-grown hairs that would appear after using other shaving methods (single blade disposables, multi blade disposables and electric razors). There was a bit of a learning curve, however now I have definitely learned a few tricks of the trade.

    My favorite part about using the safety razor is the importance of remaining mindful during the shaving process. Rushing to complete the shave or thinking about other “stuff” just leads to the potential for nicking my chin or neck.

    Utilizing a much more sustainable personal care option is also a great benefit. My passion is zero waste and this a great step in the right direction.

    • January 6, 2018 / 2:26 PM

      You are absolutely right Brian! I like how you mentioned being more mindful! It really brings you attention to what you’re doing and helps you stay in the moment. I’m trying to really appreciate and remember even the little things in my life 😊 Thanks for your comment!

  5. January 13, 2018 / 8:59 PM

    I tried a safety razor but couldn’t get the hang of it, so went back to my trusty reusable Gillette that I’ve had for years (a decade?). My husband has used his for even longer.

    • January 15, 2018 / 3:30 AM

      Safety razors are tricky! I’m still getting used to mine!

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