As a pre-teen, I remember how excited I was when I was finally given permission to shave my legs for the first time. I saw it as a symbol of reaching adulthood (which was completely not true as I was only about twelve at the time) and took great care with my plastic disposable razor to not cut my knees (which I did) and to make sure that I got all of that pesky hair removed from my legs (which I didn’t).
Now that I am trying to cut waste, however, I find the thought of shaving abhorrent: the plastic disposable razors that can’t be recycled, the ‘reusable’ razors made of plastic with expensive plastic heads (which also can’t be recycled), or the electric razors made with loads of plastic parts and use electricity…are these really my only options? And don’t even get me started on shaving creams….
So, how did I tackle this issue? The first thing I did was to replace my shaving creams with coconut oil. This oil is great for shaving and it moisturizes the skin as well! Additionally, it has been readily available in all of the countries I have lived so far. And while changing from chemical and wasteful shaving creams to coconut oil was a step in the right direction, I was still unsatisfied with how much waste I was creating to keep my legs smooth. For a while, I just went without shaving (in the winter) and now that spring weather is starting to bloom, it seemed time to start shaving again. But I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt on shaving with my old plastic razor with its dull blade. What is a gal to do???
After a bit of research and hunting in Korea, I was still at a loss at what to do. It was by chance that I saw what I could use instead: while visiting my significant other one weekend, I saw the razor they used: a sleek stainless steel razor with replaceable blades (in case you see him, please don’t tell him I am using the same razor haha). After a bit of reading up, I also noticed that some women get razor bumps really bad with this razor, but I still wanted to try it out myself (with my coconut oil) and see if I am one of those women. I’ll come back and let you know how things are after a few months!
Below are some pictures of my fancy new razor!
Do you use a razor similar to this? What has been your experience when using this type of razor? Can you give any tips? Please comment below!
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