What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “shaving?”
I’ll be honest. I tiredly sigh and think of a lot of work and time in the shower. What’s more, I know that in the end there will be a bunch of nasty ingrown hairs.
Well, that’s the old me. Now for the last three years, I think of shaving as a calming and even enjoyable ritual. And the reason for that is my safety razor.
Top 5 Reasons Why All Women Should Get a Safety Razor
Here’s why you should think of investing in a safety razor and never look back at disposable razors.
1. Safety Razors Save You BIG Money on Razors
Have you ever thought about how much you spend yearly on your shaving needs?
I am a visual learner so I like seeing numbers and charts. So let’s have a real look at what you would pay for three different shaving options. To keep it simple, we’re not going to include shaving creams or anything extra – JUST the tool you use to shave with.
I looked at three types of razors:
- Disposible razor (for one-time use) – Gillette Daisy Women’s Disposable Razor
- Cartridge razor (about 1 cartridge per week on average) – Gillette Venus ComfortGlide White Tea Women’s Razor
- Safety razor (about 1 razor per week on average) Merkur Classic 3-Piece Double Edge Safety Razor + 10 MEKKUR razor blades
As we all can see, the safety razor requires the biggest investment in the beginning, as does the Venus cartridge razor because you need the razor handle.
But let’s look at the cost of one razor from all three options:
- Disposable razor: $15 ÷ 18 = $0.83 per razor
- Cartridge razor: $14 ÷ 4 = $3.50 per razor
- Safety razor: $10 ÷ 100 = $0.10 per razor
Now it’s the other way around – the safety razor is the cheapest. But that’s just per each razor.
Let’s look at the monthly costs for each shaving option.
Let’s assume that you shave 3 times per week. That’s about 12 times per month. Assuming that a disposable razor can be used 1 time, a cartridge razor can be used 3 times, and that a razor blade can be used 3 times:
- Disposable razor: $0.83 (per razor) x 3 (times per week) x 4 (weeks in a month) = $9.96 per month
- Cartridge razor: $3.50 (per razor) x 4 (weeks in a month) = $14 per month
- Safety razor: $0.10 (per razor) x 4 (weeks in a month) = $0.40 per month
That’s CRAZY, right?
Let’s take it one step forward. (I promise this will be the last chart!)
Let’s assume a safety razor can last up to 10 years. A quality safety razor can last even longer if you take proper care of it, but let’s just use 10 years as an average number.
How much would you spend during these 10 years on each shaving tool?
- Disposable razor: $9.96 (per month) x 12 (months in a year) = $119.52 per year
- Cartridge razor: $14 (per month, refill cartridges) x 12 (months in a year) = $171 per year
- Safety razor: $0.40 (per month, refill blades) x 12 (months in a year) = $4.80 per year
Now, let’s add the initial cost to the cartridge and safety razors:
- $3 for the Daisy Venus cartridge handle. However, I don’t think you’d survive with just 1 blade for 10 years. You’ll likely end up buying a new handle each year for various reasons (it it breaks, gets lost, etc.). So, $3 x 10 years = $30.
- $28 for the Merkur safety razor itself. It’s a one-time purchase in 10 years. It’s a durable razor. Trust me – it’ll survive the 10 years.
So in total, that makes:
- Disposable razor: $199.52 for 10 years
- Cartridge razor: ($171 + $3) x 10 years = $1,740 for 10 years
- Safety razor: ($28 + $4.80) x 10 years = $76 for 10 years
Is there anything else to add? Switch to a safety razor and you’ll save yourself some serious money!
2. Safety Razors are Better for the Planet
We live in a time when we need to consciously try to reduce our plastic waste. And yes, it even comes down to such activities as shaving.
Going back to #1, it’s clear that the disposable, one-time use razors produce the most waste in a year. That’s roughly 144 plastic razors per year for one person.
The cartridge razors take second place with one plastic handle per year and 48 refill cartridges. Because these blades are encased in a plastic material, they’re not recyclable.
However, with safety razors you’re a conscious consumer because you’re using a metal razor with metal blades.
And you know what’s great about metal? IT’S RECYCLABLE!!! No more plastic!
3. Safety Razors Give You a Better Shaving Experience
When comparing disposable and cartridge razors with safety razors, there’s a DRASTIC difference in the shaving experience.
You get a most closer shave with a safety razor.
I was blessed with my dad’s genes when it comes to body hair. So with regular razors, I still felt stubble on my legs after my regular shave.
But with a safety razor, a quality blade cuts the hair much better. Passing over one spot of skin one time is all you need. Which leads us to the next point…
4. Safety Razors are Great for Sensitive Skin (Like Mine!)
If you have sensitive skin and are thinking that a sharp razor blade is surely not for you, then I’m here to say – it’s a myth!
You CAN shave with a safety razor if you have sensitive skin – I do!
Let’s look at the math again. (Hopefully by now, you like the math, too!)
If you use a razor that has 5 blades (like Gillette Venus) in the hopes of getting the closest shave, but you still have to pass a patch of skin more that once – what does that mean?
Let’s say you’ve gone over that same patch of skin at least 2 times with the razor. That means 10 blades just shaved that patch of skin.
Doesn’t 10 blades seem too excessive? Or in other words, abrasive and irritating?
In contrast, a safety razor blade has just one high-quality blade which gives the closest shave possible due to the blade’s sharpness. I rarely go over a patch of skin twice – mostly over problem areas, like the calves.
With a safety razor, you’re passing 2 blades over your skin – maximum! Doesn’t that translate into a gentle shaving experience?
5. Safety Razors are Easier Maintenance
I find that cleaning out a 5-blade razor is a lot more difficult than cleaning a razor with just 1.
A razor with just one blade can be easily taken apart to clean, rinse, and dry.
With a 5-blade razor, it isn’t possible to take out the blades. So there’s always a much higher probability of hairs being left between blades, clogging the razor and making the shave more difficult.
Safety Razor Tips for a Better Shaving Experience
Even though the tool is a little different, it’s still shaving. So there are many things that stay the same.
For example, keeping the skin taut to avoid nicks and cuts and applying shaving cream to the area you want to shave.
However, there are some things you need to do differently when shaving with a safety razor rather than a regular cartridge razor:
1. Don’t go over a patch of skin that doesn’t have shaving cream.
If you use a regular razor, you’re likely passing over a patch of skin more than once.
On the first pass, all the shaving cream goes with it. But you can still go over that patch of skin a second time because there’s still some lubrication left on the razor – therefore you aren’t passing it over dry skin.
You CAN’T do that with a safety razor!
You can’t go over a patch of skin a second time with a safety razor because it cuts hair so close to the skin that it strips away any leftover lubrication.
And we all know what happens if you try to shave dry skin – irritation!
2. Don’t apply pressure.
The best part about a quality safety razor is that it is weighted, which means no pressure is needed.
This is where I think the peaceful ritual comes into play. You have to hold the razor like you are part of the royal family – elegantly.
3. Shave slowly.
The previous point leads to my next point.
Not only do you have to hold the razor elegantly – you also have to shave in slow strokes.
Safety razors have a much sharper blade than regular cartridge razors, so quick strokes will only give you cuts.
4. Rinse, rinse, rinse!
After you have passed over 2-3 patches of skin, rinse the razor so it isn’t clogged by shaving cream and hair buildup.
If there’s buildup, the razor won’t be able to give you the closest shave possible, which will lead to stubbly skin.
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I hope you’ve learnt something new about safety razors.
Maybe you’re debating switching to a safety razor now because you understand the benefits.
Personally, one of the biggest pros for me are that safety razors are a lot cheaper than regular razors.
Also, they don’t give me razor burns, burns, cuts, and ingrown hairs (which I had major problems with when using cartridge razors).
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