Reasons Why All Women Should Use Safety Razors (+ Tips for a Safe Shaving Experience)

Reasons Why All Women Should Use Safety Razors (+ Tips for a Safe Shaving Experience)

Safety Razors for Women tips

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:

  1. Disposible razor (for one-time use) – Gillette Daisy Women’s Disposable Razor
  2. Cartridge razor (about 1 cartridge per week on average) – Gillette Venus ComfortGlide White Tea Women’s Razor
  3. 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:

  1. Disposable razor: $15 ÷ 18 = $0.83 per razor
  2. Cartridge razor: $14 ÷ 4 = $3.50 per razor
  3. 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:

  1. Disposable razor: $0.83 (per razor) x 3 (times per week) x 4 (weeks in a month) = $9.96 per month
  2. Cartridge razor: $3.50 (per razor) x 4 (weeks in a month) = $14 per month
  3. 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?

  1. Disposable razor: $9.96 (per month) x 12 (months in a year) = $119.52 per year
  2. Cartridge razor: $14 (per month, refill cartridges) x 12 (months in a year) = $171 per year
  3. 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:

  1. Disposable razor: $199.52 for 10 years
  2. Cartridge razor: ($171 + $3) x 10 years = $1,740 for 10 years
  3. 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

safety razors for women

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.

Safety Razors Pros and Cons

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.

Visit My Blog for More on Shaving!

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).

For more shaving tips, visit Cynthia’s blog!

10 Healthy Tips to Suppress Cravings and Eat Less (They’re Mind-Blowingly Easy!)

10 Healthy Tips to Suppress Cravings and Eat Less (They’re Mind-Blowingly Easy!)

So you’ve decided to lose some weight.

Maybe you want to look a little better in a swimsuit. Or maybe you’re getting older and you miss the energy you used to have.

But geez, the cravings!

Sometimes they get so bad that just one nibble turns into a full-on pigout session. Not only does it throw you off your diet, but it’s pretty discouraging, too.

Sound like you? Don’t stress. This doesn’t mean you should give up.

There’s a way to control and defeat your appetite without getting “hangry” whenever you look at your meager salad lunch.

Here are 10 simple, easy, and healthy tips recommended by experts to suppress cravings and eat less.

Blog Spotlight: Megan Joy

Blog Spotlight: Megan Joy

It’s a no-brainer as to why people love contouring so much. Besides the fact that it’s Kardashian-approved, contouring makes you look younger and thinner.

But contouring is not for the weak of heart (or the clumsy of hands). If you’ve ever seen what it looks like when someone is contouring their face, you know what I mean. It looks COMPLICATED.

Megan Joy has an excellent contouring tutorial for beginners on her blog. It’s not one of the most intricate techniques, but the results speak for themselves.

Perfect for if you’ve always wanted to try contouring but didn’t know where to start.


Confession: I am really bad at contouring. I can apply winged liner in the backseat of a car, but contouring is something that I’ve just never gotten the hang of. While I love a good highlight I usually skip bronzer altogether because I often end up looking orange and no amount of blending can save me.

Maybe I simply need more practice, or maybe I should just leave it to the Kardashians. Either way, now that I’m a mom I am all about easy to use, fast to apply products. Bonus points if it can pull double duty!

Continue reading at Megan Joy!

Blog Spotlight – the Cinnamon Hollow

Blog Spotlight – the Cinnamon Hollow

A lot of us dye our hair for specific reasons. Most of us are just trying to cover up some gray. Or maybe you just think chestnut hair fits your features better.

But have you ever dyed your hair because you wanted to try something different and new? How about “mermaid hair” with multicolored, luminescent jewel tones that remind you of exotic fish and buried treasure?

Don’t think I’ve gone off the deep end – pun intended.

The Cinnamon Hollow has an excellent DIY guide to achieving mermaid hair of your own. It’s perfect for a night in of destressing and self-care. It’s a cute, creative idea to try on your daughters or nieces, too!

This trendy yet unique hair idea is even achieved with cruelty-free, acid dye-free semipermanent dye. That’s a huge plus in my book. It even has advice on how to bleach your hair for maximum pigment and long-lasting color – the safe way.

Don’t be scared to try it if you’re interested. As long as you wear your confidence with it, no one’s going to look at you like you’re a fish out of water.


Mermaid Hair. How I Bleached And Colored My Hair At Home.

Back in the summer, my sister-in-law and I decided to give ourselves mermaid hair for our trip to the beach. She has blonde hair so she was all set to color. I had a crap ton of brown dye in mine. It had gotten too dark and needed to bleach it to get the colors as bright as I wanted. Oh boy!

This is a long post with several pictures of the process to get my hair blonde enough for DIY Mermaid Hair. Instructions on doing your own Mermaid Hair are also in the post so please bear with me and welcome to 75 shades of Crystal’s hair! lol  😀

Keep reading at the Cinnamon Hollow!

Blog Spotlight: The Miller Affect

Blog Spotlight: The Miller Affect

Miller Affect Coutouring Makeup

While a good anti-aging skin care routine is important to keeping your skin looking fresh and youthful, it doesn’t happen overnight. And sometimes, the damage we do over the years to our skin is irreversible.

For the little flaws that you have (that none of us notice but you – I promise), using makeup to contour your face can really work wonders. It can smooth wrinkled areas and even make you look thinner!

Anyone who’s ever watched MUA tutorials on Youtube probably thinks contouring looks pretty complicated. But it really doesn’t have to be.

The Miller Affect is a beauty and fashion blog with a really helpful post reviewing her favorite contouring products. If you’re new to contouring, it’s a must-read!


Favorite Contouring Products

I recently went into Nordstrom to try out some new makeup and I cannot wait to show you guys what I found!

There are pictures and explanations of each below, but make sure to check out Instagram Stories today to see me apply the makeup on video!

These are the products I use for my daily contour routine now and have gotten so many questions from you guys since I changed it up!

…Here are my four favorite products for contouring! Contouring is a lot easier to do than I thought and these products make it even easier.

In the wintertime it is hard to keep your face looking fresh since we don’t get a lot of sun. These products from Nordstrom help keep that gorgeous glow!


Visit The Miller Affect to keep reading!

Blog Spotlight: Blog- The New Black

Blog Spotlight: Blog- The New Black

In life, only three things are certain: death, taxes, and stretch marks.

But seriously though, stretch marks along with acne and cellulite are some of the most annoyingly persistent skin issues across the board. Many of us struggle with at least one of these skin conditions (if not more), enduring expensive treatment after treatment with no luck.

Blog- The New Black has an interesting guide, Proven Fixes for Your Most Annoying Skin Complaints with a few solutions that are proven to give you results. Take a look!


The Proven Fixes for Your Most Annoying Skin Complaints

Good skin is one part heredity, one part lifestyle, and one part dumb luck. Some issues, such as sun damage, are preventable; others are almost completely unavoidable. But for every problem, there’s a solution — whether it’s at the drugstore or in a doctor’s office. Here, let’s explore 3 of the most common and most bothersome skin issues, as well as what we know really works.

Keep reading at Blog- The New Black!

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