I want to preface this whole post by saying that zero waste living is hard, can be expensive and I realize that not everyone chooses to live this way. Honestly, my own husband doesn't opt for zero waste choices like I wish he would and my dad had never heard the phrase "zero waste" until I was talking to him about a video I watched on YouTube yesterday. I would also like to say that I truly believe everyone can make their lives more eco-friendly, if they try. We only have one planet and I wholeheartedly believe that we need to do everything we can to keep her (Earth) alive and well.
I could go on a massive rant about all the simple things we can do to lessen our impact on the earth, and honestly I have (click here) but that's not what this post is about. This post is about making your shaving routine as eco-friendly as possible.
My routine is very simple, although I want to make sure you are extremely careful the first few times you use a safety razor. They are very sharp, but also completely metal and recyclable. I was hesitant to use one for a long time (I mean years) because I was so worried I'd end up mutilating my legs. I've discovered that if I shave in short, slow swipes (rather than those full leg swipes they always do in razor commercials), I'm considerably less likely to cut myself. Granted, I still cut myself, I've never experienced a serious injury. I've had worse injuries with disposable razors.
I use Van Der Hagen's safety razor that I actually bought from Target when Ibotta had a $1.50 rebate available. I recommend waiting until the Ibotta rebate is available, then having Target price-match Amazon's price. Save yourself a few bucks. Truthfully, using the rebate and price-matching might end up making this zero waste blade cheaper than some of the more fancy but ultimately disposable razors.
⚫Safety Razor ⚫Homemade Sugar Scrub ⚫ Bar soap
Step 2: Lather Up! I love bar soap. I will never go back to liquid soap. Unnecessary plastic bottles that are more water than actual soap, and only last about a month. I switched mine and Mike's bathroom, as well as the half bath downstairs, to bar soap. As soon as we run out of kid soap, I'll switch them to bars as well. Take that bar of soap and wash away all the dead skin cells, oils from the scrub, and excess grains of sugar. Once you've washed all the stuff from your legs, lather up a second time and use the soap as your shaving cream/gel. Zero waste, ftw.
Step 3: Shave. So carefully, especially around the curves (knees, ankles, etc) until you are confident that you aren't gonna slice off anything serious, then continue to be safe. I don't want you looking like you've been attacked by feral cats because you got over-confident... trust me, it's not pleasant. Seriously, just take your time. Consider this part of your self care routine and enjoy yourself.
You might wanna lather up one more time, just to make sure you've washed all the oils, shave hair, and dead cells from your skin, then you can throw on some lotion (I'm still looking for some zero waste lotion that I actually like) and enjoy your soft, smooth legs for awhile!
I'm working on some more zero waste posts to share with y'all in the not-too-distant future, so keep an eye out! AND if you are looking for zero waste solutions to your life, let me know! I'm happy to help you find any solutions that help minimize your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on our one and only planet.
What is something you've done to lessen your impact on our earth? What is something you'd like to change, but don't know how?
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