I have been using a safety razor for over 1 year and here is what I have learned so far.

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Back in 2018, I purchased a safety razor as part of the changes I have chosen to make towards sustainable living. I have been using a safety razor for over 1 year and here is what I have learned so far.

Any little thing we do makes a bigger impact than we may believe.

First off, during that year I have learned to not forget my own advice about how to use a safety razor. Anytime I forget, I end up with nicks and or bumps on my legs. For example, trying to extend the life of the blade by not replacing it after 5 to 10 uses… and also putting pressure on the safety razor instead of letting it do its job.

Ladies, I also use my safety razor for my arm pits and lady bits.

For a few tips to get you started, visit this link: All You Need To Know About Using A Safety Razor.

Learning curve

I have found that the learning curve is different for everyone that I have talked to. Whether man or a woman. It took me two weeks of shaving to figure out what was the right angle to shave at, and to trust in the razors weight to create the right amount of pressure to get that bloodless shave. I say this because the first time (if not the first, then the second) that you use a safety razor, there will be a few nicks. For some people it will take 4 weeks or more to really get a handle on it. Your best bet is to familiarize yourself with some safety tips for using a safety razor. I see the irony here of “safety tips” and “safety razor”.

Closer shave. Smoother shave.

I was, and still am, pleasantly surprised at how close of a shave I get with a safety razor. My skin smoother now that I am using a safety razor than it ever was when I was using those with “interchangeable blade refill cartridges”. Ladies, my legs truly feel silky smooth to the touch after using the safety razor.

Lasting smooth shave.

Another plus about shaving with a safety razor is the lasting shave. That silky smoothness lasts a few days. Normally I would shave every second day when using a plastic razor like Venus made by Gillette. But now I can easily go 4 days before I start to feel the need to shave. Full disclosure – everyone’s experience will be different as we all have different hair growth rate and hair texture/thickness.


When purchasing a safety razor, do a bit of research to make certain you are getting a good quality one. It doesn’t have to be expensive though. Also, most safety razors come with a few blades. Mine came with 6 or 8 blades (I can’t remember exactly). Once I used most of those blades, I was convinced I was not going back to the plastic razors… so I did some research on blades, found what I preferred and ordered a pack of 400 blades. Needless to say, I am saving a LOT of money. The replacement “plastic” cartridges for my old Venus razor were very costly. As for my package of 400 blades… there is barely a dent in it. 😉

What’s your flavor?

Lastly, you don’t have to choose a man’s safety razor if you don’t like the look of them. Firstly, I suggest you choose a brand backed up with good reviews and trusty reputation. Also, pick something you enjoy using and looking at. It matters. If you hate the look of your safety razor, you are less likely to use it. — You have a pick between silver or rose gold; regular or long handle; bamboo handle, rubber or metal handle; and more.

Have you made the switch yet?

Yours in health ~ Nancy Shimmy

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