As layers of clothing are shed and more skin is exposed with the warmer weather, skin grooming becomes a priority once again. However, we may not think twice about the aspects of hair removal since the act is so routine. Most people wouldn’t associate a razor as being “cruelty-free” because they don’t think about any associated ingredients and because shaving tools are not required to be animal tested. But the most familiar brands of shavers are manufactured by personal-care companies who can conduct animal testing related to their other products. And, additionally, that small moisture strip on the heads of most commercial shavers may contain animal-derived ingredients for lubrication purposes. In terms of being eco-minded, countless disposable and non-disposable shavers wind up tossed into landfills (according to the EPA1, over 2 million disposables are thrown away annually in the U.S. alone). This brand, which keeps all of this in mind, is known for producing personal care and home products from yogurt cups. Before wondering about the utility of the product being on par with such an eco-driven concept, consider that design drives this brand so that form certainly follows function.
The razor, which can be used by men or women for face or body, is ergonomically designed to handle curves and repetitive motion. The handle is easy and comfortable to hold while wet because it has grip strips and contours that provide control. While the head is smaller than many commercial razors, it still hold three blades and remains flexible so that it remains secure to the base handle and does not come loose. The moisture strip on the shaving head is made entirely of vegan ingredients, primarily aloe vera and vitamin E oil2. However, for those used to short cuts, applying shaving cream or gel3 is a must when using this razor, especially since the head does not pivot. The result will be a smooth, nick-free and close shave. Blades should be changed frequently with daily use so it’s convenient that with the first purchase, 2 cartridges come with the unit. The handle is crafted to be long-lasting so thereafter only new blades need to be purchased, which are sold in packs of 4. And the handle, which is the crux of the recommendation is made entirely from the plastic of mostly recycled yogurt cups (#5 plastic) and can be recycled through the company’s own Preserve Gimme 5 Recyling Program. The handle is available in an array of popular colors. And, the clear product packaging, made from renewable wood sources, serves as a reusable travel case. So make the easy switch to this brand shaver when you want to protect the wilderness but not look like you’ve been living in it…
1The EPA estimates over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away annually.
2The strip contains aloe, vitamin E oil, a vegan colorant, and a plastic compound to hold the other ingredients together. The lubricating strip is gluten-free.
3My Conscience, My Choice recommends using Bulldog Shave Gel here.
Preserve(R) Triple Razor photo: source Amazon
Gillette Mach3 disposable razors and Venus Embrace photos: source Amazon
- Handle made of 100% recycled #5 plastic (from yogurt cups that are composed of 65% recyclable material)
- BPA free
- Handle recyclable after use
- Cruelty-free brand
- No animal-derived or tested ingredients on lubricating strip
- Certified B-Corporation
- Goal is to have a razor blade recycling program in the future
- Strip contains gluten-free ingredients
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