Almost exactly one year ago I took the plunge and bought a safety razor. Why? A combination of wanting to rid the world of disposable razors, getting the shits at the cost of disposable razors, and wanting to buy a new shiny thing that makes me feel fancy.
If you don’t know what a safety razor is, it’s a hunk of metal that was used by old-timey men to shave before plastic single-use razors were invented. It wouldn’t look out of place in an Old Spice ad. Despite safety razors generally being marketed towards men (they come in ‘manly’ colours and are often depicted with a badger hair shaving brush), I find their design wonderfully unisex… But I couldn’t resist getting the slightly more expensive pink version (thank you vagina tax!).
I bought this Parker 29L Safety Razor in Lavender for about $40. I chose it because it has a slightly longer handle and a textured grip that makes it easier to use in the shower. The initial cost outlay is a bit steep (you can spend a crazy amount if you get carried away. I guess it sort of has the same ‘sexy man thing’ appeal like watches?) but you’ll easily recoup the cost within a year because of the money saved on blades.