The thing with plastic razors is that they’re crap. They go rusty after 3 uses, the little gel strip welds them to anything they touch and you continue to use that last one from the pack for months longer than it’s predecessors, despite the fact that estranged hairs from weeks ago are inevitably trapped somewhere between the layers of blades.
Despite these harsh realities housed within our bathroom cabinet, fused between its good friend shaving foam and your spare toothbrush, we continue to buy them in their multipacks in our search for supple faces, pits and bits.
Ladies, you get pink ones for those soft, feminine curves of a shin, while men’s faces, which marketing would have you believe have fewer angles than a leg with a knee, get charcoal ones with axe-blade technology, meaning its a pink one without the dye and 40% mark up. That’s an argument for an article another day, but our obsession for throwaway stuff means we’ve been convinced that a household of mixed genders can’t buy one multipack between them, for fear of.. a masculinely shaved leg?
But what’s our alternative? Look along the shelves of your biggest Boots and you’ll find a whole section dedicated to plastic razors for all parts of the human body and, my new favourite marketing trend, for different occasions, for when your razor dedicated to going out-out won’t cut it for when you have an interview.
As with all modern developments of what came before us, our predecessors had the whole shaving deal sorted, thanks to the safety razor. It has far less glitzy connotations than Wilkinsons Sword, but this baby will last you an age and therefore, will save you money, time and truckloads of plastic razors in your bathroom bin from going into landfill.
A fully metal handle and blade compartment, the razor itself has none of the tricky non-recyclable situations that its plastic reincarnations have; since the metal blades and plastic casing are hard to remove from each other, most plastic razors just go straight to landfill to avoid the hassle. These metal handles can range from £15 upwards, but that’s all you’ll have to spend for years to come.
Now the crux of the matter, the blades, come as individual double-edged blades like the ones you might have seen in your grandparents first aid box, of which you can buy 100 for a fiver and will last you the same amount of time (if not double since they’re two-sided) as their plastic mates. A quick google search tells me that to buy 100 plastic and metal ’Gillette Mach 3’ blades that have an advertised 3-week lifespan will cost you £165, and that’s a deal.
So for £25, you could have your shaving habits stocked up in the cupboard for years to come, or keep shelling that much out every few month and chucking the rusty fuckers from last month into landfill, at least you now have the choice.