Did you know that your razor blade has ingredients?? Yep. And some of them aren’t pretty.
I used to use those pretty razor blades with the handy moisturizing strips. And I used to roll my eyes every time I bought them because of how expensive they are. Then I found these.
Here’s the deal. Those little moisturizing strips contain ingredients linked to allergies, cancer, and organ toxicity. If you get rashes or razor burn when using them, you might be having an allergic reaction. Here are the ingredients to a popular razor with a moisturizing strip:
Ingredients: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Isostearate, Water, Potassium Palmitate, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Potassium Cocoate, Kaolin, Potassium Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide, Peg-50 Shea Butter, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Red 33, Fragrance.
Let’s look at a few of those.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – Strong evidence that it’s a skin toxicant or allergen. Small concern that it is linked to cancer. Source.
- Titanium Dioxide: Moderate concern for cancer, organ system toxicity, and classified as toxic or harmful by the Enviornment Canada Domestic Substance List. Source.
- Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that is restricted in Japan and classified as an irritant by the European Union. Source.
- Fragrance: This is the biggest offender. Fragrance on an ingredient list refers to an “undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals.” These mixtures are linked to all kinds of things including allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory distress. Yuck. Source.
Is this earth shattering news? Not really. I mean, it’s a small little strip. The amount of product absorbed into the skin is minimal and most of the concerns are categorized as moderate. But anytime I can avoid some potentially toxic stuff, I’m going to do it. And the even better news is that I can do it at a fraction of the cost while reducing your carbon footprint!
My favorite shaving solution is this stainless steel razor. I purchased the 4″ handle. It’s labeled as a “men’s” razor but do women really need a special razor?! I haven’t had any issues with it. I use these replacement razors. That’s 100 blades! For the cost of about a dozen of the disposables I used to buy, I got 100. The razor and blades are stainless steel, don’t rust, and last much longer than the alternative. I change my blade every 2-3 months. That’s 4-6 blades a year. My investment will last me a couple decades! That’s crazy!
Word of caution: You cannot fly with these razors in your carry-on bag. Luckily, TSA took just the blade, not the razor!
Shaving cream…..that’s a whole other can of worms! I simply use a nontoxic, natural shower gel. My current favorite is this Sensation Shower Gel.