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 Post subject: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:49 pm 
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I threw out the reusable Venus razor I've had since the dawn of man for one of those recycled Preserve razors a few months ago. The problem is that the blades are awful. Awful, awful, awful. They're scratchy, the moisture strips wear down after one or two shaves, and the blades get clogged too easily. Once hair gets in I can't get it out.

So, suggestions? I know some moisture strips aren't vegan and some companies like Venus and Gillette test on animals. Right now I don't shave very often, but I'm going to start to shave just about every day next month so I would like to not have to replace the blade every other day.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:27 pm 
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The razor thing is the bane of my vegan existence, I swear. The Preserve ones suck so, so hard (you're totally right about the blades, plus I've had two of the freaking reusable handles break). Personna razors made by American Safety Razor are vegan-friendly. They make a Venus-ish one that I've had my eye on, but I'm reluctant to try it because I bought some of their disposables and they were pretty meh.

There's also the Wally one, but I've heard it's pretty crappy.


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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:36 pm 
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I'm eagerly following this thread because I'm down to my last Gilette razor and I want to replace it with vegan-friendly ones. Except the only vegan brands I'm aware of are Personna and Preserve.
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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:42 pm 
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perhaps we could all just go out and buy some REAL razor blades and use those. with our alba shaving cream, of course.

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i mean imagine how badass it would be to shave your legs with that shiitake.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:47 pm 
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My husband uses a safety razor which is a bit easier to use then the straight edge. It did take him awhile to get used to it though. When my husband was shopping for razors the salesman told him that if he wanted to buy a straight edge razor that he needed to practice shaving a balloon and if he could do that without popping it he could move on to shaving his face. He said it was very easy to give yourself a seriously dangerous cut if you don't know what you are doing
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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:49 pm 
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i love my preserve razors. i have one for home and one for travel, i haven't even thought about using anything else in years. do i just have an unbelievably low bar for razor performance?

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:05 pm 
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So is every mainstream razor brand really not vegan friendly? Gillette/Venus is a no. What about Schick?

Has anyone heard of/tried the brand SunRazors? Not sure about veganess.

What about electric shavers?

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
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damn. when I used to shave I used the Body Shop razors but I see they stopped making them, too bad. I just use epilators now so I'm no help. There is a serious vegan razor and floss shortage.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:08 pm 
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one thing to look into might be store brands like Walgreens...I remember reading that they don't test their store brand stuff on animals but not sure if that would apply to razors or if they just buy them from one of the bigger companies.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:57 pm 
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acr wrote:
do i just have an unbelievably low bar for razor performance?

Yeah I have a Wally and don't mind it, it's pretty nice to hold and has a handy suction cap!

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
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Trick for getting hair out of the razor: push it backwards against your skin - same motion as shaving but in rewind, if that makes sense. It sharpens the blade a bit, too. I use Preserve razors, and while the moisture strip thing is annoying, I can still use them long after it has worn off.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:25 pm 
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I'm okay with Preserve, except that I feel like the blades dull faster, if that's possible?

I think Melisser had something about razor brands in The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life--I can check when I get home.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:39 pm 
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I'm curious about this too, I have a Schick razor from my pregan days but I want to replace it soon. I didn't even think about razors not being vegan.


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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:44 pm 
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denali wrote:
My husband uses a safety razor which is a bit easier to use then the straight edge. It did take him awhile to get used to it though. When my husband was shopping for razors the salesman told him that if he wanted to buy a straight edge razor that he needed to practice shaving a balloon and if he could do that without popping it he could move on to shaving his face. He said it was very easy to give yourself a seriously dangerous cut if you don't know what you are doing
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This is what I use. Replacement blades are dirt cheap too.


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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:52 pm 
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b.vicious wrote:
Trick for getting hair out of the razor: push it backwards against your skin - same motion as shaving but in rewind, if that makes sense. It sharpens the blade a bit, too. I use Preserve razors, and while the moisture strip thing is annoying, I can still use them long after it has worn off.

I do this, but it doesn't work with the Preserve razors. The hair really gets lodged in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
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i mean imagine how badass it would be to shave your legs with that shiitake.

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I shave with one of these, its from B&B and its like, rainbow colored. If you've ever seen pure Bismuth, that's what it reminds me of. I'm not an expert on shaving legs with these, but if you have a problem with hair clogging blades too fast, you -won't- with a straight edge.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:44 am 
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Can't say i've ever tried shaving my legs with it but safety razors are pretty awesome and blades are super cheap. Minimal waste and presumably pretty vegan friendly.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:49 am 
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I use safety razor too and it's great!


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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:44 am 
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I wanted to like Preserve razors so badly, but 2 months, several new blades and numerous shaving cuts/rashes later I have given up. I just got a Superdrug own brand one. Not so eco friendly as its not recycled or anything, but at least its not tested on animals and no animal dealies in the lubricating strip. Plus its so easy to use, I look forward to shaving for the first time in my life.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:51 am 
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crepe. Razors are something that I never thought about being non-vegan. I just bought a new one too...


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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:00 pm 
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I use a safety razor on my face. It took a couple of shaves to get used to, but now I wouldn't trade it for anything. The blades are cheap and way better quality than any of the cartridge blades I've tried. The handle will last an eternity.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:41 pm 
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I wish I had read this before I bought a pack if preserve blades. I just got really excited that they fit in the Mach 3 handle.

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:24 am 
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Razors are one thing I didn't even think about not being vegan. I wouldn't mind trying an electric razor/epilator or a safety razor.

I'd feel like a total badass using a straightedge razor though...I do like feeling like a badass...

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 Post subject: Re: Razors
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:36 pm 
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I use a Personna razor, but I can't get the blades locally (the only Personna razors in my area are disposables). That requires either buying online or taking a trip to Birmingham, where I usually stock up every few months when I go to WF. The razor works well enough for my purposes, but not as well as my pregan Venus.


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