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Ultimate Guide to Zero Waste Shaving

Making the swap to eco-friendly shaving has been the best decision I ever made, not only for the environment but for my whole shaving experience too! However, I know it can be a little daunting making the switch to a safety razor when you have been so used to using plastic razors. 

So, I have put together this blog which will run over all the basics of sustainable shaving so you will maybe make the switch too!

I will cover the following:

  • What is shaving soap?
  • What's the difference between shaving soap and shaving foam?
  • Is shaving soap better than cream?
  • How to use shaving soap
  • How to use a safety razor
  • How long does shaving soap last?
  • Benefits of zero waste shaving

What is shaving soap?

Shaving soap is a hard soap that forms a lather when applied to skin with water. Shaving soap is formulated differently from a natural body soap to help provide a smooth shaving experience. 

Back in the day, shaving soap had to be mixed in a dish to create a lather and applied with a shaving brush. However, there are now high-quality shaving soaps (like Jungle Culture Shaving Soap Bar) are designed to be used without a brush. You can rub the zero waste shaving soap directly to your skin and foam will appear! 

Shaving soap is used to prep and nourish your skin prior to wet shaving with your double-edged razor - forming a protective barrier between the skin and blade. 

What's the difference between shaving soap and shaving foam?

A common way to prepare your skin for wet shaving is by using shaving foam. 

Shaving foam contain more water than soaps meaning they lather up more quickly. Unlike shaving creams such as foams and gels, shaving soap requires that water is added in order to lather. 

However, this option is neither environmentally-friendly or kind to your skin.

They are packed with glycols, mineral oils and other chemicals which can irritate the skin. As they are unable to dissolve fully they travel through water and pollute aquatic ecosystems. And to top it off they release carcinogens into the atmosphere. 

How to use shaving soap

Shaving soap doesn't lather up as quickly as regular soap and can take a little more practice to get the technique right. But, follow the 5 steps below and it should be a little easier.

1. Soak your soap in hot water in your skin, shower or bath. 

2. Apply water water to the area you are intending to shave. Ladies, you can exfoliate at this point to allow for the smoothest shave. 

3. Rub the soap directly onto your skin in a circular motion until it forms a lather. 

4. For more lather, repeat the method above. 

5. Pick up your unisex safety razor and get shaving! 

How to use a safety razor

A unisex safety razor is another great way to reduce waste in your bathroom. Once investing in a plastic-free razor there is no need to purchase disposables, billions of which are tossed into landfill every year. 

So if you are new to both shaving soap and the zero waste razor, then here is a quick guide on how to use a safety razor. 

1. Apply warm water and shaving soap to your skin until it forms a lather. 

2. Rest your safety razor in hot water whilst you lather the shaving soap. 

3. Once you have your skin prepped, tilt your razor at a 45-degree angle and shave upwards or downwards depending on when you are shaving. Don't shave diagonally - this will most likely lead to cuts.  

How long does shaving soap last?

Shaving soap can last at least 6 months. However, the luxury Jungle Culture shaving soap can last an entire year. Which makes it extremely long-lasting and cost effective, when you consider the amount of cans of shaving foam you get through in a year. 

However, it does depend on how often you shave. 

Benefits of zero waste shaving

There are plenty of reasons why zero-waste swaps are beneficial. Here are the top 5 reasons why everyone should give plastic-free shaving a go.

Environmentally-friendly

Jungle Culture products use only sustainable ingredients and materials to create natural shaving soaps and eco-friendly razors. This includes locally sourced coconut oils for the soaps and organic bamboo for the reusable razors. Each solid shaving soap bar is also handmade by artisans in Vietnam, which keeps carbon emissions low. 

Ethical, handmade production

Both the shaving soap and reusable razor are hand-carved by skilled artisans in Vietnam which allows for employment in remote communities. Jungle Culture pay personal visits to the farm and workshop partners to ensure fair treatment and payment of workers. 

By choosing to purchase one of these artisan shaving soaps or eco-friendly razors, you are providing locals with a source of income.  

Suitable for Sensitive Skin

The Jungle Culture natural shaving soaps are both chemical and paraben-free which means they are much better for your skin. They are free from the glycols, and mineral oils which cause dryness, irritation, razor burn, allergies, and even hormone imbalances. 

Similarly, the reusable double edged razor blades used in safety razors are much kinder for the skin. Typical disposable razors and cartridges feature multiple blades which can cause irritation as they drag across your skin and become clogged with dead skin and soap. 

Vegan Friendly and Palm Oil-free

Neither of the Jungle Culture products are tested on animals, nor have they used ingredients that exploit them or their natural environment, such as palm oil which means the soap is 100% cruelty-free. 

Cost effective

Once you have invested in an eco-friendly safety razor (£26.99 with stand and 10 pack of blades) it's yours for life. The double edged razor blades work out at £3.99 for ten blades, which account to an average of 16 shaves. And finally, the Jungle Culture Shaving soaps (£8.99) last from 6-12 months. I don't think I need to work out the savings from a disposable alternative. 

Hope you have found this blog useful on the benefits of shaving soap, safety razors and how to use them both. 

Emily xx