Us women put our bodies through all sorts of or weird and wonderful potions and lotions to look good before we walk out the front the door to take our children to school or go to work. Even coming down to removing the hair from our bodies. So the thought has been crossing my mind is there not a more eco-friendly way than waxing, throw away razors etc.. to remove the hair that covers our bodies that we don’t really want to have?
Of course the most environmentally friendly way is to not remove the hair from our bodies at all and walk around completely natural. During the winter months I do tend to miss a few weeks of my hair removal ritual and admittedly let my body hair grow slightly longer than my husband would agree was ok but in the summer I like my body hair to be completely gone, with lovely smooth legs and armpits. (I am not sure why I am a bit of a seasonal girl but that’s just the way I tick)
So I started to research into whether there is a more environmentally friendly way to remove my unwanted hair and oooh boy there is a lot of different contrasting information out there! But what did amaze me was we spend on average in the UK £265m a year on wet shave razors and £104m on electric or dry shavers. But not only are we spending vast amounts of money on these wet shavers much of our expenditure ends up in landfill due to the nature of the material to make this product not being recyclable. That is a lot of money to be throwing in the bin for just a couple of uses to make myself feel good with having smooth legs.
What environmentally friendly options are there?
Re-Sharpening Disposable Razor Blade Heads
According to the wet shavers manufactures a disposable razor head should last up 130 shaves instead of the usual 5 to 6 uses. The re-sharpening razor blade sharpeners work by rubbing a dull silicon strip down the length of the blade a few times. As the metal of the razor blade is extremely malleable at the edge and is also so thin that you don’t need a hard material to sharpen them. These sharpeners are available for as little as £14.99 from clifford-james.
Hand Crank Or Wind – Up Shavers
These are traditionally designed for taking with you while you travel or are camping where there is no electric. These shavers power up when you wind them up and longer you wind them up the longer the shaver lasts. Although these are not like the conventional electric razors we can all use these and completely create no waste as they don’t use electric energy which is not good to the environment. There are many of these on the market today such as the Power Plus Piranha Wind-Up Shaver.
DIY Homemade Sugar Wax
Nearly all shop bought waxing kits contain paraffin wax which can cause thermal burns to your skin and when heated can gives off fumes which can cause irritation of the eyes and the respiratory tract. Another route to wax off your unwanted hair is to make your own with a few ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Beth Terry has a great recipe on her blog on how to make your own Honey & Sugar Wax.
Here is a quick overview of Beth Terry’s recipe
2 tsp brown sugar
Cloth Strips (Any 100% recycled clean fabric)
Combine ingredients into a microwave container
Cook mixture in a microwave for 30 -35 seconds (until it bubbles and turns brown) You need it sticky to work not soft.
Leave to cool
Apply to area you wish to wax
Place the cotton strips over the wax, then press and smooth in the direction of the hair growth.
Breath in and rip off
Laser Hair Removal
This technique creates no waste but can be an expensive route to go down. Gel is placed over the area that you would like hair removed from, the beauty therapist goes over the area with a laser while you were a pair of goggles to protect your eyes. The gel is then wiped away using a cloth towel and aloe vera is smoothed into the area that has been lasered. In most beauty salons the goggles are reused by every patient and the cloth towel is then washed ready for the next patient, creating no waste for the landfill.
Now the question is, which one am I going to choose to try out first?
What is your favorite eco-friendly hair removal method?