Disposable razors create a large amount of waste and deplete nonrenewable resources. Conventional shaving creams contain surfactants, hormone-disrupting fragrances, and potentially carcinogenic colors; they also generally come in cans that contain foam-producing propellants like propane or isobutene. And most waxes are petroleum-based, while depilatories like Nair contain harsh chemicals that can actually cause second-degree burns. Just because you care about the environment doesn't mean you have to grow a beard or quit shaving your legs and armpits, however. It does mean you should consider using natural hair removal products so you avoid contact with skin- and earth-unfriendly chemicals and reduce your overall product consumption.
PLANET FRIENDLY RAZORS
- Preserve carries a Triple Razor with an ergonomic handle that's made from 100 percent recycled plastic yogurt containers. The razor handles may be recyclable in towns with #5 recycling, but if your municipality doesn't take them, you can mail them back to the company for recycling. Preserve has provided a way for consumers to cut their product consumption, as well as reduce the number of disposable razors they throw away.
- For men who aren't afraid of living on the edge, Classic Shaving features old-fashioned straight razors that can be sharpened and reused indefinitely. Yeah, they're pretty scary, but at least you can be sure they won't wind up in a landfill.
GREEN SHAVING CREAM
- Aubrey Organics carries a line of women's shaving creams that are made with essential oils and natural fragrance, and are certified vegan, organic, and cruelty-free. The Crème de la Shave line also offers yummy scent varieties like White Tea & Citrus, Pomegranate, Orange Cream, Raspberry Honey, and Toasted Almond.
- Aubrey Organics also has a line of men's shaving creams that are certified vegan, organic, and cruelty-free, and are made with ingredients like organic avocado oil, wheat germ oil, witch hazel, and eucalyptus. Men can choose from the cedar- and sandalwood-scented Stock City Rhythms variety; the classic pine-scented Stock North Woods variety; or the tropical, bay rum- and vetiver-scented Stock Spice Island variety.
ECO-FRIENDLY WAXING OPTIONS
- Parissa offers natural, paraffin-free waxes that are formulated with pine resin, canola oil, aloe, tea tree, and azulene. This is a great option for those who perform their own at-home waxing. But if you prefer to visit spas or salons, make sure they use paraffin-free waxes.
- You can also visit Skin-Care-Recipes-And-Remedies.com to find out how to make your own natural wax at home.
- MOOM offers USDA Certified Organic sugaring – a natural alternative to paraffin wax and chemical-based depilatories – products that are made from sugar, water, chamomile, lemon, and tea tree oil. Their cotton fabric strips are also reusable.
- Visit PioneerThinking.com for an at-home sugaring recipe that calls for sugar, lemon juice, honey, molasses, and cornstarch.