Thank you for adding our safety razor to your shaving routine—you’ve made us, your skin, and the earth very happy. Ready to experience your best shave ever?
Your razor is made up of three parts and you’ll add the blade to make it four. Handling your razor is easier with dry hands so we recommend setting it up before you hop in the shower or bath.
- Hold the handle of your razor in one hand and grip the head in the other, pinching down from top to bottom. Unscrew the handle and gently lay all the parts down.
- If you’re changing blades, this is a good time to give everything a good rinse in some soapy water.
- Pick up the blade, taking care not to touch the sharp edges, then pop it onto the top piece, lining up the holes in the razor with the spokes on the head.
- Gently lay the flat head piece on top with the spacer ridges touching the blade—if you place it the wrong way, the blade won’t reach your skin and won’t cut your hair.
- Hold the head steady by pinching the top and bottom, avoiding the sharp blade edges, and then screw the handle back on.
- Enjoy your best shave ever!
1—take your time
Shaving with a safety razor only gets better with time as you start to meditate on your body, skin, and the ritual created when you take the time to carve out intentional moments of self care.
2—steam and exfoliate
Warm, exfoliated skin responds best to shaving, that’s why we recommend doing it at the end of your shower. Think of exfoliating as a mini massage and don’t miss it out—not only does it unclog pores and soften hair, it also feels really good.
3 – shave oil or soap
Your razor glides better when you add a little lubrication between it and your skin, and our shave oil and soap is made of natural, plant-based ingredients that hydrate and protect your skin. Add enough oil to cover the area you’re shaving then give your hands a quick wash before you start. If you’re using soap, lather up one area at a time and work in sections.
4 – no pressure here
Our safety razor is made of brass which gives it a beautiful weight—and it also provides the perfect amount of pressure for shaving, so all you have to do is gently glide it over your skin. You’ll find the angle that works best for you but we recommend holding your razor at 30 degrees or less.
5 – stay with the grain
Shaving against the grain is harsher on your skin and can cause serious irritation and razor burn—that's why we recommend shaving in the direction of hair growth (at least to begin with). Depending on how close you get on your first pass, you can always go across or against the grain on the second. Notice how your skin feels and reacts as you shave, then maybe go softer or turn it up a notch.
legs—your leg hair is generally a lot tougher and less sensitive than other areas, so it may feel comfortable to go against the grain right off the bat.
armpits—we go with the grain on the first pass and then hold our skin taut and do another pass against the grain, applying zero pressure
bikini area— we go with the grain on the first pass, then take another pass across the grain rather than against it.
6 – keep your razor clean
Rinse your razor out after every few passes by holding the head tight and unscrewing the handle a tiny bit. Run it under the shower or swish it through a small bowl of water to remove any build up. Keeping your blade clean and sharp is the key to avoiding irritation.
7 – keep the blade sharp
Our blades last for 5-8 shaves but it depends on how much hair you’re shaving, what type of hair you have, and where you’re shaving it. If you start to experience any pulling or tugging or your skin becomes irritated, it’s time to change out that blade! If it’s accessible, we recommend changing blades after every shave or two—a sharp blade is integral to avoiding razor burn and ingrown hairs.
How to recycle your blades
Our stainless steel blades are fully recyclable, but because they’re so sharp, you can’t just throw them in your curbside recycling. You have to bring them to your local scrap metal depot which can be a little (or a lot) inconvenient—that’s why we created our blade bank program. Buy a blade bank, fill it up with your used blades, then send it back to us and not only will we recycle your blades, we’ll send you back a new blade bank for free.
Here are some more things we’ve written to support you on your shaving journey:
The most common mistakes when switching to a safety razor
All you need to know about shaving your bikini line
Tips and tricks to shaving bony areas
How to care for your safety razor
Shaving your legs: the Do's and Dont's
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