Well Kept - Cream Razor
Well kept’s staple product – the safety razor – may seem intimidating at first, but we promise in practice it really isn’t. With its single blade the safety razor provides a close shave while reducing irritation. The solid brass handle is made to last, reduces plastic waste, and is more cost effective overtime.
This matte cream solid brass safety razor comes with one blade.
We are pretty biased, but there are three main reasons to make the switch:
– Superior shave with reduced irritation
– Sustainable, plastic free alternative
– More cost effective in the long run
How to change the blade of your safety razor:
And if you weren’t convinced yet, these razors can be used with a shave oil, allowing you to shave and moisturize simultaneously.How to shave with a safety razor:
This is so simple, yet for those who’ve never done it, not immediately obvious. Your solid brass razor is comprised of three pieces to which you’ll add a fourth (the blade). We like to set up/change the blade of my razor before we hop into the shower or bath, dry hands make the whole process easier.
Take hold of your razor in one hand, then grip the head of the razor in the other. Be sure to pinch from the top and bottom in order to avoid the blade which protrudes from the sides. Unscrew the handle and gently lay the pieces on whichever surface you’re working on. We lay out a small towel so that the handle doesn’t roll away.
If you’re changing out the blade this is a great time to give all three pieces a good rinse. If you’ve been using the shave oil, a quick bath in soapy water works really well (we usually use a bit of dish soap which cuts the oil no problem).
How to shave with your safety razor:
1 – take your time!!!
This holds true whether you’re using a safety razor or your old multi-blade cartridge razor. You’re most likely to nick yourself if you’re in a rush. Instead of trying to shave as quickly as possible ten minutes before you head out the door, consider shaving as a mini self care ritual. I like to have a long steamy shower, exfoliate thoroughly, massage shave oil into my skin, then methodically shave being sure not to miss anything (there’s nothing worse then crawling into bed and realizing you missed a one inch strip on the back of your calf!).
2 – steam & exfoliate
I’ve already mentioned it, but here it is again: for your best shave, make sure your skin is warm and exfoliated. I like to shave at the end of my shower after thoroughly exfoliating. Think of exfoliating as a mini massage and don’t skimp on it. Not only does it unclog pores and soften hair, it also feels amazing!
3 – apply shave oil or soap
I personally prefer to use shave oil as it moisturizes simultaneously, but everyone’s different! I know lots of people who prefer soap, figure out what works best for you. Either way, this is the time to apply it. I usually focus on one area at a time rather then trying lather up all areas I plan to shave at once. I rub my shave oil in, then quickly rinse my hands with soap to make sure I can get a good grip on my razor handle.
4 – don’t apply any pressure
well kept safety razors are made of solid brass and have a beautiful weight to them. This means that all you have to do is gently glide the razor over your skin and let its weight apply the pressure for you. You’ll find out what works best for you in terms of how you hold the razor, but a good rule of thumb is to position the razor at a 30 degree angle.
5 – go with the grain
At least to start! Shaving against the grain is much harsher and can cause serious irritation and razor burn particularly where skin is thin and sensitive (bikini line, I’m looking at you!). Depending on how close you get with your first pass, you can do a second with the grain, across the grain or against the grain. It all depends on the area you’re shaving and your particular skin and hair.