DISCLAIMER: Leaf Shave has no idea that I am doing this review and are in no way a sponsor of mine. All opinions stated are my own.
So as I started my zero waste journey, one of the things recommended most is to switch from disposable razors to a safety razor. According to Wikipedia, a safety razor is defined as:
A safety razor is a shaving implement with a protective device positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin. The initial purpose of these protective devices was to reduce the level of skill needed for injury-free shaving, thereby reducing the reliance on professional barbers.Wikipedia
My first impression of a safety razor was that it looks absolutely terrifying and came straight out of a torture room. The whole design of a safety razor hasn’t changed much since it’s inception, and the double-sided razor to me just looks like it would be so easy to cut yourself with.
Nevertheless, I started researching brands and safety razor products so that I could eventually buy one once I was finished with using up my disposable razor and its refills. There were a few candidates that I saw on Amazon, but the thing that I couldn’t get over were how similar they all looked. The design really didn’t change except for the pattern of the handle grip or how the razor opened up for you to change the blades. I was even trying to search for a razor that wasn’t double-sided but came up with absolutely nothing.
Then, a hail Mary came from above, as I was given a recommended ad in my Instagram feed for Leaf Shave razors. They boasted to be the first and only safety razor with a flexible head, meaning that the razor itself wasn’t double-sided. They also have the option for you to choose how many blades you want to load into the razor, the maximum being 3. It also just looks amazing design-wise and is not scary or torture-device reminiscent at all.
So I decided to pull the trigger on the $80 price tag for “The Essentials Kit” that also come with 20 blades. It seemed a little hefty, but Leaf Shave has a lifetime warranty and also gives you a 30-day trial use for their razor. If you don’t love it, you can return it and get your money back.
I placed my order on January 7th, and got an email immediately stating that my order had been received and informing me that another email would be sent once my package was shipped. After about two days and no confirmation email, I went to their website and used their “Send Us a Message” form to inquire about my order. I got an email about 2 hours later, saying my package would be shipped the next day and it would take another 2-3 business days for it to be delivered.
I finally got my confirmation email that came with a handy little link to be able to track my package. Leaf Shave themselves go through USPS, or at least they did for my order. I have some qualms about the USPS for shipping packages because I have had lots of packages through them with a tracking number, but it is almost never updated, so knowing what day I’m going to receive my package is almost like playing Russian roulette with the days of the week. However, I know that sometimes a company will look at postage rates across USPS, UPS, and FedEx, and use whichever one is cheapest, so perhaps they don’t do all of their shipping through USPS.
So, I waited for the two-three days (minus Sunday), and my razor finally arrived!
So the packaging was basically plastic-free, which we love! The razor and blades were wrapped in some kraft paper in the box, which I am definitely going to reuse for a DIY project in the future. The razor I bought was the silver option, although I really wanted the rose gold. But in all actuality, the silver isn’t really all that silver. In person, it has a kind of brassy/gold tint to it? Thats the best way that I can describe it and the picture down below doesn’t even show it that well. But I’m not all that mad about it anyways. I’ve never been one to get hung up on aesthetic or color. If this razor does the work it is meant to and cuts my consumption and costs, I could care less, but just for your own information if you were looking to get this razor. For a better silver color, I would go for the Mercury or Chrome option.
The Moment of Truth
So I will be completely honest in saying that it had been at least a week since I had last shaved my legs, so this razor was definitely going to be tested.
I did as the instruction paper said and broke the blades in half. It was scary at first, but you snap them in the paper so you don’t get cut at all. I loaded in three blades and got shaving. I decided to test out the razor outside of the shower.
It was surprisingly easy and almost effortless. I didn’t need to put any pressure on the handle to make the razor work. It just did its job. I was a little hesitant to be so carefree in certain spots, like my knees, around the shin, and ankle. I will not lie, I did get some minor cuts, but I put that down to getting used to a new razor, new blades, and a new finesse.
Afterward, I did get some razor burn over spots on my thighs that I went over a couple of times out of habit. I realize that I don’t need to do that with this razor now, and there is even an option to take out the bottom blade in the razor to make it less aggressive which I love.
Is it worth it?
So the whole point of this experiment was to see if this $80 razor is really worth the money.
The amazing quality and build of the razor certainly shows that this razor will last with time and proper care. Reading reviews, it was suggested that you don’t keep your razor in your shower to keep it from getting dull faster and also help with buildup and grime on the razor.
I love the ability to customize the amount of blades on the razor for my skin type. It’s a really nice touch that allows you to get the best shave each time. It is also not as scary as I thought to load the razor with the blades as I thought it would be.
The cost of the razor is hefty in the beginning, but when you think about the fact that this razor has a lifetime warranty and is supposed to be the last razor you ever buy. You can get 50 blades as a refill which a lot of reviews say can last you anywhere from 6 months to a whole year. So the cost just makes sense.
Again, Leaf Shave has no clue that I’m doing this review and they haven’t paid me or asked me to say anything. All these opinions are my own, and I’m happy to say that my opinion is a good one. I think that if you have the disposable income and are ready for a more sustainable switch from disposable razors, then Leaf Shave is your best bet.