Safety razors (or reusable razors) are a great alternative to using disposable plastic razors. Not only are they better for the environment, but they are also better for you!
In this article, we will show you how to assemble, use, and take care of your reusable razor as well as discuss some of the many benefits associated with them.
Be sure to also check out the FAQs section for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions!
How To: Hermit Reusable Razor
The Hermit Reusable Razor is a great option if you are looking to make the switch to a more sustainable shave. Say goodbye to painful razor burn and hello to the closest shave you’ve ever had! (but we’ll get to that later!) First, we want to put your mind at ease - Safety Razors can seem daunting to a first-time user, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never look back!
How To Assemble Your Hermit Reusable Razor
Assembling your Hermit Reusable Razor is a quick and easy task! Whether you’ve just bought a new razor, or you need a quick refresher - we got you covered!
- First you’ll want to disassemble your razor. Do this by unscrewing the handle from the top two pieces.
- We include two blades in the box with your razor. Take one razor blade and carefully unwrap it. These razors are extremely sharp so you’ll want to be extra careful when handling them, making sure not to touch the edges of the blade.
- Carefully place the blade over the piece with the three prongs.
- Place the piece with the three corresponding holes over the blade. Be sure to have the combed edge facing the blade.
- Screw the handle back on and you are ready to start using your new razor
How To Use Your Hermit Reusable Razor
Learning to use a safety razor does come with a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be golden.
First, you’ll want to exfoliate the area you intend to shave. This will help ensure a clean shave with fewer ingrown hairs.
Apply a sudsy lather of soap, shave cream or oil. We recommend using our Shave Bar!
Keeping your skin taut and smooth, position the razor at a 30-degree angle and shave using gentle strokes. There is no need to apply pressure, just let the weight of the razor do the work!
How to Clean & Care for Your Hermit Reusable Razor
Hermit razors are designed to last you a lifetime! To ensure your razor remains in good condition, it is important to clean it regularly and use proper care.
After each use, rinse to dislodge any residue
Store in a dry place
Replace your blade after every 6-8 uses.
Replacement Razor Blades are available for purchase on our website.
Fun Fact: Our replacement blades are sold in metal tins that can be used as blade safes when recycling your used razor blades!
Benefits of Using a Hermit Reusable Razor
There are so many benefits to using a reusable razor! Not only are they better for the environment, but they also offer a better shave than their disposable alternatives. Designed to last, they will save you a ton of money in the long run - and they are so beautiful - goodbye plastic eyesore!
Keep reading to explore the benefits for your skin, the environment, and your wallet!
Benefits for Your Skin & Shaving
Believe it or not, reusable razors are better for shaving than disposable plastic razors. Here’s why:
Less Irritation & Great for Sensitive Skin
The razor blades used in safety razors are extremely sharp. They offer a closer, cleaner and smoother shave. With a sharp single blade, there is less pull on the skin, causing less irritation. Typical disposable razors have 2, 3, 4, or even 5 blades! While we’ve been led to believe this is better, it's quite the opposite. More blade equals more irritation. The fewer times you drag a blade over your skin, the happier it will be.
For this reason, reusable razors are a great option for those with sensitive skin! You can also say goodbye to those painful razor burns, bumps and ingrown hairs. Reusable razors are much less likely to cause these common skin concerns.
Great for Coarse Hair
Reusable razors are also beneficial for those of us with thicker, coarser hair. If your disposable razor is constantly getting clogged or is just not doing the job, try switching to a reusable razor. Not only are the blades sharper, you can also change them out more frequently.
Easier to Keep Clean
Another important benefit is that reusable safety razors are much easier to keep clean! Disposable razors are hard to clean, become easily clogged, and tend to build up grime (and bacteria!) over time. This means that every time you shave you are transferring that bacteria onto your freshly shaven skin - no thank you! Safety razors, on the other hand, are quick and easy to clean - keeping them hair, grime, and bacteria-free!
Benefits for the Planet
Reusable razors are a great zero-waste option. The Hermit Reusable Razor is made of durable, high-quality materials, and built to last a lifetime. The only disposable part of the razor is the blade itself and in most places, these can be recycled!
It’s not hard to believe that billions of disposable razors end up in the landfill every year! According to the EPA, it is estimated that 2 billion razors get thrown out every year in the USA alone. Made of plastic and mixed materials, disposable razors are not recyclable. They are also only made to last for a few shaves before they need to be tossed out. This ends up being not only costly (we’ll get to that later), but also incredibly damaging to the planet.
In contrast, reusable razors are environmentally friendly!
- Razor blades can be recycled
- The razor itself is built to last a lifetime
- No more plastic!
How a Hermit Reusable Razor Will Save You Money
Compared to disposable razors, reusable safety razors save you money in the long run! If you're still on the fence as to whether you should make the switch, check out the cost breakdown below.
Durable Design Lasts Longer
- Hermit Reusable Razors are made from stainless steel
- Durable and beautiful design built to last a lifetime
Don’t Have to Keep Repurchasing
- If properly cared for, the razor is a one-time purchase that will last you a lifetime
- Double-edged razor blades are affordable and universal, meaning blades should fit all reusable razors (unlike disposable cartridges that are brand specific, more expensive and take away control over purchasing options)
Cost Break Down
Disposable razors typically cost between $1.50 and $6.00 (or in some cases more depending on the brand). If you are replacing your disposable razor once per week you are spending anywhere from $78 to $312 per year.
Comparatively, double-edge razor blade refills cost around $0.13 to $0.80 each. If you are replacing your blade once per week you are spending $6.76 to $41.60 per year.
Granted, the first year will cost slightly more with the initial purchase of your reusable razor, bringing you in at somewhere between $65.76 and $100.60 total for the first year. Even in the first year, you have the potential to save money. All subsequent years you can be saving up to $300 or more!
Reusable safety razors are great for the environment, your skin, and your wallet! They are easy to assemble, use, and clean.
If you are ready to make the switch, purchase yours today!
Reusable Razor FAQs
How Long do Reusable Razors Last
Hermit reusable razors are built to last a lifetime. If they are properly cared for and regularly cleaned, you will never have to buy another razor again.
How Many Times Can You Use a Reusable Razor
Blades generally last 5-10 shaves and can be easily replaced when needed. They are also a much more affordable option than disposable cartridges. The reusable razor itself is designed to last a lifetime.
Where Can You Recycle Razor Blades
Razor blades can be recycled as scrap metal at most local recycling centers. However, each city has its own regulations and guidelines for recycling and it is best to check locally.
Can Razor Blades Be Recycled
The short answer is yes! However, this can depend on where you live and what recycling programs your city has.
How to Recycle Razor Blades
Razor blades can be recycled along with other scrap metals at your local recycling center. It’s best to check locally about your city's regulations and guidelines for recycling.
Word of Warning: It should go without saying that razor blades are extremely sharp. For this reason, it is important to be aware of their risk to yourself and others.
To recycle your blades, it is best to collect them in a metal blade safe. If you do not own a blade safe, collect blades in a metal container that can be recycled along with the blades.
Hermit Replacement Razor Blades are sold in metal tins that can be used as blade safes when recycling your used razor blades!
Are Safely Razor Blades Universal
Yes, double-edge razor blades are universal. Unlike branded cartridges and other disposable shaving products, razor blades are generic and should fit into any reusable razor you purchase.
Safety Razor With or Against the Grain
Most people recommend shaving with the grain when using a safety or reusable razor. Shaving against the grain can potentially cause more irritation.
Are Reusable Razors Eco Friendly
Yes! Reusable razors are eco-friendly and zero-waste. Reusable razors are typically built to last a lifetime. The only disposable parts are the blades, which can be recycled in many cities.
Are Reusable Razors Better
We don't want to be too biased but, yes, reusable razors are a better option for a number of reasons! They offer a smoother, closer shave with less irritation than disposable razors. Plus they are much better for the environment! Reusable razors will also save you money in the long run when compared to buying disposable razors.