Safety razors or plastic-free razors are a natural swap when trying to reduce waste. Billions of plastic and single-use razors end up in our landfills every single year. Much like plastic toothbrushes, it’s becoming a huge problem. But making the switch to a safety razor can seem really intimidating, trust me, I get it.
It can feel like learning to shave all over again, and how do you even begin knowing which razor to switch to when there are so many on the market. (Spoiler alert: most of the ones out there aren’t really sustainable, they just want you to think they are.)
So today I’ll be giving an honest Leaf Shave® review of two of their plastic-free razors to help you make a more informed decision.
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Leaf Shave® Review:
It’s very easy for brands to claim sustainability, it’s another thing for them to show it. My Leaf Shave® razors arrived plastic-free, packaged in cardboard with brown paper instead of bubble wrap or packaging peanuts.
I also really appreciate that it came in a size-appropriate box. This helps cut down on carbon emissions while transporting the product.
The Twig Razor™:
The Twig razor™ looks intimidating to start and right off the back I assumed I would prefer the other razor. But they both serve very good purposes. The Twig razor has a fixed head and uses a single blade making it extra gentle on the skin.
To insert the *plastic free* blade you simply twist the body and the head raises so you can easily place the blade right in there. I like that it’s so easy to change the blade because with my previous safety razor there were different parts that detached and screws I had to worry about losing. This design is sleek, simple and very user-friendly.
While the head isn’t flexible, I barely even noticed. With other safety razors, a non-flexible head is what makes them a little harder to use. I found that because this one has a slightly angled head you can simply apply it to your skin and drag it along with ease. It was actually really easy to use and barely any learning curve to it at all!
The single blade gets an incredibly close shave and didn’t cause any irritation at all which was both lovely and surprising.
The Leaf Razor™:
The Leaf razor™ is designed like most traditional razors with a flexible and pivoting head. This makes it incredibly user-friendly and probably the best choice when switching from a disposable razor since it’s more similar than most safety razors when it comes to design.
The Leaf razor can take up to 3 blades although you can choose to load only one or two. The more blades you add, the closer the shave will be.
While The Twig razor was surprisingly easy to use, The Leaf razor takes the cake when it comes to simplicity. Because of the flexible head, it works great for getting those tough areas like ankles and knees or anywhere that has curves.
I think overall from my experience, The Leaf razor is perfect for larger areas like legs and armpits and The Twig razor works really well for more intimate areas like the bikini line. But both are interchangeable and can be used for any function! They even work great for facial hair as well.
I also love that Leaf Shave only has one kind of blade that works with all their razors so you don’t need excess blades if you have both razors. This also helps to keep their waste down as well. Also, any safety razor blade will fit in their razors which is great if you already have some laying around or if you forgot to order more and need to make a quick run to the grocery store.
Leaf Shave razors are not only plastic-free though that is a huge win. Not a single piece of plastic is used in the razor or to ship the products! I shudder to think of all the disposable razors in the landfills I’ve contributed to. These razors are designed to last years with only the blades needing to be replaced. And even the blades are recyclable through their recycling program!
They’re even carbon-neutral, having been Climate Neutral™ certified two years running now! This means that for all the C02e Leaf Shave emits from raw materials through manufacturing, freight, business operations of office and warehouse and shipping to the customer, they offset 100% of it!
This is so incredibly important for long-term sustainability. Of course, plastic is a major polluter but so are carbon emissions, but because they’re less seen they’re often an afterthought. I love that a small company like Leaf has gone above and beyond to show that they care about the planet.
What makes Leaf different:
Leaf Shave’s razors are truly designed by people who care about you and mother earth. There are a lot of companies starting to make safety razors as a form of greenwashing and there are those who make plastic-free razors but care very little for their carbon emissions or manufacturing process. Leaf Shave cares about them all and it’s really evident in the craftsmanship of the razors.
While Leaf Shave’s razors are an investment, they’ll pay for themselves in no time saving you $15-20 every time you go to pick up a disposable razor. They’re also the most comprehensible and user-friendly safety razors that I’ve ever tried. And I’ve tried, and cut myself on a few. But right from the get-go I wasn’t nearly as intimidated by these razors.
If you’re thinking of making the switch to a safety razor, I can’t recommend Leaf Shave enough. Picking up one of their razors to use makes me dread shaving a lot less and I love that I’m not only reducing waste by using one of these razors but that Leaf is also working to reduce waste and lower their footprint on their end as well.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this leaf shave review gave you a good idea of what to expect from a Leaf Shave razor and highlights why I believe it’s the best plastic-free razor on the market! Please don’t forget to share this post and follow me on Instagram for daily low waste living inspiration.