okay, i know it sounds a little silly to talk about "vegan razors," but if you're like me, you've probably thought about (not) supporting certain companies due to connections with animal testing, regardless of whether the product itself is "technically vegan." for a looooong time (seriously, long) i used gillette razors because of their moratorium on animal testing, but last year sometime i decided i wanted to try some of the smaller companies, and i bought a wally razor. i thought it was just really cute, and i read a few good reviews, and i saw one at the store, and the rest is history.

but okay, i'm going to be honest: i don't like it all that much. i mean it's cute, and it is basically functional, but i wouldn't call it fantastic or an amazing shave or anything like that. not at all. the angle is a bit awkward and i kind of hate the blades. they feel scratchy when they're brand new, and by the time i have them "broken in" i need to replace them, if you follow me.

when i went to providence a few weeks ago, i packed one of the disposable/recyclable razors from preserve. i had bought a 4-pack awhile back, and i'd used it once before on another trip, but i didn't actually remember much about it. well, in providence i realized that i liked that razor a lot better than my wally, and decided maybe i'd just switch altogether. i don't entirely understand whether it's meant to be a disposable or not… i mean, they are sold in 4-packs, but i believe you can also buy replacement blades, so i'm not sure what's up with that… but when i figure it out, i think that might become my new razor. (random tangent: because of this positive razor experience, i also switched us over to the preserve toothbrushes, which are great.)

before i make this Very Big Decision, however, i thought i'd ask if anyone else has strong razorly opinions. i know there are these (relatively new?) personna razors that also fall under the cruelty-free category–anyone have experience with those? or does anyone have more input on the preserve razors that i'm already leaning toward? i put my last remaining blade on my wally yesterday, so i'm counting down the days to the big razor switch.


  1. i am seconding johanna’s opinion about the tooth brushes and hte inability to find the envelope at the same location i purchase them. good luck with the razors!

  2. heh, i didn’t notice any envelopes when i bought the toothbrushes either, but i’ll admit that i forgot to look. i’ll take a peek when i’m at a store that carries them again. but thanks for the heads up about the coupons, johanna!
    i think i’m going to stick with the preserve razors since i already like them. and besides, i have two pristine untouched “disposables” still in my cabinet (the other two are in my and my husband’s travel cases). bonus!

  3. I actually found the Preserve razors to be scratchy too. I mean, they’re okay for legs but my underarms and…erm…girly parts do not take well to them. Putting deodorant on after using a Preserve blade to shave is so painful. And I can’t get a good smooth result.

  4. aw, ruth, i’m sorry they haven’t been working for you! razor burn is teh suck. i’ve been using the preserve razors for about a week now, i think, and it’s going pretty well! i use a really gentle deodorant, though, so maybe that’s why i’m not noticing any ouchies? i use earth science liken plant. i bought new replacement blades for my preserve “disposable” that are triple-blade instead of double; it will be interesting to see if i notice a difference when i switch.

  5. gillette tests on animals – if you are vegan or care about animal testing you should not be using any of their products.

  6. suz, i’m not sure if you just didn’t read the entire post, or what… i said that i used to use gillette razors (because of their moratorium on animal testing), but that i had stopped a year before even writing this post, anyway. the whole point of this post was about buying razors that aren’t connected with animal testing.

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