What’s In Your Razor?
What’s In Your Razor?
Our family’s journey to decrease toxins in our home has led to some discoveries into products you might not think about when you are purchasing. As I was shopping this week at my “big box store”, razors were on my list. Walking through this aisle, as I am reading the packaging, searching for a women’s razor that one isn’t super expensive and two doesn’t have extra ingredients, I quickly discovered there really wasn’t an option that I wanted to choose. So, I began to research for an alternative.
You will notice two things about women’s razors:
1.) Most of them have lubricating strips.
2.) The “pink” or “girly” colored razors are much pricier than the men’s version.
So let’s look into these 2 areas a little deeper.
Lubricating strips are meant to help moisturize the skin as you shave, but don’t be fooled! What you may not know about them is they contain ingredients linked to allergies, cancer, hormone issues, and organ toxicity.
One popular razor includes the following ingredients:
Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Isostearate, Water, Potassium Palmitate, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Potassium Cocoate, Kaolin, Potassium Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide, Peg-50 Shea Butter, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Red 33, Fragrance.
So let’s look at a few of these ingredients more closely:
- Tocopheryl Acetate – Strong evidence that it’s a skin toxicant or allergen. Small concern that it is linked to cancer.
- Titanium Dioxide: Moderate concern for cancer, organ system toxicity, and classified as toxic or harmful by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.
- Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that is restricted in Japan and classified as an irritant by the European Union.
- Fragrance: This is the biggest offender. Fragrance on an ingredient list refers to an “undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals.” These mixtures are linked to all kinds of things including allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory distress.
- Polyethylene Glycols (PEG) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGS are also an active ingredient in antifreeze (industrial workers are required to wear protective clothing when working with it). They have been linked to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
Now let’s think about the delicate areas where we have thin, absorbent skin where we use these razors. Our lymph nodes are all in those areas too! Our underarms are a very unique, complex and delicate environment. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, which fights off infection, disease, and removes foreign particles. It’s a direct highway around the body. Chemicals applied to the underarms can expose the breasts to unwanted toxins.
You may or may not have heard of the “pink tax”. The pink tax means women are charged more for products because they are specifically marketed to women because the products are more expensive just because they are designed to be “prettier” colors, most often the color pink.
Products marketed specifically toward women cost on average 7% more than products marketed toward men, according to a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs study.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay more for my products just because I am a woman.
What do I buy?
As my search began to find something safer, I discovered an option that was both save and affordable!
This razor is a 5 blade, encased in 360° of aloe soap and rounded cartridge which helps navigate tight spots. The best part is it’s only $9 to get your first razor, a holder, and 2 cartridges with FREE shipping! You can get up to 4 cartridges per month for the $9 and never pay shipping!
Shaving Cream…. now that’s a topic for another day! Currently, I love to use Mirah Shave Oil.