The step forward: just emptied closet of lots of clothes, bags, etc. that hadn’t been worn / used in blinking ages. Gone to charity. There’s junk. There’s some treasures that I could probably have sold on eBay, so someone’s going to be in luck and there’ll be the extra Step Forward of good karma from having made someone else happy. Then there’s stuff that maybe ought to go in the trash. I salvaged some to use for dusters, shoe-polishing cloths, and for patching up other clothes; I do usually try to fix clothes when/where possible, and sometimes use bits of them to construct other clothes. But sometimes one has to admit that an item has reached the end of its natural life. Or it’s too small (especially if it’s shrunk in the wash). Or too big, and made out of a material that can’t be recut and reconfigured.
The step back: razors.
Alas, the Preserve just isn’t cutting it. Or rather, it is cutting it; “it” here being my tender skin. Armpits. Nothing worse. OK, don’t tell me: torture, live dismemberment, childbirth, and the everyday lives of most of the world’s population: all technically much worse. In a different league and dimension of worse-ness. But remember, I’m a ginger. Gingers like this one have thin skin that damages easily. They cut and bleed at the drop of a hat. Sometimes literally at the drop of a hat: been there, done that (edge of staw hat in my case). Gingers also have a miswired pain-perception system: pain tolerance is very low, it all feels much worse than it is, and the only bonus is a facility for fainting.
There’d been nicks, and a tuft mid-pit that I just never managed to shave off. Fortunately, I’m not very hairy and The Pits are nearly blonde. But when there was a bigger cut, and more blood, and I blacked out in the shower and came to with bonus bruises? Time for the razor to go.
So: back to Gillette Venus disposable. The alternative would have been the old 3-blade one with replaceable blades, but it’s not been easy to find in shops here and is fiendishly expensive. Will look around online once I’ve used up my pack of disposables. Want five (yes, 5) blades? Scented shave-gel inserts? You’re in luck, and there’s bargains. Want something simpler? Eff off.
Pro #1: that curvy bit around the blade-head doesn’t means I never cut myself. Ever.
Pro #2: most of the razor can be recycled, though it means breaking it apart (don’t cut yourself at this point) and depends on your available local recycling facilities.
Con #1: more expensive than Preserve. Not going to break the bank (I used various Venusses for years, each blade lasts ages).
Con #2: while Gillette have been cruelty-free for many years now, they’re owned by P & G.
- every time I buy some (so that’s once so far), contact P & G to badger tham about ethics
- and make an extra donation to an appropriate charity (choice here: the BUAV).