I just realized today that just over a year ago (April 25th, 2014 to be exact according to Amazon), I bought my first safety razor, blades, and shaving cream. I honestly thought it had been longer. It’s by far the best shave I have had, always close and comfortable, never cutting myself.
But what I’m really curious is..how much money have I saved?
The initial costs were:
Mercer Classic Safety Razor, Straight: $32.46
Personna Double Edge Razor Blades, 100 Count: $17.12
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Luxury Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin, 5.3-Ounce: $15.18
Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush: $12.95
Grand Total: $77.71 or $6.47/month for 12 months.
Equipment: $45.41, of which the safety razor lasts forever and the brush reportedly can last ten years.
Consumables: $32.30 or $2.69/month for $12 months.
However, that $2.69/month number is assuming that I consumed all of those blades and the shaving cream in the past 12 months and that I’m doing a new order of both now. Truth is, I haven’t come close to consuming either in the past year, especially when it comes to the blades.
Since I have a beard, I only shave the lower half of my neck with the safety razor, which prolongs each blade’s life and I shave twice a week usually vs. every day to reduce irritation on my neck. I’m guessing I have only changed out 15 blades so far, at most. The box is still very full and probably will last me another three years easily.
The shaving cream was definitely used more, but there is still a fair amount of it left in the container. I’m guessing this will last me into the fall before I need to reorder that.
What’s the true cost per month so far? I’m going to assume I’ve consumed about $2.56 worth of blades and let’s say $9 of the shaving cream. Factoring that in brings my consumable cost for year one to: $11.56 or $0.96/month for 12 months. For a closer and far better shave. It’s not even a contest vs. disposables.
Why did anyone move from safety razors to disposable razors in the first place?!?!