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The final Plastic Free July swap is the Estrid razor! I’m sure you have heard of Estrid before, it seems everyone and their auntie’s best friend uses it or has heard of it. Today I’m going to be sharing why you should switch to an eco-friendly razor, the benefits of the Estrid razor and what I thought of the process. I have been using the razor for around 7 months now, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share what I think.
Who is Estrid?
Estrid created their razors because they wanted to change the gender-based discriminatory pricing. They are a strong supporter in hair removal being option, which is awesome for those of us who don’t shave every week, or every month. However, they firmly believe that if you are shaving, that it should be a good experience. The Estrid razor is vegan and cruelty-free (yay!), along with it being a 5-blade razor which means no/less pain.
How are they sustainable?
- Handle and wall holder are made from stainless steel
- 100% recyclable packaging
- Vegan – Did you know that most razors have a lubricating strip made from animal by-products such as Lanolin or Glycerin. The Estrid razor does not have these products 🎉, instead it contains Aloe Vera & Vitamin E
- Cruelty Free – Not tested on animals
- Every kg of CO2 emitted from transport to customers is climate-compensatted by their climate partner Tricorona which follows the UN certified Gold Standard
- The transportation CO2 from warehouses to their factories is offsetted with Flexport’s climate offset programme
The Estrid razor starter pack subscription process
The process for the starter pack was super simple. There’s nothing worse than a glitchy website, right? In the starter pack you receive the handle, 2 razor blade heads and a wall mount. This costs £7.95 initially with the subscription (which you can pause or cancel anytime) and the 4 razor blades are £9.95. The starter pack alone is £12.95. If you add my 50% discount, it will be even cheaper!
- Pick a colour – Matcha, bloom, cloud, space, peach or lemonade. I chose space purple!
- Choose how often you want your 4 new razor blades to be delivered – every second month, every third month or every fourth month. I went with every fourth month…4 razor blades are a lot!
I was unsure whether Estrid would live up to the hype it has had on Instagram. There are some sustainable aspects to the brand that I love, and others that I think need a little improving.
The packaging made me so happy when I received it! It was in a pink box, with really positive affirmation style notes. I especially love the reminder on the inside of the box. In terms of sustainability, the packaging is 100% recyclable which is good. Just remember to take off the stickers before putting into your recycling!
I ordered the space coloured razor and I was so happy with what it looked like in person. They include a little card with how to look after your razor and what the recommended number of uses are for each blade.
The heaviness of the razor reflects on the quality of the brand. Not only is it easier on you to shave, but it makes me want to look after the product better. I haven’t yet tried out the holder, but it is surprisingly heavy, it is also made from stainless steel.
It did take me a few minutes to figure out how to put the blade head on the razor, it is quite simple but I got a bit confused! The case that the blade heads come in are made of plastic. I understand that we want them to be protected, but surely there must be another material we could use that isn’t so bad for the planet? Another thing Estrid could do to increase their sustainability is recycle the blades once finished with. The blades are made from steel and plastic so a recycling scheme would really help, rather than just throwing in the bin. I have looked on their website and it says they are currently working on a recycling scheme. Hopefully this will happen soon 🙂
Obviously for me, the sustainability is a huge factor in my opinion. Overall, I love their ethos, the quality of the razor and how well it felt on my skin.
My rating: 3.5-4 stars.
Do you use the Estrid razor? What do you think?
Best wishes, Cx