CAN I CUT MYSELF WITH THE RAZOR?
They aren't called safety razors for no reason. The blade is safely enclosed inside the razor and only a small portion of the blade appears naked. The closed-comb bar keeps the blade from being directly in contact with the skin. So we swear there will be no blood bath. You can still nick yourself, yes, like with any disposable razor if it's not used properly or if the blade is dull. To avoid that, the two golden rules are:
1. Take your time, there is a learning curve but it's worth it.
2. Do NOT apply pressure when you use it the first time. You'll learn to manage the pressure gradually.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE THE BLADE?
Change the blade the second you feel the shave is not as close as it used to be. It is usually around 5 to 10 shaves but will vary from one person to another.
Always rinse and let the blade and razor dry after use to get the best of their lifespan potential. The water from our showers are often harsher than our drinking water. Even if our blades are made of stainless steel, constant contact with water can lead to rust, which can in turn cause irritations.
HOW LONG WILL MY RAZOR LAST?
We chose a corrosion-resistant material: quality white brass. The chance to see it rusting are among the lowest (plus, it's super easy to recycle). But leaving your razor under the water stream can reduce its lifespan.
Soap, shampoo and other cosmetics can tarnish the coating if left in direct contact for extended period of time. Your razor will keep working the same way but would loose its aesthetics. Best is to keep it dry in your cabinet or on your bathroom countertop.
With proper care, your razor will last a lifetime and should be the only one you will ever buy. Whoop whoop! Can you imagine all the savings?
HOW CAN I SAFELY DISPOSE OF THE BLADES?
It might be common sense but we still think its best to write it black on white: do not throw your used razor blade loose within your metal recycling bin. It’s an injury hazard for people handling them. Instead, store them safely in what we call a bank blade: a safe closed jar, an empty can or an old metal tin with a tight lid. Once full, you can bring it to your recycling center.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY OLD PLASTIC RAZOR AND STOCK OF REPLACEMENT HEADS?
Plastic razors are very difficult to recycle because they are made from various materials (plastic, rubber, silicon, metal, etc). The sad truth is, it's highly probable that the one you have won't be recyclable even if you manage to tear it apart. The best way to dispose of it is to use it up to its final days, and then put in the proper non-recyclable item bin. Stay positive about the fact that it will be the last time you will do so.
It's tempting to clear all plastic of our lives. However, if you have a stock of usable plastic razors or head recharges, we would recommend you to keep the stock you have on hand and switch to reusable razor right away. That stock can become very handy when travelling with a hand-carry luggage only. Double-edge blade are officially forbidden in the aircraft and even if you are transparent with the airport staff, there are chances they will confiscate the blade.
WHERE IS THE RAZOR MADE?
The razor is made by a carefully selected manufacturer in China. Marjorie, Bareaya's founder, is currently living in Hong Kong after leaving France 6 years ago. It made sense to work with a manufacturer based very close to Hong Kong in order to facilitate visits and production controls with a limited carbon footprint. Emphasis has been made to ensure our manufacturer satisfies industry regulations and that employees are treated ethically. We're also proud of some of their achievements such as pushing them to eliminate plastic packaging during our productions, which was something nobody asked them to do before.
IS YOUR RAZOR FOR MEN OR FOR WOMEN?
Short answer: both!
Long answer: the initial idea was to build a razor that would make women feel comfortable to switch to. This means working on a low-aggressiveness blade, and a long handle among other features. Nothing there that makes it women-only. My husband and I are both using it, with different usage.