Zero waste hair removal

I’m done with plastic single use hair removal products like Gillette, Veet and all that wax… jazz. I found German Mühle razors in one of these online earth-friendly shops two years ago and I’m so happy I bought it. It came with a 12-pack of razorblades of which I only use four so far. I use hair conditioner or normal soap as shaving gel and I unscrew the razor after each use and put it to dry in a drawer away from the shower. This works really fine. I have heard people say that the only negative thing with this razor is that it might rust if it’s kept in the shower. It takes a little time to get used to; there is something scary with using a proper razor blade, these things are SHARP! I swear it felt like a murder weapon at first, but now I’m really used to it and I love it. It saved me so much money and cared for properly it will never have to buy a single-use razor ever again.

I have also started making my own sugar wax. And as I was looking for inspiration, feeling a little lost on how to replace those paper strips that come with wax hair removal sets, I came across the easiest solution: strips of fabric! I have fabric-  A LOT! After a few tries with the wax making I found the perfect consistence. It’s a bit like making butter scotch candy… you need to take it off the heat at the right time or you will end up with a solid hard block of sugar. Now I keep a jar in the bathroom and microwave it to the preferred temperature when I need it. Again, saving a lot of money here!

To clean all this mess up, I put all the hair and wax covered fabric pieces in a big bucket of warm water and let the water clean it up for me. When the water has turned brown and the bucket is filled with small hairs, I water the plants in the garden with it and hang the fabric up to dry.


Recipe Sugar Wax:

3 dl of sugar

3 dl of lemon juice

1 dl of water

Mix the ingredients in a pan and keep it on low heat for about 30-40 min, stirring occasionally. When the sugar becomes a light brown caramel colour, take it off the heat and let it cool. The temperature at this point should be at around 110-120°C. If you want to use it with a piece of fabric the wax should be fairly runny. If you prefer to lay down a harder ball of wax and smudge it out against the skin directly, then you could leave it cooking a little longer.

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