I’ll admit, for the longest time I didn’t truly understand the difference and used these terms interchangeably.
Shockingly, a product can be labelled “non-toxic” if less than 50% of its test subjects did not have a fatal reaction to said product or ingredient. WTF!
So in other words, 49% of test subjects could have a severe reaction and yet a company could still flaunt a “non-toxic” label on their product.
What does this have to do with shaving?
It’s so important to look past marketing buzzwords and claims and really look at the ingredients list of any product, regardless of the industry. And when it comes to shaving, those “moisturizing bars” on most multi-blade razors are loaded with toxic chemicals (and rarely cruelty-free). These toxic chemicals can often be the source of shaving irritation, not the blade!
So what can we do?
- Ditch any razor with a moisturizing strip (another reason why we love using a safety razor!)
- Opt for clean and toxin-free shaving products – natural shaving oils and soaps are best, ditch those nasties in the shaving foams!
- Look for brands with Leaping bunny approval – this is the only certification that verifies the whole supply chain for animal testing.
- Read your labels! Don’t succumb to greenwashing – it's so easy to fall victim to this! Look past the buzzwords and marketing claims and head straight to the ingredient list.
- If in doubt - look up your products in the Think Dirty app - a great resource for finding out how clean your products really are!
I hope you’ve found this useful. I know I was mind-blown when first learning about this!