Eco-Friendly Hair Removal - Green Shaving and Waxing Options

July 10, 2011 One comment View all articles in Home

Disposable razors create a large amount of waste and deplete nonrenewable resources. Conventional shaving creams contain surfactants, hormone-disrupting fragrances, and potentially carcinogenic colors; they also generally come in cans that contain foam-producing propellants like propane or isobutene. And most waxes are petroleum-based, while depilatories like Nair contain harsh chemicals that can actually cause second-degree burns. Just because you care about the environment doesn't mean you have to grow a beard or quit shaving your legs and armpits, however. It does mean you should consider using natural hair removal products so you avoid contact with skin- and earth-unfriendly chemicals and reduce your overall product consumption.


  • Preserve carries a Triple Razor with an ergonomic handle that's made from 100 percent recycled plastic yogurt containers. The razor handles may be recyclable in towns with #5 recycling, but if your municipality doesn't take them, you can mail them back to the company for recycling. Preserve has provided a way for consumers to cut their product consumption, as well as reduce the number of disposable razors they throw away.
  • For men who aren't afraid of living on the edge, Classic Shaving features old-fashioned straight razors that can be sharpened and reused indefinitely. Yeah, they're pretty scary, but at least you can be sure they won't wind up in a landfill.


  • Aubrey Organics carries a line of women's shaving creams that are made with essential oils and natural fragrance, and are certified vegan, organic, and cruelty-free. The Crème de la Shave line also offers yummy scent varieties like White Tea & Citrus, Pomegranate, Orange Cream, Raspberry Honey, and Toasted Almond.
  • Aubrey Organics also has a line of men's shaving creams that are certified vegan, organic, and cruelty-free, and are made with ingredients like organic avocado oil, wheat germ oil, witch hazel, and eucalyptus. Men can choose from the cedar- and sandalwood-scented Stock City Rhythms variety; the classic pine-scented Stock North Woods variety; or the tropical, bay rum- and vetiver-scented Stock Spice Island variety.


  • Parissa offers natural, paraffin-free waxes that are formulated with pine resin, canola oil, aloe, tea tree, and azulene. This is a great option for those who perform their own at-home waxing. But if you prefer to visit spas or salons, make sure they use paraffin-free waxes.
  • You can also visit to find out how to make your own natural wax at home.
  • MOOM offers USDA Certified Organic sugaring – a natural alternative to paraffin wax and chemical-based depilatories – products that are made from sugar, water, chamomile, lemon, and tea tree oil. Their cotton fabric strips are also reusable.
  • Visit for an at-home sugaring recipe that calls for sugar, lemon juice, honey, molasses, and cornstarch.


Leo on July 23, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.

I'm just starting to look for non disposable razor options, but I'm surprised to see straight razors mentioned and not the basic single blade razor with disposable blades.
It's not as Eco-friendly as a straight blade, but it doesn't use electricity and the blades can be saved and recycled.

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