Razors & Blades

What is a safety razor?

Did you know that safety razors have actually been around since the early 1900’s? They were the next evolution of the straight razor and dominated the market all the way up until the 1970’s when the first cartridge razors were introduced. The safety razor consists of a sturdy handle and head that houses a thin double-sided razor blade. The blade is mostly shielded by a guard that exposes a very small portion of the blade that protects your skin from cuts. The best thing about a safety razor is that once you have one, the only thing you need to replace is an inexpensive razor blade, rather than a costly disposable cartridge.

Is it safe to use a safety razor?

Just like any razor, it contains very sharp blades, which can cut you if used incorrectly. With some guidance and a little practice, using a safety razor is quite safe. Remember to use a quality shave oil or shave soap and hold the razor at a 30 degree angle as you slowly glide the razor head over your skin, being careful to not apply too much pressure.

Is using a safety razor really better for my skin?

Yes, we truly believe this. A single blade razor has less risk of causing skin irritation and ingrown hairs when compared to cartridge razors. Plus, shaving with a quality shave oil or shave soap with natural ingredients will definitely benefit your skin! We have gone into a lot more detail on the better for your skin page.

Is it really more environmentally friendly to use a safety razor?

It sure is. This is due to the simple fact that the vast majority of standard disposable cartridge razors are not easily recycled. The complex construction and combinations of tightly integrated materials make recycling cartridge razors very hard and often result in them being placed in landfill. Nära razors on the other hand, use one simple blade that is made from stainless steel. If you store all your used blades in a Nära Blade Bank, you can simply recycle the entire container once it’s full. No wastage and nothing in landfill. We have gone into a lot more detail on the eco-friendly alternative page.

Is it really cheaper to use a safety razor?

Yep! The cost of a replacement blade for a Nära safety razor is dramatically cheaper than a standard cartridge razor. We have run the numbers and you can see how much you can save over time on the low-cost shaving page.

What is your razor made out of?

The handle is made from solid brass and the guard and cap are made from zinc alloy. These materials make for a durable razor that will last for years to come.

How long will a safety razor last?

If looked after properly, your Nära safety razor should last at least 5 years. Remember to thoroughly rinse and dry the razor after each use and store in a dry place.

How do I look after my safety razor

Thoroughly rinse and dry the razor after each use and store in a dry place. Occasionally disassemble the razor and clean each piece individually.

Where are your razors made?

We have partnered with a quality manufacturer in China to produce our razors. We ensure our partner’s manufacturing process of our products is conducted ethically and sustainably with no excess packaging or wastage.

What are your razor blades made out of?

We have chosen to supply Astra blades while our own blades are in production. Astra blades are made from stainless steel with a thin platinum coating which enhances and protects the cutting edge of the blade. Astra is a superior product with a strong reputation and is why we proudly stock them.

How often do I need to change the blades?

We recommend changing the blade every 5-10 shaves, depending on the thickness of your hair and the surface area you are shaving. If you start to notice the razor scraping your skin and not cutting as effectively, you know it’s time to change the blade. Changing the blade regularly ensures you are getting the smoothest shave possible without any irritation. Remember, if you are storing your used blades in a Nära Blade Bank these used blades are 100% recyclable!

What do I do with my used blades?

We recommend keeping your used blades in a Nära Blade Bank. This Blade Bank is a fully sealed receptacle made from tinplate with a small slot in the top, where you drop your used razor blades. What makes the Blade Bank so great is that once it’s full of used razor blades, the entire tin becomes 100% recyclable. Remember to contact your local recycling service provider for your specific recycling guidelines, as different locations will have slightly different rules.

Are your razors for men or women?

There’s certainly nothing stopping a man from using a Nära razor! The key features that make the Nära razor great for women is the medium aggressive cutting angle and an extra-long handle.

Can I travel with my razor?

Razor blades of any kind are prohibited from all aircraft cabins. It’s best to store your Nära razor safely in your checked luggage to avoid any problems. If you purchase a Nära Eco-friendly Shave Kit or Couples Shave Kit you will also receive a quality woven cotton travel bag.

Shave oils/shave soaps

What ingredients are in your shave oils?

Our shave oils are made from simple, natural, skin loving ingredients and do not contain any additives or harmful chemicals. A full list of ingredients can be found on the Rose Geranium, Citrus and Cedar Atlas shave oil product pages. Our shave oils are also vegan friendly and PETA certified animal test-free.

What ingredients are in your shave soaps?

Our skin-loving shave soap is handmade in Australia using quality natural ingredients. A full list of ingredients can be found on the Patchouli & Ylang Ylang, Citrus & Mint and Bergamot & Cedarwood shave soap product pages. Our shave soaps are also vegan friendly and PETA certified animal test-free.

Where are your shaving oils and soaps made?

Our shave oils are manufactured in Sydney, Australia using both local and imported oils. Our shave soaps are handmade in Queensland, Australia using both local and imported ingredients.

Why do you use aluminium bottles?

We’re glad you asked. It may seem a little strange but there is a great reason why we choose this packaging material. As we are committed to providing sustainable shaving products, we have chosen to use aluminium bottles that are light, durable and completely recyclable. Aluminium is great because it can be recycled again and again with no degradation, whereas some plastics degrade the more times they are recycled. A simple aluminium screw cap also helps reduce packaging waste, as plastic pumps often contain springs and other metal parts that make them difficult to recycle.

Are your shaving products cruelty free and vegan friendly?

Absolutely yes. All our products are cruelty free, ethically sound and never tested on animals. We're proud to say that both our shave oils and shave soaps are also PETA certified animal test-free.

Shipping & returns

What countries do you ship to?

We ship to most countries throughout the world. Due to UN embargo, we are unable to ship to these countries: Cuba, Guatemala, Iran, North Korea, Syria, North Sudan.

We currently do not ship to USA.

How much does shipping cost?

Australia/ NZ orders: Shipping is free if you spend over $50 AUD. If your order total is less than this, shipping is $9.95AUD

Other international orders: Shipping is free if you spend over $85 AUD. If your order total is less than this, shipping is $14.95 AUD.

How long does shipping take?

Shipping will typically take:

Australia: 3-5 business days.

New Zealand: 5-7 business days.

Rest of the world: 7-14 business days.

Shipping times may sometimes take longer. Please contact us if you've been waiting for longer than expected for your order.

Can I track my order?

For peace of mind, all orders are sent via tracked courier. You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been sent. Please contact us if you've lost your tracking number.

Where do you ship your products from?

Narä is based in Melbourne, Australia with all orders being shipped from there.

What is a pre-order?

Sometimes, our products are too popular for their own good! If a product says pre-order, it means we are waiting for more stock to arrive. You can still purchase products on pre-order and we will let you know as soon as your order has been shipped.

What is your returns policy?

We want you to be confident you’ve made the right choice when purchasing Nära products and it’s why we offer a full 60 days in case you change your mind.

If you are not 100% happy with one of our products at the time you receive it, you can return it to us within 60 days for an exchange or refund.

Read our full returns policy or get started with our returns process by simply emailing us at hello@narashave.com.