To Kenmore or Kenless?

I just got back from my annual trip to Yellowstone with a long-time friend that has a family “cabin” on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.  It is not like we were roughing it or camping outdoors, it is actually a house with indoor plumbing, electricity, spring sourced running water that can also be heated for showers, and a Playstation 2 to enjoy a game of Katamari.  The only thing this place didn’t have was a dishwasher.

GreenUp! Cleaners Unite

Ingredients: Vinegar, baking soda, water, lemon juice, olive oil, hydrogen peroxide, liquid soapWould you like to clean your home or business with non-toxic, home-made and inexpensive cleaning solutions?  I answer yes to that question and it seems that a number of others agree.  Last night the GreenUp! Community met at Monique’s to enjoy excellent $5 organic wine and pizza (from TJs, of course).  We discussed our current cleaning products, experiences, likes, dislikes and expectations.  We then made our own non-toxic cleaning solutions and passed them out to GreenUp! Community members for a cleaning trial.

Shaving Sense/Cents: Straight Razors

By GreenUp! Community Blogger – Tice

My how the timing worked out perfectly for this entry!  Now that we’ve covered some of the tools of the trade for ‘wet shaving,’ we are now going to up the ante and talk about the most ‘green’ shave of them all, straight razor (SR) shaving!  Here is a link that describes a straight razor in detail.  Yesterday, I received 3 shave-ready blades in the mail, all ready to carve up my face!  I received 2 of them, a Bartmann and a Trusteel from Larry Andreassen of the Whipped Dog.  I paid him to hone (sharpen) them for me, and he offers a great price and super service for $13 per blade.  He also sells shave-ready blades.  The other was a Columbia shave ready SR I purchased for $15.00 (+$2.00 shipping) from the Straight Razor Place classifieds.  I decided to use the Columbia 6/8 razor, and despite the unknown, everything went well!  In fact, I believed even before I got my first straight razor that I was going to enjoy it, and I did!  It went a little something like this…

Straight Razor is the greenest, most sustainable form of shavingStraight Razor is the greenest, most sustainable form of shaving

Shaving Sense/Scents: Brushes, Mugs, Soaps, Creams and Gels, Oh My!

By GreenUp! Community Blogger – Tice

Following my previous post on Double Edge Safety Razors, we’re now going to talk about how to get a great shave using the time honored (yet long unadvertised) tradition of using a shaving brush and mug.  Many years ago as a young kid and having divorced parents, I would shop with one parent to buy gifts for the other.  While I don’t know my exact age at the time, my mom and I went and bought my dad a shaving mug, brush, and soap for Christmas one year.  I never thought about it in my adult years until I discovered the information I recently learned that I’ve been sharing with you.  I even found the 1927 Mercedes mug that I bought for him on a few online stores that sell vintage items!  I remember my dad used that combination for many years because he enjoyed it so much.  I guess years of branding and heavy advertising for current products kept me from using the same method, plus I’m sure I wouldn’t have been patient enough to take the time to do it right.  Now that I have made the switch, I will never go back to lathering canned chemical goo by hand to my face!

Shaving Sense/Cents: Double Edge Safety Razors

By GreenUp! Community Blogger – Tice

The first safety razor was invented in the late 18th century, but to spare you from the complete history of them, we’re going to jump forward to the most popular safety razor created by King Camp Gillette.  Gillette saw the money making value in selling products that could be used a few times and disposed of, so he refined the safety razor design at the turn of the 20th century.  In addition to his razor design, he created thin, inexpensive, disposable blades of stamped steel.  Originally produced of carbon steel, the razors rusted rather quickly, so consumers went through them just as fast.  When an English company produced stainless blades of the same design, they could be used until they were dull, so Gillette was forced to follow suit to remain competitive.

Shave Sense/Cents

By GreenUp! Community Blogger – Tice

If you’re like me, you’re frustrated that disposable razor cartridges are expensive, wasteful, and shaving is much more of a ‘chore’ than a pleasurable experience.  We do it because we have to, not necessarily because we want to.  My goal is to provide a brief education on your options, improve your overall shaving experience, and show you how shaving can be green and save you green(backs) at the same time.

My story started over a month ago when I was going through some boxes in the garage.

Let’s get personal, Part 2: shave a little off the top

Bed Bath and Beyond generic 6 blade razor Bed Bath and Beyond generic 6- blade razor works just as well at a 40% discount from major brands.I have been shaving since I was 14 and it is one of my least favorite grooming activities to perform.  My facial hair is tenacious and thick so I used to shave every day.  Then I got lazy and let it grow out making it even more difficult to shave.  I have always been at the forefront of the Gillette brand “Superduper MachX, where X = number of blades per cartridge that fits on a specific handle and then dulls quickly.  I am currently up to 6 blade cartridges.  The blade cartridges are expensive, even when bought in bulk at Costco.