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Recommending the Preserve Titanium Razor to others ever since I found it on Pinterest, I decided to finally try it for myself. One of the many things I like about it is the plastic handle is BPA free and made from recycled materials.
My nickel allergy primarily reacts when I eat foods high in nickel. Nickel builds up in our body over time. For many allergic to nickel, the severity of our nickel allergy and nickel food allergy increases until we limit our exposure to nickel. Switching out my stainless steel razor for a nickel free titanium razor is one of the many products I’ve recently changed.
I visited the Preserve website and decided to purchase the Preserve Travel Set for $16.50, as I feel it’s a better value than the single razor handle with only two blades for $8.50. The travel set includes the razor blade with 2 razors, a box of 4 replacement titanium blades and a travel toothbrush.
When I received my purchase in the mail, I only noted the 4 replacement blades in the package. I contacted customer service, as the travel set said it came with 6 total blades. Preserve’s customer service quickly responded to my inquiry and informed me the set included the 4 replacement blades, the blade on the razor handle and another razor inside the packaging.
Excited to use my new razor, I lather my skin using Cetaphil Deep Cleansing Face & Body Bar for All Skin Types (affiliate link). The ingredients in this soap include: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearric Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, PEG-20, Butyl Avocadate, Petrolatum, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Sucrose Cocoate, Masking Fragrance, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Propyl Gallate, Titanium Dioxide, may also contain Sodium Palm Kernelate.
When looking for various cosmetic products, I usually cross referenced each ingredient in with the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that lobbies, researches and educates about toxins in our health and beauty products, environment, water, food, agriculture. I like to use their Skin Deep Database to research individual ingredients to see if the overall health concerns and reasons for the ingredient. To use the database, you enter the ingredient in the purple search bar (right under the main menu). Then you’ll be directed to another page where you can “refine your search” and select that what you’re searching is a product, ingredient or another option.
When first trying my Preserve Titanium Razor, I admit I hadn’t shaved for some time. To ensure I didn’t cut myself, I used plenty of shaving cream and firmly pressed the razor on my skin. The razor worked great when using it with enough shaving cream. Previously I used a stainless steel Gillette men’s razor and I would experience a terrible rash under my armpits. After using the Preserve Titanium Razor, I didn’t have to deal with an annoying or painful rash under my armpits! I will continue to recommend the Preserve Titanium Razor for anyone with a nickel allergy.
Have you found a nickel free shaving razor you use and love? If so, I’m interested in learning more. Let me know what nickel free razor you use in the comment section below.
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Thank you for your articles. My step-daughter is almost 14 and she can’t wear alot of jewelry, or handle certain things-she thought it was all metals, but reading your articles, have gotten me wondering if it is a nickel allergy. As she has begun to grow hair everywhere, and wants to do something about it, I searched for a solution and found your article on the titanium razor, and will give that a try. All the best to you!
Thanks for your comment. I understand what it’s like to be allergic to lots of things. If your step-daughter tries the titanium razor, I hope it doesn’t cause a reaction.
I tried the preserve razor and while it didn’t give me any reaction, it seemed to be very dull compared to my old razors. I cut myself pretty badly with it…it took almost 3 weeks to heal. After that, I threw it in the trash and decided to try the schick quattro titanium razor for men to see if it would give me a reaction or not and that has worked really well for me so far!! No eczema and no cuts!
Thanks for your comment. It’s great to hear there are additional razors available. I’m happy to hear that the schick quattro titanium razor for men works alternatively for you!
I have a Schick Quattro for women. It would be great if these worked on my own razor. Then again, the razor wasn’t expensive – it’s the refills that matter! Thanks for sharing this.
Thanks Janet for your comment! So glad to hear you found a razor that works for you. You’re completely correct, the refills are the most expensive part!
I don’t know what I was thinking! I somehow thought this was about the Schick Quattro for men, so maybe I had another tab open and they have a nickel-free option? I don’t know. They have titanium blades for men but not for women (what’s up with that?). But sorry for the strange comment. I ended up ordering the Athena razor, but I don’t have it yet. If I hadn’t been so confused, I’d have considered the Preserve razor! Thanks for the thoughtful review!
Happened upon your article as I searched for other low nickel items. I don’t have systemic nickel allergy, but am very allergic to it. I noticed the ingredients of the Cetaphil deep cleansing bar includes Masking Fragrance. My main severe allergies are synthetic fragrance chemicals and formaldehyde. Masking fragrance IS a fragrance chemical, made to cover the smells of the other chemicals used. I wasn’t sure if you knew this, and thought I should share the info since you avoid fragrance. Thanks for being a great resource!
Thanks for your comment. I wasn’t aware of masking fragrance being added to cosmetics until your comment. Have you tried VANICREAM’s Cleansing Bar? My spouse noticed it at our pharmacy a couple weeks ago and we decided to try it. It does feel different and silkier. The packaging mentions that the soap doesn’t include any masking fragrance! I think I’m going to switch from using cetaphil bar soap to this new VANICREAM’s Cleansing Bar.
Hi! I realized a while back that I have a nickel allergy to jewelry because of issues I had with pierced ears and also because I got a rash wearing my wedding ring. And I just hate wearing jewelry and tend to take it off. But it never occurred to me that there was nickel in food and that could be an issue. Is that common for people who have topical nickel allergies?
Also, I only found this because I discovered that nickel is in razors and that can cause reactions. I can’t wait to get a new razor that is nickel free!
Thanks for your comment. For years my nickel allergy was only contact; typically I’d react when I wore cheap jewelry and mostly earrings. I too had no idea that some individuals could develop a systemic nickel allergy and have to modify the foods they eat to treat their nickel allergy. It is not that common for those with nickel allergies to also have systemic nickel allergies and have to eat a low nickel diet. If you get a new nickel free razor I hope it works wonders for you! I’ve noticed that they don’t last as long as stainless steel, but they certainly don’t cause me to react.