Ahhhhhh…. You hear that? That’s the sound of luxury. Its the exact theme of this shave.
D.R. Harris, is one of the “ivy league” shaving product producers from London. They’ve been around for over 200 years, making the very best in creams, soaps, scents and other products. In the batch of goodies I ordered from Garry’s Sample Shop, I received this sample of D.R. Harris Arlington Shaving Soap, arguably one of their most popular signature scents.
Arlington is a very simple scent: citrus over fern. So what does that mean, you say? As usual, not a whole lot I can tell you without putting it up to your nose, but I’ll try my best.
It’s a soft scent. I can definitely smell the citrus, but it’s not too strong. I can also definitely smell the fern, which is almost impossible to describe. But once you smell it, you’d easily say “oh yeah, fern”. It’s a clean soft green scent, even with a hint of “soap” but definitely a great scent for spring, which I happen to be enjoying at the moment. It also has that classic kind of smell, one from another time, similar to Geo F Trumper’s Eucris, but not as dark. A wonderful outdoorsy spring scent.
Let’s talk about the lather. Oh yeah. I love me a good lather. D.R. Harris Arlington soap is a triple-milled (french-milled) tallow soap. Triple-milling will remove water, making the soap harder, richer, and much longer lasting. So once you get a puck of this stuff, it ain’t goin anywhere anytime soon. I whipped it up using my Simpsons Duke II best badger brush and got an unbelievably thick, rich, luxurious lather. It got better and better with each pass and left me with a fantastic cushion for my razor and wonderful slickness for the blade.
The remaining lather rinsed clean off my face, and left the wonderful arlington scent lingering. I had an excellent BBS shave, and it left my skin feeling wonderfully moisturized.
This is a great soap to have in your rotation. If the other D.R. Harris soaps are the same, then I’d feel safe recommending them all.