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Review: D.R. Harris – Windsor Shaving Soap

D.R. Harris - Windsor Shaving Soap

D.R. Harris – Windsor Shaving Soap

Not too long ago I ordered a few samples from Garry’s Sample Shop (that is an unrequested plug for Garry, who runs a wonderful service).  It was in this sample pack that I requested some D.R. Harris soaps.  Well for the past couple days I have really been enjoying one of them, D.R. Harris’ Windsor Shaving Soap.

The lather whipped up nice and thick.  This is one of the last major English soaps to still use tallow in their ingredients.  Tallow provides a rich creamy lather which has only been matched a few rare times by non-tallow creams/soaps in my experience.  And, as expected, this lather got better and better with each pass.  I tell you there is some magic that happens while the brush/lather are resting as you shave each pass.  The lather was better-than-moderately cushioning and slick as I shaved, shaved clean and rinsed clean as well, leaving a hint of the very nice Windsor scent behind.

Windsor is a great fresh morning scent, perfect for your shave routine.  As D.R. Harris describes it, Windsor starts “with citrus overtones, maturing into a warm, leathery scent with notes of black pepper and vetiver”.  To the guy who doesn’t know what that means, that “fresh then warm” description is right on.  That vetiver is what warms it up on the tail end of the scent.  As I said it’s a great scent for the morning.  As I went through the shave I felt the scent was light, and perhaps it is best left that way.  Too much stronger and it would be a bit overpowering.  Any lighter and it would smell like soap.  So I think the gentlemen at D.R. Harris have done a find job.

All that said, I think I prefer the fougere (citrus/fern) scent of D.R. Harris Arlington over the leathery scent of Windsor.  You may disagree.  And that’s cool with me.

  • Scent – 3.5
  • Lather Performance – 4
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4

Review: D.R. Harris – Arlington Shaving Soap

D.R. Harris - Arlington Shaving Soap

D.R. Harris – Arlington Shaving Soap

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.

D.R. Harris Arlington Shaving Soap is available at Amazon.com!