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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