Harry’s shave – A Great Shave for Great Britain

I’ve been aware of various mail order shaving services for a while and always been curious.  I recently encountered Harry’s and decided now was a good time to take the plunge.  I’ll take you through the process from placing your trial order all the way through to receipt of your first set of blades, a comprehensive review of Harry’s shave plan.

Harry’s Shave Plan

Harry’s talk a good game on their site about how good their shaving product is.  For me, the proof is in the pudding.  They offer a free trial (you pay postage) so that you can see for yourself.  The trial kit includes one razor head, a “Truman” handle (which you can customise), a travel sized shaving gel and travel blade cover.  Postage costs £2.95 and Harry’s suggest that trial should last around 2 weeks.

It’s a subscription plan, but you are under no contract and can cancel anytime.  Before you begin, you are offered the opportunity choose which colour handle you would like, Nautilus blue – Total Orange, or Olive 107.  I opted for Total Orange as something a little different.

When you sign up you choose which product(s) you would like on your reoccurring order if you enjoy the trial. I opted for the “blades plan” which is 8 blades sent 2-3 months, depending on how regularly you shave, at a cost of £14, which works out to £1.75 per blade.  You can also choose to include Harry’s shaving gel or double the whole package to a family plan.Harry's shave

The trial

I place my order on 10th July and chose standard delivery.  My first Harry’s shave plan package arrived on 12th July, so pretty quick! The trial comes in a compact box that fits through your letter box, which is handy.  Inside the box, you get a note from the founders thanking you for your interest. You also get a branded Harry’s pouch which contains “Everything you need for a smooth shave”.  On the reverse of the pouch, there is a reminder of how the trial works.

I was impressed with the contents of the box.  The razor has a rubber grip and fits comfortably in your hand.  The orange I selected was cool too, something a little different which is always good.  There are instructions as to how to change the blade, but it’s pretty straight forward.

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The Shave

Down to business.  The first thing I noticed before shaving was the size of the razor head compared to my previous razor.  The blade area is a bit more spread out and the lubrication strip is larger too both good additions.  Harry’s also include a trimming blade on the top, something I’ve used a lot in the past.

The Harry’s shave gel smells great! It contains Aloe and in their words, “cushions for a smooth shave”.  You only need a small amount of the gel, it’s quite thick and luxurious – it spreads well around your face.

I found that I got a really clean shave.  With previous brands, I have had to go over the same area a couple of times, which I soon realised that I did not have to with a Harry’s shave blade.

The results

Once I realised that Harry’s blades were shaving as close as they were, the overall shave time decreased.  I’ve not had to go back afterwards to trim missed areas either, something I often do with my current razor.  The trimmer was useful to finish around the more difficult to reach areas, leaving a very satisfied and clean shaven face.

Harry's shaveFinal thoughts

I really like the Harry’s brand, it’s quite quirky and friendly.  I’m also a big fan of the shaving gel which smells great and is handy for travel.  On the same note, the razor travel cover will come in super handy.

If I were to change anything, it would be the lubrication strip.  The strip is white and the lubrication is white.  As a result, there is no visual cue as to when it has run out.  Only a small thing to complain about I guess.

All in all, I’m happy with my Harry’s razor and blades.  I’ve already had my follow up pack of 3 months worth of Harry’s blades delivered, so I’m all set for now!

Be sure to check out my other review posts, including Odeon Screen Unseen, the Bose QC 20 headphones and Chip Savings App.

Update (3/6/18): I have now reviewed the Cornerstone razor subscription plan.

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