Grooming

My Review of Harry’s Shaving Razors

It seems like new companies are popping up every day that offer home-delivered razors and shaving kits. While I love the concept, inexpensive products shipped to your door usually end up being worth less than the cost of shipping. When Harry’s started getting some traction and showed up in my local Target, my curiosity reached critical mass.

I reached out to Dani at Harry’s HQ with questions about their razors, lotions, and concept. She offered to send me a kit and prove they know what they’re doing and solidify their position as one of high quality without high cost. “We’ll just see about that, Dani,” I said with just the right amount of snark.

My review of Harry’s Shaving Razors

When the package showed up, I was excited and thought I’d have a little fun with it. I had just come from the gym and needed to clean myself up for meetings that afternoon. Blake was in need of a fresh head-shave and some beard TLC. I made a quick video to showcase the highlights of the experience.

 

All joking aside, there are definitely some great reasons to invest in a subscription to Harry’s each month. And, as a matter of transparency, it’s not an ideal product for everyone, but we’ll get into those details in a minute.

The Good:

First thing I have to comment on is the marketing. The package shows up in a well branded box and carries with it the notion that this is much fancier than just your average drug store razor. Included in my package was a note from Dani and the Harry’s team as well, which was a nice touch. Marketers, take note. This is good stuff. I felt it appropriate in my review of Harry’s shaving razors because presentation is everything after all, right?

I received the basic kit: razor with handle, two additional blades, a blade cover for traveling, a bottle of shaving gel, and a sample size of the post-shave balm. I also personally requested a full bottle of the post-shave balm because that’s what I most enjoy as a bald guy.

THE RAZOR

The handle has a decent weight and feels good in your hand. It’s very similar to the cartridge brands you’re used to. The razor has five blades that made light work of the stubble and coarse hairs of my neck and scalp. The five blades don’t feel overwhelming in my hand or on my skin. Introducing: The Winston

THE SHAVE GEL

Smells good, and a little goes a LONG way. Seriously, I can shave my entire head and neck with a quarter-sized amount of gel. It moisturizes pretty well and left my skin crisp and cool after one pass of the razor. Check it out!

THE POST-SHAVE BALM

Holy smokes, this bad-boy smells delicious. As a bald guy, I’m a connoisseur of aftershave creams, gels, balms, and tonics. Whatever I can get my hands on to make sure my scalp is moisturized, calm, and ready for the day after a shave, I devour. Most of the post-shave treatments are either too heavily scented or they’re filled with a lot of alcohol to close your pores. I don’t mind a mild scent, but I don’t want to smell like a deodorant stick on my head.

I also don’t mind a little alcohol, but my pores shouldn’t be SHOCKED into closing like trap doors because your product is essentially Everclear in an aftershave bottle. (see gif)

I can PROUDLY say this post-shave balm is my absolute favorite. It’s moisturizing and soothing, but more importantly, it FEELS and smells clean for hours. After my first shave, I walked around my house enjoying the crispness of my scalp and how unbelievably clean it smelled. It’s not a powerful smell, but it’s definitely one that makes you feel clean. I look forward to using IT more than I look forward to actually shaving now! Check this out!

The Not so Good:

Not everything I check out is a good fit or without faults. Harry’s is no exception. After all, an objective review should be objective, right?

THE RAZOR

The blades are actually very sharp and placed accurately which means you get a great shave in fewer passes over the skin. Where you notice the cost-savings coming through in the product is in the plastic construction of the razor head itself. The lubricating strip does a fine job, but the space between the edge of the head and the top blade is too great to get accurate trim lines.

Now, if you’re a clean-shaven gent, this isn’t really a big deal. You roughly hit the hair line at your ears and proceed to clear away everything below it. If you’re sporting a beard you like to keep trim and sharp, this razor makes it hard to keep straight lines with precision.

The razor head covers a bit of surface area so after a few passes it can feel like you’re dragging a dry plate across your skin. Not uncomfortable, but noticeable. On my scalp, for example, I hear and feel an almost “squeegee” type sensation after a couple of passes. The large head leaves next to no gel as it passes. That may also be the gel…

THE SHAVE GEL

While it coats very well and does a fine job of prepping the skin, it doesn’t seem to have enough in its chemistry to stay on/in the skin after a couple of passes of the razor. I had to re-apply the gel a second time to get the last few bits smooth on my head and neck. It’s not really a big deal, but it’s something I noticed, and I don’t have to reapply when I use a cream like this one, or my current favorite, this one. Dani did mention they don’t advertise being the best for shaving your head, so I can’t technically call foul.

THE POST-SHAVE BALM

Absolutely NOTHING is wrong with elixir of the Gods. If I had to take points away it would be for…

  1. Not being in my life sooner
  2. Not being in unlimited supply in my house

So what’s the verdict?

After shaving with the razors, lotions, and gels for a month, I can confidently say I would definitely recommend Harry’s to the average guy. Look, you can go to the drugstore and spend $4 per razor cartridge (I can’t believe people actually do this), or you can go with Harry’s and get excellent blades, shave gels, and the delicious post-shave balm for less than half of that. It’s a no-brainer!

A CLOSER LOOK

Harry’s pays attention to the details so you don’t have to. You get them shipped to your door when you need them so you don’t have to go to the store again. You get great customer service, and you join the exclusive family of Harry’s gents when you subscribe.

So don’t be a hairy gent, be a Harry’s Gent.

Have you tried Harry’s razors or shaving products? What’s your take on them?
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Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton is the founder and coach at The Sharp Gentleman, and helps men earn more respect while gaining confidence in who they are. He is a certified relationship coach and loves writing about men's fashion, style, character-building, relationships, travel, adventure, and more.

  • beethovens10th

    I’m not sure if you didn’t notice, or perhaps your review “field work” was done a year or so ago, but Harry’s razor head has been fitted (to keep up with Dollar Shave Club) with a “trimming blade” at the top edge. This single razor angled away from the 5-blade surface is designed for those edges you need to tighten up with sharp lines.

    • Oh, well that will make a difference. The razors in my kit did not come with a trimming blade. The volume of plastic on the head, I feel, is the only drawback to the entire system. It covers so much surface area that it wipes away any lubrication as it passes.

      “They” say you shouldn’t pass the razor over the same area twice because it can cause irritation, but I don’t think any man has ever shaved clean with a single pass. This razor head leaves the skin free of any remaining foam/cream/gel, so I experienced a “squeegee” effect.

      After applying another quick spurt of their shaving foam, I finished the job.