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.
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.
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.
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.
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!Follow