D. R. Harris Windsor Shaving Cream

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DR Harris Windsor Shaving Cream

Another of the old English houses (established 1790) that comes with a Royal Warrant and a good reputation.

Used with: Super-Max Blue Diamond (4th shave)

I used a small amount of cream and was able to build a good lather with enough for two passes plus touch ups. It was generally nice and thick and left a good amount of slickness behind, but it did seem to lose density, especially towards the end of the shave. That may have been too much water. The scent is so close as to be identical (to me at least) of the Groomed shave cream by RSC. I was left patchy, with some very smooth areas, but plenty that weren’t. Where it was smooth, the post shave feel was good.

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (4th shave)

I opted for my badger brush and used a pre-shave oil this time. Again, lather was good in both amount and consistency. The slickness between passes didn’t blow me away, but was good. I picked up zero nicks or irritation. The scent seemed more subdued this time, still a pleasant, light fragrance. The finish wasn’t perfect, I had some patches, especially around my mouth (the lather ran out while I was doing my touching up). The majority was lovely and smooth, with large areas properly BBS. Post shave feel was very good too. Almost the perfect shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless (1st shave)

I used a bit more cream this time and was able to generate plenty of lather, but the second coat did seem to dissipate during my pass. I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation though and slickness was good. The finish was very patchy and didn’t threaten BBS even in the best places. The fragrance was stronger and very pleasant, nice during the shave and it lingered as well. Post shave feel wasn’t bad, but a very average shave.

Used with: Sputnik (3rd shave)

Plenty of cream again this time, which generated a lot of lather. First pass it was too thick, clogging up my blade. Nice slickness between passes, although I picked up a few small nicks. This was down to some overzealous touching up and re-opening some existing nicks. The touch-up phase also resulted in some irritation on my top lip. The finish was good though, the smoothness only disturbed by a couple of patches low down on my neck. It didn’t make it to BBS though. Reasonable post shave too. I do like the fragrance. Not sure I can pick up the citrus note, but it’s light, almost sweet, and lingers quite nicely.

Used with: Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (2nd shave)

I didn’t use any less cream than usual, but had to work a fair bit to get a good coat for my second pass. Not sure if it was still a little thin or if it began to break down. Reasonable slickness between passes and there was obviously enough to get the job done as I didn’t pick up any nicks or irritation. The finish was excellent. Not quite BBS against the grain, but close, and with very few patches. Nice scent once again and good post shave feel. Fantastic shave.

Verdict

Great fragrance and good performance. I can see why it’s earned a fine reputation. I did notice it sometimes broke down during my second pass (very like T&H). Otherwise you can’t fault the performance. The only real gripe is the price. I got mine for a bargain (relatively), but it retails at closer to £10 for this size normally (and it’s just a plastic tube with a sticker on). The bigger tubs go for over £16, nearly double a tub of TOBS. I found the scent was identical to that of the Groomed cream (by RSC) that I have (and said I didn’t like, weirdly), which performs equally as well, but cost £1.50 for 200ml (on sale, normally £3. They don’t seem to sell it any more). If you’re only interested in a solid performing cream, then this should fit the bill, as long as you don’t mind the price premium.

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Last updated: February 11, 2015