Established in 1790, D.R Harris are something special in the world of grooming, preening and priming. Still occupying the same shop in the St James’ area of London, these traditional chemists made their name selling Lavender Water, Classic Cologne and English Flower perfumes to the discerning customers of the time. Today they hold the Royal Warrants for Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, and they continue to offer a wide collection of soaps, shaving products, skincare and fragrance with the same mark of quality and distinction.
With Father’s Day this Sunday, we thought a few D.R Harris grooming tips wouldn’t go amiss so we asked them to talk us through the perfect shave that is all about the pleasure, not the pain. You can buy the necessary kit online or in our stores, you can also catch them at the Marylebone Street Fayre this Sunday where they will be sharing their wisdom at The Conran Shop and offering you the chance to win a D.R Harris gift box worth over £100.
1. Use a Badger Bristle Shaving Brush. Badger brushes have been used for hundreds of years as the best method for lathering shaving soap. The bristles are highly prized for their water-retaining properties, meaning they can create a superior lather. In using a badger brush you also raise the stubble and naturally exfoliate the face, this means closer shaves and healthier skin.
2. Hot water is essential as it opens the pores and both softens and raises the stubble. Hot water will also allow the blade of a razor to flex more, again allowing for a closer shave. After shaving, the face should be rinsed with cold water. This closes the pores and stops any aftershave milks or balms getting in which could potentially lead to irritation or infection.
3. Shaving is clearly an abrasive process to put your skin through every day, so use a moisturising aftershave gel, milk or balm. It is best to avoid products which contain alcohol.
4. Shaving Creams or Soaps provide a much better lather than gels or foams, meaning less irritated skin. It is also amazing to see how little is needed when using a brush. This makes the traditional method far more economical and environmentally friendly than modern solutions.
Speaking of sustainability and the environment, hear what D.R Harris had to say about their 'Made in Britain' credentials ...
"Nearly all of our products are filled in our warehouse in Wimbledon and all are packaged there by hand. Almost all of our products are hand-labelled. All of our packaging is also produced in the UK which is expensive but something we feel passionate about. If you have to use packaging, we would rather it didn’t have to travel miles and miles to get to us."