I started using Harry’s razors a week ago, so I thought this would be a good chance time to look at how things have been going.
Let’s start with the “why”. Why did I decide to switch from what I’ve been using for the last, oh, 17 years or so? A big part of it was the timing of needing some new blades, and the cost. I had a promo code from a podcast I listen to, so I was able to get the complete starter kit for $3 and some change, all delivered to my door. That included a blade and handle, a bottle of shave gel and a bottle of after shave balm. Plus I’ve heard good things about the razors (from that same podcast, but I got the impression it was genuine and not just because Harry’s is a sponsor).
So what did I use before? For years I’ve used Gillette, through a few different iterations (I think one was the Mach 3, currently the Fusion, and it seems like something else was before all of that). They do a great job of hooking you early. I remember getting a free razor in the mail when I was 18 after registering for the draft. Brand loyalty is huge in this country, and they do a great job getting customers early in life.
I use Nivea sensitive skin shave gel and after shave balm as well.
Re-read that last paragraph. That’s kind of a key of something I was looking for with Harry’s. I do have fairly sensitive skin. Especially along my neck I’ll get irritate after shaving.
So what did I experience? I wasn’t sure after my first few moments. The shave gel seemed thing when I rubbed it on, but it actually worked really well. I’m very used to the gel I’ve used in the past that is very thick when I rub it on my face. This was a change, but still effective.
The shave was clean. I don’t know that it was necessarily any smoother than my old blades, but one thing I’ll be watching for is how long they last (this is one of the main things I’ve heard about Harry’s blades, that they last a long time).
More importantly, I’m very pleased with how my skin has reacted. I had a few days where my skin felt a little bothered, but once I put the aftershave balm on everything calmed down. I did have one day where I had some red spots along my cheek and neck. But that’s better than what I’ve experienced in the past, so I’m pleased.
Another perk I noticed is the cost. The cost for 8 blades is just over $2 (with taxes and shipping and everything), which is less than the per-item cost of Gillette when you buy in bulk at Costco.
All-in-all I’m very happy. Harry’s uses the subscription model (another perk, and definitely something I think a lot of people are looking for today), so I’m scheduled to have blades ship in about another week. I was using this trial time to decide what to do, and I’m going to let that order go through. I want to continue to try these blades out and see if I remain this happy going forward!
*Disclaimer* I received nothing for this post, it is just my personal opinion. This post is not sponsored, although if anyone from Harry’s is reading this and wants to hook me up just send me a note on my Contact Page