Last Christmas I was hunting for a gift idea for Harper’s Other Dad and I decided to try Harry’s (harrys.com). Harry’s is an online retailer of men’s shaving products.
HOD had been a Gillette Atra user as long as I’ve known him. He seemed happy enough with it. I was less so. Buying replacement blades was kind of pain. “Atra” does not have the brand prominence it once had so I had to hunt for replacement blades at our nearby pharmacy. Blades are kept in a locked cabinets there so I always had to track down an employee to unlock the case before I could buy the blades. And then they were $25 for 8 blades. I knew of Harry’s because they advertise on a couple of podcasts I listen to regularly as well as online in the side panels of Facebook and other social media. I’d never taken the time to check them out but the gift season seemed like a good time to do so.
Shopping on their website is easy. They sell very few products, basically just razors, replacement blades, shave gel/cream, and moisturizer, so navigation is easy. They only offer one razor (handle) and only in a few colors. There are not too many choices to make. Once the order is submitted, Harry’s ships the product to your home. Shipping is free.
The best part, however, is the “shaving plan”. You tell Harry’s how many times per week you shave and they calculate the frequency with which you’ll need replacement blades and they send them to you automatically. I love that! Not only is it easy but you get a little surprise in your mailbox from time to time. It’s like getting a present. (O.K., you still have to pay for them so it isn’t quite like a present but it’s still a pleasant experience.)
The blades cost about half what we were paying for Atra blades at Walgreen’s. Harry’s products seem well-made. They’re manufactured at their own factory in Germany using Swedish steel. If you check out their website you can take a virtual tour of the factory.
Harper’s Other Dad liked them so I ordered a razor for myself. We split the replacement blades when they arrive. It seems to be a good product and a good value. The only way it could be more convenient would be if they sent someone to the house to shave you, and that would be a little creepy.
In hindsight, maybe Harry’s is what prompted me to lose my mustache after decades of having one…maybe not.