Often find yourself out of shaving supplies when you’re about to begin your morning ritual? You’re not alone.
Most men have to make last-minute trips to the nearest store to restock their kit. Henry’s shaving subscription addresses this problem by shipping fresh supplies to your home after a designated period.
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How does Harry’s work?
If you’ve done some poking around on the internet, you might have noticed that it’s tricky business to find a service which strikes a balance between quality and affordability.
Many grooming subscriptions offer high-end novelty products, but they’re far from economical. So much so that their price alone is enough to deter you from making a commitment.
Others are inexpensive but they trade-off quality for the cost-effectiveness. Henry’s is one of the few subscriptions which bring you high-quality shaving goodies at an affordable price. This service doesn’t just excel at quality and affordability, but also aesthetics. The design choices are tasteful, minimalistic, and sleek.
To get started, head over Henry’s website and navigate to Shave Plans. Click or tap on ‘Get Started.’ This is the part where you can choose how often you want your supplies delivered to you.
The refills are flexible and customizable. You can set the frequency of your deliveries and pay only for the stuff you receive. Still have blades left from the last box? You can skip them, and just order shaving gel instead.
Once they dispatch your delivery, you can keep track of it via email or their website.
Types of products available
I haven’t reviewed a simpler and more minimalistic yet elegant packaging. There are no taglines or social media handles on it. Just a simple Harry’s logo in the corner. Lift open the box, and you’ll be greeted with a message from the founders.
Underneath, you’ll find a dark grey illustrated bag with a matte finish. Open the bag, and you’ll be met with these goodies:
- A smaller box with your razor
- Shaving gel
- A neat travel bag
The razor has a rubberized grip and looks elegant and classy. You get three different color options. Tropical Orange, Nautilus Blue, and Olive.
The shaving gel comes in a bottle with a very understated and tasteful design. And as I mentioned above, the cardboard box also has a minimalistic aesthetic. In a nutshell, the whole design is pure eye candy.
Now let’s talk performance. There are two starter kits you can pick from. The first one, Truman — a German manufactured three-bladed razor which gives you a clean and close shave.
If you like to shave in the shower often, its rubberized handle provides a secure grip when your hands are sudsy. The whole handle is rubberized and treaded, which is another nice touch.
The handle is a wee bit longer than most razors I’ve reviewed, which affords better control, particularly if you have larger hands. And it’s not just the handle. You’ll notice that the lubricating strip is also wider. Why does it matter? Well, for one, it means your shave will be comfortable, and for another, it means fewer razor bumps.
It’s also the same razor you get for your free trial, albeit without the travel case and the shaving gel. But if you’d prefer something with a more premium feel to it, their Winston razor is the one you’re looking for. It has a polished chrome look to it, and a rubberized grip to accompany that.
The cartridges come with six blades. Of the six blades, five are regular, but the sixth one is a precision blade which takes care of details like your sideburns. This feature was added later on, as per their customer’s request, which points to their customer-oriented approach.
You can get up to three letters engraved on your Winston if you’d prefer (for an additional fee, of course). The Truman has a simple H engraved on the handle which complements the overall minimalistic aesthetic.
The shaving head also glides over the contours of your face to ensure you get every last follicle, and the multiple razor blades allow you to get all the hair in a single go, so you don’t have to revisit the same area over and over (which is also what leads to irritation).
Lastly, you get a shaving gel. The bottle has a plain green color and a muted overall look. It has a soft but ‘manly’ fragrance which isn’t very overpowering so you can leave the house without showering after you shave.
Also part of the starter kit is a travel case. If you’re a frequent traveler, I can’t recommend this combo enough. The razor is travel-friendly, the shaving gel is designed in compliance with TSA regulations, and the traveling case is compact and portable. What’s there to not like?
The starter kit priced at $8, and features a Truman handle, five-blade cartridge, foaming gel, and travel cover. If you’d want the chrome Winston handle, the starter kit would cost you $18.
The subscription is fairly reasonably priced. For $15 a month, you get eight blades. If you don’t shave often, eight blades should easily last you longer than a month. If you’d like to receive a fresh shaving gel in the mail every month too, pick their $21, a month plan.
You can also choose the shipping frequency. Depending on how often you shave, you can pick a 2-month, 3-month, or 5-month schedule.
Founded in 2013, Harry’s quickly raised $100 million and used it to purchase a blade factory in Germany in 2014. Owning a blade factory allows them to bring their consumers high-quality blades for a fraction of the price.
In 2016 alone, they were serving 2 million customers. In 2019, the company was acquired by Edgewell Personal Care for a reported 1.4 billion dollars.
If you’re looking for affordable shaving subscriptions, Harry’s should definitely be on your shortlist, but if you’d like to explore further, check out:
- Bevel sells razors designed specifically for coarse, thick, curly hair.
- Oui Shave offers high-end double-edge safety razors.
- Flamingo is the women’s version of Harry’s Shave Kit.
- The razors are not just cheap; they’re of very high quality. They give you an incredibly close shave, and stay rust-free, thanks to their anti-rust protective coating.
- It’s an affordable subscription, which delivers excellent value.
- You get a free trial after you subscribe, which simply sweetens the deal further.
- The razors look so darn good
- Although you can add shaving products to your subscription, you don’t get the option to add skin or haircare products.