A Shave Henry Bennet Would Be Proud Of: DR Harris Arlington Review

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

DR Harris Arlington is one of my favorite shave soaps.  I’ve tried the shave cream too, but there’s something about the soap that trips all my triggers.


DR Harris’ website calls the scent “a light citrus and fern aroma.”  Basenotes comments get a bit more detailed, with a general agreement of lemon and fern.  Some say there’s a bit of a “creamy” or “musk-like” finish.  I get a very balanced citrus/fern scent to my (admittedly poor) sense of smell.  The shaving soap has a stronger scent than the shaving cream in my opinion.


Oh lord…does Arlington shave soap lather.  Luxuriously. Volumously. Even with my hard water.  And it does so quickly!  This is one of the few shave soaps I have that will give me a terrific lather in no time.  The shave cream lathers well too.


Lubrication and cushion are top-notch: I think the shaving cream is a bit less lubricating but it is a minor point.  DR Harris is a “top shelf” product in my opinion.


Well…”top shelf” also means “not cheap.”  You can save yourself a few pennies by getting the soap refill (vs. the soap in a bowl) and putting it in another container (I found an empty shaving cream tub from another brand fit perfectly!) or by getting the shave stick.  But you will generally find prices that are in the range of the other, perhaps better known, high-end traditional shaving products.

The Bottom Line

Probably my favorite shaving soap.  I give it a 9 out of 10.

Ingredients (shave soap): Potassium palmate, Sodium tallowate, Sodium palmate, Sodium palm kernelate, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium chloride, Petrolatum, Palm kernel acid, Orthotolyl biguanide, Linalool, Limonene, Farnesol, Citral, Tetrasodium etidromate, Pentasodium, pentetate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cl 77891

Ingredients (shave cream): Aqua (Water), Stearic acid, Myristic acid, Potassium hydroxide, Coconut acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium hydroxide, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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  1. bsmyn0708 says

    I just placed an order for this soap from West Coast Shaving! I hope it’s as good as you say it is, Mark. Can’t wait ’till it arrives!

  2. Ted Pettinicchi (TAP119 on B & B) says

    Mark, thanks for the review and I look forward to ordering some in the future. I have to use up some existing product first.

    An FYI for those wetshavers who need puck containers: stop by a restaurant supply store and pick up a sleeve of small foam bowls with lids (such as one would get a side of cole slaw in). Also, if the puck slides or spins you can hold it by squeezing the bowl. The lids usually can be written on for those who have multi-puck shave dens (like me).

  3. Thomo says

    This is a great soap. I have been using it for about 3 months. The Arlington aftershave splash finishes the shave off nicely too.

  4. Matthew Wills says

    I got a puck for Christmas – based on Leisureguy saying how good DR Harris is. Its pricey, but certainly gives a great shave.

  5. RSpellecy says

    D.R. Harris Arlington one of my favorites, right up there with Mitchell’s Wool Fat (though I do not have hard water). I shaved with it this AM with my Simpson’s Rover (thanks for the review Mantic!). Has anyone tried the EdT? I really like the Arlington scent.

  6. Ky says

    Just got some of this soap. I have really hard water which has given me trouble with other soaps but this stuff is amazing! Question: Is the almond scented as good as this one? Same quality but different scent? Or is it not as good?

  7. Chris R says

    Buying certain products over the internet can be a pig in a poke –
    especially products with a specific perfume. However, if Mantic
    raves about Arlington it must be good. Couldn’t decide whether to get the cream or the soap, so I bought both. Use both to whip
    up a super lather which gives a smooth and most enjoyable shave.
    The smell is a little unusual but it’s growing on me.
    Good review of a great product.

  8. andyhutti says

    Hi guys,

    ordered this soap after this review too (specially as the Mitchell’s Wool Fat soap is mentioned in the comments and this is my every day soap as it gives very easy great lather).

    One question though before I use it tomorrow: how do you guys create the lather? The Mitchell I just lather directly in my face, no shaving mug…does the DR Harris work this way too?

  9. Arnold says

    D.R. Harris Marlborough has a better scent than Arlington. However, both lather and perform equally. The D.R. Harris Marlborough and Sandalwood aftershave splash are also wonderful.

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