D.R. Harris opened their first shop 230 years ago and have been renowned for their exceptional scents, gentle ingredients, and high-quality products ever since. Just before 1790, Harris’ Apothecary opened at No. 11 St. James’s Street. Over the next fifty years the family established a reputation for selling quality bath products and fragrances, such as Lavender Water, Classic Cologne, and English flower perfumes. The company’s name is derived from two of the founders, Henry Harris, a surgeon, and Daniey Rotely, a Pharmaceutical Chemist.
The family business thrived for over two centuries and was honored with being awarded warrants as chemists to the royal family. The company received Warrant as chemists to Her Majesty the Queen in 1938. In 2002, they were also appointed as Chemist to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and were later honored the Royal Warrant for Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.
Their purpose today is the same as it has always been, to offer outstanding service and quality. Their traditional Chemist shop is still open today at 29 St. James’s Street. The shop even includes much of the original furniture. While they still incorporate traditional scents and ingredients, they have expertly adapted to new technologies and processes to make significant advancements in this industry. They combine their traditional knowledge and experience with innovative techniques to offer both exceptional products and services. Their products range from shaving creams and soaps, aftershaves and colognes, bath soaps, skincare products, and more.
One of the company’s goals in adapting and improving processes is to be as carbon neutral as possible. One of their biggest accomplishments has been improving their packaging by eliminating cellophane and using recyclable materials. They recycle all waste and follow safe disposal practices for all liquids, creams, or outdated products. They also incorporate eco-friendly options in their products. Their glass bottles can be refilled, and the wooden soap bowls are treated to last for years and can be reused with soap refills in a variety of scents and options. The company also makes sure they are doing their part to help the environment. Through their work with the Eden Reforestation Project, for every online and in-store purchase, they plant a tree. They do not test any of their products on animals, and they aim to use as few animal-derived products as possible. The badger hair that they use for their shaving brushes comes from only sustainably sourced farms.
If you are a shaving novice or have been using drugstore products, D.R. Harris is your introduction into remarkable quality in shaving and grooming. Their superior products have sustained a high degree of quality throughout the years and the company’s reputation as makers of the finest quality products has stood the test of time. All of their soaps are made following a detailed process and are triple-milled to increase the richness and quality of the lather. Many of their scents are made from natural and essential oils for an authentic scent that is also gentle. Their wide range of scents includes classic Sandalwood scented with natural oils, the unique scent of Windsor that blends citrus with warm black pepper and vetyver, Light, citrus Arlington fragrance, and their light and gentle Almond scent made with almond oil, perfect for sensitive skin. They also created the first, specifically unisex scent Twenty-Nine, which includes notes of Rose, Geranium, Cinnamon and Clove.
If you are new to D.R. Harris or want to know more about their range of products, we’ve gathered a few of their best selling and most popular products.
The triple-milled soap creates a rich lather and softens the skin and hair for a closer shave, while the unique Windsor fragrance combines notes of citrus and grapefruit with warm tones of black pepper and vetyver. The hand-turned wooden bowl is treated to last for years and offers a very economical option. The bowl can be used with soap refills, and each soap lasts up to several months.
Made with triple-milled soap for a more rich lather, the shaving soap softens the skin and hair for a closer shave. The soap is lightly scented with the warm, wood essence of Marlborough for a deep and pleasant scent. The hand-turned wooden bowl is treated to last for years and offers a very economical option. The bowl can be used with soap refills and each soap lasts for several months.
D.R. Harris’ best-selling aftershave, the Arlington Aftershave includes a subtle blend of citrus and fern to create a refreshing experience. Notes of Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Rose and Musk create an inviting, light scent.
The Windsor Deodorant Stick offers a long-lasting option and is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin. Made with the fresh and unique Windsor scent and a bacteriostat that destroys odor-causing bacteria.
This bath and shower gel is a popular addition to the Arlington collection. The refreshing and gentle formula leaves your skin clean and soft and is lightly scented with the Arlington fragrance of citrus and fern for a clean, fresh scent.
The Crystal Eye Gel is the perfect product for hydrating and providing younger looking skin. The gel reduces puffiness and fine lines around the eyes and contains cucumber extract, witch hazel, and rose water for a soothing and refreshing experience.