D. R. HARRIS | CHEMISTS AND PERFUMERS, ESTABLISHED 1790

About Us | Tradition

The story begins just before 1790 at No. 11 St. James's Street where Harris's Apothecary set up shop. Over the next fifty years the family established a reputation selling Lavender Water, Classic Cologne and English Flower perfumes to this fashionable quarter of London.

One of the proprietors, Henry Harris, was a surgeon, while Daniel Rotely (D. R.) was an early Pharmaceutical Chemist.

For over two centuries this family business in the centre of men's Clubland has served the gentry and the court of St. James's and in 1938 was awarded the warrant as chemists to her Majesty The Queen, later the Queen Mother which was held until her death in 2002. In 2002 we were also appointed as Chemists to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, an honour that was added to in 2012 when we had the Royal Warrant for Her Majesty the Queen bestowed upon us.

Today we continue to offer outstanding levels of service at our traditional Chemists' shop at 29 St. James's Street which includes much of the original furniture. We continue to adapt with the times, however, and our fine selection of soaps, shaving creams and soaps, aftershaves and colognes, skincare products and much more, continue to appeal to all those who appreciate quality and distinction the world over.

MOISTURE CREAM

The importance of moisturising is not to be underestimated. Whether to extend the life of a tan in the summer or to keep the ravages of a cold British winter at arms length it is a year-round necessity. Using a good moisturiser on a regular basis not only makes the skin look better and more youthful, but can also make it feel much better.

D. R. Harris Moisture Cream is unscented, rich enough to provide nourishment, but not so heavy as to be greasy or sit on the skin. The Parabens-free formula is a favourite of both men and women. It can be used for the hands, face, and other problem areas and is ideal as an alternative to Aftershave Milk or balm for gentlemen to use post-shave, particularly in winter months. 

Available in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml pots

SHAVING BRUSHES - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

We firmly believe that introducing a shaving brush into your daily shaving routine is one of the easiest ways to exponentially increase your enjoyment of a daily necessity. It is probably fair to say that in the world of grooming and beauty products, differences in performance will always be fairly marginal. However, a good shaving brush, in conjunction with high quality soap or cream, produces a product that is really in a different category from foams and gels. Not only in the quality of the lather, but also in terms of smell. 

A shaving brush will give you a better shave and better skin. By using a brush you raise the bristles on your face meaning that the razor can get closer and give you a better shave. Using a brush also exfoliates the skin, keeping it healthier, but also clearing away grease and dirt which would otherwise clog a razor. Also, by using a brush you are spending more time with the hot water and soap on the stubble which softens it meaning a closer shave and less irritation. By using a high quality cream or soap you are also helping reduce irritation as the glide and cushion is far superior to a foam. The high glycerin content of D. R. Harris Creams and Soaps is also very soothing to even the most sensitive of skin types.

At D. R. Harris, all of our brushes are made using Badger Bristle. Badger has been the Bristle of choice for hundreds of years due to its specific properties which make it ideal for creating a lather. Badger Bristle is soft so it won't aggravate the skin and also retains water much better than other types of bristle. Both of these qualities are essential for creating a good lather.

There are different grades of Badger Bristle and these are categorised by the area of the badger from which they come. The highest quality and most desirable grade is Silver Tip which comes from the neck. Silver Tip comes from the neck area and is the softest and lightest in colour. Our 'E' range of brushes (below) use Silver Tip bristle and are our best performers. As well as an extremely high quality bristle they are also densely packed which helps with water-retention and longevity. 





A brief overview of D. R. Harris, London's oldest pharmacy and producers of a wide range of shaving and skincare products, aftershaves and colognes since 1790.