12-27-2017, 10:19 AM
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I got a tub of D.R. Harris Marlborough shaving soap for Xmas. I'm a Proraso fan, and the D.R. Harris Marlborough is the first triple milled soap I've ever tried. The lather is impressive, but it has almost no scent at all. That strikes me as odd in such a high-end shaving soap. Thoughts?

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 12-27-2017, 12:53 PM
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The scent strength is supposed to be subtle and not overpowering. My pucks scent become a little more noticeable once I started using it. I would give it a 4-5 out of 10 for my pucks scent strength.

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 12-27-2017, 01:23 PM
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Yes, the scent is barely noticeable, but it's pleasant and sweet.

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 12-27-2017, 01:37 PM
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I don't have Marlborough but it seems to be a scent that the reviews are all over the place on. I'm seen people say its aggressive and they can't stand it, and then some say its subtle like you mentioned...

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 12-27-2017, 03:29 PM
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I only have Arlington soap (stick), though I have both Arlington and Windsor aftershaves. The soap is a pleasantly mild scent strength, while the aftershaves are both stronger and long-lived.

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 12-28-2017, 05:18 AM
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(12-27-2017, 10:19 AM)Ilnones Wrote: lather is impressive, but it has almost no scent at all. That strikes me as odd in such a high-end shaving soap. Thoughts?

Wear a nose clip. Enjoy the fast-drying lather.

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 12-28-2017, 11:05 AM
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DRH definitely have more muted fragrances than most artisan soaps. I think it's an intentional "feature". If you like the scent, I believe they intend you to buy the EdT or aftershave splash.

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 12-28-2017, 04:26 PM
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I personally wouldn't change anything about the Marlborough (soap) scent or strength.

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 12-28-2017, 06:14 PM
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Subtle scent but oh so well done.  The lather is AWESOME!

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 12-28-2017, 11:18 PM
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(12-28-2017, 06:14 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: Subtle scent but oh so well done.  The lather is AWESOME!


This.

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 12-29-2017, 08:03 AM
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The lather is great. I have the stick variety and the more i use it the more I’m glad I didn’t stockpile this scent. Very few lathers suit me as much as DRH, but honestly wish all the scent would dissipate from my Marlborough scented stick. All I can think is “ashtray” when i use it, sadly.

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 12-29-2017, 09:01 AM
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(12-29-2017, 08:03 AM)TYdeFan05 Wrote: The lather is great.  I have the stick variety and the more i use it the more I’m glad I didn’t stockpile this scent.  Very few lathers suit me as much as DRH, but honestly wish all the scent would dissipate from my Marlborough scented stick.  All I can think is “ashtray” when i use it, sadly.

When it's gone, switch to Arlington. I can't imagine I'll ever tire of that scent Smile

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 12-29-2017, 01:07 PM
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(12-29-2017, 09:01 AM)Gig103 Wrote:
(12-29-2017, 08:03 AM)TYdeFan05 Wrote: The lather is great.  I have the stick variety and the more i use it the more I’m glad I didn’t stockpile this scent.  Very few lathers suit me as much as DRH, but honestly wish all the scent would dissipate from my Marlborough scented stick.  All I can think is “ashtray” when i use it, sadly.

When it's gone, switch to Arlington. I can't imagine I'll ever tire of that scent Smile

I’ve stocked up on Arlington and Lavender pucks. I fear reformulations so i stockpile the favorites (MdC, La Toja Manantiales, AoS Sandalwood Tallow etc.)

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 12-29-2017, 04:52 PM
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(12-29-2017, 01:07 PM)TYdeFan05 Wrote:
(12-29-2017, 09:01 AM)Gig103 Wrote:
(12-29-2017, 08:03 AM)TYdeFan05 Wrote: The lather is great.  I have the stick variety and the more i use it the more I’m glad I didn’t stockpile this scent.  Very few lathers suit me as much as DRH, but honestly wish all the scent would dissipate from my Marlborough scented stick.  All I can think is “ashtray” when i use it, sadly.

When it's gone, switch to Arlington. I can't imagine I'll ever tire of that scent Smile

I’ve stocked up on Arlington and Lavender pucks. I fear reformulations so i stockpile the favorites (MdC, La Toja Manantiales, AoS Sandalwood Tallow etc.)

Not a bad idea

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 12-29-2017, 06:01 PM
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(12-27-2017, 10:19 AM)Ilnones Wrote: I got a tub of D.R. Harris Marlborough shaving soap for Xmas. I'm a Proraso fan, and the D.R. Harris Marlborough is the first triple milled soap I've ever tried. The lather is impressive, but it has almost no scent at all. That strikes me as odd in such a high-end shaving soap. Thoughts?

I have Arlington and Windsor.  The lather is great but I agree the scent is barely noticeable.

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 12-30-2017, 09:08 AM
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(12-27-2017, 10:19 AM)Ilnones Wrote: That strikes me as odd in such a high-end shaving soap.

That's exactly why it's a high-end soap. DRH does not go overboard with scent strength, like most of the American companies. They intentionally keep their scents subtle and understated, and that adds to the appeal.

On the other hand, it would be nice if the scents were just a bit stronger. I sold my Windsor puck because the "soapy" base was overpowering the actual fragrance in an unpleasant way. The scent strength for the creams seems to be just about right. If you want to try the aftershaves, they are actually quite strong.

These days, I have lost interest in obnoxious overly-scented soaps, and come to prefer unscented or lightly scented soaps. I'm considering picking up a puck of DRH again, because they make such a great soap, and I appreciate the subtlety more and more.

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 01-04-2018, 10:29 AM
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I love the strength of DRHarris soaps. It's perfect as it remains throughout the entire shave and never irritate my skin nor trigger my allergies like so many of the American artisan soaps.

I have Arlington, Windsor, sandalwood and Marlborough.
I had and sold almond...I have no idea why because, from memory, that bitter almond scent was great!
Lavender is the only scent I haven't had from DRHarris.

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 01-05-2018, 09:58 AM
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(01-04-2018, 10:29 AM)nav Wrote: I love the strength of DRHarris soaps. It's perfect as it remains throughout the entire shave and never irritate my skin nor trigger my allergies like so many of the American artisan soaps.

I have Arlington, Windsor, sandalwood and Marlborough.
I had and sold almond...I have no idea why because, from memory, that bitter almond scent was great!
Lavender is the only scent I haven't had from DRHarris.

I used to have Lavender, and it was quite a bit stronger than the rest.

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 01-05-2018, 10:45 AM
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(01-05-2018, 09:58 AM)TropicalHotDog Wrote:
(01-04-2018, 10:29 AM)nav Wrote: I love the strength of DRHarris soaps. It's perfect as it remains throughout the entire shave and never irritate my skin nor trigger my allergies like so many of the American artisan soaps.

I have Arlington, Windsor, sandalwood and Marlborough.
I had and sold almond...I have no idea why because, from memory, that bitter almond scent was great!
Lavender is the only scent I haven't had from DRHarris.

I used to have Lavender, and it was quite a bit stronger than the rest.

Cool, I'll have to pick it up one day.
I have b&m lavender and brand new lavender pucks from tobs and fine so I'll probably have too wait a while until I get the DRHarris lavender.

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 01-05-2018, 03:37 PM
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I have Marlborough. And I agree the scent is a not "in your face" strong.

However its a great performer. Thirsty, but a great performer.

The scent is like many scents. Some like it, some don't.
I also have Windsor. The Arlington, I let go.

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