May 18, 2006

Review of Zia for Men, part 2

It's been a while since we first reviewed Zia for Men's Skin Clearing Set, which you may remember us giving some of our highest marks. For those of you who haven't read our first review, Zia is dedicated to bringing you "natural skin care products using whole foods, pure essential oils and healing botanicals." Well, now it's time for round two. In this corner, weighing in at a 12.5 fluid ounces, in the orange trunks, all the way from Boulder Colorado, it's the Skin Hydrating Set. And in the other corner, weighing in at 165 lbs. (on a good day), in the green towel, all the way from Blogpire Productions, it's ShavingStuff.

OK, now you know the rules. I want a good, clean shave. None of those little cuts and nicks. The first sign of blood and I'm calling it.

Ding! Ding!

(Is this getting dorky or what?)

hydraclean_facewash.jpgLet's start with the HydraClean Face Wash. The face wash is a clear gel made with sea algae, aloe, and chamomile, and enriched with vitamins A and C. Now when I say clear, I mean super clear. This stuff is so clear it's actually hard to see. Once you've got it on your face the HydraClean Face Wash lightly foams up to gently clean your skin. I would recommend this gel to all skin types, oily to dry. The thing is getting it on your face can be quite a challenge. The gel is so clear, and has such high surface tension, that it's actually really hard to get it to stick to your skin. And if you accidentally drop your little squirt in the sink, good luck finding it.

Now it may sound like I'm going off on this stuff, but the truth is that I liked it so much I completely finished the tube, and I'm ready to go buy more. This gel has my full endorsement. Just some advice to Zia - maybe add a little color, so we can see it more easily, and make it a little more mushy, so application is easier.

hydrasheild_shavecream.jpgNext up is the HydraShield Shave Cream, made from glycerin, algae, grapeseed oil, aloe, and chamomile for good measure. I'm just going to cut to the chase. I liked Zia's ActiShield Shave Gel better. Again, I don't want this to sound like a negative review, because I truly thought this shaving cream was good, it's just that ActiShield Shave Gel is better. For me, HydraShield wasn't as slick, and I didn't feel like I was getting the same level of protection against cuts or nicks. Both gave great shave in the end, it's just the HydraShield didn't leave that slickness which I like for the second touch-up strokes. Also, even though the HydraShield is fragrance-free, it has a slightly lemony scent which wasn't my favorite.

DualAction.jpgOK, last but not least, DualAction Face Lotion. This stuff kicks so much ass, I only wish I had more of it. I use it in the morning after I shave, after a shower when I don't shave, in the evening after I wash my face. I'm sure it also cures the common cold, solves world hunger, and is a renewable source of energy. I love it. To quote my previous review:

Especially great if you have an oily face, the lotion adds just the right amount of moisture and nothing more. None of the Zia shaving products have an overwhelming smell, but I think the face lotion is the most pronounced. Slightly lemony or citrusy with a hint of black pepper. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's good.

So there you have it. The Zia Skin Hydrating Set is $19.95 from their website, and is a total steal. I personally liked the Skin Clearing Set a little better, but I liked the HydraClean Face Wash from this set better than the ActiClean Face Scrub from the other. So get them both and decide.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at May 18, 2006 9:35 AM


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