Review of ZIRH Prepare, Shaving Cream, and Shaving Gel
Time for round two of ZIRH reviews. If you missed the first installment, we covered Scrub and Clean, an exfoliant and a cleanser from ZIRH. Didn't read it? Go ahead... I'll wait...
OK. Round two features ZIRH's PREPARE, a pre-shave oil; SHAVING CREAM, recommended for heavier beards; and SHAVING GEL, for more average folk. We've been test driving these products for close to a month now, so here we go.
First up - PREPARE Pre-shave Oil. Finally, a real pre-shave oil. We've been testing out some shave oils, which are commonly mistaken for pre-shave oils, but this was our first true pre-shave oil. And let me tell you, there's money in oil. I wouldn't pay $70 a barrel for this stuff, but I would gladly pay $16 to eliminate nicks, cuts, and razor burn. This stuff is great. You actually apply a small amount to your face before warm water (but after a shower), so the first layer on your skin is a slick surface your razor head can glide over. Then you add a layer of water. Finally a layer of shaving cream or gel.
PREPARE is billed as unscented, but it's actually got a pretty nice smell to it. I think it's the Safflower Seed Oil. Smells like something you might find in a woodworking shop. Love it. Look forward to it after a shower.
According to ZIRH you can also use PREPARE alone and shave as if it were a shave oil, but I'd recommend getting the real stuff and leaving this as a foundation. If you're on the road a lot traveling, consider it. Otherwise, read on.
Next up is ZIRH's SHAVE CREAM, shown here in tub form. SHAVE CREAM is a non-foaming cream recommended for heavier beards. It's thicker, so use your fingers when applying. SHAVE CREAM's key ingredients are Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Glycerin, and Seaweed Extract, but I thought it had a slight scent of pine. Fresh! ZIRH also describes SHAVE CREAM as "Extremely concentrated formula - one jar lasts 3 - 4 months." This is definitely true. A little cream goes a long way.
Now I consider myself to have a pretty heavy beard. 5:00 shadows are the norm, so SHAVE CREAM got the first set of tests. And I thought it performed pretty darn well, especially backed by a layer of PREPARE. But if I had to recommend one over the other, SHAVE GEL is the real winner.
Right off the bat, SHAVE GEL makes you take a second look. The stuff looks like it came out of the special effects department from the movie the Blob. B-movie directors take note - shave and slime your victims all in a single shot.
SHAVE GEL smells totally masculine. This is what Old Spice should smell like. Not over-powering. Just pure clean man. Slap some PREPARE and SHAVE GEL on your face and you'll need to beat the ladies off with a stick. ShavingStuff wife says "Mmmm...."
Even though SHAVE GEL appears to have a bluish tint, it goes on totally clear - perfect for today's facial sculpteur. But it's thick enough for you to feel where you've applied it and where you might need to add a little more. Also, doesn't gunk up your razor head. Works great with or without PREPARE, but honestly I'd do the one-two combo over the solo mission. Your face wants all the protection it can get.
ZIRH products are available at many department stores around the world, as well as online. Every time I've seen their products in a store they've been available to sample. Stop by and check them out. For shaving I think the killer combo is PREPARE Pre-shave Oil and SHAVE GEL. Check out SHAVE CREAM if you've got a heavy beard, but I'm standing by the gel recommendation.
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at September 11, 2006 8:52 AM