Zia for Men

February 20, 2008

Review of Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash

ZiaTripleActionWASH.jpgAs we mentioned the other day, we got a bunch of other Zia for Men grooming products in. We've been using their Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash in the shower. Seems to be a trend, these 3-in-1 shower products. It's like men want something quick and easy. Actually that does describe most men I know when it comes to grooming.

So basically we've got a shampoo, a face wash, and a body wash all combined into one. As a shampoo it works well. Not that I feel qualified to say much here, but my hair seem fine after using it. And after working up a big lather on my head, I'd use the suds to wash my face. Nice two-in-one usage.

My personal preference is still to use a bar of soap. It's (mostly) easy to hold, you can place it where you want to go, and it's familiar. So I really only used Zia for two of it's three possibilities.

One thing to note - the tube has a funky cap. You push down on one side of the top, which raises the other side of the top, and then you squeeze the tube. Took me a minute to figure this out. Best to know how to operate the bottle instead of trying to figure it out while you're still waking up.

My only complaint with Zia's Triple Action was that it smelled slightly too much like lemony Pledge. Not overbearing by any means, but other Zia products have smelled better. My hair doesn't smell lemony all day, so I'm continuing to happily use it.

Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash is $13.95 for a 6.7 oz tube.

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February 13, 2008

Review of Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash

ziaActiclean.jpgA while ago we reviewed Zia for Men shaving products. And recently we received a shipment of other men's facial products from Zia. We've been using Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash for a month now, and here's our report.

Good stuff.

Once again Zia has managed to create a high-quality product using natural ingredients, free of dyes and perfumes. Even if you actively seeked out a face wash with radioactive blue dye and ingredients with names a mile long, you'd have a hard time turning Zia ActiClean down.

Zia's face wash is a clear gel with a pleasing peppermint scent. I tended to use it once a day when I was washing up before going to bed. A quarter size amount is all you need. Apply to a warm wet face, work up a light lather, and rinse. Follow up with a light moisture cream. Easy. My face felt nice and clean, and wasn't left too dry.

Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash is $8.95 for a 5 oz tube. Get some.

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December 19, 2007

This Just In - Zia Face Products

ziaActiclean.jpgBeen a long time since we've checked out our orange friend Zia, but look what's in the ShavingStuff hizzouse now! It's four products from the Zia for Men line.

For a little fun in the sun, or perhaps a little winter ski/sun reflection protection - Triple Protection Lotion SPF 15 face/body/scalp ($12.95)

Triple Protection Lotion SPF 15 does the duty of three jobs. This light weight, non-greasy formula hydrates, smoothes and protects against sun damage.

Wash your face, and the rest of you with Triple Action Wash face/body/hair ($11.95)

Triple Action Wash is the ultimate guy product---one product that does it all. Mild cleansers are gentle enough for face, hair, and body, though strong enough to get rid of dirt, sweat and body odor without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture.

Banish those bags with Dual Protection Eye Cream SPF 15 ($12.95)

No more stressed-out, tired looking eyes. Dual Protection Eye Cream SPF 15 is the first all natural men's eye cream to help reduce the appearance of fatigue by reducing dark circles under the eye area, while protecting from the sun's aging effects

Stop the breakouts with ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash ($8.95)

Stop the breakouts! Get smooth, clear skin naturally with ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash. This fragrance and paraben free, gentle cleansing formula, lathers away dirt and oil leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean without stipping skin of natural moisture

We'll be putting these Zia products through the ShavingStuff hopper. If they're as good as our experiences with previous Zia products, we'll be singing their praises in short order. Tune in to find out.

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August 23, 2006

The Best Aftershave

DualAction.jpgZia for Men DualAction Face Lotion.

What? You were expecting a longer post? Nope. This is the stuff. Whether you're into the all-natural thing or not, get some. To quote myself:

This stuff kicks so much ass, I only wish I had more of it.

Read the full ShavingStuff write-ups in Review of Zia for Men, part 1 and Review of Zia for Men, part 2.

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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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January 16, 2006

Review of Zia for Men, part 1

About a month ago we received two shaving gift sets from Zia, their Skin Clearing Set and their Skin Hydrating Set, both of which are available from their website for only $19.95. If you haven't checked out their site, Zia is dedicated to bringing you "natural skin care products using whole foods, pure essential oils and healing botanicals." Now you've heard me say in the past that I don't care what's in my shaving creams as long as I get the best shave, but with Zia you can have the best of both worlds. For the last month we've been testing the Skin Clearing Set and today we're declaring it a big winner. Great shave. Great products. Great ingredients.

Each Skin Clearing Gift Set contains:
  5 oz. ActiClean Face Scrub
  5 oz. ActiShield Shave Gel
  2.5 oz. DualAction Face Lotion

First the ActiClean Face Scrub - As you probably know, shaving works best on a clean face. But it also works best on an exfoliated face - one that's been clensed of that upper layer of dead skin and dirt. The ActiClean face scrub is your all-in-one solution here. Turns out corn cob and pineapple unblock pores. Who knew? Also, tea tree and willow bark fight breakouts and razor bumps. Again, did not know that. But they do. In the month that I've been using this Zia set my skin has been noticably clearer of breakouts, and while I don't usually suffer from razor bumps, I'm inclined to believe it will work there too.

Next up, the ActiShield Shave Gel - This is a shaving gel, so if you're one of the few who got the Conair Hot Lather Machine for Christmas, make sure you got the model which handles gel. Some are only made for cream. But I digress. The ActiShield Shave Gel goes on clear but works up a nice subtle lather as you work it in your face. What's in this one? I'm glad you asked - why, it's eucalytpus and plantain to treat razor bumps and breakouts. What else? Glycerin and algae to prevent razor drag. And I'll attest to that - the ActiShield shave gel worked great with a new and old razor, and after one, two, and three days of growth. Very few nicks in the entire month I shaved. Also, ActiShield worked great around common trouble spots - Adam's apple, under the nose, around the lips. I liked that it left a smooth layer of slickness after I had made my first pass with a razor, so if I needed a second clean-up pass I didn't need to re-apply. This is great stuff. Seriously. I would have no hesitation recommending this shaving cream to anyone.

Finally we come to the DualAction Face Lotion - I liked this so much I used it after a shave in the morning and then later in the evening after I washed my face before going to bed. 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 what's in this one? Would you believe extract of cork tree? Also more plantain and some barley.

Final summation - the Zia Skin Clearing shaving set rocks. And for $19.95, it's a steal. If you're into all natural products this stuff was made for you. If not, this stuff was still made for you. Again, I would recommend these shaving products to anyone.

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December 13, 2005

Zia in the Hizzouse!

A couple weeks ago we wrote about Zia's new men's shaving sets - the Skin Hydrating Gift Set and the Skin Clearing Gift Set (both $19.95). Well, the good folks at Zia sent over one of each for review and they arrived last night. Thanks Zia! We'll be putting them through our normal ShavingStuff test-drive over the next couple weeks and will have a review just as soon as it's ready. In the meantime, consider these gift sets at the holidays approach, especially if you've got a man who insisted on all natural ingredients.

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November 25, 2005

New Men's Shaving Products From Zia

What's new From Zia Natural Skincare? Two new men's shaving sets, just in time for the holiday season. Set number one is the Skin Hydrating Gift Set, "designed specifically for men with sensitive or dry skin that is prone to razor burn." Set number two is the Skin Clearing Gift Set, "created for men who are prone to breakouts or razor bumps." Both are only $19.95, marked down from $42.85, and both come with a little travel bag.

I first saw Zia products at our local Whole Foods. I guess that makes sense given their product philosophy:

Our formulas feature whole foods products, therapeutic-grade essential oils & herbal extracts. Zia Natural Skincare formulations only utilize ingredients that provide a benefit to the skin, and that are not harmful. You will never find harsh chemicals, artificial colors, or artificial fragrances in our products.

So why should you care about Zia products? Ever heard of Ashley Judd, Virginia Madsen, Alicia Silverstone or Ben Stiller? I thought so. They all have one thing in common. Great skin. And that's no coincidence. I wonder which shaving gift set Ben Stiller's getting for Hannukah?

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