ZIRH Shave Collection — I was already a fan of ZIRH’s line of men’s products before they contacted me to try out some samples from their new shave collection. I regularly use their aftershave lotion, moisturizer and Erase anti-aging serum, and their discontinued (but soon to re-emerge) Corduroy cologne is my favorite “bargain” scent. So, my hopes were high for the three products ZIRH sent over, and for the most part, they didn’t disappoint.
The SCRUB aloe exfoliator is a nice product. With a light grit to it, it gently exfoliates the skin without causing irritation. The PREPARE pre-shave oil is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s not greasy or scented, and it quickly soaks in to form a protective layer before shaving. And their new “Heavy Beard” shaving cream is interesting, too. While I don’t have a heavy beard, I do suffer from ingrown hairs and razor burn, and this thick cream does a nice job protecting me from that. The cream, however, is quite thick, and does seem to clog my razor unless I really rinse it out. And it doesn’t perform well at all with a shaving brush; your best bet is massaging it into your face with your fingers, which for some, is just fine. It’s just more evidence that I haven’t met a ZIRH product I don’t like. Even at full-price, this stuff is reasonable, but scour the discount stores like T.J. Maxx – you’ll often find ZIRH for a total steal.