Shower gels named after famous warriors? Well…okay, but why can’t we use another type of person to promote products, a type that didn’t thrive on warfare, a type that doesn’t make me feel so “adolescent” as I buy a WARRIOR shower gel? I’d even risk appearing pretentious over appearing adolescent, so maybe I’ll develop a Poet Series of scented products myself: Haiku (Bashō) bath gel fragranced with pine needles, lotus, green tea leaf, kyara wood, smoke and bamboo, or a Leaves of Grass candle (Whitman) with sap, lilac, birch, cumin and musk. What about a fragrance honoring a poetess: Marianne Moore; she liked apricots and baseball, so osmanthus and ‘baseball glove leather’ would do the trick for Tricorne Eau de Parfum.
As I dismount my high horse, I admit I like the Zirh bath line for men. Though the Zirh Warrior advertising and online features (one feature at zirhwarrior helps you find out which warrior in the series matches your personality) seem geared towards very young men — we’re nearing Axe territory here — the gels are good quality and were developed to address skin ‘concerns’ (dry/itchy/rough skin, oily skin/pimples, etc.)
The Julius Caesar shower gel (real men don’t use bath gel do they?) smells like a ‘modern’ sweet-sour citrus with a hint of a fresh-floral accord (citrus blossom)? The gel is thick, lathers well, and better still, rinses off completely. One of my major complaints with bath gels: after bathing, they leave my skin feeling “slick.” I know it’s probably not optimal to have squeaky-clean skin after showering, especially in dry winter weather, but I appreciate a shower gel that rinses off quickly and easily. The Julius Caesar shower gel (350 ml. for $22.50) is concentrated and a little goes a long way; a light, clean citrus scent stays on the skin after showering. The Julius Caesar shower gel contains sweet almond fruit (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) extract: a skin smoothing agent.
Other Zirh Warror Collection bath gels are: Ulysses (with sesame extract for moisturizing); Alexander (with olive extract for anti-aging/moisturizing); Cyrus (with carrot extract for moisturizing) and the “astringent” Charlemagne shower gel contains chestnut seed extract.
The Zirh Warrior Collection is available online from Zirh or at Macy’s and Sephora; $22.50 each for 350 ml. For a limited time you can purchase all five Zirh Warrior Collection shower gels for the price of four, $90, at the Zirh website.