Product Type: Philips Epilator / Lady Shaver
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Philips HP6509 Satinelle Body Epilator
Member Name: dawnymarie
Philips HP6509 Satinelle Body Epilator
Date: 20/02/12, updated on 20/02/12 (133 review reads)
Advantages: Smooth results that last - not as painful as I expected
Why an epilator?
Well to be honest I was getting incredibly tired of the speed my leg hair grew and therefore the amount of time spent shaving! Cost came into the equation too - razor blades are pretty expensive to be replacing regularly. Making the switch to epilating would mean that I was hair free for longer and avoided regular pricey blade purchases.
That sounds fabulous doesn't it - why was I hesitant then? Well the fact that I have previously trialled a sugar wax system - the less said the better - was a factor. This experience was incredibly messy, time consuming and boy did it produce some pain! Now if you like that kind of thing or can handle intense pain that is an option for you - me, I prefer to avoid unpleasant sensations such as that. With this in mind I had my reservations about epilating as I had heard that it can be rather painful.
Some research took place and after some mixed responses I decided that I could most likely handle whatever the epilator did. The decision was made after my mum described her experience as being bearable. I could do this and the promise of hair free legs for weeks instead of days really appealed.
Why Philips Satinelle?
This was an easy decision really. Firstly the majority of reviews for this were good, add to that the fact that this was the model that mum was using with great results for some time - but the half price offer at Boots was the final deal breaker that led to this becoming a nice gift for me off mum. A winner all round so far - but I was still apprehensive to say the least.
On the package - which is pretty neat - there is a statement which tells you that if you don't love it you will get your money back! That is good to know as until you try out an epilator you really do not know if it is something that you can tolerate - it's all fine in black and white but you really need to see how it feels and know if you can do the deed for yourself. There is lots of really useful information on the box and I like the fact that it is only as big as it needs to be - less packaging is great especially when you need to store the box in case of returns at a later date.
In this box is a nice array of quality looking stuff. I was excited by the unit when I held it in my palm - that is about the size of the unit and so it didn't put me off! It is really light too - I was surprised by that and rather pleased as it gives more control. A power cord with plug is included and has a real good length of cable - this is appreciated so that you can reach a mirror if need be. There is a razor head here too! I didn't know that I was getting a two in one appliance here and thought that was a great bonus for any quick shave emergencies. There are two purple plastic attachments to fit over the epilator head or razor head to cut at a different length and in the case of the epilator to use initially so that you can get used to it before going the whole hog without it. A double ended brush is included and this is really handy for keeping the heads hair free and clean. All of your equipment can be stored safely away in a white drawstring bag which is included with this kit.
A quick illustrated guide is included and I found it really handy to access and follow during my first uses. Also included is a more detailed set of instructions for you to peruse at you leisure and get to know more about your unit. Worth reading as it has great hints and tips as well as essential do's and don'ts.
When shall I have a go?
I'll admit that it took me a few weeks to actually get the unit out and decide to give it a whirl - even though I was really happy with what I got it just didn't come naturally for me to grab it and go remove some hairs! Just had to get some courage first.
Off we go then...
I am so very glad that I gave this a go and not just one use - this is out as and when I need it and has become my new hair removal buddy.
I made a decision and went for it! I didn't use the hair lift and massage attachment as I was feeling very brave! I brushed my hairs upwards on my legs as instructed and tentatively began to epilate at the bottom of my leg. The sound was not off putting as it is actually quite unobtrusive - I had some music playing too. I was really surprised. I knew that mum had told me the very first use is the worst and then as the hair grows thinner and slower the following occasions will be less painful. What I felt was like a little scratch as if I was scratching an itch on my leg. As I moved the unit upwards I saw that all of the hair was removed! Unlike my experience with the sugar wax - I had to repeat the stripping in the same area numerous times as odd hairs were left behind. This was really very good indeed. The lower area and thigh area was absolutely fine - as I got to the more intimate areas and the very tops of the legs this was a little more sensitive but actually it was bearable! For me to say that it really is because I normally avoid pain at all cost.
So with the legs done and in a reasonable time - singing away as I went along with the unit I may add - I thought I would do under the arms. Now this is were I made a mistake - I had let the hair grow a little in order to do the epilating but unlike waxing the epilator works better and is less painful on shorter hair - indeed it is even advised to shave a bit off if the hair is quite long before you begin to epilate. There was a bit of a grab effect that was a wee bit unpleasant but still no where near like the pain that I had expected or imagined - though the procedure is much less painful now that I understand the concept of epilating! You learn from mistakes.
After epilating I tried out the razor around my bikini area and found the shave to be really close - the unit is very well designed to enable you to reach difficult contours of the body safely - this was easy and the results very impressive!
Now hair free in the areas that I wanted to be I was really happy with the length of time that it took in comparison to waxing. I would say it was about the same time that I would spend with a razor but the length of time in between would be the differentiating factor here. Over two weeks later before I needed to remove hair after epilating! That will do for me.
Cleaning the equipment could not be easier - it did not get clogged up anyway but a quick sweep of the brush and all is pristine again. The epilator head may be washed with warm water once removed from the unit.
After a bath or shower is a good time to use the epilator - avoid using oily products or creams though. It is good to apply a moisturiser after you have epilated. I avoid using deodorant and bathing products on the same day that I have used the epilator as the skin can be a little red and I like to allow it to recover before introducing any irritants.
It is normal to have a small amount of redness or a light rash after epilating - I have only noted a very small redness to the skin but no rash up to now.
Numerous other outlets stock this unit - a google search will provide more information.
Argos have it on offer at half price at the time of reviewing.
Would I recommend to you...
I have to say that having been pretty afraid of using an epilator after experiencing the effects of a sugar waxing kit - which also caused a large rash - I was hesitant about trialling an epilator. I would not have bought the first unit that I saw as I wanted to know much more about the brand and model before I tried it out - namely how much pain it causes and does it actually get all hair out at once. I was happy to purchase this one as I had mum's first hand account after years of using the Philips brand. Many reviews convinced me that I too could benefit and tolerate the joys of this particular piece of kit. I was still very apprehensive prior to using it even though I was pleased with the contents of the box - but once I got the first experience under my belt I have never looked back. I expected much more pain that what I got - that was a relief. I can use this without any feeling of dread and I do use it often without any problems. I find that all hair is normally removed on the first sweep up the leg - only occasionally do I have to do the same area again. It's not a problem as for me it only feels like a light scratch! The results are great and last a long time - a good two and a half weeks or so for me! The hair is growing finer and there is less of it now too. The unit is easy to keep clean and is stored tidily away in it's own drawstring bag. If you can get this at half price too then you are getting a great deal. I am keeping mine for sure but it is nice to know that if it didn't suit me I could get my money back! Keep receipts just in case. I can highly recommend this one if you are considering an epilator.
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Summary: No more razor for me!
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