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Boot's Expert Moisturising Hair Removal Cream

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Brand: Boots / Removal Cream / Type: Hair Cream / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes,

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      07.06.2011 09:06

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      Generally a good value cream, used for many years.

      I have used this hair removal cream for several years now. Whilst it isn't a premium brand name, my experience with it has been good. I generally use it for upper leg and bikini areas. I do find it takes just a minute or so more than the suggested time to work effectively.
      It is a very thick cream which doesn't run. It has a strong smell to it which is neither pleasant nor too overpowering.
      Over the years I have not been able to master the art of the applicator with any creams, so apply it with my fingers and remove it with a flannel after washing most of it off with the shower head. I do usually apply a thick layer, so maybe it's not as cost effective as using other brands, but it does the job well.
      I don't suffer a reaction to the cream and I do have sensitive skin.

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      27.02.2011 21:42
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      A quick working hair removal cream, but smells some!!

      Leg Hair!! A nightmare for many women around the world, me included! I have tried many different ways over the years to get rid of unwanted hair on my legs, and have had differing results with many different products. I always look for products that are easy to use, do not take too long, cause no pain and have great results.

      I came across Boots Expert Moisturing Hair Removal Cream when I was looking at the very vast array of Veet creams, and at a lower price, I thought I would give it a try as it claimed to do the same job, and if I can save money, even better! I bought a box of this, and gave it a try when I got home.

      Inside the box is a tube of the hair removal cream, and a spatula style spreader to enable you to spread the cream evenly and thickly on your legs. The tube itself is white, and is nothing fancy, which is fine with me. The packaging does not have an effect on how well the cream would work on my leg hair.

      After reading through the instructions that come with this hair removal cream, I got to work on removing my leg hair. I had not shaved for about a week at this point, so I had some hair on my leg, but nothing too major. I didn't want to have a load of hair to try this product on for the first time, and I felt that the amount I did have was a good enough amount either way.

      I started by squirting a line of the cream out of the tube onto my leg in a downward motion from knee to ankle. I then used the spatula to spread the cream out, and I was amazed how that one line spread quite far on my leg. I put quite a thick layer on my leg, to ensure that all hair was covered and I actually used pretty much all of the cream on both of my legs. I probably could have got away with using a little less cream if I am honest.

      The cream, just like all hair removal creams I have used, has a strong, strange smell to it. At first it is quite an overpowering smell, but this does seem to fade down a bit rather quickly, which I was truly thankful for. Sadly my bathroom does not have a window, so a bit of extra ventilation may be needed when you use this. I have smelt much worse creams, but I have also smelt better. It really is one of those smells you just can not describe.

      The instructions recommend to leave this cream on your skin for 10 mins. I did just that, and to test if you are ready to remove the cream (and hopefully hair) you just have to use the spatula to scrape a tiny amount of the cream off and if the hair comes off easily with it, then you are ready to go. I jumped in the shower to remove mine, and the best way to remove all the cream and the hair is to use the spatula to scrape all the cream off and rinse it in the shower, just like with a razor, but much quicker.

      After removing all the cream, I found that the results were brilliant. All the hair had gone, and not even a single one remained. There was no stubble or missed patches and I found that my skin was really soft and smooth. I have quite dry, sensitive skin and a lot of hair removal creams in the past have left me with very dry, sore skin and rashes. This have even been the case with some of the creams that claim to be for sensitive skin.

      I had no regrowth on my legs for about 4 -5 days, which I think is brilliant in comparison to my usual 1 day when I use a razor to remove my leg hair. I was quite impressed with this as I have used creams in the past which did not give me more than 2 days before the regrowth started.

      I think for the price, this is not a bad cream, but it is not something I would use every time I need to remove my leg hair. I have found that shaving is just much easier, quicker and less harsh on the skin compared to any hair removal cream. I may use this when I am going on a short holiday, to save me having to worry about taking a razor with me, but that is probably the only time I will use it.

      I paid £3.89 for this cream in Boots and it is available in all Boots stores and on their website www.boots.com. I do recommend this hair removal cream to all, even those with sensitive skin. I am giving this product a 4 out of 5 stars, as the smell is quite something, but otherwise it is brilliant and I can not find a fault with it. Recommended.

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        25.02.2011 08:54
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        Avoid

        This review is about a product that I used a few years ago and looking at current reviews in various places it hasn't improved any so I thought I would add my warning to the list.

        Some time ago I saw a special offer on the Boots Hair Removing Cream giving bonus Advantage reward points with each purchase. If you know anything about me at all you'll know that I love a special offer so I decided to try some.

        At the time I always used Immac, which has since been bought out by Veet, to remove the hair from my upper lip, but I thought that there was no harm in trying something different especially as it was cheaper than my usual brand even without taking into account the bonus points.

        The cream comes in a tube which is in a cardboard box together with a plastic spatula and a set of instructions.

        Initially you are advised to do a patch test and wait twenty four hours to see if you have any adverse reaction to the cream, although I confess that I didn't bother as I have been using this sort of product for years now.

        The idea is that you smooth the cream on your legs, underarms and / or upper lip, then wait for up to ten minutes (no longer) and wash off the cream and the offending hair.

        I used it according to the instructions my upper lip. The most striking thing I noticed was that it had a halfway decent smell. Immac always worked well but it smelled vile! So far so good.

        Unfortunately that is the only positive thing that I have to say about the Boots version, as it just did not work. It's as simple as that!

        I removed the cream as I always do by wiping with a tissue and then washing thoroughly. To my horror I found that most of the hair was still attached to me! The hair on my face is not particularly coarse so it should be perfectly OK for me to use. I'm hardly a werewolf after all!

        Of course there was then another problem in that I couldn't use another cream straight away as my skin was already sensitive after using this rubbish so I had to keep the hair for another couple of days.

        I tried it on a few separate occasions just in case it was my own fault but to no avail. I could not get a smooth hair free finish. I even tried leaving it on a bit longer than I should but I just got red, sore skin and the hairs were still there!

        On a plus side it is very creamy and as I said earlier it does smell okay, but what use is this if it does not remove the hairs?

        I can't remember how much I actually paid for this product - I think it was about £3, but as I am recommending that you DON'T buy it that's hardly relevant anyway!

        In defence of Boots I must just add that I wrote to them to complain about this product and to be fair they did send me a letter of apology and £4 worth of gift vouchers.

        In conclusion I would have to say avoid this product - it is a waste of money. In fact I cannot understand how Boots manage to keep selling it to be honest!

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          02.04.2010 15:14
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          Awful product, doesn't work.

          I bought this product a while ago so prices may have changed a bit since but it cost me about £3.00 for 50ml.

          With this purchase you get a box which contains hair removal cream and one of those plastic applicator wand things. (just read the back of the pack it's actually called a spatula ...duh)!

          It claims on the front of the cream "With Shea Butter and Vitamin E Leaves skin softer, smoother for up to 5 days. On the back it says "Effectively removes unwanted hair from legs and arms, to leave skin softer, smoother for longer.

          It says to spread it on the area, then leave for 5 to 10 minutes, but no longer than 10 then wash off with tepid water.

          I tried this on my legs and even after 10 minutes saw little or no difference in hair amount.

          The cream is very thick, so easy to spread on with the spatula provided, but it does have that awful gag relfex inducing smell, that smells like burning, before you even put it on. I found the smell really hard to put up with and wouldn't have used the product again even if it had worked.

          This product didn't work at all, and smelled really bad, I would not recommend it at all as I still had to shave afterwards, and had to wash thoroughly to get rid of the horrendous smell.

          I would not recommend this product, it didn't work and smelled awful, really not worth it, it's quicker to just shave.

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            26.01.2010 18:46
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            Not worth trying in my opinion.

            I am always trying to find ways to save a bit of money when doing my shopping. I was in Boots looking at the Veet which I normally buy and I spotted that this was cheaper, so I thought I would give it a go. This turned out to be a huge mistake, and instead of saving me money, it was just a waste of money.

            Boots hair removal cream comes in a cardboard box, which is great as it is recyclable, and inside that a sqeezy plastic toothpaste style tube. The packaging is simple and straight forward, often indicating a bargain product. The tube is soft and easy to squeeze the product out, which make life more hassle free and less messy.

            The product smells like all other brands of hair removing cream which I have tried, it is quite chemically and strong but not too offensive. I would recommend having a window open to get rid of the smell quicker.

            It was easy to apply the cream to the areas I wanted to be hair free. I followed the straight forward instructions. The cream did not irritate my skin (I was naughty and did not do a patch test first) and it did not make it dry or damaged afterwards.

            I always leave hair removing cream on for a few minutes longer than the instructions, and did this with the Boots. I went to scrape it off after about ten minutes and it only removed about 5% of the hair I wanted it to. I wondered if it needed a bit more time, so I applied another layer and this time left it for 15 minutes. I had no more luck and threw away the rest of the cream.

            Sometimes saving money can actually mean wasting money and this was one of those cases. A few other reviews I have read have told me I am not the only one. I wont be trying this cream again.

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              10.01.2010 15:10
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              Save your money!

              I stupidly bought this to try and save some money as it was cheaper than some brands such as Veet. What a complete waste of money!!

              This is what it claims - Hair may be a fact of life but you've got to draw the line somewhere - facial hair. This fuss free removal cream works gently, but effectively without irritation, even on sensitive skin, whilst the finishing cream has cocoa butter and vitamin E to moisturise, nourish and soften.

              New improved to remove hair without any unpleasant odour - 82% of our testers agreed.

              I followed the directions to the letter and it was all easy to follow. I left the cream on for around 4.5 mins (as you are not allowed to leave on for longer than 5 mins), but one thing that it promises does not happen and it is the very reason why I bought this product, but plain and simply it doesn't work, not even a little bit!! I still had a full on moustache!

              A complete rubbish product!

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              06.09.2008 11:46
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              Buy something else.....

              I have been using Veet hair removal cream for over a year now and always been happy with it's performance. So I think I must have got a bit carried away with the great offers at Boots, just now.

              Boots Expert Moisturing Hair Removal Cream was selling for £1.99 which is a bit cheaper than my normal brand. I decided to give it a go.

              The picture above is for the 'sensitive' version of this product but I am reviewing the 'moisturing' version as it says above.

              On the box it tells me that it is a 'new formulation' and that this product is 'low odour'.

              Inside the box I got a 50ml tube of cream and a clear perspex spatula. The tube is white in colour and has a white screw off cap. It tells me on the front of the tube what it is.

              Normally with this sort of product I get an instruction leaflet inside the box, but there was no instruction leaflet in this one. All the instructions are written on the box itself.

              I am fair skinned so the hairs that grow on my legs are quite light in colour.

              As it was the first time I was using this cream I did the patch test, and had no reaction to the cream.

              The following night I used the cream. The cream is quite thick, but it does come out of the tube easily. The cream spread easily over my legs. Then came the awful smell. It does say on the box that this cream is meant to be low odour. All I can say is that, the tube I was using was anything but low odour. It reminded me of the smell that all hair removing creams had years ago.

              I decided I could put up with the smell if the cream worked. After five minutes, as per the instructions on the box, I removed a small amount of the cream with the spatula provided. The hairs on my legs were still attached.

              I waited a further two minutes and tried again. It was just the same. I waited another two minutes (nine minutes in total) and removed the cream completely. I then rinsed my legs with lukewarm water. Quite a lot of the hairs on my legs had been removed, but there were quite a few hairs still on my legs. My legs did not feel any more moisturised than they were before I started.

              It told me on the box that this cream should have removed the hairs on my legs easily within five minutes. It also said that coarse hair may take a bit longer. My leg hair is not coarse at all.

              I was very disappointed with this hair removing cream and I have actually written a letter to Boots to complain.

              On the box it also states that '82% of their testers agreed that there was minimal odour'. All I can say is that the testers must have had cotton wool stuffed up their noses. The smell is vile.

              There is a list of ingredients on the box, along with all the usual warnings, and also a list of using instructions.

              The hair removing cream costs £1.99 but my advice is to keep your money in your pocket or pay a bit extra and get something that actually works.

              If I could give this product no stars then I would.

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                21.07.2008 15:32
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                Doesn't work!

                I don't know why I do it to myself! In all of my latter years of trying to find an alternative methods of hair removal all I've ended up with is throwing money away, being in pain, getting bad rashes and never ever getting a decent result but still I can't help but continuing my quest for something other than using a razor as it's so time consuming and because I have shaved my legs so much in the past 18 years my hair grows dark, coarse and fast and I need to shave my legs everyday or have really stubbly chicken legs. I did it to myself!

                Now I'm no keen on Boot's 'Expert' products. I've tried a few different things in the range as it's so cheap usually and then there are times that it's on offer as well. On the day I purchased this it cost me £1.32 (usual price, £1.99 and I had a 100 points to go on my reward card if I bought it so theoretically it only cost me 32p so I forgot everything I said above when I got caught up in the excitement of a bargain!

                The Packaging....

                White recyclable box. On the top of the box I'm told it is Boot's Expert moisturising Hair Removal Cream. Then on the front of the box I'm told that information again and there's a picture of a woman's legs. On one side if the box I'm given list of ingredients and told it is made in France and the size of my product is stated (50ml) and I'm told the box is recyclable. On the other side of the box I'm given a list of warnings and told to follow the instructions. Then on the back of the box I'm told how it should work, and directions for use. The product is in a white recyclable plastic bottom opening tube which opens via a screw on/off lid. On the front of the box in dark blue writing I'm once again told it is Boots, Moisturising Hair Removing Cream, with Shea butter and vitamin E Leaves skin softer, smoother for up to 5 day. On the back of the tube once again I'm told what it should achieve, how to use, warnings, size is stated (as I've listed already) and contact details for Boot's are given. In the box is a white, almost see through plastic spatula to apply the cream with.

                What It's Meant To Achieve....

                Hair may be a fact of life but sometimes you've just got to draw the line. Fuss-free and easy to use this special cream works effectively where you want it, removing hair in just 5 minutes (although coarse hair may take a little longer). Shea butter and vitamin E boost moisture so skin is left smooth and silky for up to 5 days.

                Firstly Test your skin by conducting a patch test. Select a small area of skin you wish to treat and apply the cream, following the directions (I'm about to give). Wait 24 hours. If there is no adverse reaction the whole area may be treated in the same way. Complete the treatment for one area before applying the product to the next.

                Directions Of Use....

                Apply the product evenly in vertical strips over the skin. using the back of the spatula provided, spread the cream so that all hair is covered in a thick, even layer. DO NOT RUB IN!

                Fast Acting, no more than ten minutes is allowed on the skin so do watch the time and don't guess.
                Rinse away and remove any remaining cream with spatula. Rinse with tepid water. Do not use soap.

                Using It....

                Well I admit I didn't do a patch test. Yes I know naughty naughty but in my defence I have used alot of lotions and potions of this type before and none have hurt me.

                So I set about applying it. The cream isn't too thick and squirts out of the tube very easily. I applied it all over one of my lower legs and the thing that put me majorly off was the smell. Boots have tried to disguise the smell somewhat and if you sniff it in the tube it doesn't smell to bad but once applied it smells like old fashioned hair removal cream. Yuk!

                I spread on quite a lot so it thickly covered all my hairs which were quite long. The cream felt wet and cold and it spread easily and felt a little greasy. I used my spatula which was very simple and I didn't get into too much of a mess. My skin tingled slightly and I left it on for the max time of 10 minutes due to the fact that my hair was very thick and coarse. So yes it tingled but it didn't hurt me.

                I removed it with my hands in the shower under warm shower water using the spatula to scrape off the excess cream and when done I dabbed my leg with a fluffy towel full of excitement.

                However....

                Yes a little hair was removed but not much, only a few 'sprigs' of hair and certainly not enough to ever warrant using this again. I was still far too hairy and for me using it for the max ten minutes I have no where else to go and wouldn't dare use this for longer. Where the hair was removed from felt incredibly smooth like I'd used a very expensive moisturiser and if the product had of worked better I'd be raving about it for this reason.

                The smell on my legs wasn't rinsed off and I stunk of it. My legs tingled and started to actually hurt and so I did have to have a shower and used a mild shower gel (not recommended) but I simply couldn't stand the stench and my legs were uncomfortable. Washing it off properly was the best thing for me and I never scrubbed at myself but I did get rid of the smell and neither when using this or showering did the area go pink and look sore.

                Overall.....

                Absolutely disgusting. It stinks and it don't work and it tingles and hurts and all you want to do is itch when you rinse it off. This really is simply crap and not recommended by me. This is not sensitive enough for my skin although I agree if it worked it would be incredibly moisturising but that moisturising feeling gave way to it itching me and making me scratch at myself. The only thing that stopped me scratching after using this was some E45 itch relief cream that I happened to already have.

                This is one of the worse products I have ever used personally I will now be boycotting this so called 'Expert' range as nothing I have used has impressed me what so ever. Basically this is economy rubbish put under a different marketing strategy. My advise is don't buy it even if it is cheap cos you may as well save your pennies and treat yourself to a big bar of galaxy! Your missing out on nothing by trying this....trust me!

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                Hair may be a fact of life but sometimes you've just got to draw the line, even if you've got sensitive skin / Milder than ordinary removal creams this one is kinder to sensitive skin / Specially made with soothing chamomile and moisturising shea butter, it gently removes hair in just 5 minutes (although coarse hair may take a little longer) and results last for up to 5 days /