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      29.05.2013 18:18
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      I would not use this product again.

      I had never waxed my legs (or anywhere) before but when i saw the wax strips in boots I thought I would try it out. I was going on holiday and didn't want to spend my time shaving my legs and I have never found hair removal creams to be very good so waxing them seemed to be the next thing to try. I wanted to do it myself so that if it hurt I could stop.

      They came in quite a plain and simple white box which had the company logo, a description of what the product was and a picture of a pair of legs on the front. On the back of the box was all of the relevant information; ingredients, warnings, directions of use etc. Inside the box was the wax strips themselves.

      I got the first strip out of the box and warmed it in my hands (as was stated), peeled off the backing and smoothed it down. I took a deep breath and quickly pulled the strip off. My first thought was that it wasn't that bad, I then looked down expecting to see a lovely smooth patch on my leg but instead all I saw was the hair that was still on my leg and a very sticky patch over the hair. I thought it was me that had done it wrong so I pulled out the second strip and tried again and I got the same results. At that point I gave up and shaved them (after I had struggled to get all of the sticky wax off).

      I did give them another try at a different time but the results were just the same so I actually threw the rest away. I have since had my legs waxed by a professional and would recommend just going to a professional instead of wasting money on these strips and then paying for them to be done anyway.

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        02.06.2011 14:30

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        Useless

        These wax strips are available only from Boots for around £3.50-£4.00 which is cheaper than most other wax strips on the market.

        The pack contains 36 precoated strips which i used on my legs.

        I found them really messy to use because they left behind a waxy, greasy residue that even after washing in the shower afterwards was hard to get rid of.

        They also took away hardly any hair which meant i had to use quite a few strips on the one area. I couldn't use the same strip again because it became less sticky after using it, this meant i used nearly the entire box just to do my legs.

        The strips also really hurt because they are so hard to pull off and ended up sticking to my skin. In the end i gave up with a lot of hairs still there because it was taking too much effort.

        They irritated my skin with my legs looking red, sore and bruised afterwards and still hairy!

        Veet is much better.

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        04.04.2011 11:34
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        A pretty rubbish hair removal product

        Whether to shave or wax yourlegs can be a dilemma, that's without considering hair removal cream. The amount of brands and products that promise to leave you with silky smooth and perfect pins is outrageous and from my experience, a claim that can rarely be followed through. For some years I have been a faithful razor user, but dipping into other methods of hair removal if they catch my eye every now and then, but in the most part a razor just seems like the cheapest and most convenient way to do it. Saying that, the finish isn't always great and the performance of razors does vary and I'm often left with prickly feeling legs which let's face it, isn't great. Upon my next trip to boots I decided that perhaps it was time for a change and headed to the hair removal section but when I got there I didn't know where to look. The competition amongst these products is huge and there are so many out there to choose from. Having used waxing strips once is twice before I thought I would try them as generally the hairs take longer to grow back and I don't have time to remove leg hair constantly!

        I opted for the boots branded waxing strips having used some of boots own brand products in the past and being quite impressed. That were among the more cheaper products on the shelf and I can't afford to spend an arm and a leg trying our different products so I thought these would be my best bet. The value for money side of it seemed great, getting 36 waving strips for £4.99 as well as advantage card points. This seemed to be a very good deal compared to other brands and products I considered. Taking it home I decided to use it straight away as I was quite pleased with my purchase and wanted to put it to the test. I am aware that leg hair needs to be a little longer when using wax strips for them to work effectively and I had taken this into account.

        The instructions couldn't be more telling with a direction to put talc on the area you are wanting to wax, then to rub the wax strip between your hands to warm the place, then to place on your leg, rub a little and pull it off in the opposite direction to hair growth. This is exactly what I did. The strips ate quite large and I wad expecting a lot of hair to be removed with each ins, consequently. Upon pulling the strip off I felt no pain as I had done with waxing before which pleased me. I felt my leg and it didn't feel that smooth so I looked at the strip and that had no hairs on it, explaining why I felt no pain. I touched the wax strip and it wasn't even sticky, not enough to remove hair anyway. Thinking this might have just been a bad strip I got another one out and repeated the instructions, only to have to same thing happen again. I now understand why there are 37 strips in each packet!

        This product is a massive disappointment and did not remove leg hair simply because the wax isn't sticky enough. I normally like boots own products so I was expecting much more from thus product. Next time I'll be going for a more expensive product from a brand that specialises in hair removal and will not be wasting my money on products that do not work.

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          20.03.2011 10:41
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          Don't waste your money or your time

          Usually I use a razor instead of waxing but i've heard waxing is supposed to be more effective and last for longer, so before my holiday I went out to buy some wax strips.
          I noticed that they are a lot more expensive than i'd expected so I ended up going for the Boots ones as they were the cheapest at about £5.
          I've used other Boots products which have worked well so I thought they'd be OK.


          These wax strips promise to remove hair as short as 4mm painlessly leaving skin soft and smooth. This meant, first, letting the hair on my legs grow long.
          4mm is pretty long when referring to leg hair so I didn't like letting it get this long and certainly couldn't wear anything that showed my legs for a couple of weeks.
          But I told myself it would be worth it and eventually it got there.


          The instructions tell you to, first, lightly dust your legs with talc.
          Well this bit was easy.
          Next, you warm the strip of wax gently between your hands.
          It didn't seem to be getting particularly warm but it did get a bit warmer so i peeled back the plastic and applied the wax onto my skin.
          It is pretty easy to use- you just put onto your leg, pull the skin taut and immediately pull it off against the direction of hair growth.
          Well application is easy.
          The pulling it off is painful but I thought it would be worth it.


          There are 36 strips in the box which I thought would last a while, but I used more than I thought I would.
          I waxed one leg up to the knee and used 7 strips just for that area.
          When I had finished just that bit I was in pain and there was still a lot of hair on that part of my leg.
          I tried doing some of it again but the wax strips just weren't effective.
          In the end I gave up and used my razor.
          Quick, easy, pain- free and effective.


          I would never use these again or reccommend them so they get one star from me. Don't waste your money or your time!

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            28.02.2011 16:14
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            A Waste of Time & Money

            It actually took me a lot of courage to buy wax strips at all because the one and only time that I've experienced waxing, which was at a Beauty salon, it hurt so much! I didn't think I would ever put myself through it again, but waxing did leave me hair free and smooth for a lot longer than shaving did so I thought I'd just grin and bear it and start getting into the habit of waxing instead of shaving.

            I didn't want to have to visit a Beauty salon everytime I needed a wax because it is expensive and time consuming so I decided I would buy an at home waxing kit that I could do myself. There were a lot of brands and types of waxing strips available in Boots, I didn't know where to start! All of them were quite pricey, still cheaper than the salon but expensive all the same. So I thought I'd start out with Boots own make of Single Use Wax Strips since they were cheaper than all the rest and from experience I've found Boots own make of products to be just as good.

            The box contained 36 Wax strips for £4.99 and I thought that was quite a lot to get in 1 box, but after trying out these wax strips I can now see why they give you so many, but I'll come to that later. The instructions in the box were easy enough to understand - they instructed me to apply a little bit of talc to the area I was waxing for best results, then warm the wax strip by rubbing it together in the palm of my hands (hmmm), then peel off the plastic backing of the wax strip and lay the wax strip onto the area I wanted to wax (My leg). Well it was all very easy to do and in my head I was thinking "This is a LOT different from how they do it at the Beauty salon". Anyway, I prepared myself for the dreaded moment of peeling back the wax strip to rip off my hair, I got myself all worked up & gritted my teeth waiting for the pain to strike me - went in for the kill, off came the strip .... and nothing. No pain and no hair was removed! I could see maybe one or two little stragglers on the strip but that's about it!

            I was a bit confused, I scanned back over the instructions thinking "Have I done something wrong? Is there something I've missed?" But I hadn't, I'd done just as the instructions told me to and had the poorest results ever. So I opened up a few more strips and "warmed them up" and kept trying to wax my leg, I went through several all with the same results (that's why you get 36 in a pack). I gave up in the end and prompty put these in the bin. What a waste of time and money. It is probably the first product by Boots own make that I haven't been impressed with, so I was quite surprised.

            If you are going to give waxing a go at home, then I would reccomend you spend a little bit extra on ensuring you actually get wax strips that work. Don't even go there with these ones, sorry Boots but this definetely isn't an "Expert" product.

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            22.02.2011 17:22
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            Pointless as they aren't sticky enough to grip the hair

            During winter I hardly ever shave my legs. There doesn't seem much point when they are covered up all the time. I looked down at mine the other day and they resembled porcupines so something needed to be done. I decided to go for waxing as they were long enough and it lasts longer than shaving. I never normally use pre-covered wax strips but these were on offer at Boots for only £3 I thought I would give them a go as they seemed liked less messy than the usual stuff that comes in a pot and I wouldn't have to bother with warming it up.

            When I got home that evening I tried them out. The first thing I noticed is that the strips are quite large which is good as they can be used on a large area and thus pull out a lot of hairs at once. I sat down, smoothed it strip onto my leg, braced myself, grit my teeth and pulled it off. To my immense surprise it didn't hurt at all. I was pretty happy about this until closer inspection of my legs revealed that the reason it didn't hurt was that it hadn't pulled the hairs out. I held the strip up to the light and there were two hairs on it. I touched the back of the stip with my hand and it wasn't really sticky - just slightly tacky. Thinking that it was a duff strip I tried with 3 more and it was the same. After that I gave up as pressing slightly tacky strips onto my legs and taking them off leaving all the hair behind seemed a pointless activity.

            My leg hair is dark but really isn't particularly course, I would say it was average so I don't think it's that. I have waxed my legs many times before and, while I am not beautician, I know how to do it and used the same technique as I always do. The wax strips were less sticky that cello tape, I don't see how they could pull anyone's hair out. The only use I can see them having is for removing fluff from jumpers.

            I won't be buying these again!

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              14.05.2009 21:26

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              The best home waxing on the market

              As a fairly hairy young lady I have always had to regularly visit the waxing salon to get my bikini line waxed. This has proved to be quite expensive over the years and also very inconvenient. Beauticians available times do not always correspond with yours, especially when you have to book ages in advance.

              I have tried using other brands of home waxing products before but I have always found that they have either not worked or have left me bruised and bloody with a very itchy re-growth.

              After using the boots waxing strips for the first time I have never looked back. They are really simple to use, you simply heat up with the warmth from your hands. You can then cut the strips into much smaller strips and press down onto your bikini area and whip off. I have found that these strips are very effective, fairly painless and the regrowth is non itchy.

              It may take a few goes to practice if you are not used to home waxing but these strips are definitely the best available by far.

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              16.08.2007 15:34

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              Boots Single Use Waxing Strips compared with a roll of sticky tape from the Pound Shop - the sticky tape won - very disappointed!!

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              08.11.2006 08:46
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              NOT RECOMMENDED. :(

              Feeling incredibly brave, I browsed the aisles of Boots the chemist looking for waxing products. Only ever having waxed professionally before at a salon, I was taking a step forward in the beauty treatment department and attempting a home wax. I wasn’t even sure what to look for but knew I wanted to buy Veet as it was a well-known brand and would probably be the best.

              Well the best it may be but at a price tag of well over my budget at the time I saw no reason why I should squander my money when Boots did their own version for a lot less than Veet. In fact costing me just £4.99 for 36 strips I felt positively confident that this would be a successful experience.

              It sounded exactly what I was looking for and with the promise to remove the hairs on my legs deep down from the root, making re-growth finer and less obvious really appealed to me if not my pain threshold. I wanted these wax strips to be cost effective so the time frame given of being hair free for six weeks seemed alluring to say the least.

              Arriving home I read the instructions, I’m a good girl and always follow what I am told, and if I am to submit myself to any form of pain then instructions are a must to try and minimise it as much as possible. I was instructed to make sure the hair I want to remove is around 4mm in length for the best results. It doesn’t sound that long but when you are dragging that around covering the entire span of your legs, I promise you, you feel like a yeti!

              Anyway, after wearing trousers for an eternity, the hairs finally seemed to be long enough, although how you measure them is beyond me! I guessed, as I really couldn’t stand them being that hairy for any longer. Lightly dusting my legs with talc (as per the instructions) I opened the box and took out a strip of wax. Warming it gently between the palms of my hands I finally get to peel back the plastic backing on the sheet and expose the implement of torture. It is pretty easy to apply, simply lay it onto the surface of your leg, pull the skin taut from underneath the strip and immediately rip it off against the direction of hair growth. No problem!

              Well to be honest there are a few things wrong with this whole procedure and product that I have to explain. The first problem with the procedure would be that unless you are into pain this is really not something you want to be doing to yourself. You are meant to rip the strips off immediately so you do not get too much wax transferring from the strip to your skin, but it goes against every natural fibre in your body to tear it off. I knew it was going to hurt me. Why did I want to do this? Damn, the flippin’ strip was already stuck to my leg, I had to do it or I would be the most embarrassing case in A&E that year. Eventually I took the plunge but it really hurt and hampered my efforts with the rest of the strips. I got more used to it as time went on and I did tear them off in quicker and quicker succession but even so it took teeth gritting and eyes squinting shut to do it.

              The problem I had with the product? Well to be honest it just didn’t work with the flair it promised on the side of the box. The wax strips themselves were not especially large areas, so my thoughts of being able to use the box I had purchased for at least six waxing sessions was a joke. To do both my legs up to and including the knee, it took 18 strips. Maybe this was because I was not used to it and was a tad clumsy and disorganised in my approach to self-waxing but I had not expected to use more than about 10 altogether and possibly a lot less. Each strip seemed to be only good enough for one area and could not be used for a second area, meaning I had to use a new strip for every area. Sometimes more than one strip for each area as well, which I found to be really annoying and not very productive. The skin became sore on these areas as it was being subjected to twice the punishment.

              Finally finishing the job, after about an hour and a numb bum, I sat back to take a look. My poor legs were battered and bruised. My knees especially looked bright red and had lots of small bumps under the skin. This is actually normal and is the roots objecting to being pulled out but even so – ouch! My legs didn’t feel particularly smooth at this point but I couldn’t see any hairs and I thought I should give them time to settle down.

              Six weeks later…….

              I couldn’t last that long to be honest and I shaved my legs after a fortnight. They didn’t look too bad straight after waxing although I had seen better, but when I ran my hand up them I could feel lots of stubbly bits as though I had shaved and the hairs were starting to re-grow. I had been shaving my legs for years so I knew the hairs were thicker and stronger than normal but this should not have affected the results so soon after waxing.

              There were hairs re-growing through already at different lengths and in different areas. Some areas of my legs remained looking hair-free and others were hairy and unsightly. I know that some hairs remained under the skin or were too short to be caught by the wax strips but having left them to grow to the required 4mm in the first place, meant I hadn’t shaved them for a good three weeks prior to waxing as it was. I refuse to believe that the hairs had been dormant for all that time and suddenly started to spring up after I had waxed.

              The pain, effort and disappointment I experienced using these waxing strips has put me off doing it at home altogether, and I certainly wasn’t going to extend the experiment to underarms or bikini. I knew my legs were the strongest, least delicate areas and if the method and results were anything to go by I was not putting myself through the same ordeal anywhere else on my body!

              In my opinion these wax strips were a real waste of time and money. They let me down and put me off trying it again with this product or any other more expensive product for that matter. I will stick to shaving my legs and visiting the salon for everywhere else, at least it’s quick and effective there.

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                13.03.2004 03:00
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                I?ve always been a shaver myself. I have used hair removal creams/ sprays/ foams etc. but after a string of fail attempts I always returned to the quick, cheap and easy method of shaving. I decided to try waxing because I basically got fed up with the hassle of shaving. I decided that I would pluck up the courage to try my hand at waxing. I probably should have gone to a salon since I had never been waxed before but instead I went out on a whim, to my local Boots store and scoured the shelves for something a little cheaper that I could try in the privacy of my own home. I wanted something that could be used quickly with a minimum mess factor. I had read somewhere that wax strips were the answer to people looking for the results I wanted; long-term hair removal that was quick and mess-free to carry out. After reading various packets of waxing strips I eventually went for a packet of 36 Boots Single Use Wax Strips, which cost £4.79. The packet is white with a picture of some lovely smooth legs on the front. The description of the product is ?Easy to use precoated strips for easy hair removal. Leaves skin soft and smooth for up to 6 weeks. 36 single use precoated strips.? The pack contains 36 precoated strips and an instruction leaflet. They recommend that hair should be a minimum of 4mm long for the most effective results. I had been growing the hair on my legs for some time so it was about 5mm long. The instructions state that skin should be clean and dry so I washed and dried my legs to remove anything I had put on them. I then followed the instruction to lightly dust the skin with talc. I then warmed the strip between my hands as the instruction leaflet stated and peeled back the backing strip. I was then left with a transparent piece of plastic whi
                ch was coated with the wax. I smoothed this on in the direction of the hair, pulled the skin taught and pulled the strip back on itself exactly as the instructions stated. So was I impressed? Would smooth hair free skin be mine at last? Absolutely not! Despite following the instructions exactly only about 5 hairs had been removed. I tried again but the same result. Thinking I must be doing it wrong, I consulted a friend and tried again a few days later but they simply weren?t doing the job. After several failed attempts I just gave up. I am convinced that these strips don?t work at all. I haven?t given up on the idea of waxing but will be visiting a professional salon in the future rather than doing it myself. The only advantage of these is that there was no residual wax left behind but that?s hardly an advantage if no hair is removed! Plus there?s a huge ouch factor when you rip it off. These strips are unsuitable for the elderly, diabetics, those with skin irritations or moles but frankly I don?t think they?re suitable for anyone. What a waste of money! If anyone has had success using these, then I?d love to hear about it, but my advice to anyone thinking of buying these would be a resounding NO!

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                  14.10.2003 19:02
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                  I am a big fan of Boots so I thought I'd try their wax strips. You get a lot of strips compared to other brands (36 to be exact) and they seem good value for money. They are £4.79. They are not reusable though. There are other brands that are reusable and more expensive, but you don't get as many strips. I found the wax strips easy to use and not too painful, the trouble is they didn't remove all the hair - I had to use another strip to get off all the hair. I think part of the problem is the backing the strips are attached to - it is thick paper and doesn't adhere well to the contours of your body. The wax itself is clear and doesn't seem very thick and sticky, so it doesn't grip the hairs well enough. I guess that would be why the strips are not reusable - they don't work very well the first time around! The advantage of this though is that you can cut them into smaller strips for your bikini line and difficult to wax areas (such as knees) and the wax doesn't stick to the scissors! Also there doesn't seem to be any residue of wax left on your skin afterwards, so they are not messy. I have used other brands before that do leave a residue and this is a pain to get off. On the plus side I did get advantage points for buying these wax strips, but I don't think I will buy them again. I have tried the Immac ones (also known as Veet) and I think these are better although a little more expensive (around £5.99). The wax is blue and gel-like and the strips are reusable (up to four times and you get 12 strips), and the backing the strips are applied to is much softer and very supple. They seem to grip the hair better but they do leave an annoying residue behind which I find I can get off with some baby oil and a bit of scrubbing in the shower. They do however come with about four sachets of moisturising wipes which help to remove any last traces of wax residue, but they don't really supply you
                  with enough. By the way, don't get this wax on the carpet you'll never get it off! As with all waxing products the hair takes up to 6 weeks to grow back, so you don't have to worry about hair removal for a few weeks. On the down side, you have to let the hair get to a certain length (about 4mm) before you can wax again, so you have to be prepared to have hairy legs for a while. Also you can get in growing hairs which take the form of little spots which are annoying and sometimes sore. If you are new to waxing then Boots Wax Strips may be good to get started with. They are not too painful and you can practice your technique without worrying about getting residues of wax all over yourself!

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                    01.06.2001 20:52
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                    These are the best home waxing strips that I have tried. They are nearly as effective as a salon wax, and the results last for 3 or 4 weeks. The big advantage over other makes is that they are single use. Most makes now produce waxing strips which are intended to be reused. In order to get your monies worth compared to these strips you need to reuse each strip several times, which I find impossible. These strips are very simple to use. You just cut them to the desired size, apply to the area, and then whip off quickly! It is painful, there is no getting over that! Try holding your hand on the area immediately afterwards, (they do it in salons), and it does help a little. It helps if you leave the strips in the fridge to make sure they are cold - hot and sticky strips are harder to rip off and so hurt more! Also make sure that you keep the strip as close to the skin as possible when you rip it off, if you just pull up, you get the pain, but without the gain!- it doesnt remove the hair! You get 36 strips in a pack, so they do last quite well, and because they are easy to cut to size, there is no wastage.

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                      23.09.2000 05:52
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                      I am a confirmed fan of these. ADVANTAGES They come in quite large strips so you can do quite large areas quickly, but you can also cut them up to do smaller areas or really sore bits in manageable sizes. It is really satisfying to see how much hair you have removed, and to know that you have several hair-free weeks. The Boots strips are cheaper than other brands. DISADVANTAGES Some parts of your body are just not designed for this kind of treatment. Personally I could not do my under arms at all, but found my bikini line ok. Once you put the strip on you must be prepared to rip it off quickly. Don't do what a friend on mine did and stop half way and then try to soak the strip off in the bath - it just melts the wax into a big sticky nightmare! There is a knack to doing this and you will know you are doing it right when you remove ALL hair in one swift rip. Read the instructions to help you get this right. TOP TIP You really have to be in the right frame of mind to impose this amount of pain on yourself. Before you do it psych yourself up, get a good programme on TV and give yourself a nice treat afterwards. Put the strips in the fridge before-hand as it stops them sticking to your skin so much and helps reduce the pain!

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                      17.09.2000 16:41

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                      As a so called 'virgin' to waxing, whilst feeling daring when i was last in Boots, i thought i'd have a go for the first time with Boots own brand single use waxing strips. Actually, it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. These strips resemble sellotape and you just peel it off its' backing, press onto your skin and whip it off quickly and voila, a hairless leg! Well not quite, i found that you have to use several strips on the same part to really see a result but i would recommend these to first time waxers. Value for money though, they are not bad at all, for £4.35 you get 36 strips in the box and i think i will definitely try these again.

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                    One-use strips of wax for hair removal