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Boots Hair Removing Cream

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Brand: Boots / Spray / Type: Hair Cream / Subcategory: Hair Removal / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      17.10.2010 19:06
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      Doesn't do what it's meant to. Pointless!

      I am always buying hair removing cream and tending to go traditionally with Veet purely because it was a well known make so I figured it had to work. It did, but was a little pricey, and when I saw that the Boots own version was a third of the price at £1.30 for the same size I just had to give it a try instead. I just wish I had read the reviews on here before I did and then I wouldn't have wasted the time and money!

      Boots own hair remover comes in a cardboard box (some bonus points here for recycling) and then a soft plastic tube with a screw on and off lid. It is easy to get the hair removing cream out of the tube with accuracy, which makes it easier to apply, but that's not use if it doesn't even do the job once applied!

      The hair removing cream smells very distinctive, it has a real chemically smell it isn't horrible, just unmistakeable. I applied it to my bikini line and left it on for six minutes, double the time which was recommended, but from pervious experience I know it would take longer. I tested it by removing a tiny patch and no hair came off, none at all. I reapplied cream to that part and waited another six minutes, same test, same result. I waited a further 6 minutes (now 18 in total) and did the same thing again. This time a tiny amount of hair came off, just patchy. I decided to remove it all, as I figured it couldn't be good to leave it on too long.

      I ended up with patchy removed hair, so I just turned and used my Veet, which did a great job in minimal time.

      The Boots product did not harm or irritate my skin, or smell disgusting, it just didn't do the job. Therefore, no matter how cheap it is, it just isn't worth buying. It doesn't look like I am the only person who thought this!

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        10.10.2008 19:20
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        Waste of money

        Many of you will have seen from my photo that I'm very dark haired - and I'm dark haired all over . I put it down to my chinese heritage, but I have very thick, very strong, hair. While this is great on my head, its not so attractive on other areas of my body.

        I'm also fat - I'm not putting myself down, just stating a fact, so for me shaving requires great acts of contortion, attempting to get my legs behind my head so I could shave off the fine yet dark hairs on the backs of my legs. There has to be an easier way, I thought to myself, and went in search of one .

        So I came across Boots Hair Removing Cream - and at a little under 2 quid it wasn't to expensive, so I figured I'd give it a bash. It comes in a box with the instructions printed on it, and inside the box is a tube of the cream, and a plastic spatula type thing.

        The instructions tell you to spread it on your hairy bits in a thick layer - which immediately bought up the question of how thick is thick , since there was no guide. I'm the sort of person who makes sandwiches with more filling than bread, so you can imagine I put it on pretty thickly, maybe about 5 mm deep. As the cream was sensitive, and gave no warning against it, I smeared it on my legs, armpits, and on my lady garden.

        You're meant to use the spatula to spread it, but it was really flimsy and bendy, and getting an even layer was impossible, so I ended up resorting to spreading it with my hands . The instructions say to leave it for 5 minutes, then test to see if its worked, and leave for a little longer (total time no greater than ten minutes) if its not worked.

        This immediately bought up a problem for me. I'm the owner of a large boisterous and very licky black labrador, so I didn't want to be walking around with him licking at the cream on my legs . I settled for a pillow on the bathroom floor, lying back with my creamy body exposed to the air until my egg timer told me 5 minutes was up. A quick scrape revealed no progress, so I set the timer for another 5 minutes.

        As the timer pinged again, it was time to remove it all - again using the spatula. This was when I would see if it had worked at all - and it had, but only on a very few hairs. I was left with hairy legs with the occasional bald patch, and my 'down there' hair was left looking bedraggled. It wouldn't scrape off, however the cream had weakened the hair sufficiently for it to be pulled out in clumps.

        The cream wasn't easy to remove with the spatula either- I had to keep rinsing it again and again - in the end, I gave up and ran a bath, before removing the cream with an exfoliating mitt .

        Fully rinsed and dried - My legs looked barely any different than before, and I looked as though I had some form of pubic alopecia . You're also advised not to shave or deodorise for 48 hours after using this cream , so I was lucky in that I had no intention of wearing a skirt.

        The cream had only a very light odour when applied, but as it worked (or rather didn't) the smell got stronger, a combination of cabbage and the farts of an aging dog. The smell lingered in the air and on my skin for quite a while after rinsing too .

        I wont be buying this again - it was fiddly and messy to apply, a hell of a palava to remove, and left me looking as though I'd had my topiary trimmed by a two year old . Whether its my hair type that stopped it working, I don't now, but from now on I'm sticking to shaving .

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          21.06.2008 14:00
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          Don't buy it!

          Basically this cream does not work, do not buy it!!! Oh, you want more information. Is my word not good enough!? No? Fine...



          I have very fine hair on my legs and more coarse hair under my arms which I normally shave. However, I'm going on holiday in just over a weeks time and wanted to use a hair removal cream, instead of shaving (and I'm a total wimp so waxing is out of the equation!), in the hopes of the effects lasting longer. I swear literally an hour after shaving under my arms I start to get stubble!

          I saw in Boots their own hair removal cream for what appeared to be a very cheap £1.32 compared with the £3+ of other hair removal creams. It turns out that I paid £1.32 for 50ml of cream compared with £3, say, for 100ml of cream by other manufacturers so overall it's not THAT cheap compared to others.

          The packaging is fairly simple, as you can see from the picture above, and the tube you get inside is even more plain - just a white squeezy tube. To be honest though it could be in a cardboard box for all I care! Also inside the box is a spatula made out of flimsy plastic which is used to application and removal.

          The instructions tell you to spread vertical lines on the area you want to remove hair from and spread a thick even layer over the area using the spatula. The tube I bought just about covered the front of my legs and my underarms. I did use quite a thick layer of cream, though getting it even was quite impossible! The instructions tell you to wait 5 minutes (coarse hair my take longer) before testing a small area to see if the hair is removed, but you should leave the cream on no longer than 10 minutes.

          The cream is quite easy to apply, until you get towards the end of the tube. The creams is white and thick, but spread relatively easy using the spatula but by just squeezing the tube normally you get out probably 25 % of the cream, which when you only have 50ml , is not quite enough! Getting the rest of the cream out the tube is a blooming nightmare! I ended up asking The Boy to stand on the end while I scooped out the last remains (very sexy image! I think he would rather I was hairy than he had to see my like that again!).

          The smell, as you start to apply the cream, is not too overpowering, but by the end of the ten minutes it just takes over. It's horrible chemical disgusting smell. My housemate walked into the bathroom after I'd finished, wrinkled up his nose, and suggested I never used "whatever that foul smelling stuff is" ever again, and then he waited a while before using the bathroom as the smell was so bad (he is slightly melodramatic, but I totally agree with him!). As you're not supposed to use any soap or body wash immediately after using the cream, you're surrounded by this horrible whiff until you next wash! It's horrible! Great if you don't want people to sit next to you on the bus though!

          I survived the smell, and I tested a small patch on my leg after 5 minutes, but the hair was still there, and so waited the full ten minutes. After ten minutes I used the spatula to remove the cream. As I said before the legs on my hair is fine, it's hardly noticeable unless you stroke my legs (that wasn't an invitation!), and compared to most people I know, the hair on my legs is very very fine! So, you would expect that the cream would remove the hairs on my legs... it didn't! There are slightly fewer hairs on my legs, but essentially they are still hairy! This cream does not work!!! As you probably have gathered, the hairs on my armpits was not removed either.

          The cream did leave my legs feeling slightly more moisturised than they did before, but just as hairy as they did before! However, I found the reason it left my legs feeling moisturised because even though I had washed my legs and used the spatula to remove the cream, there was still a residue left on my legs, which when I came to dry them with a towel left my towel white (not permanently, but you could see the residue from ly legs on my towel)! I couldn't get the rest of the cream of with water so resorted to using tissues to scrape away the remaining layer of cream... nice!

          I also have quite sensitive skin, but this cream didn't bring me out in a rash or cause any reaction... in fact there were no real effects at all when using this cream!


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          The cream is not that much cheaper than creams by other brands.

          The cream smells... bad!

          The hair removal cream does not remove hair.

          But...

          The cream does moisturise your body. Great. Though only by leaving a layer of cream on your legs! Awesome.



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          If you are a moron, or did not read my review but merely scrolled down the page (shame on you! SHAME!), you can buy this cream from Boots for £1.32 for 50ml.

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            18.03.2008 22:31
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            not something i would recomend to anyone

            Boots hair removing cream is packaged in a cardboard box which has full instructions on it and inside you have a tube containing the cream, It cost me about £2 and as i have used a lot of creams in the past i thought why not.

            You are supposed to spread the cream over the area you want the hair removing from in a even layer, not too thick but not too thin, about 1.5 cm thick will do nicely, i didnt try too hard to get the cream even and smooth as this is near impossible but just made certain i had a good coverage of it all over my legs.

            You have to leave it on for 5 minutes according to the box, i used the sensative cream as my skin is very sensative, a bit like me.

            After 5 minutes i removed a small area of the cream to make certain that it had worked, no it hadnt, my hairs were still there.

            This is the problem i have you see, my hair is quite thick and corce so is stubborn to remove but i have to be careful what i do as my skin is sensative and prone to being very dry.

            I decided to leave the cream for another 5 minutes, i removed another small patch and still no hair had gone but i did notice that my skin had gone very blotchy and sore.

            I washed it all off and a few hairs did come away but not a lot of them so i wasnt impressed with this.

            As the night went on the redness on my legs got worse and they were very sore.

            This cream was suposed to be for sensitive skin but i dont think it was very sensative to mine, maybee that was because i left it on too long but it still didnt remove the hairs i wanted it too.

            The soreness did go after about 2 days but i wont be being brave enough to try it again

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              04.11.2004 22:41
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              I have always shaved my legs. My hair is very dark so it can be quite noticable. I can't stand shaving though - too many cuts and it can be very irritating. I decided to go on a mission to find something else less painful than shaving or waxing. Whilst browsing the Boots website, I came across it's range of Hair Removal Creams. They were on offer, so i though 'Why not?!' and decided to buy it and give it a go. It is also cheaper than Veet.

              There were 2 to choose from and my hair is quite think and my skin isn't really that sensitive so i decided to go for the 'Boots Moisturising Hair Removal Cream'.

              It comes in a box and the cream is in a tube. With it you also receive a spatula thing to help spread the cream onto your legs so you don't have to touch it and it is also used to take the cream back off - including removing the hair from your legs.

              Of course, it is not advisable to stick the stuff all over your legs on first use then discover the next day that you are illergic to it and you look like a tomato! Boots advise you to try a test patch for the 5 minutes it should take to work and then remove it. You should then wait until 24 hours later to see if a reaction occurs and if not, continue to use the product on a much larger area.

              First use - I though, 'this is going to be great- no more shaving!' - how wrong was I! I had tried Nair before which is exactly the same so I knew the sorts of things to look out for and know not to keep it on for longer than the maxium time - for the Boots product, this is 5 minutes. I had just put on fake tan the night before so I was kind of looking a bit orange as it was. The cream went on - it is a nice consistancy - not too runny so it comes off and not so think that it is impossible to spread on.

              It has a nice smell - not too strong - and I would say is smells of cucumbers or if you have already tried any other hair removal creams - it is very similar to them. I waited the 5 minutes, got the spatula ready and started to remove the cream - hair not gone, still there!! - With the other product i had tried, I could see it working and the hairs actually coming out from the roots but there was absolutely no effect with this stuff! It says that thicker hair may take longer so I slapped on a bit more and waited the other 2 minutes it says - still nothing!

              I didn't want to leave it on any longer since it says NO longer than 10 minutes so i washed off the excess - note: you are not to use hot water because it starts to sting. My legs felt gorgeous even though the hair was still there! It really did moisturise them but thats all (it did also remove some of my fake tan so I'm going to have to scrub my legs so they aren't all blotchy orange).

              I thought to myself - maybe I read it wrong - It did say thicker hairs would take longer but when I looked at my legs again I could stll see all the thinner ones!

              Second use - OK, lets try again. I got the tube (all 150ml of it) and made thick lines all down my legs. Then I got the spatula and spread the cream around and being careful not to rub it in. I really did look stupid but that's the price you have to pay for beauty! After 7 minutes (thought I'd try a little longer) I got the spatula again and started to spatula-it -off. Whilst my skin was again lovely and moisurised and a couple of hairs removed, the vast majority were still there!

              I bought this for £3.21 (in the sale) and should be £4.29. I would definately not recommend this product since it did nothing and I will be returning it to Boots even though I have already used about half of it just trying to get it to work!

              If you are looking for an expensive moisuturising cream - this is prefect, you may remove a few hairs at the same time if you are lucky!

              'If' for some reason you do decide to try this product for yourself here are the directions:

              1. On first use, try a small test patch in the area you will be using it on. Use the back of the spatula to spead it on making sure you don't rub it in. Leave for five minutes and relax. After the five minues are up, use the head of the spatula to remove the cream as though you are shaving you legs. The hairs 'should' be removed, if not leave on for a further 2 minutes. Remove the excess cream with the spatula and wash off anything else with TEPID water - Do Not use hot or even quite warm water because it will make your legs sting. You should have wonderfully moisturised (hairless) legs.

              2. After 24 hours if you do not notice any irratation or have any discomfort, you are now able to try it on a larger area. If using on legs, get the tube and squeeze long lines down your legs and use the spatula to spread over the legs. Make sure that you don't use sparsely as you need a good layer for it to 'work'. Leave on for the 5 minutes and remove with the spatula. Hay Presto - ... Remove any excess again with tepid water.

              My rating would be 5/5 for moisturisation, 0/5 for hair removal.

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                21.05.2001 21:02
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                Like many women, I've become fed up with razors and long for that smooth feeling! In the past, I've had nothing but praise for Boots own products, but this one simply does not work. I used it on my legs and had to obviously wait the required 10 minutes or so which is a bit of pain anyway! I then went to remove it in the shower as this particular variation of the product said I could. What happened when I rubbed my leg with a flannel? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! The hair was still there and I then ended up having to shave my legs anyway. 10 minutes wasted! I have found this to be the case with many hair removing creams and can't work out what I'm doing wrong. I follow the instructions to the letter but end up right back where I started with my trusty razor. Also, with products costing £3 or £4 or more, this is simply a waste of money.

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                  30.12.2000 23:32
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                  I saw a special offer on the Boots Hair Removing Cream giving bonus 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. I usually use Immac 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. I used it according to the instructions on both my upper lip and under my arms. The most striking thing I noticed was the lovely smell. Immac works well but it doesn't smell very nice! So far so good. Unfortunately that is the only positive thing that I have to say about this product as it just did not work. It's as simple as that! It either removes none of the hair at all or removes some and leaves some. 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! I tried it on a few seperate occasions just in case it was my own fault but to no avail. I could not get a smooth hair free finish. On a plus side it is very creamy and as I said earlier it does smell very nice, but what use is this if it does not remove the hairs? 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.

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                    03.10.2000 17:21
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                    Is it me or is this product pants? I decided I was fed up with disposable razors and that I would try boots hair removing cream. According to the packaging it is easy and quick to use. It was a good price too. I tried it one evening after the kids had gone to bed. Locked myself in the bathroom and started painting my legs with the stuff. Then I waited And waited And waited.................... But what did I get? NOTHING. Not a hair gone missing anything they were all still there looking at me. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR So I shaved. Next time I tried again thinking maybe it was just me. Followed the instructions to the letter and again nothing. So I will not be buying this product again. What a waste of money. Good luck to those it works on but it did nothing for me!

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                      16.08.2000 03:55
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                      SHHHH - don't tell my husband, but, until recently, I used to borrow his razor to deal with leg/underarm hair. I had tried a variety of products but was always put off by the terrible smell which seemed to hang around for days. However, I have recently discovered Boots Hair Removing Cream (tea tree and lemon). It is a thick, easy to apply cream, with a pleasant fragrance which worked within minutes leaving no rashes, irritation or redness. My legs felt moisturised after I'd used it and, three weeks later, there is still no regrowth of hair. It is, according to the instructions, mild enough for use on the face. I will definitely be buying this product again - and my husband will be so relieved.

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