“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Removal Cream / Spray / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes, „
I'm lucky as far as hair removal goes in that I have relatively sparse and fine blonde hair, I probably shave my legs once a year and my dark haired friend has more stubble on her legs after a couple of days than I do in that time! One place where I do have a problem with hair is my face, more specifically a lady moustache. Like the rest of my body hair it is blonde and fairly fine. I have had it waxed a couple of times (and when I did so the beautician said the hair was barely noticeable) but that is painful and expensive so I rely instead on hair removal creams.
The Boots naturally smooth hair removal kit costs £4.07 and for your money you get a small 40ml tube of sensitive hair removing cream and a tube of finishing cream containing vitamin E to nourish your skin.
To use the removal cream there is a plastic spatula supplied which makes smoothing an even layer over your face really easy and is much nicer than using your fingers. You are warned not to rub the cream in and just spread it over your face. The cream is meant to smell of chamomile and honey but to be honest it has the horrible smell that almost all hair removal creams have. After 5 minutes you see if the hair comes away easily by removing a small patch of cream an then you rinse the cream off. I find it much easier to use the spatula to remove as much cream as possible beofre rinsing my face under as cool shower and rubbing the rest of the cream off with a sponge.
The hair removal cream gives really good results, almost all hair is removed and the couple of stray hairs that remain are easy to pluck out using tweezers. Boots claim that the area is hair free for up to 5 days after using the cream but as my hair is fairly fine and sparse it is almost a month before I feel the need to use the cream again. The hair grows back really fine and I have never had any problems with ingrown hairs.
The hair remover does cause slight irritation and redness but it is not nearly as bad as other brands I have used. If I use the cream at night then the redness has all gone by the morning.
I'm not too impressed with the finishing cream. It is a really thick cream and it does smell really nice but I do not find it particularly soothing so I tend to use witch hazel to bring down any irritation and then my own moisturiser.
I would recommend that ladies who have a problem with facial hair give the boots sensitive hair removal cream a try as it is really effective without being too harsh on your skin. I probably get around 5 applications from a tube so it is also good value for money.
Being blonde has always had it's advantages...namely not having to overly worry about ghastly dark hairs needing to be removed. I do however make sure I maintain my beauty regime and that involves using this Boots smooth naturally sensitive hair remover cream.
~ The Packaging ~
This kit contains a small tube of sensitive facial remover cream along with a spatula for applying and a tube of finishing cream to use afterwards. The creams are in squeezy tubes, with the product easily dispensed by unscrewing the olive green cap and squeezing the tube.
Each tube is made from plastic with the product name clearly visible using olive green and creamy/white colours.
~ Who is it for? ~
This cream can be used by anyone, but is especially designed for those with sensitive skin due it containing chamomile and honey to soothe your skin after using. These ingredients are included to help nourish your skin with the aim of reducing any redness or rashes.
~ Price and Availability ~
This is a Boots own brand product so is only available in Boots the chemist stores and online. The last time I purchased this kit I paid the current price of £4.07. This is quite expensive however all hair removal creams are quite pricey so on comparison to the other leading brands this is a cheaper alternative by around £2.
~ My Opinion ~
I always find that using any facial remover cream is a bit of a timely exercise, so I only tend to use this a couple of times a month. As I said I have blonde hair so I could probably get away with not using this at all, hence using so rarely.
The cream has the usual strong smell that all hair removal creams has, however in all honesty compared to some creams I have used previously this one isn't quite so bad. I think this may be due to the honey in the ingredients taking the edge off it slightly.
I found that the cream was really easy to apply, personally I always use the spatula as I cannot bear getting the cream on my hands. The kit does come with very straight forward instructions on how to use and apply - this recommends using the spatula to apply.
Once the cream is on my upper lip, I leave for around 3 minutes, not the recommended 5 minutes. This is because I have quite sensitive skin and found that leaving the cream on for the full time, my skin started to tingle a little.
For me 3 minutes is absolutely fine and when I remove the cream using the spatula again, the hair is all removed.
My upper lip was left nice and smooth with no redness or irritation, proving this is definitely ok for those with more sensitive skin. I do tend to use the finishing cream supplied in the kit as this aids in moisturising your skin and keeping it soft as it contains vitamin E.
Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending using this hair removal cream, it does the job it states and leaves my skin in good condition after use.
The Boots Smooth Naturally Sensitive Hair Removal Kit was a complete impulse buy, I don't even use hair removal creams normally as I find them alot of hassle and they also tend to sting like crazy, but this little set was cleverly placed by the checkout with a big 'reduced to 99p' sign, and so, before I knew it, I had bought it.
The set is very small, in a little plastic box with a 25ml tube of hair removal cream, a 15ml tube of finishing cream, and a plastic spatula. It's the ideal size for travel but wont do a particularly large area so it's no use buying this for doing something like your legs, as you'll probably only manage one shin at most! It's a sensitive hair removal cream so is designed for small, sensitive areas and can be used on the face, or would probably be a very handy size for doing your underarms/bikini line on holiday.
As I say, normally hair removal creams irritate my skin and are just far more hassle than they are worth, but since I had bought this, I decided I might as well give it a go. The results were great - no stinging, no dry skin, even without using the finishing cream (which is basically a moisturiser with vitamin E and emolients). The finishing cream is however a nice addition, and leaves your skin feeling nourished and cared for, even though the hair removal cream itself didn't seem to dry out my skin at all.
Another thing I detest about hair removal creams is that horrible chemical smell they give off. The smell is indeed present in this cream also, but it is far more subtle and slightly disguised by the other ingredients (such as chamomile and honey), and so it is not overpowering and far less disgusting that hair removal creams that I have tried in the past.
The cream is simple to use, simply apply, leave for 5 mins then remove using the plastic spatula and rinse off the residue... then apply the finishing cream if you wish, although I don't feel that it is absolutely necessary.
Overall I recommend this cream for small areas.... Normally it retails at £3.99 for the set which I don't feel is too dreadful, although it's much nicer when it's on offer for 99p!! I will be buying this again.