I had a top to toe pampering night the other night so I ran a hot bath and while it was running plucked up the courage to try the Immac Hot Wax I brought months ago but have been too chicken to use. I've had my legs and bikini line waxed at the salon before and don't really see what the fuss is about. Yes, it hurt's but if you're willing to pay to get your hair pulled out by the root then you can't expect it to be painless. So in Boots one day I spotted Immac Warm Wax with Tea Tree on special offer at £7.49 instead of £8.99 I thought I'd have a go at home waxing. I had a bad experience involving my bikini line and cold wax strips once and wasn't keen to repeat it so I read the instructions, put it away for a month or so, re-read the instructions, in the cupboard again and now here it is sitting in front of me. For your £8.99 you'll get a 250ml tub of wax, 10 fabric strips, an instruction leaflet and a wooden stirrer/spatula. The great thing about this is you can heat the wax in either a microwave or in a saucepan of boiling water to get it to the correct temperature. I opted to use the saucepan method as our microwave is 850 watts and tends to create a lot of hotspots when I use it to heat liquids and I don't fancy a trip to casualty with third degree burns today! To heat a full jar of the wax to optimum temperature takes 10 minutes but you must be careful that no water comes into contact with the wax or the wax won't work as effectively. To warm in the microwave takes between 35 and 75 seconds, depending on the wattage and amount of wax left in the tub. When warmed properly the wax should be in thick liquid form and it should be fairly easy to stir. Remember to take the lid off the tub before you heat it and remember the tub may be hot after heating, although Immac does say the tub is heat resistant I'm very careful about things that might burn! lol OK, I've heated my wax and now it's t
ime for the temperature check. Grab the little wooden spatula and give the wax a good stir using the end that shows a blue square - this clever little device will tell you if the wax is too hot by displaying the word 'NO' where the blue square was but if the square stays put you know you've got your wax at the perfect temperature. Even if according to the spatula the wax is OK I'd try a little bit on your hand to make sure the spatula is working properly and you're not going to burn yourself. The instruction leaflet tells you how to apply the wax to various parts of your body that may need de-fuzzing and also gives you preventative advice. I decided to wax my lower legs and underarms. Using the spatula I applied as thin a layer of wax as possible (the thinner the wax the better it works) to my legs. The wax feels lovely and warm on my skin and goes on really smoothly. I press on one of the fabric strips, tear it off quickly in the opposite direction to my hair growth and... AAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Oh my god, the pain... I had to grab a towel and press it on my leg to take the horrible sting away! But in the words of Magnus Magnusson, I've started so I'll finish. The next layer of wax I applied I made sure was almost as long as the fabric strip and around double the width so I could get a larger area done in one painful pull using 2 strips side by side. Shhhhhh*t, I feel like a layer of skin is coming off with the wax. Tears are coming to my eyes and I'm having to put one hand on the wall to balance myself, Mark wanders into the bathroom at this point and asks why I don't just use a razor and save myself the agro - men! They just don't understand! lol Both legs done and they're lovely and smooth, completely hair free but bright red. At this point I blasted my legs with the cold spray of the shower to take the last of the sting away and things are looking good. But
then stupidity sets in and I start on my underarms. I've got really sensitive armpits and the merest whaft of a spray deodorant will have me screaming and hitting the ceiling - so why do I think it's a good idea to start yanking my hairs out? Because I want beautiful smooth underarms, not that I've got fur coats growing under my arms but shaving doesn't seem to leave a smooth finish. So I apply the wax (again, using the spatula) and have the fabric strip on before I can chicken out. Pulling the strip of wax off is nothing short of torture... I did exactly what it said in the instructions - held my skin taut and pulled the strip off in the opposite direction to hair growth and I feel like I've had my armpits amputated - no, no, sh*t, no, no. And I've got another armpit to do yet... Grrrrrrr So, in short, it hurts. But the good news is if you've ever used Immac cold wax strips then take comfort from the fact that this warm wax doesn't hurt half as much as those horrible to handle, sticky strips. The one and only time I used cold wax I actually cried when I'd ripped one halfway off my skin and couldn't handle the pain - and with cold wax the only way to get the other half a strip off is to pull it off! *ouch* My underarms and legs were left beautifully smooth and the redness had faded by the time I got out of the bath, which I believe is thanks to the Tea Tree inclusion in the wax as it gives relief to inflammations and irritations. And believe, my armpits are inflamed and I'm very, very irritated. Besides the pain factor, I really like this wax. It melted in the time the instructions told me it would, went on smoothly with the spatula and pulled off well with little residue left on my skin. The only niggle I had was by the time I wanted to apply the wax to my underarms it had started to solidify again so it wouldn't spread on thinly enough and I could feel the spatula pulling against my skin as I tried to spre
ad the wax. However, I simply returned it to the saucepan of water that was still hot for a couple of minutes and it brought it back to a manageable consistency. The tub of wax incorporates a special lip built into the top of the tub above the wax level for scraping off any excess wax from the spatula and also for resting the spatula on while you're applying the fabric strips. This is a great idea because if you had to put the spatula down every time you used it, you'd have a pretty mucky bathroom by the time you've finished! The fabric strips can each be used up 4 times consecutively to remove up to 4 layers of wax, although I found once I'd used a strip a couple of times it was less effective at yanking my hair out. You can rinse the strips under warm water and rub the wax away, hang them over the side of the bath to dry and you use the same strips the next time you feel like a bit of masochism in the bathroom. And if you tear off the first strip of wax and realise you can't handle the pain, Immac Warm Wax will rinse off under warm water. But does it work? Yes, it seems to work brilliantly. It's been a week since I waxed and there's no sign of re-growth yet, my skin is still lovely and smooth and there was no long term stinging or redness. Another bonus with waxing is the hair growth comes back finer each time you wax and may eventually stop growing through altogether if you use the wax regularly enough. Don't forget to check for ingrowing hairs a couple of days after you've waxed as this seems to be the main problem with waxing as opposed to shaving. Each 250ml tub of wax will (according to the information leaflet) allow me to was my full legs twice and my underarms twice, but I've still got two thirds of the tub left so I'll probably get more use out of the wax than this. This makes it a very economical way of waxing when you consider each time I had my legs, underarms and bikini line waxed at the salon it wa
s costing me nearly 25 quid! If I carry on using Immac Warm Wax (which I will, by the way) I'll be paying roughly £3 for each wax. Saying that, I will NEVER wax my own bikini line... Thanks for reading. ps - Even though it hurts like hell I've given it 5 stars because as a whole it's the perfect product and whichever wax you use it's going to hurt!
Like many of the girls here, i was also tempted by the tv advertisement promising a waxing system that was easy to use & almost pain free(important since my last foray into home waxing left me crying for my razor). And so i succumbed and purchased the Immac Aquasystem Roll on thinking it was the answer to my bikini line nightmares. I might also add at this point that i paid quite a hefty sum for it too- over 12 euro. Imagine my surprise(and indescribable rage-believe me, i ranted at my own reflection in the bathroom mirror i was that annoyed)when I opened the box and took out the instruction leaflet to see what i was letting myself in for. Along with a roller with a wax cartridge, a refill cartridge, and 10 cotton strips, was an instruction leaflet written in......Dutch. And French. And German. But alas, not one word of English. Thinking there was a seperate set of instructions for the less lingual of us, i searched the box but found nothing else. Now, i might have said ' silly me, i've gone and bought the continental version from the supermarket in Dublin, but no-everything, and i mean everything written on the external packaging was in, yes you've guessed it-English, giving poor unsuspecting, hairy me no indication of the aforementioned language barrier. This just got me so mad-i did french at school but even i could'nt understand the intricte art of waxing en francais. And i dont particularly want to guess what to do since i haven't even got instructions to put the blasted thing together. So, my advice to prospective buyers is, if possible, open the box and check the instructions are in whatever language you understand-beacuse now i have to ring up the consumer line and ask them to post out a set of instructions in English. In the meantime, i guess i'll just have to remain hairy or reach for the razor. Au Revoir!
I've tried the honey warm-wax from Immac and found it was quite successful so decided to give this new gagdet a go after seeing it advertised. What is it? ~~~~~~~ it's a waxing kit conveniently packaged. The wax comes in two capsules and a dispenser is supplied. You also get soothing dry-oil and waxing strips. The dispenser has a reservoir that you fill with hot water from the tap - you pop in a wax capsule and put the roller lid on. The roller lid looks similar to a roll-on deodorant. The idea is that is dispenses just the right amount of wax onto your skin. What do you do? ~~~~~~~~~~~ Fill the resevoir with hot water. Pop in the wax capsule ensuring its tightly fitted. Clip the roller on top. Wait 3 mins for the wax to soften & heaten. Roll wax onto skin. Apply waxing strip. Quickly whip strip off with hairs in the opposite direction of growth. How much does it cost? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I paid £9.49 from boots - it's a similar price in sainsburys. Does it work? ~~~~~~~~ Yes - it does remove hairs. I've tried this a couple of times now. Initially I had the following problems: The problem I have with it is the wax is a different consistency and I often have the wax ( & hairs) left on my leg after pulling the strip off and have to have 2nd & 3rd attempts at the same patch of skin. Not only is this painful but I'm left with red spots on my for a few days. I don't normally suffer from these after waxing. After persisting I now find that I get a similar result to using my normal wax. I don't need to revisit the same spot & I don't get nasty little spots left behind. I also found the roller leaked dropping extra blobs of wax onto my leg. I found the 2 capsules are enough for 3 - 1/2 leg waxes. This is annoying as storing the wax capsules once you've opened them is a messy job- even though I completely wrapped the open one in cl
ingfilm and made every effort to store it upright. I think this is one of the pricier waxing products available and I won't be buying it again. I'm going to return to the old-fashioned pop-in the microwave waxes at they seem to be of a stickier consistency and more effective. On the more positive side - as you're only using hot water to warm the wax you are less likely to overheat the wax causing you to scald yourself. Obivously this will depend on how hot your water it though. Don't fill it from the kettle!
I tried this last night purely as a result of good advertising on immac?s behalf. I have never waxed before, mainly because I hate all pain, haven?t even had my ears pierced. This was not recommended by any of my friends and now I know why. My legs took only a week to get to a suitable length so I was ready. It cost about £9 in boots for a starter pack (all equipment 2x wax portions etc.) I followed all the instructions, confusing as they were. Basically, you pour hot water into the outside plastic bit. If you do buy this maybe use water that boiled a couple of minutes ago because tap water isn?t hot enough. Put the wax inside and then assemble. Not too difficult so far. Wait three minutes ish; I recommend opening bottle of wine now and drinking a bit, just to take edge off oncoming pain. Give it its due it smoothes on very easily and as a thin layer. The material strips given look very flimsy, sort of the thing you get as a paper towel for hand drying, but they didn?t tear. Supposedly you can reuse the strips up to three times, I took this to mean in one sessions, so when already covered in wax, doesn?t work. One person said they washed them and reused them. To be perfectly honest didn?t even think of this, as they looked disposable, so I disposed. I carried on disposing until I finished them having only done one leg. As far as waxing goes, it wasn?t as painful as I was expecting (might have something to so do with increased alcohol level). Was going to do my other leg when I realised I still had at least half the hairs left on the first. They seemed to be torn halfway instead of plucked from the root, so no doubt I?ll have stubble in a couple of days. There was definitely enough wax to cover my other leg, although I?m going to use it for less important areas like underarms from now on. The smell was odourless, so not the usual immac nasty so-called ?rose? scent. The best thing was how it washed off so easily.
Stickiness was minimal and went after a quick rinse. I personally wouldn?t buy it again because it is not really effective enough to remove more than 50% of hairs. It is expensive and I?m sure cheaper options would be just as effective. I think next time my legs start to look like a yeti?s I?ll have them waxed properly by a beautician. It might be twice the price but it is twice as effective
I bet most of you really like it when you've waxed and are silky smooth for weeks, but the actual thought of having to set aside time and suffer is everyones nightmare!!! I saw the advert, and like everyone in my house, I exclaimed 'what a good idea'. Its one of those ones that really should have came out ages ago. It seems much safer to me in terms of using tap water instead of boiling or microwaving, (unless your tap water is scalding hot like at my parents house). It method of use, and packaging makes it a very clean application...no more playing with a tub of golden syrup!!! The smell is pleasant, and does not linger on the skin after removal. I did find it was helpful to refill the water chamber after about 5/10 minutes as to keep the temperature up (avoiding the pain that comes as it starts to cool down), and it does not need to be left for 3 minutes as it is still warm from the previous filling. The strips are reusable, and if you find the first time you use it that you don't have enough...follow this tip: Handwash the strips in hot water and iron dry in less than 10 minutes! That will save a one hairy leg trip to buy more strips. It is very expensive though, no doubt this is due to its innovativeness, and eventually will drop in price as other brands bring out similar products.
It came to me on Sunday morning, with the sun streaming through the curtains, that Summer may actually be here. With this in mind I pushed the cat off the ironing pile and looked for a pair of shorts to mow the lawn in. Tried them on but to my dismay I had forgotten that golden rule, 'bare legs not hair legs'. I do have some German ancestry along the way but my loyalty to the Germans ends there, so the idea of baring myself in public with even a single hair on my legs was not something I dwell on. Luckily I have a local Boots open on a Sunday so I paid my £11 and went home to do the deadly deed. I have always had my legs waxed before at a salon but I'm sick of paying over £20 for a full leg wax and bikini line so thought I would give home waxing a try. After all, it's a bit like childbirth, it can't be that bad or women wouldn't have more than one child. The Immac Warm Wax is so easy to use. You fill up the resevoir with water from the hot tap. Add the wax which is in it's own separate container, turn it all upside down and wait for 3 minutes. Then just roll on the wax and take off with one of the strips provided. It smells lovely too, no - not like burning flesh!:-) I steadied my self for the pain but it never came.....I had put on Eastenders to take my mind off it but it was never needed, I waxed away without a care in the world!! Difficult bit was the backs of the legs but even that was OK after a few goes. It was just as if done by an expert as hair came off you didn't know you had! Then the bikini line.....ouch.....not really although without going into too much detail I would suggest you trim before waxing otherwise it catches everything and you just won't know where to stop :-(( Not being a fan of the new style Mohican waxing this could have been a problem but I just about saved myself from embarassment! The only thing I would say against this product is th
at I used all the strips provided and could have done so again, and I applied the wax a little thickly so I needed a refill, but I think that comes with practice. I bought an extra lot of the strips as well and was annoyed, having thrown the others away, to find that they are washable and can be used again. No where on the original packaging does it say that. All in all though a good experience, easy to use, cheaper than a salon wax and you don't have to talk about your holidays or lie with your legs in the air with a complete stranger! When you have finished just wash off any wax left on your legs and wash out the aplicator. Any wax left in the roll on can be used next time. The starter pack is about £11 depending on where you shop, and the refils are about £5. As with all waxing you should avoid exposure to the sun or have hot baths for 24 hours after, so I still had to mow the lawn fully clothed but as least I knew I was bare underneath!
A quick and easy way of removing unwanted hair with results that last for weeks, not just days