Product Type: Jolem Hair Removal
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Jolen Creme Bleach
Member Name: summerdays
Jolen Creme Bleach
Advantages: lightens dark hair, has lasted me a long time, good price
Disadvantages: could be easier to measure out, (or ready made if possible), hair could of stayed lighter for longer
Jolen Mild Crème Bleach
----- What is it -----
Jolen crème bleach is a formula of powder and crème, and when it is mixed together, it makes a cream that is used for lightening dark hair on your body. It can be used to bleach the hair on your upper lip, chin, arms, tummy, and toes. I bought Jolen Crème Bleach to lighten my dark eyebrows. My hair is naturally dark, so my eyebrows are too. But as I get my hair highlighted blonde, it makes my eyebrows stand out a lot more, and I look a bit silly with light hair and dark eyebrows. So I bought the crème in an attempt to change my eyebrows from a dark brown, to a light brown/dark blonde. There are two options when buying Jolen Crème Bleach. You can buy the original one, or you can buy the Jolen Mild Crème Bleach. The difference between them, is that the mild version, is for sensitive skin, so it's probably less harsh on your skin. I bought the mild version as I have sensitive skin, and I didn't want to break out into a rash or anything!
----- Price and Availability -----
I bought Jolen Mild Crème Bleach from Boots for £4.48, on the box it says 30ml, so I'm guessing once you've mixed all the cream and powder together, that all together it makes 30ml. For me I find that £4.48 is a very reasonable price for this product. I mean if it brings you self confidence from lightening your moustache then I am happy to pay £4.48! Also as I use the product ever few months, then it has lasted me a long time. I did a bit of research and found out you can buy Jolen Mild Bleach Crème from: Boots, Amazon, Superdrug and Lloyds Pharmacy.
----- Packaging and What you get in the box -----
The crème comes in a small green cardboard box, the size of the box means that it can be stored away easily in my draw. On the front it basically says the name of the product and what it does: 'lightens excess dark hair'. It also has a pink strip on the front claiming it is the mild formula. On the back of the box it has the list of ingredients used in the product. To open the box you just lift up the lid. Inside the box you get the crème part of the mixture, the powder part, a small spatula and some instructions. The powder and crème are in separate little pots. To open the crème pot you twist off the lid, and to open the powder pot you have to pull of the lid, but sometimes the lid can be quite tight and hard to pull off, and sometimes the powder spills everywhere, so be careful! Both the pots fit well into the cardboard box so it can all be nicely stored away.
----- How to use and Ease of making the mixture -----
Before properly using the bleach, you should do a patch test first on your skin, then wash it off and wait 24 hours to see if you get any reactions. If its all clear, then you can continue and do the bleaching for real! First wash the area you want to be bleached and then dry the area. Then you have to measure one quarter tea spoon powder, and one-half teaspoon crème. Then blend the powder and crème together well and apply the mixture to the area you wish to be lightened with the spatula. Then leave on for 10 minutes. (Because I was bleaching my eyebrows I didn't want them to go really blonde so I left it on for about 3 minutes). The first time I used the bleaching crème, I wasn't sure if the instructions meant that I should use the spatula or teaspoon to measure out the powder and crème, but in the end I just used a teaspoon. So the instructions could be a little clearer about that. If you are bleaching a larger area it says to mix one part powder to two parts crème. I must admit I was very nervous at first when measuring out the powder and crème, I kept asking my mum 'Mum would you say that this is a quarter tea spoon!?' I was very scared that it would be the wrong measurements and I would end up with no eyebrows or something! To make the measuring process a little easier they could get two little pots with a line on the pot of where you should fill the crème and powder up to, it would be easier then trying to measure it out yourself, and at least you would know it was exactly the right measurements! Also it would be so much easier if the mixture was ready made and you just applied it, but maybe that's not possible as you might have to mix it yourself for it to be effective! Overall the process of measuring and mixing the formula was ok, but after using the bleaching crème for a while, it gets a lot easier.
----- Applying the crème -----
I used the spatula to apply the crème all over my eyebrows, apply the mixture quite thick, and make sure to cover all the hairs. (But make sure not to get it in your eyes). There was enough left over mixture so I decided to apply it to an area on my stomach. About a year ago I stupidly decided to shave an area of my stomach to see what would happen, and the hairs grew back really dark. So I applied the left over crème to the area of my stomach, again nice and thick covering all the hairs. I took a sniff of the crème to see what it smelt like and it smelt like hair dye - not a pleasant smell if many of you don't know what hair dye smells like! However it was only really noticeable if you took a proper smell of the crème so it didn't bother me. When the crème was on my eyebrows and stomach, it just felt quite cold, but after a few minutes it started stinging slightly, and the longer you left it on, the itchier it got and the more it stung. However it wasn't an unbearable experience and I managed to ignore it. When the crème was on my eyebrows and stomach, it wasn't runny at all, so you could walk around and the crème managed to stay in place perfectly. After 3 minutes I took the cream off my eyebrows, and after 10 minutes I took the crème off my stomach. I took it off using toilet roll, and then I washed the area.
----- The Results -----
My eyebrows were definitely lighter, instead of being a dark brown, they were more of a very light brown. I was very happy with them and they matched my hair colour a lot more. My stomach hair was lighter, but not as light as I had wanted it to be. I would of applied It again but I had already washed the rest of the mixture down the sink. But next time I will know to leave it on a bit longer to get it lighter. The skin around my eyebrows were fine, I had no reactions and my skin had not been bleached. However on my stomach the skin had been bleached a bit and you could see the area of skin that was lighter. But after a while the effect wore off and that area of my stomachs colour was back to normal! After about 2 weeks my eyebrows were going a slightly ginger colour, however it was only very slightly and you could hardly notice it, so it didn't bother me! After about 3 weeks some of my eyebrow hair was going darker again, and you could see that some hairs were lighter and some hairs were darker. And after a few months, my eyebrows were back to their normal dark colour.
----- Overall -----
Overall I would buy this crème again. My eyebrows matched my hair colour a lot more, and if I had put the crème on thicker on my stomach and left it on longer, then it would have been the lightness I had wanted. Also I only use the product about 10/12 times a year, and I only use a little bit of it at a time, so it has lasted me a long time. However if you were using it all the time for large parts of your body such as your arms, then you would run out of it a lot quicker. I find that £4.48 is a good price for this product, especially as I don't need to buy it a lot. I would of preferred the crème if it had lasted longer, and if it was easier to measure out. So for them reasons I am giving it a 4 out of 5!
Summary: A good product that lightens dark hair well, but wish the results lasted longer.
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