I like to keep well shaven especially in the summer months. I tan easier, look better and it's possibly even a bit cooler rather than having some hairy protection to keep you warm! I have recently tried this product after hearing about it from a friend. It is a hair removal cream for men, which can be applied to almost anywhere on the body and literally 'burns' the hair off within a few minutes. Although it seemed like a good idea at first, I do not think I will be using this again. Read on to find out why...
The cream comes in a 200ml bottle, which is blue and white. The slogan claims that this cream is 'fast and effective'. I agree with fast, but disagree with the latter. The bottle I bought came with a scraper to help get off the hair. Upon opening the cap of the bottle, the cream is easily squeezed out through the lid to be used. Perhaps the bottle could have been designed more like a soap dispenser. I say this as it gets rather messy applying this, and if you need more then it's a pain to have to squeeze more out the bottle. Pressing down on a dispenser would be a lot easier!
*How To Use*
You apply this cream with an even and minimal layer over your skin and wait 4-6 minutes before washing it off (with the hair, hopefully). It can be used for hair on the chest, back, arms, underarms and legs. It should not be used on sensitive areas such as around the nipples, anus and genitals. It is best to leave it on for up to 6 minutes before washing it off to achieve maximum hair removal, but it does feel like it's burning your skin up to this point!
I found this cream to be less effective than I had hoped. I am not usually excessively hairy, but this cream failed to easily remove all the hair on the site I had applied it to. I would be washing it off and there would be tufts of or single hairs still hanging on! This meant it was rather pointless as I still had to use a shaver to get these remaining hairs off, which don't come off in the same fashion as using the Veet hair remover. This led to a slightly non-uniform appearance on closer inspection. Considering you can apply it to a lot of hair before even trimming it down, you have to appreciate the cream for its effectiveness. It does work, but to achieve the best results you have to rub it in well, not missing anywhere, and you have to leave it as long as is recommended for it to work.
This cream does work quickly, but is not necessarily that effective. It is quicker than having to trim down hair before using a razor to get the rest off. The main thing I don't like about using this product is that it is very messy, and the bottle design does not help this - as you have to squeeze it for more whilst you have messy hands. The cream feels like it is burning your skin after being on for a minute or two, which is not pleasant. Worryingly, it can literally burn your skin if left on for too long. It also smells quite horrible - this could do with some improvement. If I were to describe the smell, I would say rubber tyres mixed with urine (it does contain urea...) Lastly, although it does wash off easily, the hair doesn't always come off fully as mentioned above. It leaves your skin feeling a bit strange with a tingly feeling, including the hands and fingers you used to rub it in. The smell also seems to remain a bit on my hands after washing them multiple times.
*Price & Availability*
This cream has a retail price of £6.99. You can buy it in supermarkets and sometimes pharmacies. It is also available online from Amazon and you could pick it up from eBay. This is quite a hefty price to pay for something, which claims to be so easy and effective (but I disagree with). I know razors are expensive too, but hair always grows back and you have to use quite a lot of this cream to cover a chest of hair (nevermind the arms, legs and back)! Therefore depending on how much you need shaving, this cream can run out in as little as two shaves - at around £3.50 a tube if you are buying for the retail price. Taking this into account, it may be cheaper and more worthwhile using trimmers and razors to keep on top of your hair.
This shaving cream does the job, but with difficulty. It's messy, smells bad and is not 100% effective even after leaving it on for the full allotted time. Considering the price too, I would recommend using other methods such as trimming/epilators/razors to shave your hair. It is not the most pleasant thing to use, and although it works quickly compared to these other methods, there are many negatives such as the pondering smell, tingling skin and price you are paying in the first place.
I have tried out Veet for Men Gel Cream and it works pretty well but is really messy and hard to use. It is designed to take away hair from all those parts of your body that you may like shaved - back, legs, arms etc.. It does the job but you need to follow the guidelines carefully and prepare before you start applying it.
This Gel Cream cannot be applied to sensitive parts of the body such as the face or groin area as it is very damaging to these parts. After squeezing some out the tube, you must apply it by scrubbing it into the area you wish to have hair removed. You are then meant to leave it on for 4 minutes exactly - no less and no more! If you do it for less, it will take off some hair and leave some - it will look a mess. Too long and it can seriously damage your skin. Remember, once you apply the first bit, the time starts ticking so make sure you remove it after 4 minutes to avoid damage! This adds to the pain of using it as it is hard to track where you have applied it and when.
The cream is extremely messy to use and difficult. To apply it to your back is hard in parts unless your wife/girlfriend does it for you. Even so, it is very messy and I never know what to do with the tube when I am applying some - can't really hold it and when you put it down, it starts seeping out. If you put the lid on, you get it all messy. The whole process is very messy but the after effects are pretty good.
I would recommend you try it out and you will either love it or hate it. It is hard to use but it does do the job at the end of the day. It is potentially very dangerous for your skin if left on too long so be careful when using it!
Thanks for reading,
having caught the metrosexual bug i thought it was about time i did something about my forest of a chest and get rid of the hair!
having attempted shaving which was a disaster, i bought this veet for men in the hope that i would get a smoother finish. and it did not fail to impress! you have to obey the instructions carefully otherwise your skin will react and go red and itchy for a couple of days (again something i found out when i tried to get rid of my snail trail and forgot to wash off the cream properly)
but apart from that, this stuff is great! gives a really smooth finish provided you have applied enough cream to the area. the slight downside is that the hair does grow back at the same rate as shaving so maybe waxing would be better if you wanted less frequent applications. and one more advantage - the instructions say that you should not apply the cream to certain body part however i have used this on my certain male parts and the stuff has worked wonders.
Good points: This product comes in a very attractive bottle, and seems promising...
Bad points: ... it's not
Hairy backs and long days spent on the beach are not two expressions that go hand in hand. With the lovely weather right around the corner and the hairy pale back having spent a long winter under a jacket, I have to say that I was looking forward to swimming, but was somewhat intimidated by this as well. So, to this, I did what seemed right. I had heard about this mystical product that made hair disappear, and this was very interesting. I went out and bought a bottle, quickly came home, took a shower and tried it out. (Now if I'm actually here, it's for the reason that what I am about to tell you is true and very important, since I never write reviews...) I applied the cream exactly as it stated on the package waited for exactly 4 mins, not 3 because I wanted to make sure that it was all gone, not 6 because... well because this was after all a product that dissolved hair using acid (it somehow did not sound to reassuring). After the long wait, I removed the product as directed and glanced at the final product. Hairless at last! But this did not come without anyway pain. I had an unsightly rash on my entire back, and I had the impression that someone had just pored a bucket of hot boiling water over my back. (... and yes, to all of you out there who are telling themselves that I should have done a small test before applying it to my entire back: TRUST ME, I did it) This application was done on friday after-noon and on sunday i had a large scab on a good section of my back. Exactly what I wanted. After two weeks, it had cured and I shaved instead of taking the risk of doing this over again, until today. I had not shaven in a while (4 days) because I'm very busy and tired and have not had the time. So I cracked out the old bottle of Veet® and after a long moment of hesitation, I reapplied it. I did this only because I managed to convince myself that I had badly applied it the first time and that this time, it would not hurt at all. So I did it. One minute, two, three, four, and I quickly removed it. I am now writing this comment on my bed with my back covered in Soothenol®, because I am having once again the same reaction and regret greatly having done it once again.
This message goes out to those who are hesitant to use this product, and I have to say that if you do decide to use it, make sure you leave a good 3-4 days ahead of you for your body to heal, so you don't have to go out into public with your bod in a rash.
I am a swimmer, and now have to go swimming with my back covered with a red aching rash and short stubbly unsightly hairs.
Hope this helps,
You women reading this review may be laughing, but I do like to shave the hair off my body and I do it with this cream. You aren't really shaving though, because all you're doing is removing the hair once loosened with a little tool that comes with the cream (literally a piece of plastic with rubber ends). For the summer, you may want to shave your hairy chest, hairy legs or even your arms. This cream works very well but must be used with caution or you could end up with no legs!
This cream works very effectively and it comes in a rather large 200ml bottle, so you got plenty of it! However, if you have big legs or a lot of hair, then it can actually go pretty quick. It comes in a container, which is one of those squeezable ones. It has a flat end and this gradually gets larger as it leads down to the lid, which naturally is on the bottom when this bottle is standing upright. The bottle is very effective and attractive. The Veet For Men logo is in a sun-like object towards the top of the bottle with the logo just above. A swirling effect around this logo in tones of blue is what makes it look so effective. The background blue colour then slowly runs down a gradient to get darker and darker until there is a midnight blue tone. It also mentions on the front that it is a Hair Removal Gel Cream. In a highlighted light blue box, it states that it is fast and effective, which I would agree with. Just below is an important fact: 'For The Body'. Don't go using it on lamp posts as it just won't do any good! The size of the bottle is at the bottom, being 200ml, which is the only size it's available in.
The back of the bottle contains a tonne of information full of precautions, instructions to use and more. This is because the cream only comes wrapped in some polythene with the 'spatula', which is the tool, used to scrape away the loose hair. The back also contains the horrifying ingredients, which seem a bit...harmful should I say. The lovely added extra of urea just adds to the beautiful smell! I wonder who they got to piss in a bottle so they could extract the urea from it. Isn't it just lovely to use urea to wash the hair off your body? At least it is a rather natural ingredient. Here is a full list of the ingredients, as quoted from the back of the bottle:
Aqua, Urea, Potassium Thioglycolate, Calcium Hydroxide, Cetearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Magnesium Trisilicate, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis, Sodium Gluconate, Hydrated Silica, Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cl 77891
Right, so the urea is a bit worrying and disgusting. As for the rest of the ingredients, they are pretty predictable. After all, this cream literally burns the hair roots to loosen them from your skin. Well it does have some parfum in it to lighten up the smell from all that urea and acid.
The screw on lid at the bottom is grey, and a real pain to use. When using this, I couldn't really put it down as it would seep out the hole, because you have to lie it down on the lid normally as that is the only flat part! Therefore, it got really messy when using this and was really difficult to do by myself, but I did manage. I think it would be better if it was in a tub, as you could then just sit it on a surface and dip your hand in to get some cream. This way, you have to stop it from seeping out whilst spreading it on your body and getting more out as well as having to squeeze the bottle to get some out! This is perhaps the most annoying part of it...putting it on your body, as it is rather difficult to do as a one man job.
Ok so you've had enough of your hairy legs and are ready to use it! STOP! There are many precautions to take place before you even use the product!
1 ~ Skin must be dry and clean
2 ~ BEFORE USE, test skin reaction by applying a small amount to the area you wish to shave
3 ~ DO NOT use on spotty, irritated or broken up skin
4 ~ Get assistance to remove hair from hard to reach areas such as the back
Now that you have got your girlfriend/wife ready to get mucky with your hairy back as well as testing a bit on your skin, you are ready to go! You should not use this if you have an allergic reaction with your skin and it goes red or irritates a lot/stings a lot. It does sting a bit when using it and seems to burn, but this is just the cream getting to work. Ok, so follow by simple instructions below and you will be hair-free within minutes!
1 ~ Remove screw cap
2 ~ Squeeze some of the cream onto your hands but don't rub in
3 ~ Thoroughly rub it into your desired area all over with a good layer
4 ~ Leave the gel for 4 MINUTES, which should be timed accurately
5 ~ Try to wash your hands very well here although they may still get mucky
6 ~ Use the spatula that comes with the cream for optimal hair removal although you can use anything that does the job
7 ~ Wash the area with shower gel and give it a good clean making sure all hair is removed without patches!
I follow these steps and it works as best as you can get it to. It really is important that you don't leave it on for too long as it will burn through your skin and is very dangerous! I was actually scared when I first used this, but it is very safe to use although does leave your legs feeling a bit weird after hair-free and all... You CAN actually leave it on for 6 minutes if you need to, but it must immediately be removed after this. The spatula is pretty useless at getting the hair off, which I have found. I prefer to use a bit of toilet paper or even a running tap and my hands. It is very important to keep a minimal amount of cream on your hands to harm them whilst applying it. It can damage your hands and burn through them so you must try and wash the whole time although you will still get mucky. Overall, I found it a real mess to use but it did do the job. The annoying thing was that I had to go over a few areas several times, where the hair didn't want to come off! The other tricky thing was actually cooperating both legs as I had to time them both and I didn't know whether to do one at a time or what! Just make sure you don't get this stuff in your eyes as it can be extremely harmful I imagine.
The results of using this are quite good, but my hair started to grow back suprisingly quick, which wasn't nice! It got rid of all the hair and left me with smooth and hair-free legs at the beginning by removing all the hair from the roots. However, it then grew back around a month later all stubbly and it wasn't nice! Therefore, you have to go through the pain of using it every month or so!
As for the smell, it brings back bad memories of using this product - Just because it made such a mess and was a bit of a disaster, but it did do the job in the end! The smell is really distinct and not that nice but it's ok. You will absolutely reek of it after use, so make sure you wash the area well with some shower gel! The smell is somewhat fresh, but really hard to describe. It simply smells like a load of chemicals in the form of cream, which it basically is. It seems to smell of farts or burnt rubber when you are smothered in it, which is nasty! The cream has a thick consistency and is opaque in the way you cannot see through it. It appears as a brilliant white colour and is rather wet on your skin when applied until it starts to dry a bit and get to work.
NOT TO BE USED:
- On face
- You can use it pretty much anywhere else!
Overall, this is a great product in the way it removes hair with reasonable ease. At * £5.99 * for a bottle, it may seem a bit expensive, but this is due to the formula. I mean, imagine the number of people that had to piss in a bottle to get enough urea for one bottle of Veet For Men! It is very mucky to use and can get everywhere as the lid is a screw on with a hole underneath and even if you lie it down whilst massaging into the area, it still seems to seep out! The smell isn't very pleasant at all and you will stink of it after use. The spatula doesn't work very well. It has a curved shape with rubber on each end, but this just doesn't work efficiently and simply slides over your legs rather than picking up the hair. Overall, it is a right pain to use and you may need going over certain areas more than once! It is hard to time how long it has been on whilst shaving several areas of your body too.
- As I say, around £5.99 in shops.
Try it out and see how you cope!
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -
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