Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream, $9.95

Review Haiku (If You Don’t Want to Read the Whole Post)
Veet Hair Removal
Mostly works and gets legs soft
Smells like chemicals.

I’ve always been leery of hair removal products. They seem too good to be true, like a bad infomercial. After buying just one “AbFlex” when I was 12, I understood that most magic products just don’t work. Of course, I assumed hair removal systems must be at least partially effective, since the ingredients consist of 20+ scary chemical agents designed to burn the hair follicles right off your leg. I’ll admit I was always curious to give this “easy solution to shaving” a shot. Maybe hair removal products were the best things I never bothered using, like teeth whitening strips. Now that I’ve tried the Veet® Supreme ‘Essence™ Hair Removal Gel Cream, I finally have my answer.

The first thing worth mentioning is that Veet® touts itself as having ‘The world’s number one depilatory products.” I don’t believe this is true, but it could depend on your definition of number one. The bottle itself is a bit janky, with a plastic bladeless razor stuck on the side with a glob of rubber cement. There are some hilarious label instructions such as the note, “Read all precautions and directions inside label before use.” Er, what? This led me to understand that there are in fact no visible instructions, so I would just be winging it. I decided to test my right leg, assuming if all paid off I’d let my left leg indulge in the “gel cream” awesomeness, too.

Unsure of whether to wet my leg first, I splashed a little water around getting it slightly damp. Then I applied a thin-ish layer of the product, which is supposed to smell of “Velvet Rose Fragrance and Essential Oils.” The label explained that Veet® Suprem ‘Essence™ did not have the “unpleasant depilatory cream smell” that other products do. After getting past the clinical grossness of the word depilatory, I took a long whiff. Yep, still smelled like scary chemicals, except mixed with a rose scent. Mmm. I waited the obligatory 3-5 minutes, staring at my tiled bathroom wall and wondering why people don’t just shave their legs in the shower. Is it because women hate razors so much? As a woman with fairly sensitive skin, even I don’t get cuts or razor burn bumps, so why would I want to sit around gel-creaming my legs on a regular basis? The more I thought about it, the more this hair removal stuff made no sense.

I waited in intense anticipation and realized that I should have brought a magazine to read. Finally, about 4000 Mississippi’s later, it was time to wash the hair off my leg and experience hair removal magic. Feeling impatient, I decided to forego the use of the bladeless razor to remove the gel cream. It just didn’t seem like a good idea to run a cheap piece of plastic up my chemical-covered leg. Surprisingly, the gel cream required a vigorous scrubbing before washing off. It took more time to remove than a face mask would, but I figured that only meant it was working. Ehh…kind of. Although the gel cream left my leg feeling silkier than it had before and managed to effectively remove at least 90% of the hair, there were still small patches here and there remaining. It was like my leg had experienced slight patterned baldness. Yes, much of the hair had come off, but ultimately the results of my body hair experiment weren’t perfect.

I think for die-hard anti-shaving enthusiasts, Veet® Supreme ‘Essence™ Hair Removal Gel Cream is probably worth checking out. If you absolutely refuse to use a razor, this $10 bottle may be a great substitute. But for women like me who hate doing something twice and want to get hair removal right the first time, I’d recommend sticking with shaving. Even if it requires more work, you’ll get the results you want in about the same time…minus the harsh chemicals.