I was asked to review the infamous info-mercial giant, Smooth Away. You’ve likely seen it – the little paddle that sits on the slender hand of the smiling model in the bathrobe, gently “buffing away” all of your unwanted hair?
Yeah, seems too good to be true, huh? Well, that’s what I thought…
It has many-an-instruction to follow before using. Mostly, the basics: clean skin, no lotions, etc… Also, your unwanted hair should be no more than 1/4″ long (I didn’t have a ruler, and thusly, paid for it).
My kit came with everything you see above – all of which fit nicely into that unsightly lime green case. Apparently, my hair was slightly longer than 1/4″ (hey, it’s winter) so removal took up one entire pad, which is definitely not good, because you only get three, and I have two legs… That means that with three pads, eventually one leg will be left out and hairy. Not good.
So I attached the big exfoliator pad to the big paddle (which is… not easy, at least for me) and slid the thing over my hand. The instructions say to buff in circular motions, three clock-wise, three counter-clockwise, and so on. I wasn’t a fan of the whole “counting” idea, so I just kind of winged it.
The nice thing is that you can totally zone out once you get the hang of it, and you don’t have to apply a lot of pressure to the pad in order for it to work. Yes, I said “to work”, which it does.
After about 5-10 minutes of circular motions all over my leg, I noticed that the hair was, in fact, gone. There were a few patches that were a little stubble-tastic, but with some extra buffing, that was no problem.
The kit also comes with a “hair inhibiting” moisturizer which smells like coconut. The “hair inhibiting” portion, I don’t buy, as the little booklet mentions that users “saw a noticeable difference in density and coarseness” with daily use over a 61 day period. C’mon – I’m not moisturizing my legs EVER SINGLE DAY for an inkling of difference. Sorry. But it did moisturize nicely. I think I’ll look into the electric shaving guide by Josh Cullen next, since this is not for me.
Anyway, I first did both legs two days ago and now, while there’s obviously going to be some “regrowth” (I hate that word), it’s noticeably less than that of shaving with a razor.
Overall, this puppy works, and I’m really excited about it, because I hate shaving in the shower. HATE IT. So now I can watch Mad Men and zone right the heck out. Bravo.
If you want to try it for yoursef, you can buy it here. (Warning, before clicking, mute your speakers. You don’t want everyone in the library/cafe/whatever knowing that you “want to get rid of your unwanted hair? *tchhhrrrrt aka sound of waxing strip*”) It’s only $14.99, which is not bad.