Home hair removal user trial

Wax on, wax off? What type of hair removal product is the easiest and best to use?
 
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  • Updated:2 May 2007
 

02.Results

The following products scored the best results in our user trial.

What to buy
Brand Price
Epilators
Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5580 $140
Emjoi BodyBare Ultimate AP98R $140
Philips Satinelle HP2844 $55
Depilitories
Marzena Hair Remover Lotion for Legs and Body $3.70/100g
Veet In-shower Hair Removal Cream $6.55/100g
Wax kits
Veet Warm Wax $3.20
Julienne Soft Wax $3.20
Nads Sangria Punch Natural Warm Gel $5.95
Wax strips

Nads Hair Removal Strips

$0.40/strip

Veet Ready To Use Wax Strips for Normal Skin

$0.50/strip
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

Results
Epilators (in rank order)* Overall score (%) Effectiveness score (%) Ease of use score (%) Price ($)
Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5580 (12) 80 80 80 140
Emjoi BodyBare Ultimate AP98R (9) 80 80 80 140
Philips Satinelle HP2844 (8) 80 80 80 55
Braun Silk-epil EverSoft 2075 (10) 70 70 80 60
Emjoi BodyBare Chic AP975 (9) 60 60 70 70

Results
Wax kits (in rank order)* Overall score (%) Effectiveness score (%) Ease of use score (%) Ease of application score (%) Ease of removal score (%) Price per
100 g ($)
Veet Warm Wax Kit (25) 75 75 80 80 75 3.20
Julienne Soft Wax (23) 70 75 75 75 80 3.20
Nads Sangria Punch Natural Warm Gel (23) 70 75 75 75 80 5.95
Hot Legs Cool Hair Removal Gel Wax (23) 55 60 60 55 65 4.40

Nair Salon Divine Body Wax Sensual Orchid (25)

50 55 55 55 60 5.10

Results
Wax strips (in rank order)* Overall score (%) Effectiveness score (%) Ease of use score (%) Ease of application score (%) Ease of removal score (%) Price per strip ($)
Nads Hair Removal Strips (23) 75 75 80 85 80 0.40
Veet Ready To Use Wax Strips for Normal Skin (25) 70 65 75 80 80 0.50
Marzena Large Wax Strips (25) 60 60 70 70 75 0.40
Nair Pretty Large Wax Strips (22) 60 60 75 75 75 0.45
Andrea Body Wax Strips (23) 40 40 55 60 65 0.65

Results
Depilatories (in rank order)* Overall score (%) Effectiveness score (%) Ease of use score (%) Ease of application score (%) Ease of removal score (%) Price per 100 g ($)
Marzena Hair Remover Lotion for Legs and Body (35) 80 80 80 80 80 3.70
Veet In-shower Hair Removal Cream (33) 75 75 80 85 85 6.55
Nads Hands Free Sensitive Hair Removal Crème (34) 70 75 75 70 80 4.75
Nair Pretty Hair Removal Spray (28) 70 75 80 85 85 5.80
Sally Hansen Extra Strength Hair Remover Lotion (32) 70 75 80 85 85 5.05
Veet Hair Removal Mousse (28) 70 80 75 80 80 6.40
You'll Love Coles Hair removal cream (37) 65 70 70 70 70 5.50
Andrea Extra Strength Hair Remover Lotion for the Body (34) 60 65 70 80 75 11.40

* The number in brackets is the number of trialists for each product.

How we tested

A group of 141 volunteers tested the wax kits, wax strips, depilatories and epilators. They were each sent four brands of one type of product to use and evaluate. Trialists tested two products (one on each leg) and then the two remaining products one week later for depilatories and three weeks later for wax kits and strips and epilators.

Trialists rated them on an 11-point scale (0–10) for overall effectiveness, ease of application, ease of removal, how painful the product was to use, whether they experienced skin irritation and the time it took to use. The average score of each product was converted into a percentage and rounded off to the nearest 5%.