Nair Exfoliating Hair Removal Cream: Daycent Enough Stuff

By Lynnie | August 21 2009 | 10 Comments


I must be an advertising exec’s wet dream. Because even though I should really know better, even though I always take the promises wonder products make with a here-comes-the-coronary dose of salt, even though I roll my eyes and “tssk!” cynically at most ad campaigns,  I involuntarily squeak with delight when I hear about a new-and-fabulous-sounding mascara or foot file or hair salon.

This can get pretty embarrassing on public transport, let me tell you.

I can’t remember where I was when I first squeaked about Nair’s new Exfoliating Hair Removal Cream, but no doubt it was upstairs on a 66X or in the middle of a packed carriage on the 1850 Heuston to Galway train or somewhere that it’d be similarly easy to be taken for a loony mad woman. Unfortunately, Nair’s marketing peeps were a bit ahead of the guys in distribution: it was three weeks after I initially heard about it that I finally managed, sweaty-palmed with excitement, to hunt down a tube in Boots.

Now, I don’t generally like hair removal creams. Usually, I think they should be consigned to a bottomless pit in the fiery depths of hell, along with velvet scrunchies and mushrooms. So I’m not sure what kind of craziness posessed me to set my heart on this new Nair stuff. Probably the fact that it was going to exfoliate, hair remove, and moisturise – I’m nothing if not a bit lazy. And when I saw that it was on special offer (€5.85 instead of the usual €8.79) well, sure I couldn’t leave it behind me.

It’s a weeny bit pongy, but nowhere near as bad as Veet (or Immac as it’ll always be to me). It looks simple to use: smooth on, leave for 10 minutes max, wipe off with a damp cloth, and rinse. Of course, nothing’s ever that simple. There was no sign of the hair on my legs going anywhere with a damp cloth once the time was up, so I ended up using the narrow end of the tube to scrape it off (yep, classy) and then polishing off any hard-core stragglers using an exfoliating mitt.

Nair promise up to 7 days hair free with Exfoliating Hair Removal Cream, which just might hold true if you happen to be a one of those inside-out-looking hairless cats or a hard-boiled egg. I just about got three days out of it, which in fairness is much longer than I’d get with shaving, and there was none of that shadow of roots in pores effect that I’d usually be stuck with straight after a shave.

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10 Replies to "Nair Exfoliating Hair Removal Cream: Daycent Enough Stuff"

  • Jenlala says:

    Hate hate hate hair removal creams – i have very very dark hair and have spent many saturdays in my youth covered in the stuff from the knee caps down and to absolutely no avail and the smell eugh – my poor Dad used to worry something terrible after smelling burning hair/flesh in the bathroom after id been there!!! Not a fan at all!!

  • Kirstie says:

    does it scald the legs off ya though?

  • Jenlala says:

    Not quite scald but certainly close – an uncomfortable tingle happens for a while afterwards – although I used to leave it on 5-10 mins longer than advised or they stubborns wouldn’t budge :-)

  • baby in a corner says:

    horrible stuff! velvet scrunchies, ha ha!

  • Lynnie says:

    Kirstie – nope, no scaldiness with it, and it was probably on for 15 mins before I remembered to take it off. D’oh.

  • Glitterkitty says:

    a girl in my office uses nair over veet all the time
    i went looking for this a while back but couldn’t find it :(

    had to resort to IMMAC as was going away for a few days

    well! the result was far worse than 1-2 days post shaving!!

    il’ll try nair in the future but after years of not using IMMAC and trying it again, i will never be going back

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    I bought the Nair Strawberry fragranced one last week. The one that’s packaged like it’s for teens. Anyway, it’s vaguely strawberry smelling so no nasty hair-removal pong, but it’s only alright as a product. Not blown away. I’d definately only get three days out of it really.

    And it’s a bit of a nuisance having to remember to slap it on 10 mins before going into the shower. But it does leave the pins nice and silky smooth in fairness and certainly no sting. And it does melt away the hair. I just wish it worked for longer, cos it’s the sort of thing you really can only be arsed doing once a week, max.

  • Ellenwaxer says:

    Lynnie!!! :(
    At least you didn’t burn the bits of yourself! x

  • Lynnie says:

    lol Ellen! Luckily I only had it on the pins so escaped any chemical burns in more delicate areas eek ;)

  • Anneml says:

    Oh that brings back memories – none of them good. The acrid stench of ammonia/rotting hair protein, the hot pink glow of burning skin, the tears, the blisters, the not being able to put arms by the sides. Oh my teenage years. NEVER, EVER AGAIN!

    Needless to say I am allergic to every brand on the market (have tried them ALL at some point).

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