Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Despite the awkward-sounding text on the package, this product is actually pretty cool...


So the fine folks over at Fuel My Blog sent me this fun product to try out and review. It's been a long time since I reviewed any products, so this will be a fun little adventure, now won't it? They wanted me to be honest about the product and my experience with it, so here goes...

Smooth Away is a hair removal product that doesn't involve any razors or messy creams--instead, it buffs away the hair. This is a good thing. See, I'm Polish. And I'm a sorority girl. Sharp objects and/or creams that sting can often be a recipe for disaster. I nick myself shaving quite often, and I've given myself chemical burns from depilatory creams before. So I was pretty intrigued to try Smooth Away, since it seemed more or less klutz-proof.

Before I get into my experience with this product and the pros and cons of this product, scroll up and look at the box. Do you see anything awkward on that box? I do. "Removes Hair Instantly & Pain Free." Wouldn't "Removes hair instantly and painlessly" work better? As is, it sounds really strange...

But--oh, yeah, the product itself. I was right about it being klutz-proof, but it also happens to be skinny girl-proof, to some degree. I decided to be brave and try to remove the fine hair on my arms. (People think I'm nuts for doing this because it's barely noticeable, but I'm REALLY fussy, so I do it anyway. I'm crazy like that.) But here's the thing. The Smooth Away pads--which you then rub on your skin to buff the hair away--come in two different sizes. As you can see above, one is big and one is tiny. And I have astoundingly skinny arms. (Hell, one of my nicknames is Nik the Stick.) So I had a dilemma: Which size do I use? Since I'm lazy and thought the bigger one would work faster, I tried that one first. The pad was way too wide for my arm, though, and so it was tough to use. I switched to the skinny one. That just took for-freakin'-EVER. I felt like Goldilocks.

But that wasn't the end of the problems regarding my stickishness and the Smooth Away pads. See, I have no muscles. At all. (For being so skinny, I am horrendously out of shape.) The Smooth Away instructions said to use a "gentle touch"...but this thing took some muscle power to use. You have to RUB and get some friction going. That's how the hair comes off--you're buffing it away. But I had to rub HARD. And, as I mentioned, I have no muscles. So I actually had to stop and take a little break and then start buffing again. I know, I know--I'm pathetic.

But despite the fact that Smooth Away was a little difficult for me to use, I'm pretty pleased with the results. I used it two weeks ago, and the arm hair has grown back in a little bit, but it didn't come back stubbly or gross. My skin didn't itch or burn at all after I used the product, either. Smooth Away comes with a moisturizer to use after you've used the Smooth Away pads, and that moisturizer is definitely helpful (it's a "hair inhibitor" too, so it helps your hair not grow back as quickly). Plus, I managed to not maim myself in the process of using Smooth Away--that in itself is an achievement. I'll definitely use the product again, although I'm hoping that the second time I use it, it'll be a little easier to use. Maybe I'll have built up a few muscles by then! :)

For more info on Smooth Away, click here and here. Or, if you are curious about the product and have any questions for me regarding my experience using it, e-mail me or leave a comment.

16 comments:

Dave said...

Since this is the only post of the day I can comment on I am doing so - L0st related posts are off limits to me until I am brought up to speed on my episode watching. However I do foresee some massive amounts of episode viewing occuring in the near future. Smooth away sounds interesting...perhaps I could 'smooth away' some of my job responsibilities at work...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha...if only I could do the same thing at work! But unfortunately, I'm not that lucky...sigh.

Bridgete said...

Hmm, interesting. I've been curious about this ever since I saw one of those commercials, but I wasn't sure it would work. That's really cool, I may have to give it a whirl. =)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I wasn't brave enough to try it on coarser hair, like leg hair, yet...but if I do, I will drop you a line and let you know if it works well there, too! :)

ChicagoLady said...

It sounds like a nice alternative to shaving. However, based on your description of the time and work it took just to do your arms, I would be hesitant to try it on leg hair. Do I really have that much free time?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Yeah, I'm still not sure if that was the product's fault or my fault for not being strong enough. I'm gonna give it another try in a few weeks when I want to do my arms again...maybe it'll be easier/quicker the second time around? :)

Brian said...

I have to say I endorse this product 100%. It helps cut down on trace evidence considerably.

Dave, don't let your lack of episodic knowledge prevent you from participating.

Just make something up. With this show you have a 98.5% chance it'll fit in the storyline somehow.

And I'd take it easy on the massive amounts of viewing.

Watching 4 episodes in one night is roughly the equivalent of taking 18 hits of acid all at once.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Very funny, Brian. Poor Dave just wants to watch the story in order! He has to hide his eyes every Thursday morning 'cause he knows there's a Lost-related post on the way! (And if you influence him to watch the show out of order, thus wrecking the show for him, I will sic the smoke monster on you! LOL.)

EVula said...

"You have to RUB and get some friction going"

Oh dear.

Did Momma Grammarphile never have "the chat" with you?

Tsk tsk.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha! EVula, I don't think this product is used on THOSE parts...unless I used it the wrong way...

Actually, she DID have a chat with me...about this product, in fact. She was worried about me because she'd wondered if I'd given myself brush burns on my arms from using so much, um, friction. But I'm happy to report that there are no brush burns! Yay! :)

LadyStyx said...

Hmm...I may just have to try this out.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I recommend it--but definitely give it a little *oomph* when you use it! :)

JD (The Engine Room) said...

I've had a few things to review from Fuelmyblog, but never any hair removal products - am I being discriminated against because I'm male?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ JD: Yeah, I think they wanted females for this product--which kinda baffles me, since it looks like Smooth Away can be used by both genders (at the very least, there's a picture of a guy's hairless chest on their website, so I'm assuming guys can use this, too).

Yours Truly. said...

I got something like that once... except it was called 'Smooooth Legs' or something.. ANYWAYS, I tried it out on my hand... and did it really HARD... My hand was hurting for days.. The box of the product I had didn't have any instructions or warnings at all!
:(
Hey! I'm fussy about the hair on my arms as well! ... High-five?
I think I'll just stick to hair removal creams and spatulas for the moment. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ouch! Poor thing. That sounds painful!

Glad to hear I'm not the only one fanatical about getting rid of arm hair, though. :)