I am so excited about this home-waxing kit, I am sitting here still in my panties, five minutes post-wax. A little history: I am part Greek, part Italian, which means, I'm hairy. (Joke: Why do Greek men grow mustaches? To look like their mothers.) So hairy that shaving my legs is futile; within a day, I have stubble so rough and tough, rubbing my legs together in the night wakes me up. Since age 17, I've waxed, waxed the bikini and the thighs and the calves. It's the one beauty indulgence I will not give up, to the point that when my daughter was little and we had a month so financially lean we were eating little but peanut butter on bread, I put aside the money to get waxed. So sue me.
That money, in Los Angeles, was about $40 for the whole shebang. Here in Portland, it's north of $100, and while I adore my waxer, it's a chunk of change, but more, there's the waiting four-to-six weeks for all the hair to be long enough to justify the waxing. I've twice tried home waxing kits; both times, they wound up in the trash, though only after I'd managed to ruin towels and a cordless phone and to raise welts the size of night crawlers on my inner thighs.
Perhaps because the weather is nice, or perhaps because we've having a party tonight, I decided, my hair being at the in-between growth stage, to again try home-waxing. I stopped at Walgreen's to see if there was anything new on the market, and saw that Sally Hansen has a slew of new waxing products, including Lavender Spa Wax. And boy, was this stuff easy: pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, spread on with the wooden tongue depressor (they supply 8), affix the cloth (they supply 20), and pull. Incredible -- it worked! No drips, no pain, no half-the-hair-gone-but-what-about-the-other-half? I did wind up re-nuking the wax to keep it runny, and found you can (just as my waxer does) use each cloth three or four times and still get the hair. Total time for both legs: 40 minutes. Total cost: $9. The only drawback: I wasn't able to do the bikini area as, shall we say, deeply as my waxer, but hey, I'm spruce.
They also make a "special white chocolate recipe" Express Wax I'm going to try next time. The box says, "water rinsable." I'm not sure what that means, as to remove any little bits of leftover wax, you need to use an oil, which the Lavender wax kit provided, thereby assuring I did not, as per usual, stick to the toilet seat.