Wax on, wax off

Thursday, August 1, 2013 Permalink

This post is brought to you by Veet and the Australian winter.

It’s fortunate that I’m not particularly hirsute because – as it’s winter here in Oz and I haven’t shaved the usual bits for two or three weeks – I could be mistaken for a yeti.

I usually shave my armpits and legs in the bathtub, but as I’m staying at my bathtub-less mother’s helping her post hip-replacement, I’ve just let my armpit and leg hair grow free. We* all do it in winter. We assume everything’s covered up and there’ll be no Julia Roberts moments.

If you’re like me you allow your legs to get hairy – assuming that it will provide extra warmth during the cold wintery nights. (Given that we’ll be sleeping alone because of the aforementioned hairy bits!) However… as I live in Queensland, I find I’m often wearing ¾ trousers. It’s not until I’m out in public and look down that I remember that I have oh-so-attractive dark hairs peeking out from beneath my trouser-leg.

I’ve briefly done the laser hair removal thing (bikini line and armpits), which did help – albeit initially; and once upon a time I had regular waxing appointments. However, as I’m currently still establishing my writing and blogging business and less financially-flush, I’ve skipped professional beauty appointments for the last year.

So it was fortuitous that I was asked if I’d like to try Veet hair removal products. Reasonably priced with a HUGE range of hair removal and waxing products, the do-it-yourself hair removal option is something I’ve never tried before (opting for the slack shaving-in-the-bathtub option despite the prickle which sometimes remains).

Unsurprisingly I chose the simplest of waxing options. Veet EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips are just that. Well… almost exactly as the name suggests: easy to use.


You just rub the wax strip between your hands to warm it (no microwaving – or scary hot-wax!) put it on , rub it a bit and pull it off. The simple instructions included in the packaging are crystal clear. (Although I found myself wondering how long I needed to ‘rub’ for!).

You also get some wipes to wipe-down the area after, although cold water washed any stickiness away.

The strips are now proven to work on hair of only 1.5mm in length. So, no longer do you have to start mimicking Chewbacca before the hair can be removed.

Because I’m a bit of a wuss I must confess to being a bit nervous, unsure if there would be pain. But there wasn’t. And it wasn’t messy. No bathtub required.

In retrospect my *ahem* ankle hair was probably a bit long for the waxing (it’s recommended you wax hair no longer than 5mm) but it worked a treat on other parts of my calves as you can see from this before and after shot!


I’m excited by my new discovery and love the sensation of the smooth skin I don’t often get when shaving. Plus, I am no longer tempted to have sleepovers involving leg-hair braiding.

Do you let your body hair grow free over winter? (*I’m sure it’s not just me!)
Are you a home waxer?

PS. I know that there are heaps of men and women who don’t agree with / believe in hair removal and that is – of course – perfectly acceptable. Each to his own. I’m not a fan of *ahem* complete hair removal, but like smooth legs and armpits!

 This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed in this space are mine, written with the objective of giving readers my personal opinion of the product discussed.

  • Natalie
    August 1, 2013

    I’ve never waxed before, I dunno, I find it a bit scary, but this process seems quite easy. I like the fact you don’t have to microwave anything! I tend to shave, but I use a veet hair removal cream for my face every now and then, it’s awesome!

    • Debbish
      August 1, 2013

      The process is really easy Natalie.

      I like the idea of a hair removal cream so will have to look into that as well.

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