When it comes to moustaches lets face it, it lacks a girls confidence! You'd love to just be able to get rid of it but laser and IPL just costs too much and apparently leaves the treated area red for around 48 hours (something more noticable and embarrassing!) And shaving it is just a big NO NO because it comes back thicker and darker! SO bleaching cream is a god send :D
This one is one that I swear by.......it's easy to mix, easy to apply, easy to take off and not irritable - although before you think oh yay! it wont irritate me like the others, most people are different to others so you have to do a patch test first which is also quick and easy.
To mix it is just simple, squirt a bit of bleaching cream and a bit of accelerator cream in the little mixxing tray and mix with the spatula - then apply to the effected areas. Leave it and then rinse off. It's the quickest, easiest and cheapest bleaching (lightening) cream I've ever use and I won't go back to any other fiddly, smelly ones.
Like many of my fellow Asians (I pick on Asians particularly here, though admittedly there are numerous non-Asians, including Europeans and Caucasians, who suffer the same issue) due to my natural dark hair, I often feel quite awkward about the hair on my face and arms. The sad fact of the matter is that it's noticeable, when you leave it be. Many years ago when I was fairly young, I was once rudely asked by a boy why I had 'sideburns'. Needless to say this little stab at my already lacking confidence gave me a kick in the direction of bleach cream, which I've been using ever since.
I've always been told never to try and remove the hair on my face and arms, which is why the bleach cream was so useful. Needless to say, it solved the problem without doing any damage, and my mother and sister are both convinced that after years of use for them, the hair on their own faces and arms has actually thinned. Whether or not this is true, and whether or not it will happen to me, I look forward to finding out in the coming years.
I would say that the product is reasonably priced considering its effectiveness. Not only does it work quickly and effectively, but for those who are doing arms and such that don't want to use excessive amounts will find that the cream can be removed from one part of the arm and applied to another at least 2 or 3 times before it ceases to work.
Having said that, the time I waste on bleaching my facial and body hair is probably one of the downfalls I should note. The box states that results can be seen in roughly 10 minutes -- this certainly varies from person to person, and the process of sitting there, applying, reapplying, checking and such can be incredibly time-consuming.
Another criticism is the packaging. The tubes stop consumers from making the most of their product: it is near impossible to squeeze the last amount out of the tube, effectively meaning wasted product. If there were one or to things I would want Boots to reconsider, one of these things would be changing the tube to something that consumers can make the most of; another might be varying sizes of spatula provided with the cream, for ease of application to different parts of the face (such as just above the eyebrow or on the upper lip, which require smaller, more delicate spatula shapes for effective application) and body (such as the arm, where a large spatula would be particularly useful to gain an even coverage quickly).
On the whole though, for what it's worth, the hair lightener IS pretty good. It does what it says on the box -- it lightens hair. And despite this, that and the other, the fact that it completes its primary function, at its price, means it's certainly worth paying for.
Due to having dark facial hair, I found that waxing and tweezing was not always an option, especially when the hairs are visible but too small to be waxed or tweezed. Enter Boots Hair Lightener.
The package contains a tube of bleaching cream, a tube of accelerator cream, a spatula and a mixing tray. The spatula is long, flat, with round corners, and is fairly easy to mix the creams with. The tray is small and square. I recently tried the Jolen hair lightener and found that the Boots mixing implements were easier to use than the Jolen ones.
While there is no measuring tool, it is fairly easy to mix equal amounts in the tray as they are both creams, and you need equal amounts of both as opposed to more of one and less of the other. The creams come in squeezy tubes, which adds to the ease of measuring. The bleaching cream is white and the accelerator cream is an off-white with powdery bits in it. The bleaching cream is also slightly more liquidy than the accelerator cream.
Once the creams are mixed, they form a thick substance, which you then apply to the hair with the spatula, though I find it easier to spread it with my finger. If you do this, wash your hands immediately, or you will end up getting white spots on your finger which last a day or two. The leaflet recommends a 10 minute wait and no longer, however as my hair is quite dark I find 12 to 13 minutes slightly more effective, and often I need to apply a second round in order for all the hairs to bleach. Again a second round straight afterwards is not recommended by the leaflet they say you should wait a day before reapplication as it isn't good for the skin, but if I have to go out somewhere special the next day I tend to do the second round straightaway...so far it hasn't had any bad effects.
The cream is quite cool on the skin, however as my skin is sensitive it does start to sting a bit sometimes, after 3 to 4 minutes. Only a few times has my skin inflamed slightly, but on the occasions it has happened, the redness disappears after a few minutes of removing the cream. I always gently dab a cold damp towel over my face after the bleaching process.
It should be noted that the bleach does not only bleach the hair, it also bleaches the skin, so it does need to be tested on a patch of skin not visible first, to make sure that it doesn't affect the skin tone too much, otherwise you could end up with lighter coloured patches of skin on your face. While I have been using this particular brand for 7 years, I continue to read reports of facial hair lighteners causing long-term damage to the skin, I have considerably reduced the number of times I use this every month, to using this only when absolutely necessary and mainly only on my upper lip, and very occasionally my chin.
It should also be noted that the bleach smells mildly of bleach. I usually can't smell it after I've washed my face, but it is possible that traces of this smell may remain on the skin...as I can't really smell my own face I can't tell for sure...but so far no-one has complained that I smell of bleach!
Comparing this brand to Jolen, I found Jolen when measured in the right quantities is actually more effective in bleaching the hair, as it only takes one go of 10 minutes to bleach the hairs completely.
This brand is good, and so far hasn't damaged my skin...touch wood. It comes in 25ml, which if used only on chin and upper lip and only on occasion lasts for six months, and costs £4.07. The 50ml costs £5.10.
Winter used to be my favourite time of year. 'Tis the season to be jolly' came naturally for me, not only due to the festive cheer that always came at that time of year, but also because it meant long sleeved jumpers and cardigans. I'd never been ashamed of my dark brown hair, infact I'd always been rather proud, that is unless it was on places it ought not to be, like on my arms and top lip!!
I tried using removal creams, but never found them effective as I'd have liked, and hated the prickle that came with regrowth. It was only when I saw in Boots that their 'expert hair lightener' was Buy one get one half price that I thought I'd give it a try. (I've since seen this as a regular deal that they do on their 'expert' range).
Price wise it's £5.10 for a large pack
£4.07 for a small pack
In larger pack, the box contains 2 x 50ml tubes. One of which is the bleach itself, the other of which is the accelerator. The smaller box is for 2 x 25ml tubes. Aswell as these tubes, each box also contains a small plastic spatula which is handy for application and a small mixing tray. Personally, I found the spatula very useful, but the plastic tray is so small, I usually just throw it away and use and old plastic take-away container as it's more like the size you need.
They recommend you do a trial on a small piece of hair first and if no skin irritation occurs, it's safe to do the full area. Providing you have no adverse reaction, like myself, it's safe to follow the steps below.
I find the best method is to squeeze both tubes into the container and mix thoroughly with the spatula. I then proceed to apply the mixture to the hairy area as soon as possible after mixing. The reason for this is that after around 5 minutes the mixture tends to foam and is more difficult to apply as it tends to stick to the skin less and doesn't want to come off the spatula. I apply a thick layer all over the skin and leave for around 15 minutes. I tend to remain in the bathroom during these 15 minutes as, with time, the cream thickens and foams and is prone to falling off in dollops onto the floor (something to avoid at all costs if standing on lovely new carpet as i soon found out!) I'm sure it must be different for different skin types, but I do find my arms can become a bit itchy while the creams on, but I'm never left with red or irritated skin so can only presume it's a minor reaction my skin has. After the 15minutes, I place my arms under warm water and use the spatula to slowly scrape the cream off, which washes away easily. Aften ensuring all cream is removed, i like to moisturise my arms thoroughly as without moisturiser, my skin can become very dry from the bleach.
And thats it!! Simples!!
I'm left with more or less invisible hair, without the pain of waxing or epilating! The hairs look finer and are so fair, they're near enough impossible to see! Leaving me free to wear short and sleeveless tops without being self conscious of my hairy arms being on display!!
The cream can also be used on most areas including top lip, stomach, back (the only place the box recommends to avoid is sensitive areas such a bikini like and areas with broken skin).
A top rated product in my opinion!!
Like all East Asians, I have natural black hair and we like to dye it brown so it adds to the child-like features (which is often considered aesthetically pleasing) and we'd look different from our moms. I'm kidding of course, but that has some truth in it. So I dyed my hair brown, sort of like auburn but darker. I walked out of the salon, went shopping as usual, and I looked myself in the mirror. It looked unnatural, my eyebrows are way darker than my hair, taking the attention away from my eyes. So I decided to find a DIY solution for this.
That's the background story of my research for this product. This is the only hair bleaching product I tried to be honest, but my experience with it has been very positive, it's a good price as well (I got 2 packs for £5), so I decided to stick with it.
Price is one factor, another factor is that it's very easy to use. One pack contains 1 x 25ml of bleaching cream, and 1 x 25ml of acceleration cream. The acceleration cream kicks start the hair protein breaking down process of the bleaching cream.
What you do is, after making your eyebrows damp, you squeeze equal amount of bleaching cream and acceleration cream on the little plastic receptacle that comes with the pack. Stir the mixture with the spatula (also comes with the pack) until the two creams are evenly mixed. You're meant to use it as soon as possible, like within 30 mins, but don't rush cos you don't want the product to be in your eyes. I have pretty dark hair so instead of the recommended 10 minutes, I let the cream stay on for 15-20 minutes. Scrap away a little to see if the colour is right, and if it is, wash the brows with cold water. Done.
The process sounds complicated but when you do it you can do it in a minute or two. Just make sure you set the alarm clock so it's not overdone leaving you with no eyebrow. I bleached my brows twice a month and I think there're enough creams for about 10 sessions. Cheap, easy to use, doesn't cause me any allergy reaction, gets the job done well. I'd recommend this product.
Some of us brunettes are rather unfortunate in terms of dark hairs, whether facial or on one's body... I was always told never to shave / remove hairs from my arms as I would regret it in later years. This was a good decision, and I once decided to try hair lighteners. I gave what seems to be the top market brand Jolen a go but was not overly impressed with the result. I then tried the Boots own brand, which I tested it on my 'moustache' and on my arms, and I must admit that the first few times, I felt so itchy while the cream was on, it was horrid. However, I found the results very good, it makes an amazing difference, and I could show my arms again without shame!
After a few times, I found that as long as you wash your arms with soap beforehand (as the instructions suggest funnily enough), the itching was not an issue.
And so, so the past few years, I have been using this product and I am really thrilled with it, it makes such an amazing change to my confidence.
The Hair lightener box cost £3.75 for 2x25ml or £4.99 for 2x50ml, which is definitely the one I would recommend in terms of value for money as you will always need it all! Whilst it is quite an expensive product, I find that it is worth every penny. The boxes contain a bleaching and an accelerator cream, which you mix together (you will need your own dish if you use it on your arms as the one provided is tiny) and the cream should stay on for 10 minutes, a little longer for very dark hair. With the large box, I probably manage 3 sessions of arms and tache, and it normally lasts 4 or 5 weeks.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Having spent my late teenage years shaving my arms, when I reached my twenties I realised there was a better solution - bleaching. This produces a much more natural, longer-lasting look and avoids lots of horrible dark stubble. I tried a couple of other crèmes before the Boots one, but found they either didn't really work, or else seemed to turn the hair very ginger!
So I was relieved to find that the Boots Expert Hair Lightener does manage to bleach hairs into a relatively natural shade, in the space of about 10 minutes.
It's quite easy to use, entailing the combination of two different ingredients using a spatula and small tray. The tray really is too tiny if you need to mix up more than a thimbleful, - an old yoghurt pot tends to be more suitable.
Occasionally I do find it incredibly itchy and irritating, even leaving red marks for a little while afterwards. I know I do have sensitive skin, so maybe this is why. It's definitely worth gently wiping clean the target area before applying the bleach. When wiping the stuff off I'm careful to only use luke-warm water and not rub at the area, in order to avoid further irritation. Also I find that I need a very well-ventilated room, such as the bathroom with the window wide open, since I do find the chemical smell of the product quite astringent.
Although dark hair roots will be visible again less than a week after bleaching, you'll have a good month or so of a generally sun-bleached appearance before needing to reapply.
Despite the success I've had using the bleach on my arms, it doesn't seem to work in other areas where the hair is thicker.
At almost £5 for a bigger box, I think this bleach is fairly expensive. But it's the only one I've found that works, so I'm prepared to hand over the cash.
No-one wants to admit to bleaching, but sadly for many of us it is a fact of life and Boot's set offers a very cheap, convenient way to go about it.
The packaging is less than attractive and looks extremely clinical - but that is the style of Boot's Expert range.
The set comes with 2 tubes of cream, (one bleaching, one accelerating), 1 small palstic dish and one spatula.
Using the system is easy enough. Simply squeeze equal amounts of each cream into the dish, mix until evenly distrubted then apply to the desired area with the spatula.
Personally, I find the dish is far too small, even for doing a small area such as the upper lip. When mixing, the cream tends to overflow, and as it is bleach, you must be very careful not to get it on clothing or furnishings.
Doing it in the bathroom, with a larger dish and an old towel seems the best move. Also make sure you have a watch handy to acurately judge the length of time it is on.
The creams have an obvious chemical smell but it goes away quickly and does not cause eye-watering (like others). Once you're applied the mix to your skin it will go all bubbly and will tickle somewhat. This is bareable and something you quickly get used to.
Although the set is cheaper than other named brands, it is just as effective and works well on tougher, darker hair. I have used it on my arms and legs with great effect.
The end result looks like you've had 2 weeks in the sun and all your body hair has taken on a lovely golden look. For a dark haired, pale skinned Scottish lady, this is perfect.
Having Mediterranean genes, I've been needing to bleach my tache pretty much since I hit puberty, i.e. about 13 or so (schoolkids can be so cruel!). I'd always seen my mum doing hers at home with the Boots brand creams, but being stubborn I wanted to do mine with Jolen, the brand all the teen magazines were recommending. To my surprise, when the Jolen ran out and I was forced to use some of my mum's hair lightener, it actually stayed on my face for a start, and was far less itchy/painful to use. I'm now 25, and I've been using it ever since, about once a fortnight.
The product comes in two sizes - 50ml and 100ml, and there are two tubes of cream inside each box (i.e. of 25ml each or 50ml each), which, when mixed, react together and bleach your hair. Also you get a plastic spatula and a little mixing tray. The process is simple enough: squeeze an equal amount from each tube into the tray, mix with the spatula, and apply to the hair you are wanting to bleach for 5-10mins. (Personally I've left the product on for longer than this and have had no ill-effects, but do so at your own risk.) Then remove the cream, and, voila! Hair is a sexy shade of blonde. As it says on the box, the product won't make the hair disappear completely, but it will be far less noticeable. Persistent areas may need two or more applications - wait until tomorrow, then try again.
I've not found the Boots lightener painful to use (although sometimes get a slight tingling as it's working, but nothing like the burning that Jolen gives me) and I've got fairly sensitive skin. It's fine on the face and neck, and I've also tried it on my arms. If you're only doing your tache a 50ml pack will last you a good few months (you only really need a pea-sized amount) and, at £3.60-odd a pack it's a bit bargainous.
i used this on my arms, its great and would deff recommend
I have been using Boots expert hair lightener for about a decade now. I have used other makes but I find this by far the easiest to use with the best results in the least time.
The box changed recently but the product is as great as ever.
OK, so I ummed and aahed about writing my review on this product - I mean, for a decade now its been a little secret in the back of my bathroom cabinet ! Did I really want to let the cat out of the bag ? admit that I have a little tash ?! Well being of Mediterranean decent unfortunately Ive been blessed with dark body hair and envy those fair skinned, fair haired girls who have one less job to do fortnightly! Mind you then I see how they turn beetroot when I bronze beautifully in the sun and all is forgiven ha ha!!
This product comes in two sizes and I have managed to find it on offer before.The 100ml box lasts me around 6 months and I use it once every two to three weeks.
Personally I use on my top lip and my forearms and in the past used to put a streak in my hair too! It is advertised as being face and body bleach and I think that it is excellent not to have to buy two different products as is often the case, one for the face and another for the body.
The box contains two 50ml tubes. One 'bleaching cream' and one 'accelerator cream' a small mixing dish and a spatula. My only disappointment with this product is the spatula and I tend to use a cotton bud to apply as I find the spatula too wide and clumsy .
The bleaching cream contains Aqua, Petrolatum, Cetearyl alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, PEF-20 sterate, Phosphoric acid, Sodium stannate.
The accelerator cream contains Paraffinum liquidum, Ammonium bicarbonate, Petrolatum, Sodium bicarbonate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan laurate, Tribehenin, Disteardimonium hectorite, PVP/hexadecene copolymer, Propylene carbonate.
Because of the ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide I would recommend a small skin test 24hrs before actual application before a first use. I have never had any reaction to this product.
Before use, wash any areas that are to be applied with the solution with soap and cold water and pat dry. Next mix equal quantities from both tubes in the mixing bowl and mix together. Apply covering the hairs completely, this needs to be done within half an hour of mixing the creams together.After 10 minutes remove a small area to see if you have achieved the desired finish. If its ok wash away with warm water or you can leave for a further 5 minutes but when using this regularly 10 minutes is sufficient. I tend to apply 10 minutes before my shower and then just wash it off in the shower.
This product carries the instructions on the back of the box which I find really handy as you can stand it up and read it as you go along and there are no leaflets to loose and obviously saving paper!
It comes with the usual warnings that you would expect on this type of product.
Do not use on broken skin.
Do not use immediately after a hot bath/shower.
Do not use on sensitive parts of the body.
If you experience tingling you may be sensitive to this product so wash off immediately with tepid water.
On especially dark or coarse hair a further application may be required after 24hr.
Do not allow product to come into contact with fabric/furnishings etc
Avoid contact with eyes.
My only other comment on this product is not to use it immediately before going out as the skin may be a little patchy for a while and if you have a tan at the time I find that the skin also looks somewhat lightened after use but only for a short while.
Ok so this isn't a conventional review on this great little product, so if you are bleaching the hair on your top lip and thinking of using this then stop reading now! I've never used this cream for it's conventional use as I'd rather just have no mousdtache at all thank you very much. However I have used this product a lot in the past year and a half...why? you ask well...
about a year and a half ago I dyed my hair green (yes, on purpose) a lovely directions apple green however i felt a little unmatched as my eyebrows obviously are big thick and black. So I started using this cream to bleach them before applying directions dye to colour them.
Now firstly I've got to say that I don't reccomend this just because I don't want people whopping spatula fulls in thier eyes by accident. I had no troubles with this and it bleached my eyebrows super quick with ease and absolutely no fuss. This is a great bleaching cream and also has the advantage of beign ablke to use it again and again as the two ingredients are in seperate tubes and so will not go off.
Brill product mcuh reccomended
I have dark brown hair and I am ashamed to say that I have always secretly envied those who have fair hair. You know the ones I am talking about - those who are fortunate to be able to go a whole fortnight without having to shave their legs or armpits because the hair is less noticeable and once they shave they don't get the dreaded 5 o'clock shadow! But for me, I need a little help in this department from bleaching creams to bleach the hair on my top lip which is not particularly dark, however when I wear make up it seems more noticeable (well to me anyway!).
Luckily I have never resorted to waxing, shaving or using depilatory creams to remove the hair above my lip, as this makes it grow back thicker and darker. I have used Jolene bleaching cream in the past but had to stop using this as I had a reaction to it. In my search for hair lightener I came across Boots Expert Hair Lightener two years ago and have used it ever since.
Boots Expert Hair Lightener is used to bleach the hair on your face or body. It won't make it disappear but it will make it less noticeable. It is a fuss free kit which works in 10 minutes. It is quick, easy and safe to use. Boots Expert Hair Lightener can be found in the hair removal section next to Veet and Jolene Cream products and costs £4.99 for 2 x 50ml or £3.49 for 2 x 25ml. The hair lightener comes in a White cardboard box with a picture of a woman's lower face on it.
The box contains:
Bleaching Cream 50ml
Accelerator Cream 50ml
How to apply
a) It is recommended that you wash the area you want to bleach with soap and cold water and pat dry before applying. In my experience it is better to leave it 10 minutes or so before applying the bleach, as the bleach will irritate your skin if your pores are open.
b) If you are bleaching the hair on your top lip or stomach, squeeze equal amounts of the bleaching cream and accelerator cream into the mixing tray. A 5p size blob of each is enough. You then have to mix the cream together which forms a runny paste. I always find it better to leave the paste for about 5 minutes before applying it, as this allows time for the cream to thicken slightly and it clings to your skin better.
c) You then apply using the spatula covering all the hairs and make sure that you don't rub it in as this will again irritate your skin.
For dark hair you can leave the cream on for 10 minutes (but no longer than this), with the top lip I tend to check every 3 minutes or so and remove using the spatula and then reapply. I find that this is effective at making sure that all the hairs are bleached, as you will find that if you leave the cream on for 10 minutes, the cream rises slightly and has lots of air bubbles in it and it doesn't cover all the hairs.
I find the hair lightener very effective when bleaching your top lip or stomach hairs (something I have noticed since becoming pregnant!!). I like the fact that the hair lightener actually lighteners the hairs, rather than turning it slightly orange, like other cream bleaches. I use the cream once a month, so buying the 2 x 50ml box is cost effective and can last for several months.
As the cream can be used on your body I have tried using it on my armpits, just to see if it works, however found that because the hairs are a lot thicker due to shaving it wasn't very effective and needed to stay on a lot longer than the recommended 10 minutes. Even then it only turned the hairs slightly orange in colour.
The hair lightener is easy to use as all you need to do is squeeze equal amounts of the cream into the mixing tray and apply with a spatula. There is no need to add bleaching powder (which goes everywhere) to the accelerator cream unlike Jolene bleach.
Overall, I think that Boots Expert Hair Lightener is great value for money at £4.99. Other than making sure that the cream does not come into contact with material and fabrics, there are no disadvantages to the product. It is very quick and easy to use; no fuss involved at all and is safe. The hair lightener makes hair become less noticeable and works so well that I only have to use it once a month, so doesn't take up a lot of time in your beauty regime.
Some cautions to be aware of: don't use immediately after a bath or a shower as your skin will be more sensitive due to open pores, not to be used on broken skin or sensitive parts of the body, if you find that your skin is tingling you may be sensitive to the hair lightener and will need to remove immediately and wash the area with tepid water.
There are way too many ingredients to list here, so for further information please visit: www.boots.com.
You may need to snap this up soon, as there is a possibility that Boots may discontinue this product.
Thanks for reading xx
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