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One of my biggest annoyances is the fact that I have dark downy skin above my upper lip. It isn't completely horrible or anything but it does irritate me immensely and I especially hate the fact that I have to bleach it all the time. Luckily it is a pretty easy thing to do and I use Jolen bleach which does the job in no time at all.
I use the mild version as I find that the normal version is a little bit harsh on my skin but the mild one is fine and doesn't irritate my skin or leave it with a rash afterwards.
Jolen is so easy to use and I have been using it for years and have it down to a fine art. You just have to mix a quarter of a tea spoon of the accelerator power with a quarter of a teaspoon of the cream and then mix well and apply with the spatula to the area that you want to bleach.
Once you have applied it you just leave it for 10 minutes to go to work. I usually use this time to get on with something else such as plucking my eyebrows or even in the bath shaving my legs. When the 10 minutes is up you then just wash it off.
It is amazing just how much of a difference that this makes. Dark hairs are lightened considerably and although they are still there you barely notice them afterwards. Everyone has downy hair on their upper lip and when this has lightened my hair I am not bothered by it even remotely anymore as it just fades into my skin.
I have sensitive skin that can react with certain products and putting bleach on my skin is something that would cause me second thoughts but because I know how gentle this is I know it doesn't irritate my skin and isn't harsh so I can use it even just before a big night out and not be concerned that I am going to be going out with a bright red upper lip.
Jolen costs between 4.00 and 5.00 depending on where you buy it.
~*~*~* Jolen Creme Bleach ~*~*~*
~*~*~* What Is It ~*~*~
This is a bleaching product to lighten dark hair. It can be used on different areas of the body, including upper lip, chin, tummy etc. The product comes in a green cardboard box. On the front of the box, in white writing, is the products name (Jolen Creme Bleach), what it does (lightens excess dark hair) and how much product is enclosed (creme 30ml, accelerator 7g). Inside the box is two pots: one is the cream and the other is the accelerator powder. There is also a spatula, tray and instruction booklet enclosed.
~*~*~* How To Use ~*~*~*
As directed in the instruction manual, you should carry out a patch test before using this product to make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients.
Before using the cream you should wash the area you wish to bleach with cold soapy water. Then measure 1/4 tea-spoon of powder onto the tray and then add 1/2 tea-spoon of the cream. Mix the two together well and apply to the area with the spatula provided. Leave product on the area for 10 minutes and rinse well.
Although it states in the instruction to leave for 10 minutes, I normally leave for 15 minutes as the hair is not always light enough after ten minutes.
~*~*~* Why Did I Purchase This? ~*~*~*
I decided to purchase this product as I have very dark hair and I was very paranoid about a dark patch above my upper lip. I had been quite self-conscience about this for a while before deciding to try a product. I definitely did not want to wax the area as I know this stimulates growth so I thought I would go for something a little less permanent and painful.
I came across this product in my local Sainsbury's supermarket. I hadn't heard of the brand before but because it was relatively cheap I thought I would give it ago.
~*~*~* In Use ~*~*~*
As mentioned above I use this product on my upper lip. It is extremely easy to use and the instructions are very clear and concise. When I first used the product I was a little nervous, I had visions of the hair turning a different colour, like blue or red, and I really didn't like the thought of then having to remove the hair. I followed the instructions and thankfully it came out really well. I was actually shocked and overwhelmed at how much better it looked, and how much more confident I felt.
The bleach lasts for around 3-4 weeks before I need to reapply. You can tell when it is time to reapply as you can see dark roots growing through. I normally throw the bleaching cream and accelerator away after 6-8 months as it starts to dry up.
~*~*~* Price And Availability ~*~*~*~
You can purchase this product from Boots for £10.29 for 100ml or £4.49 for 30ml. I have also purchased this from Sainsbury's and Tesco's for around the same price.
~*~*~* My Thoughts ~*~*~
Overall I was very pleased with my purchase. It has made me feel a lot better about myself and I am feeling less self conscience about the dark hair on my face. I think this really is a miracle cream and I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the same position as me. If you are worried or upset about dark patches of hair then please try this product. It is amazing how such a small thing can make such a big difference.
I have fairly sensitive skin (I also have psoriasis) and I have never had any problems with this cream. It is very easy to use and only needs to be applied once every 3-4 weeks. The entire process of mixing the cream, applying, leaving it to take to the hair and rinsing the cream off only takes around 20 minutes.
I am going to give this product 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review :o)
I have dark hair and unfortunately have some dark hair on my top lip and on my fingers which I am conscious of. It's not something which is noticed by others, but I know it's there and that's good enough reason to do something about it. It's never a good idea to wax facial hair as the hairs grow back darker and thicker; likewise shaving these areas is out of the question, so I prefer to lighten my hair with a hair lightening cream instead.
Jolen Crème Bleach is a hair lightening crème which lightens dark hair on the face, arms, body and brow. It is packaged in a Green cardboard box. Inside the box you will find: a vial of crème bleach accelerator powder and a jar of mild formula crème. Separated by a cardboard divide there is a plastic mixing tray and spatula. Jolen Crème is sold in most beauty stores such as Boots, Superdrug etc. I purchased Jolen Crème from eBay costing £4.49.
As with most bleach products, it is recommended that you do a preliminary patch test to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients before using to lighten your hair. You should wait 24 hours before applying the product to ensure that you have not had any adverse reactions to it.
To use Jolene Crème firstly you need to wash the area you intend to bleach with soap and cold water then dry your skin. With the plastic spatula that's provided measure a ¼ teaspoon of accelerator powder and place on the mixing tray. Clean the spatula then measure a ½ teaspoon of crème. Mix the two ingredients together using the spatula until it forms a smooth paste. It is always best to leave the crème on the mixing tray for a few minutes before applying as it tends to thicken and become more effective than applying it straight away.
A little goes a long way with this product, so don't mix too much of the ingredients together at first, otherwise you will end up wasting it, as any unused crème will need to be disposed of as it can't be returned to the jar or vial.
It is recommended that you apply the crème for 10 minutes, covering the hair completely with Jolen Crème. I have dark hair and I find that I need to keep it on for 15 minutes for the hairs to bleach and turn blonde in colour. If I only leave it on for 10 minutes the hair turns light brown, rather than blonde.
When removing, use the spatula to do this. I then wash the areas which have been bleached in cold water to ensure that the product has gone. If the hair is not completely bleached you can reapply for a further 5-10 minutes.
I have not had any irritation using this product; however this is where you do need to read the instructions. Using too much of the bleach accelerator can burn your skin, so don't be tempted to add more than the recommended amount.
I find that I need to re-apply Jolen Crème to my top lip and fingers every 3 weeks or so. You can tell when it needs to be re-applied as you see the root of the hair becomes darker as it grows and/or the hair turns darker as the bleach wears off. Ok, this may seem like a lot of hassle but it's much easier than trying to remove the hair as Jolen leaves skin smooth, hair pale and soft as there is no regrowth.
Overall, I highly recommend Jolen Crème and give it 5 stars. For me it is a good alternative to hair removal and is effective at lightening hair on my top lip and fingers. It is reasonably priced and a box last many months. For me there are no disadvantages to using this product, as long as you follow the instructions you can't go wrong.
Some cautions before use: you should not apply Jolen after a hot bath or in a steam filled room as open pores can create sensitivity; do not apply Jolene to areas which have been in intense or prolonged sunlight for a period of 24 hours after application; do not apply to skin which has cuts or abrasions (as it will burn, trust me); it's not to be used near to your eyes or other sensitive areas and do not return mixed ingredients to jar or vial.
For further information, please visit: http://www.jolencremebleach.com
Thank you for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2013
For me, unwanted facial hair wasn't a symptom of aging - it was a fact of life. Having thick dark hair on my head meant that a fair bit of it would unfortunately migrate to my upper lip.
I've used Jolen for longer than I care to remember, and in my opinion it's the best way for me to keep below-the- nose hairy caterpillars at bay!
The box is a very distinctive greeny/blue. I don't think it has changed over the years. When I was younger I tried other cream bleaches with prettier names and packaging, but the no-nonsense Jolen always worked the best.
Inside you get two small cartons, one of cream 30ml and one of powder accelerator 7g. You also get a little mixing palate and a small spatula, plus a small leaflet of instructions.
There is also a "mild formula" version with aloe vera and this has a bright pink stripe. I've used this before but to be honest I can't tell the difference.
I always feel like I'm doing a little science experiment when I make this up. Using the spatula, measure approximately two parts cream to one part powder and mix them together to form a paste. If you are just doing a moustache a blob the size of a 2p is big enough. I often just do this in the palm of my hand and make a little well, I find it much easier. The cream pot has a screw-top lid but the accelerator powder is just a pull open top - it is very difficult to open and often you have to use so much force, so be careful or a lot of the powder flies out! I resorted to using my teeth to open it once - bleugh!
Be sure to do a patch test as advised on the leaflet if you are using the product for the first time. If you do have a reaction the leaflet says the company will give you a full refund.
Using the spatula spread the paste over the area you wish to lighten. It looks great - a big white Borat moustache - and is fantastic fun to see the look on people's faces when you answer the door. After a few minutes the chemical reaction between the accelerator and cream begins to kick off and the paste takes on a foamy appearance. At this point you might find the odd clump will drop off. To stop this I periodically pat it with the spatula.
The instructions say to keep it on for ten minutes, then remove with the spatula - if there are any areas still not bleached, reapply for another five to ten minutes. You can use the same mix, no need to do a fresh blob. I find that I need a bit longer than this, so I check after 15 mins, and usually do need to reapply. The instructions also say do not use after a hot bath, but I find the best place to use it is in fact in the bath - as little clumps fall off you do need to be quite still. However, not too still for a glass of wine if you sip carefully!
Once you've checked and all the hair is bleached you just rinse off with cold water.
The patch test says do not use if Jolen causes redness. I've usually got a little bit of pinkness but a dap of Vaseline or some soothing moisturiser is enough to sort this.
All those dark hairs are now bleached blonde and practically invisible. It's hard to tell where your hairs are with regard to their growth cycle - if they've grown to their max you are fine, but you might find after a day or so you'll have a little dark root if the hair is still growing. This is annoying, and some hairs are more stubborn than others. I doubt if anyone scrutinises the results as much as me but I'll often do another application, but don't experience any extra or undue pinkness by using Jolen for two consecutive days.
I've only ever used the product on my face so I can't comment on how it performs on other areas. Obviously you'll need to mix more for larger areas forearms for example, so the leaflet advises that you use the same batch of paste on each arm individually to avoid waste.
Most chemists will stock Jolen, I usually just buy mine online (if I venture into the chemist I'm prone to the tempation of too many impulse buys) and for a regular box you could pay from £3 - £5 approx. If you need a lot you can also buy it in 125ml size.
Bleaching V other methods?
Personally I find bleaching best for me - like many of us I probably imagine that my 'tashe is worse than it really is. I've considered waxing, but seeing what in-grown hairs look like on my legs I thought I'd best avoid these on my face! I did look into laser removal but it's a very prolonged and outrageously expensive process. My mum had electrolysis when she was my age - I don't know how it has come on over the years but it seems very long and slow too.
I have many annoying things in my life - I don't necessarily want to remove them, just make them invisible - and Jolen Crème Bleach does exactly that on my handlebars!
Thanks for reading!
Ingredients (taken from Jolen's website)
Cream Contains: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phosphoric Acid, Accelerator Contains: Ammonium Bicarbonate
I tried Jolen Crème Bleach as I started to notice short dark hairs appearing above my upper lip. I knew that if I shaved these I'd make things worse and plucking them would be time consuming and unpleasant. Jolen Crème Bleach has so far proved the perfect solution.
Jolen Crème Bleach is made up of a powder and a paste that you mix together in the quantities needed to make a bleaching paste. A spatula and mixing plate are provided and are easy to use. This process is easy, isn't messy, and means that you can mix only the amount you need, avoiding any wastage. The spatula can also be used to apply the product and helps it to spread out easily. The product can be a little tricky to apply as it clumps up a little, so have a tissue or wet wipe on hand. As this is a bleach, be careful not to apply when wearing good clothes or in a room with a carpet.
After 10-12 minutes the product has bleached soft to medium hairs completely. The skin underneath may tingle but won't be painful and even though I have sensitive skin, this product does not hurt it. A milder version is available but I haven't felt the need to buy it.
I much prefer this product to waxing as the grow back is much less obvious. I use the product every other week when my flatmate isn't around. As it only needs to be put on for 10-12 minutes, this is easy to do discretely.
Value for money:
I buy a small pot (125ml) and find it lasts me a couple of months. I do find that the powder lasts longer than the paste as the paste can dry up and become unusable after 1-2 months. To stop this happening, make sure you don't leave the pot open for long while using.
Overall, I think this is excellent value for a product which gets rid of a slightly embarrassing problem in a discrete way. It's also much cheaper than wax strips in the long run and much less messy. I've found products by rival brands to be much more irritating to the skin so will stick with Jolen.
I tried this product for the first time last night, hoping it would lighten the hairs on my upper lip. It did work... But the only problem is that it slightly damaged my skin. I only used a little bit of the powder bleach and much more of the creme. The skin itself is slightly and unevenly discoloured. When I took a picture with the flash on, i saw a horrible dark shadow all across my top lip. I hope im not the only person of colour thats experienced this. Im worried that i'll have to live with this for the rest of my life. I will see a dermatologist.
What made me purchase this product?
I purchased this product around 4 years ago when I started to notice darker hair above my lip (yes not the most attractive thing to find). The hair was not terribly dark; you could not see it unless looking extremely close up to me. I noticed it in my horrendously bright bathroom lights with a magnified mirror! I always think that these sorts of things look worse to the person than what other people can see. It did not bother me too much but when I heard about a simple, quick and effective product that would help... I bought it!
What is Jolen?
Jolen is an at home bleaching/hair lightening kit and there are two versions of it, one which is milder for a more sensitive skin and the original version. I purchased the one for more sensitive skin. This product can be used for the face or body such as, for tummy hair. It does not completely eliminate the look of the hair it just turns it a light blonde colour which makes it a lot less visible.
Where to purchase and price
I purchased it from Boots for £4.49. In the box comes two pots, one has 125ml of the white mixing cream and one has 30g of a white accelerator powder (which is what does the bleaching). Also in the box come the instructions leaflet and a plastic white card and spatula for mixing.
The instructions state to try a small patch test first which I think is very important for this particular product, the bleaching ingredient is strong (which can be easily witnessed from the watering of the eyes when it is applied and it can smell quite strong).
To use the product mix half a teaspoon of the cream with a quarter teaspoon of the powder. I find that you do need to be quite accurate with this because one time when I guessed the amounts it started to really sting and I had to remove it after a couple of minutes so I must have added too much powder to the mix. The two amounts must also be very well mixed using the spatula. Prior to applying it ensure that the area is makeup free, cleansed and dry. There is no need for your hands to come into contact with the product because after mixing with the spatula it should be applied straight to the area with the spatula too. Just enough should be applied to cover the area. If too much is applied it tends to fall off the skin after about 5 minutes.
It should be washed off thoroughly after 10 minutes and often the skin straight after can look a little bit red which is why I would recommend bleaching at night to let your skin calm down after as opposed to in the morning when you do not want to walk out of the house with a red upper lip or to make it more irritated with makeup on.
How long does the hair stay lightened for?
I find that the bleaching lasts for about a month. So this is not a hard task to carry out once a month. It is painless and it does the trick quickly and effectively.
The ingredients for this particular product I think are important to list because the bleaching ingredients are likely to be quite strong in concentration: Water, Hydrogen peroxide, Glyceryl stearate, Isopropyl myristate, Stearyl stearate, Propylene glycol (PPG), Stearic acid, Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, Phosphoric acid, Ammonium bicarbonate.
Overall I think this product does the trick amazingly. I myself will always stick to the milder Jolen now they have brought it out but I have tried the regular as well and I did not find it made my skin any more sensitive than this product. I think the product is good value considering a box lasts me about 6 months (after 6 months the cream tends to dry out so you need to buy a new one whether it has run out or not).
Jolen Mild Crème Bleach
----- What is it -----
Jolen crème bleach is a formula of powder and crème, and when it is mixed together, it makes a cream that is used for lightening dark hair on your body. It can be used to bleach the hair on your upper lip, chin, arms, tummy, and toes. I bought Jolen Crème Bleach to lighten my dark eyebrows. My hair is naturally dark, so my eyebrows are too. But as I get my hair highlighted blonde, it makes my eyebrows stand out a lot more, and I look a bit silly with light hair and dark eyebrows. So I bought the crème in an attempt to change my eyebrows from a dark brown, to a light brown/dark blonde. There are two options when buying Jolen Crème Bleach. You can buy the original one, or you can buy the Jolen Mild Crème Bleach. The difference between them, is that the mild version, is for sensitive skin, so it's probably less harsh on your skin. I bought the mild version as I have sensitive skin, and I didn't want to break out into a rash or anything!
----- Price and Availability -----
I bought Jolen Mild Crème Bleach from Boots for £4.48, on the box it says 30ml, so I'm guessing once you've mixed all the cream and powder together, that all together it makes 30ml. For me I find that £4.48 is a very reasonable price for this product. I mean if it brings you self confidence from lightening your moustache then I am happy to pay £4.48! Also as I use the product ever few months, then it has lasted me a long time. I did a bit of research and found out you can buy Jolen Mild Bleach Crème from: Boots, Amazon, Superdrug and Lloyds Pharmacy.
----- Packaging and What you get in the box -----
The crème comes in a small green cardboard box, the size of the box means that it can be stored away easily in my draw. On the front it basically says the name of the product and what it does: 'lightens excess dark hair'. It also has a pink strip on the front claiming it is the mild formula. On the back of the box it has the list of ingredients used in the product. To open the box you just lift up the lid. Inside the box you get the crème part of the mixture, the powder part, a small spatula and some instructions. The powder and crème are in separate little pots. To open the crème pot you twist off the lid, and to open the powder pot you have to pull of the lid, but sometimes the lid can be quite tight and hard to pull off, and sometimes the powder spills everywhere, so be careful! Both the pots fit well into the cardboard box so it can all be nicely stored away.
----- How to use and Ease of making the mixture -----
Before properly using the bleach, you should do a patch test first on your skin, then wash it off and wait 24 hours to see if you get any reactions. If its all clear, then you can continue and do the bleaching for real! First wash the area you want to be bleached and then dry the area. Then you have to measure one quarter tea spoon powder, and one-half teaspoon crème. Then blend the powder and crème together well and apply the mixture to the area you wish to be lightened with the spatula. Then leave on for 10 minutes. (Because I was bleaching my eyebrows I didn't want them to go really blonde so I left it on for about 3 minutes). The first time I used the bleaching crème, I wasn't sure if the instructions meant that I should use the spatula or teaspoon to measure out the powder and crème, but in the end I just used a teaspoon. So the instructions could be a little clearer about that. If you are bleaching a larger area it says to mix one part powder to two parts crème. I must admit I was very nervous at first when measuring out the powder and crème, I kept asking my mum 'Mum would you say that this is a quarter tea spoon!?' I was very scared that it would be the wrong measurements and I would end up with no eyebrows or something! To make the measuring process a little easier they could get two little pots with a line on the pot of where you should fill the crème and powder up to, it would be easier then trying to measure it out yourself, and at least you would know it was exactly the right measurements! Also it would be so much easier if the mixture was ready made and you just applied it, but maybe that's not possible as you might have to mix it yourself for it to be effective! Overall the process of measuring and mixing the formula was ok, but after using the bleaching crème for a while, it gets a lot easier.
----- Applying the crème -----
I used the spatula to apply the crème all over my eyebrows, apply the mixture quite thick, and make sure to cover all the hairs. (But make sure not to get it in your eyes). There was enough left over mixture so I decided to apply it to an area on my stomach. About a year ago I stupidly decided to shave an area of my stomach to see what would happen, and the hairs grew back really dark. So I applied the left over crème to the area of my stomach, again nice and thick covering all the hairs. I took a sniff of the crème to see what it smelt like and it smelt like hair dye - not a pleasant smell if many of you don't know what hair dye smells like! However it was only really noticeable if you took a proper smell of the crème so it didn't bother me. When the crème was on my eyebrows and stomach, it just felt quite cold, but after a few minutes it started stinging slightly, and the longer you left it on, the itchier it got and the more it stung. However it wasn't an unbearable experience and I managed to ignore it. When the crème was on my eyebrows and stomach, it wasn't runny at all, so you could walk around and the crème managed to stay in place perfectly. After 3 minutes I took the cream off my eyebrows, and after 10 minutes I took the crème off my stomach. I took it off using toilet roll, and then I washed the area.
----- The Results -----
My eyebrows were definitely lighter, instead of being a dark brown, they were more of a very light brown. I was very happy with them and they matched my hair colour a lot more. My stomach hair was lighter, but not as light as I had wanted it to be. I would of applied It again but I had already washed the rest of the mixture down the sink. But next time I will know to leave it on a bit longer to get it lighter. The skin around my eyebrows were fine, I had no reactions and my skin had not been bleached. However on my stomach the skin had been bleached a bit and you could see the area of skin that was lighter. But after a while the effect wore off and that area of my stomachs colour was back to normal! After about 2 weeks my eyebrows were going a slightly ginger colour, however it was only very slightly and you could hardly notice it, so it didn't bother me! After about 3 weeks some of my eyebrow hair was going darker again, and you could see that some hairs were lighter and some hairs were darker. And after a few months, my eyebrows were back to their normal dark colour.
----- Overall -----
Overall I would buy this crème again. My eyebrows matched my hair colour a lot more, and if I had put the crème on thicker on my stomach and left it on longer, then it would have been the lightness I had wanted. Also I only use the product about 10/12 times a year, and I only use a little bit of it at a time, so it has lasted me a long time. However if you were using it all the time for large parts of your body such as your arms, then you would run out of it a lot quicker. I find that £4.48 is a good price for this product, especially as I don't need to buy it a lot. I would of preferred the crème if it had lasted longer, and if it was easier to measure out. So for them reasons I am giving it a 4 out of 5!
I bought this product to bleach my top lip as I have tried to wax but found this to painfull.
For me the instuctions left me a little confused and unsure if I had the mixture correct. I wondered if I had added too much of the creme or too much of the bleach, i learnt the hard way.
I ended up using to much of one ingredient and applyed the formula to my top lip, after a few minutes it started to burn and i had to remove the product. I then tried again using a little less of the powder, but again, this was rather painfull, started burning and had to remove it once again. Eventually I got the mixture correct after 3 attemps and ended up with half the hairs completly bleached and some not, I made sure I applied the mixture to cover the hair completly, so have no idea how that happened. I ended up with a half bleached mostache and a raised red lumpy top lip that then turned into tiny little blisters which didnt go away for days.
Would not recommend.
well followed instructions and ended up with the same colour hair but bleached skin!!!! total stupid product!!!!dont recomened at all.... really bad product.... waste of money!
Jolen bleach is a cream that bleaches hair blonde. The purpose of this is to make unwanted hair invisible/less visible. So this only works if you have light skin and dark hair. If dark hair is bleached on a person with dark skin then the blonde dye would stand out and therefore defeats the point. I came across this bleach as my mum used and so I tried it at a young age. The bleach can be used to lighten skin on upperlip, chin, tummy, arms and toes according to the company. I have only used it on upperlip so I can only comment on this.
To make sure that you have no allergies to any ingredients a test should be done on the skin before using on desired area. It's the same as if you were using a new dye. Wash the area that is going to bleached thoroughly and dry. With the spatula provided mix ¼ teaspoon powder with ½ crème. The ratio of powder to crème is 1:2. Apply the mixture with the spatula to the hair completely. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse. I find that my skin becomes warm after applying the crème and it feels like it goes very close to the root of the hairs. I have found through trial and error that sometimes too much accelerator causes hair to become too bleached and it takes less time for the bleaching to work. The bleach doesn't affect the skin colouration. It is suitable for sensitive skin but I wouldn't be able to comment on this claim because my skin isn't very sensitive. I do get spots occasionally but I don't have allergies.
I first started to use the bleach when I started to get hair growing above my upperlip. My mother used Jolen and so I used hers even though I had been told I was not allowed to use it (I was 16). It worked really well because I have light skin but black hair so bleaching it made it invisible. Well when I say it was invisible I mean that it wasn't visible as long as you didn't come right up to my face in which case you would have seen the blonde hair. The blonde hair is especially visible when in direct sunlight because it glistens. But at young age using the cream was convenient, practical and easy. I would have to do this every 3-4 weeks because the colour would fade. The reason it works is because my hair is very fine and thin and it doesn't grow very long or fast. I did change to waxing when I got older because I didn't like knowing that the hair was still there. Bleaching just changes the colour and disguises the colour and I wanted it to go away. This was really a psychological feeling I had because I didn't like the feeling of having hair above my upperlip as it made me feel less feminine.
The bleach is very well known brand and is available at all major high street stores such as boots, superdrugs and chemists. A 30ml bottle costs £4.50 and should last at least 10 applications of the upperlip. I do think that this makes it good value for money. As it is small it is easy to carry around so ideal for when on holiday.
Although I no longer use it, I would recommend this for those with dark hair and light skin that want a pain free and easy alternative to upperlip hair removal.
Some of us women have to face the indignity of having what is commonly refered to as a 'tash'. In fact it is usually only a tiny little bit of hair on the upper lip that 99% of the time is so light and fine that it is not really noticable to most people. Ufortunately I am in that small majority where my upper lip hair is a little darker and although it is fine and not course the fact that I notice it is enough to make me do something about it.
As a teenager I used to shave it off until my mum told me it would grow back in darker and thicker. Now I don't know if this is true or an old wives tale but it was enough to scare me from shaving it for life. I was still determined to get rid of it though and so I discovered jolen cream bleach and have been using it ever since.
Jolen is a mild cream bleach that is used to lighten the fine hair on the more delicate areas of the body that we don't wish to have any hair on show such as the face, arms and toes (thank god I don't have dark hair on my toes or else I don't think I could cope).
In the box you get some cream, powder, a spatulla and a little mixing tray. It is really easy to use and you just need to mix together 1/4 a teaspoon of the powder with 1/2 a teaspoon of the cream and mix until they have blended together perfectly.
You then just apply the mixture to the area you want to lighten with the spatulla and wait 10 minutes for it too work.
I usually apply the bleach to my top lip before a night out and spend the 10 minutes pottering around doing my nails etc and then wash it off. The bleach works fantastically well and really does make the hair so light within the 10 minutes so as to make it unnoticeable. My hair is quite dark and it makes it scandanavian blonde so even women with the darkest of hairs should see significant lightening.
The whole process is quick and easy and the results are fantastic especially as the bleach has so little side effects. I have very sensitive skin and I find that other than a mild stinging sensation when I first apply the bleach my skin is always okay when I wash it off with no redness or burning.
The smell is quite potent but this is something you get used to after using the bleeach for awhile and it is the price you need to pay for lightening your hairs.
The only other thing is that it is mortifying if someone comes to the door whilst it is on your lip.
You can buy Jolen mild creme bleach from almost all the usual high street stores such as superdrug and boots for around £4.50 and is well worth the money for the little boost in confidence it gives me.
Being a naturally dark haired lady I have suffered with the unsightly dark hair on my upper lip since my teenage years. As all other women who suffer will know it's one of those things that make you feel totally self conscious despite the fact nobody else even notices (I never find myself looking at other womens top lips!) In the last 13 odd years I have tried various methods of ridding myself of said hair to make myself feel better, home waxing (never again!), Hair removal creams (rash anyone?!) and tweezing furiously. Well that's just painful! I decided last summer that bleaching the hair to make it less obvious was the best way to go. Having never tried this method before I asked the sales assistant in my local boots for her reccomendation and she pointed me in the direction of the jolen cream. I can't recall exactly how much it cost but no more than £4-5.
In the box you get the instructions, spatula, a mixing palette, powder and cream. Using it is so simple, simply mix one spatula of powder with two of cream and apply to the area (clean and make-up free), 10 minutes later wash off. I think the instructions state you can leave on for longer if the desired effect isn't achieved but I have never had to. What your left with is previously dark hair lightened to a light blonde colour, leaving it practically invisible against the skin. I have quite sensitive skin, hair removal creams designed for facial use have always stung and left me with a rash but I have never had a problem with the Jolen cream. No stinging, no redness, no unsightly rashes.
I only re-do my top lip every couple of weeks and because you are only using such a small amount I have only had to replace the product once in almost a year. The smell of the product is slightly bleachy (for obvious reasons!) but certainly isn't unpleasant.
I would certainly recommend this product to anyone who has issues with dark facial hair, it's a fantastic confidence booster and doesn't break the bank.
I bought a tub of this from boots a while ago, it comes in a standard or a mild formula - I was worried the milder one may not be good enough, so bought the standard, so that is what my review is on.
We all know that women aren't as naturally beautiful and hair-free as we'd like to think, for me this was for use on my eyebrows and my arms. They did a 30ml kit for £4.39, or a 125ml kit for £9.99 - I decided based on price, I'd go for the latter, after all it works out about half the cost in theory.
The box is a pretty boring box like in the picture - no pictures or fancy writing or useless facts on it, just over the box the name, what it does, ingredients, made in switzerland - nothing you'd not expect. Oh, and the cardboard box is recyclable, environment 1-0.
Inside is a pot of creme bleach, a pot of powder accelerator, a mixing card, a spatula and some instructions. I believe it's 1 part powder to 2 parts creme to mix, but don't take my word for it as I've lost the instructions. Again. It would definitely be better if they were printed on the box instead of 1 slip of paper I keep losing. Or if I, you know, stopped losing it. I'll update with instructions as and when I find them.
Anyway, the important part: Does it work? Well, yes. Which is a good start. Mixing is a bit of a pain especially for larger areas, the pirce of card is pretty small. But it mixes well for me, no spending 10 minutes getting it done. You spread it on - I rub a bit to make sure it gets right to the roots of wherever I'm bleachning - and leave, I believe it says for 10 minutes, check and leave as needed, my hair is pretty stubborn so it usually takes around 15-20 minutes for mine to bleach, but the hair on my head takes twice as long as suggested by hair kits too, so that was no surprise. But it works very well, and caused me no sensitivity whatsoever.
It leaves your hair paler - and without any orangeness too - and also a fair bit softer. It obviously lasts as long as your hair takes to grow out, my arms I did.. probably.. 2, maybe 3 months ago and will need redoing soon, my eyebrows around every 4 weeks depending, this time they were in a different stage in the growth cycle and will need redoing after about 3.
The smell: Not as bad as expected, by a long way - I mean it is bleach so it's not going to smell as nice as a scented soap, but the smell could be much worse too.
Usage: Once mixed I've found it easy to use - it spreads on easily even with the small spatula, and comes off well too, basically it actually does what it says on the box, which frankly is a nice change with some beauty products!
How big a box? As you have read I went for the 125ml - this actually gives you 125ml of the creme and 30g of accelerator, now baring in mind I've done my arms once, my eyebrows must be 3 times and I also did my upper lip a couple of times, and my toes (it runs in the family, all this hair), I've still got most of a pot left. The pot has the 12 months symbol, meaning it's safe for 12 months to be open - so if you're only doing eyebrows or upper lip, you may well find that the larger size is just too much to use up, but for larger areas I'd go large. I think 12 months is a good idea of how long it'll last me actually, but I'll try to remember to update in the future with how long it actually lasted!
Ultimately, is it worth the money? Hell yes. It will last you a good time and it's actually a pretty cheap fix to an annoying problem, so long as you follow the instructions I doubt anyone will have a problem with this - and of course not having tons of dark hair is a good confidence booster!
5* as it just doesn't go wrong anywhere for me.
When you have dark facial hair it feels like you're the only one out there with it! This really isn't true, but that doesn't make you feel any better (well it doesn't for me!)
Jolen creme bleach is supposed to be an easy way to lighten dark hair, which can be used on your face.
In the box is a tub of creme, a tube of accelerator (which is like little crystals), a spatula and a small plastic board thing.
So with the spatula you get one blob of creme and half a spatula of the crystal stuff, then you sort of mix them together. I'm not really sure how much your supposed to mix it, but i just do it till it all seems to come together.
You then start applying, this is pretty easy but the formula soon starts to get a bit flakey, and it hurts a bit! You know when you get your hair dyed, and that annoying itching sets in? Its like that!
After the time (I think its 10 minutes), you scrape it off your face. I hate this part, its messy and the stuff doesn't all come off so you have to use water. My face gets a bit red, but I have sensitive skin so this might not happen to others. It soon goes back to normal though!
It does what it says on the tin, it lightens your hair. But it doesn't make it invisible! In sunlight it seems to be quite noticeable which scares me a bit!
Overall its a good quick fix if you don't want to get your face threaded or waxed!
Bleach for body hair / Lightens excess dark hair / Not tested on animals /