Okay, I have a confession. I’m a sucker for anything wielding an “As Seen on TV” sticker and priced $9.99 or under. I mean, honestly … it’s under $10 and if it doesn’t work, then there’s not much of a loss. So when I saw the Smooth Away on sale at my local Walgreen’s store, I picked it up in a hurry. I didn’t even wait until I got home. As soon as I got into my car, I buckled up, put it in gear and started opening the package as I drove out of the parking lot. As I drove down the road, I pulled up my jeans and began rubbing (add that to the list of things I never thought I’d hear myself say).
I must admit was pleasantly surprised. It actually rubbed the hair right off my leg. I was like, “Whaaaat?” How does that work? For the sake of safety, I decided to wait until I got home to begin reading the package insert. When I arrived home and started looking through the package, I saw that it came with two different sized hand-held applicators, one large size that fits in your palm and another smaller size that slips on your finger. It also came with 8 interchangeable “pads,” four for each size. It also came with a plastic storage thingy…similar to a plastic wallet for storing your kit.
I read the instructions which were pretty self-explanatory. You just rub wherever unwanted hair appears. When I was able to remove my jeans and put on shorts, I kept rubbing away. The Smooth Away claims to exfoliate your skin as it removes the hair. I suppose that’s somewhat true. It made my skin white and ashy. I would definitely recommend using some lotion after using the Smooth Away if not rinsing off completely or using it before you shower. When I tried using the large pad on my legs, it worked to a point. It removed the lighter hair and did leave my legs feeling smooth (but ashy). However, it did not remove all the hair. I was left with prickly stubble all over that the Smooth Away just couldn’t seem to remove. I rubbed harder. Still wouldn’t work. Okay, so it works … just not perfectly.
I didn’t give up. I have another confession. I have a happy trail. Ya know … those stubborn little hairs that form a trail between your belly button and … well … ya know. I gave it a shot. Same result. It removed some of them, but not all of them. What about my armpits? It worked on my armpits similar to how it worked on my legs. It worked a little, but did not give nearly the same effect as shaving. Before I knew it, I was rubbing that pink little applicator all over my body as if it had a license. I must admit, I did NOT try it on my face. While I have a few facial hairs that I pluck on a regular basis, I didn’t use it on my face for fear that it would make the hair that doesn’t need plucked grow back thicker. Afterall, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
All in all, I would recommend the Smooth Away as a helpful tool to keep in your purse or your beach bag for those “Oops, I missed a spot” moments. I would not use it to actually replace shaving. I have often used it on my armpits when I forgot to shave them or decide at the last minute to throw on a tank top. It works well enough for that purpose. However, remember to keep the lotion handy! It really really leaves your skin ashy. My final ranking on the Smooth Away is just 3 Cups of Joe. I would recommend it as a back up, but its definitely something I would not buy my friends as a gift. I can live without it and it really doesn’t do what it says … completely.