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Product Review: Completely Bare Wax Works

I confess, I scoffed at the idea of a pain-free bikini wax, like this new at-home waxing kit I tried out from Completely Bare, a New York-based spa specializing in nearly painless hair removal. And what do you know? Truth in advertising! I had a great, surprisingly easy (and yes, ouchless) wax.

In-spa waxing really adds up, though, so I was excited to learn about Completely Bare Wax Works ($135, on sale for $99). It's an at-home, do-it-yourself kit using the same French wax that estheticians use at the spa. Would it give the same results at home? To find out,

I'd been using Poetic Waxing for years, but upon unwrapping the Wax Works kit, I suspected I'd been missing out on an easier way to de-fuzz. With Poetic Waxing, I had to constantly keep re-heating the wax in a bain marie, but Wax Works comes with its own professional-style, temperature-controlled heater. That alone makes me a fan.

Using the heater is really simple: You just plug it in, turn it to the appropriate temperature, and wait for the indicator light to change color. Another thing I liked about this setup was that I could leave the room while the pink wax heated; because the heater has a lid, I didn't have to worry about my cats pouncing around and getting wax on their paws. (Sadly, yes, this is a valid concern when it comes to those frisky felines.)

While the wax heated up, I watched a how-to DVD that comes as part of the kit. It's actually really charming, with cute animations showing how to apply the wax and how to properly remove it. The kit does include detailed instructions on paper, but the DVD makes it easier to understand.

In about 15 minutes, the wax was ready. The kit comes with everything you need (spatulas, paper strips, pre- and post-waxing lotions). The directions call for baby powder, which I didn't have, but, you know, I'm a rebel. I'll wax without powder. After applying the wax and letting it cool, I yanked it off with the paper strips. While it wasn't completely painless, it wasn't bad, either. What I really appreciated was how well the wax grabbed the hair. Some waxes just grab half or three-quarters' worth of the hair, but this wax got all of it but a few strays. That means I didn't have to go over my skin over and over, which kept it from getting raw.

I had high hopes for this product, and I'm glad to report that it really delivered. Since it's on sale for $99, I think it's a worthwhile investment. After all, the wax can be used on the bikini area, eyebrows, legs and underarms—so it really is a multi-purpose product. And considering a Brazilian bikini wax is $70 at fancy spas—$84 with a tip—this kit pays for itself in just over one use. Very highly recommended! And for more suggestions on at-home waxing kits read on —although, sincerely, this one is worth every penny.

Mintie Mintie 9 years
Fabulous... I'm gonna give it a shot
ryanluver ryanluver 9 years
I wish I could say I had the same experience! Maybe my problems with Wax Works were also situational, but I have a feeling that, unless you’re a pro, it’s likely that you’ll encounter some issues. By the time I had finished, I had grown an appreciation for the professional waxer that I never had before. Read my review here:
karebear25 karebear25 9 years
Well everyone I got it. I did it last night and it works great. It does not hurt as much as going to a spa. (Weird right?) The trick is to put it on really thin and make sure the wax is HOT, Hot, hot. (not to the point of burning, duh) I def. recommend this product. $99. may sound a little high but look at it this way, how much would you be paying someone to do it for you. Believe me you will be saving some $$.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 10 years
sweet. I love going for waxing sessions of the pain actually. not so much due to the pain, but I love the afterglow and cleanliness. I will hunt for this! :)
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I'm thinking of getting a bikini wax post-exams, but I'm definitely going to a professional for that - I've never done any hair removal down there. Embarrassingly enough, I've never done hair removal on my legs either because my mum hasn't allowed me to yet. And I'm 16. But pre-prom I'm getting it all waxed off.
artsci artsci 10 years
I tried laser twice 8 years ago and it didn't really work for me even though I have pale skin and dark hair. I couldn't justify another $175 for a third treatment when the first two made no difference. I have been thinking about it again, but waxing is so easy that I have a hard time thinking about spending all of the cash on laser. I bought a professional wax system at Sally Beauty Supply and everything (including after-care lotion) cost $65. That is way less than the $75-plus-tip that it used to cost me at the salon. A jar of wax is usually @$14, but you can stock up when they have them on sale for $9.99. I'm spending way less on waxing than I did just buying razors (have you noticed how expensive they were getting). And because I'm saving so much money by waxing myself, I can afford the facial that I was to cheap to get before. Plus, I like the fact that I can wax my legs (or whatever) whenever I feel like it and I don't have to make an appointment.
dauphin dauphin 10 years
I think waxing is such a rip off and very painful. Why not use the hair removal creams or just shave. Women don't have to endure pain for beauty, esp if it only last a week or even less for some people! nooooo.
lilv lilv 10 years
i've been waxing for a while. i love the after of the wax but during quite painful. i have used the cream called no scream cream which i think helps. on another note since i just had my first one in like 2 months b/c i had to have surgery on that line any suggestions for the major bumps that all of the sudden my skin has?
mlen mlen 10 years
greenskittlesgal- thanks so much for the info!! i've always been interested in doing that but it always seemed so expensive. i spend about 35 bucks on a waxing every 3-4 weeks (i am lazy sometimes lol) so its not as much as some people but it still adds up. not to mention the time and pain haha. it still seems like a lot to drop 800 over 5 sessions, but someday i'm going to suck it up and go for it! how long does it last? like years? as for this kit- i might have to try it- i was a disaster with the poetic wax- this one sounds much easier. though it might just be simpler to keep going to the lady at the salon!
preppygirl5786 preppygirl5786 10 years
hmmm this is a very interesting topic. Its something i have been wondering about for a long time i have very dark hair and it goes very far out past my bikini area and I've tried waxing but it just to expensive considering how fast y hair grows back i think I'll look into the laser tho thanks for all the good tips!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
Do they sell just their wax? Because after you buy the kit once, you already have the heater.
jules1033 jules1033 10 years
I recommend Zip Wax (you can get it at Walgreen's). It has no cloth strips and picks up almost every hair. Plus, its only $7 for a bar of wax that you heat in a double boiler.
rainbowbite rainbowbite 10 years
great advice. i never waxed and hardly ever shave my bikini area and on a whim this valentine's day went for a brazilian. it was totally self-defeating. i was in pain for days and felt decidedly un-romantic. i'd like to try again just in the bikini area but am too traumatized. how on earth will i deal with childbirth!
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Hi all -- if this is your first time waxing, I'd go to a professional first. That way you can ask questions and you'll get an idea of what waxing feels like. I'd also advise against getting a Brazilian on your first go. I had a Brazilian at Completely Bare (my first one!), but I'd been getting waxes for six years at that point. As far as using the Wax Works kit on your nether regions, go forward. I used it on my bikini area and had no problems at all. FYI, the most sensitive parts aren't where you'd think they would be. The labia isn't nearly as ouchy as the mons and lower abdomen. If you decide to wax at home, I'd stick with the areas that sprout hair that's seen outside a bathing suit—at least until you become confident in your waxing skills. Take it slowly, trust me. And I wouldn't go with a cheapy wax. I've tried Sally Hansen strips and it hurts more (to me, anyway).
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
ok i got my first brazilian done along with getting my legs waxed .......and OMG!!!! the things we do to ourselves!!!! ahhhh!!! and i have a pretty high tolerance for pain... umm i'd rather be stubley and have to shave everyday although laser is definitely the way to go if you can afford it!:) i'm looking into that option myself hey greenskittles thanks for the info! :)
lanuchan lanuchan 10 years
looks good, but i love my lady who waxes for me and she charges $55 so its really good. she uses a great wax too, moldable and no strips. i don't think i could do the yanking myself..=\
phnee phnee 10 years
I have an embarassing question. I've never waxed before, so I was wondering if you can wax the area that is really really down there? I'm afraid to remove hair from the labial area because the skin is so loose. Any thoughts? Thanks!
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
JBlondie, it definitely works. I have 4 other friends who have gotten it done, and nobody has any complaints! You have to get it done at least 5 times, and the sessions have to be at least 6 weeks apart. Some cons: It HURTS (especially if you do Brazilian or extended bikini) even if you get numbed. But waxing hurts too. Also, after you do it, it takes about 1.5 weeks for the hair to completely fall out so you don't look so good during that time period. You can't shave it either b/c they hair is all floppy and dead. I pluck mine out sometimes during that phase but you're not supposed to. Lastly, you can't go tanning (booth, beach, or bottle). That was the suckiest part for me. You will see some results after your first session, and by your third, you should be pretty happy already b/c the regrowth is much thinner hair and it's pretty sparse by then. Oh, and are you blond (as your screenname implies)? If you are, you may not be able to do it. The laser works by targetting the dark colors. So blondes and redheads have a hard time with lasers. A lot of really dark skinned girls have problems too (and get burned by the lasers). Gosh, I feel like a laser salesperson. I'm not; I'm just totally in love with my results. :)
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
GreenSkittles....I have thought about getting the laser treatment. Does it really work? And how often do you have to get it done? I have seriously been thinking of getting it done as a brazilian laser treatment. One of the medspa's offers it here.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
im too embarrassed/afraid to go into a spa for a wax, so that sounds like a good investment for someone like me.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
LuckyGrl, the prices have dropped a ton in the last few years! The price was for 5 sessions (which is all most people need). I am in the process of getting my armpits done too -- and that was only $300 for all 5 sessions. Seriously, it's the BEST. I used to have scars from ingrown hairs around my bikini line, and a year later the scars have gone away. Be sure to look for specials. Every place does them pretty often. I got my package 30% off. Most places will match other places too if you ask.
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 10 years
GreenSkittlesGal (btw i love your name, lol) Was that price for the laser hair removal the total you spent or the amount per treatment? Where did you get it done? I'm dying to get some hairs lasered off and so far the prices seem VERY steep!
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
$99 still seems pretty expensive... i got laser hair removal and it has been COMPLETELY worth it. About $800 and you're hair free for a very very very long time (possibly forever).
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
Okay.. This I gotta try now! Going to the spa to get it done gets WAY too expensive.
em1282 em1282 10 years
Interesting...although I do have a question like katie's--I've never been to the salon for my bikini area (I wanna try it, just haven't had the time to yet), but I don't want to risk it since it will be my first experience with getting that spot waxed! Is it easy?
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