When I hit middle school, my mother finally decided it was time to rid my legs of hair. Instead of trusting me with a razor (good call), she pulled out a bubble-gum pink bottle filled with a foul-smelling chemical that was so unpleasant, I turned my nose to it and braved the ridicule from my pre-teen pals.
Now that my daughter is facing the dreaded hair-removal era, I decided to forgo the eye-watering stench of depilatories of old, and find something more natural, if it existed.
The beauty pros at the Norway-based Sabi teamed up with California scientists to focus on inhibiting an enzyme essential for developing melanin, a component in the hair. They found that the natural ingredients aloe vera, black licorice and pomegranate did the trick.
I gave it a try before subjecting my first born to any possible unpleasantness. Sabi’s Hair Removal Cream has a light scent and feels cool going on. After about eight or nine minutes, it came off easily in the shower and left my skin super smooth. The accompanying Hair Growth Delayer Cream ($30 for the pair) is applied afterward, and it’s the real secret weapon. When my hair started growing back, I was shocked at how soft and fine it was. And this was just after one use of the removal cream.
Sabi says with repeated use, skin will stay hair-free for up to 21 days. It’s safe for nearly all body parts: legs, bikini, underarms, eyebrows and upper lips. Our daughters have it so easy.
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