If you find waxing, tweezing, and shaving uncomfortable, a depilatory cream may be the hair removal solution you’re looking for! Depilatory creams use chemicals to dissolve and weaken hair so it breaks off at the root. Especially for sensitive, hard-to-shave areas like the bikini line, a depilatory can save you pain and discomfort. We’ve researched some of the best depilatory creams to help you get rid of unwanted body hair the easy way!
Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover Pump
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This depilatory cream is formulated for the legs and body and is a good option for sensitive skin. Aloe vera and vitamin E help to moisturize and soothe the skin while the chemicals are doing their work!
The gel cream comes in a pump bottle so it’s easy to apply without mess. The formula is easy to spread on your skin since it’s closer to a lotion consistency than a cream. Although it says it’s fast-acting, it has the same wait time as most depilatory creams of at least five minutes.
If you hate the smell of depilatory creams, Veet has got your back! The Veet Gel Cream Hair Remover tries to improve the scent with special fragrances that keep the “chemical” smell from lingering on your skin.
The main chemical doing the hair dissolving in this formula is Potassium Thioglycolate, combined with Calcium Hydroxide to make it more effective. This should work relatively well for sensitive skin while still removing hair!
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Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion
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Get back to your day more quickly with the Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Removal Lotion, which can remove hair in as little as three minutes! The moisturizing formula features vitamin E and cocoa butter to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft as well as hairless!
The lotion bottle comes with a flat cap so it can be stored upside-down. This keeps the product from pooling at the bottom of the bottle where it’s hard to reach.
The active hair-dissolving ingredients in this Nair lotion are Potassium Thioglycolate, with Calcium and Sodium Hydroxide to increase its effectiveness. It may be slightly more irritating than depilatories with Calcium Thioglycolate and fewer Hydroxides.
Most people find that the scent of this lotion isn’t as intense as other depilatory creams, which is a good thing! If you’re scent-sitive, you may like this hair remover cream from Nair!
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GiGi Hair Removal Cream
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The GiGi Hair Removal Cream comes with a post-depilatory balm to help calm and restore your skin after the hair removal process. Cucumber and aloe vera extract are some of the calming ingredients used in the cream system.
This cream may be “too gentle” for some people but seems to work well for sensitive skin. The product also comes in a relatively small package compared to other depilatory options with just two ounces of product.
The cream formula is easy to apply without making a mess, and it seems to work well with sensitive skin. Since depilatory creams tend to have a very low or very high pH in order to dissolve hair, it’s nice to have an included balm that brings your skin back to its normal pH. This helps prevent irritation and redness!
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Nair Shower Power Sensitive Formula
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The Nair Shower Power depilatory lotion is a great pick if you want an easy hair removal option that works with your routine! Just apply it to dry skin, wait a minute, and then climb into the shower. Let it work for at least three minutes while you shower, then try testing the hair to see if it rubs off.
This cream comes in a pump bottle, so it’s easy to dispense the right amount with no mess! It also has a touch of sunflower oil and green tea extract to soothe and moisturize your skin.
If you’re looking for the least irritating depilatory formula, Nair Shower Power uses Calcium Thioglycolate, which is the least irritating hair-dissolving chemical. It will work best on fine to “average” hair, so if you have particularly thick and coarse hair, you may want a stronger depilatory.
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Mud Drop – Hair Removal Cream
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The Mud Drop Hair Removal Cream is all about that Dead Sea mud with a formula with no mineral oil or parabens. For a hair removal option that gives your skin the spa treatment, Mud Drop has it all!
The depilatory has aloe vera, chamomile extract, cucumber extract, vitamin B5, argan oil, and evening primrose oil to provide hydration and nourishing vitamins to your skin. Plus it does actually contain Dead Sea mud!
The chemical actually dissolving your hair is Potassium Thioglycolate with Calcium Hydroxide to make it more effective. Combined with the other ingredients, it should work well with sensitive skin while still working to remove hair. It also has a less intense “chemical” smell than some other depilatories.
The only downside: this hair removal cream has a relatively high price compared to other over-the-counter creams. However, it can be worth it if you want a top-of-the-line home depilatory option!
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No-effort hair removal!
Depilatory creams are one of the easiest hair removal options out there with little to no skill involved. Just remember to patch test the cream on a small area of your body to make sure it plays nicely with your skin! If you have particularly dark, coarse hair, you may want to look into a stronger sulphide-based depilatory. Although sulfide depilatories are more effective, they also tend to irritate your skin more, which is why the Thioglycolate formulas are more common.
Read the instructions and patch test, and you’ll have one of the easiest hair removal experiences ever!