Spitting coffee over the keyboard because you find something so funny online is usually a metaphor. But this was so funny I was almost did it literally. A series of hilarious reviews by men who claim to have used this product inappropriately are doing the rounds on Twitter. (Link at bottom of post)
This product review is basically a fairly transparent excuse to share something funny, but while we are down here let’s have a quick look at the ingredients.
Aqua – water
Urea – this has a keratolytic effect, or in other words it disrupts the protein that holds your skin and hair together. This is bad news for bits of your skin that you want to keep.
Cetearyl Alcohol – gives the formulation its body.
Potassium Thioglycolate – this reacts with the sulphide bonds in the hair and in the skin. After it has finished with them they are no longer bonds. This softens the hair and skin considerably. If that is what you want, it is great stuff.
Calcium Hydroxide – not as bad as it sounds.
Ceteareth-20 – surfactant
PPG-15 Stearyl Ether – surfactant
Magnesium Trisilicate – stabiliser
Potassium Hydroxide – this is so reactive that it is able to form a soap from a fat at room temperature. That is what it does to any fat it finds on or in the skin. If you like destroying your own tissues, this is a good way to do it. (Before I get sued by the manufacturers, there will only be a tiny amount of this in the product and it will be safe enough if you follow the instructions.)
Propylene Glycol – solvent
Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate – a synthetic clay used here as a stabiliser
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – shea butter is soothing and good for the skin. Frankly, given the rest of the ingredients I am not sure why they are bothering.
Prunus Dulcis – almond oil. As per the shea butter. I suppose at least they are trying.
Acrylates Copolymer – stabiliser
Sodium Gluconate – not sure what this doing. Possibly a buffer.
BHT – Antioxidant
Hydrated Silica – yet another stabiliser. These products are tricky to make stable, they have gone for the kitchen sink approach here. And why not.
Parfum – depilatories characteristically smell horrible. You need a really good perfume to cover it up.
Citronellol – component of the fragrance
Hexyl Cinnamal – component of the fragrance
Linalool – component of the fragrance
Butylphenyl Methylpropional – component of the fragrance
Alpha Methyl Ionone – component of the fragrance
CI 77891 – otherwise known as titanium dioxide is white pigment
Suffice to say, hair removers are bad for your skin. Always follow the instruction. You should definitely avoid putting them on sensitive areas. But if you do, share the results with us in a review on the Amazon link below.Buy my Kindle mini-book on cosmetic ingredients