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As Seen On TV: Smooth Away Hair Removal System

This is sort of a teaser post, but I just purchased Smooth Away and I had to share my excitement! Touted as "Europe's leading hair removal product," Smooth Away is a pad covered with superfine crystals that buff away unwanted hair, leaving your skin soft and smooth. When used in conjunction with Smooth Away Hair Inhibitor Moisturizer, which contains a natural botanical that slows hair growth, the Smooth Away system claims to prevent new hair growth for 6 weeks. Sounds pretty amazing, huh?!

I'm not usually a sucker for products sold on TV, but those informercials have been reeeeally tempting and I've been dying to try this product, especially since I hate shaving with a vengence. So when I saw Smooth Away work with my own two eyes at a kiosk at the New York Auto Show (I know, it's the most random place to buy a beauty product, right next to the ShamWows and 20" chrome rims), I whipped out my credit card and dropped $40 on a pack of exfolating pads and a tube of Smooth Away Hair Inhibitor Moisturizer.

The vendor told me I was getting a "great deal," and while I know they'll say anything to make a sale, I figured at least I was saving on shipping and handling costs. This set of pads is supposed to last 2 years, and twice as long if I use the natural hair inhibitor moisturizer—much less than the cost of regular shaving cream and razors. Almost sounds too good to be true!

Anyways, I'm going to test the product soon myself and I will let you know how it goes. Was I totally duped? Or will this stuff be the miracle cure to all my shaving needs? Only time will tell!

In case you've missed the informercials, you can learn more about Smooth Away at or

Let us know how you like it! Although, from my experiences, epilators are "Europe's leading hair removal product." I bought one (similar to this after moving to Russia, and I love it! Haven't gone back to shaving since. It was a bit painful at first during armpit hair removal, but now I hardly even feel it.
#1 Sonia on 2009-04-19 12:28 (Reply)
eh... I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news, but I wasn't impressed with my smooth away kit. I found mine at Walgreens for $10. It didn't come with the moisturizer though. But it wasn't nearly as fast as shaving and it didn't get rid of the whole hair, like shaving did. It broke down the hair (made it shorter) but over all I wasn't impressed. Sorry.
#2 lagirl8789 on 2009-04-19 12:29 (Reply)
I totally bought a set of ShamWows at Wal-Mart this week. Dear Husband and I have been dying to try them. Surprise - They actually work! I can't wait to hear your Smooth Away review. :-)
#3 Katie on 2009-04-19 15:48 (Reply)
Can't wait to see if it works!
#4 Kayla (Homepage) on 2009-04-19 18:14 (Reply)
I bought this a few months ago, and I wasn't crazy about it. It took forever to get any hair off, and the pads wore out very quickly. It was way more trouble than shaving, as the hair grows right back. Maybe you will have better luck.
#5 Nicole Michelle on 2009-04-19 18:46 (Reply)
I purchased this product at the Taboo Sex Show in Vancouver and to be honest, I wasn't that impressed. It did take the hair away beautifully, but I found that even with moisturizer, it irritated my skin. I was left itchy for a few days after use. I know the instructions state that if this happens, you're not doing it right, but I was so gentle. Anyways, I haven't used it since.
#6 Chelsea (Homepage) on 2009-04-19 18:48 (Reply)
I have to agree with the nay-sayers. I had high hopes for the smooth away pads but in the end I was highly unsurprised.

Yes it somewhat removes hair but it takes forever to do so, especially if your hair is more coarse.

Don't even try to remove underarm hair, your hand will fall off trying to rub and counter-rub.
#7 Riana on 2009-04-19 21:53 (Reply)
Oh no! I knew I should have asked you ladies first, haha. Oh well, I'm gonna try it soon (have to let my hair grow out a bit first) and then I'll let you know if I have better luck :-)
#7.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-19 22:23 (Reply)
I actually wrote a little review of it a couple of weeks ago on my blog (

I didn't have the moisturizer either. I'd have to say it only works for very fine and short hairs, and definitely does not work on underarms or bikini line!
#8 Pretty Lil' Things (Homepage) on 2009-04-20 11:55 (Reply)
I bought it from Walgreens too. Yeah, it's more time consuming than shaving and it didn't completely get rid of all the hair on my legs, BUT, when I did shave my legs a couple days after using it, my legs were velvety smooth and super soft. I have horribly sensitive and dry legs, so shaving is normally an annoying and painful experience for me which results in razor burn and knicks galore regardless of the shaving cream I use or whether I have a new razor or not. Using these actually alleviated the pain I normally have after shaving, so in my eyes, it was $10 well spent. : )
#9 Erin on 2009-04-20 12:09 (Reply)
it's great for upper lip, where you don't want to shave. but can't wait for the hair to grow out to wax it!
#10 christy on 2009-04-20 12:22 (Reply)
Oooh! I'd really like to see whether or not this works for you. I'm a really hairy monkey (don't laugh - it's true!) so any hair removal device gets me excited. Currently I'm using an epilator which is great, but I have to use it 1-2 times a week, and this thing claims to stave off hair growth for 6 weeks! Will be waiting for your review :-)
#11 Leia (Homepage) on 2009-04-20 16:11 (Reply)
Im terribly disappointed! I tried it on my took AGES to go considering I have little hair on them & my face is BURNING & TOTALLY IRRITATED! I would never in my life suggest this product to anyone! what a waste!
#12 Miss on 2009-07-22 16:45 (Reply)
It takes ages plus ITS SUCH A SCAM because after you use the product for more than 5 minutes you run out of the grey pad and then you have to attach another one.!
#12.1 Jasmine Hernandez on 2009-11-05 17:21 (Reply)
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