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I ordered a Philips Satinelle epilator for $25 on Amazon on somebody’s recommendation to my post a couple week ago. I finally had time and energy to give it a try, and it wasn’t bad.

I’ll start with I have a fairly high pain tolerance and pluck leg hairs “for fun” (boredom/nervous habit). Somebody recommended some Lidocaine gel but I was worried it would be gummy plus I didn’t have any so I used rubbing alcohol instead. I don’t do this often but my boyfriend swears by it to numb sore muscles and dull pain. I applied it with a cotton round, let it dry, then started. It wasn’t too bad, a sort of tingly discomfort.


I started with the back of my calves because they have the least hair and are less sensitive then worked around to the front and finally my ankles as the most sensitive. On first pass, I went pretty quickly to thin the hair down then went back more slowly and did a good job. I haven’t shaved in about 10 days. It appears that I only missed a few. My legs feel a little funny now but I suspect that is as much the rubbing alcohol wearing off as it is the hair follicles.

We’ll see how it goes in the future, ingrown hairs, etc. but so far I am satisfied.

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