[List]10 Best Hair Removal Creams 2020 Guide

By | February 11, 2020
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[List]10 Best Hair Removal Creams 2020 Guide



Every woman or sometimes man is on the look-out for the best hair removal creams that can indeed do the job. Although there are other ways of removing hair – from various parts of the body – there are times where using a removal cream is the best option for the user.

We will be looking at the 10 best hair removal creams 2020 that should be able to get the job done. However, we will first look at some basic points about hair removal creams.

What Is A Hair Removal Cream?

According to Wikipedia, ‘hair removal, also known as epilation or depilation, is the deliberate removal of body hair’.[1]

Basically, a hair removal cream is simply a product that helps to remove hair from any part of the body. This is usually made with chemical ingredients to make the product work effectively in a reasonably short period of time – usually between 3-10 mins.

How Does A Hair Removal Cream Work?

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What happens is this – once the cream is applied (which uses some common chemical compounds which ‘dissolve’ the structure of the hair and makes it easy to be manually removed using a plastic spatula or sponged away), it is allowed to remain on the skin surface for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinsed/washed away to remove a smoother feeling skin surface.

Why Should The Product Be Tested Before Each Use?

Every person’s skin is sensitive to any type of product and this will include chemicals or even natural products. This can also be dictated the hormonal level in each person genetic makeup. This is one very important reason to always do a skin patch test before using any product. The main aim is to reduce the possibility of any adverse reaction to the ingredients in the product.

Reasons That Determine The Effective Working Of Any Hair Removal Cream

Of course, using a hair removal cream might not work for everyone. Here are a few reasons to consider:

  • Hair texture
  • Hair density
  • Hair volume

As with most things, you can achieve a good result through testing – trial and error – and in most cases, starting with a small quantity.

What Are The Benefits Of A Hair Removal Cream?

Normally, if you can get past the smell of the various creams, then you can find and possibly agree with the benefits of using a hair removal cream.

A few benefits that I can think of:

  • The convenience of your own space and time – it is a private issue and this makes it remain that way.
  • It is fairly easy to use – assuming you follow the directions on the label and being especially keen to do a skin patch test to avoid skin chemical burns.
  • It is usually less expensive than other hair removal products.
  • It works quickly, usual products vary between 3-10 mins.

And, naturally, there can be a few cons to using a hair removal cream. A few on the list:

  • The smell – sometimes, the smell can be very nauseating and downright ‘stinky-smelling’, somewhat like rotten eggs, though I must say that we have come a long way and smells have improved tremendously.
  • The chemical ingredients can be very harsh on the skin, especially if the time allotted is not followed or carefully noted. This can sometimes result in burns, rashes, itching.
  • Not always effective when it comes to removing the whole length of the hair.

Other Ways To Remove Unwanted Hair

There are quite a few ways that one can remove unwanted hair from any part of the body. Here are some of the more common ways:

  • Shaving
  • Waxing
  • Using a hair removal cream or depilatory – this can take the form of a gel, cream, lotion, roll-on or spray – where the surface hair is removed and lasts for a short period of time.
  • Laser treatment
  • Threading
  • Epilating – in this instance the entire hair strand is removed from the root.
  • Plucking with a tweezer
  • Friction where the hair is ‘buffed’ from the skin.
  • Electrology or electrolysis.
  • IPL – intense pulsed light.
  • Diode epilation (high energy LEDs but not laser diodes).

Of course, the best hair removal method for anyone will depend on a few factors:

  • The time allotted to the process
  • Budget
  • Hair texture
  • Hair density
  • Hair volume
  • Regrowth factor

Yes, it is not a complicated issue, it is all about one’s personal choice, circumstances, and the desired outcome.

Are There Any Natural Hair Removal Options?

Yes, there are a few natural ways of removing unwanted hair using natural products, though this article is about premade hair removal products. Keeping in mind, using natural products for hair removal:

  • will not always be a quick and instantaneous method
  • takes a longer time
  • will make a difference with consistent use
  • Can still cause skin reactions like allergies and irritation, so you still need to do a skin patch test

Here are a few examples of using natural hair removal products:

  • Sugaring – the hair is removed by applying a sticky paste to the skin in the direction of hair growth and then peeled away with the help of a porous strip).
  • Hard wax coffee beads – little wax balls which are heated and applied with a spatula, allowed to cool and then pulled off.
  • Honey hair remover – same principle as the sugaring.
  • Raw papaya and turmeric root paste– a natural combination which uses the enzyme papain in the papaya which breaks down the hair follicle.
  • Egg, sugar, and cornstarch paste – the egg mix is prepared and applied like a mask and once removed, it also takes the hair with it.

The choices are many – natural and premade hair removal creams – and you need to try any that you think might be a good match for your hair removal needs. Let’s take a look at some of the more used creams. Veet and Nair are two of the more popular hair removal creams, so don’t be surprised if this 10 Best Hair Removal Creams 2020 guide mentions these brands more than once.

10 Best Hair Removal Creams 2020

1/Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream

Of course, the Veet brand is very well-known in the cosmetic industry. Veet has been around for more than 80 years and has been a household name for more than 30 million users, mainly women. This particular cream seems to be a very highly favored one.

The main features:

  • Effectively removes hair in as little as five minutes
  • The formula is great for sensitive skin as it is formulated with aloe vera and vitamin E which soothes and moisturizes the skin
  • Removes the hair closer to the root
  • It is dermatologist tested
  • You will have no nicks or bumps
  • Hydrates your skin
  • Easy application and uses a spatula to help hair removal

It is touted as a very fast-acting hair removal cream. I have used it in the past and it worked beautifully for me and in record time. This product has made the #1 Depilatory brand worldwide according to the Global Nielsen Unit Share Unit based on the 52 weeks data ending 12/31/2016.

List of ingredients:

Water, Urea, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Thioglycolate, Calcium Hydroxide, Talc, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Magnesium Trisilicate, Propylene Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide.

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2/Sally Hansen Cream Hair Remover Kit

The Sally Hansen brand is also another well-known name in the cosmetic industry. This is a hair removal kit for both hair and body.

The main features:

  • Fast-acting and painless
  • Formulated with vitamin E, willow herb, and pumpkin seed extracts – botanical plant extracts which help to soften and smooth the skin.
  • Easy to apply.

The kit is easy to use and according to the feedback, seems like a popular choice when ti comes to hair removal creams. I would be tempted to try it because of the ‘touted’ painless factor, especially when compared to other brands.

List of ingredients:

Creme hair remover ingredients: Aqua/Water/EAU, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Calcium Hydroxide, Calcium Thioglycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearylalcohol, Sodium Silicate, Steareth-30, Parfum/Fragrance, Ceteth-10, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bisabolol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Alcohol Denat., Potassium Hydroxide, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Farnesol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.

Extrasmoothe skin conditioning lotion ingredients: Aqua/Water/EAU, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Parfum/Fragrance, Peg-100 Stearate, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lanolin Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Myristic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Benzoate, Soluble Collagen, Benzoic Acid, BHT,Tocopherol.

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3/ Veet Botanic Inspirations Gel Cream

Yet another Veet product which seems to be eligible to get the job done.

The main features:

  • Easy to use
  • Removes hair in as little as 5 minutes
  • Ideal for sensitive skin especially with the addition of aloe vera and vitamin E in its formula
  • Removes hair closer to the root
  • Dermatologist tested
  • No razor stubble or nicks and bumps

This cream will leave you with smooth and moisturized skin based on the botanical plant extracts in this formulation.

List of ingredients:

Water, Urea, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Thioglycolate, Calcium Hydroxide, Talc, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Magnesium Trisilicate, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide.

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4/ Nair Baby Oil Hair Remover 

Another popular hair brand is Nair. With this formula, its formula uses baby oil and is touted to make the skin feel even softer once used.

The main features:

  • Easy to use
  • Works in as little as 3 minutes
  • Smooth skin lasts longer than the shaving process
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Perfect for the more sensitive areas – underarms, bikini line

It is known to be a #1 hair removal brand.

List of ingredients:

Water, mineral oil, potassium thioglycolate, calcium hydroxide, cetearyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, theobroma cacao (cocoa seed) butter, ceteareth-20, lanolin, fragrance and iron oxides.

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5/ Mud Drop Dead Sea Hair Removal Cream

This is a fairly new brand, Mud Drop and it seems to have a few well-known botanical plant extracts known for their soothing and moisturizing properties.

The main features:

  • Easy to use
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth
  • Helps sensitive skin
  • Natural mud with minerals
  • Plant Botanicals – argan oil, evening primrose, aloe vera, cucumber, chamomile, pro vitaminB5 for the elasticity of the skin

Based on the feedback, it really seems to be a good match for the very sensitive skin.

List of ingredients:

Aqua (water),potassium thioglycolate, urea, ceteareth 20,cetyl alcohol, calcium hydroxide, cyclopentasiloxane, cetearyl alcohol kelisoft tm (butylene glycol & cheledonne), magnesium aluminun slicate, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, maris silt (dead sea mud), fragrance parfum, argania spinose kernel oil, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit juice,Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, panthenol (pro.b5), sodium gluconate.

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6/ Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils

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Another Veet product and this one is made with shea butter – a well-known moisturizer when it comes to the hair and skin.

The main features:

  • Fast-acting time, in as little as 3 minutes
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used on normal and dry skin types
  • Dermatology tested
  • Once sprayed on, there is no need to spread the cream as with more traditional removal creams

The spray on hair removal cream is formulated with moisturizing components which help to keep the skin soft and smooth after the hair removal process.

List of ingredients:

Water, Urea, Potassium Thioglycolate, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Hydroxide, Talc, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Magnesium Trisilicate, Propylene Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Gluconate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide.

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7/ Nad’s Sensitive Hair Removal Cream

Nad’s hair removal cream was created in 1992 y Sue Ismiel and her daughters. They have been called – the hair removal innovator – their products widely used over the world for both men and women.

The main features:

  • Its formula contains botanical plant extracts like melon, aloe vera, avocado oil and honey.
  • Easy to apply
  • Works in as little time as 4 minutes
  • Uses the new Odor Elimination Technology which means a more user-friendly experience for your nose.
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Painless while removing the hair
  • Good for the more sensitive body areas
  • Suitable for all skin types, works in as little as 4 minutes!

This hair removal cream has a great selection of natural botanical extracts which are very user-friendly.

List of ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Potassium Thioglycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Urea, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl
Stearate, Calcium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Mel (Honey), Cucumis Melo (Melon) fruit extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Magnesium Trisilicate, Tocopheryl acetate, d-Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Gluconate, Titanium dioxide, BHT.

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8/Veet Spray On Hair Remover Cream

Veet is dynamic with this spray on hair remover cream.

The main features:

  • Fast-acting and works in as little as 5 minutes
  • Uses a sensitive formula made with aloe vera and vitamin E which softens and moisturizes the skin
  • Removes the hair closer to the root
  • Dermatologist tested

Veet is known to deliver and this product is true to its brand. Primarily designed for women with sensitive skin.

List of ingredients:Water, Urea, Potassium Thioglycolate, Glycerin, Calcium Hydroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Ceteareth-20, Fragrance, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Isobutane, Propane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Gluconate, Acrylates Copolymer, BHT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

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9/ Nair Bikini Cream with Green Tea

Another popular brand in the cosmetic industry, Nair is taking the next step closer to combining natural products in their product formula.

The main features:

  • Fast-acting
  • Easy to use
  • The formula has botanical plant extract – green tea – which is dermatologist tested.
  • It is a trademarked hair remover formula.

Based on the feedback, I think Nair has a good formula in this product.

List of ingredients:

Water, Mineral Oil, Calcium Thioglycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Hydroxide, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance.

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10/ Stop Hair 100% Natural Hair Growth Inhibitor 

Until I was doing my research, this StopHair brand was a new one to me. It is a ‘unisex Australian hair inhibitor spray that can be used in conjunction with any hair removal method (waxing, laser, epilation, depilation, shaving, etc.) to slow the hair regrowth process’.

The main features:

  • Uses plant extracts in its formula which presumably removes the nutrients from the hair follicle over time and inhibits regrowth. Stopping hair growth naturally.
  • Because it is made from all-natural plant extracts and it has natural moisturizers and preservatives and can be safely used on the body.
  • Uses a patented StopHair formula – which is a blend of purified plant and citrus extracts and also antibacterial agents.
  • Is site-specific – it only works on the area where it is applied.
  • The formula was developed, patented, and clinically tested in Australia by chemist Matt Miller, Ph.D.
  • 100% no hassle one-year money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Does not have a strong odor.
  • Easy to use.
  • Won’t cause itching, irritation, burning, or peeling on sensitive areas.

It must be noted that with this hair removal cream, more visible results will take time and consistent use.

List of ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Chelidonium majus (Celandine) Extract, Larrea Divaricata (Chaparral) Extract,
Glycerol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract

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My Final Thoughts On 10 Best Hair Removal Creams 2020

I have used a few of the more popular brands like Nair and Veet and I like them. I have also done the waxing and shaving route and this has been painful at times. In the long term, I find that whatever you choose needs to be comfortable, easy to use, and gets you the desired results you want.

Of course, this can only mean a case of trial and error. I suggest that you try any of the hair removal creams in small quantities until you find one that works best for you. All the best.


[1] Wikipedia 

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[Updated Feb 2020]

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