I Tried It… Smooth Away

Smooth Away review. Does Smooth Away really work? Is it worth the money? Find out by reading our in-depth review.

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hate shaving. Chances are, I’m not alone on this. It’s a daily (or weekly, depending on the temperature) ritual that everyone hates. I could definitely do without it!

That’s why my interest was piqued when I saw a commercial for Smooth Away. This product guarantees smooth legs with minimal effort and no pain. When my friend Mary Beth came back from Thanksgiving break with a pack of them, I knew I had to try them for myself!

Smooth Away: My Experience

The kit comes with two sizes: A body-sized applicator that’s three inches long and two inches wide, and a smaller applicator for facial hair that’s two inches long and half an inch wide. Along with the Smooth Away applicators, the kit also comes with four refill pads. All of this conveniently comes in a small travel pouch.

After a day of growth, I was ready to finally try this “miracle” product. The instructions say to buff three times clockwise, and three times counterclockwise. Using the body-sized applicator, I did this for about five minutes, or the time it would take me to shave my entire leg. To my horror, I looked down to find my entire leg covered in what looked like white chalk.

Smooth Away Results

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I really, really, really wanted to like this product. Honestly, it seemed like the answer to all of my problems: I’d stop wasting all that money on razor blades (site note: why are they so expensive?!) and I would save my skin from the nicks I still sometimes get.

I expected my skin to be 100% smooth after this product, but instead my legs felt as if I’d shaved 12 hours ago. Smooth-ish, but with a little growth. The more delicate areas of my legs, like my ankles, were especially hard to work. At one point, I had to rub so hard that I got something that resembled razor burn on my shins that burned for hours. A male friend of mine tried it on his chest, and experienced the same kind of pain that I did. Not only was it painful, but the “crystals” seem to dull after a few uses!

Smooth Away – My Overall Review:

The fact that Smooth Away turned my legs to chalk, caused me the pain of shaving with a dull razor, took a much longer time and didn’t even give me smooth legs prompts me to tell you guys not to buy this! The only reason I can think of that you’d need this product is if you’d need to be clean-shaven as you’re getting off an airplane. Save your $10 and buy some mascara instead!

What do you guys think?

Have you ever used this product? What was your experience? Do you know of any other as-seen-on-TV products that didn’t live up to your expectations? Tell me in the comments!

46 thoughts on “I Tried It… Smooth Away”

  1. This thing is crap. first i used it on my legs, wich got me nowhere. then i used it on my “mustache” lol nd it worked. at first. my lip i guess had an allergic reaction nd it got kinda bumpy nd it HURT. ALOT. Nd now its growing back nd i havv the feeling its gonna be thicker darker and even MORE Noticable. wich rilly sux.So dont use this BS. the stuble is growing back nd btw its rilly uncomfertable so hoping it doesnt turn out too bad. this rilly makes me just wanna sue these liars. wasted 10 $! UGH.

  2. The point of this product is that since you aren’t shaving your legs, the hair won’t grow back as quickly. So in order for this product to work, you have to use it for several months without shaving in order to slow the growth process of the hair. What I don’t like about it is that you have to wait for the hair to grow at least 1/2 (it recommends a full 2 inches of hair!) for it to work effectively. It also leaves hair cells (the chalky stuff) all over your leg, so you have to get back in the shower any way. I tried this product and I won’t be using it again.

  3. I tried out the product as well. It works. You just have to loition your leg afterwards. What the product does is removes hair and also dead skin. So a quick rinse and you have nice smooth legs!

  4. It depends on what kind of hair you have. I’m Mediterranean. (Most of us have dark, strong hair.) I used this thing for the recommended time and ALL the hair was still there, then I did it for 10 minutes on the same spot on my leg, and ALL the hair was still there. Then I tried the back of my hand, ALL the hair was still there. Then I tried somewhere else, ALL the hair was still there.

    And, it burned.

    Let my dd in college try it. She’s lighter than I am, but when she tried it, ALL the hair was still there.

    A waste of $20.00. I was too embarrassed to return it. Some skin may have come off, but no hair.

    I think those who found it shaved like an electric razor may be blonds or women with very thin body hair.

    Not the thing for Mediterraneans, Latinas, or African American girls.

  5. I used smooth away for the first time. i used it on my legs and my arms. My legs and my arms both turned bright red and burned intensly I followed the directions to the tee. I had to take benadryl to get it to go away…My sister in law used it the same day the exact same way and she had one pink spot that was gone by mourning and no hair……The next day i decided to rty it again just to see and I did a small spot on my leg and now my entire leg is red and burning and I only did a very small spot…….and to make matters worse I now have this rash on my arms from the day before. I had tried to get in the bath and it only made it worse along with moisterizer…But my sister in law still has no problems so I think if you are using it right and it is doing that then it is more like an allergic reaction, benadryl really helped me so I figured I would suggest it to all the others that are having a simular problem….oh and A&D first aid ointment is for burns and it really helped take some of the burn away so I could sleep.

  6. my cousin got this for christmas, and we were all so excited because we heard all the hype about how great it was. so we all tried it. my cousin used it on her chin and hands, and i used it on my legs. my legs started to burn, i got a really bad irritation! and my cousin’s hands started to swell and turn red! what is that about? unles we were doing it wrong, which i doubt, i’d say clearly NOT a good product.

  7. I Just stick with going for regular waxing. After a while the hairs on the legs and hands get finer and grow slower after every time. After few months going regularly for waxing you notice HUGE difference, but you gotta make it through those few months without reaching for the razor – winter time is usually good if you want to try this and you’ll be ready for the summer 🙂

  8. I too was definitely disappointed with Smooth Away. In the time it took for me to get ALL the hair off only a tiny section of my leg, I probably could have been done shaving BOTH my legs. It took a ridiculous amount of time – especially because I’m 5’8″ and have long legs, haha – and was so not worth it. My skin felt dry and was flaky afterward, and areas like the knees and ankles was almost impossible to do. DON’T BUY, SAVE YOUR MONEY.

  9. i saw a demo of these in person, so i bought them. they work but getting the technique down takes a lot of patience and practice. you must rub in a circular motion clockwise, then counter-clockwise, working one small patch of skin at a time.

    the “chalk” is just dead skin. my legs have never been smoother after using these! but do not press hard or use these on wet skin or you will burn yourself, bad.

    finally, the pads wear down quickly, so for that reason alone, i won’t be buying more. one pad does two legs, and that’s about it! not worth the money, so sad.

  10. I notice a lot of people complain about irritation but did you:

    1.) Wash off your legs and dry them before applying the product

    2.) Dont press hard while buffing

    3.) After buffing apply a non-scented lotion

    When I followed the 3 steps above the results were better and I had waaay less irritation. Also the chalkiness comes off very easily, simply wipe down your legs. Though on the down side it does take forever, so until something better comes along I’ll probably stick with shaving. Unpleasent but way faster.

  11. @cheryl – i also found that they dug into my back and hurt reallly bad! anyone who wants to try them,DONT. save your money & buy a racerback bra.

    @paula – haha me too! i got the same reaction as elizabeth. this product is just terrible.

    elizabeth thatnks for the great post. i love how you ended it with “Save your $10 and buy some mascara instead!” lol(:

  12. I tried it and it was okay. It’s actually not bad if you need to shave but don’t have time to take a shower. It works a little better than an electric razor. I also like the exfoliative effects. It takes awhile to do your legs though.

    They used to have a product kind of like this called Hair Off. I think you can still get it on the internet. The sandpaper sheets for this one curl into a sort of mitt. This allowed it to fit your contours a little better. I think they had a coarser grit too, which made it go a little faster.

  13. One lonely day around this time of year I was watching infomercials because it seemed to be the only thing on and I actually purchased both Smooth Away and the In-Styler. The Smooth Away gave me the same results as you described and it took me about 30 minutes to do just my lower leg. I was highly disappointed. However the In-styler did give me the results I wanted. I have naturally thick, curly hair and it’s very hard to manage. Whenever I straighten it I usually get it professionally done because I never get the results I want when I do it myself, but once I used the In-styler it really worked and made straightening my hair much easier. The only downfal is the annoying sound the revolver makes but other than that I love it.

  14. a friend gave me a few bra clips (called Strap Perfect) that were an As Seen On TV product. these figure-eight-ish shaped clips are meant to hide your bra straps and make your ladies look more perky and full. well, to secure the clips, you either need an arm extension or a friend! it’s very hard to clip these in alone without completely loosening your bra straps, which will also reduce any perk-factor. they also will only hide your straps with limited shirt styles; they work best if you have thicker straps, which is also pretty accommodating for a REGULAR bra!

    overall, this product will probably be helpful with only limited outfits, but when it does work, it meets it’s claim and hides your straps. just don’t expect to be sexy stripping off your bra later. it make take multiple people and the jaws of life to unhook that sucker. my recommendation would be to buy this only if a bunch of friends were splitting it. when it’s only a dollar or two per person, it’s probably worth it to hide those straps!

  15. I haven’t tried the product myself, but a relative of mine did. Well here’s the story:

    We were at a mall in another state on vacation and this vendor just wouldn’t let us leave without trying his “Smooooth Away” product. I think it even had like 4 o’s in it…so it’s possible this was even a knock off of the real thing! Anyway, the guy was extremely pushy, offering to try it on her legs, until she agreed to just let him try one patch on her arm. It was a few gentle and circular rubs on her arm and her hair was gone! It was amazing. It was so smooth to touch and very clean looking. We didn’t buy it (thank goodness) but we were pretty amazed and thought about coming back later or buying it off online.

    It didn’t bother us that the claim of the product “getting down into the root” was a lie. We were okay with doing it regularly as long as it was as quick, easy, and painless! However, an hour or more after walking around the mall, my cousin’s arm grew a little red and it looked like it was going to be a razor burn. She said it tingled and kind of hurt. We didn’t think much of it, but I did my research after we got home from our vacation.

    Apparently if you’re really unlucky (very sensitive skin) or you rub with this “smooth away” product too hard or too much, your skin will BLEED. It’ll ooze blood from the little pores. It was gross and painful reading about this happening to other women. Ugh. I called up my cousin and told her about it and luckily she said nothing like that happened to her, but the hair grew back instantly and thicker as we had feared. So basically this product is like shaving (in terms of just whacking off the surface of the hair, and growing back faster and looking thicker), BUT with its sandpaper-like texture it could cause more damage than it’s worth.

    They claim that the “chalky” residue left on your skin is from exfoliation…psh…um yeah, you’re basically sandpapering your skin off. This product would have been amazing…like you I tried soo hard to like it. It would have been the solution to one of the problems all women are hoping for. Sigh.

  16. About a month ago my friend and I also tried smooth away and it was terrible! I didn’t have high expectations for me because my leg hair is rather thin so I would have understood if it didn’t work out for me. I broke out in a rash after using it and it wouldn’t go away for about a week.
    I love infomercials and all but I’m reluctant to buy as seen-on-tv products now.

  17. all smooth away is, are several pads of 3M sand paper. they are fine sand paper but nevertheless still sand paper. if you flip the replacement pads around you’ll see the shameless 3M logos on the back. so basically if you really want this just go to home depot, buy a pack of fine sandpaper and sand away your leg flesh!

    it’s cheaper at home depot too lol

  18. I agree that this product kinda sucks, but I use a similar thing from a different brand and I love it.
    Obviously your legs will look chalky because that’s all your dead skin! All you need to do is get a damp cloth and wipe your legs down then moisturise.
    The brand I use is a lot cheaper so it doesn’t matter if they dull quickly because they are cheap to replace.
    I wouldn’t completely disregard this method because I love the way my legs feel, you just need to use a different brand. I don’t know if the one I use is only available in England but I’m sure you can find other ones.

  19. I tried this last year with the same expectations as you and I had the same reaction as well…why does it look like a pound of chalk dust spilled all over my legs? “As seen on tv” stuff always lures me in but it’s never as good as it looks on tv (except maybe the snuggie…you can’t really mess up a blanket)

  20. I have some tummy hair, so i bought a smooth away before last summer started…it works really well on the fine hairs there, but on legs and whatnot it sucks. but it’s still better than having to nair/shave my tummy hair, which gives me stubble.

  21. I had a friend & sorority sister try this product, and I asked her what she thought, too. She said it works well if you’ve got “peach fuzz” like on your face or something it works well for that, but other than that it is not worth it.
    Glad to hear another review, really wish it was the miracle solution to no shaving! lol oh well maybe some day!

  22. Just a comment on Strap Perfect:

    I use Strap Perfect on a regular basis (and have loaned some of them to friends and haven’t gotten them back, so they’re probably using them too) and I find it quite easy to use.

    I would highly recommend this product; it has never not worked for me and is so customizable! You can get way more variations of the back of your bra than with a simple racerback bra.

  23. I tried this product myself, couldn’t be more disappointed. When I saw the commercial I thought that it was the solution to my problems (my bikini area is highly sensitive and it get irritated very easily). However, it took forever to remove the hair from part of my hair, and it irritated my skin. I don’t recommend this product, is a waist of money.

  24. I tried the Smooth Away and it was nice after I first used the elbow grease. The key is to not apply pressure when you use it or you’ll definately get the razor burn feel. And the chalk that you get isn’t from the paper but actually your sloughed off dead skin cells. The tutorial videos they circulate and the instructions say just to brush it off and to add lotion. When you do you really get this better than baby skin softness. I probably won’t use it again unless it is when I need my legs to be the softest but I have to say that the feel of my skin afterwards, when it comes out right, is better than anything I’ve experienced. But the pads do run out waaay too fast.

  25. iv tried shaving,waxing and the removal cream(no painful lazer treatment 4 me)…………………..what is the best option????? y do we have body hair???? i hate it!!!

  26. I wish I had read this review before I bought Smooth Away!
    For me, basically, it sucked. It exfoliated my skin, but I had to rub it in one place for at least twenty seconds to get any results. Plus, this made me look kind of…ashy? It was way too much work and the crystals stopped working after a use or two.

  27. Agree with this review! i suckered into this too and OMG it actually “gently” scratches ur skin and I was left with small cuts! WTH not worth it AT ALLL

  28. My friend said it worked well on her arms.

    I remember buying the Mary Kate and Ashley fan club kit with my own money from my bank account when I was 6. I was very disappointed in the product because it was just a poster. :).

  29. Thanks for trying this out!
    I didn’t think it would be too effective, like other posters have said it’d be like rubbing sand paper on your leg
    i love the trying stuff out posts, more please 🙂

  30. I think it works better for people with fine leg hair. But for people like brunettes where you get stubble about 6 hours after shaving it doesn’t work so well.

  31. have never heard of it!!! probably because i don’t live in the states. however i love reviews, especially when they are this honest!! So please make more, i am really easily tricked by comertials, and products

  32. Thanks so much for reviewing this, I will def stay away! I would love to see a post comparing different hair removal techniques (shaving, creams, waxing, laser). I would especially love to hear from people that have done the laser hair removal. I am considering it but I have no close friends that have done it.

  33. i tried this and yes exactly the same as you, razor burns etc, and it would take forever to get my whole leg smooth!!

    I have however found a great alternative to shaving! I use veet in the shower cream. put it on for about 3-6 mins, you can shower as normal then use the special sponge they provide to rub away the cream, tada, hairless!! xxx

  34. The “tiny microscopic crystals” that they claim do the smoothing away seem like nothing more but very very fine sandpaper. I found myself wasting so much time (around 15 minutes!) trying to rub off all the hair, and it wasn’t smooth or even. Such a waste of time. Stick with razors.

  35. I think this company became Rich off a million people trying these ONCE. I tried these 3 or 4 times while watching TV, relaxed, not in a hurry. I did my arms and legs. IF they actually kept regrowth to a minmum or extended the time between shavings, they would be worth it. But they didn’t. AND with 46 years of shaving practice, and the newer gels(Satin Care the best) and razors available now, it is Way faster to just shave at the end of my shower in the nice steamy environment. Suggestion: Unless you expect someone to be gliding their hands over your legs, you don’t need to shave all the time. I know they’re not so much in style anymore, but pantyhose can camoflage leg hair for a couple days. Fishnet hose, sheer tights, Spray Tan products…….they all can cut out 1 or 2 days before you have to shave again.

  36. I’ve got to disagree. I’ve been using a $1 knock-off of this product from the Dollar Tree for over a year now, and I can’t be happier about it. It leaves my skin smooth (meaning hairless AND exfoliated!) The “hideous” chalkiness you get from this product is actually beneficial, as it is just the result of exfoliating the skin, which makes them younger-looking in the long run. Using lotion direcly after using this product eliminates any chalkiness. I love that it’s cheap and I get constant compliments on my nick- and scar-free legs. The only downside to this product is the amount of time you have to spend to get it to work. For perfect legs, it takes about an hour every day. However, I simply use this hour to multitask: I just catch up on my favorite TV shows when I use it. Every girl who hears me rave about this product thinks I’m crazy, but you won’t hear my boyfriend complaining. He just loves my easy-to-achieve smooth legs!

  37. OMG!!!! I DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT recommend this product! I saw this in the store and thought “Hey, what a GREAT idea!!! Just a magical glove where I just RUB the hair off my legs. I could wash, exfoliate and shave my legs in ONE EASY STEP!” What can I say? I was sold! So I try it out at home. And yeah, I got the same chalky film and the cruel thing is, it doesn’t hurt right away. So I just continue rubbing this stupid pink glove over my legs LIKE A SUCKER! I do both legs, from hip to ankle and once I finish, the pain starts. FML, my legs started turning bright red due to inflammation of every single hair follicle on my legs! Ya, sure, there was no hair on my legs…… BECAUSE THERE WAS BARELY ANY SKIN LEFT ON MY LEGS!!!! I basically sanded my legs down with very, very fine grain hot pink sandpaper!!! It was the middle of winter and all I could do was dance around in short shorts like a dumbass for hours. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t pull pants on. I ended up putting the rest of the pink sandpaper in with the other sandpaper in the toolbox. Needless to say, if i wanted to use this again, I would save money next time and buy it from the hardware store!


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