While we might all be curious about the best plunger or probiotic tampon or cold-sore remedy, it can be difficult to discuss these more personal items. That’s why we’re tackling Things We Don’t Talk About, a series in which we track down the best hygiene-, sex-, and bodily function–related things we all need but might be too embarrassed to ask about. In this installment, we looked to the very opinionated shoppers at Amazon to guide us toward the best manscaping tools out there.
“I don’t often switch from one product to another and see as big a difference as I did going from cheaper three-blade disposables to these razors. Where the old ones sometimes felt like I was scraping hair off my face, these razors really glide. The space between blades makes rinsing hair from them so much easier, too. I’d recommend trying these if you haven’t. The comfort is great, and they give me a really close shave with very little need to go over tough spots on my face and neck.”
“I bought this primarily to shave my pubes. Care is needed when the pubic hair is full, but after going after it a bit at a time and you are down to the skin, maintenance is easy. Take care around the anus and scrotum, though. It is important to wash your pubes well with shampoo before shaving. Be sure to dry the area first. This way, the razor doesn’t get funky because I also use it on my face. The thing shaves my light beard better than my Braun!! You can snap off the shaving head and soak it in plain water with a bit of bleach to disinfect.” (109) add
“Like many other men here, I had the misfortune of inheriting the Sasquatch gene from my father. Laser hair removal and electrolysis are expensive and take forever, hair-removal creams and razors are a pain in the ass, but this thing works and works quickly. In the span of ten minutes, I went from looking like a chimpanzee to looking like a human. The trimmer made quick work of most of it, and the shaving head took care of the rest. The shave is surprisingly smooth; stubble is minimal to nonexistent, and the handle makes it possible to get just the angle you need. For the first time in many years, I am no longer horrified by the prospect of being seen without a shirt on.” (125) add
“I’ve reached the age where I’m turning into a werewolf. I’m sprouting hair in places I never thought possible. And there’s nothing romantic about it (ask my wife). A razor can take care of most of it, but what’s to be done about the thing on a person’s face with Spanish moss hanging out of it? Time to pull out the nose trimmer! I’ve tried just about all of the trimmers on the market, and this one gets the job done in no time. I’m still getting used to the tiny headlight that illuminates my nostrils as I trim. It’s kind of like being in a dark mine with a headlamp. Now, if only they’d invent an ear-hair trimmer that didn’t sound like an armored division grinding up a steep hill.” (131) add
“My husband LOVES this product. I bought it for him when I started to notice wild brow, ear, and nose hairs. I wanted to make sure he was always well-groomed. I thought, If I am noticing these wild hairs, everyone else is, too! At first he was offended, but then he realized how useful it is and now uses it at least once a week. I really think it gives him extra confidence knowing he is well-groomed when he leaves the house. He likes it so much that he asked me to purchase one for his father for Christmas this year. Ladies, get this for the men in your life and end the epidemic of male wild brow, ear, and nose hairs!” (122) add
“This is, by far, THE BEST wax you will use. I am of South Asian descent and believe me, I have A LOT of hair. Coarse, dense, and stubborn. This will get rid of EVERYTHING in one go. The first time I tried it, I honestly gasped in joy. Even though I’m not an expert waxer, I found it fairly easy to use. The one thing is that it is quite sticky and it doesn’t wash off (you need to use an oil to get it off), but it really doesn’t bother me because holy hell, it gets rid of my hair so well! A jar allows me to wax my legs, my underarms three to four times, and my face multiple times, though your own mileage may vary. If you are on the fence about getting this, it will change your life! (Well, not life, but it’s darn good wax, this).” (152) add
“Nose hair, what an issue! I have tried everything and thought, Hmmm, there must be a better way, and searching on Amazon, I found this. I gave birth with no meds twice, so clearly I should be able to tolerate this … right?! Anyhow, the first nostril attempt, it definitely felt strange. One big yank, one second of pain, and wow, so many nose hairs ripped out without mercy! I didn’t quite get all of the inside parts, and I found I had to sort of wiggle the wand around to get the whole interior of the nostril. I am VERY pleased with the results, though. I feel like I can breathe much easier, and the inside of the nostrils now feel smooth. No side effects 24 hours later. SO happy to finally have a solution to this minor but annoying beauty issue!” (143) add
“If you routinely ‘manscape’ (I hate that word), you want to try this product. I like to keep things clean and neat down there, but not bare all the way … I used the Bare Pair on my boys about a month ago. It was simple to use, and following the directions, it worked well. Took all off my boys. And I haven’t had to use it since. Coupled with a good trimmer like the Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver for trimming up the rest of the forest, this is a great way to get the look (and feel) you want. It did sting a little, but not much. If you have sensitive skin, try a small sample first. The calm balm feels wonderful after using the bare balm.” (129) add
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