{Review} Philips SatinSoft Epilator

I received a Philips SatinSoft Epilator to review. Why? Because I believe that epilation is a greener way to “defuzz”. You can keep using one for years and years if you look after it. You don’t throw away old blades constantly, and also no sticky wax strips for your skin (or the landfill!)




So let me give you a background about my hair type first: I have thick, long dark brown hair, so obviously my body hair is dark and grows extremely fast .If I shave my underarms in the morning, I’d have to shave again by evening (sorry if that sounds gross, but it is true!). Since Grade 5 (15 years ago) I have been looking for the perfect way to get rid of leg and underarm hair.

I tried shaving  – works good, but have to keep doing it constantly! It also make my underarm skin red and bumpy)

waxing – works very well, but I hate the sticky mess, all the waste it creates, and because of the small red veins on my legs, it is not a perfectly safe option.

depilatory creams – it stinks, it removes only half the hair, and regrowth is almost the same as shaving. Need I say more?

vintage epilation – this is the first type of epilator I tried. It was my mom’s “contraption”, and I used it aged 11. It hurt like hell, and I was sure I would never try epilating again. Luckily technology has improved!


medieval torture device! The first type of epilator I ever tried. Yikes!

medieval torture device! The first type of epilator I ever tried. Yikes!

I have been epilating for just over a year now, and won’t be going back to the other hair-removing methods. With the Philips SatinSoft, my legs were definitely smoother after the first go, in comparison to the other brands.


What I like about the Philips SatinSoft Epilator 6519


The massage attachment also works by lifting the hairs which make it easier for the epilator to grab.

You can epilate short hair, so you don’t need to wait until you look like a cave woman before epilating.

The head can detach so that you can wash it under the tap. This works much better than just cleaning it with a brush like other brands.

It comes with a small attachment so you can epilate other areas like bikini and underarms (I have tried it, works like a charm!)

The cord is quite long (longer than other brands) which makes it much easier to use!)

It comes with an exfoliation brush



It is a bit noisier than some of the other brands

It is not battery operated, BUT it has quite a long cord, which helps a lot!


As you can see the PROS are MUCH MORE than the cons.


Helpful tips for ouch-free epilation:

  • Make sure your skin is clean. Some people like epilating right after a bath or shower as the hairs come out easier, but I find that the hair is more prone to breakage if I epilate right after a hot bath. So I make sure my legs  are clean and free from oils or creams, and epilate the next morning.
  • Hair length: not too short, not too long. Unlike waxing, longer does not necessarily mean better. I found that if the hair is too long, it hurts a bit more. I think anything longer than 5mm, is too long. So just so you are sure about this: make sure your hair is not too long, it will hurt more!
  • Exfoliate 24 hours before you epilate, as well as 24 hours after!
  • Your skin will look red afterwards, so don’t worry! Just make sure you moisturise after epilation. And you may not want to epilate right before a big event.
  • If this is your first time epilating, please note that your ankles and thighs are areas that are a bit more sensitive, so it may hurt a bit more than the rest!
  • It will hurt, but it is SO worth it! Eventually you do get use to it. Please give it a try!


The Philips SatinSoft is priced at about R530 and is worth every cent. You will save so much money on blades, wax strips or trips to the salon!


So what is your opinion of epilating?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. geewhiskerscharlene
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 06:12:26

    It does hurt a great deal but the hair re growth is usually finer in my case. I don’t have a fancy one like this so the pain is just unbearable at times. For those who can’t handle the pain, taking 2 panardos 20mins beforehand does lesson the pain :P


  2. The Glam Green Girl
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 14:41:22

    great review! Might have to look into buying one!


  3. Bo
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 06:59:46

    This is the model i got for xmas. The first time I used it, I cried my eyes out. The pain was excruciating! I even had to bite down on a t-shirt! I had YouTubed videos and did quite a bit of research and everyone said get over that first time. So I pushed through. The first time must have taken me about 3 hours because I did 1cm at a time! Since then I have NOT looked back. It doesn’t hurt at all now in fact I love seeing the hairs come out. Yes, maybe the sensitive areas like my ankles are tough to get through but it’s quick. I do legs (below the knee), underarms, bikini and face. The hair grows back softer, lighter and it’s quick to use. It’s changed my life!


  4. Rochelle Kay
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 08:07:56

    @Geewhiskers, hope the pain gets better soon! I am sure you should get used to it any time now, then it will hurt less!

    @GlamGreenGirl you should! It is amazing to be “dress ready” all the time!

    @Bo Yes, it is definitely worth it. It gets less painful the more you use it, now it feels almost like shaving! Haha!


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