September 17, 2004
In the wry of the beholder
Good friends add a wrinkle or two to testing those ‘miracle’ beauty products
By Carrie Seidman
There wasn’t one among us who hadn’t heard the TV infomercial for Epil-Stop products ($14.94 for a jumbo bottle), a hair removal spray that touted a “refreshing cucumber melon scent” and made eight claims, among them, “No fuss, just spray and wipe away!” and “Clean, gentle, refreshing!!” (Note: Many exclamation points are requisite in beauty product packaging.)
Result: Belinda and Diane retreated to the back yard for testing. Shrieking ensued. An unpleasant odor began to permeate the room. Diane, never one to mince words, returned to report: “It burns, stinks, shoots all over the place and doesn’t take off the hair.” Belinda concurred.
Verdict: No one would consider buying this product. Before tossing it, we debated whether we might be liable for injury to the garbage collector.