I Tried An Epilator Brazilian. Here’s How It Went.

I tried an epilator for the first time. If you don’t know what an epilator is, it’s an electronic device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and snatching them from the root. Similar to waxing. For my epilation test drive I decided to do an Epilator Brazilian. Brave? Yeah I know. #NewYearNewMe so why not try new things. Besides, I wanted to see if I really had that S on my chest. Here’s the backstory…

I don’t like hair unless it’s on my head. And I don’t like too much of it there either. I especially don’t like pubic hair. If this is TMI for you stop reading now. I used to shave but I would always nick myself and the hair grew back super coarse. Mind you I have very coarse hair to begin with. So I’ve been not so regularly getting Brazilian Waxes for the last 10 years.

I hate getting a Brazilian Wax though. Whoever said that the pain gets easier to deal with over time lied. That ish always hurts. And unless you find a good groupon deal, upkeep can get very expensive. I used to get a wax every 3-5 weeks. Now I only stick to this schedule in the Summer. The rest of the year I get a wax about every 10 weeks unless I’m going on vacation. And I do maintenance with clippers to keep the hair low in between visits.

Now back to the epilator. I’ve had a Panasonic Wet/Dry Epilator sitting in a drawer for about 3 years. PR sent it to me and I totally forgot about it. I had never used an epilator before and got cold feet after doing some research. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, I found the epilator and decided to give it a try. I was curious to see how it compared to waxing. After browsing through the manual, I figured out what attachments I needed to use and got started. I decided to do dry epilation so that I can easily hold my skin tight for better hair removal.

I started at the bikini line with the Gentile Epilator Head. It wasn’t painful at all. I just felt a little pinching. Next I moved on to the Dual Disc Epilator Head with the Gentile Cap, and decided to start in the center. Now if you’ve ever gotten a wax you’d know that this is the most painful area because of the nerve endings. As instructed, I slowly glided the epilator across the area and immediately stopped. It hurt like hell. Same intensity as waxing. But worse since you’re moving slower. I decided to suck it up and carry on.

Once I got past this area the pain became less intense. It actually was more of an uncomfortable sensation than pain. I switched between the Gentile Cap and Fast Cap to move things along quicker. Now I thought the labia would hurt the most. Especially the inner labia. But it barely hurt at all. I guess I was numb at this point.

Epilating the labia was more awkward than anything. I had to lift my legs and fold my body into uncomfortable positions in order to hold the skin tight and remove all of the hair. Holding the skin as tight as possible in this area is very important as your skin can get pinched in the epilator. This actually happened to me a couple of times. It wasn’t painful, just scary. The skin didn’t rip or anything. It just kind of gets sucked in and the rollers stop moving. When you turn the epilator off, the skin comes right out without force. The first time it happened I stopped breathing as  I thought I ripped off a patch of cooch. But all was well.

It took me about an hour to complete my Epilator Brazilian as I was very careful, and tried my best to get every hair. The test drive was a success. My lady bits were smooth and hairless, just like when I get a Brazilian Wax. There were a few stray hairs that were too short to grasp, but this happens when I get a wax as well. I just tweeze them since it’s such a small amount and I don’t like the look of stray hairs. I finished off the job with a layer of Tend Skin to calm the skin.

After two weeks, the hair is just growing back in. So I would say that the results last about as long as a Brazilian Wax. I plan to continue to do epilation in lieu of waxing on the regular. I’ll treat myself to a wax on occasion.


Have you tried an Epilator Brazilian? Would you try it?

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When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.



  1. mm
    01.16.2018 / 11:44 am

    whew you are tough! i almost fainted reading this. lol
    Thanks for this post, very informative

    • Erica
      01.16.2018 / 9:32 pm

      I almost fainted when the skin got stuck lol. You’re welcome!

      • Lily
        04.30.2020 / 5:27 am

        Hahaha that’s so funny! The labia area really scares me as well. But I shall give it a try. Thanks for this very informatice article!

  2. 01.16.2018 / 2:53 pm

    I absolutely hate getting waxes so I might try this one out! Great post!


    • Erica
      01.16.2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. If you try it, let me know how it works out for you!

      • GlamGirl
        05.11.2018 / 7:49 am

        My experience with epilating that area was precisely the same! Great description of the process… had me giggling to myself be abuse I could totally relate!😄 There arent many brave enough to venture this method however, it’s an effective and less expensive solution.

  3. Y. Bennett
    01.16.2018 / 9:30 pm

    This was informative as I am still trying to see what my best options are in this area but your post is too funny! I LoL’d the entire time reading!

    • Erica
      01.16.2018 / 11:54 pm

      Lol I’m glad that you enjoyed my post!

  4. Tiffany
    01.17.2018 / 12:29 am

    I was dead @ “patch of cooch”, but I think I might have to try this.

    • Erica
      01.17.2018 / 10:26 am

      Girlll I was dead when I thought I lost a patch! lol

  5. Charyn
    01.17.2018 / 12:16 pm

    OMG, this was hilarious and informative! A VERY honest review and I just about fainted too when I read about the skin getting sucked up! (my coworkers were staring at me while I howled at my desk!) I’m all about convenience, so if this produces the same results as waxing, I’m going to have to try it.

    • Erica
      01.17.2018 / 11:07 pm

      Lol it was quite scary. But the results were worth it. I figure I should be able to master the process after the third time. Let me know your opinion if you decide to try it!

  6. 01.18.2018 / 3:52 pm

    Hello, please how do you handle bumps after either waxing or epilating?

    • Erica
      01.18.2018 / 11:57 pm

      I exfoliate regularly to try and avoid them, and use the Tend Skin to clear them up.

  7. Kim
    01.19.2018 / 9:13 am

    I think I’ll just have to stick with waxing. Oh my goodness. But thanks for the honest reviews. My Russian lady takes care of me in less than 10 minutes. I whistle my way right on out the door. Literally! Lol

    • Erica
      01.19.2018 / 10:41 am

      Lol I had a Russian Lady do mine once and it was indeed the quickest and least painful wax ever!

  8. 08.08.2018 / 1:06 am

    I finally did a Brazilian today with my epilator. I have done my legs and underarms for awhile now, and tested epilating the bikini line dry. I opted for a mirror in the shower. I tried the “sensitive” attachment and found it was more painful then just using the standard. I also found that the most sensitive area was easier to get through in short And quick movements. I have I have a trick to prevent ingrown hairs for my underarms which is “clean and clear toner” the kind with salicylic acid… super cheap especially if you can get a store brand. I used this and we will see… I’ve used it after waxing and never had an issue… but you are so right… exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate!

    • Erica
      08.08.2018 / 8:41 pm

      I’m glad everything turned out well.Thanks for the toner recommendation. I still use TendSkin and it can be a bit expensive. I’ve been doing Sugar Brazilians lately. I’ll do a rundown and review soon! xo

  9. Marie
    11.04.2018 / 7:55 am

    It’s so funny that just about a year ago I was hoping to get a real full review on Brazilian epilating! Where were you at when I needed you lol jk. My prayers have been answered thank you so much! I will be buying mine soon.

    • Erica
      11.04.2018 / 8:02 am

      Lol this post is almost a year old. You’re welcome and good luck!

  10. Alex
    01.31.2019 / 9:35 pm

    Will definitely be trying this now. Ace, if it saves a trek to the beauticians every month!

    • Charli
      03.03.2019 / 1:05 am

      I’m just seeing this post. This post gave me all the anxiety in the world lol. I just bought an epilator and I tried it near the triangle and the PAIN. Yeah sis, I don’t know if I can get through it for the whole coochie. I’ve never done a Brazilian wax so I didn’t know what level of pain to expect. I might try again tomorrow but dang…

      • Erica
        03.04.2019 / 12:24 pm

        Omg sis. If you’ve never had a Brazilian then I know the pain came as a surprise. I’m so sorry. It’s less intense after a minute though, at least for me. Sending you virtual courage lol xo

  11. Sophie
    02.26.2019 / 2:23 pm

    give Karmin a try.

    • Erica
      02.28.2019 / 12:48 pm

      This one is still working fine.

  12. Brandi
    03.06.2019 / 7:23 pm

    Im getting brave enough to do the brazilian lol. I tried one time and it didn’t go so great. Lol I was terrified and then got my bits pinched and it bled a bit!!!!! When doing the labia area did you use the epilator in a horizontal attempt or did you try bottom up if you get what i mean? That’s the only part I had left to do. Lol

    Thanks so much for your post!

    • Erica
      03.07.2019 / 2:39 pm

      I believe I did it horizontal. I never approach that area bottom up 😩. I’ve been super lazy lately and just use the push up shave attachment to keep everything trimmed low lol

  13. kristy
    06.04.2019 / 12:00 pm

    I have the Karmin 5 in 1 and love it.

  14. Jon
    07.24.2019 / 7:53 pm

    I’m a 53-year-old man. I have been shaving my pubic off for over 20 years. That got real expensive with the blades! Never tried waxing for a couple of reasons: the expense, and having someone else doing things where only my wife does things.

    In any case, I remove it all with a Braun series 7 epilator. Results are absolutely fantastic! I wish I had known about this years ago! Keep on living smooth!

    • Erica
      07.24.2019 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  15. Tanya
    07.28.2019 / 2:21 pm

    Thank you for writing about this! I wanted to do it but didn’t even know it it was possible (or a good idea) but after reading your post I went for it. My epilator literally dates back to…. 1999, my mum bought it for me and my two sisters to share (!? ok we were just doing our legs) and it came with an ice pack attachment, which I never used and have since lost. But the thing still works a charm (it’s a Phillips) and I can confirm that if you get in the right position and find ingenious ways to pull your skin tight you can save all that money by epilating this area as well. So convenient! Thanks again!

    • Erica
      07.28.2019 / 7:06 pm

      You are very welcome. I’m so glad that you found my post useful. It’s cool that you already had an epilator on hand!

  16. Alan
    08.09.2019 / 10:09 am

    I’ve started epilating all my body hair recently after years of shaving and trimming. I haven’t found it that painful, although the first time it did sting, and I am delighted with the results.

    So for guys who are curious and wondering if they can epilate the answer is absolutely “yes”. You just need to be super careful around your scrotum and anus.

  17. Sarah Leghari
    02.22.2020 / 3:08 pm

    “I thought I ripped off a patch of cooch” OMG, I had to stop reading just to comment how much I love you right now!!! I know this is an old post but but my epilator arrives today. Thanks for keeping us girls informed!!!

    • Erica
      02.23.2020 / 9:01 pm

      Lol You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes!

  18. Mike
    02.25.2020 / 10:54 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed your article. As many others mentioned, I had to stop at the OMG moment. I too have experienced that with a chunk of my man parts. I was initially devastated then relieved no damage done. I think with you having a history of waxing made your experience a bit more tolerable. I shaved a couple times, but hated the stubs within 2 days. Never have been brave enough to go get waxed, so thought I’d give epilation a try. Day 1 – the depths of HELL. Day 2 – the gateway to hell. Day 3 – Hey! This ain’t so bad. I started with a session every 2 days and have gradually extended it out. I’m at 2 week intervals now with minimal hair growth and much thinner than before. Life will be wonderful if and when I can go a full month.

    • Erica
      02.25.2020 / 2:36 pm

      I’m glad it’s working out for you. I need to pull my epilator back out and make it a regular thing!

  19. Tara
    02.27.2020 / 6:09 pm

    Thank you for posting this! This gave me courage to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. I’ve been epilating my underarms and bikini line but was too scared to go any further. I did Brazilian laser hair removal but it did a poor job on the “undercarriage” which was what I was most hoping to treat. I really didn’t want to shave because the hair that I was left with wasn’t terrible and I’d rather have that than stubble. I think this is an acceptable solution and hurt much less than I’d expected.
    Ps I’ve got one of those big light up magnifying mirrors which helped 🙂

    • Erica
      02.28.2020 / 9:41 am

      I’m so glad that this worked for you. Thanks for the mirror tip. I’m going to need to get me one!

  20. Renee
    03.09.2020 / 3:42 pm

    Thank you so much for the post! I read so many different posts and articles about epilating and could not make up my mind. After reading yours, I finally got my epilator and successfully did my legs, arms and underarms.. not painful at all!
    But then again hesitating if I should try Brazilian-so many out there say we should not epilate these areas! I also ordered numbing cream that could help with pain. Have you ever used numbing cream when epilate?

    • Erica
      03.10.2020 / 12:30 am

      I’ve never tried numbing cream. If I could tolerate the process without numbing cream, then I’m sure that numbing cream should help.

    • Mike
      03.22.2020 / 9:43 pm

      A hot shower first seemed to help me more than the numbing cream. It does help but, not as much as I had hoped.

      • Erica
        03.27.2020 / 5:05 pm

        Thanks for the tip!

  21. Nicole
    04.04.2020 / 10:01 pm

    Since we are in quarantine I was dreading going back to shaving. I’ve been waxing for over ten years like yourself. I remembered I owned an epilator and started on my bikini line today. I thought to myself there is noway I can do the whole thing. After reading your article I’m really going to try to attempt to do it all. Thank you for all the tips and techniques. Reading the comments were helpful too!

    • Erica
      04.05.2020 / 2:33 pm

      You’re very welcome. Let me know how things work out!

  22. Sandra
    04.13.2020 / 10:21 am

    I’ve been Brazilian epilating for about four plus years as I hate hair. I try and do it most days as less painful with fewer hairs.first sign of stubble and epilator is out.
    My biggest problem is I grown hairs I need something to stop that.

    • Erica
      04.16.2020 / 1:35 am

      You can try Tend Skin. No matter hair removal process I use, I always get ingrowns. I hate them 😩

  23. Bea Cohen
    04.16.2020 / 12:39 am

    Wow! Great post I’m going to try it now. You’re brave and funny! Look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Erica
      04.16.2020 / 1:36 am

      Thank you. I’m glad that you enjoyed my post!

  24. Andi
    04.24.2020 / 7:41 pm

    What’s the longest your hair should be?

    • Erica
      04.25.2020 / 2:35 am

      I would say the longer the hair, the more pain you’ll experience. But too short and it may not be able to grip.

      • Andi
        04.25.2020 / 9:22 pm

        Agreed I thought I had it short enough and then had to go back and trim. Honestly I was able to tolerate 70% and was disappointed I couldn’t follow through—I know I’ve experienced more pain but at the time I couldn’t think of it. This article was divine though, thank you!

        • Erica
          04.27.2020 / 7:14 pm

          You’re very welcome. Try just doing the bikini line first and work your way to a landing strip, then a full brazilian xo

  25. Lala
    05.07.2020 / 2:57 pm

    I used to doing Brazilian Waxing. It doesn’t hurt at all probably because of how fast when they are doing it. But daaaaamn, I tried to using epilator from the very first time and it took me 4 days to completely cleaning all the hair because it was hurt so bad. And you were right! I thought I ripped off part of my skin because it kinda gets sucked in and roller stop moving, but it doesn’t. I thought I’m gonna die, hahaha. It was hurt like hell especially on the top part of labia. But it wasn’t hurt at all on the bottom area and butthole area. Epilator definitely saving the money, because I can’t afford Brazilian Waxing every month.

    Even though using epilator it’s hurt, but the results are worth to try (if you have pain-tolerance)! Exfoliating before doing it and put some calming gel after doing it, wow my skin feels so smooth!

    P.S : Right now it’s been a month since I did the first attempt in April 5. Now the second attempt wasn’t that hurt. Took me 2 days to clean all the hairs (still hurt on the top part of labia though). The hairs that grow is so thin. But because it’s so thin, some of it couldn’t plucked by machine. I need to use tweezers. Definitely I will doing this every month!

    I’m so glad that I’ve found your post ☺️

    • Erica
      05.07.2020 / 3:49 pm

      I’m so glad that you found my post helpful ❤️

  26. Louise
    05.15.2020 / 7:23 am

    This is an amazing article. Thank you! You’ve inspired me to be brave and give it a go. Eeek!

    • Erica
      05.15.2020 / 12:20 pm

      You’re welcome!

  27. Stephanie
    06.05.2020 / 10:48 am

    Thank you sooo much. I appreciate your honesty. Everything you said about waxing was very true. It does not hurt “less” as you continue. It was meant for me to read your article! I will be purchasing one immediately and returning the wax kit I purchased. Since the COVID quarantine, no Brazilian appointments, and was wondering if you could do them with an Epilator. Again, many thanks.

    • Erica
      06.05.2020 / 1:59 pm

      You are very welcome!

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