I much prefer to use this instead of shaving. I tend to nick myself or get razor bumps and with this I don't have to deal with that stuff. It does smell and takes quite a while to mix up but it's worth it to me. And it's cheap. Women's hair removal creams are too pricey. This costs about $2 at Walmart and will do my whole legs about twice plus maybe one time on my bikini area. I have long legs though.