I tried Veet hair removal cream for my bikini line and under my arms because I was sick of getting razor burn and bumps and was too afraid to use wax. It worked-I did keep it on a little more than five minutes. The smell is terrible-I am not sure how to explain how badly it smells. It smells like a combination of very strong chemicals mixed with something rotten. The smell is so bad that I definitely would not use it before a date! It worked fine and I did not have any bad effects, but the smell is so bad that I could not bare to continue using it. I went back to shaving. Effectiveness It removes hair but takes longer than five minutes. Scent The smell is terrible. I can't explain how awful it is. It smells like a ton of chemicals have been combined with something rotten. The smell stays on your skin!