Jolen Creme Bleach


149 reviews

87% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

I love it. although i dont like the stupid plastic tray and the spatula which is kinda hard to use, this product itself is great. i have dark skin and realy dark hair on my face and it reallly lightens it and no one can realy tell i have so much facial hair!

on 3/3/2011 12:50:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

It's great on peach fuzz. I use it every week or so.
The smell is disgusting but u kinda have to learn to tolerate it. I have sensitive,oily&acne-prone skin so I was worried it'd worsen my acne or something. It doesn't. Tho it tingles when I have it on. I'm always careful that it doesn't get on a zit

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/16/2011 12:05:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I cannot live without this product. I use it every couple of weeks to hide some errant hairs on my face and it works like a dream. I've been using it for over 10 years and will continue to repurchase as needed.

on 1/26/2011 10:12:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

As a young girl, I saw the jar of Jolene and had only excitement. Once I sniffed it, however, I was terrified my skin was going to burn off! But fear not! Your skin will not burn off. This product is extremely easy to use, despite the very strong scent, and to me it is mostly non-irritating. I would suggest using gentle cleansers and NOT touching an exfoliator of any kind the day before, of, and after you use this. It can definitely irritate skin, but I've found when used correctly it doesn't harm my normal-to-oily, normal sensitivity skin. Also, as another reviewer suggested, I would do this a day or so before a big event so that in case any redness or irritation pops up, it will clear up before you need to get dolled up. I've never broken out from it either. Overall, a great find, and at quite a reasonable price too, especially for the amount you get.

on 1/26/2011 10:01:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Curly, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've been using this for so long that I don't even remember how I first started using it. As a pretty hairy medium-skintone person with jet black hair this was a GODSEND that saved me from embarrassment throughout my teens and early adulthood - until the advent of affordable laser treatment.

Others have done a great job of reviewing, so no need to echo those. I've used this on my face, body, and at one time to put brassy streaks in my black mane :-) Here's my breakdown:

(+) Cheap
(+) Effective - blends into my skintone well
(+) Mostly fool-proof - unless you leave it on far too long
(+) Helps clear up my skin :-p

(-) Can be irritating - don't use harsh cleansers or exfoliators for 24 hrs before or after (i prefer to use it on uncleansed skin...offers skin more protection). Wash off well and immediately put on soothing moisturizer/oil.
(-) some hairs bleach more quickly than others (usually the finer ones)
(-) the stuff stinks!

TIPS: Best used a day before an event so that all redness and chance of irritation are gone. I actually find that my skin the following day has a "glow" and feels more smooth and moisturized. And I have fewer pimples for several days after!
*NOTE:Once hair regrows, you'll have to re-bleach. Over time this means you have a long halo of blonde fuzz about your face that is noticeable in its own way. I just use a personal trimmer to keep that down ;-)

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown least for at the moment. As a girl with dark hair sometimes it can be a little bit embarrassing when you start to notice hair above your lip. I finally decided to get this! I got it in the smaller box just to see if I liked it and that was $5.46. I think it will last me awhile but when I do repurchase I will def be going for the larger size, better value. As far as the product itself goes...I absolutely love it! You can't see my upper lip hair! I recommend this a million times if your like me and are not willing to wax or laser yet :)

on 12/4/2010 9:20:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I'm 37 and I have been using this since about 13. I must be half munchichi (furry toy monkey from the 80's) because my fair skin in covered in black hair. The worst combo. Lucky for me my mother let me in this when I was young. I used this on my face, chest, stomach, arms, and lower back for years. Thanks to laser and getting older I don't have as much to bleach as when I was younger. I hate mixing it up and the smell and leaving it on for 10 minutes and the cleanup. But I love the results. Now I mostly use it on my arms about every 4-5 weeks.

on 9/19/2010 6:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've been using this product for months. I had to use the bleach very frequently at first. I don't know if it had anything to do with the fact that I was using a different bleach (one from Sally Hansen to be exact) and I was switching to this one. I used it maybe, once every 4-5 days. Now I'm using it every 2 weeks or so. And I've been using less and less! I bleach my upper lip, and all the hairs are lighter than before! AMAZING! Def give it a try!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 7/19/2010 3:10:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I'm on the fence, there are positives and negatives...

Good - bleaches to a natural looking colour. not to much hassle, reasonable price (you can also reuse the stuff you used, if in the same sitting), I got no allergic reactions maybe a mild sting but I'll tell you in a minute (I also use the mild formula)

What wasn't so good: I used it on my 'tache, arms and arounf my stomach.

On the area above my lip the bleach effect lasts not so well, my arms last really well, stomach not very well at all.

The bleach seems to make the hair weak maybe? and I guess falls off, the re-growth is back to my normal dark colour :( (very quick on my stomach - maybe showing 2 days after bleachinjg and a bit less so on my lip), on some the hairs just grow fast so the roots are dark.

This is so dissapointing (though not the products fault about natural regrowth and the bleached hair isn't un-bleaching or anything), it doesn't look good seeing the dark bits on my lip and stomach and I don't want to bleach to much, because I'm wary of the chemicals.... I'll still use because it looks better than before bleaching though.

It takes me 20 minutes to bleach the hair, the box says ten and leave on for 5-10 more if unbleaches, I have to leave it on for the maximum - by the end it doesn't hurt or look red, but I'm aware of some discomfort on the skin (fine when I take it off right after). This isn't too long, but believe me can add up when doing two arms (but their lasting), however it's a trade off for the mild formula.

Good product, but be aware if the negatives. I will say what else could you do for hair on your arms? Shaving would be awful, trimming no for noticible hairs etc. Has this re-growth happened to annyone else? My only big worry is the possible effect of the chemicals...

Otherwise I could just bleach all the time to keep the effect, the instructions also don't say how long to leave between bleaches of the same area

on 6/23/2010 8:50:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Burns, burns, burns. Carcinogenic. Makes hairs yellowish.

I used to cover my entire arms with this stuff (in my early teens). The pain was unforgettable, and unforgivable.

If, like me, you have fine, long hairs on your arms, a *much* better solution is just to use a trimmer. I use a bikini trimmer on the lowest setting. Even though the hair is cut mid-shaft, it doesn't look odd, particularly with a tan.
This also is painless and doesn't cause damage to your skin/follicles.

By the way, it burns because it's bleaching your hair *underneath your skin*. That's how the effect lasts more than a day. Wrong.

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