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Hello, my name is Reed. I work at Glossier and I’d like to make my Into The Gloss debut by writing about pubic hair. That cool with you?

To start, I have a confession to make: I was a big Harry Potter fan. It’s related, I swear. Some of the HP paraphernalia I’ve owned over the years has included (but was certainly not limited to) a plush Hedwig, a sorting hat, a wand, and lots of Harry & Ginny fan fiction. May we please never speak of it again!! (Unless you want to take me to Harry Potter World at Universal in which case I promise to never shut up because I will not die without having tried Butter Beer). 

ANYWAYS, I thought that was important context to provide because, you guessed it, the Top Shelf that made me do it (see: the name of this series) belongs to Emma Watson: Goddess walking. Feminist advocate. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. HERMIONE FREAKING GRANGER. You know the one. For obvious reasons, I have always been a fan of hers. But my appreciation for her has never been stronger than after reading her Top Shelf last year. Yes, I’m interested in natural beauty. Yes, I want to know how on earth she finds the time to take multiple baths every day. But what struck me and what I have returned to over and over is the paragraph in which she said, “There’s still so much shame around the things you do to get ready while you’ve got a towel wrapped around your head. It’s important to me not to edit that out.”
Yes, Emma. Yes. 

Young women rarely talk about their personal grooming. I went to boarding school, have lived with other girls since I was 14 years old, and it wasn’t until a few months ago that I ever really had a conversation with my friends about the private things we do and the products we use when towels are still on our heads. So you bet your ass that when Emma Watson shared what product she used for her pubic hair, I bought it. Fast.

I’ve always struggled with ingrown hairs. Beyond that, and at the risk of getting too graphic, I’ve always struggled to stop myself from picking at them, resulting in scabs and scars. I’ve gone through various grooming phases of shaving or waxing sometimes consistently and sometimes not. Even though I was diligent about exfoliating, those problems never went away. Fur Oil changed all of that. It changed my hair, and my skin, and seriously reduced my number of ingrowns. I also use it on my eyebrows because whose eyebrows don’t need some TLC? Emma wasn’t kidding when she said it was “an amazing all-purpose product.” I didn’t stop with just the Fur Oil either. I bought their whole line, Ingrown Concentrate and Stubble Cream included.

Not only do I love it, but I recommend it to basically anyone who will listen. (You!) I figure it’s a conversation starter Hermione would be proud of. I mean Emma.

—Reed Redman

Photo via ITG.

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