The smell of Nair is pretty bad but it goes away quickly. I have used Veet as well, and I didn't notice any marked difference. The only thing is that sometimes the Nair didn't make the hair on my face go away completely the first time. You can't do it again directly after, but if you wait twenty four hours, you can get the rest up. This only happens when I'm using the special-sensitive-for-face Nair, though. I've never had this problem on my legs or anywhere else.