I've been using this product for years since I have little time to go to a salon for waxing, and this is so much less expensive. It is true that you have to provide your own container for melting the wax, but I have always just used a cheap pie tin placed over an old pot in which the water boils. It is a ritual that is so easy, and I like the fact that because it is a hard wax, you don't have to use papers...or get messy sticky strings of honey-like wax all over the place. I have recently not been able to find this product in the stores in my neighborhood, so am glad it is available on-line. I highly recommend it.