Skip to Content
reality TV reviews, news, and analysis since 2000

A great Shark Tank: Survivor’s appearance plus shark fight over royalties

Survivor South Pacific jury member Edna Ma appeared on Shark Tank last night, pitching her products that minimize pain for bikini waxing, Bare Ease and Numb Nuts (for men!). Her segment came in a strong episode that ended with a dramatic segment that illustrates the show’s greatness, especially now that Mark Cuban is part of it.

Edna’s pitch included her emotional story and fun moments like Edna offering product samples–i.e. plastic panties–to the sharks, and was probably the most polite presentation, rejection, and reaction in the history of the series. “Thank your feedback and time,” Edna told each shark when they rejected her. As she left, Mark Cuban said, “Congratulations on a great start, Edna.”

While the sharks loved Edna, they did not like her low sales and Edna’s focus on the business along with her full-time day jobs–teaching and practicing medicine–and her family. Incredibly, Edna sells her kit for $18 when it costs $2.82 to make. Last year, she sold $45,000 worth, and this year is projecting $62,000. But that meant “it’s a hobby, it’s not a business,” Robert Herjavec told her. Mark Cuban said, “it’s not a company yet.” Edna agreed, calling it “a baby, infant company.”

Watch Edna pitch Bare Ease below, and stick around for the final pitch, Veggie Mama’s Garden Pops, which is incredibly entertaining, especially after the introduction of the worst deal in the tank–the royalty–and the cascading offers. It’s fascinating and dramatic.

All reality blurred content is independently selected, including links to products or services. However, if you buy something after clicking an affiliate link, I may earn a commission, which helps support reality blurred. Learn more.

More from reality blurred

About the author

  • Andy Dehnart

    Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.

Discussion: your turn

I think of writing about television as the start of a conversation, and I value your contributions to that conversation. We’ve created a community that connects people through open and thoughtful conversations about the TV we’re watching and the stories about it.

To share our perspectives and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive space, I’ve created these rules for commenting here. By commenting below, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to those rules.

Happy discussing!