During the Covid-19 lockdown, many of us are making some crucial lifestyle decision… do we over indulge while working from home because normality is out of the window or jump aboard the trend for online workouts? Do we go makeup free because we are not leaving the house or do we still make the effort to get dressed and do our hair and makeup simply because it makes it feel better? Do we stop our hair removal methods because nobody will see your hairy legs during lockdown or carry on with our grooming regime to avoid coming out of quarantine looking like a yeti?
It was the first time I had tried sugar wax of any type, having used traditional wax for twenty years on and off – instant wax strips at home and heated wax treatments in salons. I was curious to try sugar wax as I had heard it was less painful, and as I try to use as many cruelty-free products as possible, Sugar Coated was a good option.
The kit contains a small pot of sugar wax, 2 application sticks, a stirrer and 15 re-usable, washable cloth strips. I used about a third of the pot to wax my legs to the knee, so I presume you could get 2-3 treatments from this kit.
It was very easy to get started – just 40 seconds was enough to heat the sugar wax in the microwave. The product has a subtle but lovely smell – like toffee apple. As this was the first time using this product I was a little apprehensive about testing my first strip, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to apply the wax. I struggled a little bit with how much product I should use and applying it at an equal consistency at first, but improved as I went on. Best of all, it was definitely less painful than using traditional wax. I am an experienced waxer and also appreciate that people have different pain thresholds, but I definitely found this the most pain free waxing method I have personally tried, especially on sensitive areas like round the ankle and the back of the knee.
Tip - I would recommend taking painkillers such as paracetamol about half an hour before waxing, as well as dusting the area to be waxed with talcum powder, as this helps.
The sugar wax took all the hair away, leaving behind only a few missed hairs each time and I often find that normal wax strips don’t grip all the hair first time and the skin can become sore if you repeat on the same area. I was able to deal with these quickly by reapplying a tiny bit of extra wax, and removing any leftover hairs, without damaging my skin.
The whole process, including washing the strips at the end, took only 35 minutes – and I think I would improve on time with practice if used regularly. I got a lovely, smooth and even result, with minimal pain and no mess.
My only suggestion for improvement is that I would like to see a sachet of balm included in the kit, to apply at the end. I had leftover balm from a previous waxing kit that I was able to apply, and I can see that soothing products are available to buy from Sugar Coated. It would be a really nice touch to add a small sachet of a suitable moisturiser to the kit for convenience. But other than that, a fabulous product and one I will definitely use again in future.
Sugar Coated sugar waxing formula is 100% recyclable and both the wax strips and applicators are recyclable and washable. On a final note, Sugar Coated are vegan friendly and cruelty-free and have donated 20 litres of sugar syrup to beekeepers in Northamptonshire since 2018 and the bees are using the sugar syrup as food during the winter months. Fab-bee-lous!
Sugar Coated is available from www.feelunique.com and www.sugarcoatedhairremoval.com from £9.99