For those familiar with waxing, but new to sugaring, it is important to understand the difference between these two very different, but often compared, methods of hair removal. At SugarSMAC®, education is at the root of our business, and sharing our knowledge will help you make informed recommendations for your clients. Below we have addressed some of the most important distinctions in our comparison of sugaring vs waxing.


The wax used for hair removal contains some less than desirable chemicals: petroleum, derived from paraffin; resins, such as pine, gum or honey-resin; and preservatives. These resins function as adhesives and are not water-soluble. Consequently, they adhere not only to the loose, dead skin cells, but also to the functional skin cells. This often results in irritation and redness. These resins also make for a difficult clean-up, and often leave the skin feeling sticky.

Wax is applied to a person’s skin in the direction of the hair growth, and is removed in the opposite direction. This method can cause the hair shaft to break, leading to more instances of ingrown hairs as well as increased pain to the client.

Wax must be heated to a high temperature to liquify. As a result, there is the real risk of burning the client. The heat can also cause the skin to swell, making hair removal even more difficult and painful. Most wax technicians will reuse the wax applicator, double dipping it into the jar of wax. Double dipping, combined with the warm jar, creates an optimal environment for bacteria to breed. Bacteria can cause skin irritations and in extreme cases, infections.


Body Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal system. SugarSMAC paste is proudly all-natural because it contains no synthetic chemicals. It has a simple list of ingredients: sugar, water and lemon. When sugaring, the paste is applied to the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth, and removed with the direction of hair growth. Removing the hair in this manner results in less breakage, cleaner hair extraction, and best of all, is less pain than waxing.

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Sugar paste is applied to the skin at body temperature. This eliminates the risk of burning the skin. The paste is also water-soluble, making for an easy clean-up. Using water-soluble paste has another important benefit: it only adheres to the loose, dead skin cells, leaving the functional skin cells intact, and resulting in less skin irritation and soft, supple skin. In fact, SugarSMAC paste is gentle enough to go over the same area several times without causing irritation. This allows for the removal of the finest hairs.
The sugar paste container itself is a sanitary environment that helps prevent bacteria from breeding. A sugar practitioner will always put a clean glove into the sugar jar, further keeping it clean and free from contamination. Sugaring is a healthy and safe experience that provides peace of mind for your client.
The start-up and maintenance costs associated with sugaring are minimal. The result is a lucrative business model, and satisfied clients that keep coming back.

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