The History of Sugaring

At Sweet 185, we honor the ancients and their methods. This gentle form of hair removal dates back to several Middle Eastern cultures including the ancient Egyptians. Handed down through generational teaching over thousands of years, Sugaring is an art form worth learning.

Dating back to 1900 BC and perhaps farther, sugaring, as a method of hair removal, was used by the Mesopotamians, Greeks and Egyptians. There is evidence to show that these cultures had many requirements and rituals in which women were to present themselves “clean and smooth”. This was expected of brides, palace slaves and likely became a social norm over time. The sugaring paste we use today, made of sugar, lemon and water, most likely used honey due to its Middle Eastern origins and the ingredients’ availability there.

Asian cultures have used sugaring throughout the ages as a less expensive and less painful hair removal option. As organic and eco-friendly products have gained more and more popularity, sugaring has made it’s way into European and North American cultures as well.

Aside from the sugar-for-honey substitution, the art of modern sugaring looks very similar to it’s origins. Sugar, lemon and water are heated, allowed to simmer and applied when the mixture has cooled to room temperature. This simple and holistic approach are no doubt what has made this gentle beauty practice endure over hundred of thousands of years.

We insist on keeping the process as practiced, pure and painless as possible at Sweet 185. Paying homage to our ancestors, we graciously pass down this ancient tradition to our fellow estheticians and beauty comrades.

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