Unwanted hair’s a touchy subject – no one wants to discuss it, but it’s an issue almost all of us deal with at one point. I’ve had my own share of nightmare hair that I wish weren’t there, and I’ve tried almost all the available options that don’t involve a laser – depilatories, shaving, waxing, plucking, even threading. This list is also from least to most painful. However, the one thing I haven’t tried yet was sugaring, which is supposed to be like waxing, but gentler and doesn’t hurt as much. Apparently, the sugaring solution only sticks to the hair, and is made of just a few ingredients (so there’s also less chance of irritation). In fact, you can likely make your own at home. I of course, not being the complicated DIY type, opted to buy mine pre-made.
I found MOOM Organic Hair Remover, which is a sugaring solution, at Amazon.com a few weeks ago. Hmm, not only is it a sugaring solution, but it’s organic and only consists of about 5 ingredients? Curiosity officially piqued, I bought a set, which came with a generous 6oz jar of sugaring blend, some fabric strips of all sizes, wooden spatulas, and instructions.
Now, I’ve waxed my own brows before, but did find it somewhat painful. In addition, my skin’s often left red and sensitive for hours afterward, so I can’t wax before going out, for instance. (Don’t even get me started on waxing the upper lip.) I hate waxing because they either involve pre-waxed strips that don’t work, or I had to heat up a jar that was either left too cold or too warm and I never got the temperature nor consistency right.
That wasn’t the case with MOOM. It smelled like sugar water with a touch of lemon, so I knew this was clean, pure stuff. The scent’s so faint it won’t bother you if you use it for your upper lip. Being water-based, it washes right off with some water, so screw-ups aren’t punishing. If you use it on your face, you don’t have to heat it up, and the consistency’s thick and easy to spread even when unheated. (So far, I’ve only used it on my face, but when I do try it on my body I’ll report back).
Using the smaller wooden spatula, I spread a small amount on my eyebrows and spread the sugaring blend across, making sure to apply a thin, even coat over the hair. I then took one of the fabric strips and pressed against the blend, making sure to rub semi-vigorously with the hair growth a few times. I let it sit for about 5-10 seconds, stretched my skin taught, and ripped the fabric off in the opposite direction of growth. The result?
Fabulous! It took off not only the thick, longer hairs, but the thin, fine ones too! This is very, very effective – much more so that waxing! Did it hurt? I can say with certainly that to me, it did not hurt. It you rip it out quickly, you shouldn’t feel any pain – maybe a slight sting as the hair’s being pulled out of the root, but it’s not even close to as bad as it does when you wax. And I know why – MOOM isn’t ripping your skin, just the hair off. (Sugaring does remove dead skin cells though, but gently.)
Now, I’m used to waxing, but I still cringed before ripping off the wax because I knew it’d hurt. With MOOM, I don’t cringe – I just do it methodically like an esthetician on her 508th appointment. After the sugaring, I pluck the strays, which amount to about 5-10 of them all together. My skin turns slightly red afterward, but it only lasts minutes, not hours. I also rinse the area with cold water to help bring down the redness and remove any MOOM residue.
My upper lip has very fine hairs, so there’s more of a challenge there. However, MOOM rips those off with ease as well, proof that sugaring works and does an amazing job at it! I have no doubt it’ll work just as well for bikini waxes, legs, and other unwanted hair removals. My underarms are the only place I’m hesitant in trying it with – not because I doubt it’d work, but because it feels so awkward trying to get it on right. I’d rather just pay a pro to do that.
At any rate, I took a risk with sugaring, and I am happy to report that it DOES work! On top of that, the fine, highest quality botanical ingredients are legit and you can’t go wrong with it – USDA Certified Organic, cruelty-free, gently removes dead skin cells, and is truly a natural solution to hair removal. Lavender and chamomile soothes and nourishes, while the former also acts as an antibacterial. Lemon juice is a natural astringent and helps exfoliate dead cells. MOOM also comes with their classic tea tree version, rose essence version, and pre-waxed strips for legs and body.
Overall, this is easily one of, if not the best organic hair remover product around – I urge you to give it a try!
Ingredients: Sugar, Water, Lemon Juice, Chamomile, Lavender
Average Price: $13.35 for 4 oz (cleanser), $32.00 for 1.7 oz (moisturizer)
Additional Notes: Vegan product; cruelty-free, certified organic. Should be safe for sensitive skin and areas. Easy to wash off so anyone can try it out! Fabric strips are reusable – just rinse with lukewarm water and let air dry. You can also buy more strips.
Buy at: MOOM
I bought this product myself and was not compensated by the company to provide this review.