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The Sweet Way to Hair Free Skin


I picked up a pack of Nanny Rose's Sticks and Pulls honey waxing kit from Watson's a few weeks ago to see if it could be a suitable replacement for Epilin. I still think that Epilin is great value for money, but it has honestly become quite tedious to use, what with the wax heating and then waiting for the wax to cool down enough to be applied on skin.

The kit comes with a pot of honey wax, 2 wooden spatulas and 3 cloth strips.

The instructions read:

  1. Simply remove cap and heat the jar of wax in a microwave oven for 10-15 seconds. Let it rest until its temperature is cool enough to apply on skin. The wax can also be used without being heated.

  2. Prep your skin by washing the area with soap and water to remove unwanted residue. Dash a little powder on the area to be waxed to keep it dry.

  3. Using the wooden spatula, apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of hair growth. In the same same direction, place the strip of cloth on top and even out air bubbles.

  4. Quickly pull the end of the cloth towards the opposite direction--against hair growth. Repeat as needed.

  5. Reddening of the skin after waxing is normal. Wax residue on skin can easily be removed with a damp cloth. Allow pores to close by letting skin rest for at least 30 minutes before completely washing the waxed area.

I followed the instructions to the letter (except the bit about waiting for 30 minutes before washing the waxed area) and was delighted to see that a lot of hair was removed with just one rip. It was just as effective as Epilin in that regard.

The honey left my skin feeling very sticky though, so although it's a no-no to wet the armpits right after a wax, I couldn't help but wash my pits with soap and water to get rid of the tacky feeling :(

Here's a rundown of my pros and cons for Nanny Rose's Sticks and Pulls:

PROS

  • economical at Php99 a pack

  • easy to use

  • effective at hair removal

  • can be used even without heating the honey wax

  • made from all natural ingredients (honey, sugar and lemon juice)

CONS

  • difficult to spread (although I imagine that heating it will make it less viscuous, therefore easier to spread)

  • leaves skin sticky

  • cloth strips easily unravel at the edges

  • post waxing clean up of cloth strips

I'm fairly happy with this waxing kit and prefer it over Epilin, because I've burned myself one too many times over the hot wax and pan, so it's fantastic to be finally able to use a hair removal product that doesn't need to be nuked or heated. Now if only it would be easier to spread even without heating, then this would be absolutely perfect.

 

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Chikbaks's picture

hi, jill! like you, i love buying my beauty loot from watson's. yesterday, i saw new products (still really new 'coz they don't have price tags / bar code yet) from nanny rose's called sweet as a pea hand + elbow salve (it comes in a silver toothpaste-like tube) and four slices of raspberry cheesecake lip balm at watson's sm north edsa (the block). too bad they weren't for me... i got them for my mom so i would have to ask her personal review. or maybe, you would beat her to it. ;)
lookin' forward to more beauty product reviews! :)

Jillsabs's picture

Your timing is impeccable, was corresponding with Amanda of Nanny Rose yesterday and she said she will send me her new products, i bet that's the hand and elbow salve:p

Collectibles's picture

tried it on my arm pit and very happy with it compared it with Epilin. Next time I'll try it with my other hairy part, the effect may vary.

Angelica's picture

I swear by Strip It. You should try it out Miss Jill! :)
stripit.multiply.com

Jillsabs's picture

You're like the nth person to recommend Strip It, so I'll definitely give it a go soon :)

curiousGirl's picture

I have never heard of this brand but I might try it since its readily available at watsons. I use stripit but I have yet to see it being sold in physical stores. It's also cheaper.
I like the cloth strips that come with this. Although I don't think it would last if you wax a large area, like legs.

As a tip, if you don't want to microwave it- just submerge the whole jar in a bowl of hot water fort 10-15min and it will "melt" the wax so that it can be easily spread.

isea's picture

i just picked up my own tub this afternoon! i usually use epilin too but it sucks when you aren't done waxing and it's already begun solidifying. 0_o besides, my waxer (haha, the bf) is on vacation so i'm stuck doing it myself. will use it later, thanks so much for the tip! :)

ps. this is cheaper than strip it!

Jillsabs's picture

Hi Isea,
I wish I could make my husband my waxer as well...maybe with some emotional blackmail... hehehe
BTW, do tell us which you prefer more: Stripit or Nanny Rose's.

ickyvicky's picture

do you have to knead it? i used something similar to that but i had a hard time kneading the honey. it was to sticky & messy to use

Jillsabs's picture

Hi ickyvicky,
No need to knead the wax, even if it's not heated, it can still be spread over skin :)

sunmom's picture

Hi! I'm currently using a similar product that can only be bought online or through resellers. It's called Stripit cold sugar wax. It's very easy to spread and works great! Also, it's very easy to wash the cloth strips that comes with it, all I had to do is dip them on a dipper of water wait about an hour or so and voila-- nothing left! You can check out stripit.multiply.com

Jillsabs's picture

Ooohh....I'll check that out soon! Thanks for the tip sunmom :)

torque15's picture

another brand i should look for in watsons and try :)

Jillsabs's picture

Do share if it works for you as well :)

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