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:


  • 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)


  • 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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