Ask Aroma: Difference Between Sugaring and Waxing?




Dear Aroma:

I have been using a razor to shave my legs and underarms, and I’m ready to move on to a longer-lasting method of hair removal.

What’s the difference between Sugaring and Waxing?




Dear Julie,

This is one of our most asked questions at Aroma Wellness Clinic & Spa. While Sugaring and Waxing employ similar techniques in hair removal such as applying paste to the treatment area and then removing it by placing a cotton strip and pulling it off. There are some key differences.


Sugaring paste is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. It is all natural.

Mary Miljan has perfected her own blend of wax, here at Aroma. It is cream-based and is customized depending on your skin-type and level of sensitivity.


At Aroma, both our sugar and wax are applied warm.

Direction of Removal

Sugaring paste is removed in the direction of hair growth. Wax is removed against the direction of hair growth.


Sugaring has been around since 19 BC. It was originated in the Middle East.

Waxing is a more recent invention developed in the West in the 1940s.


Paste Left On Skin: Removal

Sugaring paste is water-soluble. If you get some left over on your skin, you can simply remove it with water.

Wax paste is different. Any residue that’s left over on your skin can be removed with a wax remover, baby oil, or petroleum jelly.


Length of Hair

For both Sugaring and Waxing treatments, it is recommended that you have at least ¼ inch of hair growth.



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