Is It True That Cleopatra Did Use Sugaring?

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The body sugaring technique of hair removal originally is considered to be an ancient Egyptian artform, even reported to have been used by Cleopatra! The Persian ladies were the original ones to state that a hairless body was the epitome of youth and beauty. It’s why they eventually used a sugaring paste or wax referred to as ‘moum’ made of water, sugar, and lemon for hair removal. This paste was applied within the direction of hair growth, covered up with a muslin cloth then pulled off as it cooled. It was believed to be the most natural and effective method of body hair removal. The ancient Egyptian hair removal art only has recently been revived within the modern-day age, as hairless, smooth skin is the desire of most females today.

Recent rumors that circulate around the web imply that females have just been extracting hair from their legs for the past hundred years, but, that might just be a fact for European and American women. The truth that body hair removal for Europeans was not too popular gives way to the truth that American females did not shave, seeing as the majority of immigrants were European.


But, in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Middle Eastern countries, body hair removal was very important. As a matter of fact, these ladies removed the majority of their body hair (except for the eyebrows), not to mention the women in Egypt who went so far as to remove their head hair. Even having their hair down under was believed to be uncivilized by the majority of Greek, Middle Eastern, and Egyptian standards. Knowing what we now know, we may conclude that body sugaring involves one of the top techniques (if not THE TOP!) for hair removal. It’s the least painful, safest, and most efficient (both in terms of application and cost) as compared with others AND may easily be prepared at home. Therefore, what say we put away those strips and wax forever and make a little room for juice and sugar!


Bare Body Sugaring even utilizes the exact same natural formula as the ancient Egyptians. The sugar paste we use is made only of lemon juice, sugar, and water to provide flawless, smooth skin. The formula easily is washed away with hot water, and leaves you feeling clean without that sticky feeling which waxing offers you. Here’s the best part – it’ll contain absolutely no toxins, chemicals, or resins which may be harsh upon sensitive skin.


Bring Your Inner Royalty Out

Sugaring is a tried and true, near-painless hair removal method which results in silky, soft skin. Not just is it less uncomfortable than waxing, it also is completely natural and safe –it’s even possible to eat it! Sugaring does not only remove hair, it’ll permanently reduce hair growth. Bring out your inner Cleopatra by attempting one of our different sugaring services rather than wax, from a bikini and half- or full-legs to underarms and eyebrows!


For more information contact Bare Body Sugaring today!

The History of Sugar

We know a lot about sugar here at Bare Body Sugaring; we’ve learned about how it can be used in foods, household care and skincare. We’ve learned how sugar beets and sugarcane are refined into the table sugar in our homes. We’ve even learned that body sugaring has been around for thousands of years, since the ancient Egyptians, and that body hair removal has been around for millenia as a standard of beauty. Today, we’re going to dive into the history of the product that brought it all to us; the sugar itself.

Sugarcane was the first source of sugar, and the people in the Bengal region of India began refining it into sugar around 3000 years ago; the substance they made was known as guda, and it was not nearly as refined as modern sugar. The sugary substance began making its way to other areas, with the Roman Pliny the Elder remarking it was a honey-like substance that was good for soothing the stomach when added to water.  

Indian sailors loved sugar (don’t we all), so they’d bring it with them on their trips overseas. They would share the sugar with the people they met in foreign lands, who became interested in the cultivation and refining of sugarcane. The Middle East, as a result of their interest, picked up the techniques from India and began their own sugar production in the Middle Ages. This region, being much closer to Europe than India, began selling sugar as an expensive spice to the Europeans, who now considered it a flavorful additive to food, and not as medicine. Sugar remained prohibitively pricey for most until around 1400, when better sugar presses were developed to improve production and reduce cost.

During the Renaissance, there were efforts by colonial powers to extract as much resources from the New World as possible; this is when sugar entered it’s darkest period. Sugarcane was imported to Brazil and other tropical areas where it flourished under the control of European powers, who no longer had to rely on their Middle Eastern and Asian counterparts for supply. Sugarcane is, however, exceptionally labour intensive to harvest and refine, so slaves were used to manufacture it. The sugar plantation industry was massive, and it was built on the backs of slaves.

Fortunately, that time is past us now. Around the year 1800, we learned that sugar beets could be used to extract and refine sugar, and cultivation moved north to more temperate regions. Industrialization also enabled us to use factories and machine-operated presses instead of the intensive hand-operated presses of the past.

As time has gone on, we’ve learned that too much sucrose can be harmful to our health; that’s why sugar substitutes have been created to replace it in food. There’s nothing better than good old sugar for body sugaring, though, and we’re proud to be part of a tradition that dates back to the Ancient Egyptians!

Care for Your Body and Mind

Health is a state of mind and body. We’re prone to living in our own minds, wrapping ourselves in worries and stories about things that have been and things that might be, without focusing enough on what’s real and in front of us. We don’t eat as well as we should, we might not exercise as much as we like, and we might be preoccupied with what others think of us, how we’re received by the world.

We might have a hard time keeping to a routine, or forming good habits, or keeping to a schedule, and that’s okay. Don’t worry about being perfect, don’t worry about worrying; just do your best to find what feels right and true and good to you every day. One great way of keeping ourselves in the present is by listening to our bodies. Taking full, deep breaths and really feeling the way they enter and leave the body. Touching objects, or even our own skin, to feel the sensations that come from that. Looking in the mirror and reminding ourselves that only we can live our lives, so we have to care for ourselves and be true.

We may look at ourselves and feel unsatisfied with what we see; we may feel we look too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, and that’s okay. Feeling these things, it’s important we ask ourselves why we feel this way; are we setting ourselves up by trying to conform to unrealistic standards, or is changing the way we look really important to us? When you feel unsatisfied, we should remind ourselves that life is a process, that the way we look and feel and act changes over time. We have some control over how it changes, but that control takes place over a long time, by forming habits and by being gentle with ourselves. We have to remember that there are some things we can’t change, even if we desperately want to; for the things we can’t change, it’s okay to let go of trying, because it’s no sense trying to control the uncontrollable.

We try to form good habits; to eat right and to sleep right and to laugh enough; to use the right skincare and drink enough water and exercise the right amount each day. Sometimes we might fall off the horse, and it’s good to have friends and family there to help us along the way; the best way we can help ourselves and each other is by getting back on the horse and riding again, remembering to land gently when we fall. When you feel alone, remember that every person has their own process, that we’ve all fallen off the horse; that you’re not alone in trying to improve yourself.

You might not want to try body sugaring; you might be comfortable with how you look, and you might be timid about having it done, and that’s okay. You might want to get the highest quality body sugaring, and see how it feels and how it changes your appearance; it might pique your interest. Care for your body is care for your mind.

Why Do We Have Body Hair?

Having body hair can be a real pain; that’s why getting professional body sugaring is becoming so popular! We want to have smooth skin, and hairlessness has been seen as attractive for millenia, so why do we have body hair to begin with? There’s a few theories to explain the phenomenon; none are certain, but all of them are interesting.

Body hair is seen on almost all mammals; even whales often have hair at birth! Terrestrial animals tend to have a lot of hair, and when they have enough we call it fur. It’s incredibly likely that humans’ ancestors had fur, but lost it along the way; now we just have body hair, but not enough to be called furry (for the most part). The question, then, is what happened to our furriness?

One theory suggests that one of our ancestors did a lot of aquatic living. The theory says that this chain in our evolutionary link spent time in shallow waters foraging for food. Fur is no good at aquatic insulation; it becomes soggy, thick and uncomfortable, as anyone who’s seen a dog shake their coat out can tell you. We’ve seen the link between mammals without fur and water plenty of times; aquatic mammals don’t have fur, and mammals that spend a lot of time in the water, like rhinoceri and elephants, tend to have fat as an insulator instead of a mass of hair. There’s not a lot of fossil evidence for this link, though, so scientists are unsure.

The second theory is that our ancestor moved from cooler jungle climes to hot savannahs. Savannahs would have been a good hunting ground for our ancestors, who used keen eyesight and cardiovascular endurance to wear prey down by hunting them for hours at a time; such hunting expeditions would prove exhausting in the sun with a fur coat, so we shed it. The only thing this theory doesn’t account for is the savannah becoming much cooler at night, where fur would be a good insulator. Lions, hyenas and other savanna predators all have fur, so it’s unclear that an animal needs to shed it’s hairs to adapt to warmer climes.

A final reason we might have less hair than our chimpanzee cousins is to get rid of parasites. Humans are incredibly social animals, so disease carrying insects could easily infest the tight-knit groups of our ancestors. The hairier a person is, the easier it is for insects to hide on their body, so less fur would mean less chance of disease infecting the tribe. Our ancestors likely didn’t need fur when they started losing it; we’d probably already learned how to use fire and build shelters for warmth, so we no longer needed insulation from the elements.

No matter what reason we had fur for in the past, we certainly don't seem to need it now. We don clothes to keep warm, and we have shelter and heat readily available at almost anytime. We might eventually lose our body hair altogether, but in the meantime, it’s easy to keep the hair off by getting a sugaring done regularly!

How Sugar is Made

We at Bare Body Sugaring love sugar; you can use it for all kinds of reasons, from making food more delicious to enhancing your cleaning products, and of course for using in skin care and hair removal. We know that sugars can be found in all kinds of things, and that a lot of different chemicals can be classified as sugar; fructose, glucose and sucrose all fit the bill, and they’re all sweet. Sucrose is table sugar, which is what we use in our body sugaring, so we thought it would be fun to see how it’s made.

The sugar you find at your table is most often made of one of two plants, sugarcane or sugar beets. Sugar beets are found in temperate regions, and so are the most commonly grown sugar plant in North America and Europe; sugarcane thrives in tropical regions, and so is seen in South America, India, and other warm countries. The plants are both manipulated in factories to extract the sucrose, but each of them have the sugar extracted in a different way.

Sugarcane begins it’s refining process near where it was harvested. The cane is chopped into small pieces and crushed in mills so that it’s sugary juices are extracted. The juice is then boiled into syrup, and pre-existing sugar crystals are added to it. This speeds up the crystallization process by spurring crystal growth. The now crystal-filled liquid is sent to a centrifuge, where it is spun to separate the crystals from the remaining liquid, which can now be used as molasses. The raw sugar is then sent to refineries, where it is purified further; hot syrup is added to the crystal, and this mixture is sent through a different type of centrifuge to separate the less refined sugar from the purer stuff. This sugar is then further cleaned, and sent through wire mesh of different sizes to create the different types of sugar you might buy.

Sugar beets are a bit easier to refine, since they have a higher sucrose content. The beets are washed and then sliced very thin; hot water is then poured over the slices, and that’s enough to extract the sugar. This juice tastes like beets, though, and that’s not something most of us want in our morning coffee; limewater and carbon dioxide are added to the mixture to take away impurities, and are then removed by filtration. The now beet-free sugar juice is further refined by being boiled, creating a thick syrup. A small sugar crystal is added, just like in sugarcane refining, and crystallization occurs. Centrifuges run, crystals are separated, mesh is used and sugar is packaged and sold.

There are a lot of handy by-products from sugar refining; molasses is used for a variety of delicious reasons, and the leaves and stems of the plants can be used to create feed for livestock. Sugar is even versatile when it’s being refined; it really is incredible how handy the stuff is!

Sugar: More Than a Sweet Treat!

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There are a lot of artificial sweeteners out there: aspartame, saccharin, stevia; the list goes on. There’s good reason for these sweeteners; a lot of us are trying to reduce our daily sugar intake, as obesity and diabetes become more prevalent in our society. There is, however, no substitute for the original; not only does sugar taste different than it’s would-be contenders, but it also has a ton of uses outside of food. Coupled with its availability, sugar can serve many purposes around your household and in the world at large; here’s a few of the unconventional uses of sugar.

Healthcare

A study conducted by a nurse who was born in Zimbabwe has shown that sugar might reduce the pain that comes with an open sore or would. The study involved 21 patients over 6 months, and found that there was a reduction in the symptom of pain when sugar was applied to the would. The running theory as to why this works is that sugar draws water from the wound into the dressing; bacteria need water to survive, so the process kills them. Salt can be applied to wounds for the same purpose, but salt is painful when applied to wounds; using sugar instead could save hospitals money, and patients pain.

Housekeeping

Sugar can be used throughout your house for cleaning and upkeep. Sugar is abrasive, so it makes a great cleaner; it’s also remarkably good at cleaning oils. You can use sugar to clean out your coffee maker; the abrasion will loosen stuck-on grounds, and the oils will be drawn into the sugar. This means it’s great to use for washing your hands if you’ve been repairing a car or cooking with a lot of oil; the sugar will help cut through the grease, but washes away easily with water. Sugar can also be added to flower water to encourage growth, spread on ice in a pinch when you don’t have salt, and used to lure insects into traps; it’s an incredible multi use household product!

Skincare

The abrasive quality of sugar isn’t just great for getting rid of coffee grounds; it can be used as a great exfoliant for your skin. This means you can use a sugar scrub on your whole body, and a more concentrated dose on rougher areas, like chapped lips and dry spots on your skin. Sugar scrubs are entirely organic, so they’re much safer for the environment than pre-packaged products. Sugar can also be used for body sugaring, a process that uses a sugar paste to remove unwanted hair from your body. The process is almost as old as recorded history, and is more environmentally friendly than laser treatment and other hair removal styles; Bare Body Sugaring just so happens to be our specialty!

Sugar isn’t just a delicious treat; it can be used for your daily chores, your cosmetic routine, and even in the healthcare system. Sugar also has industrial uses, and is widely available, being sourced from plants. The next time you add a little sugar to your coffee, think about all of the uses this amazing substance has, and be thankful we live in such a sweet time.

Reactions from Sugaring, and How to Avoid Them

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More often than not, sugaring leaves your skin feeling soft and beautiful. Everyone knows there can be some irritation after any form of hair removal; here we’re going to talk about some of the possible side effects of hair removal, how to tell what they are, and how to avoid them in future. We’ll touch on histamine reactions, redness, swelling and infection.

The most common side effect from body sugaring is redness - sometimes it feels like our hair wants payback for being removed! This is especially common when we have sensitive skin, but there are a few ways of reducing the appearance of redness. We can apply aloe vera or another soothing gel to the skin to reduce irritation, which will make the redness fade. We can also avoid directly exposing our skin to the sun or other irritants, and avoid touching it too much immediately after sugaring. The best way of doing this is to bring soft, loose cotton clothes when getting sugared; the area won’t touch irritants, and our clothes won’t rub against the sensitive area.

Swelling can also occur after sugaring, for the same reason as redness - the revenge of the hairs! Luckily, the ways of reducing swelling and redness go hand in hand. Avoid doing physical activity right after a sugaring, as sweat and tightness can irritate the freshly sugared area.

When we think of histamine reactions, our minds jump to allergies; that makes sense, because we treat allergies with antihistamines! Fortunately, if a histamine reaction occurs after our sugaring, it doesn’t mean we’re allergic to sugar - our bodies are just reacting to a new and unexpected stimulus. Histamine reactions show up as welts or hives on the affected area, but they’re easily treated by an oral or topical antihistamine, and at worst last a few hours. If you’ve had histamine reactions at a sugaring, that doesn’t mean you need to stop! Simply take an antihistamine before your appointment, and the chances of a reaction are greatly reduced.

The worst reaction we might see after a sugaring is infection. This is because sugaring removes hair from the root, leaving the pore exposed to potential infectants. This reaction is rare, and can be avoided with some common sense tips! Don’t touch a recently sugared area with dirty hands! Avoid contact between the recently sugared area and breeding grounds for bacteria, like public exercise equipment, saunas and hot tubs. Infection typically shows up 24 hours or more after contact between the sensitive area and the infectant, so if you see pustules or other signs of infection, get to a doctor straight away!

All in all, there are some potential negative reactions to hair removal, but most of them are surface-level, and not too worrisome. Of course, if redness, swelling or any other untoward symptoms persist for a long time, it’s always best to check with a health professional - we’re happy to say, this is incredibly rare! Always have your hair removal done by professionals, like Bare Body Sugaring.

Hair Removal Myths, Debunked

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We live in the information age, where sometimes it’s difficult to tell fact from fiction. Rumours become overblown, and half-truths become widespread. This can influence topics as big as politics or as intimate as hair removal. Today, we’ll go through some common hair removal myths, debunk them, and go over what we really need to know about the ancient practice of removing body hairs.

Myth 1: Shaving Hair Makes it Grow Back Thicker

This is a common myth that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Most people believe this is true because as our body hair grows back after a shave, it often feels thicker; when our senses tell us something is true, it’s easy to believe. The reality is, when we shave we slice hairs at an angle, so the surface we touch feels larger to our fingers. Thankfully, you can shave without expecting your hair to literally thicken. That said, how we perceive is a large part of what we hold to be true, so if we don’t like coarse feeling hairs, or don’t want anyone else to touch our coarse feeling hair, it might be wise to explore other hair removal options.

Myth 2: Laser Hair Removal Permanently Removes All Unwanted Hair

We hope that when we’re willingly getting a laser pointed at our skin to remove hair, it does something drastic. This myth says that because the laser’s heat is so powerful, it permanently kills any hair follicles it targets. While this can be the case, more often than not a hair follicle just falls dormant, and can reawaken shortly after; the follicles are only partly destroyed. This means most laser hair removal takes multiple treatments and semi-annual touchups.  This is especially true for people with fair hair; the lasers have a hard time targeting hair with less color, and so follicles can easily be missed entirely!

Myth 3: Hair Removal Has To Hurt

Let’s be honest here - thorough hair removal is probably going to feel at least uncomfortable. That said, does it really have to hurt; are we going to be red in the face and holding back tears no matter what? Thankfully, the overly painful hair removal is easily debunked, and there are many ways we can alleviate pain from hair removal. Firstly, we can avoid caffeine or any other stimulants before we get hair removed, because stimulants tighten our skin, which makes it harder to remove the hair. Taking painkillers and using relaxation techniques before getting hair removed is extremely helpful. Finally, distracting yourself with a held object can be useful.

Myth 4: At Home Hair Removal is as Good as Professional

In short, it’s not. Professional hair removal services can offer the highest quality body sugaring or other hair removal services that at home products can’t match. This is because of the quality of equipment, ingredients and technique professional services offer. This isn’t to say we can’t work on hair removal between trips to the pros, but for best results, professional is the way to go.

A Brief History of Hair Removal

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Hair removal is a fantastic way to feel great. Sugaring helps exfoliate our skin, leaving it soft, smooth and beautiful. We get our beauty standards from a lot of different sources; magazines, films, the people around us. Today, let’s look into the history of hair removal, and see how we got to the beauty standards we have today.

History Undressed has a fantastic article on hair removal, explaining its origins. They note that the best hair removal techniques, like sugaring, have been used for thousands of years, and are basically unchanged since those times; this is because the technique is so effective, and that hair-free skin has been a beauty standard since cavemen times. The first group thought to be interested in hair removal, surprisingly enough, is men; early hunter-gatherers were worried that their rivals would be able to get an advantage in fights by pulling on their facial hair, so warriors on the up-and-up would scrape off their beards and hair with sharp rocks. Fortunately, that technique has not survived the test of time, and we’ve found better methods.

The trend of cavemen removing their hair seems to have found its way to the entire upper class, and to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, a hair-free body was considered a sign of refined taste and status. Women in these cultures would commonly have almost all their hair removed, leaving only the eyebrows. Sugaring was often used in these cultures, as it was easy to get the ingredients, and extremely effective at removing hair. Body hair and facial hair were a sign of lower status in these cultures, as it meant you were uncivilized and unaware of how to take care of your hygiene.

As time progressed, body hair removal stayed extremely common. The Romans used it as an identifier of class too, so it spread throughout the Empire, and most of Europe. During the Middle Ages, when times were tough, the Europeans stopped using body hair removal as much; during Elizabethan times, it came back, but only in the form of eyebrow and forehead hair removal. As time went on, full body hair removal became common in Europe once again. Looking back through fine art, we can see that women throughout the ages are almost all clean-shaven; this beauty standard has persisted through the best and worst of times, and in the Middle East and Egypt, body hair removal was common even in the Middle Ages.

In the 1880s, Gilette created the first modern razor, a far cry from the sharp stones cavemen used to slice off their hair.

Today, sugaring remains a common and effective way of removing body hair; though lasers and other advanced technology have come into play, it’s hard to beat the ancient wisdom of the Egyptians. The fact that hair removal has remained a sign of taste, class and good looks throughout eras and cultures is a testament to its importance as a beauty standard. To have our skin looking as beautiful as possible, it’s helpful to visit a professional body sugaring service who can sugar us with utmost care and professionalism.

What Happens to the Sugar Paste Once the Treatment is Over?

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Body sugaring is an effective and ancient alternative to waxing; it leaves our skin feeling smooth and hair free. We might start to wonder-with all of the wonderful effects of body sugaring, is there a downside? We know in this day and age that many activities we take for granted can be harmful to the environment; is that the case with body sugaring? What happens to the sugar paste once the treatment is over?

Body sugaring is actually extremely environmentally friendly. Most body sugar is a combination of sugar, water and lemon juice, though it can be made up of other naturally sourced ingredients. This means that body sugar is 100% biodegradable; even after use, it only picks up our hair and dead skin cells, so when it’s washed off in lukewarm water, it won’t leave any negative environmental impacts. There’s even a zero-waste blogger who calls it the waste free alternative to waxing!

Waxing, on the other hand, can leave strips and other waste from the packaging. Home products are especially problematic for the environment, as they are packed in smaller sizes and will contain cardboard, instruction manuals and other waste. Razors are probably the worst offenders, as metals need to be extracted from the earth and refined, a resource and energy intensive process. These razors are then often disposed of right away, but hairs grow back quickly; if we’re environmentally conscious, razors are certainly not the best way to go.

Laser hair removal is problematic, too. Lasers take a tremendous amount of energy to function, and it’s often multiple sessions before hair growth begins to subside; the energy used could be coming from coal plants or nuclear facilities, and can be extremely harmful to the environment. Epilators and other machines can also have serious environmental consequences; like razors, they are made out of laboriously extracted and refined metals, they must be sanitized for repeat use in a commercial setting, sometimes with chemicals that aren’t eco-friendly, and when disposed of aren’t nearly as biodegradable as sugar.

The Guardian calls bare body sugaring the “greenest method” of body hair removal, and it’s easy to see why. When we compare sugar, which can be washed off with lukewarm water, to any of the other methods, it comes up the most environmentally friendly. This is because it is not resource intensive to extract the sugars, they are completely biodegradable, and they can be applied without an excess of packaging or cleaning supplies. When these sugars are washed off, they go back into the environment; highly biodegradable substances can encourage plant growth and other positive impacts.

What happens to sugar paste once the treatment is over? It goes back into the environment as though the sugaring had never taken place. It is reintegrated into the natural life-cycle of the planet. When we’re environmentally conscious, body sugaring is the best way to get soft, lovable, hair-free skin.