If you aren’t familiar with waxing or any kind of hair removal then let me tell you about Sugar Waxing! I recently went to ‘Sugar Me’ salon in Portland for my first time ever getting waxed. First time ever! A girl has to be silky smooth for her wedding and honeymoon, right? Well, I was clueless as to where to go or what services to get done since I’ve never had anything professionally waxed before.

Luckily I came across ‘Sugar Me’. I was nervous at first since I didn’t know what to expect, but the moment I met Kate I was at ease and ready for anything. I had no idea how easy it was going to be! Seriously! Not much pain and went by fast. I started with my arms and ended with my bikini which to my surprise wasn’t bad at all and clearly a must for frolicking on the beach during a honeymoon!  I initially liked the idea of sugar waxing because the wax is made up of sugar, honey and lemon which are all natural ingredients and not harmful to the skin. A huge plus in my book!


After getting sugar waxed I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to be silky smooth for any occasion. I will definitely be going back! I love it so much now that ‘Sugar Me’ has put together their favorite beauty items they offer at their salon along with some local Portland treats to enjoy and win in the giveaway below!


Win all of these products in the ‘Sugar Me’ Goodie Bag! Value $200!!

Level Naturals

* Level Naturals-lemon verbena sugar scrub

* Level Naturals-original body butter

* Level Naturals- soy candle in jasmine rose

Butter London Nail Lacquers

* Butter London color ‘blowing raspberries’

* Butter London glitter overcoat collection

Moonstruck  {a sweet Portland staple!}

(3) Different hot cocoa mixes

Chocolate truffles

Portland Coffee Mug

Happy Cup Coffee Beans

Portland Knee High Socks

Sugar Me Tank & Panties

Bridge and Burn Pacific Wonderland Tote Bag


(*Winner will be notified via email on Thursday, Febuary 12th)

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Here’s some more info about sugar waxing so that you’re prepared for your first time! πŸ˜‰

What to know about Sugar Waxing!

From Kate, the owner of Sugar Me in Portland, OR

HOW TO PREPARE:  Don’t shave, don’t exfoliate, don’t self tan or apply lotion beforehand.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Nervousness! The nerves will be quickly taken away once you get into your treatment room and meet your down to earth, knowledgable esthetician. Also, you may be nervous about the “pain”, however at Sugar Me, all of our sugaristas were born with the gift of gab {as are most hair removal specialists!} so even thou your treatment won’t be pain free, you’ll at least have fun feeling like you’re catching up and laughing with a good girlfriend!

HOW LONG TO GROW HAIR OUT: Everybody’s hair growth pattern is different, but you’re going to want to grow your hair out for about 7-10 days {or about 1/8″}! Sugaring can extract hair a bit shorter than traditional wax because the sugar can adhere to a shorter hair.

WHY SUGAR OVER TRADITIONAL WAX: There are several things that make sugaring a truly “sweet” alternative to traditional wax. Here are some of my faves!

  • Sugaring is ALL natural {sugar+water+lemon…that’s it!} sugar me’s is even organic:-)
  • Sugaring is preformed with a sugar paste. It’s applied with the hand and gently flicked off in the direction of hair growth. It’s sanitary and once the service is complete, the paste is biodegradable. A “green” clean form of hair removal!
  • The hair is extracted in the direction of hair growth {the opposite from traditional wax} you end up with less ingrown hairs. ummm…yes please!
  • Sugar heats to our body’s natural temperature so it can never burn or lift the skin. Plus, it makes hair removal finally safe for even the most sensitive of skin types.
  • BONUS!  It lasts a bit longer than traditional wax and can lead to a permanent refinement/reduction of your hair growth!

MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTION: That sugaring and waxing will make the hair come back thicker and darker than before. This isn’t true {thank goodness!} when getting hair removed by the root you actually experience the opposite. Your hair will come back thinner/lighter than before. Because we have 3 different hair growth cycles, the more you do it the better your results actually are!

HOW OFTEN TO SUGAR: You’ll want to get sugared every 4-6 weeks. With that being said, the more you do it the longer your treatments will last! Eventually leading to a permanent refinement/reduction of the sugared area.

  • Rachel

    This will be wonderful to try. I have always dreaded waxing because I hear everyone say how much it hurts.

  • chickadee86

    I would love to win!

  • Kathy Andrews

    Sounds like fun stuff, I would love to win!!!!

  • ash

    I have never experienced sugar waxing but I will deff be suggesting it during my next wax!

  • Jess

    I live in KC and we have a great line called Zum. It’s yummy scented soaps and lotions πŸ™‚

  • Katie Sheets

    I’m so going there!

  • Jessica Littlefield

    Crossing my fingers! I wanna win!!!

  • Chelsea

    Sugar Me gals are THE best. Nothing compares to their big smiles and amazing serve.

  • Kelsey Smith Skipper

    I have tried regular waxing and broke out in a horrible rash it was SO painful and I hated it basically! This looks so much better and less stressful I can’t wait to try it and share with friends Xoxo

  • Rebecca Immerfall

    I love sugar scrubs! It’s not local, but I found a sugar scrub on etsy that I just love! The company is called simple sugars!

  • Elliot

    My favorite beauty product is mascara! I love to have dramatic lashes!

    Ps. I love that sugar waxing pulls with the grain and not against! I’ve always hated that with traditional waxing!

  • Ellie

    Sugaring is so much better than getting waxed I just Wish there was one in Seattle!

  • Allison Laine

    I would love to try Sugar waxing! I break out easily and have found that natural products are the way to go! Desiree, I have have a skincare business and would love for you to try try it out! Beauty Society is all sulfate free and paraben free! Please check it @divaflorida.

  • Katie

    My favorite Pacific NW natural line is Herbivore Botanicals. Their “activate” facial mask is magic!

  • Allison

    I have always wanted to try this! I tried it using my own sugar mixture and it was a disaster. This sounds perfect!

  • mackenzie

    Id love to try out sugar waxing and good to know about a place in Portland!

  • Emily

    I live in pdx! I love using natural products for my skin since it is sensitive. For my hair I like to use Davines All In One Milk spray, Bumble and Bumble grooming creme, and Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry. I love Portland!!

  • Sarah Mccann

    Hoping to try next time I’m in the PNW!

  • Jenny Hamlin

    I’ve never tried but it looks fun and easy!!

  • Jen Tokaryk

    Oh this looks like it would be awesome. I see a trip to Portland in my future πŸ™‚

  • Adrienne A.M.

    Favorite products my skin loves are handmade goats milk soap! Leaves your skin soft and nourished.

  • Niki Gist

    I’m from Salt Lake and I get the best honey face washes that are locally made. They make your skin feel so soft, supple and glowing.

  • Amanda

    I’d love to win this! πŸ™‚

  • Katie

    Kate is amazing and I will NEVER go back to regular waxing ever again! They make you feel so at ease there, I would recommend this place to anyone :]

  • Tatyana

    What an awesome giveaway!!

  • Elizabeth

    My favorite beauty products are simply bath bombs and face masks from Lush. I love the chocolate cupcake one (it makes your face look like something out of a horror film) but it smells amazing, and my skin is so soft after I use it!

  • Claudia Dee Martinez

    This is really cool! I’d love to try it!!

  • Rachel Thornotn

    I would love this!

  • Christine

    I’ve always been curious about sugar scrubs. I’m also in the same boat as you and never waxed due to nerves so I would love to try these products! Just entered the giveaway! Thanks!

  • Kelsey Manning

    I love finding homemade soaps and salts at my local stores in Florida!

  • Elise

    I love so many of our local products, it’s hard to pick only a few!!

  • Jessi Morgan

    Sugaring is amazing! I would love to win!! Thanks des!

  • Joanne

    Desiree! You should write a post about your current favorite beauty products. Mine includes Suki’s lemon sugar exfoliating scrub. It smells and feels fantastic!

  • Kiera Proud

    Can’t wait to try this out!!

  • Lindsay

    I have been wanting to try this out!! It would be a good opportunity

  • Lauren Voigtlander

    Would love to have these products!

  • elle

    I love moisturizing with coconut oil πŸ™‚

  • Chrissy

    My favorite beauty staples are Lush’s face masks and bath bombs! I would love to try this sugaring!

  • Annalisa Linch

    I have extremely sensitive skin. I AM SO EXCITED to try this!

  • Heather

    Essential oils are my go to! Im so excited to try these!

  • Courtney J

    I love using natural Ingredients on my skin. I wash my face with honey every morning.

  • Lacey

    I love BareMinerals products! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lacey Salmon

    Love this! Thanks for giveaway.

  • Tiffany

    I’ve never been very big on keeping up with all the new and fancy products, or how to use them. This product sounds amazing! Something to keep in the books for summer time or that special day I will one day have! πŸ™‚

  • Marie-Eve Fast

    I’ve been wondering about this for a while, thanks Des

  • Honey Stone

    This Portland girl is homesick and would love a little sugar from home. Thanks!

  • Cecilia Nguyen

    I love all BurtBee products! They natural products are very refreshing for my skin.

  • Allison Rathkamp

    This would be a fantastic thing to have before my wedding which is in May, so much fun stuff!

  • Stephanie Quan

    I’ve heard about sugaring, I hope to try soon!

  • Elyssa

    About the only thing I occasionally have time for beauty/care product wise are, my Urban Decay 2 eye-shadow, and essential oil bath salts!

  • Amy

    I’m all about Burt’s Bees products!!

  • Lindsey Thomas

    I love IT cosemetics. And I can not go a day without carmex.

  • Haley

    I love Smashbox makeup and Burt’s Bees!

  • Emma

    I love all natural products. Burt’s bees and Say Yes are definitely some of my favorites.

  • kayseduffy

    I don’t have a favorite line because I try so many different ones but definitely love my Stila tinted moisturizer! Also a burts bees fan!

  • Manda

    I’m a Burts Bee’s fan and other than that I’m currently trying to revamp my products to more natural ones. I’ve heard of sugaring but haven’t tried it yet. ☺️

  • Lyric

    I love Burts Bees and Tarte cosmetics!!

  • Shannon

    Burt’s Bees is hands down the best!

  • Jamie Stout

    Coconut oil is my favorite beauty product for inside and outside the body.

  • Carley

    I’ve gotten really into taking care of my skin so I won’t have to wear makeup every day, and I’m slowly trying to transition to more natural products. Though my one beauty/skincare staple right now is my Clarisonic.

  • Hayley

    I love a local company called Pure + Simple

  • Amanda C. Sigler

    I use a scrub daily an love mineral based makeup!

  • Corinne

    I absolutely love using Jojoba oil for removing my makeup from foundation to mascara. Its easy to use, very effective, and cheaper than other makeup removers too. After using it, you pores are clean and your face is baby smooth!

  • disqus_Yn3wRqeult

    I love using petroleum jelly to help my eyebrows and lashes grow

  • Brittany

    I love Sugar Me! I also had my first waxing experience (besides eyebrows) there about a year ago! They are great and I’m excited their new location is right in my neighborhood! Glad you found them!

  • Kaila

    I am so excited about this giveaway! I have never tried SugarMe but next time I am portland I will book an appointment!

  • Cass Vandebelt

    Woo this is awesome I love sugar scrubs so I can imagine sugar waxing is just as awesome

  • zenia avelar

    I love julep products. Especially going to the parlor in Seattle. It’s even better.

  • latanya t

    I like Miliani products and Agave products.

  • maryjz

    I love Burts Bees!

  • Lani

    I would love this give-away! I had a mortifying experience at a salon last week where the blanket and pillow on the bed were used and the gal talked my ear off! Ouch! Not going back … πŸ˜‰

  • Wendy

    Love this give-away! Love the Aveda salon in Portland!

  • Hannah Koller

    I love this giveaway!! I’m a huge Burts Bees fan!!

  • Katherine V

    Everything looks amazing πŸ™‚ would love to try πŸ™‚

  • Love this concept…use Burt’s Bees a lot. Always willing to try something new! πŸ™‚

  • Whitney G

    This sounds like an amazing product. Thankful to live in Portland and have a chance to try it out!

  • Danaria Marie

    Great post! Thanks for the info Des

  • Ashley

    I definitely want to try this out!

  • L. Miller

    I love sugar scrubs – I use local products but would like to try these out.

  • Kara, BSN

    I’ve never tried sugaring but I like trying different options!

  • Liz

    I love the hot chocolate down the block from me!

  • My favorite is olive oils and lips scrubs.

  • Kayte CookWatts

    I was born in a very small town in Iowa, and my fave hometown product is candy from Goodie’s candy! I live in Portland, and I LOVE the products you are giving away! Moonstruck yay! Another really great Portland product is Trailhead Coffee.

  • Korbin

    I would love to try these products out! They sound amazing!

  • meowyaaa

    I’m from Seattle and am obsessed with “moon bar” lotions from the Pike Place Market!

  • BreeAnna

    I love my natural lavender body butter, got it at the Oregon state fair

  • Nikki

    My favorite beauty product is definitely mascara. Thanks!

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