Persian Wax ($8) is a cold wax that is made from sugar, water soluble and is 100% natural. The recipe is supposedly centuries old and is made by Parissa who are well known for their home wax kits. It is available in four varieties but is exactly the same formulation. The only difference is the size of the jar with the smallest size (2 oz) designated for “face & brow” and the largest jar (25oz) called “Professional”. The kit includes a plastic jar of wax, a spatula (of sorts) and a few waxing strips.

I actually own GiGi all purpose honey wax and the GiGi Wax Warmer. While I wouldn’t call myself a professional waxer, I have been trained in waxing techniques and have taken an advanced speed waxing course. However, I haven’t touched wax since the day I had a laser hair removal head put in my hands. I find waxing to be messy, time consuming, backbreaking work that is just plain annoying.

Nonetheless, I’ve never used cold wax before and was looking forward to a less messy experience than with hot wax. Persian cold wax claims to be “effective at removing the toughest hair, yet gentle enough to use anywhere on the body”. After all, you don’t even have to heat it up. The wax is supposed to warm up from the heat of your body as you spread the wax.

Firstly, the ‘cold’ wax needs to be heated. The box indicates that the wax is supposed to be the consistency of honey. Per the directions that accompany the wax, the jar can be microwaved for 20 seconds if the wax is “too cold.” Basic chemistry dictates that the wax would therefore be frozen – which it may as well have been. The wax was in fact rock hard in the jar, impenetrable by the accompanying ridiculous spatula that looks exactly like the spatulas I used to consume frozen ices as a child.

I heated the open jar for 20 seconds, which transformed the rock hard substance to a liquid – not the honey consistency it should be. I would suggest that the instructions mention that heat time varies by microwave oven so it’s best to start with 5 seconds.

The instructions also say to wash skin with soap and water prior to waxing. Not a good idea. Skin should be dry in order for the wax to stick properly which is why powder is often applied pre-waxing. Just washed skin takes a while to fully dry and is not ideal for waxing.

There is also basic information on how to properly wax (with pictures) on the instructions. I hope that most users read them because you can hurt yourself if you try to pull hair in the wrong direction when waxing.

I waited for the wax to cool down a bit before application, which was a mistake. The sugar wax becomes cold incredibly fast and is not spreadable. In fact, I ended up reheating the jar several times just to wax a few square inches on my leg. The process was as messy, stringy and sticky as traditional wax. The spatula was completely unusable so I threw it away and used a proper wax spatula. The wax did an ok job of removing hair but like any other wax, it didn’t get every hair. The only positive part of the experience is that the sugar wax didn’t leave behind a sticky residue on skin like traditional wax.

Lastly, the wax is supposed to be water soluble so you should be able to wash the strips and re-use them. I don’t see how that would be possible but made an attempt and gave up after 30 seconds. Personally, I don’t think it’s very sanitary to re-use the strips and would suggest using fresh strips every time you wax.

Overall, this was a waste of my time and I would have been better off just taking out the GiGi wax warmer.

Ingredients: Sucrose, Aqua, Citric acid