Home Made Sugar Wax Unsafe
Why ‘home made’ sugar wax is unsafe for a commercial spa
Cosmetics like depilatory waxes and sugar wax are highly regulated in Europe. Cosmetics and Beauty products are controlled by REACH regulations i.e. each components are tasted individually for human safety. To import a cosmetic product or a component in the European community, the importer/manufacturer needs to pass the REACH regulations.
Traditional depilatroy waxes such hard wax, soft wax and film wax are liposoluble waxes i.e only an oil based solution can dissolved them. They contain no water, no sugar and no water/emulsion solutions. These depilatory waxes are expensive, difficult to make and subject to price changes since they contain natural products that are under market speculations and high demand. Europe is the first producer of depilatory waxes in the world. The Chinese depilatory products cannot be imported in Europe since they can’t passed the REACH regulations but they can easily penetrated the United States market by a lack of regulations and safety rules.
The liposoluble depilatory waxes are safe and free of bacteria, yeast and virus contamination. The water free, absence of nutriment, light and the high temperature environment made this waxes very safe against any biological development and contamination. Biological studies showed than after 2 minutes and 12 seconds only 0.1% of Staphylococcus Aureus survived at 65 Celsius; at 121 Celsius less than 0.01 % survived after 3 minutes. For the Clostridium Perfringes another bacteria involved in skin disease less than 0.1% will survived after 24 minutes at 65 Celsius. Most of cross contamination can be avoid by the “no double dipping” rules but the product is safe by itself since all organism will be killed at the temperature used. The liposoluble depilatory waxes are the safest more elaborated products for hair removal.
The new trends in the beauty hair removal business is sugaring as depilatory method for hair removal. Sugaring is the oldest way of hair removal. The depilatory polymer or sugar wax, contains raw sugar, water, a acidic component like vinegar or lemon juice to “kill” germs and a emollient like honey to make the depilatory polymer softer on the skin. These products are hydrosoluble “waxes” since they can be removed with a water solution.
As a manufacturer of depilatory waxes, we see the hydrosoluble waxes as a new growing market. But the liability is high and the risk very important.
The life time of the depilatory polymer before a micro organism contamination is short. Production, storage and use of the product need to be done in a very short amount of time. The high concentration of sugar inhibit the grow of bacteria or yeast but the micro organism are just inhibited to grow and develop but are still present in the hydrosoluble depilatory product. They rapidly develop during the waxing procedure mostly if the patient has a cut or skin conditions in favor skin infections.
Some salon in the United States are marketing the fact that they are “manufacturing,” “producing” their own sugar wax. And they market it as it is safe, natural and better for the client. For information, home made sugar wax products are illegal to use in Europe for spas.
Salon’s owners are taking advantage of the lack of regulations in the United States to maximize their profit by using cheap, unsafe products. What is the cost of sugar, water, vinegar and honey?
It is the usual dilemma about profit against consumer safety. High volume spa using sugar based or hydrosoluble waxes are more subject to outbreak. First because of the nature of the wax, second because the hydrosoluble wax cannot be heated at high kill germs temperature. The hydrosoluble waxes were created for home used not for high volume salon.
The commercial hydrosoluble waxes contain preservative and chemical agents to inhibit the bacteria and yeast development. They are safe but can’t be classified as natural product.
As a conclusion, we can say that the old natural organic way of waxing i.e. sugaring may not be so natural. Home made sugar wax shouldn’t be used in commercial spa and certainly not for intimate waxing.