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History of Parissa

History of Parissa

For 40 years Parissa has been reinventing how we wax. As a global leader in natural wax, this female-founded, family-run company has been providing Canada and the entire world with the most luxurious at-home waxing experience possible. From Organic Sugar Wax and Hot Wax made with nourishing beeswax to the first-ever ready-to-use Wax Strips on the market in North America, Parissa has been revolutionizing the at-home hair removal industry - one hair at a time.

How Parissa Started - Our Story

Azar Moayeri - First woman to Graduate Chemical Engineering

Azar Moayeri, the founder of Parissa, was the first female Chemical Engineer to graduate from the University of Edinburgh. After this rare accomplishment, she returned to her native country of Iran to work as a Senior Project Manager at the National Petrochemical Company. Azar climbed that ladder of success in an otherwise male-dominated industry - reaching positions previously reserved for men many years her senior.

The sky seemed the limit until political turmoil caused Azar to leave Iran with her husband and two children. The family arrived in Vancouver, Canada in 1981 in search of a new life for themselves.

Upon their arrival, Azar found that the only hair removal products available were chemical-based lotions, bleaches and creams. Despite her best efforts to find effective natural alternatives on the market, she came up empty-handed. From her home kitchen, Azar began to formulate Canada’s first all-natural hair removal product and found her new calling. The whole family got involved with this new home-based venture and Parissa was born. Success in local shops spurred interest in other stores across Canada, and then the world!

Azar Moayeri with Husband

Parissa continues to manufacture, package and ship products from its award-winning eco-facility on the beautiful north shore of Vancouver. After 40 years in business and international success, Parissa remains a family affair to this day. Azar is still at the helm alongside her children and an extended family of employees, suppliers, and loyal customers!

About Us – Our Values

The Parissa Brand is always striving to make the lowest impact on the earth’s resources. Our products are made with only sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients and packaging. The materials in our packaging are easily recyclable and sustainably harvested, adhering to guidelines from Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Parissa Values and Sustainability

Parissa is a proud member of The Leaping Bunny Program, a program that administers a cruelty-free standard for companies producing cosmetic, personal care and household products. No animal testing is used in any phase of product development by Parissa, our laboratories, or our suppliers.

Parissa Leaping Bunny Certified

Our waxes are made from simple ingredients like tree resin, cane sugar, beeswax, vegetable oils and plant extracts. When you choose Parissa, you can feel confident that the products you choose are safe, gentle and from natural, sustainable sources. Don’t worry, we only use the good stuff!

Over the 40 Years – the Parissa Journey

Throughout the last 40 years, we have experienced many milestones, including expansion into the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea, China, Australia and more! We have won awards for our packaging design, the quality of our products and for our efforts in sustainability and global responsibility. Above all though, we are proud of the innovative products that we have launched to help YOU with your at-home hair removal endeavours. From the Organic Roll-On Sugar Wax and the Brow Waxing Pen to our Wax Strips and the Mini Pro Wax Warmer, we strive to provide our customers with leading at-home hair removal products unlike anything else on the market.

Woman Holding Brazilian Hot Wax

So much has happened for Parissa over the past 40 years, and we are so happy that you, our wonderful customers, have been with us on this journey. Here’s to the next 40!

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