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FAQs | Parissa® Waxing Kits

FIRST-TIME WAXERS

Since waxing removes hair from the root, results last much longer than shaving and other methods. Generally speaking, waxing provides smoothness for about 4 weeks. But everyone’s different, so results can vary anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks, depending on your hair type. Longer results aren’t the only benefit: over time hair growth is reduced and becomes softer and sparser since regular waxing weakens the hair follicles.

Everyone’s seen a movie or videos about the perils of waxing - so is it really that bad? The truth is that whenever you remove hair from the root, you are likely to feel some discomfort. But this feels more like plucking your brows or pulling off a  band-aid. The initial sensation only lasts for a second, but the results last for weeks. The discomfort can also depend on your hair type or the body area. Waxing your arms or legs will feel different than more sensitive areas like the underarm or bikini. But like other beauty regiments, it gets easier and more comfortable over time as the hair becomes weaker and finer. Check out our article on this very question: Does Waxing hurt?

Absolutely! For those new to waxing, we recommend starting off with our Waxing Strips. They're very easy to use and require no prior knowledge or waxing experience.

We certainly think so. Waxing gives you smooth skin that lasts for weeks longer than shaving. Shave today and you’ll have prickly stubbly skin within 24 hours, wax the same area and you’ll be salon smooth for weeks. Read more in our Waxing vs. Shaving blog post.

It can be surprisingly easy to wax, but like all beauty regiments the more familiar you become with the technique the better your results. Try Parissa Wax Strips for a mess-free introduction to waxing. Although our professional waxes may take a little more practice, our step by step photo instructions make getting the perfect results easy.

Absolutely. A patch test is the best way to check for allergies and test a new product. Even though Parissa waxes are made from natural ingredients it’s always smart to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities to a product you’ve never used before.

A patch test simply means testing a product on a small patch of skin, waiting 24 hours to see if there is any sensitivity to the product before proceeding to larger areas.

Doing your own Brazilian wax takes expertise and patience to learn. It also requires a little ‘flexibility’ so typically this treatment is not recommended for first-time waxers. The Parissa Hot Wax is without question the best choice for Brazilian Waxing.


Parissa Hot Wax is perfect for short and coarse hair in sensitive skin areas. The Hot Wax “shrinkwraps” the hairs as it firms up, yet doesn’t stick to the skin, making it highly effective, yet gentle on skin.

Check out our article on this very question: Bikini & Brazilian Guide.

We do not advise this for beginners to waxing, the inner nose area is sensitive. However, if you insist, be careful doing this and check out some YouTube videos before starting. You may find that Parissa Wax Strips (Brow Shaper) work well or for coarser hair the Parissa Hot Wax.

Cleaning up Wax

To clean out the jars, we recommend heating them in the microwave for 3-4 minutes and pouring the excess wax into a new container to use or simply in your compost bin. Clean any extra wax off with oil (or water if it's a sugar wax) and place with your recyclable plastics.

Parissa offers two styles of waxes: Salon Waxes (resin-based) and Sugar Waxes (sugar-based). Depending on the product you’re using, the wax can be cleaned easily in one of two ways:

Salon Waxes & Wax Strips: Our resin-based waxes can be cleaned with any type of oil. For example, the included Azulene Oil, baby oils or even household vegetable oils. These waxes do NOT clean with soap or water.

Sugar Waxes: Our sugar-based waxes can be easily cleaned with warm water and soap. Even the epilation strips can be washed and reused.

Depending on the type of wax you’ve used it is fairly easy to remove wax from an area you don’t want to remove your hair.

Parissa Sugar Waxes: Simply wash off the wax with warm water and soap.

Parissa Wax Strips: Warm the wax strip with a hairdryer and then slowly remove or peel off the wax strip in the direction of hair growth. Remove excess or residual wax with oil.

Parissa Warm Wax: Generously apply Azulene or any type of oil to the waxed area and rub in circular motions until wax dissolves.

Parissa Hot Wax: This is the most difficult to remove, especially once it has firmed up. You may have to just peel the wax away and remove the hair. You can also try using oil but this may not be effective for thicker layers of Hot Wax. Be careful where you apply Hot Wax!

Remember Parissa Hot Wax is a resin-based wax and will clean away with oil, not water. If you have dripped or spilled the wax, you can either scrape it up with a spatula or melt it with a hairdryer and wipe it away. Then it will be easier to clean any remaining wax by applying some oil and rubbing gently. Don’t forget, you’ll still have to deal with the oil once the wax has been removed. We advise clearing a space to do your waxing: lay down an old towel or a plastic sheet if you have one. Be sure to take off any clothes that you care about!


Here’s some first-hand experience from a Parissa employee: ‘When I spilled Hot Wax on my carpet, I heated it with a hairdryer until it was soft enough to scrape up, but I was careful not to smear it further. This next part is something I have tried on carpet and upholstery fabric (but not on a blouse). After scraping off the wax, I used some canola oil on a rag to clean up the remaining residue, then I used a product called Folex to clean up the oil mark.’ If you aren't sure, call your local dry cleaner for advice about fabric types and how to clean them.

If you're using one of our Sugar Waxes, you can wash the epilation strips in the sink with cold water and hang them to dry or put them in a machine washer with your regular load of laundry. If machine washing the strips, we recommend putting them in a delicates bag or another washable bag to keep them together. If you're using the Warm Wax, the wax cannot be washed off the strips, but you can reuse them until they are no longer effective.

After Waxing

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Anytime hair is removed in this manner, as with tweezing, threading, epilators or waxing, some redness or bumps may appear. Generally, this sensitivity to the hair removal process will disappear within 20-30 minutes depending on your complexion and skin sensitivity. If you are a first-time waxer or have very fair skin, redness or bumps may last longer.

There are several reasons hair may not be fully removed:

Hair Length: If your hair is too short the wax may not work effectively. Previously shaved hair can be short, coarse or stubbly. For first time success, it’s important for hair to be long enough for the wax to grip effectively. We advise a “two-week rule”, allowing hair to grow for two weeks before your first waxing treatment. For best results hair should be at least ?” of ½ cm long.

Product Type: Although most Parissa products work for most hair types, some products are better for coarser hair than others. Try Parissa Hot Wax for short, coarse hair in smaller or sensitive areas or Parissa Warm Wax for coarse hair on larger areas.

Technique: How well a product works depends most on how it’s used. The amount of wax applied (too much with some styles or too little with others), the direction the wax is applied or how quickly the wax is removed can all impact results. Make sure to read our easy to follow instructions for the best results.

If you have any issues using any of the Parissa products, we’re here to help. Email us at hello@parissa.com.

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Each hair follicle is fed by blood capillaries so when hair is removed from areas where your hair is particularly coarse, deep-rooted or strong, it's possible to see redness or tiny dots of blood immediately after waxing. Don't be concerned, this simply means that you've successfully removed hair from deep within the root.

Choosing the Right Wax

It depends on the area you want to wax, your hair type, and what style of hair removal is most important to you. For beginners Parissa Wax Strips and Parissa Sugar Wax are great options. If you have more experience waxing, Parissa Warm Wax or Parissa Hot Wax. For smaller sensitive areas with short and coarse hair (bikini, underarm etc.) Parissa Hot Wax is the best choice. If you're not sure where to start please email us at hello@parissa.com, and we'll be happy to help you out.

For coarse hair, we strongly recommend you use our Hot Wax. It's the most effective at removing even the thickest of hair and will leave you silky smooth. Give it a go!

Check the packaging! If you see ‘washable’ and ‘sugar’ on the front of the packaging: This is a sugar-based wax. It can be cleaned with water and soap. But, if you see ‘salon’ or ‘express’ on the front of the packaging: This is a resin-based wax. It can only be cleaned with oil, Azulene oil or or any household vegetable oils.

Our Ethics

We only use all-natural ingredients so waxing with Parissa is safe and gentle. We only use the goods stuff and stay away from petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives. Parissa waxes are derived from natural, sustainable sources and made from ingredients like tree resin, cane sugar, beeswax, vegetable oils, and plant extracts.

Do you have a vegan wax?

Isopropyl myristate or IPM is the “carrier” or delivery mechanism for the Azulene. This dry oil delivers the soothing and calming benefits of Azulene to your skin. Isopropyl Myristate is derived from Myristic Acid, which is found in most vegetable and animal fats.

This common ingredient is used in many body lotions, shampoos, cosmetics and pharmaceutical healing creams because of its ability to soothe and soften your skin. Parissa uses a vegetable sourced IPM that does not contain peanut oil.

This is something Parissa takes very seriously. Our manufacturing plant produces NO bi-products or environmental waste. We designed our plant targeting the LEED Gold level, one of the highest global environmental standards for buildings.

Parissa products are made in an environmental award-winning facility located on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC on the west coast of Canada.

A vial of soothing and moisturizing Azulene Oil is provided with most Parissa waxes. Azulene is extracted from the Chamomile flower. Azulene has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. The unique blue colour is from the essential oil of Chamomile (Asteraceae) family of plants.

We source from Europe and North America to ensure safe, high-quality ingredients. We give preference to local suppliers to support our community and aim to minimize our carbon footprint.

The clear backing or “substrate” of the Parissa Wax Strips is not plastic, but a coated cellulose film, known as Cellophane. Unlike plastic film which is made from oil, cellulose films are made from natural, renewable sources such as wood, cotton or hemp. Although not recyclable, cellophane films are degradable and regarded as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic films. As our continued commitment to environmental sustainability, we are working with our innovative
suppliers towards a biodegradable version suitable for home composting which will be available in the next year. Stay tuned!

Shipping and Returns

We currently ship to Canada, the US, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. More information about our shipping rates can be found here.

Please email us at hello@parissa.com if you'd like to return your purchase.

Hot Wax

You can heat the wax on your stove on low or using our Parissa Wax Warmer. You can find specific heating instructions on the instruction sheet that comes with the wax.

Parissa Hot Wax is made with all-natural ingredients: gum rosin, beeswax, azulene, and canola oil. That’s it!

We don’t recommend reusing and reheating the Hot Wax once it has removed hair.

Our Hot/Hard Wax is strip-free, meaning you don’t need strips to use the wax. You apply the wax hot and wait for the wax to cool. The wax then ‘becomes’ the strip and grabs the hair to be removed.

When the wax feels like a thick honey, it’s at the right temperature. If it falls off the spatula very easily or is too hot when you do a patch test, let it cool for a minute or two. Our How to Use Parissa Hot Wax video does a great job of showing the consistency the wax should be at.

You’re most likely not letting the wax cool for long enough. Make sure to only remove the wax if it cools enough not to be tacky to the touch.

​​​​​​You’re most likely applying too thin of a layer for it to remove easily. Hard/Hot Wax should be applied in a thick layer for it to work best.

​​​​​​It’s probably a bit too hot. Let it cool for a minute or two and when the wax stays on the spatula without quickly running off, it’s ready to use. Hot/Hard wax can be messy at times, so we suggest before waxing putting down an old towel or sheet that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Warm Wax

​​​​​​​Most likely, you’re not removing the strip fast enough. The quicker the strip is removed, the better the results. Make sure to remove the strip parallel to the skin and not directly upward.

A couple of things could be happening if the wax isn’t removing your hair:

You’re not applying a paper-thin layer: This is the most effective way to remove the hair.Your hair isn’t long enough: Previously shaved hair can be stubbly and resistant. Wait for at least two weeks hair growth (½ cm or ¼”) before waxing.You’re not applying the wax in the same direction as hair growth: This is the best way to adhere the wax to the hair for removal. Remember to remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

​​​​​​​You can definitely reuse the strips until they are no longer effective at removing hair. Unfortunately, with the Warm Wax, there is no way for removing the wax from the strip. If you’d like to reuse the wax strips, check out our Sugar Waxes, they wash right off!

Yes! Our Warm Wax is simply made with Pine Resin, Gum Rosin, and Canola Oil. All our products are also certified cruelty free.

​​​​​​​The Azulene Oil included in your kit does a great job of removing any wax residue. If you run out of Azulene Oil, you can use any household oil to remove wax (coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, etc.).

Sugar Waxes

Our sugar waxes, like all our products, are all-natural. They’re simply made from sugar, water, and citrus extract. That’s it!

Sugar wax is generally applied with a wooden spatula and the wax is removed with a fabric strip, whereas the type of paste that is used for sugaring is a hard, thick, sticky ball of wax that you mold and shape in your hands, apply to your skin, and then zip off. To learn more about the differences between sugaring and Sugar Wax, check out our blog.

​​​​​​​Both of our sugar waxes are equally effective and made with nearly identical ingredients. The only difference is that the Organic Sugar Wax is made with USDA Certified unprocessed sugar, while the Body Sugar Wax is made with processed sugar.

​​​​​​​You can heat the wax either in the microwave for 20 seconds or with a Parissa Wax Warmer.

 A couple of things could be happening if the wax isn’t removing your hair:

- You’re not applying the wax in the same direction as hair growth: This is the best way to adhere the wax to the hair for removal. Remember to remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

- Your hair isn’t long enough: Previously shaved hair can be stubbly and resistant. Wait for at least two weeks hair growth (½ cm or ¼”) before waxing.You’re not applying a paper-thin layer: This is the most effective way to remove the hair.

- Your hair is extremely, extremely coarse: Our Sugar Waxes work for all hair types except for extremely coarse hair. If your hair is very thick, check out our Warm Wax and Hot/Hard wax. Those will really do the trick!

Most likely, you’re not removing the strip fast enough. The quicker the strip is removed, the better the results. Make sure to remove the strip parallel to the skin and not directly upward, all while holding the skin taut.

Our sugar wax is water-soluble, so you can clean it easily with warm water.

Yes! Simply wash them in the sink under warm water and hang them or lay them down to dry. 

Wax Strips

​​​​​​The clear backing or “substrate” of the Parissa Wax Strips is not plastic, but a coated cellulose film, known as Cellophane. Unlike plastic film, which is made from oil, cellulose films are made from natural, renewable sources such as wood, cotton or hemp.

To warm the Wax Strips, simply rub the strip in between your hands.

A couple of things could be happening if the wax isn’t removing your hair:

- You’re not applying the wax strip in the same direction as hair growth: This is the best way to adhere the wax to the hair for removal. Remember to remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

- Your hair isn’t long enough: Previously shaved hair can be stubbly and resistant. Wait for at least two weeks hair growth (½ cm or ¼”) before waxing.

Most likely, you’re not removing the strip fast enough. The quicker the strip is removed, the better the results. Make sure to remove the strip parallel to the skin and not directly upward.

​​​​​​The Azulene Oil included in your kit does a great job of removing any wax residue. If you run out of Azulene Oil, you can use any household oil to remove wax (coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, etc.).

Waxing Pen

​​​​​​​The best way to heat the pen is to put it in a warm cup of water for 1-2 minutes. Putting the pen back in the warm water between uses helps the wax to stay warm.

Do not heat the pen in the microwave.

​​​​​​​This will vary depending on how much wax you use per session, but most people get at least 5 uses from the pen.

A couple of things could be happening if the wax isn’t removing your hair:

- You’re not applying a paper-thin layer: This is the most effective way to remove the hair. If it’s difficult to spread the wax in a very thin layer, try warming the pen again in warm water.

- You’re not applying the wax strip in the same direction as hair growth: This is the best way to adhere the wax to the hair for removal. Remember to remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

​​​​​​​The Azulene Oil included in your kit does a great job of removing any wax residue. If you run out of Azulene Oil, you can use any household oil to remove wax (coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, etc.).

Organic Roll-on Sugar Wax

The best way to heat the Roll-On is in the microwave with the cap and tip off. You can find specific heating instructions on the instruction sheet that comes with the wax.

Absolutely! Check out our Roll-On Refills.

Yes! Simply wash them in the sink under warm water and hang them or lay them down to dry.

A couple of things could be happening if the wax isn’t removing your hair:

- Your hair is extremely, extremely coarse: Our Sugar Waxes work for all hair types except for extremely coarse hair. If your hair is very thick, check out our Warm Wax and Hot/Hard wax. Those will really do the trick!

- You’re not applying a paper-thin layer: This is the most effective way to remove the hair. Only roll the wax on once and remove with the epilation strip.

- Your hair isn’t long enough: Previously shaved hair can be stubbly and resistant. Wait for at least two weeks hair growth (½ cm or ¼”) before waxing.

- You’re not applying the wax in the same direction as hair growth: This is the best way to adhere the wax to the hair for removal. Remember to remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Most likely, you’re not removing the strip fast enough. The quicker the strip is removed, the better the results. Make sure to remove the strip parallel to the skin and not directly upward, all while holding the skin taut.

Our sugar wax is water-soluble, so you can clean it easily with warm water.