Aesthetic perfection requires either constant, painstaking maintenance or an uncomfortably thick coat of surface-preserving shellac. Opt for a breathably beautiful body with today's Groupon to Sweet 185, located downtown in the Upper King Street Design District. Choose between two options:
- For $25, you get a Sweet Essentials mani-pedi (up to a $55 value).
- For $20, you get a body sugaring bikini hair removal (a $40 value).
Conceptualized by a pair of Charleston moms, Marilyn Roe and Christina Mikolajcik, Sweet 185 aims to coddle clients until they feel as warm and at home as living in a bathtub of chicken noodle soup. Sugaring is an ancient Egyptian hair-removal technique that evicts unwelcome follicle-fillers using an all-natural paste of sugar, lemon, and water. The hair-removal process resembles waxing in that the hair-hugging paste is applied to the skin before being carefully pulled away. Sweet's organic Sweet Essentials manicure ($25) and pedicure ($30) is performed by experienced nail technicians who make each keratin-buffing moment an experience in pampering. Mani-pedis are perfect for putting the finishing touches on a polished, professional look, as well as essential hand and foot maintenance.
The Charleston City Paper named Sweet 185 Sugaring Studio the Best Place to Get Hairless Without Wax and Razors. The Post and Courier and Moultrie News also featured Sweet 185. Eight Google Mappers award the business a perfect five-star average.
- Spreading a golden ball of just sugar, lemon, and water over areas of unwanted hair, the magic paste picks up hair without the painful yanking of a wax job. Void of the resin and chemicals in wax, sugaring is perfect for those with sensitive skin, eczema, sclerosis, or for the run-of-the-mill hairless addict. (Men, that includes you!) The honeyed paste gently exfoliates the skin while removing even the thickest of hair. There's still a bit of squealing and squirming, but it's hands down the sweetest way to enjoy a Brazilian. No sticky mess, and no tangled panties. – Svetlana Minx, Charleston City Paper
Rather than rely on chemical-laden waxes, Sweet 185’s experts hark back to the ancient Egyptian technique of sugaring to banish body hair. They use an un-heated paste made of simply sugar, water, and lemon to remove hair without the uncomfortable heat of waxing.
The spa's oxygen therapy has caught the attention of both the Charleston Mercury and the Moultrie News. Inhaling four to five times the normal amount of oxygen in the air while reclining in the spa's leather zero-gravity chairs can promote healing and heighten memory.
Sweet 185's staff also handpicks gifts and goods that fit their vision of kindness to both your body and to the environment, including natural chocolates and jewelry and organic sunscreen. They stock the boutique with Angel Rox clothing made with organic cotton and low-impact dyes, Jurlique creams and lotions that are never tested on animals, and Nadina bath towels, made with sustainably grown bamboo rayon.