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 $20, you get a Sweet Essentials pedicure (a $30 value) with 15 minutes of oxygen (a $10 value; a $40 total 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 coddles clients with a slate of therapeutic body treatments. 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 aestheticians apply the hair-hugging paste to the skin before carefully pulling it away. Unlike wax, the cream goes on at room temperature, sparing clients discomfort and allowing heat-sensing nerve endings to save their energy for locating misplaced bonfires.
During Sweet's organic Sweet Essentials pedicure, experienced nail technicians dip sandal holders in a warm soak of essential oils. They then exfoliate feet with a sugar scrub, soothe muscles with a massage, and preen nails with a trim and natural polish. The service includes 15 minutes of body-bolstering oxygen therapy, a relaxing treatment during which clients breathe in air composed of 90%–92% oxygen in order to boost energy and store up reserves for underwater hibernating season.
Sweet 185’s dedication to natural ingredients is apparent in its organic facials, which rely on plant essences, and its holistic massages, which use herbal oils. The same can be said about its hair removal treatments—rather than rely on chemical-laden waxes, Sweet 185’s experts hark back to the ancient Egyptian technique of sugaring, using an un-heated paste made simply of sugar, water, and lemon to remove hair. Because of this excellence, they have been included in USA Today's Top 10 Spas in Charleston.
Meanwhile, the spa's oxygen therapy treatments have 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 is said to promote healing and heighten memory, and is far easier than doing aerobics in space.
After their treatment, guests can peruse Sweet 185 boutique, where staff have handpicked gifts and goods ranging from natural chocolates to jewelry to organic sunscreen. There, visitors will also find 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.
Mazyck - Wraggborough
476 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29403