Wax your forest without hurting our planet. ~ Katie Feldhaus

Via on Jun 10, 2010

Keep your bikini line clean with an environmentally-friendly wax job!

“Just because you may want to do some bikini line-cleaning down there doesn’t mean you have to hurt the environment doing it.”

With the summer days heating up you want to look your best when you are poolside in your bikini.

But even if you have a rockin’ bikini bod, there’s always that bikini line issue you gotta deal with. But just because you may need to do some spring-cleaning down there doesn’t mean you have to hurt the environment doing it. There are many eco-responsible waxing treatments that can help you stay green while trying to look clean.

Soy wax is a prominent player. It’s a renewable wax source that is less painful and tender on the skin. Soy-based wax is just as effective as other waxing products, but is easier on sensitive skin and natural. Satin smooth organic soy wax contains soybeans, honey, chamomile, palm oil and rapeseed oil—all great for a non-irritating waxing experience.

Organic wax is a great alternative to chemically enhanced wax that is frequently used at spas, and is being put on our bodies (pretty close to home when it comes to bikini waxes) which can be scary when you think about the unknown crap that could be creeping into your intimate areas. With organic wax we are at ease, not exposing our lady bits to artificial ingredients and toxic chemicals. Many environmentally-conscious spas have converted to organic wax over other non-organic options.

Photos: Deux Fm, among our favorite eco fashion lines on the planet.

Our friends over at Planet Green have provided examples of places throughout the U.S. that offer treatments that are less painful for you and less damaging to the environment. Located in Florida, California and New York, Uni. K. Wax Centers offer hair removal using wax created from pine sap, beeswax and aloe vera. This special blend of herbal wax that allows for a faster and greener hair removal process as the wax is poured on and removes hair without the use of wasteful, painful paper.

If you want to steer clear of wax entirely, Moom is an effective organic hair removal product that is rapidly replacing your typical at-home hair removers. A combination of cane sugar, lemon juice, chamomile, tea tree oil (all organic) and water, it’s easier and less painful on the skin than wax. The fabric applicator strips, made from poly-cotton stock, are washable and reusable!

And here are a few more simple at-home body sugar recipes for at home hair removal.

Done? Here’s some eco-conscious bikinis you can wear to show off your new environmentally-friendly wax job!

Katie Feldhaus is a News & Editorial Journalism student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an editorial intern at elephantjournal.com. She is currently living in Boulder and is a Colorado native, who loves being active and doing anything outside.

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15 Responses to “Wax your forest without hurting our planet. ~ Katie Feldhaus”

  1. claire says:

    Thanks Katie—just in time for bikini season! Is organic wax okay for the skin, or should we stick to moom-like concoctions?

  2. Kinda prefer the natural look to what you're calling the "clean" look, but maybe it's just me.

  3. notwooly says:

    I've used Moom products & they work well. Wax seems to work better when done professionally, so thanks for the info. Yes, I'm male and like hair removal. You girls aren't the only ones.

  4. Hippie Pride says:

    Hair, hair, long beautiful hair…

  5. X says:

    I am a woman, therefore I have hair. I’m in no rush to remove it.

  6. Disapointed says:

    For wanting to create an "enlightened" society Elephant is VERY quick to step right into the social pressure put on woman to conform to a certain (porn-inspired) look "down-there" that comes from an industry that objectifies and degrades woman and is NOT at all "natural". Women are human so we have hair. Trimming it is one thing-but creating the "need to remove it all" makes many woman feel that there is something wrong with their NATURAL body!

    In addition the photography chosen for this article does not do much for allowing woman to be part of this enlightened society- way to use the mainstream "sex sells" tactic, Elephant. Very original.

    I honestly expect more from Elephant!

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  8. Dom says:

    Was on board until the palm oil. The systematic destruction of Orang utan native habitat to provide palm oil negates any possible benefit a soy based wax may have (IMHO)

  9. Inez says:

    Seriously? Am I the only one who thinks grown, adult women succumbing to pop culture pressure to wax/shave their genitals to look like pre-pubescent girls is a little (or a lot) outta whack? A little hygienic trimming is one thing, but each year it seems more and more acceptable and maybe even expected that women go completely hairless. Personally, any guy (or girl, for that matter) who thinks I need to look like an eight-year-old girl there is a bit twisted and frankly, not in my life.

  10. Lars says:

    Its not a matter of removing the hair to look like a pre-pubescent girl….It feels SO MUCH BETTER!!

  11. Tina says:

    Although I'm on the road to stop removing my hairs completely for the reasons mentioned by Inez and Disapointed, I'm still using home made sugar wax. I'm surprised it's not mentioned in the article; this ancient Arab method is really the most eco and skin-friendly product I tried! And super cheap!

  12. Dawn says:

    Lame. We have hair, deal with it.

  13. Spiekje says:

    Soy is one of the most environmentally unfriendly plants there are. Where soy has grown, nothing can grow for about seven years, it completely depletes the soil. So calling soy wax environmentally-friendly? Eh… No. Thanks but no thanks.

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