I was doing a lot of research on sugaring and waxing for my college class on ancient history.
- It shocked me when I came across information that pointed to the fact that Cleopatra was most likely one of the first to use sugaring to remove body hair.
I thought this was something new that was brought about by the vanity of men and women. You probably could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out they practiced sugaring as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Persian women were the first to show that a hairless body was the epitome of beauty and youth. They would make a sugaring paste or wax that was called ‘moum’. This was made of sugar, water, and lemon, and used for removing hair. They applied the paste in the direction of hair growth, covered the paste with cloth, and they removed the cloth when the wax cooled. It was considered being the most effective and natural way to remove body hair. It was only in recent times that the ancient Egyptian art of hair removal has been revived. Modern women are once enjoying the feeling of youth and beauty by sugaring and waxing to remove hair from the body. It is the internet that spread the rumor about shaving, or waxing the legs was only being done in the last one hundred years. This is only true for European and American women. The rest of the world has been removing body hair for centuries. Many cultures removed all hair but the eyebrows and through a process now known as sugaring.