Beauty

REVIEW: Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon

Despite the whole kilay is life movement, I was never truly invested in attaining #browgoals. For several years, I relied on threading to keep my somewhat bushy brows tidy. It was a chore I put off for as long as I could. I have a low tolerance for pain, so threading is a dreaded process. I often get teary-eyed from how much they sting.

Once, I went to a salon for a threading, and the attendant was pulling the hair from my brows so forcefully that I started to wonder what I did to earn her wrath.

When I found Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon on Facebook, I immediately wanted to try it out.

Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon lobby

I had put off my brow grooming for months because I didn’t want to go through another threading.


What drew me in was their claim that sugaring, as opposed to waxing or threading, is less painful.

The staff at the Ayala Malls Marikina branch were friendly and courteous. My attendant suggested I do a full face: eyebrows, upper and lower lip, chin, nose, forehead, and cheeks.

I was led to a small room where I made myself comfortable.

Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon room

Despite their claim that sugaring is less painful, I was still apprehensive—like I said, I have a low pain threshold. My attendant started with my brows, and I was so happy that their claim was true. It was less painful than waxing (it’s hard to find a place that waxes eyebrows anyway), and much less painful than threading.

When she was done with my brows, I asked to see what exactly the sugaring product looks like. She held it to my eyes, and it looked like a sticky chunk of white bubble gum. Apparently, it’s an all-natural mixture of lemon, sugar, and water. She added that it’s even edible—a statement I’m not keen on testing.

Next was the upper lip. I had had my upper lip threaded before, so I knew that it hurt like a motherfucker. Sugaring that area, though less painful than threading, still made my eyes well up.

That was the hardest part, really. The other areas (lower lip, chin, nose, forehead, and cheeks) were a breeze. I even managed to keep up a conversation with my attendant. Surprisingly, I found myself relaxing into the process of her pressing the mixture onto my face and pulling it off.


After the session, my skin felt itchy and sensitive, which I was told is normal. I was also instructed not to wet my face for 6 hours. I know that touching your face constantly is bad because it spreads bacteria, but I couldn’t help myself—my skin felt so smooth.


Another great thing going for them is their pricing. I paid just a little over PHP500 for all that!

Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon price list
Price list as of December 2018

All in all, I absolutely recommend Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon in Ayala Malls Marikina for hair removal services. I know I’m going back once my brows start looking wild again!


Writer’s note: This is not sponsored content. I am not, nor have I ever been, affiliated with Barenaked Body Sugaring Salon. I just wanted to give them a shout-out because I enjoyed my experience, and wanted to share that with others.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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