Inexpensive, easy to use, and highly effective, stripless depilatory hard wax beans have become the go-to hair removal method for many, including myself. DIY waxing is incredibly convenient, cost-effective, and liberating, and after spending years ‘doing it myself’ (and getting it down to a science), I’ve settled on waxing beads as my most preferred depilation method.
Owing to their popularity, countless hard wax beans sellers have cropped up, and it can be hard to make a decision (I’ve reviewed my top pick here). In the process of picking a hard waxing beans product, you may find yourself wondering: what are hard wax beans made of?
The ingredients used in depilatory waxing beans products will generally vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, since every company has a different formulation that is all their own. However, while they may differ in terms of colors, scents, and certain other components, most hard wax beans will contain some (if not all) of the following ingredients.
Pretty much all hard waxing beans products contain rosin as one of their primary ingredients. Rosin is a form of translucent amber-colored resin extracted from pine trees or other coniferous plants, which consists of a variety of resin acids, and abietic acid in particular. Rosin is, basically, what remains after volatile oils have been distilled off from pine resin.
Rosin is solid at room temperature but melts easily at stove-top temperature, and is a popular epilating agent. It will sometimes be listed as colophony or colophonium in the ingredients list, and may also be added to waxing beads products in other forms, such as glyceryl rosinate, etc.
Also known as Cera Alba, beeswax is wax from bees’ honeycombs, in purified form. It is generally obtained by boiling honeycomb in water, after which it is strained, and then cooled (please note that this means beeswax is an animal-derived product, and therefore may not be considered vegan). In addition to acting as a binder and emulsion stabilizer, it is also (like rosin) an epilating agent.
Ethylene-vinyl acetate is a copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, which gives hard wax beans their flexibility and their clinginess. The clinginess provided by EVA copolymer allows the waxing beans to grip the hair, while the flexibility allows you to pull the wax patches off without using a strip, ensuring that even after they harden and shrink-wrap the unwanted hair, the wax patches remain smooth and pliable, easy to rip off with just your fingers without flaking and shattering into fragments, or without sticking to your skin.
In addition to the three ingredients listed above, hard wax beans also contain various other components. Some may contain certain chemicals – for fragrance (scents like chocolate, lavender, strawberry, etc.), color, and other agents – along with soothing/nourishing agents like coconut oil, chamomile, lavender, aloe, and cocoa butter.
All these ingredients work in conjunction to give hard wax beans their superpowers, resulting in a product that heats through easily and evenly (you can do it without a warmer too), melts into a creamy, smooth, non-sticky wax which is easy to apply, easy to remove, super effective at hair removal, painless, and results in zero messes/clean-up.
Given their natural ingredients, hard wax beads for hair removal are generally safe for all skin types. However, as with all waxes and hair removal products, you need to make absolutely sure you do not use hard wax beans on broken, irritated, inflamed or injured skin, or on warts, moles, sunburned areas or areas of the skin that have recently been affected by surgery. In addition, be careful not to wax your skin within 2 hours after showering or sunbathing, and do not go for sunbathing, tanning, or exfoliating for at least a day or two after you’ve waxed.
In order to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to waxing beads, test a small bit on a small patch of your skin (preferably on the area inside your forearm) – if, after 24 hours, all seems well and you haven’t developed a rash or experienced any other adverse reactions, it means you are good to go.
Do not use hard wax hair removal beans if your skin has reacted badly to wax products in the past. If you have skin conditions/skin-related disorders like eczema, or are using medication that has an impact on your skin, please consult your doctor before use.
Remember guys – hairless, smooth skin is a major goal, but it’s also important to be super careful about your health and skin, so if you think a product is affecting you adversely, discontinue use and consult with a doctor immediately! XOXO
Hardcore beauty enthusiast, fashion maven, fitness fanatic, and aspiring dermatologist, Isabella is a long-time-frequenter-of-waxing-salons turned DIY-er. Always on the lookout for depilatory products that are painless and easy to use, she's a waxing beans convert and determined to teach you everything she's learned about achieving perfectly hairless and smooth skin!