Christina’s Cabinet: Stay Cool

COOLA Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion  $32

Like a wheatgrass shot for your skin, the Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion delivers powerful results, loaded with antioxidants and nourishing, soothing ingredients that help skin bounce-back after a day in the sun.

OY-L Hymilayan Sea Salt Body Scrubs  $30
A perfect combination of detoxifying and purifying Himalayan salt to cleanse, exfoliate, soothe and smooth!  These are also a client favorite for exfoliating between perfectly smooth sugared skin to prevent ingrown hairs. It is a heavenly back scratch and pure invigoration for the back of arms and feet. Take your sweet pick: Tiare Lime, Lavender, Orange Rose, Pink Grapefruit, Litsea Basil

ILIA Cucumber Primer   $42
The skin’s favorite little pick-me-up: a cooling toner in stick form. This Cucumber Water Stick does everything from reinvigorating the complexion to adding a boost of hydration to prep skin before makeup or moisturizer. Instantly smoothes and soothes skin upon application, adding a flash of refreshing moisture. Infused with botanical extracts of cucumber pulp to help de-puff, chicory root to aid with inflammation, and aloe vera to replenish and restore radiance. Apply around eyes for a midday refresher, or after your morning cleanse to set a smooth foundation for makeup.

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Sweet Signature Services: August 2019


Baby it’s HOT outside!  Come in and cool down with our new kid on the block: a dewey, chilled, mind-cooling session from head to toe! The treatment utilizes the invigorating Gua Sha tool, a sea sponge dry brush brush (yours to take home!), and refreshing cold cucumber-mint infused cloths, strategically placed between soothing warm chamomile-lavender cloths to simultaneously relax your muscles and cool your senses, all locking in moisture with organic agave, aloe vera tonic and a curated range of antioxidants and vitamin boosters such as lavender and mandarin peel oils. While your body soaks in the cool, the Refresh Mint Resurfacing Moisture Mask by Maya Chia is exactly what your face yearns for to transform a lackluster complexion into glowing, radiant and nourished skin. Four different types of acids, as well as enzymes and hydrators work synergistically together to resurface, brighten and moisturize the skin. This carefully crafted Sweet 185 original treatment leaves you deeply hydrated – a balm for environmentally-damaged skin and rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Duration: 70 minutes
Price: $115, includes your sea sponge to take home

Book any bikini area sugaring hair removal through August 31 and receive your choice of a complimentary brow or underarm sugaring! You must choose at the time of booking.

That’s right, we said FREE!

This two-part gentle and effective treatment exfoliates skin, deep cleaning pores for dramatic results. Designed to be skin-illuminating by utilizing these naturally derived glycolic and lactic acids: hibiscus, pineapple, and papaya fruit enzymes and antioxidant super fruit acerola extract. Clients experience a gentle, cool, tingling sensation as the outer layer of dull, dead cells are exfoliated. This process reveals fresher, visibly smoother, and more youthful skin.

Duration: ADD-ON to any 90-minute facial experience
Price: FREE! (normally $35)

Sweet Summer Salutations, Beloveds!

97a6adc0-7560-4c41-a2e1-b41cc114f780Hoping you’ve been enjoying some well-deserved rest, sharing laughs, love, and good times with family and friends!In the midst of our extreme heatwave, I decided to dive a little deeper into my natural remedy tool belt and designed a magical solution to restore, relax and literally cool your core temperature to help survive these oppressive days. Our Cucumber Cool Down is exactly what you’re body is begging for! Details for this full-body experience are featured in our Service Offerings below, available through the end of August.

I find that clients feel that the best thing they can use is pure aloe to recover from sun damaged skin. It’s simply not true. Our skin needs a perfected combination of nutrients to help the skin repair its damage. That’s what sunburn is. If we don’t use the best remedy products available after being exposed to such damage, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells and even scarring of the skin. I also like to remind our clients that their skin is comprised of years of damage we’ve accrued since childhood – not just today’s exposure. It’s also great to use before you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time. In the days leading up to a trip or even just a weekend at one of our beautiful beaches, it can fortify the skin and help to prevent the damage before it occurs.

I didn’t have to dive to deep into my cabinet to find COOLA’s Radical Recovery Lotion. It has been a saving grace and client-favorite for years. From pre and post sun exposure to intense sunburns, this lotion’s primary ingredients are the centerpiece for our Cucumber Cool Down and is part of an entire line of products perfect for your everyday use. It’s the jewel of this month’s edition of Christina’s Cabinet.

We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon, Sweet Ones. Stay cool!

Sweet Regards,


Christina’s Cabinet: New For You



Restore Body Lotion by JURLIQUE   $41

Rich in pure organic botanicals grown in South Australia, this indulgent body lotion absorbs quickly to moisturize, protect, and soften your skin. With nourishing avocado and macadamia oils and natural lemon, geranium and clary sage fragrance, it leaves skin deeply hydrated, beautifully scented, and visibly glowing.

Body Bâtons by KINDRED    $41

Body Bâton is a luxurious, go-anywhere moisturizer. The solid, push-up applicator is mess-free. Apply to the back of your hands and keep your palms slip-free for your daily activities. Apply to lips, elbows, knees or anywhere you need a quick-absorbing moisturizer. Body Bâton’s compact size makes it the perfect addition to your desk, purse, bedside table, sink, etc. Offered in Lavender, Woods, Tangerine-Clove and Peppermint.  We carry them all!

Nail Oil by JURLIQUE    $18

Deeply nourishes and conditions for healthy nails and cuticles. Helps strengthen dry and brittle nails, soothe cracked cuticles and intensely hydrate to restore moisture.  Use each night before bed for best absorption and treatment. I usually follow with my favorite lavender hand cream.

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Sweet Signature Services: Summer 2019

Gua Sha Sweet Addition

$25 Addition to Massage and Facials

“Gua Sha is the stasis in the main and collateral channels that blocks the circulation of vital energy and blood, which causes toxins to accumulate in the body. The toxins lead to various ailments and affect the quality of life. Gua Sha scraping massage expels toxins in the body by bringing out the Sha stasis, smoothing main and collateral channels, adjusting the balance of Yin and Yang, enhancing immune functions, and fundamentally preventing and curing ailments. In Gua Sha scraping massage therapy, only a scraping plate coupled with scraping oil is needed. When the plate is applied to the body repeatedly, it stimulates the vascular nerves in partial tissue and takes blood stasis attached to the wall of the blood vessels out, expelling the waste via circulation all over the body, purifying the blood and finally relieving ailments and promoting recovery. Because of its Simplicity and Effectiveness, Gua Sha has been practiced in China since Antiquity and remains to this day as a natural way to eliminate pain, cure chronic diseases, and enhancing immunity and maintain health.”

We utilize the Gua Sha tools as additions to facials and massages at a rate of $25. We recommend a series of 12 weekly sessions for best results. 

Bikini Remedy Series

$90 through June 2019 (Reg. $135) 

Ingrown hairs can be frustrating, uncomfortable and cause undesirable skin discoloration. In true #bekind fashion, Master Sugarist and Esthetician Cristina has a sweet treatment just for you specially designed to target ingrown hairs.

Includes Consultation, Exam and 3 Enzyme Treatments All for $90 (a $135 value).

Happy Hands & Feet

30 minutes
$45 Special June Pricing (Reg. $60)

This multi-benefit treatment mask and scrub deeply cleanses and nurtures for beautifully soft and smooth hands and feet. A combination of red and white clays absorb impurities, while the Jojoba beads gently exfoliate. The rich combination of honey, Shea butter and calendula extract intensely nourishes and helps protect the skin.


  • Polishes and smooths skin to restore hands and minimizes the appearance of uneven skin tone and fine lines on the hands.

  • Purifies while gently cleansing and absorbing impurities from the skin.

  • Exfoliates while gently polishing and sweeping away over-accumulation of dead skin cells, providing a smoother, softer skin texture.

  • Softens and hydrates while providing immediate hydration, leaving your extremities feeling oh-so-soft and conditioned.

  • Restores while conditioning the skin’s surface to prepare hands and feet for one smooth week ahead!

Organic Back Treatment

30 minutes
$49 Special June Pricing (Reg. $75)

An overlooked, soothing, cleansing treatment. We like to think of it as a facial for your back! It’s the part of the body that’s the hardest to reach, so it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The skin is also quite different “back” there and needs special care. Enjoy warm compresses and treatments that deeply clean, condition and infuse the skin with nourishing agents while removing excess oils and impurities that clog pores.

Tangerine~Clove Body Slumber 

$121 Special June Pricing
Full body emulsion using mango butter, lavender oil, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, and arnica oil.  Deeply nourishing & curative, utilizing essences of tangerine & clove. Your body is then warmly cocooned for moist-heat therapy portion of service.  Scalp, neck and feet are gently massaged with particular attention to pressure points to lull body and mind to slumber.


Skirt! Magazine: Women at Work

“This month, Skirt magazine is celebrating Women at Work, and today we recognize mother and daughter team Christina Mikolajcik and Giuliana Massari, who own and operate Sweet 185 Sugaring Studio. They specialize in the ancient, all-natural hair-removal technique.

Pick up a copy of our April issue to read all about all of the Women at Work featured in our special advertising section and read more about Christina and Giuliana here:”

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Thank you, SKIRT!
It is an honor to be featured and celebrated alongside so many empowered
Women at Work in our Charleston community! 

Christina’s Cabinet: A Sweet Spring

Lip Blocks & Lip Conditioners by ILIA

TLC for your lips. Long-wearing, hydrating coverage. These have 4x the pigment to give staying power to these colorful beauties. APPLICATION TIP! Use on lips over Ilia’s Cucumber Eye Primer for smoother, enduring placement. New spring colors just arrived! $36 each

Waterless Wonder Balm by MAYA CHIA
A go-to beauty enhancement in our Sweet Cabinet since 2015! It is a multi-purpose wonder balm spot treatment that leaves the skin on your hands, feet, elbows – you name it –  nourished, hydrated and rejuvenated. Crafted using the highest quality of natural, organic ingredients, it is refreshingly scented with an orange blossom essential oil blend. $42 

Sunless Tan Oil by COOLA 
This serum instantly illuminates for a shimmery, sun-kissed radiance while developing a natural-looking tan over time. Fine pearlescent mica naturally accentuates and highlights for a sunlit golden shimmer, while sugar-beet derived DHA gives skin that post-vacation radiance any day of the year. Glow get ‘em! $48 

The hair removal we provide, while it seems like a small thing it’s meaningful in a pretty big way to many of us. To that point, a small tool we utilize dozens of times a day professionally and that is also a great friend in our beauty cabinet is a fabulous pair of tweezers. Seems silly maybe, but there’s nothing funny about a poor-quality set of tweezers. They lack precision and can make any tweeze more uncomfortable than it needs to be. At Sweet 185, we only offer stainless steel TWEEZERMAN TWEEZERS in our unique boutique! You’ll understand why they’ve been my professional choice since 1997! A little tidbit you may not know (and we will remind you when you come running in this week for your set!): If they become dull, just send them back in and they’ll be sharpened for free as part of Tweezerman’s LIFETIME GUARANTEE! As if these are not enough reasons, they also offer them in adorable patterns and vibrant colors to express your own style. Behold, the joy of tweezing! $16 – $28 

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Sweet Signature Services: Spring 2019


Sweet & Sun-Kissed

The Sweet 
Your therapist exfoliates your body with an organic sugar scrub to remove excess dead skin cells and allow for the most uniform glow.Rinse off in our private shower and return to your suite for the next treat.

The Sun-Kissed
Finally we apply our natural, full-body sheer gel-lotion that utilizes a super-berry complex and two sugar extracts. You will notice an instant glow that develops over several hours into an even and authentic-looking tan. It also moisturizes and leaves a skin barrier that protects against environmental aggressors. Best of all, the lotion is lightweight, non-greasy and leaves you sweet-smelling, not stinky like other tanners.

*Single Application $75 (Reg. $95) until 4/30/2019
* Sun-Kissed Trio Application – $175 (Reg. $285)
* Purchase and use 1 of 3 by April 30, 2019, gradually develop and build color over a 5-7 day period.


Tangerine~Clove Body Slumber 

Full body emulsion using mango butter, lavender oil, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, and arnica oil.  Deeply nourishing & curative, utilizing essences of tangerine & clove. Your body is then warmly cocooned for moist-heat therapy portion of service.  Scalp, neck and feet are gently massaged with particular attention to pressure points to lull body and mind to slumber.

Spring Note From Christina

Dear Sweet Sweeties, 

With showers of sunshine and rain, the gardens at Sweet 185 are coming alive with seedlings and blossoms of flowers, bringing beauty, energy, and fragrance along with them. Many of our blooms feature many of the essences found in our very own boutique, filled with some of the finest in organic skin care offerings, including geranium, rose, calendula, violet, ranunculus, lavender and strawberry. Experience the vitality of these plants that is then distilled and blended to enhance the health of our body’s largest organ – our skin.

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Christina’s Cabinet: Some New Faves

januarycabinetOYL – Crystal Eye Serum 
The Crystal Eye Serum features an ancient Chinese beauty secret, the Tremella Mushroom. It can hold more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid and is vegan-friendly, too. The product is dispensed using an amethyst rolling stone; a truly decadent, cooling sensation. Bringing life back to tired skin and cooling puffiness around the eyes!

Kindred La Femme Candle 
Kindred turned their best-selling 2018 body oil, La Femme, into a beautifully fragrant candle! This 3 oz. long-burning, low flame candle features a wooden wick and comes with signature matches. Watch the iridescent wax swirl and sparkle and enjoy the subtle crackling sound of the wick as the candle burns. Coming soon, a second golden candle with the scent of their amazing original body oil.

Henry Charles Cosmetic Bags 
Take advice from organic beauty product lovers at Sweet 185, Henry Charles has created a line of adorable and super accessible cosmetic bags for all of our yummy goodies we cannot leave behind. And THEY ARE VEGAN! It’s a beauty junkie’s dream bag that delivers form, fashion, and function, simultaneously. Thoughtfully designed for a full-face application and so much more, it has 9 inner compartments to create efficiency in your routine with visibility and maximum storage.

Jurlique Revitalizing Cleansing Gel
They have revamped their packaging (a bit more user-friendly and less wasteful), and the content is better than ever! This light weight foaming gel is ideal for normal to combination skin. It transforms into a rich lather to cleanse skin of pollution, excess oil and impurities. Leaving it feeling pure and fresh. It’s unique micellar cleansing system removes even long-lasting makeup, while revitalizing botanicals help re-balance oiliness and restore moisture

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