Sweet 185 is a sugaring studio and organic boutique. Our mission to provide natural hair removal and esthetic services to clients in a beautiful, warm, nurturing environment--from eyebrows to Brazilians, facials to body treatments. We also offer products that complement our services and philosophy such as sea sponges, all natural skin-care products and clothing made from organically grown materials. Sweet 185 has been in business for 7 years, 5 under the current owner who bought the little 425 square foot studio on 185 St. Philip’s Street in 2009 and quickly grew out of it, relocating to a more prestigious 1800 square foot location in Charleston’s Upper King Street Design District. Our owner was originally the only paid employee and, with the help of her former partner, was responsible for every aspect of running the studio: seeing clients, finances, bookkeeping, marketing…all if it. We now have a beloved staff of 10 and we are still growing.
Our “be kind to…” philosophy encourages all of us to be kind to our bodies, communities, the planet and to some “body” else. That is why we offer only natural therapies, locally-sourced, environmentally friendly products and support several local charities. We participate in approximately a dozen fundraising events annually including donating products and services for auctions at schools, churches and non-profit organizations like the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry & Jazz Artists of Charleston. We also sponsor the Charleston ALS chapter to fight Lou Gehrigs disease, Louie’s kids, fighting childhood obesity and The Charleston Center for Women.


Much of Sweet 185’s atmosphere can be attributed to professional multi-tasker, Christina. She loves to be creative, from writing promotional material to helping design the studios motif to carefully choosing which products Sweet 185 carries because, as she says, “the products we sell are an extension of our service and are designed to enhance our client’s experience.” As a Master Sugarist and 19-year licensed esthetician, Christina has learned to use her perceptive skills to respond to client’s needs rather than telling them what they need.

She uses the same sensitivity and creativity in her personal life as a devoted Roman Catholic, wife and mother of five (including a set of twins!). Christina loves plants and natures healing and restorative properties. She uses her demeanor, voice and touch to calm a child to sleep or to comfort loved ones and practices yoga to revitalize her own spirit. She has also traveled extensively, speaks three languages and loves “really soft sheets and driving 120 miles an hour.”

Favorite Quote: “Always be yourself because the people who matter don’t mind, and the ones that mind don’t matter.” ~ anonymous


Wayne is a renaissance man. Besides being an experienced massage therapist and a suma cum laude graduate, he dabbles in everything from psychology, writing poetry, playing guitar and even had a show on 98 Rock. Let him put his hands on you and you instantly get that Wayne is a consummate professional and takes his career very seriously. His loves are smiling, learning and passion. Check out his favorite quote. It’s lovely and reflects his warm demeanor.

Favorite quote: “The best relationships are when you both feel like the lucky one.” ~anonymous


Please meet our intriguing and cosmopolitan esthetician, Karin, born in Estonia, a country in the Baltic region of northern Europe. Her background is fascinating: a grandfather exiled to Siberia, her father a regional secretary of agriculture; in high school, she remembers feeling terrified watching Russian tanks parade down her street after the fall of the USSR, not knowing whether they would fire on her and her family. Before coming to us, Karin lived in Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New York, where she received her esthetic training at Aveda. She credits her mom for being a role model of how to look and feel young, and her heart--she is a genuinely warm, kind soul--she says came from her beloved father. Karin has a bachelor of arts from Copenhagen University and has worked as a flight attendant and hospitality coordinator. She enjoys visiting vineyards and loves traveling, fitness and her family, including “my little Dachsund, Chewy.” We have seen her with her dog, and we would say especially her Dachsund, Chewy.

Favorite Quote: Healthy body, healthy mind


A Charleston local since age 7, Sarah was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She loves the mountains but also the beach. Sarah and one of her besties since 4th grade made a pact to go to the beach every day and watch the sun rise. That was a little lofty but she still tries to go once a week “because no two sunsets are ever the same and I don’t want to miss them.” Although Sarah is a concierge, she wants to become an esthetician and has learned to be very grateful for the opportunity to “have had to work so hard and to do and learn so much…and I love it.” She credits Sweet 185’s owner for teaching her; “she is the hardest working woman I know.” And Sarah is no slouch. She works 7 days a week and often leaves the studio to waitress at The Mellow Mushroom until 10 or 11:00 at night. She’s also talented, teaching herself to play piano and read music. Sarah has one sister and two brothers, all younger, and she likes being an older sister; “it has it’s downsides and perks…but I love having siblings and a big family… I feel bad for people who don’t.” Sarah’s loves are first her family (my sister is like my best friend), music (her top three favorite bands? Banks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, U2… “If I didn’t have music I’d be a mess”) and last but not least her kitty Cocoa whom she found and snuck into her college dorm (“she’s like my baby…I call her my daughter.”

Favorite quote: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery…today is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Winnie the Pooh


We love being greeted by Jenna’s sweet smile and her obvious passion for providing the best possible service to all of our friends at Sweet 185. Jenna is a Hospitality major at the College of Charleston who hails from the great state of Maryland. She loves baking and hopes to attend pastry school and one day become a pastry chef in France. She has spent the past two summers working and traveling Europe and is looking forward to traveling even more in the future.

Favorite quote: “Happiness doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It simply means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~ Unknown


Simone is a Connecticut native who came to Charleston to study Arts Management. She strongly supports the ideals of self-love and body positivity, and expresses those values through her work at Sweet 185. We love her optimism and her natural ability to find the bright side of even the most challenging situations. In her spare time, Simone enjoys arranging music for the AcaBelles, the College of Charleston’s all-new female a cappella group.

Favorite quote: “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


“Lay” is a South Carolina native who loves calling Charleston home. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she had the pleasure of studying ballet with Robert Ivey. Lay brings to Sweet 185 a passion for helping others find joy in their lives. She lives by the philosophy that “confidence is beauty” and works to enhance the beauty in others through nurturing and building their self-worth. Even in her spare time, Lay enjoys practicing make-up application to hone her skills. Lay loves being a mother and spending time with her two-year-old son. We are grateful to have Lay’s sunny disposition and love for others at Sweet 185!

Favorite quote: “Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower others.” ~ John C. Maxwell

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