This holiday season I’ve been inundated with beauty products meant to evoke the season–peppermint scrubs, cranberry lip gloss, sparkly red nail polish, and vanilla candles galore. But nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like a…gingerbread bikini wax. Yes, this exists. And yes, I got one.
Strip does not take itself too seriously, which is a good thing when you’re in the business of bikini waxing. Their signage talks about “pruning bushes” and they even give you little rubber toys to squeeze if you’re stressed out about getting all the hair on your nether regions ripped out. So if anyone could pull off (bwahaha) a gingerbread bikini wax, it’s Strip.
“So what the hell is it?” was my first question. Was I going to be “pruned” down there in the shape of a fat and happy little gingerbread man? No, thankfully.
Turns out it’s a wax that smells like British gingerbread. It’s so authentic that they even sent it to two of their outposts in London to tweak the scent. Because if you’re going to put gingerbread wax on your crotch, it had better be authentic, right?
When I walked in I was accosted by the not unpleasant smell of gingerbread wafting through the place. I just pretended I was in a little London bakery and skipped down to the treatment room. The wax–which truthfully looked more sugar cookie-like than gingerbread–had a mildly spicy smell. (Strip’s manager, Ramon Padilla, assured me that it’s scented with essential oil. He noted that cloves and nutmeg near your ladyparts would not be a good thing.)
So aside from the fact that I was hyper-aware that I had cookie-wax all over me, the quality of the service was stellar. Strip also prides itself on its hard wax (which causes less pain) and the training of its staff, so it was all as pleasant as it could be.
This holiday maybe you and your mom can start a new tradition. Rather than lunch and a trip to look at the holiday windows, take her for a gingerbread Brazilian. You’ll never look at Christmas cookies in quite the same way.
The service is available now at Strip’s outposts in NYC, London, and Singapore for $65.