How do homesteading and sugar hair removal fit together?

Having a fresh strawberry, banana and blueberry smoothie for breakfast beats my son going to school and having their carb/fat filled poor choices at school. Using vegetables for our dinner out of our own garden beats going to the grocery store and buying produce that was grown…exactly where? How can I trust it? Is GMO or non-GMO? Organic or pesticides? I’d rather grow my own and know what I’m putting in mine and children’s (yes and hubby’s too) mouths. I’m not the only cook in this family who depends on our fresh veggies and herbs.

We live a holistic, organic lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean we are vegan or vegetarians. We like our meat. Hubby hunts, processes our meat, has fur made, mounts antlers, we can our veggies, make tomato sauce, salsa, spaghetti sauce, we chop our own wood for fire, the list goes on. We also like our modern day conveniences. TV, internet (freakin’ outrageous how much internet costs up here in the boonies!) 4 football fields off the road our little farmhouse sits in the middle of a crop field. This past season we had corn to the east, west and north of our house and tobacco to the south across the running creek and up the hill. (Paints a pretty picture huh?) I love it up here.

While we love our location and our off-road existence, we strive to save as much money as we can for our future homestead. In living holistically and organically, we are actually saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. Think of it. All the meat my hubby brings home…deer, turkey, quail, rabbit, hog, pig…we process it all and freeze the meat in vacuum seal bags. All the vegetables we grow through season last us all year. Corn, bell peppers, okra, purple hull peas, banana peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans (snap)….we can and blanche/freeze it all.

When I’m going to the grocery store I typically only spend about $50-70 a week (that’s on a bad week. Good week is about $40) on a household of 3 (one of which is a growing 12 year old pre-teen) and 2 dogs. So I’m saving money right? Now take into account the money you spend on razors, shave cream, ingrown hair “helpers”, depilatory creams like Nair, etc., OTC wax kits, going to a salon to get waxed (let me differentiate here…resin waxed), you spend bookoos of $. I was using a Mach 3 men’s razor Lordy for the longest time…like 15 years or so.

I’ve tried waxing at a salon three times in my life and I’ve tried at home wax once. Never Ever – Ever again. Worst pain EVER. To me…my opinion here…worse than childbirth. Ah…I digress. So you see how much I was spending on shaving. Waxing at a salon costs in upwards of $100 a visit. Sugaring in a salon (if you can find a salon that specializes in REAL organic sugaring i.e. some salons market sugaring, however what they are using is a resin wax with sugar added to it. …hard to come by especially in our neck of the woods) is even higher!

For more information regarding the cost of sugaring, refer here.

So, you see, the decision to begin sugaring – and the inception of my business was due to a few factors. The cost, the benefits, and the overall better results of hair removal! Sugaring fits into our organic lifestyle, but you don’t have to be homesteaders or live off the land to understand the numerous benefits of sugaring. All you need is a desire to spend less and have healthier, smoother skin!