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Waxing 101: Chocolate, Rica Or Regular – What’s Best For *You*?

Waxing 101: Chocolate, Rica Or Regular – What’s Best For *You*?

Ladies, we’ve all resigned ourselves to the fact that at least once every month we must religiously show up for a waxing session and there are no two ways about it. The process of getting rid of unwanted hair growth aka waxing is a part of every girl’s monthly routine. So much so, that we hardly feel warm wax and the pulling pain anymore. However, that changes when you have sensitive skin. For sensitive skin, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve gone through waxing, it will sting or hurt. Some girls also experience itchiness, redness, rashes and blood from their pores which may last for up to two to three days after waxing. So, what can you about it?

What Parlour Didi Recommends?

We’re sure by now, your waxing lady must have recommended a trial session of flavoured wax for a number of reasons. With a plethora of recommendations, much like us, you must have also wondered what’s the deal with chocolate wax, strawberry wax, Rica wax and white chocolate wax. It seems like every time you visit the salon, there’s a new flavour! Well, we’ll tell you what the big deal is and whether you should pick one over regular wax for a better, less painful experience or not.  All are easily available at most parlours as well as online if you prefer to wax at home by yourself.

What Is Regular/Normal Wax

chocolate wax and rica wax

Waxing is a preferred hair removal method for women when compared to epilating and shaving as the next growth comes in about a month’s time. For some people, hair growth gets finer with time if you’ve been waxing regularly for awhile. The simple blend of sugar or honey with lemon has been around for ages. We’ve all been using this traditional wax for years now.


It definitely gets our hair out from the roots but can be painful and stingy. It can also leave your skin red and bumpy afterward and if you have sensitive skin, then the redness can last for up to a day or two, after your appointment. Regular wax, however, doesn’t take out thin, tiny hair smoothly. While applying the wax, one might have to go over the area again and again, which can again, be a painful thing to bear with.

For some women, regular waxing can cause rashes and skin irritation as well. However, how regular wax reacts on the skin highly depends on one’s skin type. The sugar or honey present in the wax sticks strongly to the skin and results in a more painful experience. And if not used carefully, hair removal can remove skin cells along with the hair and can cause cell damage and pain.

What Is Chocolate Wax

difference between chocolate wax and rica wax

Chocolate wax is made from natural ingredients like cocoa, soya bean oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, glycerin, vitamin E, olive oil and other skin nourishing mineral oils which is why it is softer on the skin.


Other than being less painful, chocolate wax is also beneficial in lightening a tan, boosting skin health and glow. Unlike regular wax, chocolate wax help prevents ingrown hair. It can get to the tiniest of hairs better and leave the skin with a healthy shine. It’s pricier than the regular wax but totally worth it.

The natural ingredients in the chocolate wax allow it to glide smoothly without sticking on to the skin which reduces the pain while pulling. For ages, chocolate has been appreciated as a stress buster and the aromatherapy you receive during your waxing session works like a charm.

Benefits of Chocolate Wax

Of course, there’s more to chocolate wax than just “waxing”. Firstly, it’s aroma is the best. Nothing beats chocolate when it comes to lustful flavours. So, that’s a win-win. However, the end job of chocolate wax is similar to that of a regular wax so why then, should you opt for it? These are the advantages of chocolate wax that you should definitely take into consideration.

  •  It is anti-inflammatory.
  •  It causes little or no redness or rashes.
  •  It gets to the tiniest hair in no time.
  •  It removes suntan.
  •  It has a post-wax oil that smoothly gets rid of any wax residue and stickiness.
  •  It suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.
  •  It leaves your skin soft and glowing.
  •  It significantly reduces pain.
  •  It is stress-relieving.
  •  It is excellent for ingrown hair.
  •  It retards your hair growth resulting in lesser salon visits.

Best Chocolate Wax

If you are planning to wax at home, you might need a good one for the best results. So here you go!


1. The Body Care Dark Chocolate Hydrosoluble Wax

chocolate wax for skin

This dark chocolate wax has anti-inflammatory cocoa that relaxes blood vessels. It doesn’t irritate the skin but leaves it looking smooth and shiny. Apart from the natural scent of cocoa, it’s free of other artificial fragrances and parabens. It’s 100% Vegan and cruelty-free.

Price: Rs 350. Buy it here.

2. The Body Care Chocolate Wax

Chocolate wax benefits


This chocolate wax is a milder version of dark chocolate wax and it melts easily and spreads evenly. It takes tiny hair out in the very first pull. And it’s easy-to-use as the jar itself is microwavable. Much like the dark chocolate wax, this one is also free of parabens, is vegan and cruelty-free.

Price: Rs 77. Buy it here.

What Is Rica Wax

What is rica wax

Also known as white chocolate wax, this first-made-in-Italy wax comprises of vegetable oil and plant-based ingredients. Rica is an Italian cosmetics company that provides high-quality innovative body care products, especially, the ones made out of Sicily and its volcano Mt. Etna. And their most revolutionary product so far has been their Rica wax. It is 100% free off Colophony, which is the sap or sticky substance that comes from pine or spruce trees. It is the main ingredient that usually causes redness and allergies.


Rica wax doesn’t just remove hair but also leaves you with shiny, moisturised skin. Although it’s pricier than the regular wax or chocolate wax as it is imported from Italy, it is better for the skin. Hence, it is advisable to not go for a cheaper option as it may be causing harm to your skin.

Benefits of Rica Wax

Getting rid of unwanted hair might be Rica wax’s main job but it gives you much more than that including multiple flavours for multiple purposes. Redness, irritation, pain, fast growth, coarse hair growth, warm wax, everything that irritates you about waxing, goes away with Rica wax. All thanks to its natural and nourishing ingredients.

  • It is gentler on the skin as it doesn’t need to be heated as long as regular wax.
  • It comes with a pre-wax gel to clean the skin and make it more receptive to the wax.
  • It has great hair gripping strength, and will hardly need to go over the same area again.
  • It suits all skin types, even super sensitive skin.
  • It leaves your skin soft and glowing.
  • It moisturises and lightens the skin.
  • It is loaded with beeswax which is highly nourishing.
  • It is made of 98% natural ingredients which allow it to not stick to the skin and pull out hair smoothly.
  • It is less painful than regular wax.

Types of Rica Wax

Unlike regular wax, Rica wax comes in a wide variety and it comes in many flavours.

  • For normal skin, there is Titanium.
  • For extremely dry skin, there is Rica wax with coconut and olive oil.
  • For mildly dry skin, you can go for chocolate or strawberry Rica wax.
  • If your skin is highly sensitive, go for the wax with honey, milk, aloe vera and green apple in it.
  • For bikini wax, use Rica Brazilian wax with avocado butter.
  • For a relaxing experience, pick Talcum Rica wax
  • And for a luxurious experience, Gold and Pearl Rica wax will be perfect.

Best Rica Wax

If you are planning to wax at home, you might as well use the one with Liquid Gold aka argan oil and if your skin is really dry, go for Rica wax with dark chocolate in it.


1. Rica Liposoluble Wax with Argan Oil

Rica Liposoluble Wax - Rica wax benefits

Argan oil makes this Rica wax even more precious than it already is. It’s hydrating, moisturising and soothing for the skin. The absence of Colophony makes this wax ideal for sensitive skin. Ones the hair is pulled out, it’ll automatically calm the skin cells which will avoid any sort of cell damage.

Price: Rs 1,050. Buy it here.

2. Rica Dark Chocolate Liposoluble Wax For Dry Skin

Rica wax benefits and rica wax review


Dark chocolate as an ingredient is skin-friendly. It makes the skin glow and keeps it from ageing. It nourishes, gets rid of dead cells and detoxifies skin at the same time, which makes it perfect for dry skin. This flavour of Rica wax is also Colophony-free.

Price: Rs 990. Buy it here.

Rica Wax Vs Chocolate Wax

Clearly, regular wax is passé and rightly so. We’re willing to spend extra for wax that won’t irritate our skin and leave it inflamed. Plus, flavoured waxes remove even stubborn, tiny and ingrown hair easily and also reduces the ratio of in-growth. However, Rica wax is messier than regular or chocolate wax. Most of the parlours offer chocolate wax and other flavours.

Both chocolate and Rica wax are significantly less painful. Both of them help reduce hair growth with time and result in finer hair. In case, you have a specific skin type or purpose for your skin, try flavours of Rica wax accordingly, otherwise, you can always enjoy the chocolate wax aromatherapy. Both are great for sensitive skin but Rica wax has a separate flavour for extra sensitive skin.



Is Rica wax painless?

We often hesitate to take a trip to the salon for waxing because we know we’ll be in for painful treatment. But, Rica wax is good news for all of us women. While it is definitely not pain-free, it is less painful than regular wax. Its smooth texture stops it from sticking to the skin but at the same time, it manages to get hold of the roots of the hair. It’s not harsh on the skin or cells in any way.

As it’s 98% natural ingredients, the excessive use of chemicals isn’t encouraged in Rica, which means no irritation on the skin. Hence, the hair is pulled out of the skin with less pain or stickiness. Even if you feel a slight sting based on the sensitivity of your skin, the nourishing ingredients of Rica wax will cover up for it.

Does chocolate wax remove tan?

Much like lemon and curd, chocolate in itself is used as a tan removal ingredient in face masks. And when used as wax, its tan removal properties work even better as it moisturises the skin and leaves it with a shine.

Does Rica wax remove ingrown hair?

For the removal of ingrown hair, one must use oil-based wax as they can form a better grip on the skin without irritating it as compared to the regular, sugar-based wax. That’s why both chocolate and Rica wax can efficiently remove ingrown hair. Apart from that, it also discourages in-growths and reduces hair growth over a period of time.


Does waxing cause sagging and wrinkles?

Take a deep breath and relax because flavoured waxing has exactly the opposite effect. While waxing, your skin is always kept tight, hence it never sags. And when the wax is removed, it provides a mechanical exfoliation revealing smoother and younger skin. The regular exfoliation with Rica or chocolate wax keeps the skin younger and nourished.

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Verdict: Clearly, regular wax is passé and rightly so. We’re willing to spend extra for wax that won’t irritate our skin and leave it inflamed. Plus, flavoured waxes remove even stubborn hair more easily and lessen your chances of in-growth. All parlours offer chocolate wax and other flavours, while Rica wax is available at most but not all salons.

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