Waxing supplies

How to save money on waxing supplies to increase your proffits

Waxing Supplies

When I was in esthetics school over 10 years ago I had a teacher who once said to me: If you know how much every wax stick cost you will be more likely to be successful in your business than the esthetician who doesn’t.

My business comprises of 95% waxing clients.  And I can tell you how much each stick costs.  I can also tell you how much cotton, numbing spray etc I pay to use on each client. It’s easy.  Take the cost of a stick a divide by the amount in the box.

When you go through 10,000 sticks a month .01 vs.03 makes a difference at the end of the month. You should do this with all of your supplies.  Those little bits of savings adds up.

Now you need to know where to get the best price.  I price shop a variety of beauty suppliers, wholesale clubs, Walmart, and Amazon.  I know the golden rule is to buy all of your supplies from a beauty supplier.  But you don’t have to.  I actually only buy what I call “core products” from suppliers. My core supplies are “wax & pre and post-wax products.  The rest I source everywhere else. (Unless the supplier has a sale that matches  what I can get elsewhere)

I keep a page of notes on what waxing supplies I need to have on hand at all times, where my first choice to purchase and my second choice to purchase and the cost. I also keep track of how much I use per month.  As a rule, I always keep at least 1 month of supplies on hand and when I can get it on sale for 3 months.

I’ll share with you what I have found in regards to waxing supplies. Keep in mind I am in Regina, Saskatchewan so your suppliers may have lower prices but It is worth taking a look at each one to see what they have to offer.


My #1 – Beauty Cult-Edmonton–  By far the best customer service I have ever dealt with in regards to suppliers.  They also carry my favorite brand of wax, Berodin.  This is where I spend the most money on my business

My back up- Intercosmetics– They carry a wide variety of supplies but also carry my wax

Where to get the most affordable waxing supplies

Wax Sticks

Sticks have always been a pain in my ass.  I was getting them from the local craft wholesale club by the box of 1000.  But they stopped being able to get those and I would have to buy them buy the 100.  Every time I went I would buy everything they had in stock.  I’m sure they bought bigger cases of these sticks then repackage them but they won’t sell me the case.  I was ordering them from walmart.ca but the ones in the orange box (Horizon brand) became the worst quality and full of splinters.  I stuck them all in the camper for kindling to start fires.

Then I was buying the dollar store brand.  I literally bought everything they had in stock and would have to go to multiple stores to buy them all.  (I’m pretty sure I was called the annoying popsicle stick lady) After doing this for a while the quality of the sticks became crappy and unusable as well.

So then I sourced amazon.  I tried a few different brands.  There is only one brand that is actually smooth enough and useable and here it is.  ( I have Amazon prime so it gets delivered in 2 days with free shipping)

These are the best popsicle sticks for waxing supplies

Perfect Stix Wooden Craft/Ice Cream Sticks, 4-1/2″ Length

Or These ones

These are my backups

The cost just over .01 per stick (depending on shipping and sometimes they offer sales)

Hand Sanitizer

I purchase this from the local janitorial company.  I buy huge jugs of it and there really isn’t anyone who can ship it for cheap.

Wax Strips

I am a big fan of pelon strips because I feel like they hold more wax.  I usually buy whichever is on sale.

Pre cuts are nice to have

Pre cuts are nice to have

Sometimes I cut my own

Watch how my husband cuts my strips for me.


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Sanitation & Disinfection

I go through gallons of this stuff.  I am an avid supporter of PREmpt products.  You can get this at most beauty suppliers or janitorial businesses.  In my experience, the surcharge for shipping these products isn’t worth it so check out what’s available in your city. Please familiarize yourself with current Sanitation & Disinfection protocols.

Where to get the best waxing supplies for the lowest prices

Bed Paper

I personally don’t use paper. I use twin sheets or extra large towels.  Clients prefer the feel of sheets and once you build up a big supply it’s just one extra load of laundry a week when you are changing the sheets between each client. (Tip- buy sheets that have patterns in order to hide oil stains.  Also, color waxes can stain sheets as well)

Beauty Cult has an amazing bed cover that is super easy to clean in between clients!

This bed cover is one of my favorite waxing supplies




I go through hundreds of tweezers every week because I use a fresh tweezer for each client.  I usually buy a bulk set and keep some on hand for clients to purchase as retail.  These Kiss ones are my favorite:

These tweezers are on my list of favorite waxing supplies

Kiss Slant Tip Tweezers Tub 72-Count


Exfoliation gloves

I give all my clients exfoliation gloves.  It makes my job easier when clients are exfoliating properly. I order the ones below.

I buy these in bulk off amazon.


Aftercare Sheets

Numbing Sprays

I offer all new clients numbing cream.  All returning clients have to the option of applying to their service for an extra $3 or they can purchase a tube to take home.  

Right now I am in love with Dr. Numb

6 Tubes Dr. Numb

Nitrile Gloves

There are so many to choose from!

These are excellent

These are good too!

Mechanical timer!

My wax goes on at 7 am and off at 7pm every day! I love that my wax is the perfect temperature right when I start work.

I highly recommend in investing in an Amazon Prime Account.  I love the 2-day shipping, prime deals. prime tv and music.  For some this may be a business expense.

Again.  I want to reiterate that it is important to support local businesses, but you also have to think about cost savings in your business to stay afloat. Many of my colleagues work in rural locations.  Also being in Canada we don’t have the same kind of access to some of the products that our US or UK counterparts have. It is also risky ordering online because you never know what you are going to get or where it comes from. If you choose to order directly from the wholesaler that’s great!  I highly recommend the staff at Beauty Cult. 

I also want to mention that some of these supplies may not be available in Canada and some may not be available in the US.


Should the Esthetics industry be licenced


Should the Esthetics Industry be Licensed

This is a hot topic for many estheticians in the community right now.  I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve done my own research and have come to my own personal conclusion.  I don’t wish to start some heated debate (There are some pretty passionate estheticians out there 😉 So I’m going to post some resources you can take a look at and make your own decisions. Resources are being posted in the order that I find them and their place on the list has no particular importance.


Aesthetician State Licensing Requirements


Industry Statistics Highlights- Nails magazine

Legal Issues in a Spa Business

Global News investigates: Calls for Alberta to license estheticians
By Julia Wong

Don’t get BOTCHED! Is your Salon Professional Certified

Beauty Industry Leaders Form Coalition to Reform Industry Standards and Protect Consumers Against Dangerous Deregulation Measures

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It can be really scary to start your own business. It also can be very confusing.  I have created this little list on working from home for estheticians, nail techs, lash techs and more. If you are starting to room rent from a salon it will also help you.

Create a business plan

A business plan is a written description of a business’ future. It conveys the business goals, the strategies used to meet them, potential problems and their solutions, the organizational structure, and finally, the amount of money and resources required to finance the venture and keep it going until it begins to make profits.


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Government Services for Canadian Businesses

Check city regulations and requirements.

You can usually find this information by googling: Home based business + the name of your town or city. If the guidelines are unclear. Call your city hall and ask them to explain the regulations.

Register your business name with government for tax purposes (ISC or federal government for tax)

After a business name is chosen, search the name and register it. Business name registration is a legal requirement for almost all businesses in Canada. After the name is approved and all appropriate documents are received by the various levels of government, a Certificate of Registration containing a registration number is often issued.


Register a Business Name

Register your business name with Government of Canada


Apply for city and or health permits

While a license is not necessary for all businesses in Canada, many municipalities require one for operating within their boundaries. In many provinces, each business requires a municipal or city business license for each municipality in which it operates. Information can be found on the city or town’s website, or in the blue pages of the phone book.


Salon & Spa Sanitation Best Practices

Apply for GST# 

This can be confusing. Revenue Canada has a chart of who needs to apply for a gest number and who does not. But the jist of it is If your business has revenue in excess of $30,000 in four consecutive calendar quarters, you have to register for a GST/HST number


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Purchase supplies and products.

Keep all receipts for your supplies and products. It might be smart to keep only a small supply of materials on hand to keep your costs low. While I encourage you to shop local I also know that it it is important to keep your costs low.  Often you can find products at a discounted price direct from the manufacturer.


Manufactures that sell direct via AMAZON!

Inexpensive salon and spa supplies

Obtain business and liability insurance

All businesses have liabilities; in order to protect themselves against liabilities, businesses purchase insurance. The esthetician industry has liabilities, and therefore, insurance is important. Contact your home insurance supplier and they can suggest where to go. If you are room renting or chair renting you may be covered under the business.

Open a business bank account

Keep all of your business banking separate from your personal banking.  You do not necessarily need to open a “business bank account” You could just open another checking account and operate all of your expenses out of it.

Purchase marketing materials

Business cards and price lists are an absolute necessity. To keep your costs low, order a small amount at a time.


Affordable Business cards

Start social media accounts

Facebook and Twitter are great places to start with social media. Share your page with all of your friends and ask them to do the same.

Sign up for online booking

Online booking is becoming huge in our industry. More clients are relying on the convenience and it frees up your time as well.


The best online booking system

Set up an accounting system.

A basic accounting system can be easy to start up.  Ensure that you save all of your receipts.


We love Wave Apps. It’s Free and easy to use.

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Create client consultation form/waiver

Client consultation forms can be found for free in a variety of places on the internet. Simply print them off and keep them in a binder for safe keeping.

Special Notes!

All self-employed workers pay both the employer and employee portions of CPP contributions when they file their T1 income tax and benefit return using Schedule 8, CPP Contributions on Self-Employment and Other Earnings.

Self-employed workers do not pay EI premiums unless they opt into the EI program for access to employment insurance special benefits, which include maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care, and parents of critically ill children benefits. If they want to opt in, they have to register with the CEIC.

When self-employed workers opt into the EI program to access EI special benefits, they pay the same EI premium rate as employees pay. These EI premiums are paid when the self-employed worker files his or her T1 income tax and benefit return using Schedule 13, Employment Insurance Premiums on Self-Employment and Other Eligible Earnings. Unlike with the regular EI program, self-employed workers do not have to pay the employer’s portion of EI premiums.

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About me

Tania, Rice, Journeyperson Esthetician, Owner of Smart Start Consulting10 years ago, as a newly single mom, I was crazy enough to apply for student loans, go back to school and start a new career.  While I was in school I studied during my lunch hours to so that I didn’t have to worry about losing precious time with my young son. That was when I began my journey as an Esthetician.Tania Rice, Journeyperson Esthetician

I thought I was the person who never wanted to work for themselves.  I didn’t want to be in control of my own marketing, or inventory or insurance.  I was pretty happy just showing up every day working with my clients and going home with a clean slate.  I had the unique desire and determination to compel my clients to request me as their Esthetician and to buy products from me. I am an easy going, positive person and that’s what clients looked for.  I paid attention to details and to clients and made a point of connecting with them.  I studied continually on client retention sales so I could increase my retail commission check.I Even though I had been working so hard, I was still broke.

Tania Rice, Journeyperson EstheticianThen I met Scott. He constantly encouraged me and gave me the confidence boost I needed. Soon I realized I was limited into how much I could grow working for someone else. I needed to be in control of my client needs, happiness, and expectations.  After much deliberation and some financial help from my parents and my new spouse, I took the leap of faith and decided to go out on my own.

Tania Rice, Journeyperson EstheticianAfter years of research and studying,  I have finally found the keys to success. With the continuing support of Scott, friends, family and other industry experts, I want to coach you on how to be successful without spending the 1000’s of hours of research time and dollars spent on books that I did.

I know with the right means you can achieve your goals!  You will find Our Incredible List of Business Building Resources incredibly valuable as well as some other articles I have written and collaborated on.

I provide advanced business and esthetics education through my consulting company Smart Start Consulting. Read more about how I achieved substantial business through hard work, research, and dedication. Contact me for a free consultation on how I can help you grow your business, get ready for exams or save money in the workplace.

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