Best of Detroit 2021 Winner Spotlight: Bee Waxed Cosmetics

Why clients of all skin types think the winner of Best Salon or Spa for a Facial and Best Skin Care Shop is the bee’s knees
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Bee Waxed Cosmetics’ line of vegan, paraben-free, cruelty free, and silicone-free products include Bee Cool, a barrier protection cream pictured above. // Photograph by Olivia Seyfarth

The 30-year legacy of Bee Waxed Cosmetics began with Sam and Amy Salah, who founded I Natural Cosmetics out of Livonia in 1986. Their daughters — Sandy Sarafa and Julie Borg — worked with the company for years and developed a lifelong love for skin care.

After going their separate ways to attend college and start families, the sisters returned to their roots. While researching mainstream skin care, they found some common ingredients to be ineffective and potentially damaging. The discovery spurred renewed interest in the industry.

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Bee Waxed co-owners Sandy Sarafa (right) and Julie Borg. // Photograph by Olivia Seyfarth

Sarafa and Borg took over the family business and evolved it into its own brand: Bee Waxed Cosmetics. Their goal was to develop skin care products for people of all skin types and conditions. So they created a line of vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and silicone-free products, formulated solely with organic, botanical ingredients. Among these is the popular Bee Cool. “It’s a natural alternative to cortisone creams,” Sarafa says. “We recommend it to clients who experience redness and irritation after waxing.”

Bee Waxed also has a salon in Pontiac that offers beauty services ranging from facials to microneedling, waxing, and microblading. Over the years, the company has built a following of loyal customers, including Best of Detroit voter Melissa Stitt of Pontiac: “I love
the Bee Waxed staff! They have the best skin products and a wide range of fantastic services.” 

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