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Hello Sweeties! This is T.J. from Sugar Blossoms and I’m so excited to be here today to share this DIY body wrap with you! School is out and I’m ready for summer but I have a problem: I don’t like how I look in a bathing suit. I’ve been working on losing weight but the fact that I’ve had 3 children has left me with a less-than-stellar stomach . . . if ya know what I mean.

Today I’m bringing you a wallet-friendly version of body wraps. I’ve been seeing these around the internet lately and mentioned them to a friend. She’s from Mexico and said she’s been doing those for years, just not the commercialized type. I tried it one night and lost .5 inches on my gut overnight!

Here’s her “secret recipe” for DIY Body Wrapping. You only need 3 things:

DIY body wrap supplies

  • Lotion (it’s best if it contains something from the ocean: seaweed, kelp, mud. I couldn’t find any, so I just used what I had on-hand.)
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Bandage wrapDIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!

It’s a simple process!

Step 1 – Apply a thick layer of lotion to the area you want to target. {Don’t rub it in completely!} You can do it on your stomach, your thighs, your upper arms, wherever your “trouble spots” are.DIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!

Step 2 – Wrap the ENTIRE area with your plastic wrap. I went all the way around my mid-section several times. Make it snug but not tight; you do have to wear it ALL night long.DIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!

Step 3 – Now wrap the area with a long bandage of some kind, anything that will keep your wrap in place. Be sure to cover the plastic completely.

DIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!

Secure it well and you’re ready to hit the sack!DIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!

The idea behind this is to help your body release water that’s retained due to weather, food consumption; even Mother Nature’s visits. The combination of lotion and plastic helps sweat it out of you.DIY Body Wrap on I Heart Nap Time ... lose up to 1-2 inches overnight!
I’ve only tried it once but I LOVED the result!  Maybe a little something to help get you swimsuit ready.  Let me know how it goes for you!

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149 Responses to “DIY Body Wrap -lose up to 1 inch over night!”

  1. Jami @ What the Graham

    I sell the It Works wraps themselves and I’m curious about these wraps! I LOVE my wraps and have been blown away by their results but I am always interested in learning more!!! How long do they last? Thank you!!

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  2. Lianne

    I’ve heard there are dangers in using plastic against the skin like this with open pores…do you know if that is true or not?

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    • Kelsea

      I’ve seen this a few times – the statement that plastic wrap on open pores is cause for concern. Wanted to share my “spiel” I guess. Maybe it will help. :) I have plaque psoriasis on my elbows/arms. I was diagnosed at 7 years old. Around 12 is when I began to develop it on my arms. At which point my doctor recommended occlusion dressings. This is to apply the medicine on the individual spots and then wrap in plastic wrap and go to bed. It completely treats the spots down to bare, healthy skin so of course I have kept this up over the years. Each doctor I’ve seen has said that I’m good to go. I do this about 2-3 times a week with no cause for concern.

      I figure if you only wrap yourself once a month you’re definitely alright!

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      • Dawn

        My guess would be people are concerned about the chemicals in plastic getting in to your system. Personally I used natural supplements and a plan that is a gentle detox and lost 4 pounds and 16 inches in my core in 8 days! Plus I’m adding valuable nutrients to my body to supplement what we can’t get from even good foods anymore (basically an apple today is nutritionally different than it was 50 years ago due to soil depletion and of course toxins). http://www.igniteyourbodyandsoul.com

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      • Sylvia

        My dad has very chronic psoriasis for 40 yrs now we have tried so many the things, yes they work for a lil while but it’s d gotten to the point that nothing is working right now, please share any of your diy that has worked? Desperately seeking some solutions!!!

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        • Jordin

          I have psoriasis. When I was 12 it had covered my body, to the point that I had to wear pants & hoodies during the summer, in Texas.. Not a good combination! The only thing that I have found to work for my psoriasis is tanning. Something about the tanning bed helps, I don’t know what it is but I’ve seen amazing results! Now the only place I have it is my scalp. I’m 18 & in the past 6 years, I’ve found nothing that works for my scalp. If anyone knows anything about getting rid of psoriasis on your scalp, please help. If it’s on your body, invest in a tanning bed. I’d rather have leather skin than big red, itchy patches!

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          • Name

            The UVB light from tanning helps increase vitamin D intake, which helps your psoriasis. That’s why sun is good for your psoriasis – vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin.

            As for your scalp, my dermatologist recommended nisoral shampoo (made for dandruff). I’ve also tried herbal psoriasis shampoo from drug stores and health food stores which help. I have tar soaps and natural soaps I use on my hands that might also help the scalp. And medication! I have psoriasis and I’m a nurse.

    • Erin

      When I got my first tattoo the artist wrapped most of my back in plastic wrap and I fell asleep with it. The next morning I had a crazy rash from the skin not being able to breathe. I think it depends on your skin.

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      • katie

        I have several tattoos and would have to agree that the plastic wrap could irritate your skin but you are supposed to wash your tattoo after a few hours because your skin is irritated and dirty with blood and ink. So I would agree and disagree. I think it really would depend on skin type.

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        • Kimberly

          You aren’t supposed to leave plastic wrap or bandages on tattoo for long periods of time. I rarely leave my tattoos wrapped up for 30 minutes. The main reason they do it is to protect it from irritants or anything that you might rub it on. But I’ve been told by reputable artists that bandages aren’t really necessary.

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          • Trout

            As a tattoo artist myself….you think that after 30 minutes you’re not susceptible to anything getting in that open wound? Keeping it protected overnight is what I recommend to my clients.

            And, I don’t just suggest things to my clients without experimenting myself, first. I have tried both taking the bandage off quickly after getting tattooed (30 minutes to an hour or two after) as well as leaving it on overnight. Healing has always been much more efficient and happy leaving it on overnight. It’s extremely important to remember that it is an open wound, and is susceptible to infection if not properly protected.

            Carry on doing what you do, it’s up to you…but I hate seeing people who are NOT tattoo artists giving out aftercare advice.

  3. JoXa

    So I tried this a couple of days ago and lost an inch exactly on my tummy :) Last night I thought I would try my thighs and no such luck. So tonight back to the tummy and see what happens. But it was nice to know that it actually did work.

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    • Bree

      Hey JoXa… I sell the It Works wraps and I’ve wrapped plenty of tummies and thighs since I started about 6 months ago… I haven’t tried this lotion trick but I know that with our wraps we’ve been told that the skin on the thighs is much tougher than tummy skin so it takes longer to penetrate and absorb the lotions into the skin! Like I said… not sure it’ll work on this trick but it’s worth a shot huh? Good luck to ya! My thighs are totally my trouble spot! lol

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      • Laure

        Hey I just wanted to add some extra info for the thies, a new step 1 take a 15 minute bath in epsom salts hot as you can stand it and then just lightly towel drying then use your lotion and it does penetrate the skin, then your wrap this works as a whole so go with this first and the results will or should be better for you guys

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  4. Karoline

    How often should you do this? Are we talking, you could do it every night for a week? Or more like once or twice per week? Thanks!

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  5. Shannah

    The other day I just used Saran Wrap on my tummy and took a 15 minute walk.. In the middle of June.. In Louisiana. I sweated like a goose! It took half an inch off. Next time, I will try a lotion. Thanks for this advice!

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    • TIlly

      @Shannah: That might have seemed like an efficient way to lose weight, but wraps are meant to make you lose water weight. They don’t help you tone your body. Stay hydrated and good luck!

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    • jenthewife

      I use the gut sucker panties from victorias secret… they have the leg and high waisted combo, i bought three kinds for my wedding and never thought they would come in handy again but here i am and they work way better than ace bandages because those didn’t stay in place for me either. I suggest gut sucking panties or the slip version too. Best of luck! Love the blog!

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  6. Jodi

    Hi! How often can you do this?? I’ve been looking into being a distributor for It Works! but it’s just so expensive. Thanks :)

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  7. Alejandra

    Hi! I did this last night, and it worked wonderfully! I was just wondering, how often is it safe to do them? I really want to do another wrap, they’re great!

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  8. Ashley

    When I wake up in the morning my stomach is automatically flatter than when i went to bed because your body digests your food and naturally flattens.. so idk if I’m all that convinced.

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      • Zee

        Why not try doing the wrap on Saturday morning and then see the results on Sunday. It might eliminate the digestion factor

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    • Chel

      I agree with you, Ashley. This is such a crock. Forcing one part of your body to sweat out some water weight doesn’t really count as weight loss.

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      • Olivia

        Ya it just seems kind of lame that everyone will just sweat in their sleep instead of sweat from exercise and eating healthy which will actually produce real and lasting results if it is kept up. hmm

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        • emily

          I think only using this technique is more of a quick way to lose inches for a special event or something, but I agree you really do need to pair it with a healthy diet and daily exercise if you want lasting results.

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  9. Ash

    This idea still blows me away and they charge out the butt for it at spas and where ever else! I just decided to try your DIY wrap except I used organic coconut oil. Its a natual detox as well as moisturizer so I thought it couldn’t hurt. I hit a bit of a bump and cant get these last 6 lbs off – love a little push.

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    • cully

      how did the coconut oil work?! I love the stuff and it seems to be beneficial in every other aspect!

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  10. Jackie

    You know I do this too but I use the Nivea cellulite cream and Bengay too and it does work wrap in plastic wrap and a corset .i do it every day and it works

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    • Judy

      Bengay wrapped can be dangerous !!!! The package warns of this. Speaking from experience and a 4 day hospital stay for my husband.

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  11. Savanah

    I absolutely LOVE this!! It works great! I was wanting to try this on my thighs but I wasn’t sure if it would work. Has anyone tried it?

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  12. Lauren

    I just found this on Pinterest and I read through your little description above. I think what you call a “less-than-stellar” stomach is actually a very nice one. You have a lovely stomach, dear. Don’t let anyone (or a wrap) tell you otherwise! :)

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  13. Courtney

    Do you think that the sweat bands that you wear around your waste during work outs would work to hole the plastic wrap in place?

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  14. Julie

    I too am an It Works Distributor. This wrap is great for water loss. It will come back as soon as you drink your regular water. Our Ultimate Body Applicator has an all natural botanical gel on the cloth. It is designed to shrink the fat cells under the skin and release the bad toxins out of the cells. Bad toxins increase the bodies acidic levels, which can be breeding grounds for disease! Your wrap is great for water loss but if you want to actually get healthy from the inside out, you should try the It Works body wraps and have inch loss that can last 2-6 months! Good luck with your wrapping ;)

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    • Jackie

      Julie have you heard of kangen water? its alkaline water that flushes acidic waste out of your body. it’s the most important water you can drink. check out kangendemo.com and let

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    • Cammie

      The only problem with it works wraps is no one can afford them. Just eat clean and exercise. It’s hard work but worth the effort.

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      • Andrea

        I totally agree with you. There is one distributor here in the Philippines, but he/she is on Pre-Order basis and costs a lot!!

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    • Javonne

      Hi, I’m a fitness trainer and also an It Works Distributor. The wraps we sell are all natural, botanical wraps that are absorbed into the skin. You can’t sweat while wearing these wraps, that clogs your pores…. Which id what lotion does. Our wraps are designed to tighten, tone, firm and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Most people will experience shrinkage during their first wrap. These wraps detox the specific area by helping the body remove toxins in the fat cells. Water helps to flush these toxins out similar to getting a massage. The results are lasting. The lotion wrap is so temporary and it’s just water loss. It works wraps do all the things I just named…. Definitely worth $15 a wrap. Other expensive spas sell similar wraps for $100 or more. We also encourage eating healthy and exercising for three days after wrapping. Most people continue to because they love their results and want to keep them! You get what you pay for!

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    • Valerie

      Jackie, I just ordered some itworks wraps and was wondering if you knew if they are safe to use whole breastfeeding. I read somewhere to wait until babe is weaned as they release toxins in the system that can be released into the breastmilk but have also had a few sites say they were unsure.

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      • Stephanie

        No they’re not safe to use while breast feeding. My best friend is a distributer and she hasn’t been able to try the wraps herself yet because she is still breast feeding her baby.

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  15. marybeth

    My hubby used hemorrhoid cream and wrapped himself in saran wrap the day before he went to MEPS. It really does help you lose inches.

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  16. holly o

    Bentonite is the sea ingredient that your friend means. I’ve done a homemade wrap before with green clay containing Bentonite, and boiled water and sea salt. Doesn’t feel nice to have a dry mask on your skin all night though, going to give this creamy version a try! Thanks!

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  17. Karen

    I was skeptical at first, but then I tried it last it night and it really worked! I definitely noticed a difference in the morning.

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  18. Kat

    Hmm, I love your blog and I think you look great even before the wrap. But I am going to be the negative nelly here and say this can’t really “work.” Have you ever compared the way your belly looks from before bed to when you wake up? My tummy always has this same before and after lol.

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  19. Melissa B

    I’m trying this tonight! I have been working out for a long time and haven’t seen much results but I used to do those skinny wraps but I just don’t have the money to always be buying wraps. I really hope this works!!

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  20. Maddie

    I’ve done this but instead of lotion I used the Bliss “fat girl six pack” lotion stuff. I noticed results right away, I’m going to try it on my legs and arms soon too!

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    • Julie

      This is a great idea! I use to use a caster oil wrap for pain and detoxing, but never thought to use it for shrinking, I’ll be taking my measurements, Lol! I also sell a dietary/supplement line that works miracles! I lost 2 inches in my thighs and 3 in my baby belly! After twins and a c section! http://Www.acewhyweight.com

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  21. Nury

    OOh, I just found your website through yourhairbeauty.com and I am loving this post! I have to try this, I have a slimming/firming cream that I could totally use for this purpose, I will totally give this a try and let you know how it worked for me. Some people even recommend doing this while you work out, so I might try that too.

    I am subscribing to your website btw! Love it!

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  22. Jae

    If you sub hemorrhoid cream for the lotion in a thick layer the night before a day at the beach, you’ll get even better results because it pulls the water from your tummy, firming it.

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  23. Allie

    I have done this with Preparation H, unused of course. It works really well, helps with stretch marks and lose skin ;) Works even better if you where it while you working out!

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  24. Randi

    Hi! I sell the ItWorks! body wraps as well, so I’ve used those tons of times and love them, anyone who has used those and these DIY ones know which gives better results?

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  25. Hannah

    Just a thought…. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am ALWAYS more bloated at night and my stomach always “shrinks” during the night….. so the change in the picture is probably just because everyone’s stomachs get smaller at night because you’re not eating.

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  26. Sunhine

    I can put lotion on & I sweat without any wrap but will try this & do my detox bath & my natural cleans to detox my body well & then do the lotion and wrap daily while exercising then 3 times week do detox bath. I am diabetic and need to loose weight and strengthen my back. I have a diet and fitness journal with home remedies like vinergar, honey & lemon juice to help cleanse body & help joints & loose weight. Also honey & cinnamon helps your body. I am doing these things to get healthy I I’ll try the wrap but really just need my lotion to sweat.

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  27. Amber

    PrepH works by removing fluids. I was told this by a nurse when I reirritated an injury containing scar tissue on my forehead. It was amazing to see my bump go back down! Will definately try PrepH ! Wonder if you could mix it in with the lotion? Hmm!

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  28. shenial

    hey there, i am a bit confused does the plastic goes in first or the bandages bcoz i’ve seeing these body wrap videos a lot n i’ve seen the bandages go in first.
    n also can we do body wraps on daily basis for flater stomach ????

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  29. brandi

    ok so I tried this morning I wore it for bout 3 hrs on my tummy and my thighs…I used jergens bb cream which I slotion for celluilite, stretch marks and firming lotion all in one, wrap in saran wrap and then put my belly trimming belt on I usually wear around the house to sweat it off and I took it off I lost half a inch off my thighs and one inch off my tummy!! im going to try it tonite to see if I can make any more progress through the night I had a 36 inch waist and want to get down to maybe a 32 so we will see over the next week or so..

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  30. jolyn

    When I did the It Works wrap we had to drink AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY could during the 45 min-1 hr treatment. And continue to drink for the next 24 hours. Whenever you detox (get a massage or chiropractic work even) you MUST drink to flush out the toxins you just released. If you don’t drink water, the toxins will linger and make you feel crappy. Gonna try this wrap today though.

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  31. Cathryn

    So I feel incredibly silly, and very uncomfortable. But I’m trying this right now. I used “Seacret” body lotion, saran wrap, and used waterproof medical tape(yes, I just happened to have quite a bit of medical tape lying around) to hold the saran wrap in place. I’m doing it on both my thighs and my stomach. I’m having to do it while my fiance is at work, because I just KNOW he would laugh at me if he saw me now. But… I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’ll keep it on for about 4 hours, until I need to shower and pick up my fiance from work. I hope this works! I have breathing problems and can’t go to the gym right now until after I see a doctor next week, but I’m really wanting a better looking tummy! :) 4 hours of discomfort would totally be worth an inch off my tummy.

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  32. Alee

    I am also a distributor of It Works! and I’m fascinated by your post, something I definitely may try. One thing I have to say about the wraps by It Works is that aside from losing inches or water weight that isn’t exactly permanent, I love them mostly for a lot of the ingredients in them that lotions don’t always have. The ingredients make my skin much smoother, more refreshed, and it really does tighten my skin which typically stays as long as you keep up healthy habits. I am more about how it helps my skin than the losing water weight thing. Hopefully this represents me as the realist that I am. Only healthy habits and exercise will truly make you lose weight, but I still love so many of the effects of wraps. I still want to try this lotion thing however. If anyone has any questions though or other interesting comments or even other things to try, feel free to email me at “[email protected]

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  33. mary

    Sounds interesting. Dont waste your money on the “IT WORKS” wraps. Try this instead. The It Works wraps only work for about a week also so save your money. The It Works wraps will show a result but once you stop using them everything goes right back and even worse after use. I was a distributor for awhile and discontinued when I realized I was ripping people off.

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    • Marjorie

      I tried the ItWorks Wraps, I call Rip Off, they double charged, refused to return my money, and I DID NOT SEE ANY RESULTS, after the initial inches lost. It costs way to Much money…They say you need to drink lotz of water to see results, I was drinking 8 glasses or more of water, but no more inches came off. I am going to try the lotion and saran wrap and see. at least if it doesn’t work, its not a waste of money. Will be trying this tomorrow.

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      • jessrox

        I tried the It Works wraps, and I did like them. But they were too expensive to really continue use. My friend is a distributer, and wanted me to sign up, but I have always been untrusting of those types of subscriptions where yo get auto charged.

        I just put on this diy wrap, using a “firming” lotion that I got at Walgreen’s for $14. It should be enough for at least 2 or 3 more wraps. I hope this works!

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  34. macki

    so I’m just wondering, this is less money and equivalent to the product it works? this example looks like it really works, and is less money to get great results then spending almost a fortune on other distributors products….. hope someone will reply to help me get the best understanding on how this actually works and the results are permanent and if so I could go out to the drug store and buy this stuff directly tonight :]

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    • Melissa

      Hi Macki! You can get a box of 4 It Works wraps for only $59. That really makes each wrap pretty inexpensive. I use them myself and have had lasting results. Also, right now for new customers if you get a friend to make a purchase you could get a box of 4 wraps for FREE! I help all my customers get lots of free product. I will leave my website if you need any help. http://www.wrapping101.com

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    • Melissa

      Hi Macki! You can get 4 It Works wraps for only $59. That makes each one pretty inexpensive. Also when you make a purchase, if you can also get a friend to make a purchase you will get 4 FREE wraps! I help all my customers get lots of free product. If you need any help I will leave you my website.
      http://www.wrapping101.com

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  35. Tiffany Neuzil

    I’m on spring break currently and I tried this to get ready for the summer a little bit and to fit into my prom dress a little more comfortably and this worked out beautifully. I’m even more satisfied with my body with an inch off my stomach! Thanks for the awesome tip!

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  36. JennyMC

    Can’t wait to try this out! I’ve looked up a few other DIY slimming wraps, and none of them are as simple as this. By “simple”, I mean just needing three things: lotion, plastic wrap, and ace bandages–on livestrong.com, they give you a recipe that uses a few ingredients that I don’t normally carry in my kitchen (kaolin clay, powdered kelp, etc.)

    Instead of using ace bandages, though, I’m going to use this neoprene support belt I found. It’s one of those belts sold as a weight loss aid–completely adjustable, and I think will trap heat better than the bandages will (I know I sweat when I wear the belt alone).

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  37. Demi

    Would this work to eliminate “muffin tops”, considering diet and exercise are included in the routine?

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  38. Melanie

    Hi! Do you know if coconut oil would work? We use coconut oil for lots of things, we even use it as a lotion. So could I use that instead?

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  39. Kassee

    I have tried doing a wrap similar before but the ace bandage always rides up and I wake up in the middle of the night barely able to breathe. Is there a way you are able to keep the bandage in the proper place?

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  40. Kendra

    I Just Did Mine Last Night , I Didn’t Have An Ace Bandage So I Used A Scarve , OMG I LOVED MY RESULTS . Almost A Whole INCH Was Gone . I Have To Admit I Was Very Skeptical But This Really Worked , I LOVE IT ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  41. Danielle

    How long do you usually wear the wrap for. I know it says overnight. But I didn’t know if there was a specific time period.

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  42. Ashley

    Just rubbing lotion on your skin then wrapping with Sarah wrap isn’t going to do much. The it works Body wraps anew formulated with skin tightening properties not just shedding water weight and continue to give results for up tip 72 hours!

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