3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
To make sugar wax, cook the ingredients over low heat for about 45 minutes until the sugar caramelizes. I love her colleague Emily Bazelon’s response to learning the recipe, “That’s wax? THAT’S wax?” Actually, it’s a sugar wax, which is much easier to wash off then wax/wax.
Once the sugar mixture cools you should be left with a sticky taffy-like wax. Apply this with a plastic knife or wooden stick in the direction hair grows.
Take a piece of cloth (you can tear up an old sheet), press down firmly and then pull off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
2 cups of regular granulated sugar
1/4 cup of water (some people use distilled water, but tap water is just fine
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (remove seeds).
A plastic container or jar
Cotton strips (cut out an old t-shirt)
1- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
2- Start with heating the mix up on low temperature, until the bubbles start showing up.
3- Using the thermometer, make sure the mix has reached 250F. When this happens, take it off and pour into the previously prepared container. Let the mix cool down.
4- Make sure the mix has cooled enough so it doesn’t burn you.
5- Using the dull knife, spread the mix in the direction of hair growth.
6- Place the cotton strip, press with your fingers a bit and then pull in the direction opposite the hair growth.
To wash off, use warm water and soap, that will do it.
Sugar Waxing Helpful tips
Make sure the hairs are 1/4 inch or so long. If too short, you won’t be able to pull them out. This mix can be reused if you haven’t used it all up the first time. Simply keep in the refrigerator and then reheat in the microwave when you want to use it.
Finally, to help pull out the hairs more easily, take a shower beforehand and use a body scrub to remove extra dead skin that sugar might adhere to.
Follow up with a good moisturizer, and you’re good to go
Make your sugar wax using the following simple kitchen ingredients: 2 cups white granulated sugar, 1/2 cup distilled water and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Gather some strips of clean linen, a medium saucepan and an icing spatula. Add some optional and therapeutic ingredients to the list like 1 cup of black clover honey, 1 tsp. of grated spearmint or a couple drops of vitamin E and tea tree oil for refreshed and soft skin.
Fill the saucepan with your sugar, water and lemon juice and set it on the stove on low heat. Stir slowly as the mixture heats and small bubbles begin to appear before adding the optional ingredients like honey and essential oils. Use any oil sparingly and limit to one drop of each. Continue to heat until the mixture is thickened with large popping bubbles, and remove the pan from the stove. Pour the mixture into a chilled, thick plastic bowl or dish and let it cool to room temperature before using it.
Application and Cautions
Spread the cooled sugar wax onto the desired part of your body, using the icing spatula, in the direction of your hair’s growth. Place a strip of clean linen onto the sugar-wax and press it down with your fingers, firmly. Let the strip of linen dry to the sugar wax for approximately one minute before pulling off quickly, in the opposite direction of your hair’s growth. Repeat this until you have removed all unwanted hair. Cover the remaining sugar wax and refrigerate it. To use it again, microwave it until it is melted.
"Water-soluble 'sugar' products made from a sugar and water base are less sticky than traditional wax, so any excess washes off with soapy water. They're also gentler on sensitive skin."
Pros and Cons of DIY Waxing.
"After a while, sugaring can damage the follicle causing the hair to stop growing, or it comes back finer and less frequently."
The Skinny on Sugaring, CBS4.com
"Sugaring, a natural method that's kinder to the skin than waxing, is a good alternative."
Ow! Beware of bikini wax mishaps,