When it comes to DIY projects, ripping one’s body hair out at the roots is usually something most would leave to professionals.. am I right??⠀
However, sugar is so readily available! Sugaring has been user-tested for a casual few millennia. Essentially, sugaring “wax” is just caramel and is made of only sugar, water, and lemon juice – affordable pantry staples that often don’t require an extra trip to the store. Plus, sugar is a natural preservative, making this last a long time so you don’t have to make a new batch every time.⠀
It’s zero-waste, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.⠀
If you choose to remove your body hair, the most popular choices are waxing or using a razor. Razors create needless trash, and waxing (wax+ Strips) often has questionable ingredients and plastic or material strips that require to be thrown out after use.⠀
Sugaring, on the other hand, is pretty much a no-waste operation and dissolves in hot water to literal sugar water. If you’re looking for a cost-effective and easily acceptable hair removal hack, pop over to our website and grab the recipe.⠀
Have you tried sugar waxing before? If not here is a recipe* to give it ago.
*Warning: Use at your own discretion and be mindful that all skin is different.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup of organic raw sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
*Feel free to halve or double the recipe to suit your needs!
- Small saucepan or pot
- Soft towel
- Thermometer (Optional)
- Stainless steel bowl (optional)
- Popsicle stick or spatula
- A short mason jar for leftover wax
- Put the lemon juice and water in a small pan on the stove. Heat slowly. You can make sugar wax without lemon, but it’s recommended to include it if possible, as it helps fight the bacteria and nourishes the skin.
- Now, add the honey and the sugar and stir. Raw honey can also help quicken healing time, should a rash occur. The sugar helps the skin obtain a supple and soft touch while moisturising, and it also acts as a gentle exfoliant to the skin.
- Reduce the heat, continue to stir and allow the mixture to simmer until it turns smooth and golden in colour. Additionally, if it is too thin, it may be too hot.
- Once heated and well-blended, remove from heat and transfer to a heat-safe glass or stainless steel bowl.
Consider trying this recipe first, which should yield enough for one or two legs — this will depend on how much hair you’re removing.
Place leftovers in your small mason jar and refrigerate for up to four or five weeks. Reheat when ready to use again.
Prepping your skin before use
Prepping your skin is imperative, so once you Now that you know how to make sugar wax, let’s talk about prepping your skin.
For the best results, while the sugar wax mixture is cooling, wash the area you want to wax and dry it well. You may want to do a patch test first to make sure it is OK for your skin.
How to Use Sugar Wax
- You need to scoop out a chunk of wax while it’s warm and knead it by stretching it between your hands. You want to stretch and fold it until it turns opaque and can be rolled into a ball.
- Stretch the wax across the area of skin you’re targeting.
- Reform the ball and keep going until it’s not sticky anymore, then use a newly formed wax ball.
Risks and Side Effects
Is sugar wax safe? It’s safe for most skin types if you follow directions and are careful not to burn yourself. Note that this recipe works best for softer hair, such as hair on the legs, back and chest. Most experts caution against sugar waxing areas, such as the underarms or bikini line, where the hair is more coarse.
Regardless, if you are uncertain, work with a professional to perform any waxing, particularly if you’ve had bad reactions in the past.
Apply a natural moisturizer, and be sure to avoid any additional exfoliation, hot water and the sauna for a couple of days to allow the skin to heal from the hair removal process.
Wait 24 hours for any hot showers, repetitive motion activities, or soothing ointments or serums.