Make Your Own Wax...for Hair Removal


make your own waxBody hair -- not so cute for the warmer months. I love smooth legs and a smooth bikini line, but I absolutely hate the process to get there. Shaving? Annoying. Waxing? Expensive to have done professionally. But I do it all anyway. 

One CafeMom got me thinking...I can do it myself and even make my own wax.

Smart thinking!

CafeMom AudlyLuvly featured a post on making your own beauty products in the Healthy Living/Diet Forum. She's a woman after my own heart!

In the thread, she talked about how she, too, loves the smoothness of waxing, but hates the salon prices. She figured out how to make it herself and it's sugar wax! She says she thinks it's better than regular wax because the sugar sticks to the hairs and not the skin. I agree -- love the sugar wax.

While I wouldn't recommend doing a Brazilian on yourself (ouch), sugar wax would be great for basic bikini line, face, arm, even leg waxing.

You will need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

How to prepare:

Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for two minutes. Remove and stir. Put back in for another two minutes. Remove and stir. Continue until mixture is a caramel color with a thick consistency. Let it cool for a minute or two so you don't scald your skin. Test with finger before use. Smooth wax on area you want to remove hair in two inch sections. You can apply wax with a spoon and spread evenly. Use a cloth (like a clean old t-shirt you no longer want), cut in strips, to place on top of wax, smooth down, let set for 30 seconds, then peel off fast just like a regular waxing.

You can also use this wax without the strips. The trick is to let it cool enough that you can handle it with your bare hands. Take some and knead it like dough so it makes a little ball. Then spread it on your skin and pull of fast. If still sticky, you can re-use it on other areas of hair.

Do you use sugar wax? Do you wax at home or at spa?

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interesting. i may have to try that one day..but that sugar gets really really hot and can cause bad burns if you are not too careful..just like all things.

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

Agreed, as could wax. Like I mentioned, make sure it is cool enough for your skin before using.

Lumin... LuminousMom

wow.. interesting.. I dont think I would have the guts to wax my own legs

RanaA... RanaAurora

Can you reuse the cloth strips, or are they trash? 
I may try the "strip free" tip there.  My biggest issue with home waxing is the wastefulness of the strips (well, and that my pain tolerance is way too high so last time I did it, I broke blood vessels).

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

Immediate thought on re-using cloth strips is no. Since they don't in a spa and I think this would reduce peel-off effectiveness. Maybe AudlyLuvly will weight in with her experience when she's online.

But I'm with you...I think I will try the strip free tip too.

Lumin... LuminousMom

cant re-use cloth strips.. I worked for a spa and for a few reasons its not a good idea... #1.. its breeding ground for bacteria, and #2 they "fill up" with the wax and you cant use them again and again. I'msure you can buy the strips somewhere.. they came on rolls, like gauze and considering how many we went through I dont think they were all that much money. I wish I wasnt such a wimp.. but I just cant make myself do it.. I still have to get it done, lol.

RanaA... RanaAurora

Paper napkins don't cost that much either, but they're wasteful. ;)
And of course SPAS won't reuse, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't on my own body in my own home if it were possible.

Lumin... LuminousMom

Im using the spa as an example of why they cant be reused.. even on the same person.what im saying is the wax fills them up and the wax needs something to "stick" to. If its full of wax, it wont stick to itself. Putting the health issues aside, it simply wouldnt work with most waxes.. However.. I dont know if this kind of wax can be washed out.. maybe its water soluble? If thats the case, you could probably wash the strips in the washing machine and use them again.

CGrace82 CGrace82

waxing yourself hurts more to me than when others wax me.  I have waxed my eyebrows w an at home kit, and will try this "experiment" later tonight ... keep ya posted!!!

sodapple sodapple

i'm going to try that, cool! thanks

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