How to Make Homemade Sugar Wax
Bring the Spa Home: Making Your Own Sugar Wax
Before I tried sugar waxing, I thought that the cheapest and easiest solution for hair removal was shaving. However, now that I’ve tried it and had great results, I’m ready to say goodbye to disposable razors and shaving cream for good.
This guide to making and using homemade sugar wax is complete with a simple recipe, instructions, and tips. It'll also give you salon results at a fraction of the cost—while leaving your skin feeling baby-soft and your wallet feeling pretty full.
Ready to try it? You’ll need to gather a few ingredients and supplies that you probably already have in your home. If not, they can be easily bought for cheap. Have fun!
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of honey
- Juice from ½ of a lemon
- Measuring cups
- Lemon juicer or squeezer (if you have one)
- Microwaveable bowl
- Butter knife
- Two washcloths
- Baby powder
- Fabric strips
Before Starting: Notes and Tips
- Substitutions. Some substitutions can be made—like white sugar for brown sugar and cornstarch for baby powder. It will still work with these substitutions, but I recommend using my listed ingredients, as the results that I got with my recipe were fantastic.
- Squeezing lemons by hand. If you don’t own a lemon juicer or squeezer and don’t want to buy one, you can always squeeze the lemon by hand.
- Fabric strips. The fabric strips will be applied on top of the wax when removing hair. The best material for this is cotton—you don’t want it to stretch. You can use old cotton sheets, thin cotton t-shirts, or inexpensive fabric from a fabric store (half a yard should be plenty). Make sure the fabric is clean and cut it into strips. If you're waxing larger portions of skin (like on your legs or arms), each strip should be about an index finger’s width and as long as the span from your pinky to your thumb is stretched out. If waxing smaller areas (like eyebrows or upper lip), use smaller strips that are about the width and length of two pinky fingers. These are rough estimates, and the size of the strip is ultimately up to you.
- Hair length. The hair you want to wax should be about ¼ - ½ inch long for optimal results. If it's any shorter, the wax probably won't pull it out. If it's any longer, the removal process will most likely be messier and more painful.
Making the Wax
- Combine sugar, honey, and lemon in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly blended.
- Microwave the mixture for about 1.5-3 minutes. Microwave times may vary since microwaves do, so I suggest starting with the lowest time and checking your mixture. When it’s done, it should be bubbly and somewhat thicker than it was when you first mixed it (about the consistency of melted peanut butter). You don’t want it to be too thick, because that means your wax is overcooked and then it won’t work properly.
- Stir the mixture a few times. Check it every so often, stirring it to test its consistency. It should be about the consistency of honey, maybe a little thicker or thinner. The important thing is that it doesn’t burn you, so it should be cool enough to put on your skin. You can test it by putting a small amount on your fingertip and having a sink handy. If it’s too hot, quickly wash the wax off with cold water. If the temperature feels okay to you, then it’s ready to use.
If you want to use it later, pour it into a jar or tight container, seal it, and store it in your fridge. If you want to use it now, just let it cool for a few minutes.
Using the Wax
- Prepare your skin first by making sure it’s clean and dry—but don’t wax immediately after taking a hot bath or shower. A good way to prepare your skin is to have two washcloths handy—one wet and one dry. Wipe the wet cloth over the area of skin you’d like to wax and then pat it dry with the dry cloth. Then, lightly dust your skin with a small amount of baby powder or cornstarch and evenly spread it over your skin.
- Using a dull butter knife, apply some wax onto your skin in the direction of your hair growth (i.e. if your hair grows downwards, you should spread the wax downwards). You don’t need a lot of wax—as long as it evenly covers your skin, even if the layer is thin, it should be fine.
- Apply a fabric strip directly on top of the wax, making sure you cover all of it. Rub the strip with your hand up and down 4-5 times, applying a little pressure so that the fabric sticks to all of the wax.
- Hold your skin taut with one hand. With the other hand, quickly pull the strip off of your skin in the opposite direction that you spread the wax (if you spread the wax downwards, pull the strip upwards).
- Repeat this procedure on other areas of your skin until all the unwanted hair is removed. If the wax gets too thick to use, put it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, stir, and wait until the temperature is right.
- Once you’re done, clean your skin by taking a bath or shower, or simply wiping it down with a clean, wet cloth and patting it dry. Apply lotion, body cream, or baby oil to make your skin extra smooth.
- If you notice some red bumps, don't be alarmed. Red bumps are normal and should disappear within a few hours to the next day. If redness, bumps, or irritation persist for more than a few days, consult a physician or dermatologist.
Enjoy your smooth, hair-free skin! Continued waxing should cause your hair to grow back finer and slower over time.