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Sugar-waxing, or sugaring, is a form of depilatory hair removal that is used with a cool sugar mixture, as opposed to hot wax. It is less painful than waxing and it exfoliates the skin while it works, which promotes a healthy complexion. Making your own sugar wax recipe at home only requires a few simple ingredients and can be a cost-effective alternative to salon waxes.


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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.


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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

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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.

About the Author

Chelsea Hoffman

The author of such novels as “Planet Omega” and the romantic drama, “Chloe and Louis,” Chelsea Hoffman devotes her time to writing about a myriad of different topics like gardening, beauty, crafts, cooking and medical research. She's published with Dobegreen.Com, The Daily Glow and other websites, and maintains the site Beauty Made Fresh.