How do you make waxing less painful? By using a sugar wax recipe! I really wanted to share this recipe, softest skin is one of the best feelings and ways to treat yourself, but hair notoriously grows back so fast after shaving, you don’t get to enjoy any softness for long.
Introducing sugaring! Where getting waxed in a salon can be painful and also cost you a pretty penny, the sugar wax option is so much easier and is perfect for broke students as it pretty much requires some bits and bobs that are in your kitchen already.
You can even make this in your college dorm room or shared kitchen area in five mins! Perfect for the ultimate pamper night in your dorm room. I swear you will want to run naked in the college hallways after trying this recipe.
Where hot wax treatment can be painful, shaving causes ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and irritated skin, and even razor burn can feel embarrassing and stings, here is the best Sugar wax recipe for easy hair removal, for spa smooth skin at home or wherever you are!
It is magic because the sugar exfoliates the skin, it’s like fusing your legs with softness (technical term), perfect for your pamper night or creating a spa at home. For other sneaky at home beauty tutorials with gorgeous results also check out What is Galactomytes in Skincare? and All About Silk Wrap Nails! Here is all you ever wanted to know about sugar wax!
The Best Sugar Wax Recipe for the Smoothest Skin EVER!
- What exactly is sugaring or sugar wax?
- Is sugaring better than waxing?
- Types of homemade wax
- How to use sugar wax at home
- How to make sugar wax with only using 4 ingredients that can be found in your own kitchen
- Sugar wax tips for a successful recipe
- How to get smooth legs with sugar wax
WHAT IS SUGAR WAX?
Sugar wax is pretty much the same as waxing, however sugar waxing (or sugaring) is an all-natural waxing solution you can use to safely remove body and facial hair using a paste composed of sugar, honey, water, and lemon juice. It is the best alternative to waxing in a salon, it’s convenient and cheaper, and doesn’t pull the skin, which is what causes much of the discomfort of traditional waxing that has become a popular waxing option for many years. Sugar Wax has earned its popularity as a more natural, less painful option that lasts longer than conventional waxing (soft and hard waxing).
Sugar wax may be used for all skin types, even sensitive skin! Instead, it removes the hair because the sugar binds to the hair, not the skin. The ideal length for hair is about a quarter inch long so that the sugar can easily adhere to it.
Especially if you have sensitive skin, sugaring may be perfect for you. The benefits of sugar wax are the exfoliating and hydrating results, which are not typically found after waxing or shaving. While shaving can cause ingrown hairs in coarser hair types, sugaring softens the hair follicle, which reduces hair growth.
Best Sugar Wax recipe
Granulated Sugar (2 cups)
Raw Honey (2 tbsp)
Water (1/4 cup)
Lemon Juice (1/4 cup)
Safe baby powder
Wooden popsicle sticks
Waxing cloth strips
Food thermometer (optional but handy)
Lotion, aloe vera gel or coconut oil
HOW DO YOU MAKE SUGAR WAX?
🤍 Pour the lemon juice and water in the pan on the stove while heating to 250 degrees F. Heat slowly.
🤍 Add the honey and the sugar and stir.
🤍 Reduce the heat. Continue to stir and allow the mixture to simmer until it turns smooth and golden in color.
🤍 Once heated and well-blended, remove from heat and transfer to a heat-safe glass or stainless steel bowl. Pour into jars and cover with lids. If you use plastic jars, you’ll be able to microwave this mixture instead of heating it on the stove.
🤍 Using a wooden stir stick, stir VERY well. It should be warm but not HOT. Please be very careful when heating up this wax – it’s very easy to burn yourself. If the wax isn’t warm enough, place it back in the microwave for five seconds, and stir again. Remember, this is hot sugar syrup – if it gets too hot you’ll be badly burned.
🤍 Always test the wax to be sure it isn’t too hot before applying to sensitive areas of your face or body.
🤍 Where you plan to wax, lightly cover the area with baby powder on your skin. Use a popsicle stick or small spatula to apply a thin, even coating of the wax to a small area of the skin. Spread a thin layer of the wax on in the same direction as the hair grows.
🤍 Place pieces of fabric over the wax firmly by rubbing and pressing down. Allow it to cool against the skin. Apply the waxing cloth strip over the applied wax, and rub down well to get the wax to stick to the cloth. Hold the skin tight, and in one quick motion pull the fabric off of your skin in the direction of your hair growth. Continue with the other areas of your leg or wherever you’re waxing.
🤍 Continue to apply the wax in small sections until you’re done. You may reuse the same piece of wax 3-4 times if you want. Or you can use a fresh amount of wax for each section of your skin.
🤍 Check for any hairs that were not removed and get rid of them using tweezers.
🤍 When you’re done waxing a complete area, rub in lotion, aloe vera gel (fresh is best) or coconut oil to soothe your legs.
🤍 You can use the homemade waxing strips again if you soak it in soapy water to dissolve the sugar off the fabric and then toss it in with your wash as normal.
🤍 Refrigerate any leftover wax in an airtight container for up to four to five weeks. Reheat to use. Heat in the microwave for ten seconds on high.
How to prep skin before sugar wax
It’s great to first cleanse the area of your body that you plan on waxing with body soap or body wash, including a light exfoliation. Be sure that the area of your body you’re waxing is clean and free of any oils and/or lotions.
BEFORE YOU WAX
Before you start waxing, check the wax to make sure it’s not too hot. Another note is to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients being used. Its a great idea to do a patch test on a small part of your skin to avoid any future skin irritation. Be sure to check if you have allergies to any of the ingredients and/or skin conditions where these ingredients may cause the skin to flare up.
How long do the results last with sugar wax?
Sugar wax keeps your legs smooth and silky for up to 30 days! It is a wonderful dupe for a salon wax, all without the heavy price tag!
You can store any leftover sugar wax in the refrigerator for however long you want. When it’s time to reheat it, microwave in 20-second intervals until it’s soft but not hot. If you overcook it, you may run the risk of burning yourself or making the wax too hard and end up unusable.
Remove any residual wax with warm water and a washcloth
It’s important to soothe your skin after you have waxed. This will help to prevent ingrown hairs, bumps, and irritation. Be sure to avoid any additional exfoliation and hot water for a couple of days to allow your skin to heal from waxing.
Apply a natural moisturizer
I have a couple of recommendations for natural moisturizer you can use to apply post-waxing. The first recommendation is applying cold-pressed aloe vera gel to your skin. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that will prevent any irritation. The second recommendation would be to apply coconut oil regularly for a couple of days post-waxing.
Coconut oil can be used to remove any remaining wax left on the skin. And the third recommendation is vitamin E oil, which can also help to reduce inflammation post-waxing. Avoid exercising or taking hot baths if you’ve waxed your underarms or bikini area. Both of these areas can be extra sensitive to heat.
For best results, keep your skin clean and clear of harsh chemicals and fragrances. Do not use toxic lotions or perfumes on your skin after waxing. Also, consider staying away from saunas to keep the sweat off of your skin. Now you’re ready for summer with soft, smooth skin.
Note that this recipe works well for hair on the legs and arms. Take precautions if you decide to sugar wax in areas such as the underarms or bikini where your hair is more coarse. I’d recommend that you test a small area first if you decide to wax in those specific areas.
Your eyebrows can be a challenging area to wax, particularly if you don’t have experience waxing your own eyebrows. The upper lip is okay, but always test first. If you’re not certain how to go about waxing specific areas of your body, then I suggest that you seek a professional to perform a wax.
IS SUGARING BETTER THAN WAXING?
But first, let’s talk about the benefits. There are many benefits of sugar waxing: low cost, natural ingredients, suitable for sensitive skin, eco-friendly, easy to clean, less painful and longer lasting than waxing.Additionally, the sugar acts as an exfoliant for your skin, making your skin softer. It may take a few rounds, but this is a great way to take care of your skin.
Another great reason is that sugaring helps you avoid petroleum-based ingredients found in off-the-shelf hair removal products. Sugar wax can be reheated and used the same way as hard wax.
One aspect I think is great about sugaring, is that it doesn’t adhere to your pores and skin and it definitely gets the hair out of the roots. The sugaring paste acts as a gentle conditioner to the pores of your skin and is less likely to result in irritation, which is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Not only that, but shaving only lasts a couple of days and by the end of the year, you’ll have spent hundreds of dollars on shaving cream and razors.
Waxing is a popular hair removal choice, but depending on how frequently you choose to wax, the costs can add up quickly once you factor in the procedure and aftercare. Removing body hair is all about finding the most tolerable balance between cost, pain, and results.
It turns out there’s a reason sugaring is so popular. Said to be traditional waxing’s cheaper and less painful, sugar waxing promises an alternative to daily shaving. While the thought of ripping my hair out by the root doesn’t exactly thrill me, not having to shave my legs for a couple of weeks totally does.
In this DIY age, many treatments that professionals perform can be done in the comfort of your own home in a more convenient way. You can make your own sugar wax at home with available ingredients from your kitchen. And the best benefit of all is the money you are going to save. If you go to the salon every month, making your own homemade sugar wax is going to save you serious bucks.
Well for one, it works – plus, it hurts less. This sticky paste pulls hair out at the roots without ripping off the top layer of your skin. It may hurt slightly, but way less than getting a professional wax. It’s super simple, cheap, and easy.
Essentially sugaring “wax” is just caramel, and is made of only sugar, water, honey, and lemon juice – affordable pantry items that often don’t require an extra trip to the grocery 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. Hot water dissolves it.
It couldn’t be easier. And it’s zero-waste, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Sugaring, on the other hand, is pretty much a no-waste operation, and dissolves in hot water to literal sugar water.
In this post, we’ll discuss types of homemade wax for hair removal, how to wax safely at home, and some of the benefits of making and using your own homemade wax.
SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF SUGAR WAXING INCLUDE:
• SUGAR WAXING IS CHEAP
The first benefit to sugar waxing is that it’s so cheap to the point of almost being free. If you follow the recipe, you may not need to buy waxing strips, so there’s an extra savings right there!
Salon waxing can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 or more, depending on the body part. Many of the ingredients and tools for a homemade wax can be purchased, cleaned and reused, which significantly saves you money in the long run.
• SAFER INGREDIENTS
Not all salons use natural wax, and some wax may contain additives and dyes that can irritate the skin. Creating your own homemade wax can ensure that you’re only using safe, natural ingredients.
For one, the ingredients in the actual paste are all-natural, making this helpful for sensitive skin types!
• DIY SUGAR HAIR REMOVAL CAN BE FAR LESS PAINFUL AND SIGNIFICANTLY LAST LONGER THAN NORMAL WAXING
The fact that sugaring pulls the root of the hair, and less on the skin, therefore it’s less painful.
Sugar wax is a lot more gentle with removing hair, and isn’t as harsh as traditional waxing. Because it’s all natural, it doesn’t rip the hair, cause bumps or irritation. Sugar wax is also great for your pores as opposed to shaving or waxing.
• DIY SUGAR HAIR REMOVAL IS SAFE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
If you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness, irritation, inflammation, and ingrown hairs, thankfully those problems are reduced when you eliminate traditional wax kits in favour of sugar wax. It’s also less likely to damage the top layers of your skin the way normal DIY wax does. Sugar is also a natural hypoallergenic.
• SUGARING IS ECO-FRIENDLY
It’s a great substitute for wax strips. This is because no chemicals go into the making of it, and not only that but you can sugar wax without strips – you just need the right technique. It also means you don’t need to buy in to disposable razors, which are bad for the environment.
• THE NATURAL INGREDIENTS ARE REALLY EASY TO WASH OFF YOUR SKIN AFTERWARDS
If you’ve ever tried waxing at home, you know that cleaning up afterwards is usually a challenge.
Why shave when you can make your own sugar wax right at home? I’ll show you how to make sugar wax at home in just a few easy steps! The great thing about sugar wax is that it’s so much better for your skin than shaving or waxing at a salon.
It’s all natural and doesn’t rip the hairs or cause bumps or irritation. Sugar wax is also a much gentler way of removing hair, and doesn’t hurt nearly as much as waxing. Let’s dive in and you can make your very own sugar wax to get your skin soft and ready for the summer.
Especially if you have sensitive skin, this may be perfect for you. The benefits of sugar wax are the exfoliating and hydrating results, which are not typically found after waxing or shaving. While shaving can cause ingrown hairs in coarser hair types, sugaring softens the hair follicle, which reduces hair growth.
The results can last up to 30 days and can be done with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Additionally, the sugar acts as an exfoliant for your skin, making your skin softer. It may take a few rounds, but this is a great way to take care of your skin.
Another great reason is that opting for sugaring means you avoid petroleum-based ingredients found in off-the-shelf hair removal products. Plus sugar wax can be reheated and used the same way as hard wax!
If you think this recipe is for you, try it. You may want to do a patch test first to make sure it’s okay for your skin. If you experience any sensitivity, then stop; however, since these ingredients are pure, your skin will love this treatment.
TYPES OF HOMEMADE WAX
There are several options for making your own homemade wax, including soft wax, hard wax, and sugar wax for body waxing. Many of the wax ingredients can be found already in your kitchen, grocery store, and online.
A hard wax is one of the most commonly used waxes for sensitive areas of the body. A hard wax doesn’t require removal strips. Hard wax can be melted on the stove for 15 to 20 minutes on high setting. A hard wax is best for sensitive, smaller areas such as the underarms, eyebrows, upper lip or the bikini area.
A soft wax is a waxing option for larger areas of the body, such as the arms and legs. It contains ingredients similar to a hard wax. A soft wax requires wax strips or cloths for hair removal.
Where can you use Sugar Wax?
Where to use Sugar Wax? Here are some great examples of how to use homemade sugar wax.
The best homemade wax for legs includes a soft wax and sugar wax. The hair on your legs can be challenging to wax, which makes soft waxing a more popular option. Your legs should be waxed in separate sections to ensure the most hair removal.
• BIKINI AREA
The best homemade wax for the bikini area includes a hard wax and sugar wax. According to this statistic, over 80% of women groom their bikini area. (source)
Hard wax and sugar wax are great options for this particular area because they’re gentle enough to use on this sensitive area of the skin. When waxing your bikini area, make sure to keep the wax away from your genital area.
The best homemade wax for your arms includes a soft wax and sugar wax. A soft wax is usually the best for larger areas like your arms, as you’ll need to cover a larger space. You’ll need to wax in two to three separate sections of your arms to ensure the most hair removal.
The best homemade wax for the eyebrows includes a hard wax and sugar wax. When waxing above the brow, make sure to follow the natural arch of your eyebrow to avoid waxing off too much hair. If waxing below the brow, be careful not to wax too close to your eyelid or eye.
• UPPER LIP
The best homemade wax for the upper lip includes a sugar wax or hard wax. When waxing between the nose and upper lip, you can apply the wax as far as the corners of your mouth.
DO I NEED TO USE COTTON CLOTHS WITH THIS WAX?
You don’t need to use cotton cloths if the sugar wax has the right consistency. It should adhere directly to the hair and pull away from the skin by hand leaving no residual wax. If the sugar wax doesn’t have the right consistency, then cotton waxing strips may help by giving the wax something to cling to.
WHAT KIND OF COTTON CLOTHS SHOULD I USE?
You can either make your own cloth strips by using old cotton t-shirts, bed sheets, or pillowcases to cut into 2 inch or 4 inch strips or you can purchase pre-made waxing cloths. You’ll want to make sure that the fabric isn’t super stretchy, so that it can pull off in one swoop.
RISKS OF HOMEMADE WAXING
Although there are some benefits to waxing at home, it may come with some risks. The only risks you have for waxing at home would be if you aren’t familiar with safe waxing techniques. One risk would be burning yourself.
If you use the hot wax on your body too soon before allowing it to cool down, you may burn your skin. Depending on how badly you’ve burned your skin and even the severity of the burn, you may need either a first aid kit or visit your doctor.
Another risk of homemade waxing is removing skin instead of hair. If the area of your body you’re wanting to wax is too dry, the wax might stick to the skin instead of just the hair. This can cause inflammation and even pain while your skin heals.
SUGAR WAXING FAQS
Chances are you’ll have a lot of questions about making your own sugar wax at home. Sometimes making your own sugar wax isn’t always easy. Hopefully I can help you out!
🤍 CAN YOU MAKE SUGAR WAX IN THE MICROWAVE?
This can be a bit trickier as you don’t have as much control over your mixture, especially over the consistency! For some reason microwaving makes it hard to boil off enough liquid at first. For me, no, it didn’t work. No matter how long I microwaved it for, I just couldn’t get my wax to the right, soft, sticky consistency.
Technically, a microwave may work if you don’t have the time to go through a few test rounds, however the problem I also had was the fact that I couldn’t watch the sugar as it boiled. So even after microwaving it one too many sessions, my wax would come out hard and solid. I’d recommend that you stick with cooking the wax over the stove where you can closely monitor it.
🤍 HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR HAIR BE IN ORDER TO STICK TO THE WAX?
Your hair should be at least 5-6 mm long.
🤍 DOES SUGAR WAX HURT?
For some people, all types of hair removal can be painful. For other people, sugaring might not be painful at all. Sugaring is considered to be less painful than waxing because the mixture doesn’t adhere to the skin.
🤍 CAN I USE OTHER TYPES OF SUGAR, LIKE BROWN OR CASTER SUGAR?
Yes, you can if you want to. Just know that it might take a little bit of trial and error to get the correct ratio of sugar to liquid.
🤍 WHAT IF MY SUGAR WAX COMES OUT TOO HARD?
If your sugar wax happens to come out too hard, it’s overcooked. You can add more lemon juice and continue boiling for another few minutes. If the consistency is still not there, add more lemon juice and keep boiling. If it’s overcooked, the best thing to do is to pour it into the garbage and start over again.
If it keeps getting hard after several batches, try cooking it for a shorter amount of time. Whatever you do, don’t let your sugar wax cook in the pot you cooked it in or it will overcook because it keeps cooking even after you remove it off the stove.
🤍 WHAT IF IT COMES OUT TOO SOFT?
If the wax isn’t hard enough, you’ve undercooked it. The only solution would be to cook it longer. In order to get the correct consistency, pour it back into the pot and place it on the stove. Heat it for another few minutes. Let it cool, and try again.
🤍 I’VE TRIED THIS RECIPE A NUMBER OF TIMES, AND IT STILL WON’T COME OUT RIGHT. NOW WHAT?
There are several reasons, but there’s no one-size-fits-all sugar wax recipe. There may be a few potential problems that suggest you might need to adjust your cooking time. One reason could be, is that your burner may get too hot, and the liquid ends up evaporating too quickly.
Another reason could be the fact that you removed the wax from the stove, it kept cooking, so even if the wax was perfect when you removed it, it became rock hard over time. Or it could be your supplies, such as your thermometer, which may not be calibrated correctly.
🤍 HOW LONG DOES SUGAR WAX LAST IN THE FRIDGE?
Store the wax in your refrigerator. It will usually last for at least six months depending on how often you wax. When you’re ready to use again, heat it up in the microwave and check every 20 seconds until it’s warm and turned into a syrup like substance.
🤍 CAN I STORE LEFTOVER SUGAR WAX?
You can store the sugar wax in a container, for example, a microwave-safe container works well. When you’re ready to use it again, pop it in the microwave and heat in 10-second intervals until melted. Please be cautious as hot sugar wax can cause severe burns.
HOW TO STORE YOUR DIY SUGAR WAX
Like I mentioned earlier, you can store hard sugar wax in a glass jar or container in the fridge, then microwave it whenever you need to use it.
Here’s an important tip when storing sugar wax properly – make sure to lightly grease the containers before you put the hard wax in the glass container. This actually prevents the wax from sticking to the container, and it’s easy to remove when you need to use it.
STORAGE OF EXTRA SUGAR WAX
Another thing that I love about sugaring is that it’s waste-free! Any wax that’s leftover can be stored in an airtight container or a jar in the fridge until you’re ready to use it the next time you wax.
The wax will harden while it’s stored, so in order to get it soft when you use it the next time, you’ll need to add a couple of tablespoons of water and reheat the wax. Heat this up on the stove until it’s the right consistency (hard sugar wax is impossible to use).
🤍 HOW LONG WILL WAX STAY GOOD?
If stored in the refrigerator, indefinitely.
HOW TO REHEAT YOUR SUGAR WAX
You can reheat your wax by placing the container in warm water, not hot water (works for glass containers and small individual containers). Reheat the container of sugar wax in the microwave for 10 seconds or more.