Last week I showed you how to wax your body hair at home (ouch!), but this week things are a little less painful with a lesson in how to make your own homemade depilatory wax.
There are many variations on this recipe (like white vs. brown vs. powdered sugar) but this is the recipe I used to make the wax I’m displaying in pictures.
What you will need:
- 2 Cups White Sugar
- ¼ Cup Water
- ¼ Cup Lemon Juice
- 1 Medium Saucepan
- A Candy Thermometer
Additionally, you’ll need access to a stove to heat the wax, a wooden spoon to stir the wax, a microwave-safe container to store your wax in and, later, a microwave for reheating your wax for use.
Are you ready to begin making your own depilatory wax? Let’s go!
1. Mix all of your ingredients in the saucepan and turn on medium-high heat.
2. The mixture will start to boil after a couple of minutes (like you see in the picture). Lower the heat to medium-low and stir mixture with a wooden spoon.
Stick your candy thermometer in every so often to check the temperature. You want the mixture to reach 240 degrees Fahrenheit; this is called the “soft ball” stage of sugar and is optimal for waxing.
3. Once your mixture has reached 240 degrees, remove it from heat to let it cool down a bit. Pour into a microwave-safe container (it works best to re-heat wax in a microwave).
And that’s it! Your own homemade sugaring hair-removal wax!
It took me a few times to figure out how to do it best. Some websites suggest just sticking the mixture into the microwave for a few minutes, but this overheated the sugar and made it hard like candy apple coating and you can’t wax with that. But this recipe worked perfectly. I think in the future I will try to add some aloe extract in there too and see if my skin likes the aloe.
Also, finally, I forgot a tip that I should have added to my entry last week, which is that after you wax, make sure to scrub the waxed part of your body with a loofah or something similar when you’re in the shower to prevent ingrown hairs.
Ok, I’ve had the busiest of busy weeks, so I’m signing off here! And if you readers find out something that works better in your home experimentations feel free to share your change to the recipe in the comments or via email.