Thursday, January 13, 2011

Inexpensive and All Natural Way to Wax at Home!!

I have recently discovered the world of sugaring hair removal. It is basically a wax that you make at home. It is all natural so if you have sensitive skin, like me, it really helps cut down on after wax breakouts! I have tried this recipe and it really works! My skin is so smooth and I really only got red for about an hour, compared to a full day with regular salon waxes! I didn't have any bumps on my eyebrows and only had 2 bumps on my upper lip, but when I usually get it done in a salon my skin breaks out quite badly for about 3 days, even with sensitive formula, so I was very pleased with this. Because it is all natural it really is a "green" way to wax, and sooo inexpensive!! Here is the recipe and directions that I followed.

Sugaring hair removal recipe:

  • 2 cups white cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (I used bottled lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup water
  Mix ingredients in a heavy sauce pan over a medium-high heat. Stir the mixture often so that it doesn't overheat at the bottom.

This recipe can be used for both face and body sugaring. Many people are turning to this hair removal method because it's more gentle to the skin and less painful than waxing.

Using a heavy sauce pan is extremely important. If the sauce pan is thin it can throw off the entire temperature and overheat the sugar, making it cook too quickly. Cooking fast isn't good, it needs this time to simmer. So I would suggest using a heavy, stainless steel pan if possible.

After it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low-medium and simmer for 25 minutes. This length of time is needed to get the final product just right. If it's not cooked long enough, the end sugar hair removal product will be too sticky to work with.

Caution. If you only have a thin saucepan, a low-medium heat may be too high of a temperature to simmer. Keep the temperature as low as you need so that it's only simmering, not boiling and turning dark too quickly.

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You will see the hair sugaring mixture darken as the time goes along. But this isn't just the right color yet, it still needs to cook a little bit longer.

After 25 minutes of simmering, the sugar hair removal result should be a dark amber color. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for about ten minutes before placing in an air-tight container. Be careful, it's hot.

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The picture on the left is how the end product should look. The sugar on the right is one didn't cook long enough, and it ended up way too sticky and not pliable enough for sugaring home hair removal. You can see there's a big difference in color. Don't forget to place an airtight lid on when storing!

*This picture really helped me know when it was ready!

Once the product has cooled, you are ready for hair removal. We show you how to use the paste room temperature (get directions), or as sugaring gel (get directions) by heating it up in the microwave and removing hair in a process similar to waxing- the easier one of the two techniques.

*I personally used the gel. I actually just waited about an hour and used it while it was still fairly warm, but just use caution so as not to burn yourself! Oh and you can save it to use again and again! Real money saver.

Did It Turn Out Too Hard?

Put one tablespoon of water into the mixture and microwave it until it gets hot- which may be a couple of minutes.

Remove from microwave and stir. Let it cool down a bit to use as sugaring gel or completely cool to use as sugaring paste.
I found this whole tutorial on

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'm Back!

I have been off the blog for a while, but I am back! :) Lots of great things coming up for the blog so I hope you will join me!