How to make sugar wax at home

Written by randi cardoza
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The price of waxing at a salon may seem a bit extravagant if you have been watching your wallet during tight economic times. The solution to this is to do the waxing at home. The most inexpensive wax to make is a sugar wax. A homemade sugar wax costs less than buying brand-name body wax in a store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 cups granulated sugar (brown sugar works as well)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened juice (lemon, lime or orange)
  • Sauce pan
  • Candy thermometer
  • Wood or silicone spoon
  • Mason jar
  • Tongue depressors or 1/4 inch-wide Popsicle sticks

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    Homemade Sugar Wax

  1. 1

    Combine sugar, water and juice in a sauce pan.

  2. 2

    Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the sauce pan and do not allow the measuring end to come into contact with any metal.

  3. 3

    Over low heat, slowly bring the mixture up to 121 degrees C but do not allow it to boil. Stir the mixture constantly with a wood or silicone spoon to evenly distribute the heat.

  4. 4

    Check the consistency. If it is too watery, add 1/4 cup of sugar to the mixture at a time and continue heating. Heat until it reaches the desired consistency.

  5. 5

    Allow the mixture to cool slightly before pouring into the Mason jar. Use a tongue depressor or Popsicle stick to scrape as much of the wax as possible into the jar.

Tips and warnings

  • Storing the finished wax in a Mason jar allows it to be reheated because the jar is tempered.
  • The same tongue depressor or Popsicle stick can be used to apply the wax, but the item should be disposed of at the end of each waxing session.
  • Wait until the wax has cooled completely before putting the lid on to prevent condensation.
  • Reheat the jar in the microwave or by placing it in a sauce pan of boiling water.
  • Always check the temperature by placing wax on an area where the skin is thicker and more resistant to heat.
  • Allowing the mixture to boil will create too much caramelization, causing it to clump together too much.
  • Make your own wax removal strips by cutting up an old cotton T-shirt or washcloth.
  • Do not use the wax if it is too hot to handle, or burns can occur.
  • Do not use the wax on children or pets.

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