Sugaring with Sugar Wax

Sugaring with sugar wax is fast, easy, safe and effective at unwanted hair removal. These factors have led to its enduring popularity down through the centuries to the present day. Sugar wax is in fact a paste or gum made from sugar and there is no wax involved, although it is used as a hair remover in the same way as traditional wax based formulas.

The sugar wax formula has changed little down through history. The main change is the substitution of refined sugar for the traditional honey. Sugaring is similar to waxing in most respects with the main advantages of sugar waxing being lower cost and less pain, because sugar wax does not adhere to the skin like regular wax.

The sugar wax recipe typically includes 3 basic ingredients – sugar, water, and lemon juice. A standard sugaring recipe follows.

Sugaring Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice together in a pan and bring to boil over a medium heat, stirring all the time. You will observe the sugar gradually dissolving and the mixture turning a golden brown over about 5 minutes.

Turn off heat and let mixture sit until it is a similar consistency to honey. You can then pour it into a microwave safe container and wait until it has cooled enough to be applied to your skin.

Apply the sugar wax to the part of your body that requires hair removal using a spatula or blunt knife or utensil. Immediately cover the wax with a cotton cloth and press the two together. Wait one minute then pull the cloth off in the opposite direction to hair growth.

If the sugar wax in the microwave container cools too much, warm it up in the microwave. If it is too hard add, some water and stir.