Let’s get cooking a DIY sugar wax at home

Want easy at-home hair removal?

Well, making your own sugar waxing might be a fun and inexpensive way to remove body hair at home using your stovetop or microwave.

The main ingredients for making sugar wax are lemon, water and sugar; it is a reasonably low-effort recipe list.

Fail-proof Step-by-Step Sugar Wax Recipe

Colour is crucial – “light golden” or “yellow gold” is ideal for sugar wax. It shouldn’t be dark like a treacle or clear.

Ensure the wax doesn’t go too thick by constantly checking the wax. If the wax becomes too hard, you cannot add more water to fix its consistency.

You can check the ingredients by stopping the heat, removing a small lump of paste with a stick, allowing it to cool and applying it to your arm to see if it removes your hair. If it doesn’t remove the hair, it may be too runny.

If the sugar paste is still too runny, you can cook it further to thicken it.

How to make sugar wax using a stovetop

  • 1 cup sugar
  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons water
Directions for the stovetop
  1. Melt the mixture in a saucepan, then boil for about 10 minutes while stirring continuously.
  2. Remove from heat once it turns a caramel colour.
  3. Pour into a heat-proof jar and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Do not apply until the mixture has gelled together and has a thicker consistency than honey.

How to make sugar wax using a microwave

  • 1 cup sugar
  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons water
  • One tablespoon salt
Directions for the microwave
  1. Combine ingredients in a microwaveable glass bowl.
  2. Microwave in 1-minute intervals, checking on the after each minute. (Depending on your microwave’s power, it may take up to 6 minutes.)
  3. Let the mixture cool and turn a maple syrup colour with a sticky, spreadable, stretchy consistency.

Is homemade sugar wax safe?

Regarding sugar wax ingredients being safe, yes, the paste is safe. This is because the paste has natural ingredients and no chemical additives.

If you wonder if homemade sugar wax is safe to use on the skin, yes, it is safe. There is no risk of burning if you allow the sugar wax to cool before applying, unlike ordinary waxing, which requires wax to be heated in a pot before applying.

The final note

The ingredient list for sugar wax is minimal, but cooking it isn’t easy-breezy. It may take you a few times to perfect it.

Follow the ingredient measurements to a tee, take it slow and watch your sugary formula closely as it cooks, and you may have some success making sugar wax at home.