How to Make Sugar Wax at Home: 3 Easy Foolproof DIY Recipes

If you want to learn how to make sugar wax at home you are in the right place because I have 3 foolproof DIY recipes to share with you.

If you are still using a razor to get rid of unwanted hair or going to a beauty salon to get your waxing done, you should read this.

In this DIY age, many treatments that professionals perform can be done in the comfort of our houses in more convenient ways.

You can make your own sugar wax at home with available ingredients from your kitchen.

And the best benefit of all is the money you are going to save. If you go to the salon every month, making your own homemade sugar wax is going to save you serious bucks.

 
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How to sugar wax at home with 3 easy homemade recipes
How to sugar wax at home with these easy recipes

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What Is Sugar Wax?

 

It is a natural way of removing body and facial hair using a paste made of sugar, lemon, and water. It is very similar in texture and color to honey.

People usually sugar wax at home because is more convenient and cheaper but there are some beauty salons offering this treatment too. It can be used in all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Before making the recipes I’m going to share a few sugar wax tips that will make your sugaring experience easier.

 

7 Sugar Wax Tips for A Perfect Recipe

 

1 – You can use white or brown sugar for the recipes. I like to use white sugar for mine because I find that the wax gets too dark when I use brown sugar.

2. To prevent burning the sugar set the heat to medium until starts simmering and then to low. (I set mine, in an electric stove, to 4 to begin with and then lower to 2)

3. As soon as the golden brown color (similar to honey) begins to show, remove it from the stove. This can take several minutes, depending on the intensity of the heat.

4. Make sure the container you use to transfer the wax is heat resistant.

5. Allow the mixture to cool and always check the temperature before applying it. In case you burn yourself, pour cold water on the area. You can also rub ice or apply aloe vera gel, cold cucumber, or cold milk.

6. It is more difficult to get it right the first time, especially if you are a beginner. Just try again if it doesn’t work. You will become an expert in no time!

7. If you are not going to use it straight away, keep it covered in the fridge. When you decide to use it put in the microwave until it melts. Wait for it to cool and is ready to use.

So, let’s get started!

 

Top 3 Favorite Recipes

 

Here are 3 of my favorite homemade sugar wax recipes. And just in case you are not a fan of lemon, I have included one that works without it.

Below the recipes, you can find how to apply sugar wax, aftercare tips, and how to wash pots after making sugar wax.

 

1. Homemade Sugar Wax Recipe with Lemon Juice (with pictures)

 
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What you need:

  • White sugar – 1 measuring cup (250 ml)
  • Water – 2 tablespoons
  • Fresh lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Spatula
  • Heat resistant container
  • A medium-sized pot

I would recommend to always use an old pot or pan to make the sugar wax.

Sugar wax preparation:

1. Get the ingredients ready.

2. Place the sugar, water, salt, and lemon juice in a non-stick pan, turn on the heat, and stir.

Sugar, lemon, salt and water in pan

3. Set the heat to medium so that your wax doesn’t burn.

4. Keep stirring.

4. Reduce heat but keep stirring until it begins to turn golden brown. The time it takes for the sugar to change color varies depending on heat intensity, so make sure you keep an eye on the wax and wait for the caramel color.

5. As soon as the sugar begins to caramelize, remove it from the heat and allow the sugar wax to cool in the same pot. Don’t leave it longer because it turns black. It is better to remove it earlier because you can always put back on the heat, but if it burns, you would have to throw it and start again.

6. If you intend to use the sugar wax straight away, wait for it to cool down before applying it on the skin. If not, place the sugar wax into a heat resistant container and store it in a cool place. Next time you want to use it microwave it for a few seconds until it melts.

Make the other two wax recipes in the same way but varying some of the ingredients.

 

2. Sugar Wax Recipe With an Alternative to Lemon Juice

 
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You will need:

White sugar – 1 measuring cup (250 ml)
Water – 2 tablespoons
Lime juice – 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
Saucepan (medium size)
Spatula
Heat resistant container

How to make it:

1. Place the sugar, salt, water, and lime juice in a non-stick pan and turn on the heat. Stir.
2. Set the heat to medium heat so that your wax doesn’t burn.
3. Keep stirring until it starts boiling then stop stirring.
4. Let the mixture boil until it begins to turn golden brown.
5. Turn off the heat to allow the sugar wax to cool.
6. As it cools, pour it into the heat resistant container and store it in a cool place.

 

3. The Best DIY Sugar Wax Recipe Without Lemon

 

Ingredients and utensils:

White sugar – 1 measuring cup (250 ml)
Water – 2 tablespoons
Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar – 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon salt
Medium-sized saucepan
Spatula
Heat resistant container

How to make it:

Place the sugar, salt, water, and vinegar in a non-stick pan and turn on the heat. Stir.

Make sure the heat is set to medium to prevent the mixture from burning. Let the mixture simmer and keep stirring until it begins to turn golden brown.

It takes several minutes for the wax to be ready but always keep an eye on the color because it varies depending on the intensity of the heat. The constant stirring will help you tell if the wax has the right consistency.

Turn off the heat and as it cools, pour it into a heat resistant container and store it in a cool place. Heat it in the microwave every time you want to use it (few seconds until it melts).

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Before You Wax …

 

# Check the wax before you start to make sure it is not too hot.

# Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used. Perform a test in a small part of the skin.

# It is important to exfoliate before waxing. Do it two days before your session.

# Don’t take a shower 2 hours before waxing, as this might make the skin extra sensitive.

# Don’t use if you have broken skin, a skin rash, varicose veins, or are allergic to any of the ingredients.

Q: How long does the hair need to be?
A: 1/2″ – about the length of a grain of rice. Depending on how fast your hair grows, that is usually 10 – 14 days after your last shave.

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How to Sugar Wax at Home

 

1. Use some baby powder on the area you want to wax. This will get rid of any moisture that might prevent the wax from adhering to the hair.

2. Scoop some of the sugar wax and form a mound the size of a golf ball. Apply a thin layer of wax on the skin surface, in the opposite direction that your hair grows.

3. Using a popsicle stick or your hands, spread the wax evenly on the skin to achieve a thickness of about a quarter of an inch.

4. Hold the skin tight and quickly rip the wax off in the direction of your hair growth.

5. If the sugar wax is too runny, you need to simmer it a bit longer until it thickens. On the contrary, if it is too hard or sticky, try adding a bit more water while simmering until you get the consistency you want. If you have overcooked the sugar wax, you need to throw it away and make a new batch.

6. Check for any hairs that didn’t come off and get rid of them using tweezers.

7. To get rid of the stickiness after waxing, soak a cotton ball in olive oil and rub the area with it until smooth.

Remember you can use the same ball of sugar wax up to 3 or 4 times before discarding it.

 

Sugar Waxing After Care Tips

 

# It is important to soothe your skin after a waxing session. This will help to prevent irritation, bumps, and ingrown hairs. I recommend applying some cold-pressed aloe vera gel to the post waxed skin.

# Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that will keep irritation away. It is also an awesome natural moisturizer. Don’t use regular lotion or perfume on the skin after waxing.

# Avoid going out in direct sunlight immediately after waxing. Also, consider taking a day off your regular exercise routine to keep sweat off the skin.

So, there you have it!

 

Washing Pots After Making Sugar Wax

 

Your pots will be sticky and difficult to clean and eliminate when the remaining sugar wax hardens. There are two ways I use to clean them.

1- Cover the inside of the pot with very hot water and a trickle of washing up liquid. Leave it for a while and wash as usual.

2- If there is still stubborn wax, pour some water into the pot and heat it up. This will melt the remaining wax. Throw the water and wash the pot.

These homemade recipes are 100% natural and good for your skin. They are also very pocket-friendly.

And one last thing, homemade sugar wax can last for a few months if stored covered in a cool place or in the refrigerator.

 
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How to make sugar wax at home
How to make sugar wax at home

If you have any questions about these sugar wax recipes leave a message below.

 

26 thoughts on “How to Make Sugar Wax at Home: 3 Easy Foolproof DIY Recipes”

  1. If you had to give an estimate on how long it should cook for give or take a cpl minutes what would you say?

    1. Hi,

      It is difficult to say because it depends on several variants. The best thing is to keep experimenting with the sugar wax recipe until you get it right. To give you an estimate, it could be from 7 to 10 minutes. I hope this helps.

  2. i made my wax the 2nd way and its not hardening its just a hot sugar liquid and i was thinking of putting some cornstarch in it but i hesitated so what do i do now?

    1. Keep boiling the sugar wax until it thickens. I have never made the recipe using cornstarch so I can’t recommend it.

    1. You probably need to cook the sugar wax longer. Leave it until it begins to show a caramel/honey color.

    1. Hi,

      I haven’t tried it myself, but I have seen some people transfer the sugar wax (once is ready) into a wax warmer to keep it warm during the application. Not sure if you meant this, though.

        1. I wait until it starts boiling and then I reduce it to low heat. When the sugar wax begins to show a light honey color I take it off the stove. I hope this helps.

  3. My wax is the right color and consistency but it is too sticky to form a ball. Is it overcooked or undercooked?

    Thanks

  4. I made sugaring wax for months, then I got too big and pregnant that I couldn’t reach my legs lol. Ever since I had my baby, every time I make it it doesn’t stay gooey. It get hard like a sucker as soon as I put it on my skin. I can figure out what I am doing wrong/different from before when I used to make it. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?

    1. You could be overcooking the sugar wax. I’m going to update the post soon, and will answer some questions I’m getting.

    1. To apply it you can use a popsicle stick or your hands if you prefer. I give a few tips after the recipes on how to sugar wax at home.

        1. You are possibly overcooking it. Making sugar wax is many times a case of trial and error. Try again, but this time remove the sugar wax from the heat earlier.

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