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Alternative Hair Removal Recipe · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Alternative Hair Removal Recipe · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Alternative Hair Removal Recipe

Alternative Hair Removal Recipe

Sugaring is an alternative form of hair removal. Some people believe it is better for your skin than waxing because all the ingredients are natural and less likely to clog pores.

Sugaring is an ancient method of hair removal that was first practiced in the Middle East. The sugar mixture is heated to form a tacky paste. It is spread in the direction of hair growth, allowed to cool and is then ripped off the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Some choose to use paper or cloth strips to press against the sugar mixture once applied to the skin. The cloth/ paper is then pulled off to remove the hair and the sugar mixture. Others choose not to use strips, they simply pull the tacky sugar mixture off thus removing the hair.

Making your own sugaring solution is like making candy. The mixture has to be heated up to about 250 F for about 10 min according to various sources. I made this up last night and it actually worked…

You will need:
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup water

You combine the ingredients and cook for about 10 min. The mixture will boil rapidly and you should stir constantly to avoid boiling over. Then you simmer it for about 5 more min to allow the mixture to thicken. The mixture changes from clear to a deep amber color (similar to the hardball candy phase).

You remove the mixture and allow it to cool. You can then use the sugaring mixture to remove hair or you can store it in a microwavable container. Like waxing you should heat up the mixture slightly before use (this softens the mixture for spreading). You may use paper or cloth strips to pull the mixture off the skin if you prefer. Traditionally the mixture, once it has cooled, is just pulled off he skin with the fingers to remove the hair.

As with waxing the hair fibers have to be long enough to become properly embedded into the sugaring mixture. Therefore hair must be allowed to grow out after each sugaring treatment for the next sugaring to work properly.


If you liked this recipe you should check out some of my other “old-fashioned know how” articles and recipes for more easy tips and tricks!.

  • This is Sara!!!! This is your sugar mixture for waxing that nasty hair out of your arm pit!!

    November 26, 2006 at 4:46 pm
  • Jo

    Okay, really, how painful is it?? I’m getting waxing done at the spa with a natural wax (soy I think?) and they say it’s less irritating and painful than regular wax — but it still hurts like crazy! I’m willing to try almost anything though! 😉

    November 26, 2006 at 6:27 pm
  • Mariah

    Wow, it seems everyone is posting a recipe like the one i posted in 1990’s on this stuff really works… give it a try.

    June 9, 2007 at 2:34 pm
  • my life

    hello, thanks dear !! i m using this for about 1 year & it relly works, hair growth slows down which is awsome, i love waxing, i know it hurts but afetr few hours ur body liiks great.

    December 26, 2007 at 6:55 am
  • Amanda


    Im going to give this a try tonight! Ive tried waxing but think im illergic to the wax!
    Ill let u know how i get on 😉

    January 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
  • Donna

    how long will sugaring mixture last from making,does it require refridgerating

    January 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm
  • cutie

    i love looking sexy i use sugaring all the time it works really well i love the stuff its easier then waxing and is cheaper

    March 2, 2008 at 1:52 pm
  • taylor

    I made the wax 4 days ago, but it just hasn’t dried.
    How can i make it dry faster?

    March 13, 2008 at 5:04 pm
  • andreeaaa

    Hey I’m just wondering how much this hurts. I made it, and now i’m going to try it out but I’m scared of how painful it maybe.

    April 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm
  • This is a great idea for hair removal.

    July 9, 2008 at 9:02 pm
  • Hmm – interesting recipe. Great article or as we say in Austria:- endlich einmal ein lesenswerter Artikel!

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    July 27, 2008 at 10:02 am
  • Just one thing – with sugaring it grows back…with laser hair removal not…


    August 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm
  • So hair has to be long to do that – hmmm – not so good for summer fun…:-) Sabine

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    February 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm
  • Very interesting, I had never heard of sugaring. Candy-coated hair removal 🙂

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    April 14, 2009 at 6:50 am
  • brittany

    what does the lemon do for the wax?

    April 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm
  • jackie

    Lemon is a natural cleanses the skin and closes the pores when used alone so I’m sure it probably is added to serve a similar purpose (soothe and cleanse skin) when added to sugar mixture.That’s my best

    May 8, 2009 at 1:13 am
  • Sugaring is a great method for removing dead skin and hair at the same time. It is also less painful than waxing. Good recipe, thanks.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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