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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!.

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20 thoughts on “Alternative Hair Removal Recipe

  1. 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! 😉

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Hello!

    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 😉

  5. Donna »
    I refrigerate the mixture in a microwave safe container so when I need it I can just pop the container in the microwave and apply as needed. It keeps well in the fridge but would probably spoil faster unrefrigerated.

  6. 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

  7. Taylor,
    If the mixture has not hardened you may not have cooked it long enough. It needs to reach 250 degrees, you can use a candy thermometer to ensure it get to temperature.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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