DIY Wax for Hair Removal

My husband calls me a hippie and tree-hugger, and I admit I kind of am, but not in a purist-kind-of-way. By this I mean, I love all natural, organic, and environmentally conscious lifestyles. However… sporting a mustache and combing my legs are not options.  For this reason, after a very stressful couple of weeks (we thought my dad had Lou Gehrig ’s disease, but thankfully he doesn’t), I decided to treat myself to a self-waxing treatment (because, clearly, nothing screams relaxation more than getting your hair pulled out). I came across this easy and all natural recipe for wax:

1 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

You cook it on the stove, stirring constantly. You don’t want to overcook it or it will harden. It’s supposed to turn a yellowish color when it’s ready (never happened for me). You then pour it into a glass or ceramic container and wait 15 minutes for it to cool.  You can then apply with popsicle sticks and remove with cloth strips. You’re also supposed to be able to roll it into a ball and apply on the skin and wait for 1 minute before ripping it off.

My experience: The wax seemed fine when I first applied it, but it wasn’t sticky enough. I must not have cooked it long enough on the stove. I then microwaved it for 2.5 more minutes, stirred it, let it cool, and it was thicker. It was perfect! I waxed away my hair… and relaxation. But what I really loved about this wax was how easy it was to remove (just warm water)!

Despite it taking a little time to get it to the right consistency, I recommend it. You can store the rest in a jar, or other microwavable container. It will certainly come in handy with the warmer months ahead.


Happy torture ladies (and back waxing gents)!