Unlisted Brand • Homemade Sugar Wax • Hair Removal
|Would buy this product again.||83%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy Eyes: Green
How many years of anxiety and how many $ would I have saved if I'd found this earlier? Brilliant! Much kinder to my skin and my pocket! I use this in all areas and am a convert!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
Given that I am prone to terrible razor burn no matter the shave products I used, my search for a hair removal product that works well and isn't too tedious to use has taken months. Until I started exploring waxing at home, I'd been using Veet with great success though I really didn't care for the smell or the briefness of the results.
I first tried Gigi's Dark Honee wax as my hair can be rather coarse. It left me bruised and sore for a week despite my following the directions. I figured since I had invested in a warmer, I'd try more waxes. I tried the original Honee, a wax with argan oil, a cream wax and even a hard wax you're supposed to peel off. I mastered the technique rather well, but the stickiness and mess (not to mention impossible clean-up requiring tons of baby oil) was just as irritating as the other methods I'd tried.
After trying and loving an inexpensive sugar waxing kit from Nair with wonderful results, I started researching how to make my own sugaring wax. There were a few recipes I'd discovered, but this one--credit to Vanita on Squidoo--was amazing.
Not only did it turn out perfect on my first attempt, which almost never happens when I'm learning a new candy or confectionary recipe, but after it cooled enough for me to try, it worked just as well as the Nair for much less money, and was so much easier than the resin waxes I'd tried. Here's how you do it...
4 cups of sugar
½ cup of Lemon juice
½ cup of water
1. Mix the sugar, water and lemon juice in a skillet or a sauce pan (From my experience it is always good to mix the ingredients before keeping it on flame)
2. Keep the container on a low flame after mixing.
3. Keep stirring the mixture until the sugar solution melts and you have a thick brown liquid. Normally it takes 10 to 15 minutes on low flame.
4. If you have a candy thermometer, The temperature we need to stop cooking the sugar solution is 235-245* F, They call this Soft ball consistency. If you drop a small amount of syrup into chilled water, It forms a soft, flexible ball, but flattens like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.
5. Let it cool . Hot sugar wax can burn your skin so don't rush to use it after it is prepared and it is still hot.
When the temp reached 240, I took it off the heat and stirred it for a bit more before pouring it into a microwave-safe resealable plastic container designed for hot foods/liquids that can go in the dish washer, freezer or fridge with no problems. Here, they're made by a company called Glad and go under the name Gladware. I nested one inside another due to the heat of the wax, then left it to cool.
The wax took a long while to cool, but when I checked it with a stick later, the texture appeared to be just right. I wasn't planning on using the wax that particular day, so waited until it was thoroughly cooled and tried it the next day.
All you need to do is warm the wax in short bursts in the microwave, stirring between each. It melts smoothly and evenly, but you don't want to overheat it. I set out my disposable cloth wax strips, a large bowl and flannel with hot soapy water (I use a couple pumps of L'Occitane Almond soap since it makes skin so soft), a towel, trash and a couple more sticks just in case. I get comfy on a towel I've spread out, maybe start up an audio book or music to help pass the time and get to work.
When spreading the wax, apply in a thin layer following the direction of hair growth with the stick applicator. Then, apply the linen strip downward in the same direction over the wax, smoothing it with your palm a couple times, then anchor the skin with your free hand and pull the strip off quickly against the hair growth. The pain is practically not there since the sugaring wax just sticks to the hair, cleanup is easy with a damp soapy cloth if you get wax anywhere you don't want it and the process gets to be very easy and effective with a little practice.
Things to know: This method doesn't always get every hair on the first pass and sometimes you have to go back over an area or use tweezers. I've gone over areas a couple times with no pain or bruising. It also works on underarms, though mine are very sensitive so there was a little more pain involved. I haven't tried this as a bikini wax, but it does have a very high sugar content so I'd be careful when working in that area. As for storage, I don't know if it can be left at room temp so I keep it in the fridge.
Overall, I really love this method of hair removal. It washes out of clothing very easily, cleans up off everything else like a dream, might be a bit sticky when first getting the hang of it but no more so than commercial resin waxes I've tried though sugar wax is so much easier to remove. And the cost is unbeatable, too.
And as I mentioned above, it usually takes me a couple attempts for any recipe involving a candy thermometer, but this was perfect on the first try. The description and directions were easy and accurate and best of all, I discovered a natural home-made beauty product that did what it's supposed to do. I love the results (at least two weeks of hair-free skin), love the ease of use and clean up, love that I know exactly what's in it and that my first attempts with sugaring worked so well despite the daunting nature of wax preparation.
Best of luck and I hope you love this new method of hair removal as much as I do! :)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
For years I used waxes to remove my facial hair (which is on the longer side of fuzz) and almost every time I would RIP OFF a layer of my super-sensitive skin! I'm talking about a first degree burn. And yet every time, once it was long healed, I got the notion to try it again. "Well, maybe if I don't press it on hard it won't.... Maybe if I use powder beforehand it won't remove my skin." Well needless to say these thoughts were brought to nothing. I tried threading, and even shaving, and nothing gave me the results I wanted. Then, I found a recipe for sugaring online. It claimed that the sugar will only adhere to dead tissue, not living. So I gave it a try. Like many people, I cooked it for too long the first time, and tried another batch. The second time worked. I did 7 areas, six of which went fine but the last ripped off some skin (this was because I let the mixture harden too much, which is easily fixable). The longer hairs were removed (which is really all that's necessary). Overall, I will definitely try this again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I've been making this stuff off and on for a few years and love it! I use it on my legs and sometimes bikini line come summertime and it leaves my skin nice and smooth, and gets most of the hair... oh, and it's cheap to make! Never had it harm my skin either but if you know how to wax, it's pretty easy to avoid. Doesn't do much for course stubble though so gotta let that grow out a little more. You can also use white vinegar instead if you don't feel like going down to the store to buy lemons and you get a more gummy, less sticky consistency that still yanks out the hairs. Both work well I think! A plus is you can just stick it in a plastic container and put it in the fridge. I personally use an old empty gigi wax can so when I need it, it fits right into a wax warmer. So in short, unless/until I come into some money and get laser or electrolysis everywhere I want it, I will be making this stuff for years to come!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
Ugh...I tried so hard to do this right. My first batch was undercooked, so I made a second one that was the perfect consistency...and it just wasn't worth it in the end. It's messy, sticky, and doesn't even remove all the hair! It removes some hairs, but I ended up having to go over the patch again with more wax, and even THAT didn't pick everything up, so I had to take out my tweezers and get rid of the excess hairs that way! And I prepped my skin fine, I put baby powder over the area as to absorb the excess oils, I spread the wax on with and against the grain, and nothing worked! If I'm doing something wrong please let me know, but right now It's just not worth it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
When I first read the reviews of sugaring, I was very excited to try it, since it was cheap to make, you can use it at home, and you don't need cloth strips to pull the hair off!! It seemed too good to be true! I stumbled on my first obstacle trying to figure out how to make this seemingly easy recipe. It literally took me 5 tries to get it right, and I used a whole 2kg bag of sugar, eeek. HOWEVER, once I got it, it will be really easy to reproduce the results again and again. I found that most of the recipes didn't give information on how long you need to cook the mixture for, and that's why I kept making my product too hard. Here is the following recipe I used:
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Boil on medium-high heat for APPROXIMATELY 10 minutes. If the mixture turns amber, you have gone way too far. It will be a VERY faint golden colour. As you cook the mixture, take a little spoonful of the stuff and put in on a white plate, to see what colour it is. As soon as it's a little bit yellow/golden, STOP! Take the mixture away from the heat and take a little spoonful over to the sink. Then, gently run some cool water over the mixture to cool it off so you can safely touch it. Then, play with the cooled gel, and see if it is malleable in your fingers, but make sure it isn't so sticky that you can't control it. It should kind of feel like that blue sticky/thumb tack stuff. After you get the right consistency, pour it into a container. What I did was I poured it into a glass jar, and then placed the jar in some cool water to help cool off the product faster so that I could use it sooner! When you pull off a chunk, mush it around in your hands a bit to warm it up and make it spread better. As you use it, the light golden colour will change to a light grey-ish colour. Once it starts getting so sticky that it wont stay in a ball anymore, discard that and get a new piece. Also, it would be VERY useful to wear gloves when doing this, as it seems to stick to fingernails like crazy. Also, if you don't use gloves, take off all your jewelry, or it will get SUPER messy.
Okay! So when I actually started to use it, this is what I learned: it works best on very dry skin, and it works best on longer hair. I waxed my arm hairs first since they are long-ish, about 1/2 inch. It removed almost all the hairs, and left my skin smooth and glowing, and surprisingly hairless. Today, I waxed my legs and the hair I was waxing was MUCH shorter. It was only a few millimeters long and much thicker so it was harder to remove all the hair in one rip. It removed a lot of my leg hair, but not all of it. I am excited to see when it grows back if it's thinner and easier to wax next time.
To use: smooth against hair growth two or 3 times, hold skin taut, and rip (with the hair grain NOT against) as parallel to your skin as possible, do not pull upwards, as this can cause lovely bruises. Then, roll into a ball again and repeat!
can make at home
organic and natural
tough to make correctly, wastes a lot of sugar in the process :)
works best on longer hairs
takes a long time to master the technique, could end up with some bruising.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience and I am excited to have found a cheap and effective way to eliminate hair for 4 - 6 weeks. Friends and family are already asking me to make them wax because of my results. On shorter hair you may have to go over the same area around 3 times, and the wax never pulls at the skin, it only attaches to the hair. Hope this helps, try it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
i have been using sugaring all my life ..i had the best skin ever ,,,it used to reduce the amount of the hair everytime ...
after getting married i just git to use razor and my skin is horrible now i got back to sugaring ..u can get it ready from any arabic store .just put it in the microwave for 5 sec and it;s ready to use ..
it;s not only remove ur hair but also it removes ur dark upper skin leaving it smooth and fresh without any darkness
to reduce the growth of ur hair..use sugaring after u finish ur period
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I really like sugar waxing. I was shaving my legs every other day, but feeling frustrated at how spiky my legs would feel a short time after. No doubt waxing is more time consuming, but the spikiness is drastically reduced. I am also hoping that over time I will have less hair to remove.
This method of waxing takes a while to learn. It is difficult to get the mixture to the perfect consistency, which makes all the difference in its effectiveness. I have tried both the ball and strip method and I prefer the ball. Again, this takes time to master. At first, I was not picking up much of the hair, and I created some hideous bruises in harder to reach areas like the backs of my legs. Once I properly learned the technique, I didn't have to go over the same area again and again. It was fast (approx. 30 minutes for my legs) and comfortable.
I have tried this on many parts of my body and have found that so long as I can get the skin taught, I can comfortably remove the hair. I love having waxed armpits and it's worked very well on some intimate parts (especially when using those overcooked batches). There is no need to use talcum powder as like to do with normal wax. It seems to just get in the way.
Next time I make the wax, I am going to only use medium heat. With higher temperatures the difference between the right color (golden honey) and too much (amber) is a matter of moments.
Edit: I think regular sugar waxing is just too time consuming for me. I dislike having to grow out my hair. It ends up taking me 45 minutes to an hour do my legs, underarms and privates, then countless minutes later on tweezing the hairs I've inevitably missed. I got tired of mirrors and contorted positions.
I've now purchased an epilator. It hurts significantly more, but hopefully over time that will change. I like that I can epilate any time and it grabs far shorter hairs than wax can.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
EDIT: After doing more research on this and some experimenting I have found a better recipe for the BALL METHOD: 1cup water, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice. Heat to 260 degrees (use a digital thermometer as I found the candy thermometer doesn't register quick enough and end up overcooking). Let cool a bit then pour onto parchment paper and let cool (note that this is almost clear in color, barely yellow/amber). Then pull off a handful and work it, pulling until it's pliable and turns an opaque white gold color (shouldn't be very sticky, if it is heat up again for a bit). I prep my legs by cleaning w/ rubbing alcohol, when dry dust w/ talc, then apply sugar opposite direction of hair growth, pressing at least 3 times in an upward direction and then remove in hair growth direction w/ a quick flick, try to keep skin as taut as possible. After done I go over my legs w/ witch hazel and end w/ aloe gel. One final note, I tried this around my totm and my legs bruised TERRIBLY (I've read that this can happen). Also, the first time is the most painful, it really does lessen, as does hair growth the more used. It all takes a little of practice and trial and error, but I think it's worth it. Hope this helps, Good Luck!
OLD REVIEW (this recipe I think is better for using as gel method of heating and using cloth strips):
How I wish I would've discovered this years ago!!! So much better than waxing. It's not as painful, not as irritating, basically free (sugar, lemon juice, and water), rinses clean w/ water. Tried both the gel and the ball methods. With a little practice, have gotten the hang of (and like better) the ball method, it's a lot less messy. Like a previous reviewer suggested; check out redfootwalking videos on youtube, she's very helpful.
The recipe is: 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup water. Cook med high heat, (stir continually) until an amber color (took me about 20-25 minutes). Let cool a bit and store in a glass jar. Regardless of what method you use, make sure you LET IT COOL QUITE AWHILE BEFORE APPLYING TO SKIN, it's very easy to get burned. If using the ball method apply against the direction of hair growth and remove in the direction of hair growth. If using gel method, apply w/ the direction of hair growth and remove against hair growth. There is a bit of trial and error w/ this, but w/ practice,it's well worth the effort!!!!