This sugar wax recipe is a natural, inexpensive way to remove leg hair without all the costly, harmful ingredients.
Homemade Wax for Legs
YIELD 10 OUNCES
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh is best
- 1 cup raw sugar, such as turbinado (find it here)
- 2 Tablespoons water
- non-GMO cornstarch (find it here) or arrowroot powder (find it here)
- medium sized cooking pot
- stainless steel bowl
- several strips of cloth (about 6″ wide and 12″ long)
- Place lemon juice, sugar, and water in the pan on the stove. Heat slowly up to a slow boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until it becomes smooth and golden. This is about 260°F, but don’t worry too much about the temperature. Take it off the heat and transfer it to a stainless steel bowl. (Glass may crack at high temps and aluminum may react to the lemon juice.) Let it cool a bit – it will probably turn darker.
- While it’s cooling, wash your legs and exfoliate. You can use any of these natural exfoliants to get your legs really clean. Dry your legs and apply a thin layer of powder, like cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
- Take out about a ping pong sized ball of this sugar wax recipe. Knead it until it’s smooth. Spread it on your leg, moving in the direction of the hair. Always go with the hair growth, not against it.
- After it’s spread on your leg, take a cloth strip and press it onto the wax. You’ll want to wait until the wax has cooled to your body temperature. Then, grip the bottom edge of the strip and pull very quickly against the growth of the hair. Like a bandage, just rip it off–fast! If you hesitate, it will be more painful. You may not get all the hair the first time, so wait a few days before you do it again. You don’t want to irritate your skin too much.
- When you’re done, rinse off any remaining sugar mixture and moisturize. Try an oil such as jojoba or grapeseed to minimize redness. It will likely be sore the first time, but will get better as you do it more often.