Monday, 17 February 2014

Sugaring (Natual Hair Removal Wax)

I have always used Moom brand since going vegan but it's not super cheap and I have to order it online. I looked at the ingredients though and it's pretty much just sugar and water so I thought I'd try my hand at sugaring!

Sugaring (Natual Hair Removal Wax)


2 cups sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup water
Equipment: Candy thermometer


Combine the ingredients in a heavy saucepan, and heat on low using a candy thermometer. Watch the mixture very carefully so that it doesn’t boil over. Heat the mixture to 250 F on the candy thermometer; this is the hardball candy stage.

Remove from the heat and let cool enough to pour into a jar without breaking or melting the jar. (Note that this jar will be reheated in the future. Make sure it is safe for whatever form of reheating you plan to do—in the microwave, or in a pan of water.

Rip clean cotton fabric in 1-inch strips. Make sure the cotton isn’t too coarsely woven.

This next step is very critical: Let the mixture cool enough so that it won’t burn your skin. 
Test the mixture on the palm of your hand, knowing that is much tougher than the sensitive skin under your arms.

Using a dull knife or Popsicle stick, spread the cooled sugar onto your skin. 
Cover with the cloth strips, let set for a few minutes, and then rip off quickly as you would a bandage.

In the future you can reheat the mixture to a warm and not hot temperature (see above), and reuse. 
Note that reheating will thicken the paste.

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