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How to Make Your Own Homemade Sugar Wax

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In this economy, why spend $30 or more on a leg wax when you can do it yourself? I have many friends who wax their own legs and I recently discovered a recipe for wax on the Double X Website for women. Editor Hanna Rosin shares the recipe her family used to remove arm hair (they were hairy Sephardic Jews, according to Rosin). While you can buy wax kits in any drugstore, cooking your own sugar wax over the stove can save an extra few dollars on the wax itself. Here's how to make it...

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water


To make sugar wax, cook the ingredients over low heat for about 45 minutes until the sugar caramelizes. I love her colleague Emily Bazelon's response to learning the recipe, "That's wax? THAT'S wax?" Actually, it's a sugar wax, which is much easier to wash off then wax/wax.

Once the sugar mixture cools you should be left with a sticky taffy-like wax. Apply this with a plastic knife or wooden stick in the direction hair grows.

Take a piece of cloth (you can tear up an old sheet), press down firmly and then pull off in the opposite direction of hair growth.

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Awesome!, Member beckaboo1064

I love this recipe! It's so simple and works very well. I am 26 years old and have been going back and forth to salons for about 12 years now. At the very least I paid $10 a visit just to have my eyebrows waxed. Thats nearly $300 a year!So you can only imagine the amount of money one would spend. This is going to save me so much money and it's so easy to remove. You don't have to go out and buy a special ""wax remover"". Most of the left over wax comes right off just by dabbing with a cloth, but anything left behind comes off with soap and water. I would recomend this to everyone. Even if you have the extra money to blow on going to a salon, why would you?? when this is so simple. I also found I didnt really need lotion afterwards either. Its kind of soothing by itself! :)

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