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Sugar wax recipe

DIY Sugar Wax Recipe

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  • Author: Christine Ruggeri
  • Total Time: 50 min
  • Yield: 13 applications 1x


Have you heard of sugar wax, or “sugaring”? While eating sugar seems to get all the heat these days, sugaring to remove hair has been used by Egyptian and Greek women for centuries. Forget the hot wax treatment and instead use this DIY sugar wax!


  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice (recipe will work without but better for skin to include)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Small pan
  • Soft towel
  • Popsicle stick or small plastic spatula
  • Small pieces of thin cotton fabric (about 1 inch by 3 inches each)
  • Airtight glass container for storage of leftover wax



  1. Put the lemon juice and water in a medium-sized pan on the stove at medium heat for a few minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and honey and stir with a wooden spoon. Turn up the heat to high.
  3. When the mixture gets bubbly, reduce the heat back to medium and continue to stir. IMPORTANT: You must continue to stir, otherwise the mixture will harden and become useless.
  4. For another 5 minutes or so, cook at medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture becomes smooth and golden in color, it’s considered done.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Test a spoonful of the mixture by placing it in the fridge. Let it cool and then check its consistency. If thick and tacky, then consider job well done! If not, put the pot back on the stove for a few more minutes at medium heat, again stirring the whole time.
  7. If the mixture is deemed ready, let the pot cool for 30 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a heat-safe glass or stainless steel bowl.

How to Use

  1. While the sugar wax mixture is cooling, gently exfoliate (use this DIY sugar scrub) the area you want to wax — legs, bikini area, back, underarms, even upper lip — and dry it very well. Make sure the skin is free of lotion or makeup.
  2. You may want to do a patch test first to make sure it is OK for your skin. If you notice any unusual sensitivity, stop.
  3. Using a wooden spoon or your hands, scoop out a small chunk of wax while it’s warm and roll it into a ball in your hands. (Some describe it as being like taffy.)
  4. Press the ball of sugar wax against your skin, and use your fingers to push the ball into your skin and up against the direction of hair growth. Stretch the wax across the area of skin you’re targeting, at about ¼-inch thickness. (You can also use popsicle sticks or waxing strips to apply the sugar wax.)
  5. Next, holding the skin taut, QUICKLY pull sugar wax away from your skin AGAINST the direction of the hair growth and as parallel as possible with your body.
  6. Reform the ball and keep going until it’s not sticky anymore, which is usually 3 to 5 times.
  7. When you are done, rinse the area in warm water, and use a cloth to gently remove any residual sugar from your skin. Apply a natural moisturizer, and be sure to avoid any additional exfoliation, hot water and the sauna for a couple of days to allow the skin to heal from the hair removal process.
  8. Wait 24 hours for any hot showers, repetitive motion activities (e.g., running), or soothing ointments or serums.


The amount of wax you need depends on how much area you are covering. Consider trying this recipe first, which should yield enough for one or two legs — depending on how much hair you’re removing.

If you have any left over, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to four or five weeks, then reheat when ready to use.

  • Prep Time: 15 min