Body Sugaring Recipes For Hair Removal: { Legs | Armpits }

Centuries ago in ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and her handmaidens discovered a secret beauty treatment that magically and painlessly got rid of unwanted hair…and this recipe was lost for years until it was recently discovered.

At least that’s what the television infomercial declared years ago when I first became aware of body sugaring. So intriguing, wouldn’t you agree!

I pulled out my credit card, ordered myself a tub and when it arrived in the mail, gave it a try on my legs and armpits.

Results? I found that a) it wasn’t painless like the infomercial stated and b) it was pretty pricey considering I could go to the salon and have a professional take care of the awkwardness and mess for just a few bucks more. I never placed another order.

Over the years I’ve discovered a few homemade versions that do just as good a job as that pricey tub cost me, and they cost only pennies to make! Now we’re talking ;).

If you’re wondering just what this is all about, it’s epilation that’s very similar to waxing. A sugary mixture is warmed then cooled and slathered over the area of the body that you want to get rid of hair. Strips of fabric are pressed over top then ripped off. If it works, the fabric is now covered with the stubbles. If it doesn’t completely get it all, just reapply and rip again.

Since the paste can grab and pull out each hair deep at its root, the new growth is slower to appear than if shaved (which just removes growth at the surface). Skin is left soft and smooth and there’s not much mess (especially when compared to waxing) since the mixture is water soluble and washes off easily.

If you’d like to give this a try, here are three different ways to make it plus directions for how to do it. Good luck!

DIY Body Sugaring/Epilation Wax

Supplies Needed:

  • Candy thermometer (to measure temperature while mixture is warming)
  • 1″ strips of cotton fabric (about 8″ to 10″ in length)
  • Wooden popsicle sticks or spatula

Before getting started: Wash skin well with soap and water, removing all traces of oil, makeup, deodorant and dirt. Pat dry.

Stovetop Method: (Two different recipes, choose one)

  • #1: 2 cups white granulated sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed), 1/4 cup water
  • #2: 1 cup white granulated sugar, 2 TBS honey, juice from one half lemon (freshly squeezed)

Heating Directions:

  • Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan and turn on the heat to medium. Once it starts boiling, reduce to low heat and cook until the mixture reaches 250°F (stir often so it doesn’t boil over) then take off stove. If a thicker paste is preferred, just heat to 245°F.
  • Let it sit until it’s warm then pour into a glass canning jar. Continue to let it cool till it’s at room temperature. Careful! This will cause serious burns if it’s not cooled down properly before applying.

Microwave Recipe:

  • Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup honey, juice from one half lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • Directions: Combine items in a large glass bowl then start the microwave for two minutes, stopping every 20 to 30 seconds to stir. Once it’s finished cooking, allow to cool down a bit before pouring into a glass canning jar and letting it rest till it’s at room temperature. Source: cbc.ca.

How To Apply

  • As mentioned above, wash the removal area well then pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Lightly dust the body surface with cornstarch and rub it in. Lightly is key, this will help protect the skin a bit so the paste doesn’t stick to it as much (helping lessen the pain).
  • Before application, smear a bit on the inner arm up by your wrist. If the temperature is comfortable, proceed. Too hot? Wait a bit.
  • Using the popsicle sticks, slather on a thin layer in the direction of the hair growth then cover with cotton strips (do in batches of 3 or 4 until the entire area is covered). Rub the fabric a few times firmly (in the direction of the growth).
  • Let it sit for about a minute then pull skin tight with one hand and rip each strip off quickly with the other (in the opposite direction of the growth). Reapply as needed (can reheat if it gets too cool).
  • When you’re done, jump in the shower to rinse off any residue or wipe down with a warm, wet cloth.

That’s it! Does it hurt? Yes, I think it does but I’m a bit of a wimp ;). Over time with more treatments you do get de-sensitized to it a bit.

Tips

  • Hair should be at least 1/4″ to 1/2″ long so the concoction has something to really grab onto and pull out at the follicle.
  • Hand wash the strips in warm soapy water, dry and reuse them again and again. Muslin or diaper flannel work well.
  • This homemade wax is best suited for legs, top of arms, armpits, upper lip, sides of face. Avoid using on thinner/delicate skin areas such as the area around eyes since rapid pulling is required. Unless you are very experienced with doing this and quite diligent in application, I’d avoid the “nether regions”. Inadvertently dropping a blob of the wax in the bikini area and then being pulled/ripped up can be extremely painful and even cause injury.
  • Careful to avoid growths such as tag growth, warts and moles. Also avoid applying on top of stretch marks, abrasions, scrapes or cuts, scar tissue, delicate areas, rashes and varicose veins.
  • Drink plenty of water and frequently moisturize during the few days before procedure (do not moisturize the day of). When the skin is well hydrated, it helps minimize the pain.
  • Have ugly dark “stubble” bumps on your legs? Shaving is likely the culprit. Try exfoliating your legs the day before treatment, this will help get rid of them. Simple method: Take a rough facecloth, saturate in warm water then rub small circles all over calves and upper legs. You can also try a good DIY salon-style scrub. About three days after treatment, gently rub skin all over with an exfoliating glove our another rough washcloth.
  • Seal any leftovers in the jar and refrigerate to use next time (simply reheat).
  • If concoction is too hard to work with, add a spoonful of water and zap in the microwave for a minute or so until it’s hot. Stir then allow to cool as above.
  • Avoid shaving between treatments and reap the benefits! This helps train new hair growth to be finer, softer and more sparse (hooray!).
  • Results should last between 3 to 6 weeks.

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Comments

    • Rose
    Reply

    Tips for removal that aren’t mentioned:
    1. Make sure you pull the fabric off *PARALLEL* to the skin. If you pull upwards at all, the wax either wont grip the hair as well or it will break hairs off.
    2. Placing your hand on the area directly after you pull the wax off helps to discourage the nerves from sensing as much pain.

      • Consetta
      Reply

      What exactly do you mean by parallel? I ripped upwards the first time I tried this and it didn’t really work. I would love to know the right way.

        • Linda
        Reply

        What she means is, you dont pull upwards with the strip, you hold it at one end and pull it across. Also as Rose said, put your hand and press on the skin as soon as you take it off, it does help to take some of the sting out. I learnt to put it on with my hand and pull off so that way you use the same paste over all the hair you need to take off, but I was taught to do this.

    • Alisha
    Reply

    I tried it 1 weeks ago and it worked like a charm, although, make sure you read the directions about putting it a large bowl if you are doing the micro. directions….I didn’t and had a HUGE mess in my microwave. I didn’t get it all off, but am doing the rest today~can’t wait! I used it under my arms and have used wax in the past. This is way less painful~doesn’t leave the skin nearly as red, and I think takes the hair off better. Besides, I got to wash and reuse my strips instead of throwing them away! Thanks so much!

    • Cecilia
    Reply

    I tried this recipe on my legs today and was very excited with the results. I tried it on my underarms and it hardly did anything. I’m definitely going to try it again with a few of the suggestions listed by others. For example,applying against the grain and ripping with the grain. Hopefully, it will work better under my arms next time. I’ve already told several of my girl friends about it!

    • francesca meyer
    Reply

    Hi everyone! I got a friend who made this at home and it works! But she’s actually not using any strip, she just pull off the sugar paste…do u think this receipt will work also without a strip??

      • MR
      Reply

      The original way of doing this requires no strip. Just spread the paste, leave it a bit and pull it off. The size of the paste you use in your hand should be something you are comfortable with and can control while waxing.

    • eunice
    Reply

    when i tried it. the sugar became candy! any remedies please? πŸ™

      • MR
      Reply

      Don’t wait till it becomes candy. You probably left it on the stove for a little longer than you should have.

    • Chereen
    Reply

    Us Egyptians still use this technique till today! It’s the best form of hair removal and is amazing for the skin! (although I can’t imagine any hair removal is painless).

    I suggest staying in a cool environment, it becomes incredibly messy and unmanageable when it melts in the heat.

    Don’t use fabric strips like Shary said, it’s made to work on it’s own. You just work it with your fingers until it turns the light color Shary referred to then press and spread it over the area and using your fingers pull it off like a band-aid inch by inch. You’ll get the hang of it!

    • Shary
    Reply

    This is An egyptian wax recipe and is cooked in a saucepan.
    We portion the wax into small tubs and keep them in the fire and reheat when possible. It’s not supposed to be liquidy but tacky and the proper way is to rework it with your fingers until it becomes a very light pale caramel colour. The wax will be softer and you won’t need to use the fabric strips.
    Don’t use the honey in the mix if you’re taking this route. Good luck!

      • shinylight
      Reply

      I learned this general sugar wax method from Egyptians and Persians who just use the sugar wax as a malleable little ball and remove hair without using any cotton or musilin strips. I know for a fact it can be done and that it works as I’ve seen several women do it. I’ve just never been able to get the right consistency to make the sugar wax work on its own. If anyone has a very precise recipe I’d appreciate it!

    • Meagan
    Reply

    this is really cool! but now that it’s all done and we had our fun I can’t seem to clean out the container I cooked it in and stored it in. It hardened and scraping it does not seem to be working efficiently. help!!!!

      • Sara
      Reply

      Just put some really hot water- try boiling some on the stove- and let it sit. I have a pot of boiling water ready to pour as soon as I’m done with the wax. Because it is sugar, it will just dissolve after a few minutes. You may need to let the water sit, pour it out and scrub, then put more water in. Just be careful not to burn your hands.

    • Farsha
    Reply

    Tried the second recipe on the stove.. And the mixture is now turning hard.. I’m not sure what I did wrong! πŸ™ help!

      • tbub
      Reply

      You cooked it for too long. It turned into hard candy! Make sure you use a reliable thermometer and you should be good to go the next time.

    • lori
    Reply

    How long does it take for the hair to come back?

    • Eleany
    Reply

    Just tried this… First off I did not use the recipe exactly as written. My mix kept being to watery so I added some more sugar and thought okay that will do but no… then I reheated the mixture 30 sec intervals to make sure not to burn it and it worked. If you think yours is not working and its not sticking it might be too watery add more sugar and reheat but make sure not to burn it. If you have a powerful microwave try 10 sec intervals… Honestly so far so good I burned a bit of my skin but I like the results… did in my face. Nxt time am trying my legs.

    • Nicole
    Reply

    How long will it last? like how long will it take for the hair to grow back?

    • Kerry
    Reply

    It doesn’t even work…

    • Lauren
    Reply

    Do you have to use the cotton strips or can you just put it on let it sit then rip off with out the fabric? Will definitely try this πŸ™‚

    • Vanessa
    Reply

    Would it work without lemon juice? I don’t have any and if it’s not required that would be great

      • Ashlyn
      Reply

      It’s used as an anti-bacterial, so you probably should use SOMETHING like that, Vinegar and lime juice will also work.

        • Lilly
        Reply

        It’s not only an antibacterial, but a necessary component of the recipe because the acid prevents the sugar from crystallizing.

    • Nancy
    Reply

    Can you use lime juice instead of lemon?

      • Vanessa
      Reply

      Probably. They’re from the same family so most likely, yes.

        • shinylight
        Reply

        I’ve used lime juice in my recipes before and it worked just fine.

    • Erica
    Reply

    This didn’t work for me. It came out too runny, like the consistency of honey. Not quite sure where I went wrong. I will probably try it again though.

      • Jane
      Reply

      Sounds like people who have problems with runny mix were able to fix it by letting it heal for longer, and then letting it cool all the way. Maybe one of those will help!

    • Hannah
    Reply

    Is this safe to use on eyebrows or bikini areas?

    • Kayla
    Reply

    Is this safe for sensitive skin? I have tried wax and other hair removal remedies and every time I break out really bad.

      • Meaghan
      Reply

      Tea tree oil really helps me with breakouts after I wax. Just apply on skin right after you wax. Also, avoid hot water to the area for 24 hours.

        • Tiffany
        Reply

        If you tea tree oil in the bikini area…make sure it is diluted in a base oil. It can cause intense burning on that sensitive area.

      • Maureen
      Reply

      I have found every time I get waxed I look like I have red freckles, but if I take a bath with epsom salts afterwards any red bumps disappear. I also have less ingrown hair problems that way.

    • Ally
    Reply

    another alternative to heating that seems to be easier than microwave or boiling directly in a saucepan is to boil water and then place a jar of the mixture in the water and allow it to heat that way. much easier for when you havec to reheat

    • judith
    Reply

    I make and use something similar to this all the time. My recipe calls for sugar and lemon juice only. I found the recipe on the internet under Brazilian Sugar Wax. I like it much better than any store bought brand because it’s water soluble.

    • Dianne
    Reply

    Tried it for the first time (microwave recipe and made only 1/2 of the recipe). LOVED IT! Worked great. The first application I didn’t use the corn starch and ended up with some bruising. Used cornstarch for the rest and it worked perfectly with no brusing. Definitely a keeper. I will be using this from now on.

    • Dee
    Reply

    I tried the stove top recipe. It didn’t work right off, I had to get the hang of it and now I am totally sold on it! As another mentioned earlier, when it turns from white to amber that’s when it is up to temp and done. I wish I would have found this years ago, thank you!!!

    • Maren
    Reply

    For those of you who tried the microwave recipe:

    I thought I should use it at a hotter temp, like they do when actually waxing in a salon. Works much better when I let it cool a lot more and it becomes more solidified.

    Good luck, worked for me!

    • Kalika
    Reply

    You can also apply lydocaine gel (any drugstore) about 10 minutes before and let it dry – NO PAIN!!

    • Meaghan
    Reply

    This didn’t work for me so I made Lemonade instead.

    (It’s possible my hair wasn’t long enough. Will try this again another time)

      • kat
      Reply

      ohmygosh! that just made my day! “so I made lemonade instead.” hahaha! I can’t wait to try! I am so excited! although I am really afraid to try my bikini area, last time I did that with wax.. did not turn out great for me AT ALL! haha if this doesn’t work.. I think I will make lemonade instead:]

      • sharon
      Reply

      That is SO funny, going through all these comments getting info I need to start it myself and yours is just FUNNY, thanks for the laugh Meghan : )

    • Sarah
    Reply

    This recipe turned out great for me!! I think he trick is to let the paste/mix cool enough, cause when i first applied it in a few areas, it was too soft to remove hair. After it thickened enough, I got amazing results! I bought some waxing strips from Sally’s Beauty Supply and a wooden applicator, which was 15 cents, and can be rinsed a reused. Some say leave the bikini area to the experts, but I did my own and it turned out great.

    • Livi
    Reply

    I’ve tried this and love it. Christina: it took me about 25 to 30 minutes to get it to 245 on simmer. I have a candy thermometer so I kept checking. I tried this on mostly my lower leg, which is harder to remove than other areas and it worked great. I noticed that if you apply it then put the strip on leave it for about 15 to 20 seconds it works great. I pulled against my hair but noticed also that in certain areas it worked better to pull in the direction of the hair. Also, after cooking it I placed it in cleaned out baby food jars. It worked great and took up about 3 of the 6 oz. jars. That way you can warm just a small amount at a time and work with that. As for strips I used old cloth diapers cut into strips. The kind that you use for burp rags. (can you tell I have children?) I think this recipe works great. I hope it works for most others too because the cost to go in and have it done is terrible. Hope this information works.

    • hannah*
    Reply

    Ok so ive never tried this but could you use something besides cotton strips?!?! Also hannah↑ we have the same name lol

    • Hannah
    Reply

    Hey i tried it today.. i just made it actually very easy… but i was leaving it uncovered to cool and bugs got in it so not only did you find a hair removal formula but you also found a solution to tiny bugs.. lol

    • Chrissy
    Reply

    What happens if i don’t use freshly squeezed lemon juice? will it still work?

      • Cassie
      Reply

      Bottled lemon juice will also work in a pinch, yes.

        • Ashlyn
        Reply

        The Lemon juice is just used because of its anti-bacterial properties and it will keep you from getting infections.

          • Katie
          Reply

          The lemon juice is used because its citric acid keeps the sugar from becoming too hard when cooked to high heat. If it is not used, you’ll have solid rock sugar instead of a malleable wax.

          • Jackie
          Reply

          I’ve never heard of lemon juice having antibacterial properties. honey does.

    • Christina
    Reply

    How long does it generally take to get to the 245 degrees, I don’t have a candy thermometer, but I let it cook for almost 15 minutes after it started boiling. How do I get it closer to the ‘putty’ consistency?

    • Lil Bee
    Reply

    Does this work on The bikini area??

      • Fb
      Reply

      If you are brave enough to pull!!

        • megan
        Reply

        yay!

          • shinylight
          Reply

          It definitely works on the bikini area. I’ve done it myself several times with great results. You just have to work up the chutzpah to pull, and pull FAST, to get all the hair.

            • christy

            I’ve done sugaring on my bikini area 5 times now. Not just the area that the bikini doesn’t cover, but most of the area underneath. The first time definitely hurt (any time you yank hair out it will) but it was not nearly as bad as a normal bikini wax. You will find yourself in very odd positions trying to get it all, but with practice – and a mirror – you get it eventually. I use old T-shirts for strips and sometimes, if the mixture comes out right, I can even just pull the stuff off with my hands. Being sure to pull across and *not* up is crucial and helps you avoid breaking the hairs. After the first time I did it, the times following hurt less than plucking my eyebrows, that’s how much it stunted the hair growth.

            I’ve never had a batch of this stuff come out the same, probably because I don’t use a candy thermometer, but the people that have mentioned the amber color are right. If it’s too light I find that it doesn’t grab the hair, if it’s too dark when it cools it just turns to hard candy. Once you get the right color though, it’s wonderful. I usually put a little neosporin on the skin afterwords if there are some tender spots, but usually my skin (especially *down there*) feels perfectly smooth.

            Happy de-fuzzing!

    • Jo
    Reply

    Tried this today with a friend and we were really disapointed. The mix took off little, if any hair. We tried it multiple times with thin and thick coats. I really wish it would have because I’m looking for a good recipie to use this summer.

    • sandra
    Reply

    ok so i just tried this let it cool and WOW im impressed! it works! i used a pillow case torn up into strips and used a butter knife to apply. and ill just say that ill be useing this again in the near future!

    • sandra
    Reply

    how long do you let it cool for? i just made a batch in my microwave and its sitting on my table to cool, it alreayd getting kinda thick but its still kinda hot. i dont want to let it cool down too much and have to re heat it.

    • Dani
    Reply

    So, I tried it. I think my skin feels smooth but about 3 hairs total came out. I am going to try cooking it longer to see if that helps. Also, it’s possible that I didn’t leave the strips on long enough. I will let you know.

      • Dani
      Reply

      So, I cooked it for longer and had better results. They key is getting it to a nice amber color, if you don’t have a candy thermometer. I used it without heating it for a while (with some success) but then decided to re-heat it before using it. I don’t know if it works better re-heated, but it feels nice. Thirty seconds in the microwave seems to be enough. Also, I rub it thinly one way and then back a couple of times before applying the cloth. Also, also, I broke down and ran to the dollar store where I picked up Popsicle sticks for …a buck. Also, also, also, giving it time to “dry” on my face helps with the hard to pull chin hairs.
      Having longer hairs (1/4 inch and longer) really helps which is a problem for me as I practically have a full beard if I don’t take care of my hairs. It helps on the side and somewhat on my chin. Over all, I enjoy this and think this is better than going to the salon for the day to day hair removal.
      Oh yeah, the armpits are a bit shocking the first time! πŸ™‚

    • Krista
    Reply

    I tried this over the weekend. It worked but it did hurt just as much as a a regular wax. Clean up was easy! A few things that I found worked well for me were: get someone to help you apply and rip, use a butter knife to apply the wax( worked better than a spatula), leave the strips on longer than a minute and the bikini area is best left for the expert ( in my experience) also I reheated this in the microwave several times for one minute and then stirred it good until the consistency was even throughout.

    • bani
    Reply

    mine tured out sticky ,. is there a way i can make it like a putty still ?
    please reply ASAP

    • Amanda
    Reply

    A friend of mine from Jordan made this for me before my wedding. She said her family had been making it forever. She didn’t use the strips. She just said to apply it and rip it off like putty. It didn’t really work for me. Maybe the strips would make it easier.

    • Wendy
    Reply

    I gave this a whirl today! I love it!! Didn’t hurt at all! Thank you for this wonderful post!!!!! I use to buy the store kind of wax (I’ve always had a hard time excepting the high price of going the salon to have this done), but it always seemed like it would dry out so fast. This is also great idea for gifts to friends that I know that wax. All the unwanted hair that I wanted removed was gone!

      • Maddy
      Reply

      Hi, which recipe did you use?

    • Kerri
    Reply

    I was given the first recipe by a Lebanese woman about 20 years ago but instead of using cotton strips I was taught how to work the sugar in my hands for about 5 minutes after it cooled enough. Once it is worked into a gum like texture you use your thumb to slide it over the hair and then pull it back. You just keep reusing it until you have waxed your leg. It is amazing. I have never measured out the ingredients but it is probably close to the same. I am guessing you could find a youtube video about the way I am explaining.

      • Beth
      Reply

      I go to a local salon that does it this way, cooling in their hands. I unfortunately have to get my lip, chin, and eyebrows done, I inherited some bad genes. It only costs me about 9 bucks, and over time it lightens: When I first started getting sugared I had full blown wiskers.. after getting sugared every 2-3 weeks for about 6 months the hair is very lite (i’m blond so that helps). it’s been about 4 years since I started getting sugared and now I only go in every 6 weeks or so just for a clean up…

      I’ve tried to do it myself… I’m a baby and dont’ rip it off fast enough.. even though it is next to painless…

      • Debbie H.
      Reply

      Kerri – I have exactly the same story to tell. When I was in college, my roommate was a gal from Lebanon. She taught me the same thing, to work the sugar into a malleable mass and use it like you described, without the strips. I did it for years like this when I was a poor college kid and you get better and better at it. It’s been awhile since I’ve done it, but now I’m inspired to start again.

    • Alexa
    Reply

    This didn’t work for me at all πŸ™ I followed the instructions carefully too. I may try again some other day. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong, I was really excited about it, but only a few hairs were removed each strip.

      • Jo
      Reply

      I know just what you mean! A friend and I tried it for prom and it deffiantly did not work!

        • cheryl
        Reply

        The trick is in the pulling off of the strips. You must do it very fast and not hesitate while pulling. This is why shorted pieces are better. They longer the piece, the less momentum toward the end of the strip.

      • amrita
      Reply

      hey try again but with slight changes i tried first recipe but in it use fresh lemon and add pinch of salt then adding all these light gas in low heat and stir with spoon until bubbles coming started in starting for one min u can put in medium heat but the rest time you have to do in low heat and as bubbles started coming just do for 45 sec and switch it off and when it colll down little bit use it as a wax

        • Elena
        Reply

        I think a lot of people trying this are forgetting that even for waxing to work well your hair has to be REALLY long compared to what us women usually let it grow out to. At LEAST 1/4 and inch. Make sure you let it grow out to caveman status before you lose hope!

    • michelle
    Reply

    do you have to use fresh lemon juice or can you use bottled?thanks

      • Rebekah
      Reply

      I’ve only ever used bottled juice and works fine. Also have never used candy thermometer, able to judge by color a light amber color then remove from heat, it will continue to cook from residual heat as it sits.

    • Laura
    Reply

    Once you make it and it cools, do you reheat it to use? Like a minute? Thanks!

    • Caitlin
    Reply

    Stacey is correct about the direction of application. I work at a sugaring boutique and applying against the hair and removing with the growth you have less chance of breaking the hair which will mean less chance of irritation or ingrowns. As for the sugaring being more harsh on your skin that is completely false. Sugar is much more gentle (if done correctly) it also is exfoliating. It only removes your dead skin cells unlike wax that removes the full top layer of skin. If I didn’t get such a good deal at work and have others to do it for me I would absolutely try the recipe with the sugar not the honey. Good luck ladies!

      • Courtney
      Reply

      I agree with Caitlin. I am also an esthetician and am a certified sugarer. It is much better for the skin! πŸ™‚ I love the results and it is applied against the hair growth and pulled with the hair growth which causes less breakage. I have really sensitive skin so that is why I started sugaring instead of waxing. Good luck ladies!

        • Nora
        Reply

        Thank you to both the writer of the post and commentators. Appreciated!

      • Iris
      Reply

      Stacey said honey (not sugar) was more harsh on the skin…

    • stacey
    Reply

    I am a esthetician and I dont use honey wax because I have found it to be a little more harsh on the skin for me and my clients… muslin is super cheap for a yard at joanns i believe u paid like $2…. when waxing you do go with the hair and then go against it… it almost shrink wraps the hair in the wax and it gets 99% everyones hair is differant with ethnicity so some will have to re apply… I am definatelly going to try this and hopefully it will cut back on some of my overhead! thank you!

    • T
    Reply

    Oooh…thanks!! Will be trying this tomorrow.

    • Carolyn
    Reply

    I tried the microwave version and it didn’t work, it just left a sticky mess and all of the hair intact! Any suggestions..?

      • Lisa
      Reply

      I can’t swear that this is the exact same recipe I tried ages ago but I do remember that it was the same ingredients. It didn’t turn out for me either but with some experimenting I discovered it was the amount of cooking time. Maybe it’s because of the discrepancies in microwaves? I found that if I heated it longer it turned out but I can’t remember for how much longer I did it. Anyhow it did end up working for me but I only tried it once. I didn’t like the mess and bother so I pay for waxing instead. I just do my legs and armpits and I don’t find the cost prohibitive so why not. I’m never in the mood for laundry to begin with so why add more loads with hairy rag strips!

        • Angie
        Reply

        I tried the microwave version today and it totally worked. It was a little clumpy but my eyebrows look awesome! I think you probably have to make sure it’s a little hot when you apply it. Don’t burn yourself but you don’t want it to cool off too much.

      • carmen
      Reply

      Make sure you cook it long enough in the microwave. Mine didn’t set up enough at the time that was given on here so I cooked it a little longer and after it cooled, it was perfect and worked really well on my legs.

        • maria
        Reply

        i made the microwave version and it didn’t work at all. i usually make wax on the stove, and i figured this would be an easier way. -__- it didn’t work at all!!!! i would have been better off doing extra work, to save my ingredients. any suggestion for next time because it was only smooth when SUPER hot, and when it cooled enough for me to touch, it wasn’t even spreadable. it was was very hard. πŸ™

          • Kayti
          Reply

          If it is hard you cooked it too long. There is a small time frame for perfect wax in the microwave.

          • noelle
          Reply

          Very disappointed myself.. Was all excited to do this, spent an hour preparing and doing it, for it to not even take one single hair out. Didn’t even just try it once, but three damn times and nothing. I even had professional strips. Maybe it works differently on everyone, idk, but still very disappointed.

      • Alicia
      Reply

      I think it’s not working for you because it needs to get to the right tempature and then cool. If you keep microwaving it in short intervals you may just be heating and heating slowly without reaching 250′ every heat looses more water. Resulting in it being too hard when cooled. By reaching the correct tempature it changes the state of the sugar (it’s a science thing). It’s like making homemade Carmel or toffee. Too hot or too cold and it won’t set right once cooled. If you splurge on the candy theromotor (usually under $5) then you’ll know your getting it right. Plus now you have the tools to make homemade carels and brittle for Xmas πŸ˜‰

    • Janelle
    Reply

    I tried this today and have to admit I was a somewhat skeptical about the whole thing. I made the first recipe with lemon juice, sugar and water and the cotton strips were just old sheets that I cut up. They ended up probably 2″ wide because I got tired of ripping tiny strips. I found the first two rips didn’t go so well they were kinda patchy but the rest went great with most of the hair coming off. Yes this does hurt But not as bad as waxing. I do regular waxing so I’m kinda used to it. I ended up having to redo a spot here and there so maybe I need more ripping practice but even so I will continue because tada I just cancelled a $25 leg waxing appointment! My legs feel soft and smooth and I don’t see any difference from waxing. This is my first time so I will watch how long it takes for the hair to grow back. But even if it comes back sooner than it does for waxing I’m going to stay with it. Oh and as far as hand washing the fabric strips forget that! I’m throwing mine in the washing machine instead.

      • Catie
      Reply

      How often should you do this trestment and how long does it stay smooth? I’ll most likely use it only on my legs and maybe my arms..But mostly leg wise how long does it stay smooth?

        • zavia
        Reply

        red onion medium size is the best remedy for unwanted facial and body hairs
        grate and rub directly on unwanted hair thats it gradually hair will change their color and then fall may this remedy take time but its tested 100%

          • Danielle
          Reply

          About how long does it take?

          • Mina
          Reply

          Wow. I’ve been struggling with my excessive hair on face and body for so long! I will def try this. Should I just rub the spot with grated red onion and then wash immediately with water or how should it be done? Is it working also with white onion or why the red one? Thank you, Zavia! πŸ™‚

          • julieanne
          Reply

          Zavia – how long before the hairs fall out after rubbing with grated red onion? And for how long do you rub your hairs with the grated onion? thanks

          • Dolly
          Reply

          But I heard opposite that rubbing of raw onion on skin or head results in hair growth. People use it for hair growth or slight baldness.

        • Jen
        Reply

        every 6-8 weeks

      • holly
      Reply

      It should come back in the same amount of time as waxing does since it is doing the same thing, ripping the hair out at the root. And 25 for a leg wax!? That is unheard of. I would stick with that and have someone else do it for that price!

        • steph
        Reply

        same here i pay 30 for the bottom of my legs

      • Busy mama
      Reply

      Worked really well just as directed, I think I just need to work on my technique! Thanks

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