Nontoxic At Home Sugar Waxing
I'm going to have to be vulnerable with you guys in this post...
I have to wax my mustache.
Okay, I probably don't have to. My mom tells me she's never even noticed it. But I notice it.
I'm a do-it-myself kind of gal so I've never gone anywhere to get it done. I would always buy those Sally Hansen wax kits from the store and warmed it up in the microwave back when we had one. It always hurt so bad and ended up ripping off not only the hair on above my lip but the skin too. It was awful.
Once I moved completely away from toxic bath and beauty products, I needed a new way to wax the 'stache. I heard about sugar waxing and decided to whip up a batch and try it for myself. I WILL NEVER GO BACK. Sugar wax can be made from home with ingredients you most likely already have. It's so gentle on your skin, it's less painful, non toxic, and it works!
I'll occasionally wax my pits too. You have to grow the hair out for a few days, but it's so worth it because it takes 2 weeks for the hair to start growing back after I wax it. Sorry if this is TMI, but a girl's gotta go what a girl's gotta do! If you hate shaving your pits as much as I do I highly recommend this method.
This recipe makes a big batch which is a lot easier than having to make it every time you need it. You can easily store it in the fridge and warm it up using a double boiler as needed. Store this in a glass container- not plastic! (If you store this in plastic, you won't be able to heat it up and the wax won't come out otherwise. Not to mention the toxic chemicals from plastic leaching into the wax that will eventually end up on your skin)
A lot of people say that they can rip the wax off without using anything, but I prefer to make my wax a bit thinner and softer and use strips cloth to rip it off. Coffee filters also work well!
What you need:
1 cup of organic white sugar
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons of filtered water
Scrap cloth or coffee filters cut into strips
1. Place the sugar, lemon juice, and water in a pan and heat on high until it becomes bubbly + frothy.
2. Reduce to medium heat and keep stirring constantly* for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture becomes a golden brown color.
*It's important to keep stirring this or else you'll basically end up with rock hard candy which, would be yummy, but not exactly what we're trying to get at.
3. Pour the wax into a glass container and wait until it's cool enough to use without burning your skin.
4. Use popsicle sticks or abutter knife to apply the wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
(Sugar waxing is the opposite of regular waxing, so when you apply the wax you apply it in the opposite direction of the hair growth and rip off the strip in the direction of the hair growth.)
5. When the wax is spread on your skin, immediately place a strip of cloth or coffee filter over the wax and rub firmly in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
6. Quickly rip off the strip in the direction of the hair growth.
7. Once the wax is ripped off, I like to press down firmly on the area for 30 seconds which helps reduce redness.
8. After that, I like to apply a gentle oil like jojoba, rosehip, or coconut oil to the area just for some extra relief.
9. Store the excess in the fridge, and the next time you need to use it, heat it up using a double broiler on the stove and repeat the process!
I've been using this stuff for almost 6 months now and I'm so glad I discovered it. Not to mention that it's been saving me a ton of money! I'm still on my first batch and it's so easy just to heat it up and use.
If you've never waxed before, visualizing these instructions may be hard, so check out this video for a visual reference!