Growing up, Rebecca and Maggie had a friend whose family was from Egypt. She told them about how her family made a sugar dough that they used to remove all their unwanted hair. The dough would be spread on their skin and then pulled off to remove the hair and then used over and over again. No strips needed. Unfortunately their friend and her family moved away before she could share this recipe. We searched the internet and found what we think must be a recipe like they used. It is called sugaring paste.
It is a little more complicated than the last recipe, but once you get the hang of it is great! You don't need strips and it is gentler on your skin. Unlike the last recipe, you can go over the same area more than once. The paste can be used on any part of your body with unwanted hair.
It may help to read up on candy making - basically you are making lemon candy to remove hair.
What You Need:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- a candy thermometer
Turn down to a simmer for 25 min. Stir often! Don't rush the cooking process. You want it to cook low and slow!
The mixture will start to turn a dark amber color. It will be ready when the thermometer reaches firm ball stage - 245-250 degrees.Let the mixture cool for 10 min. Pour into an airtight container. Be careful, it will still be really hot!! Let the mixture finish cooling.
When you are ready to wax, make sure you skin is clean and dry. Some people found that lightly dusting their skin with corn starch made the sugar paste stick better to the hair, and not to their skin. (We didn't really notice a difference.)
The sugar will be pretty firm at this point. You want to grab a blob and roll it into a ball and flatten. Try not to over work it. The heat from your hands can make it sticky. Press the paste onto your skin, keeping it 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick for easy removal. Now flick up one end and quickly pull off skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. You can keep reusing the paste until it gets too gooey.
Because this is just made out of sugar and lemon juice clean up is a breeze! Just use a little water.
Don't worry if the dough doesn't come out just right the first time. Our first try went past the firm ball stage and was a little hard (this was before we had a candy thermometer). We found it still worked if we warmed it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Another batch was undercooked so we just put it back in the pot and heated it again.
If you find you prefer using strips of fabric, you can warm this recipe in the microwave and use it like our last recipe. However, once we got the hang of this recipe, we found we preferred the sugaring paste method .