Monday, September 27, 2010

Wax On, Wax Off - Homemade Hair Removal part 2

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

Mix all the ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Heat on med-high until it reaches a boil.

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 .
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  1. This is just like zots is what I think it's called.It came out before nads and was made by a woman from Egypt.Loved it.But just couldn't afford it more than twice.Lasts a long time and smells good.Thanks for posting this~Anne

  2. This is great! Thanks for sharing on Momspiration Monday =)

  3. Wow! Great post...interesting! I might have to try this! :)

  4. I still can't believe you did this! Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

  5. Long comment to come:

    Okay, I finally made this and it was really, really good (Thank You!). I kept a dish nearby set on top of an ice water bath, and was able to chill alternating pieces of the warming sugar paste so that I could use it far longer. I probably used less than 1/4c. to remove the hair from both legs.

    What I liked was that I didn't have to be as quick as I do with waxing and strips, and because I didn't have to contort into all sorts of positions to get the back of my legs without dripping wax, the application was much easier.

    Another huge plus for me is that I can grab a piece of the paste and use it on any stray patch of hair that I might find without getting the warmer/strips/sticks out.

    Keeping it in the fridge - but thinking about pouring it into candy molds and unmolding the pieces into a container in the fridge-so that I can have ready to use pieces without getting sticky.

    Love this idea!! Thanks again.

  6. Super! I had a college roommate many years ago from Honduras that used this type of method for hair removal. She absolutely refused to give us the recipe! Said it was a secret. Now I can stop wishing for it!

  7. I used to live in the Middle East and they would sugar instead of wax. I have to say I really prefer the wax. I won't go into details of why but let's just say it could get kinda yucky..... :)

  8. Let's see if I'll be able to make it this time, I remember I had tried once, but the recipe I got didn't have temperatures, so I could never get it right, and even if it did, I very recently acquired a thermometer, so... Oh, wellp, we'll see. By the way, when you talk degrees, you talk Fahrenheit, right?

  9. I tried it and it became as hard as a rock. It wouldn't stick to me at all :(

  10. love this!!! made it today and tested a patch on my leg. takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but it works! thanks for sharing.

  11. I'm so happy with this recipe! Most other recipes say heat until thermometer is at hard ball! My grandma used to make candy and I knew hard ball makes hard candy and it wouldn't work for hair removal. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. hey i just want to know is the temperature Celsius or Fahrenheit please reply soon!