‘Smooth as a Baby’s Bottom’: DIY Body Sugaring Recipe for Hair Removal

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Ladies! Only a four-legged ‘cat’ should be hairy. There is NOTHING feminine about bodily hair. Now I understand that razor bumps suck monkey balls and going to the spa is expensive and unrealistic. But I’ve found you the perfect solution. If you all haven’t learned already, I am a very resourceful person. I’m one of those people who will find a home remedy for just about anything and if I can help it… I like to keep everything I do and use as natural as possible. So, here’s your solution to those hairy legs and bikini areas–sugaring or as many call it ‘sugar waxing.’

Sugar waxing is a hair removal method. Most mixtures are consist of sugar, lemon, and honey, but there are tons of recipes that direct how little or how much you use. The sugar wax removes the hair directly from the follicle, allowing it to grow back softer, less coarse, and, thus, less noticeable.

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Here’s the recipe and method that I commit to:

Supplies Needed:

  • Pot for melting ingredients
  • 1″ strips of cotton fabric (about 8″ to 10″ in length) — I cut strips from a face towel.
  • Wooden popsicle sticks or spatula (or anything you can use to spread the mixture on the area needed)

Before getting started: Shower to remove all traces of oil, makeup, deodorant and dirt. Pat dry.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup water

Heating Directions:

  • Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan and turn on the heat to medium. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat to low and cook until the sugar caramelizes. You want the consistency of the mixture to be similar to that of honey.
  • 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.

This will cause serious burns if the mixture is not cooled down properly before applying.
How To Apply:

  • Using the popsicle sticks or spatula, slather on a thin layer against the growth. Applying against the hair and removing with the growth gives you less chance to break the hair which will mean a lesser chance of irritation or ingrown hairs–yuck. After applying to the area of hair, cover the applied area with cotton strips (you can do this in batches of 3 or 4 until the entire area is covered, if you’d like). 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 (remember to rip the strip with the growth). Reapply as needed. If you’re mixture gets too cool, you can always reheat it in the microwave (but make sure you allow it to cool).

That’s all it takes, ladies. Cheap and effective! Your skin will be left feeling smooth as a babies bottom! Don’t be a baby… sugaring isn’t wax, but just like with most matters of beauty–there will be a little bit of pain. The more treatments you give yourself, the less sensitive you’ll grow to the feeling. It’s worth it, TRUST ME.

A Few Pointers:

  • This can get sticky, messy, etc. but it’s not so bad. The mixture is water soluble so it rinses off with so much ease, unlike wax. Don’t stress the mess. You’ll love the results too much to pass this money-saver by.
  • Make sure you trim the hair as much as possible. The more hair, the more pain. A Google search will tell you that the hair should be at least 1/4″ so the mix/paste has something to really grab onto.
  • Start with an area on your leg if you’re trying this for the first time just so you can ‘test’ it.
  • Feel free to store any leftovers in a canning jar. Refrigerate it to use later (simply reheat in the microwave when ready).
  • If the mixture is too hard to work with then, add a spoonful of water and reheat in the microwave for about a minute. Stir then allow to cool.
This is one of my favorite ‘Me Dates’. Be sure to pair a bubble bath and a little wine after your personal spa visit. You deserve it… ENJOY!
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