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Recipe: Honey Wax Hair Remover

Going into a salon for waxing is expensive, time-consuming, and irritating for sensitive skin. For at-home hair removal, try this simple, fuzz-fighting formula to remove hair at the roots! Also known as Egyptian Sugar Waxing, this method is natural and inexpensive.

Supplies:

  • Strips of scrap cotton cut according to size of waxing area. (Use an old shirt or cotton muslin strips. Non-stretchy fabric is best)
  • Butter knife, spatula or popsicle sticks for spreading wax.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine honey, sugar and lemon juice. Heat slowly on low heat using a double boiler method, and stirring occasionally. Alternately, place ingredients in microwave safe container and microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between heating and checking that mixture doesn’t boil or exceed 110℉. Mixture should be smooth, not grainy.
  2. Let mixture cool down slightly. It should be warm with the consistency of thick honey.
  3. Add lavender essential oil and stir.

Instructions for Applying the Wax:

  1. Skin should be clean and dry before waxing.
  2. Using spreading tool of choice, apply a very thin layer of wax onto desired area in the same direction as the hair growth. (It can take a few tries to get the hang of spreading the wax thinly enough. It helps to spread it in one fast, swift motion.)
  3. Place the strip of fabric over the wax leaving 2 extra inches at the end to grab. Rub (do not press down) 2-3 times in the direction of hair growth.
  4. Holding the skin taut, swiftly pull the fabric up and away from the direction of hair growth, keeping fabric strip as parallel to skin as possible.
  5. If wax gets too hard, gently reheat using the double boiler or microwave for 10 seconds.
  6. Clean up with warm water. Fabric cloths can be washed and reused.

Hair Removal Tips:

  • Hair removal typically lasts several weeks, but hair grows in several phases so it may take more frequent waxing at first to get all hairs that were too short or just under the surface.
  • Let hair grow 1-2 weeks before first waxing, to ensure it is long enough.
  • With subsequent waxes, hair roots will weaken and only need to be about 1 cm long before you can wax again.

Shelf Life and Storage Information:

Wax can be stored cupboard away from moisture. Product should last several months. Always use a clean tool for spreading and do not allow water into the mixture.

 

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At A Glance

TOTAL: 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes Approx ⅔ cup.