We get asked this a LOT! There are so many DIY videos on Youtube and Pinterest that anyone who has ever Googled ‘sugar wax’ is bound to find something in the first minute of their scroll that makes them think that they can make it right in their kitchen.
The truth is; YES you can make your own sugar wax at home!
After all, it's just made with sugar, water, and lemon!
While we can’t share our trade secrets here, we can certainly guide you to get better results if you’re making it at home.
Now you might be wondering; why would a brand that makes sugaring wax for at-home use want everyone to learn how to make it on their own??? Wouldn’t that just discourage people from buying it?
If our goal was to sell more sugar you would be right to ask that. But as a mission-driven independent brand; our goal is actually to help people get rid of unwanted hair as simply, safely, and easily as possible.
We have done the research and know that shaving sucks for too many reasons to list here. Waxing also sucks, for very different reasons. There are few things more toxic than the hair melting creams, and they’re all found in the innards of cars.
Electrolysis is so painful and time consuming that no one does it anymore. And while laser hair removal has lasting effects, the price that you pay - literally out of your pocket, and the price that your immune and lymphatic systems pay will really make you question whether it was worth it.
Therefore, at Sugar Sugar Wax; we want you to make better choices for your health, skin and the planet and frankly sugaring is the BEST choice for everyone involved. So whether you buy it from us or make your own, we’re accomplishing our mission!
So here are 5 things you need to do to make better sugaring wax at home;
1. Watch Your Water - Most of the recipes available online are telling you to add way too much water. The problem with too much water is that it makes the wax runny and you’ll be left with no choice but to use strips to take it off. Strips aren’t so bad but you’ll break more hairs and that will make the hair regrow in 2 weeks instead of the 6 weeks. Also, do you know what you’re made of? Water! Having too much water in the recipe makes it more sticky to your skin and that’s how you rip off layers of skin along with the hair. Find the recipes that have less water and ignore the others. Nevermind the ingrown hairs that come with overstripping your skin.
2. Slow Is Better Than Fast - When sugar and heat come together, things escalate quickly. By the exact same mechanism that makes your cookies in the oven burn quickly if you leave them just a minute or two too long, you can burn your sugaring wax. At that point it’s not usable anymore, but you can always eat it like hard candy. So keep your heat low-medium and give it more time. Be sure to watch it closely.
3. Keep Moisture At Bay - Moisture and humidity in the air makes a huge difference in the results you get. The sugaring wax batch that you made on a warm sunny day cannot be replicated on a rainy or even cloudy day. At Sugar Sugar Wax, our labs are climate controlled to ensure that we get consistent results, batch after batch.
4. Don't Burn Yourself - This is probably the most common problem that people encounter. When sugar is hot, it’s not hot like tea, it’s hot like lava. And it doesn’t run off like a tea spill would, it sticks to your skin and melts it off. A lot of people think that you can just use the sugaring wax as soon as you’ve made it, but that would only result in a long hospital stay with 2nd degree burns. Once you’ve made the sugaring wax, you have to wait for it to get down to room temperature, which is typically 2-4 hours for a jar. Please handle the sugar with care.
5. Consistency Is Key - Getting the correct consistency is going to make it either really easy to sugar or really difficult. On a spectrum of soft to hard, you definitely want to be closer to the hard end of the spectrum, but the sugar has to be pliable. The closer you get to soft, the level of difficulty in the application increases significantly. You want to be able to mold it and control it. But if it's too soft and running all over the place it’ll be tough to manage. It really is a Goldilocks balance; not too hard, and not too soft. The tell is whether it sticks to your fingers or not. So once the sugaring wax has cooled just press into it with one finger and make a dent. If your finger comes out clean, you’ve got the right consistency. But if your finger comes out with strings of sugar then it’s probably too soft.
It really is a science!
It also took almost 2 years to develop and refine our process, and involved hands-on expertise in multiple countries from multi-generational sugaristas - it’s actually a great story, if you want to hear more about it.