You’ll need sugar, water, and lemon juice. That’s it! You can try this without a candy thermometer, but it’s definitely easier with one.
Just add one part water to two parts sugar in a small saucepan. Add a splash of lemon juice. Cook over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. If you are using a candy thermometer you’ll continue to cook the sugar until it reaches the “hard ball” stage. If you don’t have a candy thermometer you’re going to look for the sugar to darken in color. It will go from clear to champagne to amber fairly quickly.
Take the mixture off the stove and allow it to cool. Once it’s reached room temperature it’s ready to use.
Take a spoon of the sugar wax and roll it into a ball. If the wax is too brittle that means you’ve cooked it for too long and will need to try again. If it’s too gooey and soft it hasn’t been cooked long enough and can go back on the stove. It might start out messy but should roll fairly quickly into a neat ball.
Then just take the ball of sugar wax and spread it on your skin with the direction of your hair growth. (Skin must be clean, dry and held taut.) Then just grab the wax and pull back against the direction of hair growth. That’s all there is to it! The really cool part of this is you can use that same sugar wax over and over. Just take it and roll it in a ball again and repeat. It actually works better the more you use it! You can go over the same area a few times if it’s needed, but watch for signs of skin irritation if you use it more than once in the same spot.
Additional cool things about this recipe? You don’t need to use cloth strips as with most waxes. If you get it on an area by accident where you did not intend to remove hair just melt it off with warm water. You can store whats leftover in a closed container to use later. (Just a few seconds in the microwave if needed.) And did I mention you probably have everything you need already in your kitchen?