Although lemon and honey are the main ingredients for most sugar wax recipes, you can still make it using substitutions. You can exchange lemon for apple cider vinegar or other citrus fruits, while honey can be substituted with lighter-grade molasses or dark corn syrup.
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Now, let’s take a look at what wax is commonly made of and cover the substitutions in more detail.
The Most Common DIY Body Wax
A common DIY wax recipe is called sugar wax, and it just has three key ingredients: sugar, honey, and lemon juice.
If you’ve ever cooked or seen someone cook caramel, you’ll notice that they are just using granulated brown or white sugar that heated up until it reaches its melting point. Wherein it is continually stirred until it becomes this slime-like paste, which is great for many desserts. In sugar wax recipes, you are turning honey or sugar into caramel, which will serve as the base of your wax.
However, you also know that once caramel is out of the heat, it will begin to solidify, so how the heck can you even apply it on your body like a wax? Well, this is where lemon juice comes in.
The lemon juice, technically the acid contained in your lemon juice, you add to your caramel wax base will serve as the barrier that prevents your wax from solidifying into some sort of hard candy so that your wax will keep retaining its slightly slimy state, which is ideal once you start applying it to your skin.
Honey and Lemon Substitutes
By now, you should already know the importance of honey and lemon in your journey to make a homemade sugar wax. However, it can’t be helped that sometimes, you would run out of these ingredients, but before you run to your nearest store, look up the following items in your kitchen first so that you won’t have to waste your time and effort.
- Molasses- Molasses is the byproduct made from the extraction of sugar crystals from sugar cane. Usually, it looks like some sort of dark syrup, and the darker it is, the less sweet it tends to be. The lighter grades of molasses are the only edible ones that you could use for baking and making candies. In our case, you can use it as a substitute for honey.
- Dark corn syrup- This one can also be used as a substitute for honey, and it is just a combination of corn syrup and molasses.
- Apple cider vinegar- You probably have one of these sitting around your kitchen. If you run out of lemons that you can juice, you can use apple cider vinegar as a replacement since its acid content functions just like lemon juice.
- Citrus juices- Lemon is a type of citrus fruit, so you can also use other citrus fruits as a substitute if you have no lemons available. Some of the well-known and widely available types of citrus fruits are oranges, grapefruits, and limes.
Modified Sugar Wax Recipes
Most sugar wax recipes only use sugar, honey, and lemon juice, as mentioned earlier. However, it can’t be helped that you’d sometimes resort to using substitutes, especially if you’ve run out of the said ingredients. Therefore, the following are some quick sugar wax recipes if you have no honey or lemon juice available.
Sugar Wax Recipe (No Lemon and Honey)
- Apple cider or white vinegar – 2 teaspoons
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- White or brown sugar – 1 cup
- Water – 2 tables spoons
- Mix everything in a non-stick pan, then turn on the heat and set it to medium.
- Using a spatula, keep stirring the mixture until all the ingredients melt together.
- Once you achieve the right consistency and color, turn off the heat and let it cool down for a few minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to a separate container and start applying it to your skin once the temperature goes down to a bearable level.
- If you have some leftovers after your waxing session, you can simply keep it and microwave it next time.
Sugar Wax Recipe (No Honey)
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or about half a lemon
- White or brown sugar – 1 cup
- Molasses or Dark corn syrup – just enough to cover the sugar
- Place your sugar inside a microwavable bowl or container.
- Pour your molasses or dark corn syrup just about enough to barely cover all the sugar on the surface of your bowl or container.
- Leave the mixture for a few minutes.
- Put the bowl with the mixture inside the microwave and heat it for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice to the mixture and stir it well. If you feel that the consistency is not enough, put it back in the microwave for another 2 – 3 minutes.
- Let the mixture cool down, and don’t let it get too cold before you start applying it to your skin.
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Wax vs. Razor
According to a study conducted in Australia, 141 out of the 235 female respondents believe that being hairless in certain body parts, such as the armpit, legs, and the bikini region, adds to their attractiveness and femininity as well as self-enhancement.
Hence, it can be safely assumed that the majority of women today groom those areas regularly. Furthermore, although shaving is still not obsolete, hair waxing is the most preferred method of removing unwanted hairs at the moment since it usually has better overall results than just your plain old razor.
Final Thoughts – Why Make Your Own Wax?
Waxing is not something that can be considered cheap. A full-body waxing procedure could cost you about $150 on average and can run even higher depending on what salon you’ll be getting it from. This is why many people only do it by sessions where every session tends to a different body region.
If you are confident about doing it yourself, you can purchase self-waxing kits, which could go from $25 to $100, but this has a specific danger to it, like self-inflicted burns if you’re not careful enough, so you should also consider it.
To further increase your savings exponentially, you can make the wax yourself by merely using cheap and widely-available ingredients that you can find almost anywhere. You won’t even have a hard time accessing such recipes since many of them are posted online for free. This is an option more and more people are choosing, and the entire reason I wrote this article. I hope it was helpful!
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