I used to visit the parlor regularly for my waxing sessions until one of my close friends suggested that I make my own wax at home to save time and money.
But I was a bit reluctant at first because I was unsure about the efficiency of homemade wax. I was also skeptical about any possible side effects. But after spending a long time online on how to make wax at home and talking to a couple of beauticians, I decided to give it a try.
The results were amazing, and since the recipe uses only 100% natural products, I did not suffer any side effects either. The best part about the whole process was how easy it is to make your own wax in few simple steps. In the long run, it also saves you a ton of money.
So, in this step-by-step simple to follow guide, I will share with you a simple recipe to make high quality, safe-to-use wax using easily available ingredients.
What You Will Need
The ingredients and tools that you will need are:
1. Lemon Juice
You will need about a quarter cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice to make high quality wax. For the best results, avoid using lemon juice that was extracted long ago. Simply put, fresh is best. You can buy it here.
2. Raw Sugar
This recipe requires about 2 cups of sugar. If you recently ran out of sugar, you can order a new pack here.
3. Non-GMO starch or Arrowroot Powder
While these will not be used directly while preparing the wax, you will need it when applying the homemade wax on your skin. If you have neither of these available at home, you can buy non-GMO starch here or arrowroot powder here.
4. A Medium Sized Cooking Pot
Use a good quality cooking pot that will be used to heat few of the ingredients in the process at high temperatures. You can buy it here.
5. Stainless Steel Bowl
After the main heating process in this homemade wax recipe, you will not be able to transfer the hot wax to a glass bowl since it may easily crack. It is not advisable to use an aluminum container either because it can react with the lemon juice.
Hence, your best and safest bet is to use a bowl made from stainless steel is capable of handling high temperatures, and is a highly unreactive material.
Keep a cup of fresh water ready to be used in this simple wax-making recipe. Stale or contaminated water can cause a variety of serious skin reactions, so make sure to use water that is clean and safe.
7. Candy Thermometer
This thermometer will help identify the ideal temperature of sugar during the heating process. Overheating or under heating can cause the end product to suffer. You can buy it here.
8. Flannel Cloth Strip
Even though you can use other types of cloth strips to apply over the wax on your skin, flannel cloth sticks very well and is also much easier to clean up.
Before beginning, it may be a good idea to wear an apron and kitchen gloves. Without any further delay, let’s take a look at the process of how to make wax at home.
Step 1: Preparing the Base Mixture
Mix the lemon juice, water and raw sugar in the cooking pot. Use the quantities as mentioned above. If you want to increase or decrease the final amount of wax that will be prepared, tweak the quantities of lemon juice, water and raw sugar proportionately. You can add a few drops of tea-tree essential oil to the pan for fragrance.
Step 2: Heating it Up
The next step in the process involves heating this mixture. Place the pot over a stove and set the temperature to medium high. At this point, you will need to stand near the stove and observe the heating process closely to avoid any mistake.
Step 3: Watch out for Golden Brown
It is important to remember that sugar melts easily. So, keep stirring the mixture over the flame until a syrup-like consistency is formed. Make sure that no lumps are formed during the process.
Wait to turn off the heat until the temperature of the mixture reaches 260 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the candy thermometer to constantly monitor the mixture temperature. At this point, the mixture would have turned a golden-brown color.
Step 4: Transfer and Wait
After turning the heat off, transfer the contents of the pot into a stainless steel bowl. Wait for about 2 hours till the mixture cools of completely before trying to use it. Place it under a fan or AC to help fasten the cooling process.Now that we have seen how to prepare the wax, let’s take a look at how to apply it properly for effective hair removal.
Step 5: Apply the Cornstarch
Before applying the wax to your skin, be sure to dust the area with cornstarch. This will help absorb all body oils and moisture in that area which will allow the wax to stick only to your skin and not your hair. This, in turn, will make the entire waxing process much less painful.
Step 6: Apply the Wax
Now it’s time to finally apply the wax you just made. Take the needed amount of wax and spread it over your skin using a wooden tongue depressor or spatula. The important thing to remember here is that you need to apply the wax in the direction of hair growth, and never against it.
Step 7: Apply a Cloth Strip
After the wax has been spread over your skin, take a strip of flannel cloth and press it onto the wax. Apply gentle but firm pressure on the cloth for best results. Now wait until the wax cools down and reaches your body temperature. To check if the cloth has stuck well to the wax, pull gently on the bottom edge of the cloth.
Step 8: Pull the Strip
After the cloth has stuck to the wax over your skin properly, hold your skin taut and pull the strip off very quickly against the direction of hair growth. Don’t make the mistake of pulling at a 90 degree angle – use a shallower angle. And if you pull too slowly, it will only cause you to feel more pain.
Step 9: Store the Leftover Wax
If any wax is remaining after you have finished removing hair, then store it in the refrigerator (for about 2 weeks) or the freezer (for about 2 months).
I hope you enjoyed this simple solution to how to make wax at home. Follow the simple steps and save both time and money, just like I did. A couple of pro tips that I would like to share are:
- If you are looking to wax a small area, it may be easier to use a Q-tip to apply the wax rather than a spatula.
- Wait at least a few days before waxing the same area again, even if there is some air left over.
If you still have any queries to be cleared or suggestions to share, please feel free to use my comments section. Happy waxing!