Creating your own eyebrow wax--or any hair-removal wax--is a relatively simple task involving mixing various ingredients to form a thick and sticky paste. There are many recipes for eyebrow wax using ingredients you probably already possess. The key to any wax is in the heating and application, so if a recipe does not work at first, check and make sure you applied a thick enough layer and that the wax was neither too hot nor too cold.
This first wax recipe uses a mixture of honey and sugar to remove hair. Heat a cup of sugar in a saucepan on low. Stir until the sugar starts bubbling. Add a cup of honey and the juice of half of a large lemon to the sugar. Mix well. The mixture should be a golden yellow color. Transfer the mixture to a heat-proof bowl. Let it cool so that the mixture is not so hot as to burn you. Apply the mixture with a wooden stick or plastic knife. If it starts to harden, heat it up again in the microwave.
Using sugar-based wax to remove hair, a process called sugaring, can be quite effective. Sugar wax doesn't actually contain wax, although it works in the same way. Take 2 cups sugar, a quarter of a cup of water and a quarter of a cup of lemon juice and mix them in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat on low. Once the sugar mixture has achieved a thick, syrup-like consistency and has turned a transparent brown, take it off the heat and transfer it to a heat-proof bowl. Be careful, as the mixture is very hot. Let the mixture cool enough to use (cool enough to touch while still being warm). Apply the mixture with a wooden stick or a plastic knife in the direction of the hair growth.
Strawberry Honey Wax
Melt 2 tbsp. beeswax in a double boiler. As the wax is melting, put 10 room-temperature strawberries, two room-temperature egg whites, and 4 tbsp. honey into a food processor or blender. Add the melted beeswax. Process the mixture until is forms a thick, sticky paste. The mixture should be warm, but not hot. Apply the mixture to the body using a wooden stick or plastic knife. To remove excess wax from the skin, add a small amount of baking soda to hot water.
Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.