Sugar wax is used as an alternative to wax for hair removal. Waxing with sugar is called sugaring or hallawa and has been done for thousands of years, starting with the ancient Egyptians. Sugar wax can be made at home for a fraction of the price that it would cost to buy in the store. An added benefit of homemade sugar wax is that it lacks any harmful chemicals that some store products contain.
Combine 2 cups granulated white sugar, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup water in a large cooking pot. A tall cooking pot works best because it prevents the sugar mixture from splattering out of the pot when cooking.
Place cooking pot filled with sugar mixture on the stove and cook over high heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
Turn down the heat on the stove when the sugar mixture starts to boil. Continue to stir sugar mixture constantly.
Allow sugar mixture to simmer while stirring constantly until the sugar fully melts and the mixture turns a light golden brown. Once the sugar is melted and the mixture is a light golden brown, remove the cooking pot from the hot burner and let cool.
Allow the sugar mixture to sit until it is cool enough to touch.
Pick up cooled sugar mixture and shape it into a ball. Stretch and pull the mixture until it is a even golden color throughout.
Shape sugar mixture into a ball and place in a glass jar. Place a lid on the glass jar to store for later use. Sugar mixture can be warmed up at a later time, by placing the jar in hot water.
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Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.