Body Sugaring Recipes for Epilation or Hair Removal

by Calleigh

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I wouldn’t normally resort experiments when it comes to my well-being, but the body sugaring recipe for removing hair seemed like a promising concept. Although it might sound a bit awkward for those who are used to purchasing the waxing products from the supermarket, this technique has been used for centuries.

It is not painful, in fact it will feel almost painless compared with other traditional solutions, and your skin will be just as smooth as if you were to use an expensive commercial product.


The ingredients necessary for these body sugaring epilation recipes are probably in your household already, and creating the mixture doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Applying and removing it is swift and painless, and unlike other experiments in this case you can see the results immediately. If everything went according to the plan, the fabric you apply over the concoction will be covered with hair, and the next time you resort to this treatment the element of surprise will vanish.

I’m equally attracted by the idea of paying virtually nothing for a product that is second to none of those that I could acquire online. The sheer idea of making an appointment, driving all the way to the salon for professional care and writing a check for all this trouble is giving me headaches. With this easy recipe, I can enjoy the same benefits hassle-free and due to the fact that the hair is pulled out at its roots, it takes longer for it to grow again.

Body Sugaring Recipes for Epilation or Hair Removal
  • Strips of cotton fabric
  • Spatula or wooden popsicle stick
  • Candy thermometer (to measure the temp while heating the mixture)
Ingredients (2 options):
Option 1:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar (1 cup is equivalent to 8 oz)
  • juice from lemon halves (freshly squeezed)
Option 2:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ cup water
  1. ) In medium heat, mix the ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Reduce to low heat once it starts boiling & stir constantly until the temperature reaches to 250 F. Then turn off the stove.
  2. ) Pour in a glass canning jar once the mixture cools down but be cautious that the temperature has cooled down before application.
How to Apply:
  1. ) Slightly sprinkle the surface with cornstarch and rub it in.
  2. ) Spread a thin layer of the mixture in the direction of the hair growth using popsicle stick then cover with cotton strip.
  3. ) Rub the fabric a few times firmly. (in the direction of the hair growth.)
  4. ) Wait for a minute then pull skin tight with one hand and rip each strip off swiftly with the other (in the opposite direction of the hair growth).
  5. ) Re-apply as needed (you can re-heat the mixture if it gets too cool.)
Re-heating Instruction:
  1. Simply add a bit of water if the mixture become stiff and pop in the microwave in a jiffy until it turned hot and blend it to cool down into the right temperature before application.


Useful Tips:

1.) You can recycle the strips by washing them in tepid soapy water.
2.) The mixture can grasp firmly if the hair is at the minimum of 1/4″.
3.) Refrain from using the mixture on warts, moles or skin tags. Do not attempt to apply the mixture on top of scrapes or cuts, stretch marks, varicose veins and rashes or any delicate area.
4.) Tightly close the jar & put in the fridge and plainly re-heat for future use.
5.) Simply add a bit of water if the mixture become stiff and pop in the microwave in a jiffy until it turned hot and blend it to cool down into the right temperature before application.

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{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara June 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hello! I’ve been reading your website for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

Karen July 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hi! I just wanted to thank you for the sugaring depilation recipy. When I was in High School (well over 30 years ago) a friend gave me the recipe her family used. I haven’t been able to find it. Now that I understand that it had to reach the sticky (soft ball?) phase when heating the mixture I really want it. Now I have the recipe and proper instructions on how to make it!!!

Calleigh July 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Please let us know how did it go. Thanks.

surbhi November 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Bhut chota likha h nd i cant download it,,plss ise baki text k trh likhiye so dat i can read nd use it

sushishettu November 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Pls make it visible…can’t able to see the ingredients…

zainab December 9, 2013 at 4:09 am

thanks a lot

Sobia Sand December 9, 2013 at 4:13 am

Hi..its a fantastic tip….thanks

rooha samia December 9, 2013 at 5:47 am

i hv used this receipe before …its good to go but its painful.

sam December 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

i don’t have candy thermometer then what should i use

sunny December 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

i don’t have candy thermometer then how i should measure

Calleigh December 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

The thermometer is used for safety precaution to avoid burn accident. You can skip that one but make sure the mixture is tolerable enough before application to avoid burning your skin.

Calleigh December 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

Beauty is pain.. :)

shella December 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

hey… i have a chicken skin underarm… please help me to get rid of it…

shella December 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

any natural remedy for a chicken skin underarm???

heba December 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

hellllo this is what we call in my country hallawa, it is amazing for the skin, but we do not use it this way, we had to make it as ball and use it with out the tissue, dear u are amazing

sunny December 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

but from where we can buy candy thermometer

Kamy arora December 14, 2013 at 5:09 am

Can we use on our face for removing the face hair?? sugaring expilation…plzz tell me

bhanupriya December 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

Plzzzzz send sm of the beauty tips to tis mail…..wat I read I felt it nice sooooo

farhana December 28, 2013 at 1:35 am

Thnkss but wt 2 use instead f cndy thermomtr?

Amber December 28, 2013 at 2:54 am

please make your video of how to do this.

Calleigh December 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

Skip the thermometer, this is only for safe precaution to avoid burning your skin. But use this with caution.

neha December 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

I have black tone in my underarms..suggest some remedy

skhan December 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Lets try this recipe. I never try anything like that.. once I use it, I will definitely let u knw how it went.. but thank u so much for giving us a good idea to look beautiful. Thank you :)

shu January 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

your posts are awesome and very helpful for ladies like us.. continue to post more beauty tips, I super like it!!! :)

geetanjali grover January 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

thank u so mch I like ur tips

Angel January 10, 2014 at 9:10 pm

1 cup as in the measuring cup or as in cup for tea? it’s my first time commenting on this site but i read some few tips from here.

ashwini January 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

What can be alternative for cotton fabric. .?

jannah January 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

plz i need a receipe of hard wax

Calleigh January 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Grab some old cotton t-shirt and cut it in sizes depending on how big is the area you wish to use.

Calleigh January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

1 cup for the measuring cup

kum kum January 17, 2014 at 12:02 am

Thnx your trip is good.

asma January 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

u’re great bt plz tell me how to get rid of bikini hairs its not goood

sara January 23, 2014 at 7:20 am

Plzzz tel hw 2 rid of bikni hairs n in belly region

Pravina Awale January 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

Thank yoû so much for this beautiful tips…

Shella January 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi, can this be used in bikini area too? Pls reply thanks

Calleigh January 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Yes, you can but you need to trim them short first and use this epilation recipe.

rekha chhetri January 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

I m so scared to do this Nevis I dnt have thermometer to measure the heat.wht to do????

malee January 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Is it painful.. I guess it would b ?

Calleigh January 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

You dont need a thermometer. This is only use for precaution to avoid burns. But if you want to try this out, make sure that the heat is tolerable.

palavi February 16, 2014 at 5:40 am

Plz suggest me some remedy for the unwanted pimples and their marks. I have consulted my doc.

shobha sharma February 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

hey i hv been reading your site for a while now ……… just wanted to say keep up the good work………

rabia February 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

plz tell me how i change my skin colour day by day its going 2 black but my skin fair

rabia February 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

thnx for all beauty tips

Bahar February 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Pls make it visible…can’t able to see the ingredients…
I m so scared to do this Nevis I dnt have thermometer to measure the heat.wht to do????

Calleigh February 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Thermometer is used for precaution only to avoid getting burned but you can skip on that and check manually if the temp is tolerable

Amina February 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

I like amber idea make Video

jyka March 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

can we i use this in removing facial hair?

SHALINI March 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm


Jia March 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I used to do it when i was in high school.Its painful but the results are great..U can also use cotton jeans strips instead of cotton T shirts as it is more firm and easy to pull off..

kritika March 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

its rely nyc for me…but m so scared if it is painful method ??
plz reply thanks

kritika March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm

i have too mch pimples only on my forehead..can you plz tell me any remedies for this?? plz reply

Ritu March 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I have black tone in my underarms..suggest some remedy

Calleigh March 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Im not really sure how much is your pain tolerance, but you can try it and see if it works for you. Just give it a shot.

vasu March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Could u pls also suggest how to remove underarm hairs properly because hair direction in that area is very haphazard and very difficult to do my own self and extremely painful. It gets moist too.

Eshmeet April 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

can v use waxing strips ?

Calleigh April 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

sure you can use waxing strips, but you can use old cotton shirt as well.

Calleigh April 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

The best you can do to get rid of underarm hair is using the waxing method. you can try this recipe and see how it goes for you

Eshmeet April 2, 2014 at 12:41 am

thnkx dea.. i tried it today.. n it worked go ma hands n legs… but it easily gets cold.. n hav to heat it again n again.. it dint worked fo ma underarms bcoz f much hairs.. how can i use it fo underarms too ?

Calleigh April 2, 2014 at 4:42 am

You need to slightly shave your pits to make the hair short, that way, waxing is more effective

Apurba April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Can you help can i get rellief from black spot on my oily face.

MZ April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Hey, I actually do this to remove unwanted hair on my legs. Here’s another tip so you know that your mixture is actually ready to be taken off the stove- drop a globule of the mixture in a clear glass of water, it should land as “whole” on the glass’ bottom. If the globule you dropped melted just before it lands the glass’ bottom, it means you have to continue heating it. But don’t overheat the mixture or else it will be useless. Good luck!

Zara April 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi, do you have any good receipes to remove facial hair?

rodilyn April 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

We used it here in salon its called halawa here in saudi,arabian women says halawa (sugar wax) are good and the hair wont grow fast:)

rodilyn April 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

You can use your hand alone,without popsicle stick:)and before you apply it,get a little water with sugar mixed it together and rub it into your skin so it will remove all the hair for the first try:)

Lisa May 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

can i skip the cornstarch? none of the drug stores next to me has any and i really want to try out this recipe.

madhu May 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

How can I get rid of warts on my neck? Plz. Help me.

Reema May 31, 2014 at 12:03 am

Is it helpful in under skin hair growth..?

bhavana May 31, 2014 at 4:22 am

will it remove tan

jocelyn June 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

is it ok to used that mixture in pubic hair?

Calleigh June 6, 2014 at 3:06 am

You can try it and see how it works for you.

parpol August 25, 2014 at 5:16 am

you can buy cornstarch in the grocery. as for me, i use baby powder. i believe it is necessary to use this to absorb the excess moisture in our skin so that the sugar wax will work effectively. am i right calleigh?

Calleigh August 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

You are so correct :)

khusboo September 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

hi calleigh.. dis is awsum. I want to give it a try but had some doubts. What is measurement of 1 cup that you are using in this post ?? Eagerly waiting for your rply..

Calleigh September 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

the 1 cup measure is normally equivalent to 8 oz of water.

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