For the brave blog readers out there that would rather endure some pain rather than the pain-in-the-butt constant need to shave, this recipe is for you! I for one have enough pain in my life (due to fibro & AS), so I gave up doing this years ago, BUT when I was younger and cared more about my legs (ha!), this quick recipe got a lot of use (especially in the summer!)
Here's what you'll need:
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup water
How to make it:
Combine all ingredients and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes until mixture has turned a rich amber color. Lift the saucepan off the heat occasionally so that the bubbles will calm down and you can keep an eye on the color. It gives off a nice cooked lemon sort of aroma when it's finished. Move off the heat and allow the mixture to partially cool in the pot until it begins to thicken (about 15 minutes). It's important that the mixture is heated long enough. Otherwise you'll have problems with the final product being too sticky and not solidifying enough to use. Pour the mixture into an air-tight container and allow to cool fully before handling. There you go! You just made your own, at home, quick and easy hair removal potion!
How to use it:
Once completely cooled, this sugaring paste can be applied directly onto the hair and pulled off. Just grab a big chunk out of the container (put a bit of muscle into it to get it out) then flatten the paste out in your hands. Try not to work with it too much as it'll get sticky from the heat of your hands. Make sure that your piece of sugaring paste stays at least 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick so that it'll pull off easily. When you've got it flattened and pressed into the skin, flick up the end of your piece to remove enough to be able to grab it. Pull the skin taut and yank the sugaring paste off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth.The sugaring paste can be warmed and used with muslin strips, just like wax, if you prefer. I like the simplicity of using it cold. The paste will adhere best to hair that is at least 1/4 inch long, so you may want to grow it out just a bit (if you can stand it) for best results. Hair that is longer than an inch should be trimmed down a bit. Fold the piece in half until it's the size you need it for the next area and press it on again. Repeat until the piece becomes too sticky to work with from the heat of your skin. Then discard that piece and grab another and continue if necessary. When you're finished in an area, simply wipe it down with a warm, wet washcloth. The sugaring paste is water soluble, so it cleans up quick and easy.