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For those of you who are interested in at-home waxing kits, you'll love this recipe for a quick and easy homemade hair removal product. It's inexpensive, effective, and all you'll need are a few common kitchen ingredients. Before you begin, set aside:

  • a cup of sugar
  • a quarter cup of honey
  • the juice from one-half of a lemon
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • a dozen thin cloth cotton strips
  • a wooden tongue depressor

Following the steps are simple if you read carefully. Here's what you'll need to do:

  • STEP 1: In a clean glass bowl, combine the lemon juice, honey, and sugar. Mix together and heat on medium in the microwave for two minutes. Stir for one minute and then let it cool. The mixture should still be warm when you use it, but not so hot that you're in danger of burning yourself.
  • For the last three steps,


  • STEP 2: Next, lightly dust the area you are about to wax with corn starch. Then, using the wooden tongue depressor, spread a thin layer onto your skin.
  • STEP 3: Cover it quickly with the cotton strip and pat it down in the direction in which your hair grows. Using your less dexterous hand, pull on your skin a little bit so that it's taut. Use the other hand to rip off the cotton strip. The faster you can rip, the less painful it will be.
  • STEP 4: Wax a few small areas and reheat the mixture as needed.


swati05 swati05 9 years
It might work if it's done right. But it is better to just buy a jar of wax. They aren't that expensive. They might be around 8 bucks.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
cool but i'm a bit hesitant to use hot wax!!
larmik larmik 9 years
I just tried this and, sadly, it did not work.
thepseudoshrink thepseudoshrink 9 years
Adding a little chamomile oil (aceite de manzanilla) will help with the pain.
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
where can i get the thin cloth cotton strips?
kitkat87 kitkat87 9 years
thanks for the idea! i want to give this a try sometime.
Advah Advah 9 years
Thanks for the recipe, Bella! I usually wax, but going to the beautician is so expensive here I end up using lines of wax I found at the supermarket.. Nothing replaces this method though, I'll try that next time my legs need waxing!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
sounds interesting and yummy at the same time, usually waxing does NOT have those words together....LOL...
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
No for me. I tried to wax myself once and I ended up so badly bruised I was in pain for days! Not to mention the ugly bruises!
Haethre Haethre 9 years
Do I remove the cornstarch or leave it on before apply the other stuff??
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
This is so awesome! I want to try it.
alig alig 9 years
i'm gonna try this. pray for me...
I've never been a wax person but I may have to try this b/c it would be so cheap to make.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
*Is this how professional wax is made? Because professional wax tastes a bit bitter like there has been something added to it- more than just honey sugar and lemon.
HookedOnBeauty HookedOnBeauty 9 years
So is this something you keep in the fridge and just use whenever? Someone brave enough to try?
orisugar orisugar 9 years
Is this how professional wax is made? Because professional wax doesn't taste a bit bitter like there has been something added to it- more than just honey sugar and lemon.
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
Yes, please let us know how this works for you if you try it!
eightieslingo eightieslingo 9 years
I want to try this but I'm afraid I'll mess up.
Iron_jenny Iron_jenny 9 years
If anyone tries it, let us know how it went!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Hmm really?
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
For the cotton strips, you can also use muslin. It is available at any fabric or craft store and is very cheap. You'll just have to cut it into strips.
Asche Asche 9 years
These things never work!
Alexisis Alexisis 9 years
Ooh I think I'll try this tonight!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Wow! I shall definitely be trying this one out! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Does this really work well?
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