How to Make Sugar Wax at Home: DIY Sugar Wax Recipe

By Aniela M / April 24, 2017

Why shave when you can make your own sugar wax right at home? Today we'll show you how to make sugar wax at home in just a few easy steps! Long gone are the days of shaving (or at least they should be)! Shaving causes ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and irritated skin. Not only that, but shaving only lasts a couple of days! By the end of the year, you'll have spent hundreds of dollars on razors and shaving cream. I think we can find much better ways to spend our money!

The great thing about sugar wax is that it's so much better for your skin than shaving or waxing. It's all natural, and doesn't rip the hairs or cause bumps or irritation. Sugar wax is also a much gentler way of removing hair, and doesn't hurt nearly as much as waxing.

Oh, and did we mention how cheap it is to make your own sugar wax? Because the only ingredients you need are sugar, water, and lemon juice – could I get an amen?!

So let's check out how to make sugar wax at home with this DIY sugar wax recipe!

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You'll Need:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

As you can see, the ingredients are all 100% natural and you probably already have them in your kitchen. Plus, imagine the amount of money you'll be saving! This DIY sugar wax recipe is super easy to make. Just be careful not to burn yourself. If possible, have a friend or family member give you a hand!

For those with sensitive skin, be sure to test the homemade wax on a small patch of skin first. It's natural for a little redness to appear on the skin after waxing.


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  1. In a medium sized pot, add all of the ingredients and mix them with a wooden spoon.
  2. Place the pot over high heat. Wait until the mixture becomes bubbly and frothy.
  3. Turn the heat to medium, and stir constantly. It's extremely important that you stir, stir, stir. Otherwise, the mixture will harden and you'll have to start over again.
  4. Cook on medium heat while stirring constantly until mixture reaches a medium golden brown color. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, take a spoonful of the sugar wax mixture and place it in the fridge. Allow it to cool, and if the consistency still isn't right, return the mixture to heat.
  6. The consistency should be a thick, manageable consistency. You should be able to pick it up just like wax
  7. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes.
  8. Once cooled, transfer to a bowl.

How to Use the DIY Sugar Wax:

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  1. Using a wooden spoon, spatula, or even your hands, grab a small amount of the sugar wax from the bowl. Roll between your hands and form a ball.
  2. Apply the wax by pressing the ball down to flatten onto the area you want waxed. The sugar wax should be on your skin about 1/4″ thick.
  3. You can also use waxing strips, by pressing the wax onto the skin, and then placing the wax strips on top of the wax. You can also use a popsicle stick to apply the wax, while it is still warm. Then, rub the strips back and forth to create some friction.
  4. Take a deep breath, pick up the end of the wax, and pull fast in one motion AGAINST the direction which your hair grows. You can reuse the same wax piece 3-4 times until having to make a new ball.
  5. The wax can be used on any part of the body, including bikini, underarms, upper lip, and legs.
  6. Sugar waxing should last a few weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.
  7. Store any leftover homemade sugar wax in a glass jar.
  8. If there is any leftover wax on your skin, use a soft cloth and warm water to remove the excess.

Pre-Waxing Prep:

It's important to do a little prepping BEFORE you wax to get the skin nice and ready! Use a homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin, specifically on the areas you are planning on waxing. Do this in the shower and use a loofah or a washcloth. Massage the scrub onto wet skin in slow, circular motions. This will exfoliate the skin and soften it. Doing this will get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities, which will make waxing that much easier.

After exfoliating, dry the skin really well and do not start waxing until your skin is 100% dry. Liberally sprinkle a small amount of baby powder onto skin before waxing. This will absorb any excess moisture and make the process easier as the wax will be able to pick up hair much more easily.


  • Make sure you test a small area on your arm before beginning to ensure you don't have any adverse reactions to any of the ingredients.
  • If you're not confident in doing this alone, have a friend give you a hand!
  • Remember to let the sugar wax cool before applying it to skin. This is not like hot wax, and therefore needs be to cooled completely before using.
  • Sugaring hair removal works for all body parts, including facial hair.
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Sugar Wax Recipe

A 3-ingredient sugar wax recipe that's quick, easy, and super effective!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Skin Care
Cuisine: Sugar Wax
Keyword: skin care, sugar wax
Servings: 1
Calories: 1kcal
Cost: $2


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup water


  • In a medium sized pot, add all of the ingredients and mix them with a wooden spoon.
  • Place the pot over high heat, and wait until the mixture becomes bubbly/frothy.
  • Reduce to medium heat, and stir constantly. It's extremely important that you stir, stir, stir, otherwise the mixture will harden and you'll have to start over again.
  • Cook on medium heat while stirring constantly until mixture reaches a medium golden brown color. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, take a spoonful of the sugar wax mixture and place it in the fridge. Allow it to cool, and if the consistency still isn't right, return the mixture to heat.
  • The consistency should be a thick, manageable consistency (you should be able to pick it up….just like wax).
  • Allow to cool at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, transfer to a bowl.


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1 year ago


1 year ago

You said to let wax cool so it doesn’t need to be hot or warm for the actual act of waxing?

Dessirie Kirkland
1 year ago
Reply to  Aniela M

this comment kind of confused me.

“Unlike regular wax, sugar wax does not need to be warm or hot at all, so be sure to let cool before using.”

If it doesn’t need to be heated then why does it need to be cooled at all, since it’s not hot or even warm?

1 year ago

Do u have to put lemon juice in it

1 year ago

Does it have to be white sugar,or can it be brown?

1 year ago

Dose it need to be fresh lemon juice, and can you save the mixture to use at a later time?

1 year ago

How long do you leave it on your skin? Before peeling it off?

1 year ago

In which type of container can we store this in like do we have to store it in a plastic container or a steel container…..???? Also, I wanted to ask how do we dispose of it???????

Gihane Kaddoum
1 year ago
Reply to  Aniela M

Hello, I have been reading the Q&A and wanted to say that in the Middle eastern countries this practice has been going for centuries and still, it is really effective using natural ingredients. And as of experience if you may allow, the best way to store this paste is in small nylon bags (supermarket) and put them in the fridge. When you want to use again, it will be easier to remove the bag take the amount desired and with just drops of water on ur fingers the paste will be good to work on again. Another thing, you need… Read more »

1 year ago

can it be lemon juice from the little bottle or does it have to be a fresh lemon

1 year ago

Why do we need the lemon juice

1 year ago

Hi, your instructions say to pull off the sugar against the hair growth but the picture shows it being pulled with the hair growth. Which is right? Or am I confusing which direction is which? I would say with the grain would be starting at the knee and pulling towards the ankle and against the grain would be pulling up towards the knee right?

10 months ago

Such a simple recipe! It worked for me perfectly right off the bat, although I know a lot could have gone wrong haha

10 months ago

is sugaring better than waxing?

10 months ago

is sugar wax painful?

10 months ago

my sugar wax got really hard and I couldn’t spread it like it shows in the pic. can you tell me what happened pls?

9 months ago

great recipe, thanks for sharing! can you make sugar wax in the microwave though?

9 months ago

sugar wax recipe worked for meee! Took off all the hair and didn’t hurt at all!

9 months ago

Does sugar wax work on pubic hair?

9 months ago

Can you shower after sugaring?

9 months ago

great recipe, thank u for sharing! Does sugaring cause ingrown hairs? I’ve heard that somewhere and hoping it’s not true haha

9 months ago

Wonderful recipe and it works so much better than waxing, not to mention been saving lots of money not having to buy wax strips and such.

9 months ago

awesome recipe! If you guys follow the instructions, it’ll work! If anything, you can use a candy thermometer to help you. If it’s too hard, add more lemon juice. If it’s too soft, that means you haven’t cooked it enougH!

9 months ago

Tried it a couple of times and it worked for me perfectly, but when my friend tried it, it did not work for her! When using a candy thermometer for sugar wax, what temperature should it be at?

8 months ago

works!! thank you 🙂

8 months ago

Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing recipe, it worked for me and I’ve noticed all your comments have such kind words in them. Keep being such a great person!!

Samira P.
8 months ago

I may never have to pay for a wax again – brilliant 😀 I microwaved mine though, and still came out perfect!

8 months ago

This is a great recipe, so long as you follow all the instructions! If you do not, it won’t work out for you, it’ll either turn out too liquidy or too hard. If either of those occurs, just start over again – the ingredient are cheap and easy to find so there’s no excuse!

adina anna eden
7 months ago

Can I use this sugar wax on my bikini area and legs?

7 months ago

So easy to follow, it worked peeerfectly for me, but my sister did it too and for hers it did not work. I suspect she boiled it waaaay too much because she said it was too hard. Please follow the directions accordingly!

Oneisha Ledoux
7 months ago

Can the wax be reused? Or is it a one time use?

7 months ago
Reply to  Oneisha Ledoux

I’ve actually used mine 2-3 times, but just be sure to store in a place where it won’t harden too much. Also, you may have to melt it again, just be very careful. Overall though, just make a new batch. The more you make it, the easier it’ll get and the ingredients are cheap as well!

7 months ago

How much Of the body will This wax do?

Jabes Santana
6 months ago

when we let it sit , do we let it sit IN the pot ?

6 months ago

how long do you generally let it boil for?

6 months ago
Reply to  loralea

I did it for 7mins and it wasnt thick enough when it cooled down – it run through my fingers when i tried to apply it.

Rehana mallick
6 months ago

Thank you to give a solution the most relevant problem.I want to know can it would be used on 9to10Yes old girl at her first growing hair on underarm or bikini area ?

6 months ago

Hi. can I use vinegar instead of lemon juice? if I can, how much should I add?

6 months ago

Anyone else just got a bowl lollipop

6 months ago

Can you use vinegar instead of lemon juice?

1 month ago

How many times do you need to do this so the hair doesn’t come back?

1 month ago
Reply to  Kate

Does this cause redness or irritation when used on your face?