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How to Make An Eco-Friendly Hair Remover: Body Sugaring Made Easy and Cheap
With bikini season in full swing, salons are crowded with clients looking to epilate at the best possible price. Salons charge anywhere from fifty dollars or more (Canadian) and ones that charge less are often dubious, in hygiene and value. An added advantage means staying at home, where a DIY treatment can be done while enjoying a facial mask, at a fraction of the cost of a beauty treatment at a spa.
Cheap Body Sugaring
The cost of a homemade treatment can be tallied in cents: A full bag of sugar costs less than five dollars, and as only two cups are needed, a homemade body sugaring treatment costs roughly less than forty cents per treatment.
The money saved can be put towards a bottle of essential oil for fragrance and the amount is still less than a store-bought kit. Essential oils with lavender or orange fragrances are often used to calm the skin, but any fragrance mixed with almond oil makes a soothing post-treatment balm.
Environmentally Friendly Epilation
Many salon and commercial hair removal treatments use petroleum by-products and artificial fragrances that often cause allergic reactions. A plant-based choice like sugar means not polluting waterways or landfills with non-biodegradable mineral oils – which is a by-product of gasoline.
Sugaring uses a paste that sticks to hair follicles and not the skin, so many women claim it stings less than most wax treatments. Depending on how effectively the body sugar was applied and removed, and how quickly one’s body hair grows back, sugaring treatments can last for an average of up to two months.
How to Make an Enviro-Friendly Depilatory
• 2 cups of granulated white sugar
• 1 cup of water
• 1 or 2 drops of an essential oil, or perfumed oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Use a candy thermometer to ensure it has reached at least 246 degrees Fahrenheit (119 degrees Celsius). Reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes until mixture has turned a rich amber colour. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to partially cool before pouring into an airtight container. The mixture will begin to thicken as it cools.
Making a hair removal paste means making a toffee-like substance. To create an effective batch ensure the mix has reached “the firm ball stage” – when a spoonful dropped into a glass of forms a ball that holds its shape, but is still sticky. Use the sugar-wax once it’s completely cool.
Some prefer heating it in the microwave for a few seconds until it’s warm (not hot!). It is then applied with a spatula, and removed it with strips of cotton cloth. The cloth strips can be re-used for future use, so again, that is money saved, and landfills are spared from needless waste.
This hot wax method may be better for coarse hair, so feel free to experiment – but always test the temperature of hot sugar before applying. If the container is too hot to touch, the wax will be even hotter: Dab a small amount on the inside of your wrist. If it stings, stop and apply cool water to the site.