Homemade Hot Wax

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Waxing is a popular non-chemical form of depilatory. This is a page about homemade hot wax.


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  • 2 fl oz corn syrup (maple flavor is fine)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • material from an old t-shirt, cut into brow size strips
  • small plastic food container with lid (a Glad 4 oz. size works well)

A headband is useful to keep your hair out of the way.


  1. Put the syrup in a plastic container and heat 10-13 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Stir with a stick and test temperature on the back of your hand. If it's too hot, stir until it cools off.
  3. Use stick to apply to the brow area where you want the hair removed and place material there, rubbing in the direction of the hair growth
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  5. Hold skin taut and quickly pull against the hair growth direction. Wipe area with a cool wash cloth and go to the next brow.
  6. Use as you would any hot wax on eye brows, lip area, leg or wherever you choose. Do not use more than twice on the same area per session to avoid soreness.

The trick to less pain is holding the skin taut! 2 oz. will last a year if you only use it on brows.

P. S. This can also be used to exfoliate your face by just evenly applying it and then wiping it off with a damp cloth. Picks up all those dead skin cells.

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January 13, 2006

I was wondering if anyone out there had their made their own depilatory wax? I was stunned by the prices on very small tubs of wax in the shops and had heard of people making their own.


Cathy from Townsville, Australia


By Cricket Girl (Guest Post)
January 14, 20060 found this helpful

Hi, the best depilatory wax made at home is take HONEY with a little karo syrup, heat till mixed. If you want, reduce this mixture down a little, till it is really thick. Let this cool slightly, because you don't want to burn yourself, then spread VERY thin on a strip about 3" wide by 6 or 8 " long, put on where you want to remove hair, let cool completely, & pull in oppsite direction of growing hair. Around the chin, lip, eyebrow or neck area, of course, use smaller strips. This is basically what Honey Wax is made of.
Cricket Girl
40 years of Cosmetology expierence

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January 15, 20060 found this helpful

Interesting...Cricket Girl, what would a person use for the removal strips? I've tried using wax years ago and for all the preparation and trouble it was, for such a poor job, it wasn't worth the money or time.


I went to using an Epilady. but if I can use a home mixture, I would give it another try.

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January 15, 20060 found this helpful

Here's a recipe, it works great!!
I cut up old shirts for the strips to use.
1 cup sugar
Half a lemon for the juice
1/4 cup honey
A little bit of Molasses if you have any like a drizzle
Cornstarch (to powder with for tautness making it more effective)
Something to spread the mixture with like a tongue depressor, popsicle stick, cheese spreader or spatula.
Cotton fabric (any old thing you can find or buy some strips at a store)

Mix lemon, sugar, and honey in a bowl. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, until it bubbles into a smooth consistency. I find this a lot simpler then turning on the stove, but it would be safer if you watched over the heat on the stove. If you use the stove use LOW heat.


Now move away from the mixture and go do something while it cools a little down so you can touch it safely. A little bit warmer though is better though to use. Microwave it for 20 seconds if you find the need to. The NADS commercial said re heating isnt necessary, but its no big deal doing so and I find it is necessary as all sugaring products do need just a little heating.
Make sure your legs or where ever you wish to place it is clean and dry. Then dust area with cornstarch so its more effective as it draws out oil. Spread a thin layer on your leg. Cover with a strip of fabric, and rubbing the strip the opposite way of hair growth, about 3 times.
Grab the fabric end and pull it off very quickly against the direction of the hair growth or the other way if you wish. It will hurt, but after awhile its a lot less painful. I am sure youre strong enough to withstand pain. Reheat the mix if it gets too hard to spread. This stores for a long time. I just use a vitamin E face cream container thats plastic since thats fairly big which costs only a buck at the dollar store. Just make sure it's clean and oil free. You could also use a glass jar as well.

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By waxaroni (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

well the RECIPES are fine - even just plain sugar-syrup with a big shot of lemon juice added (loads of sugar cooked in the water till it thickens to a consistency of 2 strands i.e. you touch the wax with a spoon and pull it upwards - it will first strech as 1 strand between spoon and pan, a little while later it will leave 2 stretchy strands, now is a good time to turn the heat off).


SPREADING INSTRUMENT: Butter Knife is the best. The flat spatula looking kind. It's made of metal, it's wide and flat, but not sharp like a real knife, but it's thickness is not annoyingly thick like a plastic spatula or something. The key to proper effective waxing is a THIN LAYER of WARM wax. Try to cover as much area as you can, the smaller you make the area, the more pulls you will have, therefore more unneeded suffering...

The STRIPS: Yes, you can use any old cotton bedsheet/pillowcase BUT even better is (I speak from experience) cellophane (polypropylene). You can buy supercheap rolls in the drugstore or where ever - one roll goes for atleast 3 full arm+leg+bikini waxes. The biggest advantage - when you finish with one strip (you can reuse the same strip for several spots) you just fold it over thereby trapping all the hairywax inside it, and toss it in the trash. No mess, no fuss, and NO WASHING UP YAY. I used cloth for years, and often I put the cloth strips to soak and you know...they just lay there for several days coz I forgot about them. For this reason, cellophane is also more hygenic.

A GOOD BRAND: There are 3 major wax brands I have used - Nair (HORRIBLE, don't bother, it's more chemical than wax), Veet (also pretty chemically, leaves some funny film, and doesn't grab properly so the hair grows back faster) and SNÄ (i don't know if u get this in your country) is *perfect* - it's totally organic, you can eat the stuff and it does a great job. Don't bother using the cottony strips these waxes give for free, they aren't really very good. Use cellophane.

HEATING: don't bother microwaving, it just makes the wax cool-down and harden up faster...much better to heat in a small pan of water, then put the pan including waxbottle/can onto a tabletop warmholder (you know those metal things with a teacandle under it). This keeps it at an acceptable warm temperature all thru the waxsession without having to reheat...

I usually buy the largest bottle of wax, and transfer the reqd. amount to another glass bottle or an old can for that session. If heating in a pan, be sure to cover the bottle/can so the steam from the hot water doesn't get in (don't screw on the lid though, just place it on top). Moisture is your enemy while waxing. Be sure to soap-wash and dry your skin before waxing and if the weather is humid/hot, dust on talcum powder or flour before you start.

Finally - do the back of your legs and thighs FIRST coz this is the hardest part (acrobatics) and you will have the energy to do it right. Then do the fronts, with extra focus on the knee...Then the armpits, then the bikini zone. After this, arms are a breeze ; )

For the upperlip and eyebrows use smaller strips about the length of a cigarette lighter and 3 times as wide. For the thighs, cut strips that are the size and shape of a paperback novel, for the legs 2/3rds as wide and twice as long. Spread wax from knee to ankle for 1 stretch, press strip on lower half, pull, then repeat with upper wax bit. 2 pulls and one entire side of the leg is done!

Well now you know more than you ever wanted to know about the trials and tribulations of the waxing woman. I need to get a life hehe

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By bloo flower (Guest Post)
April 2, 20070 found this helpful

do you have any waxing ideas that don't involve, hydrogen peroxide, honey, or baking soda?

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By ali (Guest Post)
April 12, 20070 found this helpful

i'm a 13 year old girl who lives on an island.
i shaved my arms once in my life,
and i was totally embarrased when it grew back
DARK and VERY THICK and i have
been hiding my arms ever since. should i wax
them? and also, i want to bikini wax
since i'm going to the beach with my boyfriend
this weekend, good idea or bad?


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By mitzie (Guest Post)
May 14, 20070 found this helpful

I am a trained cosmetologist. The one thing that you really want to remember is when you spread it on, it has to go with the growth of the hair, when you peel it off it has to go against the growth. If you have tried waxing before and had good wax but it did not work, this is probably why. It is key to success.

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By Jiya (Guest Post)
June 25, 20070 found this helpful

do u have to use cornstarch? or is that ok?

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