I have tried a few times to make sugar wax after seeing a recipe in Bea Johnson’s book, Zero Waste Home, and on YouTube, but I just couldn’t get it right.
Then I found this super simple technique, where you just boil up the ingredients, then pour into a jar. You allow it to cool enough that you can place on your skin, spreading it on with a stick or blunt knife. Leave it to harden slightly and rip off. So easy. I had to go over a couple of patches twice, and normally this is a major no-no with waxing, but there was no redness or bumps whatsoever.
Because it is just sugar, water and lemon juice, along with your hair, you can just dispose of it by burying in the garden, or dissolving down the drain. Obviously the latter depends on hair length and amount of wax, but when you are shaving the hair goes down the drain anyway.
I have been using a safety razor for years, but really miss waxing, so will keep using the wax recipe and the razor for when I am lazy. If you are lazy, or just a bit of a chicken, you can get yourself a safety razor in South Africa from BunduBeard, an online shop.
Switching from wax strips or disposable plastic blades will set you steps ahead on reducing your waste on your zero waste journey.
1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup water. Watch the video on YouTube for a quick tutorial on how to make sugar wax.