A few weeks ago, I came across something that intrigued me: this article on body sugaring. I'd never heard of it before, and it seemed too good to be true. A method like waxing that'll get your hairs from the root, but won't be as painful? Sure, I'll believe that when I see it. Much like my laundry, the body sugaring thing sat around unattended to. Shower after shower went by, and I stared at my beastly underarms wondering when I'd find energy to try out this sugaring business. I found that energy today.
First let's start with the basics. The article listed two recipes, and I went with this one:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup honey (this is roughly a bear's worth)
- Juice from one half lemon
The article says you need to use a candy thermometer, which...I'll bet is helpful, but was unnecessary for my purposes.
In any case, pour/squeeze all items into a saucepan, and set your burner to medium. (I accidentally set it to high, but the mix turned out fine.) Let the mix come to a boil, and stir it so it doesn't boil over.
After it's boiling, turn your burner to low, and continue to stir for about 15-20 minutes or until your mix turns a nice amber color. (Mine was more of a stout color, my housemate noticed.)
Next, pour the mix into a jar or something else suitable for it to chillax in while it cools down to room temperature. Make sure whatever you store it in is microwave safe.
Once your mix has cooled to about room temperature, you should be ready to go!
Sorry the quality of this photo is so janky, I didn't think I was going to write a post about this.
Ok, from left to right:
- Some Chemex filters to pull the sugar off with. (The article suggests using cotton fabric, but I wanted to try something that I could toss out incase everything ended up being a colossal mess.)
- Uncapped body sugar mix.
- Some fabric, incase the Chemex filters didn't work.
- A few wooden stir sticks I stole from Papaccino's, to help slather goop on. Though in the future, I'll probably use a butter knife.
- I'd also recommend some talc/baby powder to put wherever you want to sugar, to keep your skin from feeling like it's on fire.
Before you apply the sugar to your skin, heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds to ease the mixture's application.
Unfortunately I didn't do a very good job documenting the actual *sugaring* part of body sugaring. Suffice it to say, it was quite goopy.
In any case, the first pit I went a little nuts and just slathered sugar in Jackson Pollock style frenzy. I slapped the Chemex filter on my arm and ripped it off without hesitation. It was....surprisingly not as painful as I was expecting which was pretty awesome! I later regretted adding the mix without any game plan, just because I ended up wasting a lot of paper and not getting as much hair as I would have liked. Lesson learned, I guess.
I tried to take before and after shots in the mirror. Clearly that worked out great...
In the end, I just asked my housemate to do it for me.
The picture doesn't do the experience justice, even though I do have a before-pit, and an after-pit. I really hate shaving, because I never feel like I've got all the hair. Waxing would ruin my skin because it gets irritated quite easily, and I -know- putting deodorant on afterwards would be a recipe for disaster. Sugaring is a great in-between for me, because it gives me the out-at-the-roots de-stress of waxing without all the skin irritation. Like, right now my arms are a little sore, but aren't in searing pain.
So far, DIY Body Sugaring was a totally rad experience! Well worth the goop, if you ask me.