Sugaring Recipe: Easy DIY Body Hair Removal at Home

Body hair removal at home sugaring paste
Photo: / Ruslan Olinchuk

This popular sugaring paste recipe is as simple as mixing together some sugar, water, and lemon juice – that’s all you need to get rid of unwanted hair. Here’s our all-natural DIY sugaring recipe for body hair removal at home.

If you would like to remove unwanted hair from your arms, legs, or face, there are several ways to go about it. Many people resort to questionable chemical creams, use disposable razors that produce unnecessary waste or expensive peeling devices and wax strips. Have you heard of sugaring? It’s much more gentle on your skin – and it’s better for the environment too.

Sugaring DIY: Natural Body Hair Removal at Home

Sugaring is a proven method of hair removal that originated in Persia, and you can still find it all over the Arabic world, where it is offered in hamams – the traditional steam baths.

The sugaring paste – called halawa – is a mixture of natural ingredients including sugar, water, and lemon juice. The procedure is similar to waxing. You start by mixing the sugaring paste (see recipe below), then apply the paste to your skin and remove unwanted hair by pulling the sticky mixture off.

Sugaring Paste: The Recipe

Sugaring Hair removal: ingredients
For this sugaring paste recipe, all you’ll need is one part water, one part lemon juice, and two parts sugar. (Photo: Utopia)

This DIY sugaring recipe is very easy to make yourself. You probably already have everything you need for this hair removal technique at home:


  • 1 part water
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 parts sugar


  • Cooking pan
  • Stirring utensil

How to prepare the sugaring paste recipe:

  1. First, pour all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. As soon as the mixture begins to bubble, remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring until the bubbles disappear. Then place the pan back onto the heat and let the contents boil again.
  3. Repeat this process until you get a thick, honey-colored mass.
  4. If the paste has become hard and brittle, it can be revived by adding a little lemon juice to the sugaring recipe.
  5. If you suspect it is still too thin, take a spoonful of the sugaring paste and drop it in a glass of cold water. If the mixture dissolves, let it simmer a while longer.
  6. Once the mixture has reached the right consistency, remove the pan from the stove and allow the sugar paste to cool down to body temperature before use.

How to Apply the Sugaring Paste

The sugaring paste prepared in this recipe works best for removing hair between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch in length. Once it has cooled down to body temperature, you can start with your DIY hair removal.

Sugaring Hair Removal: recipe
Once your DIY sugaring paste has become sticky and honey-colored, you need to let it cool down to body temperature before use. (Photo: Utopia)
  1. Your skin must be clean and free of excess oils or body lotions. Baby powder can help keep your skin clean and free of oil.
  2. Take a small portion of the sugaring paste, about the size of a walnut, and knead it in your hand until it is soft and supple.
  3. Apply the paste to the skin against the direction of hair growth.
  4. Pull off the paste with several quick jerks in the direction of hair growth.
  5. You can reuse the piece of sugar paste until it becomes too weak to be effective. Then take a new portion of paste from your pan. It takes a little practice at first, but you will catch on quickly.

Tip: If you have prepared too much of the sugaring paste, you don’t need to throw the rest away. Pack it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks.

Advantages of Sugaring Hair Removal

  • Thorough body hair removal: Thanks to the tiny sugar molecules that penetrate the hair’s surface, the hair doesn’t break so easily and can be removed thoroughly.
  • Less painful: Sugaring removes the hair in the direction of growth, which is less painful than waxing. In addition, the sugaring paste comes loose from the skin more easily than wax, leading to less skin irritation.
  • Slows hair growth: Unlike shaving, sugaring body hair removal removes the hair from the root, slowing down hair growth. In addition, the hair should grow back thinner and lighter after the treatment.
  • 100% natural ingredients: This sugaring recipe contains sugar, lemon juice, and water – and no allergenic ingredients. Sugar is even antibacterial!
  • Minimizes packaging waste: Wax strips and razors are often elaborately packaged. If you make your own sugaring paste recipe, you only need an old jar to store your unused paste in the refrigerator until it’s time for your next application.

Tip: If you end up not wanting to make the sugaring paste yourself, it can often be found ready-made in drugstores.

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