They say beauty is pain, but we say it doesn't have to be with DIY sugar wax.

They say beauty is pain, but I say it doesn’t have to be. Let me introduce you to DIY sugar wax. It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and (you guessed it) way less painful than the store-bought version. Beauty enthusiasts have been buzzing about this all-natural sugar wax simply because it saves you a trip to the grocery store. So, with a healthy dose of skepticism, I gave it a try. And I’m here to tell you it’s well worth the effort.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup water

How to make sugar wax:

Combine the sugar, lemon juice, and water in a medium sized pot over high heat and wait for the mixture to become frothy. Next turn the heat level to medium and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until it reaches a golden-brown color. This should take about 8 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat completely and allow the mixture to cool enough to apply to your skin. It should be a thick, yet elastic consistency.

How to use sugar wax:

Roll the wax between your hands to form a ball. Apply it by pressing the ball of wax onto the area where you want hair removed. You can use a spatula or butter knife to spread the wax, but I prefer not to dirty up more dishes and use my hands. Grab the end of the wax and pull quickly in one motion against the direction of hair growth. You can store any leftover wax in a glass jar for up to three weeks.

Why we love this project:

This DIY variety is 100% natural, and it comes together with three simple ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Sugar wax is better for sensitive skin, inexpensive, and it’ll even save you a few tears. I’ll never go back to store-bought wax.