Sugar Wax Recipe: Homemade Wax for Legs & Natural Leg Hair Removal

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Sugar Wax Recipe Homemade Wax for Legs

A tutorial on homemade wax for legs. This sugar wax recipe is an inexpensive way to remove leg hair naturally, without all the chemicals!

When I’m out in the garden all summer, the last thing I’m thinking is, “When did I last shave my legs?”

Waxing Beats Shaving

I’m not quite as worried as I am during the school year when I’m in contact with people every day. I know it seems silly, but I just don’t have the time some days. I have used this sugar wax recipe to wax my legs before, and it does take a lot longer for the hair to grow back. And bonus: it’s finer and lighter in color when it comes back!

I think keeping up with the hair on your legs is one of the hardest parts of being a woman. Really, if guys don’t shave them, why do we? And I’ll admit, during the winter, I do let them go. Who’s going to see it? Then every spring I’m reminded why, and it only seems to get harder to work with. But this recipe does make it easier.

Luckily, I work at a local agricultural college full of free spirits where such a thing is not only accepted but embraced. Not everyone is so lucky. For those of you (and me in most cases!) who need to take care of such matters, here’s a simple homemade wax for legs (a sugar wax recipe) that won’t cost you a bunch and will leave your legs silky smooth.

Sugar Wax Recipe Homemade Wax for Legs

Sugar Wax Recipe: Homemade Wax for Legs

A tutorial on homemade wax for legs. This sugar wax recipe is an inexpensive way to remove leg hair naturally, without all the chemicals!

Prep Time
5 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
10 ounces
Estimated Cost


  • medium sized cooking pot
  • stainless steel bowl
  • several strips of cloth about 6" wide and 12" long


  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 cup raw sugar (such as turbinado)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • non-GMO cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)


  1. To make this sugar wax recipe, place lemon juice, sugar, and water in the pot and slowly bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until it becomes smooth and golden. This is about 260°F, but don't worry too much about the temperature. Take it off the heat and transfer it to a stainless steel bowl. (Glass may crack at high temps and aluminum may react to the lemon juice.) Let it cool a bit; it will probably turn darker.

  2. While it's cooling, wash your legs and exfoliate. You can use any of these natural exfoliants to get your legs really clean. Dry your legs and apply a thin layer of powder, like cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

  3. Take out about a ping pong-sized ball of this sugar wax recipe. Knead it until it's smooth. Spread it on your leg, moving in the direction of the hair. Always go with the hair growth, not against it.

  4. After it's spread on your leg, take a cloth strip and press it onto the wax. (I have a bunch of flannel cloth strips I use for this. These will stick well and clean up easily. They can be used over and over for this sugar wax recipe.) You'll want to wait until the wax has cooled to your body temperature. Then, grip the bottom edge of the strip and pull very quickly against the growth of the hair. Like a bandage, just rip it off–fast! If you hesitate, it will be more painful. You may not get all the hair the first time, so wait a few days before you do it again. You don't want to irritate your skin too much.

  5. When you're done, rinse off any remaining sugar mixture and moisturize. Try an oil such as jojoba or grapeseed to minimize redness. It will likely be sore the first time, but will get better as you do it more often.

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This Sugar Wax Recipe is for Legs Only

NOTE: Don’t try this on your underarms or bikini area. Your skin is too sensitive in these areas. Likewise for your upper lip or eyebrows. The wax they use for those applications is different.

Give this simple recipe a try for smooth, silky skin!

Bonus: check out these tips on shaving naturally.

Have you tried this sugar wax recipe, or know of another homemade wax for legs? Share your experience in the comments below.


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  2. vici says

    I reading the sugar wax recipe for legs, but I did not see how to prepare or what type of wax to get and use? Seems like a step about the wax was left out. Please reply, thank you

  3. Sonja says

    Hi, Do I have to use the wax right away after making, or can I store it for later,how is that done? Can I use muslin for the strips?

    • DawnMarie says

      Yes you do. That is the worst part about waxing! But it is so worth it. Also, the first time is always the worst, because you have so much more hair. But after that is gets easier and easier! I haven’t tried making it at home yet, but I do love the results of waxing my legs!

  4. leigh says

    I tried a similar recipe using Bragg’s ACV, but the wax didn’t set up. It’s hardened in the jar I put it in, so I microwaved it a bit to get some out and watered my hands so it wouldn’t stick, but it just spread on my skin like a sticky sugar scrub. 🙁 Can you share the other recipe you recommend for facial hair?

    • Debra Maslowski says

      I’m still not sure what to do about facial hair, Leigh, but I’ll research it and see what I can come up with. It sounds like you might have cooked your recipe too long and made hard candy. Try it again, but don’t cook it for quite so long. That should take care of it. It could also be the type of sugar you used.

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