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Sugaring for hair removal: The eco-friendly pick?

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Sugaring for hair removal: The eco-friendly pick?

Today we're featuring a guest post from Cassandra Sadek.
I've been reading Ecoholic by Adria Vasil, and have felt the call to make a concerted effort to lessen my footprint on the environment. So when I read the part about the ways that disposable razors and foaming shave gels negatively impact the environment, I decided that perhaps THIS was my opportunity! THIS would be step 1 in my new drive to make the world a better place!One of the eco-friendly solutions to hair removal is the ancient process of sugaring. It's much like waxing, but without the toxins and gunk. Plus, the cloth strips are easily washable with a little hot water, and therefore reusable. Bonus!After a bit of Googling I found the universal recipe for successful sugaring: 2 cups sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup water I bought some basic cotton fabric and cut it into strips. I bought a hefty bag of sugar and a lemon. I got a candy thermometer to ensure I got it to the precise 250 degree temp. And I set to work. The directions were followed, but as I was waiting for my sugar-licious mixture to cool down to the point where I could slap it on my legs without needing a call to 911, it started to harden. In a panic I tried spreading the amber mixture on my leg, and not only did it not stick to my leg because of the cornstarch I'd powdered with because this website recommended it for "tautness making it more effective," but it was also still WAY TOO HOT. As it continued to set to a rock candy stage, I ran down to the kitchen to try and get it out of the glass dish before it completely set. One foot of wax paper, a spatula, a spoon, and a paring knife later, I had a lovely little blob of artwork on my counter, and a dark amber dish you could have preserved a Jurassic mosquito in. Mr. Man came to my rescue, and amidst giggling fits, helped me reheat the solution so the glass dish could be saved. Moral of the story: Leave the sugaring to the professionals, ladies. There are much less stressful (and less messy!) ways to save the earth. Related content: • Bikini waxing 101The homemade spaHow to choose eco-friendly makeupGreen beauty companies we love
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