How To Make Sugar Wax Without Lemon? Alternatives + Tips

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Sugar waxing, also known as sugaring, is a type of hair removal method that removes unwanted hair by pulling the hair root using a sugar paste. 

An infographic featuring how to make sugar wax without lemon

Compared to traditional waxing, sugaring is meant to be less painful and more eco-friendly. 

This practice only involves natural ingredients that can be seen in most households: water, sugar, and lemon juice. In fact, you can easily make a sugar wax mixture at home! 

Sugar wax is proven to be an effective way of removing hair, especially if done correctly. However, some people hesitate to use this all-natural mixture because of lemon. 

So can you make sugar wax without lemon? 

Well, the answer is YES!

Fortunately, there are some alternatives to lemon that you can add to your sugar mixture that still gives you the same effect as the regular sugar wax!

If you want to learn how to make sugar wax without lemon juice, keep reading!

Reasons Some People Choose Sugar Wax Without Lemon

While sugar wax is effective as it is, some people prefer applying sugaring wax without lemon juice as an ingredient. Some of the reasons behind this include the following:

Sensitive Skin 

Some people with sensitive skin types can experience skin reactions to lemon when applied to the skin since lemon is highly acidic. 

Due to its acidic properties, it might cause redness and excessive skin dryness when used.

If you have sensitive skin, look for alternatives to lemon to create the perfect sugar wax paste. 

No Lemons Available

Some people just ran out of lemons in their pantry. 

If this is your case, you might want to look for alternatives that can still achieve the effectiveness and consistency of sugar wax paste to remove unwanted hair. 

Is It Possible to Make Sugar Wax With No Lemon?

Two lemons cut in a wooden background

If you have sensitivities to lemon, you might choose not to incorporate lemon in your recipe for sugar wax. 

Fortunately, you can take the lemon out of the equation and add other alternatives to this ingredient. 

Some potential alternatives to lemon in sugar wax include vinegar, citrus juice, and honey. You can also add drops of essential oil for added aroma. 

To help you with that, we have listed some DIY sugar wax recipes without lemon that you can try at home!

Sugar Wax With Apple Cider Vinegar

An infographic featuring sugar wax with apple cider vinegar ingredients and method


  • 1/8 cup of warm water
  • 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of white sugar


  1. Add all the listed ingredients into a medium-sized pot. 
  2. Place the pot on the stove and set it on high heat to bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Make sure to constantly stir the mixture to prevent it from burning. 
  4. Once bubbles start to form in the mixture, you may reduce the heat to medium. Keep on stirring.
  5. Once the mixture turns golden brown, take the pot out of the heat.
  6. If the mixture turns into a honey-like consistency, heat it a bit more. 
  7. Lastly, transfer the mixture to a container and let the sugar wax paste cool for 30 minutes. 

Sugar Wax With Vinegar, Salt, and Essential Oil

An infographic featuring with vinegar, salt, and essential oil ingredients and method


  • 1/5 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vinegar
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil


  1. Get a non-stick pan and put it on top of your stove. 
  2. Add salt, sugar, vinegar, and water to the pan. 
  3. Start heating the pan over a medium-low flame. 
  4. Take a wooden stick and stir the ingredients in a swift motion.
  5. Keep stirring the mixture until they turn into a thick mixture. 
  6. As the mixture boils, make sure that there are no bubbles forming. 
  7. Continue stirring while the mixture gets a thicker consistency (usually takes up to 10 min).
  8. Switch the flame to low heat to prevent burning the mixture. 
  9. Once the mixture becomes golden, switch off the stove. 
  10. Add drops of lavender essential oil to add fragrance to your sugar wax and take it off the stove.
  11. Pour the mixture into a bowl immediately.

Sugar Wax With Orange Juice

An infographic featuring sugar wax with orange juice ingredients and method


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of water
  • 2 tbsp. of orange juice


  1. Combine the ingredients together on a non-stick pan 
  2. Heat the mixture to medium heat
  3. Keep on mixing the mixture until it boils.
  4. Let the mixture boil until it starts turning golden brown.
  5. Turn off the heat.
  6. Let it cool for 25 minutes.
  7. Move it into your container and store it in a cool, dry place.

How to Use Sugar Wax Without Lemon

Now that you have the sugar wax recipes to choose from, now is the time to learn how to use sugar wax properly to remove unwanted hair like a pro. 

It’s important to use sugar wax carefully if you want to avoid injuries or burns.

  1. Use your thumb and the tips of your fingers to hold the sugar wax. You can also opt for a popsicle stick or waxing spatula to scoop and spread the sugar paste on the skin. 
  2. Gently spread the sugar paste against the direction of the growing hairs. 
  3. Then tightly hold your skin with your opposite hand and flick the wax off fast in the natural direction of the hair. 
  4. Make sure to constantly rip off the wax parallel to the skin and not in an upward motion. 
  5. If you still have sugar wax leftovers, store them safely in a plastic container at room temperature. 

 How to Store Lemon-Free Sugar Wax

Now that you know how to do sugar wax on your own, you also need to learn how to store your DIY sugar wax. 

  • Use a microwaveable glass jar to store your sugar wax and store it in the fridge if you want to maintain its consistency for future use.  
  • You can also store the mixture in a plastic container. However, make sure to wait about 30 to 60 minutes or until the wax is cool enough to pour into the container so the wax doesn’t melt the plastic. 

How to Reheat Sugar Wax for Future Use

A hand with a glove getting a sugar wax in a bottle

If you’re planning to have another good wax session in the next few weeks, all you need to do is to reheat your extra sugar wax paste.

Just place it in your microwave and check for about 15 seconds or so until it is warm and soft. If the wax turns out a bit too hard, try to reheat it until it gets syrupy. 

How to Dispose of Used Sugar Wax

DIY sugar wax can last for at least six months if stored properly. 

You’ll know that you need to start making a new homemade sugar paste when the texture and color change, when it starts smelling funny, and when it won’t stick as much as it used to.

If this happens, you can dispose of your used sugar wax. Since this wax is made of water, sugar, and lemon juice, you can wipe it with a washcloth soaked in warm water and let it dissolve down the drain. 

It’s also safe to bury in the garden. 

Sugar wax is an ethical alternative to traditional waxing products, thanks to its ingredients. 

So not only is it gentle and less painful when used, but it is also water-soluble, biodegradable, recyclable, and eco-friendly!

How to Make the Perfect Sugar Wax

If it’s your first time making homemade sugar wax without lemon juice, the whole process is a trial and error. 

Knowing how to make the perfect sugar wax can take time and effort. So you need constant practice for you to master it. 

Also, stick to the recipe, heat your sugar to the right temperature, and allow it to set into a thick consistency instead of a syrup-like consistency. 


Sugar waxing is the best alternative to traditional waxing if you want a gentler, safer, and more affordable approach to hair removal. 

However, some people choose not to add lemon to their sugar paste due to skin sensitivity or simply because they don’t have lemons in their pantry.

Luckily, we’ve learned in this article that you can make sugar wax without lemons. Some of the alternatives to this ingredient include vinegar and citrus juice.

You can even add a few drops of essential oils if you want fragrance on your DIY sugar wax!

Now that you know how to make a homemade lemon-free sugar wax with these alternatives, save your sensitive skin and follow the recipes in this article. 

Try doing one of our DIY lemon-free sugar wax recipes listed above, and let us know your feedback!

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