My second recipe on this blog is homemade oriental wax. As you might have noticed, I love making my own cosmetics! It is very economic, eco-friendly and so much better for my skin. Indeed, I choose exactly what I want the composition to be. It is a good alternative to be sure to have vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and beauty products. And it is so satisfying!
What is oriental wax?
Oriental waxing is very similar to traditional waxing. You use as well a caramel-like wax. The main difference is the strips: no need with the oriental wax! Just use your fingers. This method is very old and nowadays, people start using it again. In fact, this is a good option to be more eco-friendly. You can even find prepared oriental wax to buy in supermarkets.
My own experience
I have tried many oriental wax recipes before finding the perfect one. Indeed, you have loads on the web, all with different proportions, and distinct rest time. It is not easy at first but with practice, you won’t change for anything in the world! I stress that you have to be very careful not to burn yourself when the wax is still hot. It happens to everyone at the beginning, but I guarantee it hurts!
Allow it to cool properly before starting the manipulation. Once you’re done, you can conserve the wax in your freezer and reuse it as much as you want. You just need to heat it up in the palm of your hands, or even in the microwave (very low power!)
Nothing easier: you only need 3 ingredients! Mix 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 of water and 1 of lemon juice all together in a small pot. Bring it to a boil, and never stop stirring. When the liquid starts getting thicker and changes to a golden color, your wax is ready!
This recipe is as easy as my homemade deodorant, feel free to check it out!
How to use your oriental wax
First, get ready. Make sure your skin is clean and completely dry. You can use cornstarch instead of baby talc to dry it. It is a much better product. Then go somewhere bright and comfortable. When the oriental wax has cooled down, start kneading it with your fingers.
The wax must become white-ish. Apply it on your dry skin, in the opposite direction of hair growth. Then pull strongly in the other direction. And that’s it! You must see your hair on the wax. Just repeat the same gesture over and over until your skin is totally smooth. If you can’t find a good way to do it, I recommend you watch tutorials on Youtube to help you.
As I told you, nothing complicated! It is very easy and you can easily stay for two or three weeks between two sessions. Indeed, waxing reduces the speed of hair growth. I have adopted this method and won’t come back to the razor I was always using!
What about you? What do you use? Will you give it a go?