For a while now (almost a year) I’ve been working on my own natural hair remover recipe but I haven’t quite nailed it yet. It’s extremely infuriating as the ingredient list is so short and simple: water, sugar, lemon juice and a few drops of essential oil if you’re feeling like it. The reason why it’s so difficult to make a natural hair remover at home is because to get the perfect consistency (sticky enough and soft enough that it spreads well after the mixture cools down) it’s a matter of the perfect temperature and the perfect timing. So when I don’t have the luxury of the time to experiment and my body hair is getting out of control then desperate times call for desperate measures. I go out and buy something.
Enter stage left Acorelle 100% Natural Oriental Wax for face and body. I’m not sure what makes it “oriental” per say. Ingredients are simply sugar, water, and lemon juice. The sugar and lemon juice are organic and the product carries the ECOCERT label. I couldn’t find information on the Acorelle website specifically about the “oriental” wax that I used so I suspect it might have been replaced by a newer product “royal wax” which uses natural pine resin, organic beeswax, and white lily extract. I’ll be sure to try that next, although hopefully I’ll have mastered my own recipe before then!
After using Moom 100% Organic Natural Hair Remover last year I thought all water-sugar-lemon-juice hair removers would be the same. I was wrong. I actually prefer Acorelle because you don’t have to heat it at all and it spreads better on the skin. While both products appear almost solid at room temperature, you have to heat Moom in the microwave for a few seconds before use. Acorelle on the other hand, as soon as you plunge a spatula into the pot, the product parts easily and it spreads nicely on the skin. In my experience, I think you can get a thinner layer with Acorelle which helps get better results.
When I went for waxing at the Waterloo Body Station, the therapist used Moom but heated it up much more than the 10 seconds it suggests on the label so it felt the same temperature as normal wax which kind of defeats the point. One of the advantages to using “natural” waxes such as Moom and Acorelle is that you don’t burn your skin from the hot wax. It’s not good to burn your skin and even if the wax isn’t so hot as to cause pain, it can still be very drying on the skin.
So back into the kitchen I go to work on my natural wax recipe but in the meantime Acorelle will be my back up plan.
I bought a 250 ml pot of Acorelle 100% Natural Oriental Wax for face and body for £11.99 at Whole Foods. I got 3 underarm and 2.5 lower leg waxes out of the whole pot.