Remember when we went over making caramel? That skill translates into other things.
The process is called sugaring and has been used for thousands of years in the Middle East. Sugaring is cheap, easy to make, and doesn't stick to the skin like wax does...so if you're into the whole North American hair removal thing it may be worth a try.
Like caramel, sugaring paste is made from boiled sugar. In fact, only the ingredient amounts are different.
Sugaring paste generally has more lemon juice (an acid) and no dairy additives at all, so in essence it is a simple caramel.
2 cups sugar (any kind)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice (lime juice is okay too)
This video is a really good visual. Even if you're making caramel it's interesting to see how the sugar foams up and begins to brown. Unlike caramel the consistency of the sugaring paste really matters. If it's too dark it won't spread well enough. Too light and it won't stick well. Sugaring paste should be COMPLETELY cooled before using on your skin. It can always be reheated! Go too cold rather than too hot.
Also, if you reheat too long in the microwave (longer than a minute or two) the sugar will superheat and melt your plastic container. So stick to a minute or reheat by placing the bowl in another bowl filled with hot water.
The paste can be spread with a knife (test the temperature first). It cools and then can be pulled up with strips of cloth or even your own fingernails. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated later.
Results for a newbie can be mixed. If you're new to waxing I'd also recommend a light coat of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide when you're done...in case you've been a little rough with your skin. Then moisturize.
Oh! Get that cooking pan full of water right away. And leave it there for a few hours. The sugar may be frozen hard to the pan but the water will erode it and the next morning a few swipes and everything goes down the drain.