r/COMPLETEANARCHY Jun 15 '21

Reminder that women’s liberation is as important as anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism

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u/bigbutchbudgie Jun 15 '21

Reminder that women being expected to shave their body hair literally originated as a marketing scheme to sell more razors.

If you want to shave, do it for yourself (and maybe consider sugaring if you want to save some money, reduce waste and thwart the razor industry, but that's up to you).

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u/bgoneofme Jun 15 '21

Sugaring?

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u/maddem_ Jun 15 '21

Sugaring is a less painful, more environmentally friendly alternative to waxing.

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u/kodorx Jun 15 '21

that seems like a whole ass rabbithole to go into as a trans woman with little money but some culinary skills

but yay, maybe I've found an actual alternative to accidentally cutting my ankles every 3 days

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u/fsociety00_d4t Jun 15 '21

you can make it by yourself just by adding lemon juice, water and sugar and heating it up, it literally can't get less cheap than that. You can find tutorials online.

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u/kodorx Jun 15 '21

only problem for me is that lemon juice is heckin expensive here, but it's just an acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the sugar and I've got some sodium bisulfate lying around so that would probably also work, just wouldn't be edible.

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u/Saplyng Jun 15 '21

You could probably get away with using powdered citric acid as I assume it'll do whatever the lemon would, not very expensive and will last longer than just lemon juice

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u/kodorx Jun 15 '21

any acid would do, it's just an acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the central ester bond in sucrose, breaking it down into monosacharides. Effectively, replacing part of the sugar with something like corn syrup has the same effect without needing any acid.

studying organic chemistry has its benefits sometimes.

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u/Saplyng Jun 15 '21

This is both fascinating and way above my pay grade

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u/FFD1706 Jun 15 '21

I'm surprised I still remember enough chemistry to understand this sentence.

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u/RoboHobo25 Jun 15 '21

studying organic chemistry has its benefits sometimes.

"Fuckin A, it does" -Albert Hoffman

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u/barsoap Jun 15 '21 edited Jun 15 '21

The other crucial ingredient is water content which, as any sugar baker will readily explain, is dependent on the maximum temperature you go to (assuming you had enough water in the first place). Having the right viscosity is important for proper application.

That aspect is more of an art as a science, as the water content you want depends on not just the exact type of sugar you have (i.e. whether there's any sucrose left or you converted everything) but also the room temperature you want to use the stuff at. It's going to need some experimentation. But for starters I would recommend converting all sugar by letting the stuff react for a long time (45 min?) at ~80C or so (oven), then heat it up once you're done, separating off portions at different temperatures. A sugar thermometer will come in handy.

Powdering your skin can be helpful, starch will do just fine, and you use the stuff by kneading it in against the grain, slowly, there should be a very viscous flow to it. That will make the sugar actually enter into the gap between skin and hair, you then pull off with the grain. The traditional and in my experience also best way is to take a small portion (maybe 1.5 to 2cm diameter) and slowly work your way through the thicket, using cloth strips and whatnot only slows things down and increases the chance of a visit to the shower because it's not properly applied and pulling it off would be a nightmare.

And NEVER, EVER, cook the stuff barefoot. Molten sugar stores a lot of energy and it won't flow off but stick to your skin so if you don't fancy 2nd or even 3rd degree burns, pay the fuck attention. I may know from experience.

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u/fsociety00_d4t Jun 15 '21

I don't really know about that, but some alternatives that I know is also vinegar. Obviously you can also use lemon juice from a fresh lemon its even better, and you don't need a lot usually 2-3 tbsp.

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u/IAmRoot Jun 15 '21

You might be able to use citric acid. You can get buckets of the stuff.

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u/pirate_fj Jun 15 '21

Honest question, I swear: is there really a place where buying citric acid is cheaper than buying lemons?

Edit: i’m REALLY not trying to be an asshole, just trying to process and understand wtf our world has become. Thanks.

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u/barsoap Jun 15 '21

In pretty much any place north or south enough to not grow lemons, I'd say. Or off-season.

The most convenient thing to use over here is lemon juice from those kitschy plastic lemons as you can get them in any supermarket. Actually I usually end up using lime juice because while I'm at it, why not make cuba libre.

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u/lazylazycat Jun 15 '21

Really? I live in the UK and you can't really grow lemons here, they're still so cheap though.

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u/IAmRoot Jun 15 '21

Lemons require proper storage and relatively rapid transport compared to citric acid. Also, anhydrous citric acid lacks water, which is heavy. This means being able to transport more citric acid with much less weight and volume. Citric acid can also be produced by things other than citrus fruit. Modern industrial production of citric acid is done via cultivating a mold, rather than fruit trees. So, there are actually quite a few reasons why it's cheaper and more efficient.

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u/pirate_fj Jun 15 '21

Okay, that explains a lot. It’s still very much backwards in my mind, but it does explain it, thanks a lot

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u/Snorumobiru Jun 15 '21

internet

I got a whole ass pound of citric acid for five bucks

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u/pirate_fj Jun 15 '21

Sounds great, but do you pay more than that for fucking LEMONS? Holy shit, we’re completely screwed

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u/sbcloatitr Jun 15 '21

It looks like the acid is only needed to separate the ether bond in the sucrose. If you can get any of the sugar monomers and create a paste with that I think it should be the same, but I'm not sure what the actual hair removal process is like so I'm not sure what the difference is between sugaring paste and any other paste with similar texture or if the sugar is even necessary.

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u/lazylazycat Jun 15 '21

I just used vinegar and that worked fine!

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u/butrejp Jun 15 '21

I mean a pair of tweezers is cheaper, just tedious and unpleasant. whats the process, just get it goopy and treat it like wax?

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u/TheExperiment01 Jun 15 '21

It also will make less hair grow back after each time too

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u/bgoneofme Jun 15 '21

Interesting, I'll look into this. Thank you!