The mustache is making a comeback. Whether its the crumb-dusting centerpiece of an epic beard or a standalone masterpiece, the handlebar mustache has a bright future both in and outside of hipster havens like Portland, Oregon. And a great way to tame said mustache is with a strong hold mustache wax.
Mustache wax — most people have heard of it but many don’t know what it’s for, what it’s made of, or how it even works. Mustache wax is typically made from beeswax and some other ingredients such as petroleum jelly, lanolin, or other carrier oils to style and hold the mustache hairs in place. If you’re just starting out and you’re on the hunt for a medium hold wax to tame your budding mustache, then look elsewhere.
We believe the best mustache wax should be firm, tacky enough to hold the mustache hairs together, and long-lasting. There’s nothing worse than slapping on a healthy dose of mustache wax only to have your handlebars drooping an hour later. The best mustache waxes provide a firm hold that need very little maintenance throughout the day once applied. True firm hold mustache waxes are few and far between, but luckily we’ve rounded up the ten best. Each one — from the best strong hold mustache wax to the extra tacky — are truly the best on the market.
What Is Mustache Wax
If you’re reading this article, then you probably already have some idea of what mustache wax is, and you’re on the hunt for the best one. If so, then read on. For those with a curious mind, mustache wax is, depending on the brand, a mixture of waxes, resins, carrier oils such as coconut oil or jajoba oil, and essential oils designed to hold the hairs of the mustache in place and away from the mouth.
The wax provides the needed hold, the carrier oils render the mustache wax pliable enough to remove from the tin and spread evenly across the mustache, and the essential oils provide scented mustache waxes with their scent. Additional ingredients may include butters such as shea nut butter or cocoa butter, and/or lanolin — all of which make the mustache wax more spreadable while keeping the hairs healthy.
Types Of Mustache Waxes
There are strong hold waxes, medium hold waxes, all-natural waxes, and petroleum based waxes flooding the market. The type of mustache wax your mustache requires very much depends on the length of your mustache and how you plan to style it. After all, the best mustache wax for someone looking to style a six-inch handlebar probably isn’t the best mustache wax for someone who has only a month of mustache growth and is looking to keep stray hairs out of their mouth. For the latter, a medium hold wax should do the trick.
The Best Mustache Wax
There is more to the best mustache wax than the amount of reviews of said mustache wax on Amazon. Amazon is a great place to learn from actual users of a particular mustache wax, but marketing dollars definitely play a role in the visibility of a men’s grooming product. Some of the best products in America can sometimes be hidden between the fluff and drivel of modern media. And this includes mustache wax. Read on for our list of the ten best mustache wax products on the market today.
Peckerhead Mustache Wax
We get it. A firm-hold mustache wax is harder to find than a gas station on a midwest road trip. Most mustache wax brands promise an all day stiff hold, but fail to deliver. Rest assured that your handlebar mustache will keep it’s shape well after quitting time thanks to Peckerhead’s super tacky, stiff-hold concoction. Its made from petroleum-free, all natural ingredients — locally-harvested beeswax, pine resin, and lanolin — that deliver the firm, all-day hold you’ve been searching for without the greasy feel of many oil-based formulations.
Whether you’re looking to keep whiskers out of your mouth while you devour a plate of hot wings or sport a professional-grade handlebar mustache, Peckerhead Mustache Wax will provide the tacky, stiff hold you need, and make a bold statement while doing so. – Buy It
Can you Handlebar Secondary Mustache Wax
Can You Handlebar has been around for a while, and their professional-grade, firm hold Secondary Mustache Wax ensures that they’ll be around even longer. Much like Peckerhead Mustache Wax above, Secondary provides a stiff-hold for advanced styling and a subtle sweet sent of beeswax.
Its all natural, petroleum-free ingredients include local Michigan beeswax, lanolin, castor oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Secondary will keep the whiskers out of your mouth and, if you use enough, will hold a handlebar all day and most of the night without the need to add more wax. But don’t take our word for it. Buy your own tin of the stuff and it will last at least several months with regular use. – Buy It
Firehouse Wacky Tacky Moustache Wax
Ah yes, the infamous Wacky Tacky by Firehouse Moustache Wax. Wacky Tacky is a different beast altogether. While many reviews online by customers have said that this mustache wax is rather hard to remove from the tin, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Wacky Tacky is actually quite softer — think petroleum jelly — in the tin than most firm hold mustache waxes on the market, but that doesn’t affect it’s performance on your crumb duster.
Following application, the wax sets a firm hold that we’ve found lasts for many hours. It’s dark in the tin, and is therefore best for darker-colored mustaches. Keep this in mind when you make your purchase. Also keep in mind, that there is no actual list of ingredients on the tin itself. Most reviews assume its a beeswax and petroleum jelly mixture, but we can’t be so sure about that. Until an ingredients list is released, we can only ponder. But Wacky tacky surely works, and that’s a good thing. – Buy It
Death Grip Moustache Wax
The name says it all. Death Grip Moustache Wax is a seriously-firm mustache wax, and, the brand says, an award-winning competition-grade product. Its definitely stiff in the tin, but not like you think. It’s consistency is similar to that of a thick, sticky pine sap.
Before applying it, warm it thoroughly with a hair dryer, or warm the tin with hot water, or else you won’t be able to apply it to your mustache without ripping out your hairs. Ingredients include lanolin, beeswax, and pine gum rosin — the latter of which renders Death Grip literally the tackiest mustache wax in existence. – Buy It
Woodsman Mustache Wax
Hands down the best smelling mustache wax in the game — if a scented mustache wax is what you’re after — is Woodsman Mustache Wax by The Bearded Bastard in Austin, Texas. Once you open the tin, you literally smell a camp fire blazing in the distance — but don’t worry, the scent wears off to acceptable levels soon after you apply it to your soup strainer.
It’s a bit softer to handle than, say, Peckerhead Mustache Wax or Secondary Wax, but produces a nice firm hold shortly after applied. It’s all natural, petroleum-free ingredients are overshadowed only by it’s amazing scent and unique cedar wood labels. If you’re contemplating Woodsman, we say go for it. Every mustachioed gentleman should try it at least once in their lifetime. – Buy It
Fisticuffs Strong Hold Mustache Wax
Here’s another wax for those that prefer their mustache to be scented. It’s Fisticuffs Strong Hold Mustache Wax, and, while strong hold may be bit of a stretch for this one, it does offer up a medium hold that is not only best for shorter face mirkens, but is also still much better than countless other products on the market that fail to deliver any hold whatsoever.
You can use this one in your beard too as a beard wax, and , thanks to a a variety of scents via the inclusion of essentials oils, you won’t need a beard balm to go with it. Ingredients include Beeswax, Tea tree oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Some essential oils, Petroleum jelly, and Pine Sap. – Buy It
Wild Willie’s Stache Wax
Another firmer hold mustache wax worth mentioning here is Wild Willie’s Stache Wax. It is hands down this author’s favorite in terms of scent, which can be described as your favorite aftershave. The scent, however, isn’t overpowering once applied to your lip rug, where it will provide a good half a day’s worth of hold if applied correctly.
We’re firm believers that a mustache wax doesn’t need an armload of ingredients to be effective, and Wild Willie’s limits it’s ingredients list to 7 natural ones: Beeswax, almond oil, shea butter, pine resin, and several essential oils. – Buy It
Stache Bomb Stache Wax
Stache Bomb Stache Wax was inspired by the mustache wielders of yesteryear who rode motorcycles across the country, who flew planes in World War II, or those hipsters who prefer to drink cheap craft beer from a can. I recently had the chance to use Stache Bomb Stache Wax, and it served it’s purpose well.
Warming the wax in your pocket prior to use is the way to go here, but don’t expect an all-day hold. Frequent touch ups will be necessary, especially if you’re not sporting a handlebar. For handlebar mustaches, it will provide the hold you need if you use enough of it and is a good mutache wax to try. The fancy, vintage-inspired artwork featuring busty mascot Stache Bomb Stacy straddling a bomb on the can is also a well-enough reason to order yourself a tin. That, and the pine scent. – Buy It
Raleigh’s Super Mustache Wax
I’m not going to lie. I expected a product with the name Super Mustache Wax to deliver a super stiff hold. I was disappointed, but that’s not to say that Raleigh’s Super Mustache Wax isn’t an effective product. It is, if you’re sporting a shorter stache and need an everyday, medium hold wax.
This one lacks the tackiness of a true strong hold mustache wax, and is therefore easy to wash out at the end of the day. Its made from beeswax mixed with Frankincense resin, shea butter, and 3 different oils. It may not stiffen up like glue, but we’ve included it on this list because it’s mixture of oils and butters will definitely keep your mustache looking healthy. – Buy It
Mountaineer Brand Mustache Wax
Mountaineer Brand is handmade in West Virginia with all natural ingredients because, well, like most consumers, people don’t want to put unnatural chemicals near their mouth. I’ve got a full beard and any time I eat a sandwich or hot wing, i’m also eating a mouthful of mustache at some point. All natural is good, and most (not all) waxes on this list use all natural ingredients like Mountaineer Brand, who also promises an excellent hold. Ingredients include beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil, and some essential oils to provide a subtle yet natural scent of fir needles and cedar wood. – Buy It
Mustache Wax, Beard Wax, Beard Balm: Know The Differences
There are many key differences between mustache wax and other beard products such as beard balm and beard wax. The primary reason, however, is that mustache wax is really the only product meant for your mustache. We don’t consider the opposite true. This author has used mustache wax on his beard on numerous occasions for shaping and maintaining stray hairs when beard wax just couldn’t do the trick. Sure, you could slather beard balm or beard oil onto your mustache on any given day that it begins to feel dried out, but the best mustache waxes should be able to take care of that problem on their own via lanolin or other carrier oil.
Without the fluff and drivel, here is a breakdown of each:
Mustache Wax: Mustache Wax is a firm, wax-based grooming product meant to hold the hairs of the mustache in place, out of the mouth, and in the wearer’s preferred style. Typically, the easier it is to remove from the container, the less hold it will have on your mustache.
Beard Wax: Beard Wax is softer than mustache wax, but firmer than beard balm (at least it should be.) It is also wax-based and is typically used to style the beard and to help it keep its shape. If you’re like me, you would use a strong hold mustache wax sparingly on your beard and skip the beard wax altogether.
Beard Balm: Beard Balm is the softest beard product of the three and, although it is typically also wax-based, balm contains more carrier oils such as coconut oil, jajoba oil, olive oil, etc for nourishing a longer beard. Once your beard grows out quite a bit, it may begin to feel dried out and coarse. Beard balm helps in this capacity, and may help with styling the beard to some degree.