A well-made mustache wax provides a firm hold for the wispy hairs on your upper lip. We review the best mustache waxes currently available.
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It’s a well-balanced, daily mustache wax. The subtle scent and beeswax base make for a perfect combo.
A tried-and-true mustache wax that can keep even the craziest of whiskers tamed. Consider this if you want the ultimate hold.
This mustache wax provides an unscented and confident hold all day long.
Add structure to your facial hair while still having a natural, pliable finish.
The unique, pasty formula makes it much easier to manage than others.
4 Tips for Buying Mustache Wax
When buying a mustache wax, it’s best to know what you are applying to your face. Here are some of the key ingredients found within mustache wax and what they do:
- Wax. Most natural mustache waxes rely on beeswax as the primary holding and styling agent. When melted and then applied, beeswax can provide a firm hold. Carnauba wax is another popular base that is sourced from the carnauba palm. In addition, paraffin wax, derived from petroleum, may be found in some cheap mustache waxes.
- Carrier Oil. This ingredient is added to mustache wax to provide some mild conditioning properties. Most importantly, a carrier oil will help to prevent the skin from becoming dry or itchy.
- Essential Oil. These are added to mustache wax to provide a fragrance. Disregard any claims such as “faster growth” or “increased blood flow” as they are unproven (source).
- Butter (varies). Given the high concentrations of wax, butter may be added to provide some malleability to the mustache wax. Secondary moisturizing benefits are also achieved through the inclusion of butter. Butter isn’t always included in mustache wax.
2. Holding Strength
The concentration of wax included in the mustache wax will impact the holding strength. Beard care companies will often state whether a mustache wax has a light, medium, firm, or very firm hold.
Expect the following with each holding strength:
- Light hold: A lot of flexibility with some structure.
- Medium hold: Some flexibility to the facial hair.
- Firm hold: Little flexibility – expect full day hold.
- Very firm hold: No flexibility – expect a hard hold all day.
3. Intended Use
As inferred in the name, mustache wax is explicitly designed for the facial hair on your upper lip. However, given the firm holding strength, some men may work mustache wax into the rest of their facial hair as it is an effective way to maintain an unruly beard.
When using mustache wax, a little goes a long way. While a 0.5oz container may appear insufficient, it should last for several weeks when used correctly.
1. Best Overall: Reuzel “The Stache” Mustache Wax
Want a barber-approved mustache wax? Then you have to move “The Stache” to the top of your consideration list.
Netherland-based barbershop Schorem, which you should follow their account on Instagram if you haven’t already (@schorembarbier), recently launched a grooming product line.
Quickly catching the attention of the grooming world, their products are expertly made and perform exceptionally well.
“The Stache” does everything right. With a beeswax base, clean fragrance, and strong hold, it keeps your upper lip looking great throughout the day. With no colorants or artificial ingredients added, the wax should both look and feel good.
Pros: A well-made and simple mustache wax that works.
Cons: Some men may prefer a firmer hold.
2. Best for Handlebars: Firehouse Moustache Wax, Wacky Tacky
If you want a tried and true, made-in-the-USA beard product, it doesn’t get much more authentic than the Firehouse Moustache Wax. Founded by former fireman John Pitts in 2006 (read about the history here), Wacky Tacky is a finely crafted mustache wax.
A recipe guarded since its creation, this mustache wax is assumed to use both beeswax and petroleum jelly while having a muted scent.
While the wax is dark in color, once applied, it goes on clear, so staining or dying of your mustache won’t be an issue.
The hold is very stiff and will not budge from the moment you apply it at the start of the day. Perfect for very thick, bushy, or handlebar mustaches, it’s easy to see why Wacky Tacky continues to be a fan favorite for mustache lovers worldwide.
Pros: Super firm hold provides unmatched control. Handmade in the USA.
Cons: Uncertain ingredient composition.
3. Best Unscented: CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Moustache Wax
CanYouHandlebar’s mustache wax provides an extra-strong hold that can keep unruly whiskers in check.
The all-natural formula does not contain petroleum, artificial colorants, or synthetic fragrances.
For the formula, CanYouHandlebar relies on a base of beeswax and wool wax. For conditioning and nourishment, olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter have been added. Essential oils are absent from this mustache wax, making it ideal for men with sensitive skin or those simply wanting a product with a slight fragrance.
Plus, it’s made in the USA (Michigan), so you know it’s going to be good.
Pros: No-nonsense mustache wax that provides a firm hold. Unscented formula is versatile.
Cons: Stiff body makes it tough to use.
4. Light Hold: Proraso Mustache Wax
Founded in 1908, the Italian brand Proraso has been a fixture in the men’s grooming world for over a century. While primarily known for their quality shaving products, their extended line of beard care products are equally well-made.
Proraso demonstrates in their mustache wax that a firm or rigid hold isn’t always necessary. This mustache wax goes on like a beard balm with a soft body but provides an excellent structure to your facial hair when it dries. What is nice about this formulation is that you can use it on both your upper lip and any other areas of your beard that are a little wild.
The mustache wax relies on beeswax and shea butter base along with some synthetic ingredients. The wood and spicy scent provide a pleasant warm aroma.
Pros: Versatile and pliable mustache wax provides a light hold.
Cons: Natural and chemical formulation may turn off some.
5. Medium Hold: Bossman MUDstache Wax
Known for their one-of-a-kind beard jelly, Bossman Brands does it again with their MUDstache Wax.
Named after Texas mud, where Bossman Brands is located, the mustache wax has a thick yet pliable consistency.
Bossman Brands can achieve this consistency by relying on a blend of beeswax, lanolin wax, carnauba wax, and coconut oil, along with some artificial ingredients. When scooped out and worked into facial hair, you will find that this mustache wax is more pliable than others. Additionally, once the day is finished, you can easily wash out the wax with your preferred beard shampoo.
The mustache wax is unscented, allowing it to pair well with other fragrances.
Pros: Easy to apply and rinse out. It is made in the USA.
Cons: Contains some manufactured ingredients.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.