Beard oil is by and far one of the easiest grooming products you can make at home.
In fact, we go in great length how to make your own beard oil in this guide.
A close second to making your own beard oil though is mustache wax.
Mustache wax only relies on 3 primary ingredients:
- Carrier oil
- Essential oil
You can quickly create your very own wax on a Sunday afternoon.
In this guide, we are going to go over in great length, not only some great recipes to get you started, but also what all the ingredients do in order to make your mustache look its very best.
By the end of this article, you will be equipped in all facets of mustache wax…
…so much so, that you may even want to create your very own mustache wax company!
But more importantly, you will be able to confidently create a recipe yourself that will deliver the exact hold that you are looking for in order to get the results you want.
So without wasting a minute more, let’s hop into this extensive guide to your very first mustache wax recipe:
Beeswax Is The Most Important Aspect Of Mustache Wax
Unlike beard balm or beard butters where you can really get by with only a few pellets of beeswax, mustache wax on the other hand is a styling agent first and a conditioning agent second.
Therefore, if you are aiming to have either a perfectly shaped beard or mustache, you will want to formulate a mustache wax that will keep even the unruliest whiskers in check.
…and to do that, you need beeswax…
…and lots of it.
When visiting any natural store or simply an online retailer like Amazon, you are going to find two distinct types of beeswax:
White and yellow beeswax.
For the purposes of this article, these two forms of beeswax can be used interchangeably.
But if you must know, beeswax can change in color depending on a variety of factors including the flowers that the bees were consuming and even the bark of the tree that their nest was housed!
So don’t get too hung up on a particular color of beeswax turning your mustache a tinge yellow or white – it won’t.
Carrier Oils Act As A Conditioning Agent
While the beeswax selection for mustache wax is pretty straight forward, when it comes to carrier oils, things it a bit more complex, here’s why:
There are a ton of carrier oils out there in the wild.
Typically always derived from some sort of nut or tree, they are used in countless grooming products for both men and women.
Among one of the most popular ones (and one we suggest you use in your first mustache wax) is jojoba oil (pronounced ‘ho-ho-ba’).
This oil is everywhere.
Well, in short, it’s extremely mild.
When you smell jojoba straight from the bottle it has a very subtle nutty scent to it – its nearly unscented.
You have to really have a great olfactory bulb to pick it up.
But its muted scent isn’t the real reason why companies and consumers love this oil so much…
…the reason is this:
It’s incredibly compatible with your skin.
Well, to not sound too science-y, we just want to go over what happens at the bottom of every one of your mustache hairs.
So check this out:
At the root of your follicle on your mustache (and beard), you have these tiny little glands called sebaceous glands.
They are responsible for nourishing both your skin and hair.
Not only will they help your hairs and skin looking great, but feel great as well.
If you ever grew a beard, you likely noticed that itchy sensation you get after a few days of growth…
…well carrier oils like jojoba oil naturally compliment that sebum oil.
When applied regularly, it will help to completely get rid of that annoying itch…and fast!
So, what does all this mean?
Well, when used in a mustache wax recipes we go over in a minute, this key ingredient will help to provide some nourishment to those beautiful follicles on your upper lip.
This will make your mustache much softer to the touch as opposed to going without it in your recipe.
But it gets better:
Using straight mustache wax without a carrier oil will be much too stiff of a final product.
Carrier oils like jojoba oil help to cut the texture down allowing you to work the product easily into your mustache.
Quick note: While we talked about jojoba specifically above, many of the other popular carrier oils including argan, apricot kernel, grapseed, sweet almond, and more will deliver many of the same properties.
However, unlike jojoba oil, many other carrier oils will have a scent associated with them. Therefore, you will want to take this into consideration.
Where To Buy Carrier Oils For Mustache Wax?
Carrier oils can be a slight bit tricky to find in stores, therefore online retailers like Amazon will be your next best bet.
But we wouldn’t recommend just buying the cheapest carrier oil that you find, here’s why:
You like beer?
But do you know why they are in brown bottles?
Don’t worry, I didn’t know this until not too long ago.
They block UV light.
UV light, when hitting a clear bottle of beer for a long period of time will decay the structure of the beer itself – making for some pretty bad results.
Well, much like beer, quality carrier oils follow this same principle.
Therefore, when browsing online for a carrier oil, you will always want to pick up one that is in an amber bottle.
We like recommending this to men, because here’s the simple truth:
You don’t know how long that the oil has been sitting on the shelf, not only at the warehouse, but also when it was originally bottled.
Carrier oils often never have a ‘Born On’ date like a bottle of beer.
Since you are effectively flying blind when you buy this stuff, its best to be on the side of caution.
After all, you don’t want to put together a killer mustache recipe only to find that it’s not doing squat for your skin or ‘stache.
So, to play it safe, you should pick up a Tools of Men certified carrier oil like this one.
Essential Oils Are The Killer Fragrance
While carrier oils are great at delivering some key nourishing and moisturizing properties, essential oils take on a completely different role:
Did you ever want a vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon induced mustache wax?
Well, chances are that you won’t be able to find one like this from a beard care company.
…you can easily create this yourself in your next mustache wax.
Yeah, if there is anything about essential oils, it’s that they are unequivocally the life of the ‘stache wax party.
Always derived naturally from all sorts of botanical sources, essential oils play a key role in delivering a terrific scent in the final product.
Now, a word of caution:
While the name is essential oil, you must never substitute this in place of carrier oils (which we just covered above).
Essential oils are incredibly abrasive and heavily rely on the carrier oils to ‘carry’ the fragrance.
If you apply essential oils directly to your skin, expect to see anywhere from mild to severe irritation.
This isn’t to scare you off from using them, it’s just that we don’t want you to fall in the trap of thinking that both of these oils are the same when they are not.
So, with that being said, it begs the question:
How much essential oil should you use when making your own mustache wax?
In all honesty, it really depends on what type of fragrance you are going for.
If you are one that likes strong forward fragrances, then you will want to be heavy handed.
However, if you like to show some restraint and have the fragrance disappear by the time your morning coffee is consumed, then just a few drops will suffice.
The important part here is to make sure that you always take notes while making your own mustache wax (don’t worry, we will give you some starter recipes below).
This way you have some guidelines as to what worked and didn’t work in your batch.
Now, when it comes to selecting essential oils for your first batch, the same rules of carrier oils applies for essential oils.
Dark amber bottle to ensure structural integrity of the solution.
If its your first time making mustache wax, we highly suggest you pick up this set (it has a ton of different oils for you to test in order to get the perfect scent for you).
Required Items To Make Your Very First Mustache Wax
Here are a few of the items you will need to have on hand before you begin:
Pipettes – These disposable droppers will prevent cross contamination of your carrier oils and essential oils.
Using one dropper for all oils will cause them to get ‘muddied’ and smell bad.
Use only one pipette per bottle. You can usually pick up a huge pack of them on Amazon for only a few bucks.
Kitchen Pot – This pot will be used to mix and melt your beeswax into your carrier and essential oil.
Shallow Tin Cans – This one is optional, but preferred. If you have some old mustache wax tins lying around, just simply give them a deep scrub and then reuse them.
Just like the pipettes, you can find these on Amazon incredibly cheap.
Key Ingredients – You can’t make mustache wax without all the key ingredients!
For starters we would recommend the following:
- Carrier oil
- Essential oil variety pack
- Assorted Knick Knacks – Here are a few things you might want to have within an arms reach away:
- Paper towels
- Spatula or Spoon (to stir as melting or getting excess wax out of pot)
- Note pad & pen (only if taking notes of the process)
- Measuring cups
Mustache Wax Recipes For Beginners
Here is a list of some great mustache wax recipes that other men have found to work really well for them throughout the years:
The Woodsy Man
- 1oz beeswax
- .25oz jojoba oil
- 5 drops cedearwood oil
- 2 drops tea tree oil
My Ginger ‘Stache
- 1oz beeswax
- .10oz argan oil
- .10oz sweet almond oil
- 4 drops cinnamon oil
- 4 drops vanilla oil
- 2 drops nutmeg oil
Tacky & Stiff – Unscented
- 2oz beeswax
- .3oz jojoba oil
- 5oz beeswax
- .25oz sweet almond oil
- 5 drops orange oil
- 2 drops lemon oil
- 1 drop bergamot
How To Make Mustache Wax
To get started you will want to go ahead and follow these steps:
Note: Be sure that you have tins at the ready before you begin. Once the wax has been made, you will need to pour it immediately.
Step 1 – Make the appropriate measurements of beeswax, carrier, and essential oils.
Step 2 – Place pot on the oven and set to medium-low.
Step 3 – Place beeswax pellets in the pot and allow them to melt fully. Stir occasionally.
Tip: Keep an eye on your wax as its melting. You will not want to leave it on direct heat too long as it may get burned.
Step 4 – Once the wax has been fully melted, stir in carrier oil and essential oils.
Step 5 – After 10 seconds of stirring, take the pot off the direct heat and begin pouring into your tins immediately.
Tip: If you wait too long on this process (a few minutes), the wax will harden. You can attempt to melt the wax by placing the pot on the heat, however, it may cause some damage to the final solution.
Step 6 – Let the mustache wax settle overnight or about 4 hours. Once heat is fully dissipated you can place the lids on top and enjoy your new mustache wax!
Final Thoughts On Mustache Wax
While it might seem daunting at first to take on making your very own mustache wax, you will quickly realize just how easy (and affordable) it really is!
Just like making your very own beard oil or beard balm, you will not only have appreciation for what the beard care companies have been doing, but also have a stellar product dialed in to your exact liking.