A well-made mustache wax provides a firm hold for the wispy hairs on your upper lip. Not only that, but a good mustache wax will make your ‘stache look more natural and full.
But here’s the deal:
Not all mustache waxes are created equal. In fact, there are a lot of subpar products out there that can do more harm than good. That’s why took it upon ourselves to review and rate some of the most popular mustache waxes currently available:
Mustache Waxes Compared
|Ranking||Mustache Wax||Size (ounces)||Scent||Primary Ingredients||Holding Strength||Price||Price per Ounce||Award||Rating|
|1||Reuzel “The Stache” Mustache Wax||1.0||Orange, Mint||Beeswax, Witch Hazel Extract, Rosemary Extract||Strong||$13||$13.00||Best Overall||95|
|2||Firehouse Moustache Wax, Wacky Tacky||1.0||Natural||Beeswax, Petroleum||Strong||$19||$19.00||For Handlebars||92|
|3||CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Moustache Wax||1.0||Unscented||Beeswax, Lanolin, Europaea (Olive) Oil||Strong||$15||$15.00||Unscented||91|
|4||Proraso Mustache Wax||0.5||Wood and Spice||Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Eucalyptus Oil||Light||$12||$24.00||Light Hold||90|
|5||Bossman MUDstache Wax||1.0||Unscented||Beeswax, Lanolin wax, Carnauba wax||Strong||$13||$13.00||Medium Hold||88|
Best Mustache Waxes of 2023
Here’s our ratings and reviews of mustache waxes:
Reuzel “The Stache” Mustache Wax
What We Think:
With a strong hold, natural beeswax base, and absent of artificial ingredients, its no wonder this mustache wax is a barber-approved favorite. “The Stache” by Reuzel is the real deal.
No artificial ingredients
A bit pricier than some may like to pay
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.
Firehouse Moustache Wax, Wacky Tacky
What We Think:
The Firehouse Moustache Wax is a high-quality, stiff-holding wax that is perfect for very thick or bushy mustaches. Although the dark color can be difficult to apply evenly, the end result is worth it for a well-groomed look that will last all day.
Super firm hold provides unmatched control
Handmade in the USA
Uncertain ingredient composition
Muted scent may not be appealing to everyone
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.
CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Moustache Wax
What We Think:
The beeswax and wool wax base provides a firm hold, while the olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter help to condition and nourish the mustache. The lack of essential oils makes this wax ideal for men with sensitive skin, or for those who prefer a wax with a light fragrance
No-nonsense mustache wax that provides a firm hold
Unscented formula is versatile
Made in the USA
Stiff body makes it tough to use
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.
Proraso Mustache Wax
What We Think:
Looking for a light hold mustache wax? Check out Proraso’s offering. This beeswax and shea butter based wax goes on like a beard balm, providing a soft hold that is perfect for taming fly-aways. The woodsy, spicy scent is pleasant and warming.
Can be used on other parts of the beard
Warm, woody scent
May be too soft for some guys
Some synthetic ingredients
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.
Bossman MUDstache Wax
What We Think:
The thick, pliable consistency of Bossman Brands’ MUDstache Wax is due to a blend of beeswax, lanolin wax, carnauba wax, and coconut oil, along with some artificial ingredients. The mustache wax is unscented, allowing it to pair well with other fragrances.
Easy to apply and rinse out
Thick, pliable consistency
Contains some manufactured ingredients
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.
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. Just be sure you have a long enough mustache so the wax has something to hold onto.
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.
How do you apply mustache wax?
Applying mustache wax must be done carefully. Too much wax can irritate the skin and cause flaking of the product. We recommend that you give our step-by-step guide on applying mustache wax a quick read. We also share how to make a handlebar mustache as well.
Can you make your own mustache wax?
Making your own mustache wax is a straightforward process that anyone can do. We put together a helpful guide for you that goes over all the necessary steps for making mustache wax.
What are some mustache wax substitutes?
From beard balm to hair wax, we put together a list of eight worthy substitutes that you can use if your mustache wax tin runs out.