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Best Mustache Waxes

Adam Williams

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

RankingMustache WaxSize (ounces)ScentPrimary IngredientsHolding StrengthPricePrice per OunceAwardRating
1Reuzel “The Stache” Mustache Wax1.0Orange, MintBeeswax, Witch Hazel Extract, Rosemary ExtractStrong$13$13.00Best Overall95
2Firehouse Moustache Wax, Wacky Tacky1.0NaturalBeeswax, PetroleumStrong$19$19.00For Handlebars92
3CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Moustache Wax1.0UnscentedBeeswax, Lanolin, Europaea (Olive) OilStrong$15$15.00Unscented91
4Proraso Mustache Wax0.5Wood and SpiceBeeswax, Shea Butter, and Eucalyptus OilLight$12$24.00Light Hold90
5Bossman MUDstache Wax1.0UnscentedBeeswax, Lanolin wax, Carnauba waxStrong$13$13.00Medium Hold88

Best Mustache Waxes of 2022

Here’s our ratings and reviews of mustache waxes:

Reuzel “The Stache” Mustache Wax

Best Overall

Rating

95 / 100

Reuzel The Stache Mustache Wax - Strong Hold, Low Shine Beeswax - Tame and Train Unruly, Coarse Hair - Perfect for Creating Your Signature Style - Light Orange and Mint Scent - 1 Oz

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.

Pros

Strong hold

Beeswax base

No artificial ingredients

Cons

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

For Handlebars

Rating

93 / 100

Firehouse Moustache Wax Wacky Tacky - Strong Heavy-Duty Mustache & Beard Wax, Naturally Scented & Colored All-Weather Mustache Wax (1 Ounce Tin); Handmade in Small Batches by John The Fireman

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.

Pros

Super firm hold provides unmatched control

Handmade in the USA

Stiff hold

Cons

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

Unscented

Rating

91 / 100

Can You Handlebar Moustache Wax for Men, Strong Hold Styling Balm, Unscented Natural Beeswax, Grooming Products, 1 oz Tin Each

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

Pros

No-nonsense mustache wax that provides a firm hold

Unscented formula is versatile

Made in the USA

Cons

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

Light Hold

Rating

90 / 100

Proraso Moustache Wax, 0.5 oz

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.

Pros

Reliable hold

Can be used on other parts of the beard

Warm, woody scent

Cons

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

Medium Hold

Rating

88 / 100

Bossman MUDstache Wax Unscented Mustache Wax - Mustach Grooming Care - Strong Hold for Taming, Training and Styling (1oz)

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.

Pros

Easy to apply and rinse out

Thick, pliable consistency

Unscented

Cons

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

1. Ingredients

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.

Related: When to Use Mustache Wax

4. Size

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. 

Common Questions

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.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.