The mustache is back in fashion- every hipster worth their salt can now be seen sporting some kind of facial topiary, and the mustache typically forms the focal point of this. With that has come a revived need for mustache wax. Gone are the Victorian and Edwardian days when you would just make it yourself- now there are a huge range of products out there to help you keep your mustache in tip-top condition, all with different aspects to make them stand out from the rest. In this article, we will guide you through the best mustache wax available, so you can be certain that you are buying just what you need for your requirements.
Our Top 5 For Best Mustache Wax with Reviews
Captain Fawcett’s Mustache Wax
Captain Fawcett’s markets itself as being made from an original recipe by an ill-fated Edwardian explorer whose papers, including this recipe, were found many years after he disappeared. While this story has more than a hint of fiction about it, it does sum up neatly the approach of Captain Fawcett’s to their products- made to an actual person’s own recipe (albeit not Captain Fawcett himself) and without any nasty chemicals added. Everything they put into their wax is natural, and they come in a variety of scents, from Lavender to Sandalwood to Ylang Ylang, so whatever your tastes in fragrance, you should find something you like. They also offer an “Expedition Strength” wax with a firmer hold than most, so if you’ve already tried other waxes and found they didn’t cut the mustard, this might just be the one you’ve been looking for. Whatever one you go for, all of their waxes will keep your style in place for longer than most competitors, making them one of the best mustache waxes around.
The one downside to this product is that it comes in a pot. While this suits the Edwardian aesthetic the company are going for just fine, it can be a little difficult for those who aren’t used to it to get it out of the pot. If you’re one of those people, check out the FAQ section below for how to do it.
Captain Fawcett’s don’t just do mustache wax, though- if you have paired your mustache with a matching beard, then their beard oil comes highly recommended, as do their other shaving products.
Beardbrand Mustache Wax
Lots of waxes (and toiletry products in general) market themselves with a distinctive style in order to attract customers. Beardbrand, on the other hand, are happy to let their product itself do the talking, and over the past few years have built up a dedicated following who swear by their mustache wax.
A little less firm-holding than Captain Fawcett’s, Beardbrand is still a great choice for those with a smaller mustache, or whose style doesn’t require as much hold. This wax comes in three scents: Tea Tree, Tree Ranger, and Spiced Citrus, all of which smell absolutely fantastic. It doesn’t leave any residue behind, so keeps your mustache in place without leaving it looking overly treated. Beardbrand wax comes in a tube, so it’s easier to apply than the Captain Fawcett’s- just squeeze a little bit out and apply.
Everyone I’ve spoken to about it, or read about online, has been more than happy with Beardbrand wax- if the customer is always right, then Beardbrand is certainly one of the best mustache waxes on the market, and does its job without being either too expensive or too niche.
The Bearded Goon’s Ridiculously Strong Beard and Mustache Wax
The clue is in the name as to what this wax’s selling point is. It provides the strongest hold out of all products available, so is the go-to wax for anyone with a lot of facial hair that needs it to stay safely held in place. It’s strong enough that just one application will last you the whole day, so a pot of this will last you longer than other products. As it is primarily intended for beard-wearers, you should find that it is more than strong enough, whatever your style.
The Bearded Goon only use essential oils in their products- no artificial ingredients or chemicals in this wax. So not only does it provide an unbelievable hold, but it’s also great for those with sensitive skin. Plus, they don’t test on animals- so your facial hair will be cruelty free however fiercely you style it!
The one thing that this wax is lacking in is the smell- as there’s nothing in it to really give it much of a distinctive odour, you might find that you prefer something with more fragrance, although this will likely be down to personal tastes. Other than that, this is a product you can’t go amiss with.
Bounder Mustache Wax
Because of its Victorian heyday, many of the best mustache wax companies, like Captain Fawcett’s above, have played up this notion of the Victorian in their product; Bounder is no different. Going further than most, though, their wax contains some authentic Carribean Navy Rum, so you can really feel like a gentleman explorer, whatever it is that you are doing. The packaging is also something to write home about, being packed with humorous little tips about how to use your wax all written in an old-fashioned style.
This isn’t all that Bounder has to offer, though. It still provides a reliable hold, and leaves behind no nasty, noticeable residue. It also is easy to readjust, so if you find that you mustache is set out of place by anything, you can quickly and easily set it back to how you want with just a few tweaks.
Unfortunately, all of this comes at a cost- Bounder is slightly more expensive than most of the competition, but it makes up for this in being just as good a wax as them, with a few added touches. If you’re looking for a product that feels like an authentic relic while still doing its job properly, then Bounder is the best mustache wax for you.
Clubman Pinaud Wax with Free Brush
What sets Clubman wax apart is its price- it is notably cheaper than many of the other products out there, so is the best mustache wax for those on a budget.What it lacks that the other products on this list have is the attractive packaging. Even Bearbrand comes in a nice little minimalistic stick, but Clubman only offer a very plain tube that leaves it looking more like superglue than mustache wax. However, that isn’t to say that the product itself isn’t effective at its job- it provides a good, strong hold, and has a faint lemony smell that’s easy on the nose.
Clubman is also the only product on this list which offers an option which isn’t “clear”, meaning that you will have to pick a shade that matches your hair colour. You might want to think about what colour you want before you buy- while the “neutral” has left white spots in the hair for some, others say that the dark is exceptionally dark, to the point where the wax becomes very obvious, so be warned. Its price makes it extremely popular, though, and so, as with the Beardbrand wax, you might want to take its popularity as a good gauge of how good a wax it is.
Things to know before buying Best Moustache Wax : FAQs
Q. How do I choose the mustache wax that’s right for me?
A. This will depend on what it is you want out of your mustache wax, as what constitutes the “best mustache wax” will vary depending on the style of mustache you are going for. The waxes recommended in this article are in a variety of different strengths, so you will want to pick one that provides enough hold for the style you’re going for. Since the wax will be directly under your nose, it is also very important to make sure that you don’t find the smell of it unpleasant! The scents these waxes come in are fairly common in toiletries, so you should be able to find something that you like.
Q. How do I apply Mustache Wax?
A. This will vary depending on the type of wax you buy. If the wax comes as a solid stick, rub this directly on to your mustache, then use a comb to style it. With a tub, gently rub some between your fingers and then apply that. Getting it out of the tub can be tricky until you’ve got the hang of things, but you should try to use your fingernail to scoop a little bit out to use at first, and apply more as and when you need it. Getting the tub a little bit warm should make things easier- carrying it for a few minutes in a tight-fitting pocket should do the trick, but you may have to apply more heat depending on the product itself. Once it’s out of the tub, by working from the centre to the tip, you should easily be able to style your mustache and have it held firmly in place. For wax in a tube, the process is the same as the tub- just a little bit easier!
Q. Will the wax change the colour of my mustache?
A. That depends on the wax itself. While your average product won’t change the colour, there are products available which contain a small amount of colour. However, a lot of these products don’t really do anything except in the immediate period after you have applied the wax, because the main ingredients in any wax- beeswax and oil- are clear, and so will dilute any colouration once it has been evenly spread. Furthermore, while the colour in these won’t offer much noticeable difference to your mustache, they can leave stains on anything your upper lip comes into contact with- so a clear wax is probably your best bet, unless you are really set on changing the colour of your mustache.
Q. Can I make my own mustache wax?
A. Yes! While the waxes recommended in this article all have something about them which makes them well worth purchasing, the basic ingredients of mustache wax are extremely easy to procure in order to make some yourself. There are quite a few guides out there on how to make it, but the main ingredients are beeswax and petroleum jelly, boiled together. While its best to look for dedicated guides on how to do this, it’s all very simple, so if you’re interested it’s worth having a go at it.