Taking care of your hair doesn’t just include the strands on your head. For gentlemen who have opted to rock the classic mustache, keeping your facial hair looking well-groomed and clean will take you from being “The guy with that mustache” to “The guy with the great mustache.” It’s a small, but important distinction.
In addition to having the right comb and scissors for regular trims, using a mustache wax will keep the real estate above your upper lip looking fresh and clean. If you want to reach Tom Selleck-greatness, you’re going to need a wax.
You might notice that some products are sold as beard waxes. If you’re wondering if you can just use a beard wax as a mustache wax, here’s what you should know. Beard wax offers a softer hold and can provide moisturizing benefits, while a mustache wax is primarily designed to keep your mustache in place. Then, there’s the question of hold. A medium hold is great if you’re looking for a natural look and a way to keep errant hairs in place. But if you want to style your facial hair (handlebars, for example) then you’ll need a wax with a strong hold.
These are some of the best waxes available right now.
1. Mustache Wax by Mountaineer Brand
Our team loves the natural ingredients in Mustache Wax by Mountaineer Brand. Using all-natural beeswax to create a wax that you’ll feel safe about putting next to your mouth, Mountaineer Brand has a neutral tint and slight notes of cedar and fire needle. Each batch is handmade in the US and the tins are twice as large as competitors, lasting you and your ‘stache even longer.
Pros: Natural beeswax, neutral color, made in US. Two-ounce tin.
Cons: Some may prefer unscented.
2. Firehouse Moustache Wax
Firehouse Mustache Wax is available in several different colors, so you can find the one that best matches your facial hair. The one shown below is “Tacky”, which is a dark brown color that suits those with dark brown or black hair. There’s also light for those with blonde or gray hair and dark for reddish or light brown hair. The mustache wax comes in a one-ounce tin that’s easy to pop in your pocket and take on the go. It’s made in the US in small batches.
Pros: Made in the US, available in various colors to suit different hair colors. No fragrance, made from natural wax.
Cons: Expensive. The hold is very strong, and some may prefer a milder hold.
3. Clubman Moustache Wax
Mustaches can show the first signs of gray hair, long before they begin to sprout up on your head. The Clubman Moustache Wax is available in a variety of tints to help you hide any grays you’re not quite ready to let shine through just yet. The wax comes with the added value of an easy-to-use mustache brush, which makes applying the wax a breeze.
Pros: Comes in a convenient tube and includes a styling comb. Available in various tints.
Cons: Small size.
4. Bossman MUDstache
The Bossman MUDstache is perfect for anyone trying to achieve a difficult hold with their mustache. We’re talking to you, twisty-end mustache lovers. With a base of beeswax and coconut oil, the clear wax lasts up to 24 hours, helping to keep your mustache hairs out of your mouth and on your face.
Pros: Strong hold. Natural ingredients like beeswax and coconut oil.
Cons: 0.75-ounce tin is smaller than most.
5. Fisticuffs Mustache Wax 3 Pack
The Fisticuffs Mustache Wax 3 Pack is ideal for anyone who wants to try a variety of mustache wax scents or is looking for small tins that are perfect for travel. The hand-poured wax is available in original scent, lavender and bay rum scent. Your mustache is right below your nose, so having it smell good is an added bonus.
Pros: Three-pack. Pleasant scents. Small tins for taking on the go.
Cons: Not ideal for those sensitive to fragrance.
6. Fisticuffs Strong Hold Mustache Wax
Made with top-quality ingredients, Fisticuffs Strong Hold Mustache Wax is an awesome option for guys starting out their handlebar stache. This stuff will stay up for a while, meaning you’re not going to get any hair in your mouth when you have a burger or sip from a beer. This hand-poured wax smells deliciously too, giving off super fresh, citrusy scents.
Pros: Great for beginners, awesome smelling.
Cons: Hold doesn’t last as long as other brands.
7. Viking Revolution Mustache Wax 2 Pack
If you like a fragranced option, then this set of two mustache waxes from Viking Revolution is a good pick. One is sandalwood and the other is citrus, so you can swap them out from day to day. The two tins are 0.5 ounces each, totaling one ounce for both tins. If you prefer one fragrance over the other, you can order two tins of the same scent from this same listing. It’s designed to provide a strong hold without being too sticky or tacky.
Pros: Comes in a set of two tins in sandalwood and citrus fragrances. Natural ingredients including argan oil, jojoba oil, mango butter and beeswax.
Cons: Some may prefer a stronger hold.
8. Live Bearded Natural Mustache Wax
Live Bearded’s Natural Mustache Wax comes in stick form for an uncomplimented style process that will hold that stache for hours on end. Scented with a mix of honey, cedar and lemon, keep the cologne at home because with a little bit of this, you’re going to smell good no matter what. This stuff also conditions your facial hair to keep it looking and feeling as healthy as ever.
Pros: Super easy for styling, great smelling product.
Cons: The stick format might be annoying for some.
9. Dr. Dittmar Hungarian Beard Wax
If you’re looking for something longlasting both on your face and in the jar, Dr. Dittmar’s Hungarian Beard Wax is the way to go. This great-smelling stuff is also pretty light-scented, so while you will love what you’re breathing in, it’s nothing super overpowering. Therefore, you can mix any cologne, aftershave or deodorant into the mix and none of the scents will clash.
Pros: The wax itself lasts a really long time in the jar and the scent isn’t overpowering.
Cons: The container itself is pretty small.
10. Can You Handlebar Medium Hold Wax
This mustache wax comes in a sturdy, one-ounce stainless steel tin that’s designed for everyday use and touch-ups. While many of the options on this list are designed to provide an extreme hold, this is a good pick if you prefer a more natural medium hold mustache wax. Like most of the options on this list, the wax needs to be warmed up before you apply it, which you can do either by running the tin under hot water or by rubbing vigorously in your hands. The wax is made from natural ingredients.
Pros: Natural wax ingredients. Good option if you prefer a medium hold. Small amount of product goes a long way.
Cons: Some may not like the fragrance.
11. Death Grip Moustache Wax
This mustache wax comes in a unique brass-colored metal tin, and the small one-ounce size is easy to take on the go. As the product name “Death Grip” suggests, this mustache wax is designed to provide an extreme hold. But it provides a strong hold without relying on synthetic ingredients. It’s made from three natural ingredients: bee’s wax, pine rosin and lanolin. Lanolin is animal-derived, but the product is cruelty-free.
Pros: Derived from natural wax. Comes in a unique brass-colored tin. Super strong hold.
Cons: Some may find it too sticky.