The Best Mustache Wax of 2018: The Perfect Hold

Mustache wax should be the go-to styling product for every mustachioed gentleman. It does a lot of cool things like softening and conditioning your facial hair, thickening hair growth, strengthening hair strands and roots, and, of course, it helps you style your stache. Because it’s multipurpose as well as purpose-driven, it’s more mustache-specific than other facial hair products. For instance our reviews of beard butter are going to be very different than the mustache wax reviews that follow. 

Brand

Scent

Size

Origin

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ArtsNaturals

Citrus

2 oz

USA

CanYouHandleBar

Light Beeswax

1 oz

Michigan - USA

Wild Willies

Mint Undertones

2 oz

Georgia - USA

Firehouse

Woodsy

1 oz

USA

Bearded Bastard

Woodsy

2 oz

Texas - USA

Top 5 Mustache Wax of 2018

1. Best Overall Wax

All natural

ArtNaturals uses purely natural ingredients to tame your mustache and keep your beard in check. These natural ingredients aren’t mixed with harsh synthetics, making it a great wax for those with dry skin.

Mango butter

Mango butter softens hair making it more manageable. Its highly emollient properties moisturize skin and treat and prevent itchiness and dryness from causing red, flaky skin, which can sometimes be a problem when growing a mustache, especially in winter.

Argan oil

Argan oil is very rich in vitamin E, which protects and moisturizes your skin. Vitamin E is also known to reduce the appearance of acne scars and other facial discoloration. As you may know, argan oil is a very hot ingredient in hair care, and that extends to mustache and beard care, because of its highly hair-nourishing properties. Argan oil makes your mustache softer and more manageable, while also taming frizz and preventing split ends. It’s also a non-greasy moisturizer, which is why it’s so great for hair.

ArtsNaturals Mustache Wax

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is rich in B vitamins as well as vitamin E. Vitamin E protects your skin and promotes healthy hair, while B vitamins are crucial for hair growth, particularly biotin. Jojoba is also highly moisturizing, promoting a stronger, softer mustache. You might have read about Jojoba from our beard oil reviews, as it’s common because of its’ nourishing properties. Some say it reverses hair loss, and this is likely because it replenishes nutrients that men can be deficient in, which takes their patchy mustache or beard by the roots and pumps them up at the source, strengthening them, allowing them to grow longer and stronger—and thicker. A very special feature of jojoba oil is that it has natural antifungal properties. Yeast can find its way into facial hair, unfortunately, manifesting as dandruff or some other yeast infection of the skin—not to mention in large enough quantities, it can smell…and spread to your lady friend. Essentially, yeast is bad stuff and jojoba oil and work to prevent it before it takes over your mustache.

Fruit-based oils

Grapeseed oil is often extracted from wine grapes, which are known for their high level of antioxidants. Free radicals can damage your skin and hair, making both appear older and damaged; antioxidants are what protect you from free radicals, so this is a pretty cool feature. Grapeseed oil also nourishes skin and hair, moisturizing and strengthening them. It also prevents hair loss by blocking DHT, as well as a preventing your mustache area from getting dry and itchy. The other fruit-based oil in ArtNaturals is orange oil. Orange oil is highly anti-inflammatory; inflammation can cause hair loss, itching and redness, which makes anti-inflammation one of the top properties to look for in your search for the best mustache wax. It can also fight acne, which can be an issue lurking beneath your facial hair, causing patchiness, itchiness, and sometimes even pain. Orange oil is also a natural antimicrobial, which means it can prevent harmful microbes from taking hold. Resistant bacteria is a growing concern in our modern world, which is why natural antimicrobials are ideal whenever possible; they won’t treat bad infections, but they can often prevent bad bacteria from taking hold in a facial nick from shaving, for instance.

PROS

  • 100% all natural
  • A small amount goes a long way
  • Anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Antioxidant ingredients
  • Antifungal ingredients
  • Moisturizes hair and skin
  • Strengthens hair
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Promotes an overall thicker mustache

CONS

  • Citrus scent: Because this wax contains orange oil, it has a slight citrusy scent. Those who aren’t fans of citrus may not be fans. However, it’s a high-quality sort of citrus smell that smells fresh instead of overbearing, so this is more of a personal preference thing.

2. Best Scent

There are a lot of mustache waxes out there that are great for conditioning and smoothing your mustache. But a lot of mustachioed men prefer to style their mustache, such as curling the ends, which requires a heavy-duty mustache wax. Because the hold is extra firm, CanYouHandlebar’s All-Natural Secondary Moustache Wax is perhaps the best mustache wax for keeping your mustache perfectly curled.

Michigan beeswax

Michigan is well-renowned for their responsible apiaries that keep bees away from pesticides. Pesticides are what’s causing the decline of bees worldwide, so it’s great that someone out there is promoting a healthier bee population, and that CanYouHandlebar uses beeswax made from those eco-friendly beekeepers. Beeswax is crucial for locking in your mustache style as well as the moisture derived from it and the other natural ingredients, so it has great practical benefits.

Shea butter

Shea butter is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (also known as vitamin F), which reduce inflammation and protect skin and hair from drying out. Shea butter’s other natural properties make it highly moisturizing, which protects your hair follicles from damage.

CanYouHandleBar Mustache Wax

USP-certified lanolin

Lanolin is a richly moisturizing ingredient derived from sheep wool. Sheep farmers have always been known for their bizarrely soft hands, and lanolin is why, which is why it’s a mainstay in products designed to soften the skin, and that skin softening benefit carries over to your mustache as well. The USP certification means that the lanolin adheres to strict purity standards for supplements. Supplements don’t have to be USP-certified—it’s voluntary, so voluntarily submitting to third-party quality checks indicates CanYouHandlebar really believes in their product.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has an ideal pH for working with hair and skin. Using products with a bad pH for hair and skin can actually irritate your skin and cause your hair to fall out, so you can see why this is a big point in coconut oil’s favor. It’s antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal, so yeast and bacteria are less likely to grow in your beard, as well, which keeps it healthy and smelling nice. Good quality coconut oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory and is safe for internal usage when it’s on its own, so you should feel good about using it on your mustache. And finally, coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and mustache softening, and these properties will keep away the itch and flakes associated with new hair growth and dry skin. Basically, coconut oil is great for mustaches.

PROS

  • Designed with shaping mustache curls in mind
  • Lanolin conforms to USP standards
  • All natural with limited ingredients
  • Rich in vitamin E which is crucial for hair growth and skin health
  • Contains castor oil which has been used throughout history as a natural moisturizer
  • The ingredient list is only six ingredients long at present (sometimes formulas change, so always check the label)

CONS

  • People with nut allergies may want to avoid shea butter, however it’s safe for the general population.

3. Runner-up Wax

Hold and treat

Wild Willies Stache Wax firmly holds your styled mustache in place while treating your mustache whiskers, strengthening them, conditioning them, and protecting the skin underneath, as well.

Pine resin

Pine resin is the naturally sticky substance that comes from certain species of pine trees. It’s a very traditional means of making your styled stache stay put.

Yellow beeswax

Beeswax naturally seals in moisture while simultaneously protecting your precious follicles from environmental contaminants, like the pollution we’re exposed to everyday—especially if you’re city folk. Think of it like a flexible shield of armor for your mustache.

Wild Willie's Mustache Wax

Essential oils

There are several essential oils in Wild Willies Stache Wax that contribute to mustache, beard and skin health. Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth, which is one of its biggest benefits in Wild Willies Mustache Wax, because a patchy mustache is no fun. It works by balancing your body’s male and female hormones, as well as blocking DHT, the hormone that is responsible for certain types of hair loss. Furthermore, even if DHT isn’t a problem for you, rosemary oil still works to prevent hair loss by stimulating blood flow as well as creating a better root system for your hair so it’s less likely to fall out or be accidentally pulled out. The latter is a must for mustachioed gents, because intensive styling can make your hair fall out if you don’t have healthy roots. Tea tree oil is a Wild Willies Stache Wax ingredient that has powerful hair benefits. It treats itchiness, flakes and prevents fungi from taking hold in your facial hair, which can progress into dandruff or a yeast infection if left unchecked. Moreover, it’s a natural insect repellent and is especially powerful against the much-dreaded lice. If you’re a dude with a gargantuan mustache who also happens to be a dad, it’s likely you’ve experienced a certain level of panic the first time your child came home from school with lice, but this is a great way to keep lice away from your awesome facial hair in a very natural way. Cedarwood essential oil promotes hair growth, which every facial hair aficionado craves no matter how thick is stache already is. It’s also an antifungal and anti-inflammatory, two properties that keep the skin beneath your mustache in good health. And finally, peppermint oil keeps bugs and fungi away, but more importantly, it’s a natural hair-thickener and scalp stimulator. Even though we’re talking mustaches here, if it’s good for your scalp, it’s likely going to be good for the skin beneath your stache.

Shea butter

Shea butter is one of the most powerful moisturizers. It’s great for your skin and hair. Moisture keeps your hair and the roots in your skin strong, which is why it’s a common facial haircare ingredient.

PROS

  • 100% all natural
  • Free of synthetic chemicals
  • Rich in essential oils with multiple benefits, such as anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and bug repellent
  • Contains sweet almond oil to protect against split ends and nourish your mustache and skin with vital nutrients and omegas 3, 6 and 9

CONS

  • They recommend you use it in conjunction with Wild Willies Wax Remover: This could mean this wax is abnormally hard to remove; conversely, it could simply be so sturdy it needs to be broken down before it can be removed. Either way, you get a great hold, so it’s not that big of a deal as long as you have some means of removing the wax so you can cleanse your stache.

4. Best Hold

Doesn’t deposit color

Some mustache waxes out there deposit color, but that’s a pretty risky bit of business because they’re not the ideal vehicle for that. The Wacky Tacky version of Firehouse Moustache Wax doesn’t change your mustache color, so you can rock your hard-earned greys with confidence that they won’t be stolen from you. (Important note: It does look dark in the container, but because you put on such a small amount, it doesn’t color your stache.)

A tiny amount does it

Since Firehouse Moustache Wax is a high-quality mustache wax brand, a little bit goes a long way, which means all it takes is a pinch of the product rubbed between your finger and thumb to warm it to get the product to spread throughout your mustache.

Firm hold

Firehouse’s wax gives your mustache an extremely firm hold, so you can feel confident that your stache is perfectly styled the whole day through.

Firehouse Mustache Wax, Wacky Tacky

Doesn’t melt

Some waxes will get gross and limp if you’re outside on a brutally hot day, but that’s not a problem with Firehouse Moustache Wax, because you use such a small amount that it’s spread evenly through hair and stays put.

PROS

  • Creates a very firm hold
  • Doesn’t go limp or melt over the course of a long, hot day, making it great for those who work outdoors
  • A small amount of the product is all you need to get results

CONS

  • Contains a little bit of petroleum: This isn’t I deal, but it’s important to remember a lot of facial care products, like lip balm, do contain petroleum. The scientific pros and cons are debatable, but really whether or not this is a deal-breaker for you is a personal decision.
  • Comes in a one ounce tin, which seems a little small; however, mustache wax is a lot more potent than beard balm, so you use less. It more or less evens out.

5. Best Fragrance Free Wax

Lanolin

Lanolin is extracted from sheep’s wool. It makes your hands very soft and is a tried-and-true softening agent for mustaches as well. And since it’s from the sheep’s wool, which will be sheered anyway, most will consider it animal-friendly, even if they are vegetarian.

Beeswax

Beeswax protects your mustache from smog and exhaust and all the free radicals that come along with them. Also, it has great staying power and contributes to keeping your mustache nice and styled.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is one of the best natural moisturizers around because it’s a very stable fat. And if you’re a dad, you know it’s great for stretch marks as well as healing scars from other things, like acne. So, not only will cocoa butter moisturize your stache and the skin below it, but it will also reduce the appearance of facial scars. It’s also beneficial to your immune system, so if your immune system is causing hair loss, cocoa butter certainly couldn’t hurt in helping to alleviate that issue.

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Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has been known to reverse hair loss, and encouraging your hair to grow back thicker, shinier and more manageable. It also treats dryness and itching during new beard growth, so it’s a win-win.

Scented with essential oils

Pine needle essential oil has, as you might guess, a piney sort of smell…in a good way. It’s a great scent for manly men, especially outdoorsmen. Pine needle oil is also great at fighting off a dry, itchy mustache.

Cedarwood oil not only smells good, but it reduces inflammation and promotes hair regrowth, reducing mustache patchiness.

Finally, sandalwood essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, which will reduce inflammation in the mustache area. Also, it’s a natural de-stressor, so if you’re stress shedding, it’s a great natural remedy for that.

PROS

  • Packed in a great tin with a real cedarwood label
  • Petroleum-free
  • Scented with essential oils—nothing artificial
  • Promotes a healthy beard
  • Highly moisturizing

CONS

  • The company recommends you do a skin test first, in case you’re allergic to an ingredient. However, if you think about it, it’s nice that the company is thoughtful enough to warn you that some of their ingredients may pose an allergy issue for some customers, because a lot of companies ignore this rare, but not unheard of, issue.

The Benefits of Mustache Wax

The number one benefit of buying mustache wax is that it helps you style and shape your mustache to your liking. Unruly mustaches remind one of the badlands of the 1980’s. Today’s man takes pride in his mustache. He knows that for a mustache to look boss, it has to be perfectly styled, and the best mustache wax is one that has the texture, hold and ingredients to ensure you achieve the look you want for you and your mustache. Nobody wants to kiss a dude with a mustache as jagged as cut glass. No lady wants mustache burn on her face after a hot and heavy make-out session. Also, a wiry, brittle mustache is hard to style and prone to damage. A non-soft mustache is basically uncomfortable for you and whoever you’re with, which is why it’s important to keep your mustache nice and soft, which is what good mustache wax does.

Similar to softening is conditioning. Conditioning makes your mustache-less likely to tangle while repairing damage to the hair strands and nourishing your roots. Conditioning also prevents split ends. In other words, it’s a vital component to any mustache wax that wants to claim the title for the best mustache wax. Mustache wax is great for protecting the skin underneath your mustache. Remember, your skin contains your mustache’s roots. To prevent a patchy stache, you have to keep your skin happy. Moisturizing the skin also prevents and protects against flakes and itchiness, especially during frigid, dry winters. Finally, all of these awesome properties work together to make your mustache hair thicker and stronger. All men want a thicker, manlier mustache and that starts and ends with taking care of your stache from the skin underneath to the tip that you twirl about your finger if you’re a supervillain or just super pensive.

What to Look for in a Mustache Wax

A good mustache wax will be made with natural ingredients. The best mustache wax is made with 100% natural ingredients only, with no manmade chemicals involved. You can debate all you want about the science behind whether or not manmade chemicals are harmful as a whole, but what isn’t debatable is that natural ingredients are less likely to dry you out and make you itch. And since one of the main points of buying mustache wax at all is to moisturize your mustache and the skin beneath it, it’s important to pamper yourself in this respect and take the natural route. After all, unless you’re allergic, natural ingredients that are ideal for skin and hair products tend to yield an overall better result with a lot less side effects. On the note of natural ingredients, read the ingredient label. While natural ingredients commonly used for hair products like mustache wax are safe for the general population, sometimes the fruit and nut butters that may be involved can cause an allergic reaction in those allergic to relatives of that plant. For instance, some people who are allergic to latex can’t cope with mango, and mango butter is sometimes used in mustache and beard products. Another reason to read the label (or online ingredient list) is to make sure it doesn’t have anything drying or otherwise undesirable. For instance, while alcohol has its uses for skin, it shouldn’t be slathered across your face and mustache, because it will increase dryness and itching by zapping you of your body’s natural oils. A good quality mustache wax should be easy to apply and last at least a couple of months if used in the typically recommended amounts. Some containers may seem surprisingly small when you first see them but end up lasting a long time, thanks to the specific mixture of ingredients, the viscosity, the size of your mustache and more. Basically, on that front, don’t judge a book by its cover.

There are a few things to keep in mind when searching for the best mustache wax to fit your needs. Some pointers are:

  • Opt for natural ingredients over chemical ingredients.
  • Avoid drying ingredients like alcohol as this can make itching worse.
  • Some manufacturers will warn you upfront if one of their ingredients is or is related to a common allergen, so be sure to check out that info, if you’re allergic to stuff.
  • Look for quality brands that aren’t fly-by-night.
  • Choose a brand that softens but also allows you to shape your mustache.
  • Choose a brand that moisturizes; that way your mustache hair and your skin will both be stronger and increase in quality.

Wrapping Things Up

While there were a lot of great mustache waxes in this roundup, the best mustache wax title goes to ArtNaturals Beard and Mustache Balm. The scent is amazing and the all-natural ingredients cover all the bases you need in a good mustache wax while also promoting hair growth and preventing itchiness and other mustache-related problems. The thing that really puts it over the top is that there’s really nothing negative you can say about it. It’s an all-around great mustache wax, and I highly recommend it.

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