You should never have to fly solo when it comes to maintaining your beard and mustache.
The reason? There’s just too many grooming products out there to help you with the daily task of keeping your facial hair looking good.
Beard and mustache wax, for instance.
Like beard oil and beard balm, beard and mustache wax is another tool that enables your facial hair to reach its full potential. Wax is part of a multi-faceted approach to your beard and mustache grooming.
But, like beard oil and balm, not all beard waxes are the same, which is why we’re providing you with the best beard and mustache wax 2018 guide – led by CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Secondary Moustache Wax
Let’s get started.
- Before you buy: 5 things to consider when purchasing a beard and mustache wax
- The 7 best beard and mustache waxes of 2018
- What’s the difference between beard wax and mustache wax?
- How to correctly apply beard wax in 8 steps (A simple, illustrated guide)
- How to apply mustache wax in 5 steps (A simple, illustrated guide)
- How is beard/mustache wax different than beard oil and beard balm?
- How we chose the best beard & mustache waxes
Before You Buy: 5 things to consider when purchasing a beard and mustache wax
Our following review will help you make an educated decision when seeking the best mustache wax and the best beard wax. But here are some things to keep in mind before making your final choice:
1. How’s the hold?
The hold is everything with waxes. Will it keep your mustache and beard hairs in place for an extended period? If not, keep shopping.
Waxes can be divided into three categories when it comes to hold: soft/light, medium, and hard/strong. Soft/light hold is good for shorter mustaches/beards, while medium is good for longer mustaches that need styling.
Hard/strong waxes are particularly good if you’re trying to keep a handlebar mustache in place.
2. Quality of the ingredients
Many waxes contain synthetic ingredients like petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, mind you, but you may want to stick with waxes made of natural and organic products.
Scent is a personal preference, and you should buy accordingly. And some men are sensitive to smells; if you’re one of them, you’ll want to look for waxes with light scent or no scent at all.
4. Number of ingredients
A common rule of thumb says that the more ingredients a wax has, the higher quality it is. But all the best waxes usually include a mix of beeswax and natural oils and butter.
Waxes come in different colors, so it’s always a good idea to choose one that matches your beard and mustache color.
The 7 Best Beard and Mustache Waxes of 2018
A quick note before we jump into our beard and mustache wax reviews: The following products are listed in no particular order, although we think #1 (CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Secondary Moustache Wax) is as good as it gets. But you won’t go wrong with any of these waxes.
The word “flaccid” can conjure up all kinds of negative images for men.
You know, like a flaccid mustache that droops during the middle of the day.
Talk about feeling impotent.
That’s why you need a product like CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Secondary Moustache Wax. It’s extra-strength, meaning that it will keep your ‘stache in position even if the rest of your body lags during a long work day.
With its blend of all-natural beeswax – harvested from Michigan bees – and oils – the makers of CanYouHandlebar advertise their product as being “one ounce of extra hold” that takes just a bit longer to apply than other waxes (although not excruciatingly longer).
But there are plenty of other reasons why CanYouHandlebar All-Natural Secondary Moustache wax is perhaps the best mustache wax out there.
For one, it’s all-natural, just as its name suggests and is packed with quality ingredients. There are no petroleum products to be found anywhere in CanYouHandlebar.
It’s also handmade and packaged by hand. And it comes in a stainless steel can that’s built to last.
You can use CanYouHandlebar every day, and many men do, to get maximum hold every day, but daily use isn’t mandatory (it doesn’t hurt, however).
Here’s another thing we like about CanYouHandlebar: it comes with a “quick start” user’s guide that offers tips on how to use the wax. They recommend applying it after it has been warmed and by first massaging it between your index fingers and thumbs, but we’ll get into how to apply mustache and beard wax a bit later.
It also smells good, although no scents are added. Instead, you get the pleasing smell of beeswax – just what you’d expect from a natural mustache wax.
- Very firm to provide extra hold
- All-natural ingredients
- Natural scent
(Beeswax, Lanolin, Castor oil, Coconut oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E)
It’s no surprise that the folks at Honest Amish know a thing or two about beards.
Amish men, after all, have been rocking beards since – well, long before the surge in popularity of beards over the past several years. When it comes to beard wax products, they know what they’re doing.
And their Honest Amish Original Beard Wax is considered the oldest beard wax recipe on record. If you’re looking for quality, it never hurts to go directly to the source.
While it first hit the market in the 1970s, Honest Amish Original Beard Wax remains popular to this day, and it’s still doing the job for which it was originally intended: to tame the wildness of a man’s beard. It doesn’t get any simpler than that when it comes to explaining what is beard wax for.
One reviewer described the Original Beard Wax as being the facial hair equivalent of hair spray, although one should never confuse an Honest Amish product with anything that doesn’t include all-natural ingredients.
The point, however, is that this wax provides superior hold as well as an excellent balance of style. The hold is derived from all-natural beeswax while styling superiority comes from all-natural butter.
In other words, your sometimes-unruly beard will stay in place and look good. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Honest Amish Original Beard Wax is also good for conditioning facial hair follicles as it’s holding them in place.
Like all Honest Amish products, the Original Beard Wax has a natural masculine scent that’s refined, not overpowering.
The bottom line is that it’s hard to go wrong with any of Honest Amish’s beard products. They’ve certainly been in the business long enough to know what they’re doing.
- Still popular after all these years
- Tames even the wildest beard hairs
- Easy to apply
(Organic oils, Fruit oils, Nut oil, Butters, Beeswax)
The Southern California company Fisticuffs LLC takes men’s facial hair very seriously, as evidenced by its motto, “Grave Before Shave.”
Their Cigar Blend Mustache Wax also shows their commitment to men’s grooming. The stuff is good.
While it’s not an (all) natural mustache wax like many of the other high-quality products available – it contains a bit of petroleum jelly to help with the ‘hold’ – it delivers quality in all the important categories, not the least of which is its scent.
What’s so good about its smell? Just look at its name.
Cigar Blend Mustache Wax combines vanilla and cigar (yes, cigar) in a unique fragrance that’s hard to beat.
OK, not everyone loves the smell of a good cigar, although it’s hard to resist, that shouldn’t be your sole reasoning for choosing another wax. But the cigar scent in the Fisticuffs’ wax is far from overpowering.
If you’re not a fan of ‘heavy’ waxes, this wax is a good choice for you. It’s has a softer texture than most other mustache/beard waxes and can be applied to your facial hair after only a few seconds of softening it between your fingers.
It’s also for you if you like a hold that’s not too stiff. You can still get the kind of hold you prefer, only with a softer feel. But if you’re looking for the strongest hold available, Cigar Blend Mustache Wax may not suit your needs.
All in all, however, this is a quality wax that stacks up against any of the other top products on the market.
- Unique scent
- Soft texture
- Doesn’t look/feel waxy
(Beeswax, Tea tree oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Essentials oils, Petroleum jelly, Pine sap)
If nothing else, Wild Willie’s wants you to be a man.
“Drop the pansy act and become a real man!” implores Wild Willie’s homepage.
OK, OK. We surrender. Lead us into the realm of Real Men, Wise Willie.
We might as well start with their mustache wax, although Wild Willie’s beard balms and oils are top-notch, too. But, rest assured, their mustache wax is the real deal.
It also offers a real hold.
Really, the main reason to use mustache wax is for its ability to hold stray hairs, and the shape of your mustache, into place. That said, few products deliver like Wild Willie’s Mustache Wax when it comes to hold.
Do you want an all-day hold? Wild Willie’s has you covered.
For one thing, they add pine resin to their wax and if you’ve ever handled pine resin – or tree sap of any kind – you know how sticky it is. When it comes to mustache wax, ingredients such as tree resin provide supreme hold and also offset the softness that comes with ingredients like oils and butter.
Moreover, you don’t need to use an excess amount of Wild Willie’s Mustache Wax to get the kind of hold that it provides.
Wild Willie’s also contains shea butter, which acts as a moisturizing agent while also making the wax easier to spread.
Because of its excellent holding qualities, Wild Willie’s is ideal for longer facial hair that’s difficult to keep in place. If your facial hair seems to defy standard grooming tools, you’ll want to give this product a try.
It also holds up to hot and humid climates that cause other waxes to melt during a long day.
And, as you might expect from the good folks at Wild Willie’s, this mustache wax comes with a manly scent that smells a bit like cedar and pine.
- Superior hold
- All-natural ingredients
- Excellent scent
(Shea butter, Beeswax, Sweet almond oil, Pine resin, Tea Tree oil, Cedarwood oil, Rosemary essential oil)
Firemen and mustaches have long been synonymous.
Nobody is quite sure why, but history shows that the brave men of the firehouse don mustaches more readily than other male sub-groups.
It’s also part of the history behind Firehouse Moustache Wax.
As the story goes, Mississippi fireman John Pitts – a devoted mustache wearer – was on a quest to find a wax of the highest quality and was mixing up his own batches. Each batch was tried by the other gents at his firehouse until he’d found the best mix – which is how Firehouse Moustache Wax came to fruition.
Pitts’ recipe is a closely-guarded secret, mind you. You won’t find the Firehouse Moustache Wax ingredients listed anywhere, although we can assume that, like most waxes intended for mustaches and beards, it includes beeswax.
Its unique history aside, Firehouse Moustache Wax Wacky Tacky (one of its variations) is a damn good wax.
Waxes are all about the hold, and Wacky Tacky earns high marks in this category. No matter how tough your mustache is to tame, Firehouse Wacky Tacky will help keep those hard-to-manage hairs in place.
You don’t need a ton of Wacky Tacky to keep your mustache in place, either. A small amount between the fingers is enough to give you the kind of hold you need. And it keeps its grip no matter the weather conditions, including humidity and heat than can wilt mustaches and beards.
Wacky Tacky looks darker than most mustache waxes but it lightens up when it’s applied and works well for almost any hair color. As tinted beard wax goes, few products are better.
What else is to like about Firehouse Mustache Wacky Tacky?
It’s non-greasy, for one, and leaves your mustache looking naturally shiny and healthy. It’s also longer lasting than a lot of waxes, and most users find that one application will hold up for the entire day.
- Provides great hold
The Poconos Mountains region of Pennsylvania is known as a place that caters to newlywed honeymooners.
It still is, albeit to a diminished degree.
It turns out that the Poconos aren’t just for the blissfully lovestruck, however.
Bearded Goon’s RIDICULOUSLY STRONG (their emphasis) Beard and Mustache Wax is produced in the region and, pun intended, we think you’ll feel the love for it – especially if you have one of those beards whose hairs just can’t help but point in every which direction.
Why? Because Bearded Goon’s signature wax provides a hold that lives up to its reputation for being, well, ridiculously strong. And just one application will last you the entire day.
Another thing to like about Bearded Goon’s Beard & Handlebar Moustache Wax (yes, it’s good for beards and mustaches) is that it’s 100% All-Natural. There are no chemicals, no artificial dyes, no parabens. We like that.
Bearded Goon’s mix is certainly among the stiffest waxes for beards, which also helps to explain why it’s just as good for your mustache.
- Ridiculously strong hold
- One application lasts all day
(Beeswax, Coconut oil, Shea butter, Tree resin, Essential oils)
From the pinup girl on the can to the guitar pick that comes with it, you have to hand it to the folks at Stache Bomb.
It’s that kind of creativity that makes it fun to own beard grooming products – as long as the product works. But, not to worry, Stache Bomb’s Stache Wax is more than clever packaging/marketing.
Handmade and inspired by the harsh winters of Maine, Stache Wax keeps your mustache in the locked position. It’s the original product of Stache Bomb, which has since expanded into a variety of other mustache and beard grooming products.
There are plenty of reasons for mustachioed gents to like Stache Wax. And it’s not just for men with handlebar mustaches, although Stache Wax has those wearers in mind.
- Stache Wax is softer than most other mustache waxes which makes it easy to get out of the can. That’s less time spent on heating the can to get it ready for use.
- It has a manly pine and citrusy scent.
- It has an excellent hold with a softer touch that doesn’t make it seem like you’ve glued your stray hairs in place.
- It gives your mustache a natural feel that makes it look like you haven’t added any wax at all.
- It easily washes out of your beard and off your fingers.
Stache Wax has other advantages, too, including that it’s easy to apply and is also suitable for your beard, sideburns – and even your eyebrows. Reviewers also like its styling capabilities.
Yes, it includes petroleum jelly, so it’s technically not all-natural, but the amount of petroleum included in each tin is minimal. Still, it’s an excellent beard gel wax.
- Easy to apply
- Nice scent
- Comes in a portable tin
(Beeswax, Petroleum oil jelly, Fragrance)
What’s the Difference Between Beard Wax and Mustache Wax?
Beard wax, mustache wax – what’s IS the difference?
Honestly, there’s not much of a difference at all.
True, they have different ingredients – although not dramatically so – but if forced to answer, you might say something like, “Mustache wax has a stronger hold while beard wax also acts as a conditioner.”
You can also add the beard wax is softer than mustache wax.
But, other than that, mustache wax and beard wax are almost one in the same.
Beard balm, meanwhile, has been described as the “lovechild” of beard oil and mustache wax. We’ll let you create your personal visual for that.
Another thing about mustache wax: Its main ingredient, in almost every case, is beeswax. It gives you a secure hold without bombarding you with chemicals that you’ll find in many other grooming products. Mustache wax, as noted in our product reviews above, may also contain pine resin (sap) that further strengthens the hold.
Again, mustache wax isn’t a conditioner for mustaches or beards. Beard balm and beard oil will provide conditioning and can be used on your mustache, as well. Balms and oils will also resolve any issues you may have with beardruff, i.e., dandruff in your beard.
Finally, both beard and mustache wax are good for protecting your facial hair from the elements because the wax forms a protective layer that acts as a barrier from harsh conditions.
How to Correctly Apply Beard Wax in 8 Steps
Now that you have the right stuff to keep your beard from getting too out of control, let’s take a look at how to apply it:
1. Clean your beard with one of the high-quality beard shampoos or a beard wash of your choosing. We recommend shampooing it during your normal morning routine.
2. Make sure your beard is completely dry. Adding wax to a damp or wet beard reduces its effectiveness.
4. Put a small amount of beard wax in your palm. It may take you a few times before you have a good idea exactly how much wax you’ll need for your beard. A good rule of thumb is that you should start with a small amount and only add more if needed.
5. Apply the wax to one side of your beard while rubbing it in until its consistency is smooth. Repeat the same process on the other side of your beard while being mindful that you’re using the same amount on each side.
6. Use a quality beard comb to shape the hairs of your beard in the same direction. Which direction depends on the style of your beard.
7. Also, use a small amount of wax to in the front of your beard. And like with the sides, use a comb to shape it in the direction that you want.
8. Use a hand towel to wipe up any excess wax, if necessary.
How to Apply Mustache Wax in 5 Steps
As you might expect, applying mustache wax is a different process than applying beard wax although the principle is the same: you don’t want to use too much (or too little):
1. The beeswax found in most mustache waxes will have a very hard consistency when you first open the tin of your chose wax. That said, you should warm the tin to soften the wax before using it.
Note: You can warm the tin in a variety of ways – with a hair dryer, leaving it on a warm vent, etc.
2. After you’ve warmed the wax, scoop out a small quantity. Rub the wax between your thumb and index finger to soften it further.
3. Apply it by starting at the center of your mustache and working outwards. The wax should be applied evenly throughout your mustache. It’s up to you whether you want to use both hands or one hand to apply the wax.
4. The smoother the consistency of the wax, the better, so be sure to rub out any excess clumps of wax for the best results.
5. If need be, apply a small amount of wax during the day if your mustache hairs begin to go astray.
How is Beard/Mustache Wax Different Than Beard Oil and Beard Balm?
By now, we hope you’re convinced that your men’s grooming kit should include beard and mustache wax, beard oil, and beard balm. It should, of course, also include other ‘beard products’ such as beard brushes and combs, shampoos, and conditioners.
With all this stuff at your disposal, however, it’s helpful to understand the differences, especially when it comes to beard and mustache wax, beard oil, and beard balm.
Let’s take a closer look:
Beard balm is the lovechild of beard oil and mustache wax
OK, maybe not “lovechild,” but beard balm is a hybrid between beard oil and mustache wax. Like beard oil, beard balm contains carrier and essential oils. Like beard and mustache wax, balm also includes some wax (along with shea or cocoa butter).
While excellent for shaping your beard, beard balm doesn’t have the staying power of beard and mustache wax when it comes to hold. Beard and mustache wax provides a stronger hold that will last you throughout the day.
It’s in the ingredients
Beard and mustache wax contains carrier oil but their primary ingredient is beeswax. Beeswax is the magical material that keeps a beehive together, which certainly demonstrates its strength. It only stands to reason that it can hold your stray facial hairs in place.
Why use beard wax? Again, it all gets back to the ‘hold.’
And if you want to wear a handlebar mustache or any other mustache style that requires shaping your mustache into place (and holding it in place) then you must have mustache wax.
Beard and mustache wax isn’t for conditioning your beard
But beard oil is, and that’s the biggest difference.
Beard oil conditions and moisturizes your facial hair follicles and the skin beneath it. It also gives your beard a nice sheen while making it fuller and more manageable. Beard oil doesn’t contain wax of any kind.
How We Chose the Best Beard & Mustache Waxes
Our goal with any of our reviews is to provide you with a guideline for making your buying choices. While we can’t try every beard and mustache available, we do research a lot of them. By combining our research – including the reviews of others – and personal experience, we’ve come up with a list that will point you in the right direction.
And that’s a wrap, loyal readers. If you have any questions or want to share your experiences with beard and mustache waxes, we’d love to hear from you. Your comments are always welcome.