Moustache wax

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Gentleman with a waxed moustache ca. 1910 wearing a Homburg hat and pince nez

Moustache wax is a stiff pomade applied to a moustache as a grooming aid to hold the hairs in place, especially at the extremities. The required product strength (or stiffness) is based on whisker length and the desired style. It can also have restorative properties, which become more important as the hair length increases. The wax is usually scented and sometimes pigmented with dyes; high end products utilize various combinations of iron oxide to create darker shades.

Simple moustache wax comprises equal quantities[clarification needed Mass? Volume?] of beeswax and petroleum jelly, combined in a double boiler.[citation needed] More sophisticated recipes may include gum arabic and a soap, scent and colouring may also be added if desired.[1]

Common ingredients[edit]

In addition to the wax itself more experienced "waxers" use a moustache wax remover and conditioner. The reason for this being that warm soapy water (used by the novice) removes wax build up but at the same time damages the bristles stripping it of natural oils. So an oil‑based moustache wax remover, that may double as a leave‑in conditioner, is preferred.[a]


  1. ^ Taken from Beard and Moustache Conditioning Manual For the Whiskered Warrior to the Everyday Gent


  1. ^ "D.I.Y. Moustache Wax". The Handlebar Club. Retrieved 2011-05-02.