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 mustache wax comprises equal quantities for the moustache. Generally less than a fingernail of wax is used when applied.The wax itself consists 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, to either strengthen the hold or for comfort.[1]

Common ingredients[edit]

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


  • Keep the wax container in your pocket for an hour or two, and let your body warm it up.
  • Use your hair dryer on low heat setting to warm up the wax, and it get workable/usable.
  • Warm the wax container in hot water, or bring it in the shower with you.
  • You can leave it on the radiator or the air vent for a few minutes, and let it warm up.
  • Scrape some wax onto your fingernail, breathe onto it until it gets warm.[2]


  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. 
  2. ^ "Best Mustache Wax Reviews!". Mustache Wax Reviews. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 

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