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With so many DIY mustache wax recipes available for guys today, it can be especially difficult determining which will work best for you.

The biggest issue is the ingredient list. Some ingredients are designed for firmness, others for manageability.

So without knowing beforehand what the ingredients are going to feel like on your face, you go blindly into making your mustache wax recipe only to find it wasn’t all you thought it would be.

The following comprehensive step-by-step DIY mustache wax recipe is designed in a way so that you can substitute ingredients to change the functionality and consistency of the wax before putting all that time, effort, and money into making this product.

The way that we are going to do this is by first explaining to you in detail how each of the ingredients you can swap out will change the consistency of the wax.

If you know beforehand that oils perform one way and resins another, you make the best mustache wax that works for you.

The Three Types of Mustache Wax

To better understand why we have to talk about ingredients first, all you need to know is that there are basically three different types of mustache wax on the market today based on hardness.

The first are made with carrier oils, the next are made with petroleum jelly, and those made with resins.

Now all three types of mustache waxes contain beeswax as the primary base, so now we will take about how the three different ingredients affect the quality of the mustache wax so you can decide which works best for you:

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1. The Carrier Oils Provide Medium Hold & Softer Feel

Carrier oils are commonly used in beard balms, beard oils, and beard waxes.

These carrier oils are used for giving the mustache some texture and help to keep the essential oils in the wax a more diverse mixture.

By spreading out the essential oils, the scent/fragrance will be more evenly spread out and not concentrated in one location.

While there are dozens of carrier oils to choose from, a few of the more common used in a DIY mustache wax recipe is sweet almond and coconut oil.

These fatty oils are both derived from plants and excellent for the skin in addition to provided medium hold and a softer feel.

2. The Petroleum Jelly Provides Medium Hold & Harder Feel

One of the most popular of all ingredients in the mustache wax is petroleum jelly.

The reason for the popularity of this ingredient is due in part to the fact it is extremely easy to work with, is readily available in any store, and melts at a very low temperature.

The distinct texture of petroleum jelly makes it very easy to spread throughout the mustache, and it also mixes very well with the beeswax.

To avoid overwhelming your sense of smell from the fragrances in your mustache wax, always purchase unscented petroleum jelly.

3. Resins Provide Stiff Hold & Harder Feel

Resins provide the superior hold you want in a mustache wax, and in order to use these resins they have to be melted first.

Many guys who placed the resin in a pot or pan quickly discovered they not only burnt the resin, they destroyed the pot soon after.

In order to melt the resin, they need to be placed in another solution like petroleum jelly or essential oils.

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These resins are very tricky to work with at first, this is part of the reason many mustache waxes completely omit the resin as an ingredient.

Only use resin if you must have the stiffest and hardest mustache, otherwise you can get by with beeswax and petroleum jelly.

The Fragrance of the Mustache Wax

In order to give your mustache wax a unique scent, essential oils must be added.

It is important to use these oils sparingly until you find one you like for a number of reasons.

For one, some essential oils could irritate the skin, while others could have a scent that is too overwhelming for your liking.

The Fragrance of the Mustache Wax

In order to find a scent that matches your character, consider pine or sandalwood. Tea tree oils have medical benefits like soothing the skin and eliminating dandruff.

Gathering Tools to Make Your Mustache Wax

Before you can begin mixing your mustache wax recipe, start gathering your cooking and storing tools.

Collect transfer and measuring tools, candle making vat, funnel, eyedropper, transfer pipette, a kitchen scale, cooking vat, and the storage containers.

The majority of mustache wax is bought in round tins, you can buy these tins in bulk online, and they range from .25 oz to 8 oz.

Ingredients For Homemade Mustache Wax

  • Beeswax pellets
  • Coconut oil or Petroleum Jelly or Resins (depending of your wax type)
  • Essential oils

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Homemade Mustache Wax Recipe

Step 1

Before placing anything on the stove, you have to measure out the ingredients. 1 cup of beeswax pellets, 1 cup of coconut oil, 10 drops of essential oils of your choice for scent.

Set out the tins now with the caps off ready to take the completed mixture once all the ingredients are melted. (substitute coconut oil for petroleum jelly or resins)

Step 2

Place the beeswax pellets in the cooking vat and place on a medium heat. Slow cooking is key, you do not want to burn the beeswax so turn down the heat to lowest setting once melting occurs.

Step 3

Place the coconut oil and essential oils in a separate container and heat them together over a medium heat until blended.

Step 4

Mix the melted beeswax and oils together, then pour into the candle making vat and stir well. Keep at a low temperature so nothing burns but is allowed to mix properly. Continue stirring so nothing burns.

Step 5

Once the ingredients are melted together, begin pouring the wax into your storage tins. Set the tins aside and the solution will harden overnight.

The next morning you will have a nice batch of homemade mustache wax.

How To Use a Mustache Wax

Now that you have your mustache wax solidified in the tins, it is time to start using them.

Simply use your fingers to remove a small amount of the wax and gently massage it into the mustache.

Start with a small amount and add more if needed. If you are trying to tame frizzy facial hair, then you will need more wax in the mustache.

The key here is finding oils that you are comfortable with because you will be smelling the fragrance during the day.

If it gets overwhelming, cut back on the amount of oil or choose a fragrance that is more subtle.

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Photos from: Dmytro Skorobogatov ©, Nikolay Litov © and Jean-Paul CHASSENET ©

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