5 Best Mustache Waxes That Give a Strong Hold + [Buying Guide 2020]

If you thought growing a mustache is difficult, try keeping one in shape. Wild and unruly mustaches are a common sight in many men, who rarely have a clue on what to do about them. While some men find this look adventurous, others would love to keep their beards in shape.

Well, that’s the reason why mustache waxes are in place. While choosing the right mustache wax should be a simple task; an influx of brands in the market makes it seemingly hard.

(You could use the table of contents below to jump to the sections that are most important to you.)

If you have no idea what product to go for, you’re in the right place.

Here’s my list of the 5 best mustache waxes for men in 2020. Show me a better list, and I’ll wait (not to brag).

The 5 Best Mustache Waxes For Men – Reviews and Our Top Picks of 2020

1. Honest Amish Original Mustache Wax

Honest Amish Original Mustache Wax

Ingredients: Beeswax, Nut Oil, Butters, Fruit Oils, Organic Oils

With decades of experience in the industry, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the folks from Honest Amish know a thing or two about making beard wax.

After all, Amish men are known by their accents and signature beards. Taking care of beards is their specialty.

Making its debut in 1970, the Honest Amish Original Beard Wax is the oldest in my list, probably the oldest that you’ll come across. It has survived through the years and still remains to be the best the industry has to offer.

If you’re looking for nothing but premium quality, then it’s worthwhile noting that your search has come to an end. This all-natural ingredients product has what it takes to provide your mustache with an excellent balance of style.

The wax’s excellent hold is a result of its beeswax, while its superiority comes from its all-natural butter. I loved the wax’s masculine scent – noticeable but not overpowering. It also proved equally good at conditioning hair follicles.

If you were almost giving up on your unruly mustache, try this wax before calling it quits. You’ll absolutely love it!

Pros

  • Excellent quality
  • Easy to use and store
  • Suitable for very wild and rough beard hairs
  • All-natural ingredients

Cons

  • Not everyone loves its scent.

2. Death Grip Mustache Wax Strong Hold for Moustache

Death Grip Mustache Wax Strong Hold for Moustache

Ingredients: Beeswax, Pine Rosin, Lanolin

The name of this wax should send chills down your spine. But that’s exactly what to expect from a handcrafted product made using natural ingredients and the most experienced labor around.

For a product that conditions, strengthens, softens, and tames wild facial hair, you’ll be more than impressed by its performance.

This wax is extremely concentrated and firm, offering you a firm hold that keeps your mustache on point all day long. Though not leading the list, this wax is among the strongest that you’ll come across.

The fact that it’s concentrated means that you only need to use it in small amounts; otherwise you’ll get more than what you bargained for. Also, the wax is very stiff, and so you’ll need to melt it before usage.

How do you melt this wax?

There are two ways on how to go about it. You can either blow dry it or alternatively place its closed tin under how water or in the sun for a few hours. Its tin holds 1 Oz of product, which should last you roughly three months.

Lastly, this wax possesses a pine scent that’s not overbearing. It shouldn’t affect your everyday operations. But in case it does, there are other options to go for.

Pros

  • Extremely strong hold
  • Made using natural ingredients only
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Needs melting before using it
  • Sticky and difficult to wash off your hands

3. Fisticuffs Cigar Blend Mustache Wax

Fisticuffs Cigar Blend Mustache Wax

Ingredients: Pine Sap, Petroleum Jelly, Essential Oils, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Beeswax

While not everyone loves the scent of a good cigar, resisting this one is hard – an observation coming from a non-smoker. The unique scent of this wax comes from blending vanilla and cigar, true art. But your choice shouldn’t solely depend on the scent.

That’s why I’ll give you more reasons why you should settle for this wax.

Fisticuffs LLC takes great pride in its slogan ‘Grave Before Shave’; a motto that portrays their seriousness and dedication to producing the best products. Their mustache wax is good; there’s no denying that. And a big attribution to this is the ingredients they used.

The wax’s petroleum jelly allows it to spread evenly. Its texture of this wax is also soft, softer than most products (thanks beeswax). It only requires a few seconds of rubbing it between your hands to soften.

Other of its ingredients include coconut oil, essential oils, and tea tree oil.

One downside with this wax is that its hold isn’t the stiffest. You might as well skip this product and look for something else if that’s a concern.

But the brand took note of this shortcoming and rectified it in their next release Fisticuffs Strong Hold Gentlemen’s Blend Mustache Wax.

Pros

  • Very soft texture
  • Unique scent
  • Doesn’t feel waxy

Cons

  • Not ideal for those with a thick or dark mustache.

4. Mustache Wax by Mountaineer Brand

Mustache Wax by Mountaineer Brand

Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil,

Do you want a mustache wax that will last you a couple of months?

One that you can use without the fear that it’ll exhaust?

Well, presenting to you the Mountaineer Brand Mustache Wax. Coming in a 2 Oz large tin, you can rest assured that you’ll not be making another wax purchase any time soon.

All its ingredients are natural, so you can be sure that there aren’t any negative side effects with this wax. Beeswax makes using the wax comfortable and eliminates the greasy residue. Coconut and almond oils, on the other hand, provide the wax with its hydrating properties.

What of its scent?

This wax possesses a mild and appealing cedar and fir needle scent. The wax itself isn’t sticky and has a neutral color. So it will not interfere with your mustache’s natural color.

Any downsides with this product? I found its hold not to be very firm, but more of a natural type. Also, not everyone likes its scent.

Pros

  • Its formula incorporates all-natural ingredients.
  • Has a mild scent that isn’t overwhelming
  • Possesses a neutral tint that doesn’t interfere with the mustache’s natural color.

Cons

  • Weak hold a little bit
  • Not everyone loves its scent.

5. Secondary Strong Hold Moustache Wax for Men

 Secondary Strong Hold Moustache Wax for Men

Ingredients: Beeswax, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter

The crush-proof, stainless steel tin of this wax is only a glimpse of what to expect from this product. Made using premium ingredients only, the Secondary Strong Hold Moustache Wax for Men is among the few wax products in the market that is concerned with customers’ satisfaction.

This wax is available in two variations; primary and secondary. The difference between the two is the hold, whereby the second variant is stiffer than the former. If you’re looking to stay on top of your game throughout the day, the second option would be ideal.

But it’s so stiff that you’ll need some heat source to melt it before using. The best and safest way to do this is by simply warming it in your pocket.

This tells you something about the product – it’s travel-friendly, and you can carry it wherever you go.

However, for a faster technique, roll it between your forefinger and thumb to generate heat and melt it. When using this wax, scoop only a small amount per use (about grain size). This will be more than enough.

Pros

  • Comes in a strong, crush-proof, stainless steel tin
  • Made using premium ingredients only
  • Very firm hold

Cons

  • Very stiff and can only be used after heating.
  • Lacks scent (smells like beeswax)

How We Came Up With The List For The 5 Best Mustache Waxes?

The ultimate goal of this review was to provide you with a list of the best products. Obviously, the task wasn’t easy, given that there are hundreds, if not thousands of products.

The MGU Team undertook intensive research to compile a list of the best products.

How did we come about this?

Personal testing, reviews from other trusted sites, and recommendations. At the end of the day, we had more than 30 products. We used our buying guide to filter out other products and came to these final five.

While the list might not be 100% perfect (maybe 97%), we did everything we could to ensure that these products delivered the best results. And of course, we’ve tried them all.

So, give me the benefit of the doubt when I tell you these products are perfect.


What’s A Mustache Wax?

What’s A Mustache Wax?

Like any wax, mustache wax is made thick and consistent to help control the shape of your mustache. It’s essential for all mustache styles and will help hair grow in a certain direction.

Why would you need to shape your mustache? It makes it easier to maintain a clean look over time and achieve a creative look by curling and manipulating your mustache.

Differences Between A Moustache Oil, Wax, and Balm

While these three seem similar, and may even contain similar ingredients, it’s important to note that they are actually different products.

Yes, I agree that they all serve to maintain the good health and well-being of your mustache. But they are used for entirely different reasons.

How so? Here is how to differentiate them.

Mustache Wax

A mustache wax molds and shapes your mustache and keeps it moisturized and healthy. Its texture is almost similar to that of a balm.

The main difference between a mustache wax and balm is that waxes are meant for men whose hairs go rogue.

Mustache Oil

The texture and consistency of oils are completely different. While they have a direct impact on how your hair will look like, they aren’t considered as styling agents.

Oils are meant to moisturize and shine your hair and the skin beneath it.

Pro Tip: Using your oil continuously helps to soften coarse mustache. It also makes it easier for waxes and balms to perform their styling and holding jobs easily.

Mustache Balm

Balms are in the middle of waxes and oils. They’ll offer you more than oils but are a little less strong than waxes. They will provide your mustache with a moisturizing effect but fall a little short of styling. Their holding strength is also not as strong as those of wax.

Pro Tip: Mustache wax offers better and firmer hold than balms.

What Are The Functions of Mustache Wax?

As earlier mentioned, mustache wax helps to control the shape of your mustache. Could you think of any other functions of mustache wax?

Mustaches can overgrow downwards to the point that they reach your mouth and interfere with food. Applying wax prevents this.

There are two other main benefits of mustache wax, as given below.

Keeps Mustache Healthy

Mustache wax contains ingredients that help to maintain your mustache’s health. With time when your mustache hair grows long, it becomes prone to breakage and damage.

To prevent this, you’ll require high-quality wax to nourish and nurture the mustache daily.

Styling the Mustache

Probably the main benefit of mustache wax is that it makes styling your mustache easy. Natural hair can be rough and tough. Mustache wax soothes the hair allowing you to play along with it. There are numerous mustache styles to go for.

Are There Any Pros and Cons to Mustache Waxes?

Yes, there are.

Just like any other grooming products, mustache wax comes with its pros and cons. These are things that you need to consider before making your purchase. The advantages outweigh the drawbacks, though.

While mustache wax isn’t a must-have product, turning back becomes difficult once you begin using it.

Pros of Mustache Wax

  1. Allows you to tame unruly hair that gets up caught with your food while eating.
  2. Provides your facial hair with volume and heft.
  3. Makes styling your mustache in any direction easily.
  4. Its ingredients help to moisturize and nourish the hair, thus making it healthy in the long run.
  5. Assist in holding your mustache in place.

Cons of Mustache Wax

  1. Low-budget products will give your allergies and irritation, a reason why you need to invest more and go for all-natural mustache waxes.
  2. A sea of options in the market makes settling for the right product difficult, which I intend to solve shortly.

How To Choose The Best Mustache Wax?

Are you the type to pick the first product on the shelf or the one with the least expensive price tag?

This technique would be okay if the product in question was a kitchen pot. But we’re talking about a product that you’ll apply on your skin, and specifically your mustache.

You, therefore, need to pay more attention and time in picking the right mustache wax. Of course, the task isn’t rocket-science difficult, but neither is it a one-second affair.

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing the best mustache wax:

1. Ingredients

One simple rule with mustache wax ingredients is that if you can’t pronounce it, it’s not worth being on your skin. Ensure that the ingredients used to manufacture the product you’re about to settle for are all-natural and safe.

When listing the cons of mustache wax, I pointed out that low-budget products might cause irritation and allergic reactions. All these are brought about by the ingredients. The ingredients used need to be safe and have a direct impact on the product’s performance.

What are some of the ingredients I’m giving a ‘green-light’ for use?

Pro Tip: Don’t concentrate a lot on the product’s price. Instead, pay more attention to the ingredients.

Beeswax

Beeswax is one of the main ingredients found in mustache wax. It’s used as a binding agent – providing the wax with a thick viscosity and making application and storage easy.

Beeswax is also responsible for the wax’s styling property as it provides it with a firm hold.

Finally, beeswax allows your mustache to be smooth and soft for long.

Pro Tip: The higher the percentage of beeswax, the higher the amount of hold the wax provides.

Shea Butter

Shea butter, composed of fatty acids, provides the wax with its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It also works to reduce inflammation in cases where you suffer from severe dandruff.

Similar to beeswax, Shea butter also smoothens your mustache and the skin beneath.

Plant-Based Oils

These oils are responsible for the fragrance present in mustache wax. Their fragrance gravitates more towards an earthy smell.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is used in mustache waxes for three reasons: It is easy to work with, it is easily available, and finally, it melts even at low temperatures. It is responsible for the easy spreading of wax throughout the hair.

Petroleum jelly mixes well with beeswax.

2. Quality

Quality goes hand in hand with the brand. Reputable brands are known to produce high-quality products. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, look at how the product is packaged. Does it have a warranty or return policy?

A product’s warranty is an assurance of how long-lasting and effective it is.

Pro Tip: If your skin is sensitive, ensure that the wax doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients.

3. Fragrance

I won’t tell you what fragrance to choose.

Go for what appeases you!

But be cautious, especially when making purchases online. The scents aren’t always as advertised.

How do you deal with this menace? Brings me to my next point.

4. Reviews and Ratings

Before buying your mustache wax online, go through the reviews left by verified purchasers. Don’t settle for anything with less than four stars. Refer to my list for reference.

The reviews will give you a clue of what to expect from the product. Check out for its shortcomings and put those into consideration before purchasing the product.

5. All-Natural

It’s important to go for mustache waxes with all-natural ingredients. Such products assure you of no adverse side effects, including irritation and allergic reactions. Synthetic ingredients are also okay, provided that they are safe to use.

Pro Tip: Go for waxes with 100% natural ingredients.

5. Hold

Hold sums up everything about mustaches. Wax with a strong hold will ensure that your mustache and beard hairs will remain in place for long periods. There are four categories of holds; hard or strong, soft or light, or medium.

A soft hold is meant for short beards and mustaches. Medium hold works better with long mustaches that require styling.

Check out this video on how to wax your mustache. (Source)

Final Thoughts

It shouldn’t be difficult to conclude that the Honest Amish Original Mustache Wax is my best overall product. The fact that the company has been in existence before all of us (most of us anyway) were born gives us the assurance that the manufacturers are doing something right.

But that doesn’t imply that the rest of the products are of lesser quality. Fisticuffs Cigar Blend Mustache Wax, for instance, possesses a signature scent that you’ll love. It acts as the best alternative.

Whenever in doubt on what to look for in a mustache wax, always cross-check with my buying guide. But the most important thing to always keep in mind is that reviews from other purchasers are important.

Go through them and make note of the product’s shortcomings before making your purchase.

What do you think of my list?

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