Picture of Homemade Mustache Wax
When growing a righteous mustache (moustache for the non-American readers), a man must sooner or later come to grips that he must use some tools to tame the labium superius oris beast. Trimming and combing can help out, but for the truly virtuous mustache, pomade is what you seek. Due to the location of the mustache, care must be given to the type of ointments. One might consume small portions of the product and thus one of the non-pronounceable ingredients.

I’ve chosen to go the all natural route, with a very simple recipe with equal parts beeswax and coconut oil.  Beeswax melts at body temperature and coconut oil is very heat stable, slow to oxidize, and resistant to rancidity (which is good for storage).  Both of these ingredients are human consumable, so I’m not worried about eating with the wax in use.

For a small batch that should last a few weeks, I went with 1 oz (by weight) of each.  you will only need one tool; a double boiler (and I guess a scale).

1) Start by bringing 2” of water to a boil.
2) Add the beeswax and stir till its completely melted.  Be careful with this, aerosoled beeswax can ignite and possible explode, so go easy with the heat.
3) Add the coconut oil and stir till melted and completely mixed.
4) Pour into some heat resistant storage container (I chose a small Pyrex glass tray).
5) Let it cool down for 30 minutes  or longer - I’m not sure how long, just don’t go and burn yourself.

Once the wax has set, you can store it in a dry, cool place.  To apply, just rub your fingers into the wax till it warms up. Using small portions at a time, work it into the mustache.  Comb to style.  Go out and enjoy the compliments you’ll receive on your awesome mustache!
AF5W made it!10 days ago

Thanks for the instructable! Easy to follow and ends with a good stasch wax! I found beeswax tea candles at the local farmers market for 0.55 euro, mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Fills an Altoids tin about a 1/4" from top - perfect!

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OscarZ6 months ago

Where do you get the Bees Wax ???

Online is easiest, but your local farmers market is a good bet. I like honey with the wax in there, but it takes a bit of work to "clean" the wax.

I got mine at the Farmers market from the people who make their own honey, they also sell bees wax in a cube form. It was hella cheap too, only $1,50.

jtmcdole (author)  OscarZ6 months ago
I use to keep bees and know other beekeepers. You can order 1lb blocks on eBay.
kykid2 months ago

What kind of beeswax can I use? Is Murray's 100 percent Australian beeswax okay?

Psuttonjr kykid15 days ago
Don't use Murray's for this, if you look at the fine print, I believe it says "made with" or something similar right around the 100% Australian Beeswax. If you take a look at the ingredients, it has petroleum jelly and other ingredients as well. It would probably be fine for your 'stache, most commercial waxes also contain those things, but for the purpose of this recipe, it's not actually pure Beeswax.
JanetS43 months ago

I made it! I will let you know how my handsome husband likes it, but all I know is that today I could barely kiss him... he was wearing an icky mustache wax.... now he will have one that I love! This recipe took 15 minutes to make, used locally grown beeswax from our summer farmer's market (Bees Brothers), and I added essential oils from Doterra: Peppermint, lavender, and orange! yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

jtmcdole (author)  JanetS43 months ago
Glad I could help! I have yet to experiment with essential oils, but I imagine that smells awesome.

Hi! sorry but I haven't understand how much water you have to pour in the mix at first. 2" is two inches? Thank you very much!

jtmcdole (author)  josiahbounderby3 months ago

Do not add any water to the mix. The 2 inches of water is a part of the double boiler:

rionmv3 months ago

I followed this recipe and it came out great. I added a little essential oil to give it some aroma. I would like mine to have a little more hold so I think with my next batch I will try a 60:40 beeswax:coconut oil blend. I also bought some empty (unused) chap-stick type containers on ebay and I poured some of the wax in them. It makes it very easy to apply by rubbing it in to the hairs and then combing it through, and even if you didn't want to apply it that way, the tube of wax is very portable so you could keep one in your pocket or in your desk at work (like I do) in case of an emergency. Thanks for the instructable.

jtmcdole (author)  rionmv3 months ago
Nice! I didn't think about the chapstick containers. Let me know how the 60:40 works out.

I went to the dollar store and bought a four pack of small glue sticks. I emptied the glue sticks, cleaned them out and poured the wax right in the stick.

zaida.sierra4 months ago

Where do you get your labels and containers?

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jtmcdole (author)  zaida.sierra4 months ago
Bought my containers online, but I don't remember where.

I made my own label and just cut it out. It sticks to the lid with a little bit of the wax.
Thanks so much for this. You've inspired me to give this a try. (I'm using my own guess-recipe, however.) I have tried many different waxes and the price is obscene compared to the cost of ingredients.
Almost did you transfer the wax to tins from the double boiler?
jtmcdole (author)  george.graham.9421454 months ago
I put the tins on wax paper and poured with a glass pyrex. Easy to clean up with really hot water.
How tight is your wax hold?
btakacss7 months ago

i have found an old mint tin works good for a container. and you can find some cool ones out there

boogleboi1 year ago

Hiya, I have made this wax and it came out OK. When I use it, however, it doesn't seem to "smooth out" properly in my hands. There seems to be some flakey bits that stay pretty solid. Have I messed up the proportions do you think? I used roughly 50/50. Any advice?

jtmcdole (author)  boogleboi1 year ago

Do the flaky bits look like beeswax that might not have mixed well enough with the oil? If you imagine an ice cream scoop scraping off a thin layer of the sweet stuff; that's how I draw off my wax. It helps that I have it in a tin and I just use the lid to make small ribbons of wax that easily melt in my fingers.

BIC19821 year ago
thanks for the info now I can make my own in bulk for less. the store bought kind I get doesn't hold very well, it's more of a beard conditioning salve. going to experiment and add some essential oils...maybe cedar.
I tried making this last night. Natural beeswax, 100% coconut oil, equal masses melted and (tried too cool slowly). The first time I tried it, it cool in a matter of minutes because I was only making a small amount, and was using an aluminum pie pan as the second level of my double boiler (so there was a very wide surface area exposed to the air). I think the rapid cooling caused the beeswax to separate a little from the coconut oil, as when I took some in my fingers there was a very thin oil with some harder parts (despite looking well mixed with solid in the pan). I reheated and tried to let it cool more slowly (turning down the heat on the double boiler to almost off and letting it cool with the double boiler). This resulted in a better mixed product, not so much separation. However, I'm still uncertain as to what final consistency/ tackiness I should be expecting. I'm very new to the moustache scene -- some of the tutorials for moustache styling show store-bought waxes rolling into a ball, soft, but able to hold a shape without sticking all over the fingers. The mix I made with the beeswax and coconut oil is too mushy and tacky to be able to roll into ball. Should I let it cool more slowly again, or add more beeswax, or is this the desired goal?
jtmcdole (author)  MoustacheWax1 year ago
I let mine cool on the counter after pouring it. The first run was in that little glass dish you see.. when I was happy with that I moved to the 2oz tins. The 50/50 split gave me a harder wax that I would scrape with my fingernail and then it would turn malleable in my fingers due to heat. I tried making another bath by changing the ratio to more coconut oil (I think 55/45 or 60/40) and it was much more tacky / easy to work with, but it didn't feel like it would hold all that well. I never experimented with more beeswax vs coconut oil because I still have so much left over from the last batch!
jtmcdole (author)  jtmcdole1 year ago
Actually, the tins I let cool on the counter, the glass cup I put in the fridge. I don't remember there being any difference in the final product.
Great. Thanks for your replies. I guess I should try pouring it off into a deeper container. Perhaps this will keep it from cooling too rapidly. The batch I let cool down over the double boiler had a better consistency, but pouring it into something else would be easier (and it's winter so maybe that's affecting how rapidly it's setting).
tstens2 years ago
This should jump to the Featured page in Movember.
bg_askins2 years ago
jtmcdole (author)  bg_askins2 years ago
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Great project! It could use a really fun intro image to get some good click-throughs. Perhaps channel your inner Snidely Whiplash? :D
jtmcdole (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Either that or Dali! My hair color is to light in color for an evil villain. I'll have to search around for something fun to put at the top.
I think even the close up shot you have here will do!
jtmcdole (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Even better, I had a friend send me a concept poster and I then took it with a new photo + fonts + circular layout for labeling. Going to put them on 2oz tin cans for a charity auction (hopefully someone either likes mustache wax, or has a sense of humor).
That is awesome! I need friends like yours :D Well done, and I hope your auction goes well. You should post a forum topic here about it!