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Homemade Mustache Wax
I have that same hand cranked grinding wheel! Going to have to dig through my old tools to give this a try :)
Buying it from a reliable source and marking it so (with a date) is the best method for knowing. Apart from that, it should have a dark yellow tone(like the picture shown in this instructable) and smell slightly of honey when heated. Paraffin is normally white. I've been using this recipe and it's very good. The only thing I'd like to know is if there's any natural coloring that can be added for people with darker or red mustaches? It looks good on my blond/gray 'stache.
Cocoa Butter absorbs better than Shea Butter. Shea gives it a "sheen' and makes the hairs look more vibrant. My Company has been making it for years. The wax will make it hard if your mix is above 55% wax so unless that is what you are trying to accomplish keep your wax mix below 55%
One way to differentiate between beeswax and paraffin is the hardness of the wax. Beeswax is much harder than paraffin and is nearly impossible to stick a knife in, while paraffin is much easier and will more easily flake off. Beeswax will be more sticky on your knife. Regarding telling how "thick" the brew will be, I don't know of a good way other than trial and error.
I was actually going to comment that some people read, & make recipes exactly as they are written. They just get out the ingredients, and start doing what the instructions say, exactly as written, not really noticing until to late that some things are not meant to be done exactly that way.(Such as, 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.I'm not meaning to be nit picky or sarcastic, just a friendly suggestion. :)
Sorry, you asked this a long time ago (year ago), but no 1 tsp would not be 1 ounce. It would be approximately 2 TB (or 1/8 cup).
made up this recipe and I'll tweek it a bit next time.......question.....how do you tell if the "4lb brick of wax you've saved for just this recipe is actually beeswax or just some type of parifin wax"????? is there a test of some kind???plus, is there any way of telling just how thick your brew is going to be while it's hot, in the pan?????
im sorry, bit stupid question i guess, but i have to ask anyway. did u put the beeswax into the water? no, right? just mixed beeswax and coconut oil together?
I`ve found with a 60% wax base, it`s harder to melt..And leave your beard pretty stiff..
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