DIY Mustache Wax Recipes

Updated Date: by Reet Patel

Mustache is a part of facial hair, and only a few serious bearded people take care of it and find solutions to give direction to hair growth.  Just like beards, mustaches also grow in different positions, which requires grooming accessories to shape.  Besides, there are also many different mustache styles that you can wear and flaunt.

All this is possible if you use mustache wax, but the readymade ones are quite expensive.  Also, they could be a blend of chemicals if you try to save money and buy cheaper ones. Therefore, we have got you covered with a DIY mustache wax recipe, wherein you will make it at your home with all-natural ingredients, and that too, at a budget-friendly rate.

We will also share the list of ingredients and a few recipes to start the mustache styling journey.  Besides, a few proven and effective tips that will be helpful to you when wearing the hardest mustache style.  Trust us- mustache wax is the second easiest thing to make at home after beard oil.

Why Do You Need a Mustache Wax Recipe?

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Before knowing the ingredients and procedure to make mustache wax at home, you must know its benefits.  It will let you know if the finished product is satisfying your requirements or not.

Hold Your Mustache

Mustache waxes offer a firm hold to the facial hair on the upper lips.  No matter what mustache style you want to wear, the wax will quickly help you out with it.  It depends on you, how you want to hold your mustache as the wax offers a wide variety of holds, i.,e  mild, medium, and strong.

Tames Your Whiskers

Most men complain about facial hair that rests on the upper lips coming into the mouth or gets into the mouth of their partner during close encounters.  Some men even end up shaving mustaches, which then ruins their facial appearance. It may be irritating, but there is a solution to it.  The mustache wax tames unruly whiskers and positions them in a different direction so that they won’t enter into the mouth.

Soothes Skin

A combination of natural oils and beeswax is great not only for your mustache but also for the skin beneath.  Holding power aside, it soothes skin and protects from irritation caused during new hair growth.

So these are the benefits of mustache waxes, which you can only reap if you make it home.  Undeniably, readymade ones will also deliver the same benefits, but you will also have to consider other factors.  Therefore, it’s better to make one at home in no time.  Let us know what ingredients you will require for a homemade mustache wax recipe.

What Do You Need for the DIY Mustache Wax? (7 Main Ingredients)

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Depending on firm holding, there are three types of mustache waxes, out of which, the first one contains carrier oils, the second one has petroleum jelly, and last but not least includes resins.  The commonality between all the types is the inclusion of beeswax since it is a key ingredient to offer a firm hold to your whiskers.

Let’s discuss each ingredient in detail and know what benefits do they offer.

Beeswax for Holding

Since mustache wax is a styling product, and more importantly, a product that focuses on training and shaping the facial hair on the upper lips, it becomes imperative to have Beeswax as one of the primary ingredients.  Beeswax comes in different colors, from white to yellow, and any shades in between; however, it has nothing to do with the quality or effectiveness.  So don’t get confused and pick any one of them.

Carrier Oils for Conditioning

Contrary to beeswax, choosing carrier oils can be a daunting task.  The sole reason is the wide variety of carrier oils on the market.  You will find it in most beard grooming products, such as beard balm, wax, or oil. They contain nourishing and moisturizing properties.  We will not be discussing each of them, but to make things easier for you, we have curated some vital carrier oils. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil replicates closely to the natural oil that is fragrance-free and compatible with all skin types.  It is one of the common ingredients that you will find in most beard grooming products.  Adding jojoba oil to your mustache wax means protecting it from humid temperatures.  Also, it extends your homemade mustache wax shelf life.  Since most waxes are hard, adding jojoba oil makes it easy to apply on the skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the versatile carrier oils because its uses are ample from eating to using it in cosmetics, coconut oil always brings a world of difference.  The hydrating properties soothe the skin and enhance the beard’s appearance.  Like jojoba oil, you will find coconut oil as well in many beard grooming products.

Essential Oils for Scent

As you have seen how carrier oils offer moisturizing and nourishing benefits to your beard and the skin beneath, essential oils play a different role.  It primarily focuses on providing enticing, mild, and pleasant fragrances.  However, some men may find it overwhelming, but that’s a percentage of the total number of men in the world.

Essential oils also play a huge role when it comes to comparing readymade and homemade mustache waxes.  Wondering how?  Well, readymade mustache waxes come with fixed and limited fragrances, whereas homemade ones give you the freedom to choose the scent at your convenience.

The only downside of the essential oils is you cannot apply them directly to your face, just the way you have the freedom to apply carrier oils. In addition, the abrasive nature can burn or irritate the skin, especially sensitive skin guys.  Therefore, it is advisable to dilute essential oils with carrier oils and then apply the formulation to the skin.

Many men ask if it’s so stinging, then how much should we use?

Well, we would recommend a few drops diluted in carrier oils and only be heavy-handed if looking for a strong scent that stays throughout the day.

Pine, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Lavender, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Bourbon are a few essential oil examples.

Petroleum Jelly

Another natural ingredient that is easy to work with and widely available is Petroleum Jelly.  Also, it melts at normal temperature, which is a good addition to mustache wax.  Besides, mix the Petroleum Jelly well with beeswax to make the texture elastic.  If you are allergic, use fragrance-free petroleum jelly.


Resins are one of the ingredients that offer the stiffest hold.  Just like essential oils require carrier oils to carry, resins require petroleum jelly or essential oils.  The other two ingredients help resins to melt.  It is one of the reasons many men or beard care companies skip the resins as an ingredient.

Dink Gum

Dink Gum is a substitute for resins and one of the unique ingredients for your homemade mustache wax.  It is obtained from an axle wood tree and is highly viscous.  The viscosity makes it eligible to be included in mustache wax, and it remains consistent in humid temperatures.

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax is a unique ingredient that you can use for your homemade mustache wax.  It is different because it is even used in car polishing to make it look shiny.  Therefore, you can expect a shiny beard.  The Brazilian palm tree is a source of Carnauba wax. Therefore, we recommend Carnauba wax for a firm hold.

From the above discussion, you know the list of essential ingredients required to make homemade mustache wax. Now let’s see the things needed to make homemade mustache wax.

Additional Things You Need to Get Started For Homemade Mustache Wax 

Apart from the natural ingredients, the following things are also essential and play a pivotal role in making superior DIY mustache wax.


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A Pipette is a small dropper used for filling and pouring oils.  While making homemade mustache wax, you will require a set of pipettes for each natural oil. However, using one pipette for all oils can contaminate the end product, leading to a foul smell.  Therefore, you must use a separate pipette for each oil.

Double Boiler

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Place a small container into a big container to make a double boiler. First, fill the bottom (big) pot with an inch of water and then place the small container on top of it.

Shallow Tin Cans

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You might have seen the readymade mustache wax containers, which are slim and small.  You will require such containers to store your final product, i.e., DIY mustache wax.  They are pocket-friendly and are widely available online and offline.

Kitchen Pot

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It will help you mix and melt beeswax into the carrier and essential oils.

Kitchen Scale

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The scale will help you to measure the fluid ounce of the oils.  It is important to measure to avoid making wax strong or overpowering.

Now that you are ready with ingredients and other tools, it’s time for a mustache wax recipe step-by-step.

Basic Mustache Wax Recipe Step-by-Step

Before following the steps to make your own mustache wax, you must keep shallow tins handy to immediately pour it once it is ready.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Measure all the Ingredients

Measure ingredients appropriately, which include beeswax, carrier oils, and essential oils.

Step 2: Pour & Melt Beeswax into the Boiling Pot

Once all ingredients are measured, place beeswax in an empty pot in the oven on medium heat.  Let it melt while continuously stirring it.  Avoid overheating the beeswax.  

Step 3: Add Carrier and Essential Oils

Once the beeswax melts, add carrier and essential oil.  Keep stirring it for around 10 seconds and remove it from the heat.  Immediately begin pouring it into the tins before it gets hardened.

Step 4: Store the Wax After Cooling

Let the wax cool and see the heat completely dissipate. After which, place a lid to cover the tin.  After around 4-5 hours, your homemade mustache is ready for use.

Now that you know the procedure- let’s look at the mustache wax recipes.

10 Different Mustache Wax Recipes That You Can Try at Home

1) Basic Mustache Wax

The recipe includes all-natural ingredients, excluding harsh chemicals, which are the sole reason for side effects.

Collect the following things:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Vaseline
  • Beeswax
  • Glass Jar


  • Mix Coconut oil and Beeswax in a glass jar. Put the jar in an oven or on the stove to melt
  • Once you determine that both Coconut oil and Beeswax are well-mixed and fully melted, add Vaseline and start stirring the solution
  • After a while, check if the three ingredients are well-mixed or not.  Once they are, pour them into the container and wait for 25-30 minutes to cool down.  Your mustache wax is ready for use.

2) Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils

Another great recipe for mustache wax makes use of a blend of three vital ingredients, which are as follows:

  • Beeswax
  • Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oil

Additional things it requires are:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Metal Pot
  • Pan


  • Use a double boiler to melt the ingredients.  You can make a double boiler by placing a mixing bowl in a metal pot
  • Add 2 tbsp of Beeswax to a mixing bowl and let it melt. (it should be melted slowly on medium-low heat)
  • Add two scoops of Coconut oil to the melted Beeswax
  • Mix both ingredients well and pour them into a container
  • Add two drops of essential oil to the container. Leave it for an hour to cool down
  • After a while, your mustache wax is ready for use.

3) Stiff Mustache Wax Recipe

Applying this mustache wax will let you even wear the handlebar mustache.  The ingredients contained are:

  • Beeswax
  • Carrier Oil
  • Essential Oil


  • Fill 2 inches of water in the metal pot of the double boiler
  • Add 3 parts beeswax and 1 part carrier oil in the mixing bowl (smaller pot)
  • Stir till both ingredients are melted and blended well on medium to low heat
  • Add only two drops of your favourite essential oil
  • Pour the solution into the container and wait for a while to cool down.

4) Beeswax & Mustard Oil

It is one of the easiest homemade mustache wax recipes on the list.  You just need a few things:

  • Beeswax
  • Mustard Oil
  • Stove or Electronic Oven


  • Use a double boiler to heat on the stove or electronic oven since the beeswax needs to be fully melted slowly on medium-low heat
  • Pour mustard oil once the hot wax is melted.  Always remember beeswax and mustard oil ratio should be equal
  • Mix well and pour the formulation into an empty container. Wait for 10 minutes to cool down and make it solid.

5) Strong Hold Mustache Wax

Using this mustache wax will offer a stronghold to your mustache.  All the credit goes to its key ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Cocoa or Shea Butter
  • Raw Spruce, Pine, Balsam Fir Sap
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Essential Oil


  • Add 1/3rd part of a metal pot with cold water
  • Place three jars in the water
  • Add 1-pound grated beeswax in one jar, 100 grams of sap in another one, and add 100ML olive oil into it
  • Add 50-60 grams of cocoa or shea butter to the third jar
  • Turn the stove on to boil water.

Tip: Do not let the jars float in the water and clamp each glass jar on the side of the pot with clips.

As soon as the water starts boiling, the ingredients inside the jar start melting.  Filter the oil/sap into a different jar to separate undissolved and foreign particles.  Let all the ingredients come to room temperature, and then mix them.

  • Pour half of the Beeswax into the Oil/Sap jar
  • Add cocoa butter and stir well until Beeswax, Olive Oil, and Sap mix
  • Put a few drops on a plate and let them cool.  Add more beeswax to harden and sap or cocoa butter to make the mustache wax softer.  If you are unsatisfied with the consistency, you can melt butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil and add it to your mustache wax to achieve consistency
  • After which, add 2% of essential oils to your total mustache wax weight.

Note: Hot wax evaporates essential oils, which is why it smells potent before cooling down.  Raw Spruce, Pine, or Balsam Fir Sap smells great and keeps hairs in a particular position.  

6) Woodsy Mustache Wax

The mustache wax includes the following ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Carrier Oil
  • Cedar Oil & Sandalwood Oil


  • Add two inches of water to the double boiler
  • Add two scoops of Beeswax and one scoop of Carrier Oil
  • Stir them until both ingredients are mixed and melted
  • Add an equal amount of drops of Cedar Oil & Sandalwood Oil
  • Pour the formulation into an empty container and wait until it cools down.

Note: The mustache wax will offer a medium hold.

7) Citrus Scent Mustache Wax

To make this homemade mustache wax, you will require the following ingredients:

  • Beeswax 
  • Carrier Oil
  • Orange Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Lemon Oil


  • Fill a double boiler with 2 inches of water
  • Add two parts Beeswax and one part Carrier Oil
  • Stir until both ingredients are completely melted
  • Add 1-1 part Lemon and Sandalwood Oil
  • Add two parts of Orange Oil
  • Stir and pour them into the container
  • Place the container in a cool place for 4-5 hours.

8) Beeswax Mustache Wax

It is one of the simplest mustache waxes that you can make at home without adding extra ingredients and additional cost.  You will require:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Container


  • Pour 2 inches of water into the double boiler
  • Add two scoops of Beeswax and one scoop of Coconut Oil to the mixing bowl
  • Stir well until it is liquefied
  • Pour into the container.

Note: As soon as it melts, pour it into the container before it hardens.

9) Vaseline and Beeswax

DIY mustache wax wasn’t as easy as before.  It requires a few sets of things, such as:

  • Vaseline
  • Beeswax
  • Essential Oils
  • Boiling Pot
  • Can


  • Put the Beeswax and Vaseline in the boiling pot
  • Let the mixture boil until it gets liquefied
  • Add essential oils to the mixture to add scent
  • Pour the entire mixture into the can
  • Leave it to cool down.

10) The Showman

The recipe includes:

  • 5-ounce Beeswax
  • 0.25-ounce Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5-drops of Orange Oil
  • 2-Drops of Lemon Oil
  • 2-Drops of Coconut Oil


  • Mix all ingredients well in the boiling pot, and let it cool.

Bonus Fragrance-Free Mustache Wax Recipe

Tacky & Stiff

It requires a few ingredients:

  • 2-Ounce Beeswax
  • 2-Drops of Coconut Oil
  • 5-6 Drops of Jojoba Oil


  • Add Beeswax to the boiling pot and heat them
  • Add Coconut oil and Jojoba oil to the Beeswax
  • Blend the mixture well and let it cool down.

So these are some of the high-quality mustache wax recipes, which are easy to prepare in just a few minutes.  Try each recipe and stick to the one that finds you well.  Now, let’s look at some tips, which you must keep in mind when making or using mustache wax.

Troubleshooting Tips

Don’t worry if your first attempt isn’t perfect! Here’s how to fix common DIY mustache wax problems:

Too Soft

Reasons – Not enough beeswax, using a carrier oil with a low melting point (like unrefined coconut oil), or not allowing the wax to fully cool before assessing.

Solutions – Re-melt the wax in your double boiler. Add a small amount of beeswax (a pea-sized amount to start), stir thoroughly, and let it cool again. Repeat if needed. If this doesn’t work, consider a carrier oil with a higher melting point (like shea butter).

Too Hard

Reasons – Too much beeswax, using a carrier oil with a high melting point, or overheating the wax during the melting process.

Solutions – Re-melt the wac and add a small amount of carrier oil. If you use a very firm carrier oil, consider don’t that’s softer even at room temperature (like jojoba oil).


Reasons – One or more ingredients didn’t fully melt, or you didn’t stir the wax continuously as it cooled and began to solidify.

Solutions Re-melt the wax over very low heat. Stir constantly, until the texture is completely smooth. If absolutely necessary, you can strain the wax through a fine-mesh sieve to eliminate larger lumps, but do this as a last resort.


Reasons – Some carrier oils or essential oils tend to separate from the beeswax base. This is often more of a cosmetic issue than a functional one.

Solutions – If the separation is minor, it shouldn’t affect hold or scent. However, if it bothers you visually, re-melt the wax and give it a very thorough stir as it cools.


1. How do you soften mustache wax?

If you find that your own mustache wax isn’t easily pliable, you can expose the container’s bottom to boiling water. Doing so for a few minutes will make it easy to apply. You can also run hot or warm water over the tin. Or blow-drying the wax container to soften is also another way.

2. Is hair gel good for mustache wax?

No, we do not recommend it, and it is not advisable to use hair gel on the mustache. The ingredients present in the hair gel can damage your mustache hair follicles.

3. What can I use instead of mustache wax?

Honey is one of the products that you can use as a substitute for mustache wax. Honey is a versatile product, and one of its uses is to style a mustache. Some honey is water-soluble, which is why you must pick water-resistant honey to style your mustache.

Solubility aside, the honey tends to be shinier when dried and over-applied, which is why you need to be careful when applying. Use a blow dryer after coating the mustache hair for a firm and good hold.

4. Can you use Vaseline as mustache wax?

Vaseline is great for use in holding wax and is probably the most popular ingredient for mustache and beard wax. It has a distinct texture that is easy to circulate into your mustache or beard, and it mixes well with beeswax.

5. What is the strongest mustache wax?

Multiple mustache waxes offer a stronghold, but to name a few, we would recommend Fisticuffs, Wild Willies, and Firehouse Wacky Tacky.


Undeniably, readymade mustache waxes are costly and require a thorough inspection of quality and ingredients.  Contrary to this, homemade mustache waxes are quite budget-friendly and experimenting.  Also, you know what you are adding and how much you are adding. Plus, you can avoid irritative elements if they cause allergies.

In this article, you have seen several mustache waxes offering a natural look and containing natural ingredients.  Plus, we have shown you how you can make your own mustache wax.  Lastly, we discussed the tips to help you enhance the wax quality and application.  We hope you find this article well and have decided on one of the mustache wax recipes.  Share your experience with us and let us know which one suits your requirements.


Published Date: Feb 14, 2024

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