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  • What's the Best Moustache Wax? The definitive Moustache Wax guide

    by Nathan Harley Gareau Last updated: September 13, 2022

    As a bit of a dandy, self presentation has always been an important thing to me. Like most, I enjoy a good haircut, a fine pair of shoes, a well crafted jacket. I believe that personal styling and presentation is never something you should do to please others. You’ll get better results and feel much better by simply doing what you feel looks best. Taking care with your style is something that can bring one’s self joy and can be a wonderful way to express your personality outwardly.

    As someone who fails miserably in all artistic endeavours, my look is the one thing I can successfully focus my creative energy towards. For some, like myself, the most important aspect of their look is a finely crafted moustache. Classically moustaches are a symbol of many things. Power, wealth, virility, the list goes on. To me, moustaches are simply about fun. I love to have one because I love to style it different ways, and I love the conversations and friendships that having a simple piece of facial hair can ignite.

    Occasionally, I even get men on the street warning me to stop tying women to the railroad tracks. I always refuse. My goal here is to help you choose the right moustache wax, and explain how to use it appropriately. Over the years my moustache has been styled many ways and I’ve tested many, many waxes. Well over 50, by my estimate. As new ones come on to the market, my favourites usually end up on the shelves of Kent of Inglewood stores.

    This is a comprehensive list of the attributes of each wax that we sell to date.

    Light Hold Waxes 

    Bartigan and Stark Soft Wax
    Hold: 3/10
    Pliability: 10/10
    Scents: Timberyard, Birch Canoe, Havana Mojito, Columbia Icefield, Barbershop, Campione 

    Bartigan and Stark wax is perfect for the bearded man, or someone attempting the classic British army moustache. This wax holds well enough to give you a defined shape, but is the least clumpy wax I have ever used, allowing it to look very natural. I like to use it generously, and run a comb through it afterwards, achieving an "unwaxed" waxed look.


    Peregrine Supply Co. Moustache Wax
    Hold: 4/10
    Pliability: 9/10
    Scents: Thicket, Bonsai Citrus

    Possibly the most genius wax we've ever seen, Peregrine moustache wax comes packaged in a tube! Simply apply this natural light-hold wax straight onto the hair without getting your fingers dirty. What will they think of next? Perfect for controlled natural looks.


    Medium Hold Waxes

    D.R. Harris Windsor Moustache
    Wax Hold: 5/10
    Pliability: 10/10

    D.R. Harris makes a very agreeable wax. It blends in well with any hair type, is very workable, holds relatively well, and has quite a pleasant fragrance. This is certainly my favorite scented wax, the Windsor contains soothing notes of Vetiver, Black Pepper and Orange Oil. This wax is ideal for short staches that need to be kept off of the lip, but definitely gives a more waxed look.

    Hold: 6/10
    Pliability: 7/10
    SCENTS: Tobacco & Rosewood, Unscented

    Mammoth is another versatile wax. While it softens up well, it offers a degree of stickiness that holds together well. It will not hold most ’staches for an entire work day, but it allows a wide variety of styles and the tin fits into the pocket well.

    Strong Hold Waxes

    Bartigan & Stark Firm-Hold
    Hold: 8/10
    Pliability: 6/10
    Scents: GRIP, Wooly Bugger
    For folks new to waxing who want a good hold right off the bat, Bartigan & Stark Firm Hold is the way to go. It offers some resistance to warming, but doesn't tug out all of your whiskers when applied. It holds stiff without being clumpy, an excellent all-around moustache wax.

    Captain Fawcett
    Hold: 8.5/10
    Pliability: 6/10
    Scents: Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Lavender

    Captain Fawcett is the adventurer’s moustache wax. It holds up well in any climate, and lasts all day and night — plus the next morning, if things get out of hand. It’s fragrances will be noticed subtly by the user throughout the day while never being strong enough to offend. The only slight shortcoming of the “Gentleman’s Stiffener” is that it is quite averse to water, so be sure that both fingers and hair are thoroughly dried before using. If the wax combined with moisture, it will become quite lumpy.

    Captain Fawcett Moustache Wax Expedition Strength

    Hold: 10/10
    Pliability: 1/10

    As the name implies , the hold of this wax is legendary. Its workability however is not. This wax is so stiff that is does not work well on its own and is instead best applied after styling with a different strong-hold wax for extra reinforcement. I use it almost like hairspray, to finish and strengthen the surface of another wax. The use of a hair-dryer or lighter applied to the surface of the wax can make it easier to work with and apply.

    Tremendous Strong Hold
    Hold: 7/10
    Pliability: 7/10

    Tremendous Strong Hold Moustache Wax was designed to be pliable yet firm enough to keep your whiskers from dipping into your pint. This wax is great for a beginner who wants a waxed-looking moustache but is new to waxing, and can also be combed out for a natural look that lasts all day. It’s easy to work with, with a relatively strong hold.  

    Uncle Normans
    Hold: 9/10
    Pliability: 7/10

    This wax is my absolutely favourite. I love it for its workability, its versatility, and its impressive hold. Uncle Normans contains pine-sap which allows for the wax to get quite smooth and soft when warmed between the fingers, and it goes on easily with less pulling than other strong waxes. Throughout the day, I find the wax to remain malleable while holding solidly for a longer than other stiff waxes. Finally,  if the user varies the amount used, it allows for a huge range of styles: from very natural to Dali-esque. Plus, each tin comes with a tiny travel tin attached for free. 

    Being a fair-haired individual, I sport a relatively blonde moustache. While sometimes easy to miss, blonde facial hair takes products well as wax rarely shows up against the hair. For those with brown, black or greying hair keeping a neat and not waxy moustache can be a challenge. If you are worried about wax showing in your moustache I suggest you use Tremendous, D.R. Harris, Mammoth or Uncle Norman's Moustache Tamer.

    If ever you need help in the world of moustache styling, do not hesitate to reach out and ask whatever question may arise! We are available on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. and you can email us directly at Happy waxing my dear friends.

    Check out our full selection of wax

    Nathan Harley Gareau
    Nathan Harley Gareau

    A famed cocktologist and axe man, Nathan opened the first Kent of Inglewood store in Calgary, and now spends his days writing most of what you are reading here and teaching straight razor shaving classes. Ask him about his world-famous Three Cherry Manhattan. In his spare time Nathan can be found sharpening his axe, making fermented foods, or practicing his amateur butchering hobby. He doesn't slur his words, he speaks in cursive.

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