Lately, my normally bearded husband has been on a mustache kick. I’m not sure when it started, but at some point in the recent past he decided to grow out his mustache (in addition to his beard, thankfully.) He’s also been telling me all about how to care for facial hair when he comes home from work, and about the special combs, brushes, shampoos, conditioners, and waxes that are required for facial hair perfection.
The other day I found him trying to wax his mustache with this.
It’s a hand and body bar made of things like beeswax, almond oil, and “fragrance.” I probably would have let him continue using it, but I just couldn’t stand the smell of it! Not only that, but “fragrance” is always suspicious ingredient in my book and I figured he probably didn’t need any weird chemicals so close to his face.
So I decided to make him some custom homemade beard and mustache wax. He ended up liking the scent and the texture much better than the hand and body bar lotion he had been using.
If you’ve got a bearded man in your life, or if you are one yourself, here’s a simple recipe for beard and mustache wax. It’s a great DIY gift idea for men because it’s cheap, all-natural, gluten-free, and only has two basic ingredients: beeswax and avocado oil. It’s also customizable so if you like scented facial hair care products, feel free to add in your favorite combination of essential oils for a unique scent.
How to Make Your Own Beard and Mustache Wax
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The first step is to gather your ingredients and equipment.
- a pot filled with two inches of water
- an old jam jar
- a wooden popsicle stick
- a silicone mold (I used a baby food tray)
Note: Melted wax is difficult to clean up. Use equipment you don’t mind throwing out afterwards in case you spill the wax.
Next, pour the beeswax pastilles and avocado oil into your jam jar.
Place your jam jar in the pot filled with water and turn the heat up to medium. Bring the water to a boil and allow the wax to melt. This will take 20-30 minutes.
After the wax has melted, turn off the burner. Stir the mixture with the popsicle stick until combined well. Then using oven mitts or gloves, lift the jar out of the water. Carefully pour the hot mixture into your molds. I used about a 1/4 cup per mold.
Stir in your essential oils, using 12 to 15 drops per mold.
Clove, cinnamon, rosemary and orange blend nicely together as do peppermint, grapefruit, and lavender. Sandalwood and fir with a twist of citrus is also very popular and manly scent.
Allow your beard and mustache wax bars to cool. When they are cool to the touch, you may pop them out of the mold and they’ll be ready for use!
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