How to make moustache wax and lip balm
When Dan’s moustache grew to the stage where he needed a trim, I suggested he should try growing a handlebar. He told me that he could only do it if he had moustache wax, otherwise his furry lip would operate like a colander.
I loved the idea that the handlebar moustache is named after its resemblance to a bicycle’s handlebars, and looks almost exactly like the ‘extreme sweep riser bars’ by On-One Mary that I’ve got on my bike.
One day, Dan might be able to join the Handlebar Club. The qualification for membership is ‘a hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities’ though beards are prohibited. Isn’t that the most fabulous description of a moustache.
“Humour me, for a month,” I pleaded.
After a lot of research into the styles and care of the perfectly groomed handlebar moustache (by me not him), I realised that there were several ready made products on the market though some were a little pricey. The ingredients weren’t always natural.
I figured I could make my own moustache wax, so investigated further. Essentially, I needed a wax and a softener. With my love of sustainability and Dan’s vegetarian lifestyle to consider, I chose two ingredients – beeswax and argan oil (halal).
I came up with this luxurious and 100% natural product.
Just so you know why I chose these particular ingredients, here’s a little explanation.
Three years ago, Dan and I took on a house sitting assignment. I had one responsibility and that was to ensure the bees from the hives had enough drinking water. It was the first time I’d truly considered their importance in the ecosystem.
Now we grow lots of food on a small allotment near our home. Bees play a huge role in pollinating the fruit and vegetables we nurture. The best allotment advice we were given was by a lady called Sandra. ‘Look after the bees,’ she warned. ‘They will look after you.’
Back in 2011, I spent two months exploring Morocco and discovered the Argan Tree (Argania Spinosa). Indigenous to the southwest of Morocco and the Tindouf region of Algeria, these gnarled trees are an ancient species, dating back to the Tertiary period and survive in almost desert conditions.
Goats scramble through the boughs to eat the nuts and that in itself is an amazing sight. I’ve been back to the country on a couple of bikepacking trips into the Atlas mountains since then.
The tree produces a nut from which argan oil is extracted. The process is labour intensive and therefore expensive. However, for the last ten years or so, female run co-operatives (funded by grants, governments and NGO’s) have given financial independence to some of the poorest and under educated women of Morocco. Nothing in the process is wasted.
Although westerners rarely see the lustre of a Moroccan lady’s hair, I am one of the lucky ones.
Behind the heavy doors or plastic curtains of the hammam, women uncover their long dark flowing and glossy locks. The Moroccans have known the power of this delicate oil for centuries. And that is why it’s probably the best choice ever for moustache wax. And Moroccan men take great care with their grooming, the moustache being no exception.
Moustache Wax Recipe
1 Tablespoon pure organic Argan Oil
2 x 20 ml lip balm tins or recycled glass jars
Put a couple of inches of water in a pan and heat over a medium heat. Place the wax in a glass or Pyrex jug and set on top of the pan. This is the same method that I follow for melting chocolate. Ensure the bowl is not touching the water.
As soon as the wax has melted, add the oil. As the oil hits the wax, some of the wax may harden. This is nothing to worry about, simply stir the mix until the hard bits warm up and melt.
Pour the liquid into the jar or tin and let it cool.
For a softer wax, use a little less wax or a bit more oil.
Here are some fabulous images of Handlebar Moustaches published by The Guardian.
Only one human was tested before the product was used on its intended end user. This is how it worked during trials.
Before using moustache wax…
After applying moustache wax.
The beard has vanished. It’s all about the moustache.
Lip balm and beard wax.