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Gravy Jay’s Moustache Wax

Well folks, time for another Wax Review. Now I know that I have been a little off with my weekly wax reviews, but I have been trying my best to get to them as much as possible… Work has been keeping me quite busy!!

Now Gravy Jay’s has been a wax that I have wanted to review for a long time, and when it finally showed up at my door I was more than stoked to give it a go.¬†They make 3 different types of wax, their “Classic” (which I got), “Dark & Creamy” and their “Freedom Wax” which is free of any dyes and scents.

When I opened up my package I found not only a tin of wax but also a little spatula type thing for scraping out the wax. Is this wax THAT firm that you need a tool to get it out? I sure hope not!

My package from Gravy Jay's with the "Spatula" for wax scraping

Opening up the tin I saw a Light brownish wax, and the smell that hit me was quite hard for me to put a finger on, but it did remind me of something….Then it hit me, the smell of this wax reminds me of winter time as a kid…. Weird right? Well to explain that, my mom used to boil Cloves on the stove to make the house smell good, and this wax reminds me of that!!! So yea, I would say this wax has a spice/clove smell to it.

The light Brownish Wax

Now for the big question, Did I need the spatula?? Well, no, I didn’t use the spatula they gave me, but Yes this wax is real stiff. I must say I had some trouble warming this stuff up enough to where it was really workable into the ‘stache. I did notice that when I was trying to apply it, it mostly liked staying on my fingers and not actually spreading into my ‘tache. While warming the wax up I did need to grab the Hair dryer to actually warm the wax up enough to get it off my fingers and into the ‘stache, I feel that no matter how much time the wax spent in my pocket, it was still too hard to apply to the ‘stache. Working the it into curls was a little tricky because, even though the wax is stiff enough to need a hair dryer, it is soft enough to have trouble working into curls. Weird I know!! But once into curls, the ‘stache did stay in place for the most part. I did need to touch up the entire ‘stache as the day went on, and since I had trouble with warming the wax, I found this hard to do because I kept forgetting to bring my hair dryer with me where ever I went. <– That’s Sarcasm!! ūüôā

Overall my Gravy Jay’s Experiment was great! I did have some trouble with warming the wax and getting it into my ‘stache. With that aside I would say Grave Jay’s has a great wax. The smell is quite nice, not overpowering in any way, and stays at a nice hint throughout the day. The hold of the wax is good, although I did need to do a couple of touch-up throughout the day, but overall it held great.

A huge thanks to Julie from Gravy Jay’s!!! If you want to get yourself a tin, then head over to their website and get yourself a tin or two! A 2oz tin of wax is $11 and international shipping is $6. For 20z of wax I would say this is a great deal! So go buy yourself some Gravy Jay’s!

 

That’s all for now!

Until Next Time

-Keep That Upper Lip Stiff

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Cowboy Comb Official Moustache Wax

Now I’m sure all of you ‘stachers out there have heard of the infamous Cowboy Comb, well folks they also make a Moustache wax. (if you haven’t heard of them………well…… NOW you have!!)

Like every ‘stacher out there should, I ordered myself one of the Cowboy Combs, and with that order I got myself one of their 2oz tins of moustache wax.

My order from Cowboy Comb: The comb, a tin of wax, and free stickers!!

When I opened up the tin for the first time I saw a white colored wax, and the smell that hit me reminded me of Popsicle sticks, you know like when you were a kid and you made the Popsicle stick frames for your noodle artwork, yea that’s what the smell reminded me of, building Popsicle stick frames in school as a kid. Is it a bad smell you ask? Well no it’s not, actually the smell is only noticeable when the wax is in the tin, once applied to the ‘stache the smell seems to fade away.

As you can see, the wax is white. If not warmed up enough you will have some white flakes in the 'stache, so make sure to warm the wax up!

As for the hold, I would say this wax is a firm hold, and folks this stuff is really tough to get warmed up, and let me tell you, you need to warm this wax up! If not then you’ll pull out a hair or two! I used the hair dryer to get it warmed up, because I felt that the wax would not get as warm as it should while in my pocket. Once warm the wax is relatively easy to work into the ‘stache, you do need to work quickly as the wax will firm back up and you run the risk of pulling out a couple of hairs. Once in the ‘tache the wax is easy to shape into curls, and when in place this stuff stays put! -Well, mostly, the center of the ‘stache did have some trouble staying in place, and throughout the day I did need to fix it once or twice. As far as the curls go, I didn’t need to spend too much time fixing them, just a quick touch up in the mirror and they were good to go! As for the color, yes the wax is white, and no it will not turn your ‘stache white…. That is unless you do not warm it up enough to evenly spread throughout your ‘tache! So be careful of that!!

Overall I would say Cowboy Comb has themselves a fantastic wax, yes it is quite tricky to get warmed up, but overall it is a good firm wax. And of course you can’t forget about the comb, it is a fantastic comb! Great for combing wax through the ‘stache, and if needed it will easily comb your hair on the go. I always keep my comb in my pocket for the quick touch ups!

I highly suggest you go get yourself one of the Cowboy Combs, and while you’re at it grab yourself a 2oz tin of moustache wax, and at 9.99 for a 2oz tin, it is definitely on the cheaper side for a larger tin of wax.

-Until Then

-Keep Waxing!

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Captain Fawcett’s Moustache Wax (The Gentleman’s Stiffener)

Once again the Europeans have another fantastic wax under their belt! As many of you know Captain Fawcett’s is another one of the more well-known wax companies out there, so of course there are many various reviews out there already. After reading almost every review out there I was very interested and excited to get my hands on a jar of Captain Fawcett’s Patent Pomade and give it a shot for myself.

(I do love the fact that it is called “The Gentleman’s Stiffener”) haha!!

I was excited to receive my jar of wax in about a week of it being shipped. I felt that was a normal amount of time for it to reach me, since it was coming from almost half way across the globe, but the Captain thought it took a little bit long.

When I opened up my package I saw for the first time that Captain Fawcett’s doesn’t come in a tin like almost every other brand of wax out there, but it comes in a jar. I was also surprised to find 2 buttons a Moustache pin and a note from the captain as well.

The buttons, moustache pin, and the back of the note sent from Captain Peabody

I like to see something different other than the classic tin of wax

Currently you can get a jar of Captain Fawcett’s in 3 different scents: Sandalwood, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. I asked the Captain which scents were his favorite and gave me the order of Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, followed by the Lavender… So on his suggestion I went with a jar of Ylang Ylang. I must say I was a little cautious about choosing the Ylang Ylang, simply because I had no idea what Ylang Ylang smelled like! Well folks, let me tell you it has a very natural, “flowery”(it smells like flowers) scent to it. I read a review that said it is almost “Chemical” smelling, but I do not get that AT ALL. I will say that although the scent is very nice, it is at first a little strong, nothing that will make you feel like you’ve shoved flowers up your nose, but definitely noticeable and it does ware off throughout the day to a nice hint. The color of the wax is a neutral wax color, but it is not “Clear” as most waxes are, it has a creamy aspect to it.

The wax almost has a "Creamy" aspect to it.

As for warming the wax up I found that all you need to do is keep it in your pocket for a little bit (about 10min), scrape some into your fingers and roll the wax between them to warm it up some more. This wax is on the lighter side so you won’t have to spend too much time warming it between your fingers. Applying it to the ‘tache is fairly easy, although I will say that because this is a “Pomade” wax it does feel a little bit greasy on the fingers which I feel makes it a little bit harder to spread evenly through the ‘stache. Fear not! Just because it is a little tough doesn’t mean you can’t comb it through! -And that’s all you need to do, is comb it through and BAM evenly spread.

Alright onto the million dollar question, How is the hold? Well, although the website says it has a medium to firm hold, I would say that it is more of a light to medium hold. I say this because it is more of a “pomade” type wax and once warmed up it becomes very soft, and like I said before it turns a little bit “greasy”. Now this is not a bad thing at all! I just need a little bit of a stiffer wax to control my curls a little bit better, but I had no problems using Captain Fawcett’s as a base and adding a stiffer wax (It’s Sticky As Hell, Wacky Tacky… etc..) to the curls to help them stay in place a little bit longer. (I feel like I needed to use a stiffer wax as well because I have some UNRULY hairs in my ‘stache and they need some stiff stuff to comply with what I want them to do) Throughout the day I did need to add a little bit more wax to the ‘stache to keep things in place, but once they were fixed I did not need to worry much about it again. This wax would be perfect for those looking for more of a flowing moustache, instead of an upright tricked out crazy ‘stache.

I would say that Captain Fawcett’s Moustache Wax is another one that every Moustachioed man should have in their collection! The scent is definitely a plus, it smells fantastic! The hold is good, I would say definitely for a low-profile flowing ‘stache. Overall I am quite happy with my experience with Captain Fawcett’s Moustache Wax!

I highly suggest you go check out Captain Peabody Fawcett and his wax! for a 15ml jar of wax it is about $13.60 and  shipping to the US is about $3.20 So I would say this is on the pricier side for wax, but it is well worth it to support a fellow Moustache lover!

I must send many thanks to the Captain Fawcett crew! A fine bunch over there, very nice and helpful!!!

(BONUS: During the month of November Captain Fawcett will be donating 50p (not sure how much that is in US dollars) of every pot of moustache wax sold to the noble cause of Movember) SO GO BUY SOME WAX!!!!!! SHARE THE LOVE!!!

Until Next Time

-Keep That Upper Lip Stiff!!

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Oregon Wild Hair

Now I know I am posting two reviews in one day but THIS one is a part of my weekly wax review! So on to OWH!!!

During my initial search for moustache wax I came across Oregon Wild Hair, I was very interested in this wax because of all the reviews and how popular this wax seemed to be. With a huge help from Mark and Susan I received a tin and travel tube of their OWH Moustache Wax. Since I had heard so much about OWH I was stoked to finally get to try it out!

The tin and travel tube of wax.

First off when you open the tin you see that it is a neutral “wax” color which means this stuff is natural! The smell of this wax is like most other basic beeswax, petroleum, and lanolin waxes which again means there is no extra BS in this wax. One thing this wax does have to set it aside from the others is, Musk. Now musk is a very distinct smell some people like it and other don’t, and if not used properly can be very overpowering. Luckily OWH has done it right, the scent of this wax is in no way over powering, just a light natural smelling wax. Personally I am not the biggest fan of the musk smell, but I got over that while using this wax. The smell of the wax is still noticeable throughout the day if your paying attention to it, and since I am not the biggest fan of musk I was noticing it more…

The wax is a very neutral color

As for the stiffness of the wax, I was excited to find that it was a medium stiffness; easy to scrape out, and fantastic to warm up in the fingers! -maybe a little bit too easy to warm up? would this effect the way it holds? Well fear not my fellow ‘stacher!! OWH is what I would call a medium hold. Once warmed up the wax is very easy to spread throughout the ‘stache, a once over with a comb and you should be good! As for the curls, I was in need of a little help when it came to keeping my long curls… long curled.. This is just because of how I like my curls, I like long stiff curls that stay where I put them. With OWH I was able to establish the curls I wanted, but because of the medium hold I had trouble keeping them there.¬† I “Cheated” a little bit and took a little bit of Rex Wax and used it on the ends of my curls to keep them in place… And Voil√†! My curls were long curled! Throughout the day I did have to do some readjusting on the center of the ‘stache, but good thing I had my travel tube with me, just a little wax on the fingers, into the ‘stache, and BAM a fixed ‘stache! After I did some fixing I was able to forget out the ‘stache for the rest of the day, no more “fangs.”

Oregon Wild Hair is a great medium hold wax. I did enjoy my experience with this wax (other than the smell, sometimes) but I would definitely recommend OWH to the fellow ‘stacher who is looking for an overall good wax to have in their collection! For beginners I would say this is the perfect wax, as you wont have any trouble warming this stuff up and applying it to the ‘stache without ripping out any hairs. Another great thing about OWH is that it stays pliable throughout the day, so if it does need fixing you won’t have to go through much trouble to do so.

OWH is a great wax to add to your collection, and at $9.45 per tin with free shipping(In USA) it is a great deal! With very kind people and great customer service you can’t go wrong! Plus they also sell brushes, mugs, and apparel, so go give them a look and order some of their wax! Again I must send a HUGE thanks to Mark and Susan for their support for this blog!

Until Next Time

Keep that upper lip stiff!

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High Life Stache Wax (Bonus Review)

I first found out about the High Life products from a teacher at school (who used to have a handlebar but shaved it off ) He told me that this wax had a great smell and held great. I did some research online about the wax and found out that High Life is a pomade company and happens to make a mustache wax am luckily they were a company based out of Tempe Arizona, where I happened to be going to school. I made my short journey to the tattoo/barber shop Electric Haven Tattoo where it is sold/made, and was surprised to find out that a 1oz tin was only $4, which is one of the cheapest I have found!

When I got home and finally opened the tin and was pleasantly greeted by a coconut/pi√Īa colada smell. At first the smell was overpowering and VERY strong, Strong enough to fill he room with the smell of coconut (which the lady of the house was quite happy about)! Although the smell was very pleasant I was a little worried that when applied the only thing I would be able to smell for the day would be coconut. But thankfully after in the ‘stache the smell wore down to a slight whiff every once in a while.

You can see that this stuff just looks light. It also looks a little greasy (Like a pomade)

When I first tried to scrape out some “wax” I was surprised to find how soft it was, the only reason I put wax in “” is because this stuff is more like a pomade then a wax! this stuff is REALLY soft! (not soft like a lotion(CVS Brand) but nowhere near as solid as Bounder) This stuff is a pomade, and being made by a pomade company I am not the least bit surprised. Since this stuff is so soft there is no need to spend any time warming it up -which is good for a quick ‘stache. Spreading it through the ‘stache is very simple, no need to worry about clumps or uneven coverage, just apply to the center and comb it throughout. Since this stuff is so soft it is hard to form the large curls that I normally choose, so I had to settle for a more natural, flowing ‘stache. Throughout the day I had to keep an eye on the ‘stache so I was not a victim of DSS(Droopy ‘Stache Syndrome) – Which is easy with such a soft wax.

Overall I would say High Life Stache Wax Is a good wax if you are looking for a flowing ‘stache while still having the shine of being waxed. The smell of this stuff is FANTASTIC, so if you want a great smelling ‘stache which the ladies will love- this is the stuff! Since I was not able to get the full curls that I normally choose, I keep this stuff as a “Top Coat” for the smell.

SIDE NOTE- Lately since my beard has been getting a little long I have been using this stuff in my beard to keep it nice and neat throughout the day. Just spread a little bit in the beard and comb it through, Gives me a fantastic smelling face and a nice and shiny neat beard.

If you want to get yourself a tin of High Life Stache Wax head on over to their site! Or you can order it from The Grease ShopI guess they no longer carry it.

For European orders shoot them an email: info@pomadeshop.de

Happy staching everyone

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Vacation Time Wax Reviews

As most of you saw I was on vacation for the past week in my home town of Boulder, Colorado.  I brought along my entire wax collection along with me to test them out at higher altitude. Each day I tried a new wax, or combination of waxes to see how they worked at a higher altitude, and cooler temperature.  My experience at the higher altitude was almost the same as in California. Although It felt like I needed to spend more time warming up the wax than I normally do. Other than that I had little difficulties with each of the waxes I brought.

Since I brought and tried waxes that I have yet to spend a week with I will only let you in on a little about those waxes. As far as the ones that I have already reviewed I will spend a little more time on my experience up in the Mile High City.

I’ll start this review with the ones that I haven’t reviewed first, so I can spend more time on the ones I have already used for a week and reviewed. I will not put up a review on OWH, since that will be my next full review.

High Life Stache Wax:

High Life has a wonderful Coconut/Pina Colada smell that is a little over powering at first but wears off throughout the day. The wax itself is very light and soft. Not soft like the CVS brand(lotion like), but soft like a pomade. The wax went on smooth and was easy to work into curls although I needed to add more to keep them somewhat curled to my usual large curls. I did need to keep an eye on the ‘stache throughout the day to make sure that I was not a victim of DSS(Droopy ‘Stache Syndrome). Check out my full review of High Life Stache Wax

Count Justinian (Classic, Sticky As Hell):

Count Justinian Classic is what I would call a medium/firm hold wax. It is very easy to warm up in your fingers which is FANTASTIC (No need for a hair dryer at all). I had no difficulties applying it to the ‘tache as it is easily warmed. I did find that the hold was firm but easily adjustable, although it did wear off during the day. I compensated for the “softness”¬† of the Classic by using some of the Sticky As Hell as a strong base to the ‘tache. The Sticky As Hell is almost exactly like the Classic, only a lot stiffer. Warming it up takes a little bit more time in the fingers (might help using a hair dryer), and it didn’t quite soften up as much as the Classic. I did find that using a mixture of the both of them works fantastically throughout the day. Now the smell of the CJ waxes was quite…..ummm…Harsh/strong for a lack of better words (I’ll explain that more in my full review of the Count Justinian waxes)

Rex Wax:

Now I know I did a review on Rex Wax and was a little discouraged by my first experience. I will explain everything in my Revisited Review, but for now I will say that I think I have finally started to get a hang of how to use Rex Wax. And let me tell you, this stuff is Great! Since my ‘stache has gotten a little bit longer and unruly at times, the firmness of Rex Wax really can tame those unruly hairs and let me have a ‘stache that I can work with! Check out my full review of Rex Wax

Firehouse (Wacky Tacky):

This wax is still the same old great wax! Like I said earlier I did need to spend more time warming the wax up when first applying, and I did have some trouble keeping the wax at a workable temperature while working it into my ‘stache. I was a little put off by this at first, but since I’ve used Firehouse before I knew that it could be managed and worked in to a great ‘stache. Check out my full review of Firehouse (Wacky Tacky)

Bounder:

I have always had a little bit of trouble with Bounder, but I must say that I have figured out most of my problems with it I still have a few (still working on figuring those out!). Using Bounder in Colorado was not any different then using it in California or Arizona, It needs to be warmed up a little bit by keeping it in your pocket for a few minutes and then is easily worked into the ‘stache. I did feel that it did dry out a little bit faster up at this altitude since there was less humidity, but other than that I can’t complain about anything else! I must say that I always keep a tin of bounder in the “coin” pocket of my jeans, so I always have a wax with me to fix any problems I might have throughout the day. Check out my full review of Bounder Extra Firm

Make sure you keep checking back for my full reviews on Count Justinian, High Life, and OWH

Keep that ‘tache curled!

Warm Regards

-Mr.SuperCooper

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Rex Wax: Handmade Moustache Wax (Firm)

Rex Wax, handmade in Oregon by a very nice guy who goes by the name of Paul Branham. I came in contact with him through Facebook on my search for smaller wax companies out there! He seems very into the whole Handlebar lifestyle and community.

Okay, I am going to be pretty blunt about this wax (And my apologies to Paul if I sound like I am “dissing” his wax – I just could not figure it out!)

I was eager to receive my tin in the mail from Paul Branham (the creator of Rex Wax), when I got my tin I could instantly tell that this stuff was STIFF! I could hear that the “Chunk” of wax in the tin could be shaken around and was not stuck to the sides of the tin at all. I figured I was going to have some difficulties trying to apply this wax, but nothing like the problems I ended up having.

Because this wax was so stiff I knew I was going to need to do some serious heating up! I started out by scraping a bit of wax off with my finger nail, rolling it between my fingers, and applying it to the ‘stache.¬† I got clumps of wax everywhere in my ‘stache. Tried to heat it up while in my ‘stache and comb it through, this helped but it was still hard to shape into curls. After this didn’t work I tried applying more thinking that I just hadn’t used enough. This made it worse! the curls that I formed Immediately turned into pincers(aka fell forward and I looked like a bug) and I couldn’t get them to stand up to form my normal handlebars.

After my first couple of tries with heating it up while in my ‘stache I went with trying to heat it up in the tin with the blow dryer, didn’t do a thing. – The wax was just as stiff as before! I just couldn’t figure out this wax!!! I ended up messaging Paul about how he applies his wax to his own ‘stache and he said

“What I do is scratch out a lil wax with a fingernail. Rub wax between fingertips to warm it and soften it up. Then, when wax is soft, massage into the hairs, come thru
Then, repeat the forefinger/thumb method to warm up another lil bit of wax, use this to add to the handlebar tips to give extra hold and style
I use an opposite hand/overhand method to form curls”

I took his advice and found that this did help with making the wax more pliable and easier to apply to the ‘stache. Although I was not able to figure out how to get the curls that I wanted I was able to keep the center up and out-of-the-way for days at a time!!!

So in the end I will say that I did indeed have trouble with this wax, but the times that I did get it to work out this wax is very firm and will hold throughout the day without falling into any sort of “Fangs”. So If for those of you who are able to figure this wax out I am more than sure you will have a perfect hold throughout the day in any sort of weather! I will definitely be revisiting this wax soon to see if I can figure it out and make it work for me! So make sure you check back to look for my revisited review on Rex Wax.

I must send many thanks to Paul Branham for his support for this blog, and for supplying me with a tin of his fine yet difficult wax!

-Until then

-Keep That ‘Stache Stiff

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