In which G.M. Norton demonstrates how easy it is to concoct your own moustache wax.
Since growing an over-sized soup strainer, I have turned to the wonder of moustache wax to keep my prize specimen under control.
So far I have tried three wax purveyors; namely Captain Fawcett, Mr. King’s Marvellous Moustache Wax and Bounder. Of course, upon discovering recipes for homemade moustache wax, I was rather taken with the idea.
A good chum of mine on the Twittering Device, Mr.Ryan Pike, had the same idea and concocted his own moustache wax. Being a generous sort, he kindly sent me a supply of one of the key ingredients - beeswax. As if that wasn’t enough, my fellow Handlebar Club member also enclosed a handwritten note on purple parchment containing simple instructions to make said wax.
|Moustache wax apparatus (and letter from Mr. Pike)|
So earlier this week, I decided the time was right to take the bull by the horns as it were and have a bash at making my own ‘tache tamer. Here is the recipe, as supplied by Mr. Pike.
Moustache wax recipe
Try the following formula in an old saucepan:
- 3 parts beeswax
- 1 part petroleum jelly
- scent of your choosing (I plumped for Bergamot)
Gently, heat it in the pan until it all turns to liquid but do not let it boil – the wax melts at about 60 degrees! Pour into a suitable receptacle and then pop it in the fridge for an hour (tell the family about your plans to avoid possible consumption).
|Warning: Do not drink|
I must say, it was jolly simple to make. I had read about people using a bain-marie but as I don’t have one, I initially tried putting one saucepan on top of a slightly larger one. After a few minutes of melting, I decided it wasn’t working/lost patience and reverted to just the one saucepan.
|From liquid to hard stuff in mere minutes|
The following morning was like Christmas – I practically jumped out of bed to try it out. And I must report that although I can see room for improvement, I am pleased with my first attempt. As is my way, I’m sure I will tinker about with the formula, perhaps adding a little oil and using different scents depending on my mood. Marvellous stuff.
So there you have it – this homemade excapade has set my mind whirling about what to make next. Oh dear, the family kitchen may never be the same again.