Welcome to the Grooming and Gaming glossary. I’m creating this resource to help people determine what all these crazy names in the ingredients mean.
I will attempt to be as objective as possible in the descriptions and leave decisions of health to the reader. This is a “living document” which is new guy speak for work in progress.
Beeswax – A firm wax with a strong earthy scent. Produced by bees. Has a melting point of 62-64° C. In grooming products it is always cut with some sort of oil to make it more malleable.
Candelilla wax – A hard wax. Produced from the candelilla shrub. Has a melting point of 68.5 – 72.5° C. Often mixed with other waxes to harden them.
Castor Oil –
Cera Flava – see Beeswax
Essential Oils – Oil of a plant containing its scent or “essence”. Not essential to anything.
Lanolin – A smelly, yellowish wax. Wool bearing animals secrete lanolin from their sebaceous glands which is then pressed or washed out of the wool. Has a melting point of about 38° C.
Lavender Oil – see also Essential Oils. An essential oil with a mild sweet, flowery scent. Used in aromatherapy to relieve anxiety, depression and stress. Poirot’s scent of choice for moustache wax.
Microcrystalline Wax – A scentless, opaque wax. Created through “de-oiling” crude petroleum or petrolatum. Melting point varies via grade but is no lower than 63° C. Used as a replacement for paraffin wax.
Mineral Oil – A scentless, clear oil. Created as a byproduct of petroleum manufacturing. The cosmetics industry has done a good job vilifying and obfuscating this fairly harmless oil.
Moustache Wax – A wax created by distilling the cries of shaved moustaches.
Mustache Wax – see Moustache Wax
Paraffin Wax – A scentless, white wax. Created by “de-oiling” pretroleum . Has a melting point of 37° C. The subject of much bashing. The low melting point makes this a poor choice for moustache waxes and pomades.
Paraffinum Liquidum – See Mineral Oil
Petrolatum – see Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum Jelly – A scentless, translucent white gel. Created through the distillation of a byproduct of petroleum manufacturing. Has a melting point of 37° C.
Sandalwood Oil – see also Essential Oils. An essential oil with a mild sweet, earthy scent. Used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and depression.
Soft Paraffin – see Petroleum Jelly
Vaseline – see Petroleum Jelly
White Petrolatum – see Petroleum Jelly
Ylang Ylang Oil – see also Essential Oils. An essential oil with a strong, flowery scent. Can be overpowering. Used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and anxiety. Thought to be an aphrodisiac