Thank you for the care package!!

Hey everyone! I wanted to make a quick post showing you guys some really awesome products that were sent to me by Death Pomade. These are some of the coolest things I have in my collection, by far! Check it out!

  

They sent me a lot of stuff!!!! HUGE, HUGE thank you to the whole Death Pomade team for this awesome care package! And for the deal on the stuff I paid for. You guys rock! Here’s a couple close up pics with some product lists for you guys. That way you know what all is what.

  

Ok so there is the big Death Vader silk screen banner. It’s either 12″ x 12″ or 14″ x 14″ I’m not sure which though. I didn’t measure them. I got two cans of the Death Vader, a bunch of Death Pomade and Death Vader stickers, a Death Wars sticker, and their Rotwild ringing gel. That Rotwild is such a cool color!!

  

This one has the same silk screen banner, but it’s the Death Trooper this time. These are so badass!! I am a huge Star Wars fan, and Vader/Anakin is my favorite character of the whole saga. I also got two of the Death Trooper ones, more Death Pomade stickers, Death Trooper stickers, and anothe Death Wars sticker. These are going on my tool box for sure! I also got their light hold Scarecrow pomade. Not sure if this is a reference to Batman or not, but if so that is beyond awesome! Finally I got a can of their Friday the 13th edition pomade with a patch to go with it. This is my favorite scary movie series, and has been since I was like 5 or 6. They also make a silk screen banner that goes with the set, but I have to wait until they sell some more before I can buy one. 

This stuff is beyond cool, borderline legendary! Everything looks and smells awesome! You guys should definitely head to their website http://www.deathpomade.co to check out what they have, and pic some of this stuff up! Thank you again to the amazing folks at Death Pomade for sending me this awesome care package! Everything is so awesome guys! I’ll be posting reviews of these as soon as I can for you guys too.

May the force be with you,

-JC

Murray’s – Small Batch 50-50

Still rolling with the semi-new products guys. Which brings us to a newer and limited edition product from one of my favorite, and oldest, pomade companies out there. Today’s pomade is by none other than the legendary Murray’s! My friend Jim over at Murray’s sent me a care pack shortly after this stuff was released, along with the other limited edition ones. I tried them all out and knew I had to review them for you guys. So I bought some new cans that way the surfaces would be new and fresh for you. Let’s get started on their Small Batch 50-50 pomade.

  

This one, along with their other limited-edition ones, comes in their signature orange can. The lid design has their cartoon wolf guy on it in the very center. Above him it says “Murray’s” in some awesome lettering. Then there are red and black nautical stars on either side of him. Below him is “Small Batch 50-50 pomade” in some broken up stencil style lettering. The background behind him has kind of rusted or aged look to a little bit. It’s a very cool kid design! Around the edge of the lid it has the company name, the established date, and then it says “50% Superior – 50% Exelento” as well. If you haven’t guessed it, this stuff is a 50-50 mix of their Superior pomade and their Exelento pomade.

  

Now the actual can is just their Superior can, but each one of these limited edition ones has its own unique lid. They also have a sticker with the info of that particular pomade which covers the info on the Superior can. Personally, I would have liked to see each one have its own can, instead of just a lid. On the flip side, the lids are pretty badass, and they still give the pomades their own unique look. Plus I don’t think the can would be much different than it is now except for the name on the front and the info on the pomade.

  

Opening up the tin, you find what you’d expect. Kind of a greasy medium pomade, that looks about like a mix of Superior and Exelento. It has the same color as those two pomades do as well, not surprisingly. The scent? You guessed it! It smells just like their Superior mixed with their Exelento haha. It’s literally just a can filled with those two pomades mixed together. So it smells just like them both. Now I’m not sure if they mix those two after they make batches of them, or if they combine the ingredients for them both in their makers at once. I tend to lean toward them mixing two batches together then filling the tins though. Either way, still pretty cool. 

  

When you scoop it out, it’s very reminiscent of Nu Nile, just a bit softer. It didn’t feel like I thought it would though. I figured it would be a bit softer and more oily than it is. It has a nice pull off to it as well, which makes for a cool looking scoop picture. In my hands it feels how I expected it to though. I have mixed their Superior and Exelento in my hands as a combo before, so I kind of knew what to expect. And it feels just like that, although it is easier to spread. Being one pomade instead of two makes it easier to spread in your hands. 

This stuff is a bit easier to apply than I thought it would be too. I half expected it to be like applying Nu Nile, but it wasn’t. It was much easier to apply and comb through my hair. More like their Super Light pomade is. Being easy to comb makes for quick distribution of this pomade in my hair. Only a few passes with my comb and all the pomade was worked into my hair evenly. Once you get it combed in this pomade takes on a slightly tacky aspect to it. Making it great for slicking your hair and keeping all the strays and shorter hairs stuck together.

  

The pomade gives my hair a really nice shine to it. It’s not too high and not too matte either. It took me a bit longer to get my hair where I wanted it than usual. I’m not sure if it’s because my hair is getting too long, or if it’s just the pomade yet. I will have to wait for day two to confirm which it is. I could also just be having a bad hair day. I was able to get a nice medium sized pomp going with it though. And like I was saying, the tackiness makes slicking the sides pretty easy. The scent takes on a nice strength to it once you style your hair. So far I am really pleased with this pomade. It is proving to be a great medium pomade for me. 

I was very happy to see that the hold had lasted all day long. My hair hadn’t really moved at all, except for a slight gap where my cowlick is in the front. And like always, for the sake of the review, I went ahead and recombed my hair even though it looked fine. The recomb of this stuff is a bit more resistant than when you first apply it. This could be due to my sweat though. I had been working around the house inside and out most of the day. 

  

As you can see, after recombing my hair, there were a few slight splits. I had used the wide toothed end of my comb, and the splits were along the teeth marks. You can also see the slight gap where my cowlick is too. I was able to close it up in the front, but the top wouldn’t stay closed. The shine had stayed the same after the recombing, although I expected it to be a little higher. Not a big deal really, just different than I had expected. I was able to basically get the same height as I did when I first styled my hair. It might have been a little shorter, but not really enough to notice. My hair stayed in place the rest of the night as well. So far I’m really liking this pomade. It’s a great medium pomade that has a long lasting hold and great control. Can’t wait to see how the buildup is. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to be like the other Murray’s pomades and not come out of my hair hardly at all though. 

More of the pomade had come out of my hair than I thought would however. I’d say a good 30-40% had come out of my hair overnight and after my shower. I ended up adding about half of what I put in the first day to my hair. With the buildup came a bit more resistance when combing my hair though. I had a feeling it would do this, as all the other pomades from them also do this. The buildup does allow for a bit more height to your pomp as well. I chose to keep it the same height, but get my hair more rounded out this time. Last time I wasn’t able to get it as rounded out as I wanted. The shine also increases a little bit on day two, as I expected it to. Not by a whole lot, and it’s still a nice shine. It’s not wet or oily looking at all, just a nice gloss added to your hair. The control stayed about the same as on day one, and my sides stayed slicked together just as well. This time I was able to get my hair styled a little quicker than I did yesterday. This makes me think my hair is getting too long and I wasn’t having the best hair day before. I’m definitely overdue for a cut! The plan is to go Friday, and both Logan and I will get cleaned up.

The hold on day two lasted all day, just as it had on day one. There was one exception though, my cowlick didn’t split this time. I was very happy about this. I’m happy that the control lasts all day with the buildup. I wasn’t really thinking I would see a difference, because I hadn’t noticed a difference in the morning with it. However, it definitely is better than on the first day. I decided not to recomb my hair this time, because my hair looked fine and I was going out to dinner. I didn’t want to change a good thing, or fix something that didn’t need fixin’ as my grandpa says. At the end of the night my hair was still in the same place. Very awesome hold and control with this stuff once you get the buildup going.

Days 3, 4, and 5 were basically repeats of the second day. The only thing that was different was that each day I added less and less pomade to my hair. On the fifth day I only added a tiny bit to my problem areas and cowlicks. I did notice an increase in shine a little bit on day 3, but it never got shinier than that. And it still wasn’t an oily or wet looking shine. 

This pomade is definitely a must have in your collection or bathroom. It is a solid pomade all around. Nothing I would change about this pomade at all. Maybe the labeling along the side of the tin. It would be nice to see this one as a permanent pomade in the Murray’s lineup, and have its own side labeling. Hint hint Jim, and the team over at Murray’s 😉 I want to thank them again for sending me this awesome pomade to try out! Very stoked on this stuff guys, and I will definitely be buying more of it! You guys should do the same. Pick up a few tins of it, just in case Murray’s doesn’t make this a permanent addition to their line. Head on over to their site www.murrayspomade.com and get some of this stuff along with the other limited edition pomades. They also have some new products up now, and Jim told me that even more new stuff is coming to the site soon. So check back to see what that stuff is all about. 

Keep it greasy guys,

-JC

Shear Revival – The One Who Knocks Pomade

What’s up everyone? We are back with another newer pomade. This one has been around for a few months now, but is still relatively new. I was lucky enough to get sent this as a Christmas gift from Zach over at Shear Revival. I bought his limited edition holiday pomade, and this one arrived with it. So I figured I’d throw it in the rotation asap. Thank you again for the gift Zach!

  

He packages his pomades in colored plastic jars with aluminum twist top lids. This jar happens to be blue, and rightfully so. If you guys don’t already know, the name of this pomade is a reference to the TV show Breaking Bad. Feel free to look up the name reference on google or by watching the show. It’s a pretty good show in my opinion. This jar just has a single square label on the front. In the very center is a hazmat gas mask, also in blue, and a bunch of blue specks behind and around it. Above it is the name of the company, and below it is the name of the pomade. The company name and ingredients are on either side of the label. Very simple label layout and design. Like I say, sometimes less is more. This label is very clean looking, but has a nice style to it at the same time. 

  

Upon opening the jar you see a light grayish blue looking waxy pomade. Personally I was expecting more of s vibrant blue, like the “product” Walter makes in the show. However, this pomade’s color is still pretty cool. I don’t think I have any pomades with this particular shade of blueish gray. The scent of this stuff is also very unique. You get a very strong floral scent right off the bat. The more you smell it though, the more stuff you detect. It’s really a layered scent, and it’s nice. The other notes are oak and whiskey. Personally I don’t really get any whiskey until I’ve been smelling it for a while, and it’s very faint. Plus the more I smell the pomade, the more the oak comes out and it starts smelling like an old wooden box on your grandpas desk in his musky study! It’s really an awesome scent. Nicely balanced and layered. I really like how the oak gets stronger and stronger the more you smell it. 

 

When I went to scoop out the pomade, I was met with a very firm surface. As I dug my finger in, the pomade kind of ribboned out in a few different directions. Many of the waxy pomades I have in my collection do this. Some more than others. This one kind of falls in the middle of that spectrum. It doesn’t ribbon out like crazy, but it also isn’t just a couple big chunks either. You do have to press out the bigger pieces into your palm, otherwise it kind of clumps up on you. Once you get them pressed out, the texture is nice a creamy and smooth. It feels pretty soft once you break it down in your hands too.

Application isn’t as easy as you’d think with how the texture is. There was actually quite a bit of tugging to it when I was trying to work it into my hair. It doesn’t stick on top like some waxy pomades do though. This stuff actually feels a bit like how Nu Nile goes in your hair. It has some significant tug to it, but you can get it worked in fairly evenly with just your hands. When I went to comb my hair the feel of it changed completely. It was very easy to comb surprisingly. More like combing a lighter pomade rather than the waxy feel it has to it. I was delighted that it performed this way, definitely a nice little change up.

  

This stuff gives my hair a nice look to it as well. It’s kind of halfway between a dry, natural look and the way your hair looks with your average medium pomade in it. I was able to get some medium height to my hair, and round it out a little bit too. I was pretty pleased with how the initial combing came out. The shine on this stuff is definitely on the lower end and has a more natural look to it. And I find that this type of shine goes really well with the look this pomade give my hair. I think overly shiny hair with this texture/look wouldn’t really be optimal personally. 

  

The hold seemed to last nicely throughout the day too. I only had a few areas split as you can see. And only the center of the left side of my hair had drooped a little bit. Overall though, my hair still looked pretty good at the end of the day. The recomb felt really nice as well, about the same as when I combed my hair initially. Possibly a little bit softer than it was at first. I was able to comb my hair pretty much right back into place as well. I think it was maybe a tiny bit shorter than when I first styled my hair. All in all, day one is a pretty good success. I’m interested to see how the buildup is and how day two fares.

Most of the pomade had stayed in my hair after sleeping and taking a shower. I’d say maybe 10% or less came out of my hair. I absolutely love it when pomades do this! Well most of the time anyway. This makes for really nice styling in the days following the initial application. As well as a longer lasting jar/can of pomade. The scent does fade away pretty much completely though. The floral note was really all that was left, and it was pretty faint. This made the scent a bit more floral in my hair than it was on the first day. The scent was still really nice though, it just wasn’t as oaky as it was the first day. 

  

As you can see, my hair looks about the same as it did on day one. I got about the same height and roundness to my hair, and I only added about 1/4 of a normal scoop. Which was about 1/6th what I added the first day! I think this stuff is going to last me quite a while! The only real difference I saw was the shine was a little bit more glossy on the second day. Other than that and the scent’s slight change, the pomade was performing pretty much the same as it did on day one so far. The hold and how it lasted was a bit different though. My hair didn’t really move, until I went to recomb my hair. Then it got kind of oily and stringy, and wouldn’t stay in place. Not sure why this happened, because my hair didn’t feel oily before I recombed it. I kept getting hairs falling in my face when I would try to comb it back into a pomp. However, if I just slicked it back, it stayed right in place. Very odd little maneuver this pomade pulled on me. I didn’t really mind though, because I recombed my hair at about 10:30 at night. So it didn’t make any difference to me if my hair stayed or not. If you’re out and about and have to recomb your hair, this could be problematic though. Luckily, it holds well enough that you shouldn’t have to. I’ve got to say, day two was also a success. 

All in all, I wore this pomade for just under a week and loved it each day. The oiliness only happened on day two though. I’m still not sure why it did that, but it only happened that day. This stuff is definitely something I’d recommend trying out guys. There’s nothing I didn’t like about  this pomade. Well, that one night when it got oily and uncooperative with me wasn’t great, but it only happened once. And it could have been a fluke thing. So I’d say, if you don’t already have a jar, go pick one up. You can find it on many online retailer’s sites, or on Zach’s etsy or big cartel stores. He also has some shave stuff and other hair products on there as well! So check them out and pick up some awesome stuff! Huge thank you again to Zach for sending me this awesome Christmas gift! I really appreciate it buddy. I have his other pomades on the way and will be reviewing them as soon as I can for you guys. Until the next one….

“I am the one who knocks.”-WW

-JC