Forge & Foundry – Shave Soap

Hey guys back with another shave soap for you. This time we are checking out Forge & Foundry’s shave soap. I had talked with them on Instagram a couple times, and then they were kind enough to send me out a little care package with a few products to try out. I want to give the folks over at F&F a big thank you for the gifts! I am very stoked to try them out. And particularly excited for this shave soap!

  
This soap is your standard sized soap puck, about the same size as a hockey puck, and it’s wrapped in fibrous brown tissue paper with a sticker on top and a sticker on bottom. On the top sticker there is the company name in their signature font, with “classic bay rum” below that. Then around the edge of the label it says “extra slip shaving soap creates a thick stable lather” in plain block style letters. Pretty cool little simple label. The bottom sticker just has some directions and ingredients listed on it. Nothing else really to say about that one.

  
I opened up the wrapping very carefully, so I didn’t rip the paper and got the sticker off clean. That way I could slap it somewhere if I wanted to. Feeling and looking at the paper wrapping, it reminds me of one of those all natural/100% recycled coffee filters. It’s got the same texture and color to it, but feels a little bit thicker than they do. The soap itself is a slightly olive green soap puck with a matte surface. There are a few little dark brown or black specs strewn throughout the soap, but I’m not exactly sure what they are. The scent of this soap is exactly what it says on the label, classic bay rum. It actually smells almost exactly like the bay rum I use for my Steel Toe line of products. I wonder if they get theirs from the same place I do? Might have to ask them about it. Anyway, great great scent. Not that I have to say so, since I use the same scent for pomades I make. I’m also a huge bay rum fan too, as most of you know. So this soap is right up my alley.

  
This time I am going with my Col. Conk shave bowl for this puck. This bowl fits this soap in it perfectly, plus I haven’t gotten to use it in a while. So I figured it’s time to break this one out again. I will however be lathering in a new bowl, and doing a review on it as well. It will be a separate review though, so you’ll have to look for that one in a little while.

  
The soap sat soaking in hot water for a good 10-12 minutes. A little longer than I had wanted or planned to, but my son needed help getting out of his bath right as I was finishing my shower. So that took a few extra minutes. There didn’t seem to be any negative result from it soaking for a few extra minutes though. I then began loading up my brush with the soap. Almost immediately this soap began to foam up and pack the bush full. After just 22 seconds my brush was overflowing and the bowl had a bunch of foam packed around the soap. As you can see, it’s a very thick foam, but is slightly frothy. I’m sure this will dissipate once I build up the lather however.

Grabbing my new hand hammered copper bowl, I began to work up the lather, or tried to. Now I already had a couple drops of water in the bowl, and I added a couple to my brush like always. For some reason though, this stuff just didn’t want to lather up in the bowl. I don’t know if that’s just how this soap is, or if it was the bowl doing this. I even added a little bit more water to both brush and bowl to make sure it wasn’t just too dry. That didn’t make any difference though. 

  
As you can see there is not very much lather in my bowl at all. Just that one ring around the wall of the bowl. The lather that I did get was a very nice and rich lather though. I was very happy with the feel of the lather. And as I applied it to my face I noticed where all the lather was.

The brush had sucked up all the soap and lather into it somehow. I didn’t take but a tiny swipe of the lather from the bowl and began applying it to my face, when I noticed the lather on my face get thicker and spread out a lot farther than it should have. So I began to face lather with my brush just how it was. I was able to completely coat my face with this thick, yet not overly puffy lather, with only what was in my brush. I didn’t dip into my bowl at all. It’s definitely a slip kind of lather, rather than a puffy cloud like lather. So the label on the top of the packaging wasn’t lying when it said extra slip. As much as I like a nice fluffy, plush lather, this thick yet thin lather is a nice change up from the norm.

  
Even my son really liked the lather a lot. He had decided he wanted to shave with me that night, and had to have some of dad’s shave soap on his face. He looks so dad gum adorable with a lather beard on his little face! It’s really such an awesome time when we get to “shave” together. He loves getting to help me load the brush, and work up the lather, and put the oil and lather on, then get our razors and shave. He’s got a little cheap-o butterfly razor I found him at a beauty supply store for a few bucks, with no blade of course. And he just loves shaving. He checks in with me every step of the way too haha. “Daddy? I make a pass now? Okay! And I wince uh off now daddy? Wince uh wince uh wince uh. And denn I shake uh wayzerr too daddy! I make anudder pass now daddy?” Hahahahaha, it’s the cutest dang thing ever. But back to the review.

  
With a face full of lather, I began shaving. Being a lather that isn’t puffy at all, this one doesn’t have too much cushion to it. However, that wasn’t really a bad thing, because my razor still glided across my face very smoothly. And it cut my whiskers very easily as well. The lather, despite being as thin as it was, did a pretty good job of trapping all my whiskers in it. With it being thinner like that though, my razor did clog up a little bit. Without the big puffy tufts of lather to form up and spill over the bar, my whiskers got stuck in between the blade and the bar a lot more and quicker. This wasn’t really a problem for me however, as my razor cleans really easily. So, one quick swish of my razor in the sink, and all the whiskers were out of it. And I went on about my shave like I always do. It seemed to go kind of like any other shave does.

  
I didn’t notice specific differences with this soap really. It didn’t soften up my whiskers more than my usual soaps and creams do, nor did it soften up my face any more either. This soap seems to be on par with the ones that I use on a regular basis. Which, for me, is a good thing. Mainly because I like the scent of it quite a bit. Plus, it has that uncommon lather to it as well. So this one will make a nice addition to my daily driver soap stack. I will get the results and performance that I look for in a shave soap, with the added good scent. And then on top of that, I’ll get to switch things up a bit with the different lather this soap gives off. Come to think of it, the lather actually reminds me of bar soap lather. Maybe a little bit thicker, but it’s very similar to the lather I get in the shower from my bar soaps. It’s hard to tell if it’s actually thicker or not, because in the shower there’s running water, which thins out the lather right away. However, I’m pretty sure this one is a little bit thicker than my bar soaps’ lathers are. Either way I like it quite a bit though.

This is a soap I would definitely recommend that you try out. Based on the scent and unique lather alone I would say try it. Then on top of that, add the fact that it makes for a great frequent use soap. It softens up your whiskers and face nicely, allows for a nice smooth shave, and seems like it will last a fair amount of time too. Plus, with this soap, the lather stays in the brush mostly. So you can change up how you lather from day to day. With this soap you can face lather, which I recommend since you’ll get better results than with a bowl. And with your other soaps, you can build the lather in your bowl. For me, that’s an added positive feature, because I like to mix things up from time to time. Instead of doing the exact same shaving routine day in and day out. So head on over to their website http://www.forgeandfoundryproducts.com and grab a puck of this shave soap and check out their other products. They have all sorts of awesome stuff on there. They also do special promotions from time to time too. Last time, it was spend $50 or more and get a free safety razor!! I mean come on! You can’t beat stuff like that!!! So get over there now and grab some products from them and tell them JC from The Dapper Society sent ya 😉

Big thank you to fine folks over at Forge & Foundry for sending me a little care package of products to review! I really like the soap, and can’t wait to try out the other products. Until the next F&F product….

Stay fresh fellas,

-JC

Schmiere – Mittel ~ ringing gel

Hey guys, back with another new water based product. This time we are checking out one of the Schmiere water bases. I contacted the folks over at Schmiere/Rumble 59 when these first got released over there, but hadn’t made it to the U.S. yet, about getting ahold of them to review. I got an email back a few days later from Sophia over there and she said she would be sending me one of each to try out and review. A few weeks later they arrived in the mail. Thank you again Sophia for sending these to me! I appreciate it very much. I am gonna start with the medium hold one aka Mittel. I always start with the lightest hold in a set whenever possible. I like seeing how the holds progress, rather than bouncing around between all the holds. I’m not exactly sure why, but I just prefer it that way. 
  
These products come in a pretty big clear plastic tub with a metal screw on lid. They seem to be about as big around as their pomade tins, but they look almost twice as tall. And you get one and a half times as much product in the container as you do with their pomades. This one has 3 different stickers on it for the labeling. On the bottom is a sticker with the ingredients, company info, a warning, and the barcode. Then on the side of the tub is a rectangle sticker that has the company name across it. As for the lid label, it’s a very familiar looking label, as you all know. It has their company name and brand name up top in the usual fonts, “feinste haar-pomade” down below, the three holds to the left with Mittel checked, and in the center is their signature bird guy. Only this time he’s not their usual bird. On this label they have him as a green parrot, with a long stem pipe in his mouth, and an anchor tattoo on his shoulder. His hair is kind of a puffed up/slightly pomped slickback doo, with a piece flopped down onto his beak. Just below him it says “Wasserbasiert & auswaschbar” which means, water based and washable. Those words are also on the label on the side of the tub next to the company name. The background of this label is a bit different than usual as well. This one has an island/beach setting as the background, with some palm trees in the sand, white bird silhouettes flying in the sky, and the sun resting right on the horizon where the sky meets the water, leaving its reflection across the water’s surface. It is a very very cool label in my opinion. I have always liked the Schmiere labels, especially the bird guys and girls, but this label is cooler than most of them. They always do such a good job with these labels. They’re some of my favorites in my entire collection. 

  
When I unscrewed the lid I saw the dark green goop that I could see from the side of the tub. It has a surface very similar to Monkey Brains, only this stuff is shiny instead of matte on the surface. It appears to have the same texture and weight to it as Monkey Brains does/did too. Or like how Grant’s Golden Brand medium blend does. After a couple seconds the scent hit my nose without me even having to smell the product or put it up to my nose. It has a very familiar scent too, but I can’t quite pinpoint what it is. I know it’s a candy I’ve eaten before, but I can’t remember which one. It’s like a lime, mint, green apple, all rolled into one scent. For the life of me I can’t remember what candy it smells like. I’m sure it will come to me eventually though. It’s definitely a good scent, and reminds me of being a kid eating candy.

  
As I dug my finger into the emerald green goop, I was met with a very familiar texture. It scoops out almost identical to Monkey Brains or Grant’s medium. It may have a slightly more tacky feel to it, but not much. This gives me high hopes for this stuff! I really like both of those ringing gels a lot!! And if this one is anything like them, I’m going to love it too.

Breaking it down in my hands felt more like a heavy holding ringing gel though. It had a really tacky texture, and took more effort to spread around than I thought it would, based on how it scooped out. This one has a decent amount of resistance to it in your hands. Even applying it to my hair was more like a heavy one. It kind of went in like Slick Devil or Shiner Gold or heavier ringing gels like that. It didn’t feel dry at all though like some do when you first apply them. When I ran my comb through my hair though, it went back to feeling like a nice medium. Which I definitely was not expecting from how it broke down and applied. It’s a nice little switch back though. This stuff also goes into your hair super easily and disperses quickly. Just a couple passes with my comb and it was all worked in and ready for styling.

  
Then I went to comb up my hair, and it got even softer than it felt when I was combing it in. My hair didn’t really want to stand up very tall, and kind of had a loose feel to it. It took me a little while to get my hair into the right shape. When I would comb one side up, the other side would sort of split a bit and flop down. This mainly happened where my cowlicks are, but still happened nonetheless. I was surprised to see this from a water based product. Usually these hold the hair in place a lot better. This makes me think this one won’t have too much hold and might not dry at all. If it does, I will treat it like a light pomade tomorrow and use less to get my hair to do what I want easier. Overall I was fairly happy with how my hair turned out with this stuff in it though. And I really like the shine it gives my hair. One thing I forgot to mention that I also liked, was that it gave my scalp a slight cooling feeling when I was styling my hair. Not quite as much as with a minty pomade like my Atomic Pomade, but it was still noticeable and I liked it.

After a few hours I checked my hair and noticed that this stuff didn’t dry up or harden at all. Now I’m not sure if that’s how it always is or not, because it was really hot out and I had been doing stuff all around the house. I was in and out multiple times and also was tinkering around in the garage a couple times too. So it could be that it didn’t dry or harden up because of the heat, but I won’t know for sure until tomorrow. I’m going to make sure to stay inside for at least an hour after doing my hair to test that out.

During my shower later that night I was met with exactly what I was expecting. It all came out with just a little bit of water. No surprise there, as it is a water based product. One thing that did surprise me, was how soft my hair felt after I got out of the shower. It wasn’t like I had just used a really good conditioner soft, but it still felt nice and soft. Usually ringing gels and other water based products dry out the hair and kind of leave it coarse and/or feeling like straw. However, this stuff did not do that to my hair at all, and I’m super happy about that. Even after my hair had completely dried it didn’t feel coarse or dried out at all. Very stoked about that from this stuff.

  
The next day I was able to get better results with it. My hair was much more stuck together I guess you could say. As you can see it’s not as loose and floppy as it was the first day. I used about 3/4 of what I used on day one, so maybe that helped. I definitely like the look of my hair much better today than I did yesterday. It’s much more in place, and sleek looking I think. The shine seemed to be about the same as day one, but I want to say it looked a tad bit more shiny today. It’s hard to say though. And today this stuff did kind of set up in my hair. Now it didn’t harden, or even gum up really, but it didn’t feel the same as it did before. I went ahead and recombed my hair today since it did do that, and I was able to do so without the use of any water. I could run my comb through my hair fairly easily, and didn’t really see any flakes. I did see some teeny tiny specs after the second pass with my comb, but my third pass made them vanish. So there’s not really any worry for me of this one flaking and making it look like I have dandruff. The downside to recombing my hair is that it doesn’t go back into place. I couldn’t get any height at all, and my hair kept splitting really bad and then flopping down on either side of the split. Total bummer there. I opted for just kind of slicking it into place and spraying a little water on my hair to make it set back up in that position.

I did notice my hair feeling a tiny bit dried out after the second day’s use, but not until my hair had completely dried. And it was only very slightly dry feeling, but wasn’t coarse. Kind of like when you use a cheap cleansing shampoo and don’t condition your hair. Nothing bad, but just didn’t feel completely normal is all. Days 3 and 4 yielded the same results as day 2 did. I did try wetting my hair when recombing it to see if that would give me back the height and hold, but it didn’t. I had to opt for the slicked doo again. So I would recommend not recombing your hair with this stuff in it, unless it’s absolutely necessary. Mainly, because you lose the hold and control you originally had. But if you’re ok with that, and with having your hair slicked the rest of the day, then don’t worry about recombing it. I usually like to have the same height and control, or close to it, when I recomb my hair. Sometimes I’m fine with slicking my hair though, just depends on the day. My hair did get progressively more dried out as the days went on too. Which I knew it would. That’s just how ringing gels are. Some dry out your hair more than others, and faster than others. Luckily with this one, is a slight drying and slowly progresses. So you can use it a few days in a row before needing to use conditioner.

All in all, this stuff is a pretty decent water based product. It’s not my new favorite ringing gel, but I do like it better than a lot of them out there. And I can see myself using this stuff on a fairly regular basis. There are only a few things I wasn’t too thrilled with about it. The recombing aspect of it isn’t great, the looseness it gave my hair on day one, and how it dried my hair out a little as the days went on. However, those are minimal things, and nothing that would stop me from using it often. It has a lot of great qualities to it that I like, and that makes me easily recommend it to you guys, and want to use it more in the future. You can get this stuff at pretty much all of the online shops, as well as Schmiere/Rumble 59’s site. And I definitely recommend you guys give this stuff a shot, it’s a pretty cool product. I want to thank Sophia again for sending this and the Hart ringing gel to try out! I really appreciate that, and am glad to have them in my collection! I’m looking forward to reviewing the Hart too. If it is a heavier holding version of this, I know I’m going to like it quite a bit. Well, that’s all for this one folks…

Stay slick,

-JC

Man Cave Soap Works – Redwood Shave Soap

Hey guys back with another shave product review. This stuff I found out about by chance. I was on my etsy page updating some of my pomade listings and somehow stumbled across this shop called Man Cave Soap Works. So I checked it out, and they had a deal going on where you can buy 4 pucks for like $16 or something like that. So I did. Now it’s time to check one of them out! I’m going with the Redwood Shave Soap first.
  
This puck is a bit on the smaller side, only being about 2″ across. It comes wrapped in paper that feels like coffee filters, only thicker. It has a thick strand of ribbon around it and a label on the top. The label is fairly simplistic with a background of redwood trees, the website curved around the edge, and the soap name in the center. It also has the ingredients list just below the name, and the company logo above the name. Nothing too fancy, but not a boring label either. 

  
Unwrapping the soap took a little effort, but only because I didn’t want to rip anything. I did this just in case I want to put the soap back in its packaging later on. The puck itself is a cloudy clear soap with a very shiny surface. It was so shiny I thought at first it was wrapped with cellophane or something. But it’s not, that’s just how shiny the soap really is. The scent of this soap is really nice! It’s not all that strong though. At least not now, that could change when I get to lathering and shaving. It’s a very sweet woodsy scent that reminds me of this rosewood oil I get from one of my suppliers. It’s very floral and sweet up front, then you get a nice note of wood, and there’s also a tiny hint of coconut. I’m guessing that’s due to coconut oil being used in this soap. Very nice scent for sure, I can see myself using this soap a lot just for the scent alone.

I let it soak in hot water while I took a shower and then began loading my brush after I dumped out water. The puck quickly came loose from the bottom of the bowl which made loading my brush a little difficult. The soap just kept turning with my brush, which I knew it would. I decided to hold it with my thumb while holding the bowl and kept trying to load my brush. Because it was slippery from already having suds on top of it and being wet, even this method didn’t work too well. However, I did get it to work as best I could and loaded my brush with a fair amount of soap. 

  
You can see in the picture what the pre-lather looks like after I got done loading my brush. Based on this, I have a feeling it’s going to have a nice lather too it. It was a nice thick foam with teeny tiny bubbles in it. This could make for a really thick foamy type lather. And that’s fine by me, I like lathers like that. 

  
I proceeded with working up the lather in my bowl and after about only 10 seconds I got this which you see in that picture. I was surprised at how quickly the lather puffed up like that. Usually, it takes me a good 30 seconds to get it to that stage, but this soap got there in about 10. Definitely nothing wrong with that at all! 

  
It was a little thick for my liking so I added a couple drops of water to my bowl and brush. Then scooped all the lather to the bottom of the bowl and continued working up the lather. After about 25-30 seconds, I got it where I really like it. And I was right, it’s a nice thick foamy lather. You can see the puffiness it has to it in the picture. Definitely happy with how the lather came out.

  
Here’s a quick shot of how the lather looks in my brush after I got done working it up in the bowl. I did press one side of the brush against the bowl to make it a little more photogenic. This brush can get pretty crazy looking after working up a lather. But as you can see, the lather really fills the brush up. I mean this thing is packed to the gills with lather. And that’s definitely a great thing!

  
I then moved on to lathering up my face. I decided to kind of face lather/exfoliate my face first, then brush on a layer of later on my whiskers. I really like the feel and cushion of this lather. It’s nice and puffy. As you can see it coats my face nicely and fills in all the gaps between my whiskers really well. This will make for a really nice shave, and it will keep all my whiskers trapped in the lather. I really like how this lather feels on my face, it’s so nice and soft and puffy! It really has great cushion to it. And that’s one of the biggest things I look for in a shave soaps lather. It has to have good cushion, and nice glide. As well as a great scent. And this soap has such a good scent to it. I thought it was good before, now that it’s all lathered up and on my face, it’s even better. You really get all the notes nice and clear, and they’re stronger after you later it up and apply it. I could just stand here and smell it for a long time. However, I do have to proceed with shaving. I think I will take my time shaving though, so I can enjoy the scent a bit longer.

I definitely like the feel of it a lot on the first pass with my razor. This one has a nice glide to it, and really grasps all my whiskers and traps them in the lather, just like I thought it would. Shaving was very very smooth with this soap. I mean I used a great blade and my favorite razor, so that contributes obviously, but there is a definite difference in this soap. It makes for a great smooth shave, and it’s almost like the soap had softened my face and whiskers up during application and me basking in the scent for a couple minutes. I mean the blade just glides over my skin as if it were glass, and cuts through my whiskers like they’re baby hair or something. It’s that smooth of a shave. I’m really loving it a lot!

  
After I finished my first pass I decided to snap my picture. My face felt super smooth! It was really nice and soft, almost as soft as my kid’s face feels. I almost decided not to make my second pass my face felt so soft, but I still had some shadow going on. So I went ahead with my second pass to get a closer shave. After that pass my face felt just as soft as the first pass. I didn’t notice any difference in smoothness apart from my shave being closer. I wasn’t expecting my face to be softer though. I would have been shocked if the soap made my face even more smooth and soft. Nonetheless,my face was really nice and soft and smooth feeling from this soap. I’m really very pleased with this soap on the first use. So far I’m thinking it’s going to be one of my new favorite soaps. Only time will tell though.

I’ve been using this soap for almost every shave for the past couple months, and I have to say I love it. It really has become one of my favorite shave soaps in my whole collection. It has a great lather, incredible cushion, and great glide to it. Not to mention it makes my face feel super soft and smooth when using it. Also, this soap goes really well with a bunch of my aftershaves and pre-shave oils. So I can do all sorts of combos with this soap. And for me that’s really important because I like to mix it up a lot with my shave products. While I have my favorites, I get bored using the same stuff day in and day out. I like a nice variety and to be able to switch things out and mix and match products. It’s also fun trying to come up with various combos that go well together. And this soap allows me to do that easily. Another thing I like about this soap is that it lasts really well. I’ve been using it quite a bit the last few months, and it still has a lot left to it!

This soap is definitely one I recommend you guys try out! There really isn’t a bad thing I can say about it, or fault I can find in it. It’s damn near the perfect soap, if not a perfect soap. Like I said above, it has so many great qualities to it! You guys have to try it out. To get one, head on over to their Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/mancavesoapworks

They currently have the pick 4 soaps deal going on too! So you can try this and 3 of their other ones out for like $15 or something like that. I know for sure I will have to have more of this soap when I run out! Big shout out to Man Cave Soap Works for making such a great shave soap! Can’t wait to try out more of your products! Well until the next one….

Stay fresh fellas,

-JC

Jusincredible Pomade – Light Hold

Ok, so this time we are checking out the light hold of Jusincredible Pomade. I bought this stuff towards the end of December last year along with their heavy and holiday edition after a fellow ATP member and pomade maker had suggested I try it. So I contacted Grace, chatted with her a little bit, and then sent her a paypal payment a couple weeks after we talked. Then about a week or so after that my pomades arrived in the mail, with a cool little sticker. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been pretty busy formulating and testing things for clients’ pomades as well as a few for my company. Now I’m just waiting on my label guys to return my messages so I can get them out to the public! Anyway, let’s dig into this pomade.
  
This pomade comes in a slightly unique container, at least for a pomade anyway. I’ve seen ringing gels, and creams, and pastes come in tubs like these, as well as shave soaps and creams, but never a pomade I don’t think. It’s a 4oz amber plastic tub with an aluminum screw on lid. It has a lid label and a side label on the container. The lid label is a baby blue label with black writing and a white border. In the center is a little ghost guy with a mustache and he’s holding some black filigree pieces in each hand, has a pair of scissors with brass knuckles for the handles on his belly, and some white filigree strewn about him. His eyes are two different sizes, and you can kind of see the top of his nose in there too. At the bottom of him is the weight info inside a circle with more filigree around its edge. Across him in white letters with a black shadow in the name of the company kind of waved up and down. Then around the edge in block letters with shadow it says “⭐️Barber Approved ⭐️ Pomade ⭐️ Light Hold ⭐️ 100% All Natural” just inside the white border. Very busy, and full, label. There’s tons going on and it’s all crammed into the label. It’s almost a little too busy for me, but it’s still a pretty cool label I think. The side label is much more simplistic and spread out. It has the same baby blue background in the front with the name of the company, the weight, the hold and type of pomade it is, and has “barber approved” in a little banner above the name. To the right and left are black areas with white writing. The left side has the directions, a caution, and the company info. To the right is some info about the pomade, the ingredients, weight info, and “made and manufactured in the USA 🇺🇸.” Nice little label, simple, to the point, all the info you need is there. 

  
Opening up the lid you see a yellow colored light pomade. Now it’s not greasy looking, but you can tell it’s a light pomade, and that its lanolin based. On the surface are a bunch of little beads of oil indicating a slight separation of ingredients. I’m not particularly thrilled about that, but I don’t think it will affect the performance at all since there’s not a lot of separation going on. Right away you get a strong blast of lemongrass scent. It’s a very powerful and present scent. There’s also a tiny note of amber in there as well, but it’s barely detectable because of how strong the lemongrass is. I’d prefer more amber and less lemongrass personally, but I still like the scent. Anyone who likes lemongrass or lemon scents will like this pomade quite a bit. 

  
When I dug my finger into the pomade I pulled out exactly what I was expecting. I’ve worked with lanolin for years now, and have used many lanolin based pomades before so I knew what I was in for with this pomade. It’s a nice light and sticky pomade, but still has some nice weight and texture to it for being a light. However when I put it in my palms and started to work it around, the texture went out the window and it became quite oily. I was surprised at this because it’s lanolin based and the second ingredient is beeswax. Usually that would indicate a more sticky, less oily pomade, but this one is pretty oily. Seeing as it’s so oily, I won’t use as much as I’d planed on. With lighter oily pomades, less is more. You only need a little to get the look you want. If you use too much they weigh your hair down and you can’t do much with it. That’s why a lot of people these days think they can’t use light pomades I think. They try to use them like a heavy pomade, and you just can’t do that. You have to use less and use different combing techniques, along with using your hair’s natural laying position to your advantage. 

Anyway, back to the review. Applying this stuff is super super easy, it goes in like nothing. Which didn’t surprise me after how it felt in my hands, but does since it’s a lanolin based pomade. Usually they’re not the most smooth application due to the stickiness of lanolin. However, this pomade went in very easily and dispersed evenly throughout my hair relatively quickly. Once you get this pomade in your hair the lemongrass scent really gets strong and you lose the amber note completely. That bummed me out a little, because I liked the amber note in this pomade. But I still like the lemongrass scent of it decently.

  
I wasn’t able to get much height or control with this pomade on the first day unfortunately. It was just a bit too oily for my hair, and I think I applied a little more than I should have. My hair kind of had gaps where the comb teeth were and I had some fly aways that didn’t want to stick with the rest of my hair. This tends to happen with lighter oily pomades, but I was hoping it wouldn’t since it had lanolin in it. The oils are just overpowering the performance of the lanolin a ton. They kind of seem make the lanolin breakdown and turn into oil itself or something. I really liked the shine this pomade gave my hair though. It had a nice high gloss look to it all day long.

The heat out here destroys even heavy pomades so I knew I was going to have to recomb my hair all day with this one. It recombs like butter tho, just super easy. I ended up just keeping it slicked kind of back and to the side for the rest of the day. It just wouldn’t stay because of how oily it is and the heat. Now I actually reviewed/used this pomade a few months back and am just now wrapping up the review. However, even back then the heat did a number on this pomade. It was only in the upper 80’s, but still, that was enough for this one.

To my surprise, for being such an oily pomade, not much of it came out of my hair during the night and my shower the next morning. My hair was still pretty oily feeling. I only added a tiny bit to my hair because of this. And even that little bit was too much for my hair. It couldn’t get it to stay combed up and in place to save my life. It just weighed my hair down too much. I was able to get it slicked into a decent looking doo though. There was the occasional hair that would fall out of place, but a quick swipe of my pocket comb would always take care of them. On day two, my hair got more oily feeling as the day went on. I had expected this once I got the pomade in my hair, but had hoped by some chance that it wouldn’t do that. I ended up taking some napkins and running them over my hair to kind of soak up some of the excess oil, because it got to a point where my hair was bothering me and just didn’t feel very good. Once I “wiped up” the excess oil from my hair, it seemed to stay in place a little bit better which was nice. I still had to recomb it a few times, and I had hairs come out of place, but it wasn’t as frequent as before. I will have to figure out a way to get the excess oil out of my hair, but leave the buildup in there. I think if I can do that, it will perform quite a bit better for me.

I tried doing that on the morning of day three, but ended up taking out too much of the pomade with my Atomic Shampoo. It takes out even stuff like Murray’s superior with one wash, so I tried toning it down and gauging it to take out just a little bit of this pomade, but I guessed wrong and ended up taking out just about all of the pomade. I tried rolling with this and adding less than I did the first day, but more than I did on day two. However, I again, ended up putting a little too much pomade in my hair and could only get a really low profile doo or a slicked style. So I went with the slicked style, and it performed virtually the same as it did on day one for me. I did really like the shine it gave my hair all three days. Day two had the most shine, obviously, but each day my hair had really nice shine to it.

I’m not sure about this pomade entirely. I know I most likely won’t use it as a stand alone pomade again, but I will use it again I think. This stuff would definitely make a great topper with the right scented base pomade. You’d have to find one that goes well with lemongrass or a very light or unscented one. The lemongrass is so strong that you couldn’t use it with any pomade that had a scent it would clash with. This one might be a good stand alone pomade for some of you guys though, because it does do ok for slicked hair doos. It’s just for me the oiliness of it weighs my hair down too much and it doesn’t stay in place throughout the day. However, for some of you guys that often rock slicked styles on the regular, this one could be a good pomade for you. Same for you guys that frequently use combos, this one would make for a good topper. If you guys want to pick up a can of this stuff, head on over to their store and get one. They also have a medium and a heavy pomade, and other products. So if you don’t want this one, they should have something for you. I’ll be checking out their medium and heavy in the coming months, so stay tuned for those ones!

Until next time….

-JC