Pomade/Gel Help

I've been starting with a formula modeled after one posted here a while back from @Chemist77 for a water-based pomade:

Ceteareth-25                 25%
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate   5%
Propylene Glycol              8%
Glycerin                           7%
Polysorbate-20                2%
Fragrance                        1%
DMDM hydantoin            0.5%

It is very clear and really thick. Almost too hard to scoop out with a strong hold. I've been trying to adjust it by adding PEG-40 HCO, PEG-8 Beeswax and PVP, but I've been unable to get the ratios right. It usually results in a goopy runny mess that ends in the trash and is quickly depleting my material supply. 

I know adding these will impact the clarity, but I would like a pomade that is easier to work with - scooping, applying, and washing out, with more of a medium hold.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  • FekherFekher Member, Professional Chemist
    @TimMcG  try to add neutralized carbomer to your product i will improve the texture.
  • Reduce Cet25 and add 2% PVP Increase water to about 60%

    The formula you listed shouldn't be THAT thick with the amount of PG and Peg-7 you've listed. Do you Q.S. Water to 100%
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