Clay Pomade Help
My name is Nathaniel, I am a teenager and I have been developing hair products for just over a year now. Over the past year, I have made many hair products successfully. The only product that I have not been able to make is a hair clay (clay pomade). I have been having a hard time getting the right consistency while not compromising on the hold or finish of the product.
The formula I am currently working with is based on the ingredients list for Arcadian Clay Pomade.
The ingredients of Arcadian Clay Pomade are as follows:
Water (Aqua), Kaolin Clay, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Sea Clay, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Seed Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Stearic Acid, Fragrance, HoWood (Cinnamomum Camphora), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Cypress Oil (Cupressus Sempervirens), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate
Arcadian’s Clay Pomade offers a Firm hold with a matte finish while being a creamy product which is easy to scoop out of the jar and spreads well in the hands.
Arcadian’s Clay Pomade
I have tried to replicate this formula using the ingredients I have at my disposal which are:
Vitamin E Oil
Euxyl PE 9010
Emulsifying Wax NF
Using these ingredients I have come up with the following formula:
Emulsifying Wax NF 9%
Soy Wax 7%
Grapeseed Oil 4%
Shea Butter 2%
Vegetable Glycerin 1%
Euxyl PE 9010 1%
Vitamin E Oil 0.5%
This formula produces a product which has a firm hold and a matte finish, however, the consistency is grainy and the product turns out quite thick despite the amount of water present in the formula.
My clay product.
Ideally, I would like my product to turn out like Arcadian’s Clay Pomade (creamy, light and easy to scoop). My question is whether or not this is possible to do with the ingredients I have at my disposal? If I did achieve this consistency, would the hold and/or finish have to be sacrificed?
I have considered trying to add more oil to the formula to try to smooth it out, however, I don’t want the product to be too oily and I would like the product to wash out of the hair nicely if that is possible.
Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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