I live in The Republic of Ireland where it is very hard to source a natural water based pomade. I used to order O'Douds water based pomade from the United States but unfortunately they've increased the shipping rates so high I can't afford to purchase them anymore.
As a result I am looking to try to make my own natural water based pomade for personal not commercial use.
I am not looking for formulae or step by step instructions, I am just in the process of sourcing my ingredients at the moment.
I am looking for help in two areas:
1. Preservatives as I don't want any mould or bacteria building up.
2. Emulsifiers and the emulsifying process.
In relation to preservatives I have researched both Phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol, these are quite hard to source in the ROI, I have found , I don't know if this is adequate or what quality level these must be. However as these are chemicals I am concerned as to how much should be used, if someone could give me an idea of percentages/ratios I'd appreciate it.
In relation to emulsifiers I have researched Soy Lecithin to bind the water with the oils/wax. Can anyone advise me on the emulsifying process or emulsifier as I really don't have any experience in this field?
I understand that people do this for a living and I'm not looking for encroach on that, I'm just looking for solid advice in order to make a good quality product for myself.
Thank you in advance