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    Posted by Beatrice on May 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I have a client that is asking for a hair pomade that acts like a petrolatum, and feels like a petrolatum but is water soluble. Is there a replacement ingredient out there that could do this?

    Bill_Toge replied 9 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    May 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    You may find this discussion helpful

    I’m not sure there is a thing that would act and feel like petrolatum but be water soluble.
  • Bobzchemist

    May 16, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I don’t think that there’s one single ingredient that can do this - there might be a combination of ingredients that can - BUT…there are two problems:

    1) Any formula that does this will cost at least 5x - 10x the cost of a petrolatum formula, and maybe more.
    2) There’s a reason that pomades are either oil-based, or not water soluble when they’re dry - sweat (and humidity). A water-soluble pomade will go all over the place exactly when your customer doesn’t want it to.
    You may actually have a different problem than trying to formulate a water-soluble petrolatum.
  • Bill_Toge

    May 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    it’s quite possible to create a water-soluble styling paste with a similar thickness and consistency to petrolatum, but it’s not a straightforward process and the chances are you’ll need to do a lot of experimenting to get it just right

  • Beatrice

    May 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you all, this is exactly what I told him. I just needed some advise from the experts.

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