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  • Pomade/Gel Help

    Posted by TimMcG on February 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    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.

    Dirtnap1 replied 5 years ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • fekher

    February 24, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    @TimMcG  try to add neutralized carbomer to your product i will improve the texture.

  • Dirtnap1

    February 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    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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