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  • pomade smells like vomit when applied, but it does not when its still on jar

    Posted by Caliber on January 22, 2020 at 5:30 am

    The product is waterbased pomade and my ingredients are

    Water
    Beeswax
    Candelilla wax
    Shea Butter
    Borax
    Castor Oil
    Virgin Coconut Oil
    Fragrance oil
    Phenoxyethanol
    PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
    Lanolin
    GMS Australia (Emulsifying Wax)
    Candeuba Wax

    It smells nice when its still in the jar but when i use it few minutes it will start smelling like vomit/bitter or sour. what could be the ingredients the produces that smell? please help thank you!

    belassi replied 4 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • OldPerry

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Any of them (except water) could be producing the smell. Or maybe just a combination of ingredients.  You’ll need to do a knock-out experiment to figure out which one is the main culprit. 

  • Gunther

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Some lanolin smells.
    Why borax?

  • Caliber

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Gunther said:

    Some lanolin smells.
    Why borax?

    yeah.. but it doesn’t smell like vomit? do you think i need more preservatives? borax w/ beeswax can help emulsify water and oils

  • Caliber

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Perry said:

    Any of them (except water) could be producing the smell. Or maybe just a combination of ingredients.  You’ll need to do a knock-out experiment to figure out which one is the main culprit. 

    ill try this one. maybe vco or lanolin? 

  • belassi

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 4:30 am

     borax w/ beeswax can help emulsify water and oils
    Yes, sure, if you want to make something for sale 100 years ago…
    Primitive.

  • Caliber

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Belassi said:

     borax w/ beeswax can help emulsify water and oils
    Yes, sure, if you want to make something for sale 100 years ago…
    Primitive.

    hahaha  :D , what do you think is the problem in my formula @Belassi

  • belassi

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    What do I think? I think it’s a combination problem. You have all those smelly ingredients. Virgin coconut oil for example. What happens when a painter mixes all the colours together? A colour that looks like … excrement.

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