Experimental: Pomade

Experimental: Pomade

A few weeks ago I got my hair cut quite short, and I love it to bits. I have a little pot of light styling creme, and one of a quite stiff texture wax from my old stylist, but both products have an awful lot of ingredients and I figured the internet might help me out.

Historic and vintage pomades are mostly beeswax and either lanolin or coconut oil, though the oils and waxes vary a bit, and the proportions vary even more.

I’ve been fussing with a recipe, but am currently jamming on 2:2:1 beeswax:lanolin:jojoba oil. It’s still a bit difficult to work with; you have to scrape the surface with the back of your fingernail repeatedly to get any product worth mentioning. But! once you have a (still tiny) measurable amount you rub it between your hands and it heats up beautifully and works into the roots to a quite satisfying effect. The residue on your hands acts like a barrier-type moisturizer, which suits me just fine.

This one is scented with white thyme, lavender, and sandalwood, and it’s a gorgeous combination. I’m thinking of potting it up in tins for sale, but I’m worried people will try to use it like traditional product and use too much. Still thinking.



I’m an extremely resourceful, super-competent, crafty little force of nature living in Pittsburgh, PA. During the day I write software and amplify the capabilities of grad students in a research lab at CMU. The rest of the time, I make stuff. I have that particular flavor of lazy that makes you look up tutorials on the internet so you can make a net bag out of string, a tongue depressor, and a wire hanger, rather than leave the house to go to a shop and buy one. Some of my coworkers think I was born in the wrong century; I just think I get curious about how things are made and I’m willing to mess up a lot while I learn how to make them well. Or at least, while I learn how well I’m willing to make them.

My current fascinations are with fiber arts from fleece to yarn, cold process soap, and handmade bath & body products. As it turns out, I can make those things far faster than I can use them up and I’m not tired of tinkering yet, so all my surplus products are going up on an etsy shop. This blog is about those products — the making of, the experiments, the learning process, and like that.