Company – product
Update: this brand doesn’t exist anymore.
Embalmer’s grease by Ominous style co pomade is a handmade pomade created by Nic Donini out of West Virginia (Fairmont). It’s a real oil based pomade with hydrogenated castor oil as its main ingredient and also an all natural pomade, although hydrogenated castor oil isn’t natural. The product has conditioning benefits.
I’m gonna review the medium hold. Nic made it, I quote: ‘out of love for heavy metal and everything evil’. His intention was to brew a good build up pomade that you do not need lots of pomade the days after. There’s also a heavy (actually a super heavy) which is wax based beeswax based.
Nic presented a new line (Ominous style co) January 2016: a light (shea butter based), medium (hydrogenated castor oil based), heavy (beeswax based) and a medium wb. This new line left the tin packing and Nic uses amber glass jars instead. You can still find the embalmer’s grease pomades on the known pomade sites.
My hair profile
I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. At the moment, I’m using a brush with wild boar hair, a Denman brush plus a wide tooth comb (detangler). During styling, I use brushes most.
Product’s color is a light yellow. Tin: 4 oz content. Label: a skull.
Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lanolin, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Soy Wax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E Oil, Almond Oil, Essential Oils.
The pomade’s ingredients exist out of great conditioning oils, butters and waxes.
Nic Donini calls it his ‘morgue scent’. I smell a herbal aroma, fresh eucalyptus, a bit patchouli. The pomaderev (reviewer) is more accurate, he smelled vetiver, cedar, rosemary and patchouli. In the tin: overpowering, not that fresh, dirty (‘morgue’) but don’t worry, it ain’t bad! In the hair: not overpowering, no dirty smell anymore for me. Just noticed its scent a few times, just very subtle throughout the day as a somewhat fresh, minty aroma. Scent does not linger all day.
Application process – result
Solid surface. Scooping out needs some pressure, it ribbons. Has an oily, waxy, sticky texture that becomes creamy mixing in your hands using some power. I apply it to damp hair. I sometimes style on (slightly) wet hair with build up, enhances slickness. Goes in easy (no tugging or pull), spreads easy and evenly. 3 normal sized scoops are sufficient. This pomade goes in like a medium but don’t use too much (could weigh hair down): less is more! Gives a solid, sticky grip. When combing (Denman brush): tug, pull nearly non-existent. Styling time: rather fast. This pomade tames the waves, sides, cowlicks very well. Nice clean hairdo without annoying flyaways, slick and neat. Great height. Residue washes off of the hands easily.
Medium, all day long.
Hold – endurance
On the tin you’ll read: medium hold pomade. But! It’s more than a medium: yes, more a heavy. Nic loves heavies and this one reflects that. After the initial styling, hair maintains shape perfectly: no strays, no flyaways will pop up, hair goes nowhere! Holds hair in place the whole day and straightens waves, controls cowlicks, holds the sides down nice (just a bit of cleaning up), no splitting in the front or elsewhere. Heavy wind, rain, cycling or a walk don’t mess up things. Didn’t test in the heat but this pomade survives for sure. End of the day: few flyaways, few strays, (nearly) no sagging. Lightweight, soft and not that greasy feel. Provides a good control.
No problem. No loss of hold! Waves don’t come through, sides held down. No resistance when restyling (Denman brush). I didn’t need to recomb most of the time being honest!
Clean, strong build up. Days after: 1 or 2 more licks. Don’t use too much: the build up combined with a hair tonic provides great styling.
Need around 3 shampoos to wash out with shampoo. After the rinse: healthy, soft, conditioned hair.
I made an inventory of degreasing methods that can help you: https://piw74.com/2016/07/12/an-inventory-of-degreasing-methods/
Hair, scalp issues
No breakouts, allergies, itching.
Shear revival, Music or misery heavy hold oil based.
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