Company – product
Today a review on butter grease pomade from: ‘The splendour pomade’. Not a US brand this time but a company from Malaysia, established in 2015 by brewers Shah and Iman.
Butter grease is a heavy unorthodox water based, taking into account it operates as a heavy in a moderate climate. Wearing it in the typical Malaysian tropical humidity will give you more of a medium hold.
Their pomade is brewed in small batches at a brewer’s home in Kuala Lumpur, making use of high grade quality ingredients. Butter grease is oil based alike and at the same time super easy to rinse (water only!), uniting the best of two worlds.
The splendour pomade asked me to review their pomade. I was glad they asked, as it is my first Asian pomade, and I was curious to test a product made to endure such an extreme climate, solid enough to tame Asian hair, washes out easily and a not known in the American-European pomade communities. Maybe I can help them out to get more recognition and publicity in the rest of the world. I’ll be very honest in this review, period! Many thanks to Shah and Iman to send their product my way!
Last but not least, credits to Jacob-Emily Steininger for the great artwork on the jar!
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. Use a tangle teezer to avoid tug. More info on this handy tool: https://piw74.com/2016/07/16/combs-brushes-afro-picks-an-inventory/
Poured into 3.5 oz amber glass jars. Pomade has an off-white color.
Water, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ozokerite, Emulsifying Wax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Acid, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Stearyl Stearate, Petrolatum, Fragrance.
We come across some ingredients we don’t often see in other unorthodox pomades + the use of petrolatum in a water based is rare as well. Grim grease medium and heavy water based contain mineral oil which is a petro derivate.
Explanation of a few ingredients:
- Ozokerite: a naturally occurring odoriferous mineral wax or paraffin.
- Hydrogenated vegetable oil: an oil from a plant source. The oil becomes solid (hydrogenation process) at room temperature.
- Hydrogenated palm acid: derived from the palm tree. Is an end-product of the controlled hydrogenation of palm acid.
- Stearyl stearate: skin conditioner. Has more functions.
- DMDM hydantoin: preservative. This ain’t mentioned in the ingredients list.
Butterscotch, more of a latte and caramel type of scent. Smell butter in there as well. Its overall aroma reminds me of: All the kings men’s heavy hold (campfire marshmallow apple scent). I really dig it: sweet, subtle, agreeable, very good balanced. Scent is the same in the jar as in the hair. I noticed whiffs of sweetness throughout the day.
Application process – result
Make sure you have clean and dry hands before diving in the jar. At the end: remove hairs out of the jar = water based and mold can form. It can have heat and humidity because of the Malaysian climate but optimally is to store it in a cool and dry environment. Top layer: some pressure needed to get it out of the jar. Underneath, softer and easier to scoop. When I scooped, it really felt like an oil based. In the tropical Malaysian climate, it will be very soft and easy to scoop. Breakdown: some pressure required, felt a dry consistency that becomes buttery plus a bit of candle like. Dry texture because it’s made for hot, humid environments I suppose and too wet of a texture: less hold. The dryness does not make it a grainy substance. I put the pomade in slightly damp hair, used 4 scoops (average sized). Too damp hair will decrease the hold. Bringing into the hair didn’t give any tension. After a few scoops, I began to feel a good grip which announced its solid hold. Slicking back: slight pull, easy to comb through (Denman brush). Finding + making my part: easy thing. Styling process: easy and comfortable, no struggle to lay down the hair, dispersing evenly went very easy either. Cowlick area, sides stayed down nicely. Tamed my waves greatly. Although it feels dry and not sticky, it keeps the mane together, don’t worry. I looked back after half an hour to notice my hair had not sagged, no waving, cowlicks and sides intact. A few more strays present due to the drier texture. Hairdo looked neat, clean and slick. Got some great height/volume with it because of the lightweight feel it is. Again, butter grease acts very similar to an oil based, had the impression it was some moments.
Around neutral, not that much of a luster but given it’s a heavy, normal thing. Sheen persisted all day long.
Hold – endurance
Labeled to be a firm-heavy hold in moderate climates. A medium-firm hold it is for me or a firm from the lighter kind. It acts as a medium. Provides great control without forcing the hair into any shape. The product comes with some great endurance: hair did not move, no waves, nearly no sag. Just a few flyaways and strays here and there but nothing problematic or annoying. Light-medium weight in the hair allowing very decent volume. Overall hair feel: soft, not greasy, not sticky and very clean. Under what circumstances did I test it? Temperatures in the mid fifties, a bit windy, not sunny, a few walks and a bicycle trip = nothing very strenuous.
No problem combing through (brush): little tension. Keeps its great hold: no sag, waves or strays afterwards.
Very clean and manageable build up. Strays, flyaways: just a few the next days. I styled on damper hair: no problem with build up.
Very easy to rinse: just water, without shampoo or conditioner according to the brewer. Very interesting fact! In a chat I had with him, he explained it washes out so simple because of the shea butter and olive oil. I did the test with water only: it came out like nothing! This is an unorthodox water based that washes out as an orthodox does! Great for a one-day commitment! Hair feels soft and healthy afterwards.
Hair, scalp issues
Can’t compare it to other unorthodox water based pomades = unique, product on its own in a good way! Reminds me a bit of: Nostalgic handmade firm oil based. Butter grease has a stronger hold, styles as slick and easy NH does, plus feels very oil based alike as mentioned before.