Apeldoorns vet – medium oil based pomade

THE COMPANY

‘Apeldoorns vet’ or in English: ‘grease from Apeldoorn’ is a pomade brand out of The Netherlands, Apeldoorn. Brewer is Klaas Reinders. He comes with a medium hold oil based pomade. Beeswax is the base.

Klaas loves the rock and roll era from the fifties. He plays in a band and wears a classic pomp. He’s the dude on the photo from the jar and an enthusiastic greaser. It all began as a hobby and after experimenting with the formula for a year, he presented it to the Dutch pomade collective group and then began selling it (January 2017). !

Bonus: Klaas styling with his own pomade (spoken in Dutch) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFu54XnIvSg

More info: https://www.facebook.com/klaas.reinders.3?fref=ts

POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Here you have it: ‘Apeldoorns vet, handgemaakte pomade, medium’ – ‘Apeldoorn’s grease, medium, handmade pomade’. I’m from Belgium which is a neigboring country of The Netherlands, we talk Dutch as well. I know Klaas from the Dutch pomade collective group and decided to help him out to launch his brand, by purchasing one myself and made a review on it. The AV pomade costs $11 for a 4.5 oz tin = nice deal.

Pomade comes in a 4.5 oz (127 g) silver tin with screw top lid and has a yellowish beeswax color. Klaas offers a silver tin with black edge too. I do not know whether he is gonna keep them both or just one of them.

INGREDIENTS

Beeswax, petrolatum, castor oil, almond oil, olive oil, fragrance oils.

SCENT

Strawberry – apple – rosewood or a nice cocktail of roses and apples. Scent is subtle in the jar and in the hair as well. It’s there but not prominent, not overbearing, balanced and modest. If you want an all day lingering parfum or a replacement for your cologne, this aroma is not the one to choose. Scent vanishes throughout the day. All this said, I really don’t dig lingering, permeating, tart aromas, so I’m happy with Klaas’ one!

STYLING PROCESS

My hair: I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour.

My styling equipment: at the moment, I’m using a boar hair brush, a Denman plus a detangler (Tangle teezer). During styling, I use brushes most.

Application: to wet hair (my way): tames my waves the best doing so (especially with medium holds). Used 3 average sized licks, got a steady grip.

Scooping: goes facile? a little hard at the top layer, it ribbons. Going deeper: much softer to scoop.

Breakdown: a few rubs and you get a creamy, not tacky, not sticky texture.

Working in: no tug and pull. Spreads evenly very easily.

Combing back: some tension. Important: don’t overdo, less is more. This oil based ain’t too greasy and is somewhat in the line of the Big Slick pomades.

Control: noticed right away its great control to keep the mane down, to control my waviness, sides and cowlick area. Minimal flyaways, strays. Lifting my front: some nice height and a great clean, neat hairdo.

SHINE

Medium sheen, present for the rest of the day without dulling.

HOLD

According to brewer Klaas: a medium. Yes, a medium it is.

ENDURANCE

The pomade has great endurance under normal, not very strenuous conditions plus also resists a good walk and some humidity (umbrella protected). Temperatures I was in: around 50° F (10° C). In short: Apeldoorns vet is very well-made with a good all round balance.

RESTYLING

Restyling was not really necessary. Just a few minor touch ups here and there and they were very minor the first day. Testing out: easy to restyle, no real tension combing through. Hold keeps about its medium properties. Waves showed up but in a sufficiently controlled manner.

BUILD UP

Easy to work with. Styled on damp hair and my waves came through after some recombing. For me, this product works better on real wet hair. 1 or 2 small scoops suffice.

WASH OUT

Around 3 washes to get it all out. It all depends on your hair type, the amount used, your shampoo and such things.

Interested in oil based pomades only? You can join our ‘Oil Based Pomade Enthusiasts’ Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OilBasedPomadeEnthusiasts/

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