Quixote – heavy hold oil based pomade

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Quixote pomade, name chosen by its brewer Amilcar Cifuentes after the Spanish novel ‘Don Quixote’ by Cervantes. The story in a few words: Alonso Quijano calls himself ‘Don Quixote’ loses his mind and thinks he is a knight. He is very confused and acts crazy. Looking at the tin’s image tells enough.

Quixote pomade is located in Sacramento/CA. Brewer Amilcar brings various handcrafted pomades in the light, medium, heavy and super heavy range. He created oil based pomades, water based pomades and a clay. He even launched a light unorthodox water based pomade which is a big plus since there are nearly no lights of this type.

Amilcar offers a pile of scents to choose from. 16 at the time of writing here! Everybody’s going to find a goody for his mop. If a scent puts you off, you can pick up another. Comes in handy.

I spoke about the range of pomade holds and types Amilcar has made. About his oil based pomades: every hold tells a completely other story. None of his pomades have the same exact ingredients. Each oil based contains different waxes, butters and oils. It proofs that Amilcar is a very motivated and passionate brewer!

Quixote pomade has much more to show us! Take a look at the Etsy shop and see: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuixotePomade

He also fabricates nice stuff in leather.

Additional material: interview with Amilcar Cifuentes by Mike Smith from the YouTube channel ‘Modern man TV’. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW4JwC9Iv2E. Check out this guy’s other reviews! He does a great job!

Here, a link to my review of the medium hold: https://piw74.com/2020/05/04/quixote-pomade-medium-hold-oil-based-pomade/

Quixote’s leatherworks: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuixoteLeatherworks?fbclid=IwAR3-twqpoCJLecq8fHr5dvDMB5WLbdgho2n9uLIZqAtkKZfHPc5ypSGM2-g


The heavy hold pomade is poured into a metal tin (3.2 oz/91 g content) with screw top lid. The tin consists of white, grey and black colors. Clean look and great artwork. Front side: the image of an insane Quixote trying to catch somebody I suppose, the brand’s name, heavy hold type and the slogan: ‘Until death, it is all life’. All the the words are separated by an X: gives it a balanced look and the suggestion of 2 combs. Other side: the co’s designation, instructions for use, ingredients list, info on the co and some safety info, a sticker with the scent. Again the use of an X between the components. On the background: a mill, the wicks look like combs. Inside, a yellow pomade.


Candelilla wax, beeswax, hydrogenated castor oil, carnauba wax, petrolatum, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, fragrance.

  • A candelilla wax based pomade, something we don’t often see and an original approach. The only one I can remember is: Tazmaneian tame, last year (limited heavy hold).
  • We come across a bunch of waxes that will provide its heavy hold. Hydrogenated castor oil is also a wax, namely castor wax. Is this going to be a waxy pomade? I’ll answer that later.
  • Petrolatum is nearly at the end of the list = nearly an all natural pomade in that regard.


As mentioned before: lots of options for the costumers. Scents are made out of essential and/or fragrance oils. I have the citrus cologne. It bears some chemical note (cologne). Not one of my liking. Next time, I’ll just order something else. Scent in the jar: rather tart. Once in the hair: whiffs now and then, non-pushy so I can look past the scent.

My second tin was tobacco scented: has a nice sweetness, smells fresh. I don’t know how to describe. Don’t think of the scent of a cigar or cigarettes. Agreeable and non-pushy in the tin and hair.

Available scents and their intensity, described by Amilcar:

  • White russian (cocktail drink): the scent of vodka, coffee liqueur, cream.
  • Bay rum/white musk: musky top note, then you get the spicy after scent.
  • Gucci Guilty: mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli.
  • Drakkar Noir: oak moss, lavender, leather, cinnamon, and citrus.
  • Mandarin Berry: sweet and tart scented.
  • Countryside: basil, citrus, amber, and musk.
  • Tobacco: Cuban tobacco. Sweeter than most other tobacco scents.
  • Cool water: may rose, jasmine, muguet, musk, vanilla, peach, sandalwood, orris and vetiver.
  • Citrus cologne: a cologne-alike citrus.
  • Blackberry forest: sour, somewhat fresh blackberry.


  • Peach/ginger
  • After the barbershop
  • Bitter orange/green apple
  • Cherry vanilla
  • Mango/apple
  • Citrus


My hair: medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair of medium length. Wear a contour.

Styling equipment: air motion (tangle-free) brush, Bixby comb and sometimes: a boar hair brush.

Application: to damp hair to tame my waves and for easier application. I needed 3 scoops, average sized ones.

Scooping out: since it is a heavy, it will be hard to scoop out possibly. The pomade was spinning around in the tin due to the hard waxy top layer. Did not need the back of my nail to remove some product. Once you have scooped for the first time, it’ll be easier to take further licks beneath the top layer. 

Breakdown: be aware to take small scoops at a time. There’s a lot of wax, so you get beads. Completely normal as it has high wax content and petro is far in the ingredients list, so don’t shoot the brewer! If you scoop smaller licks, it will break down alright with a clump here and there but nothing bothersome. You sense a waxy consistency that becomes soft and waxy/creamy after a few solid rubs. No real stickiness, no greasiness or dryness.

Working in: a slight amount of tug and pull but very workable for a heavy. You’ll notice right away it shines great.

Combing back: make use of a special brush to avoid tugging and pulling: an air motion brush. Google it, you will find info: recommended equipment in my opinion. Using this brush gives a comfortable experience. Combing with other brushes will be okay for this pomade is very user-friendly. The pomade is easy to distribute evenly. Switching the mop’s direction to part went alright as well. 

Control: immediate control. Don’t expect Quixote heavy hold to be a very waxy pomade that rips out hairs. Don’t expect a pomade that forces the hair into a certain direction and after a few seconds it will bounce back, jump up as many waxy pomades do. No, Quixote works nicely, it provides you with some great slickness! Every hair was laid down perfectly and even my cowlicks (after an extra small lick) participated well. Easy to lift my front without waves showing through. Sides: slicked well. No fight with stray hairs. Got myself some good height and shape. Impressed!


For a heavy hold, it provides you with very decent shine = a medium shine, I would say. A big plus!


Described as a heavy hold. A very comfortable, slick firm to me. It acts like a medium and holds like a firm hold. Quixote heavy is a perfect pomade for me!


Tested in relatively warm weather (about 70° F/21° C), no heavy-duty, lots of sweating. My hair held its overall shape! Amilcar used several waxes to keep everything together for the hot summer weather. Since he lives in California, I can fully understand why.


No hassle. You can recomb facile. Hair keeps shape, the hold remains good.


For me: I wet my hair, apply some tonic, a few licks on top and style. Build up is relatively easy to work with, solid. Didn’t need that much pomade the next days.


About 3 rounds of shampoo. I put conditioner and shampoo on my pomade ‘dry’ hair and let it sit for around 10 minutes. Then I rinse. Shampoo, rinse and all was out.


  • Grand classic grooming heavy.
  • Big slick heavy.
  • Lockhart’s, goon grease.
  • Womanizer heavy.

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