B’s grease – heavy hold oil based pomade

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THE COMPANY

B’s grease is a pomade from Benny Jahns, a German barber. His shop calls Bennys haircut.

More info: https://www.bennyshaircut.de/

Where can you buy B’s grease?

POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

B’s grease pomade was first handmade by barber Benny in 2012, then made mechanically. B’s grease stands for: bee’s grease (see image of the bee on the tin) plus the B of Benny. It is a strong hold, oil based. A strong hold equals a heavy hold and a super strong is a super heavy hold. Its labeling has changed a few times. Benny chose stickers in black and white which looks simple and balanced. Like this. The aluminum tin is a 4 oz (113 g) but it is filled to 3.5 oz (100 g). Tin dents easy, so be careful. Has a twist lid. Info: vanilla power (scent), strong hold, image of an angry bee, brand’s name. Bottom side: the brand, hold type, website, made in Germany, ingredients, content, address, some recycling info. B’s grease tint is dark yellow. My thought: the yellow color would represent the beeswax out of the bees.

INGREDIENTS (minus the Latin)

Petrolatum, beeswax, lanolin, fragrance, glycine soy oil, beta-carotene, carrot extract, vitamin E.

A set of less commun ingredients with conditioning properties. I’ll describe a couple:

  • Glycine soy oil: plant oil from the soybean. Considered to be a nice, cost-effective base oil with moisturizing properties. Used as an emollient and perfume.
  • Beta-carotene: promotes hair growth because of the present vitamin D.
  • Carrot extract: a natural source of vitamins A, E and beta-carotene and offers much needed moisture to dry scalps. Promotes hair growth. Here used to dye the pomade. Nice alternative to chemical dyes.

SCENT

Close your eyes. Let someone put the open tin under your nose and asks you what you smell. You’ll say: vanilla pudding. Yes, a spot on vanilla pudding scent and no artificial vanilla. Benny calls it: ‘vanilla power’ as it releases, diving into the tin, a strong vanilla smell. In the hair: present but not obtrusive, balanced whiffs, agreeable. Really dig this, awesome scent! I keep opening the tin and smell again and again for it is so good!

STYLING PROCESS

My hair type: medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair, medium length. I wear a contour.

My styling equipment: Denman brush D3, Bixby comb and a boar brush.

Application: 3 decent scoops on damp hair. This is a heavier, waxy pomade so damp bangs will ease the style-ability and helps managing the waves.

Scooping: top layer is a smidgen hard. One push and the pomade scoops out.

Breakdown: a few proper rubs. The pomade feels waxy, on the drier side. No stickiness or greasiness here: I did not really notice the oils, petro and lanolin.

Working in: you’ll come across some doable tension. Don’t take too big scoops. Spreading goes easy. Pretty comfortable for a heavier pomade.

Combing back: there’s resistance. Combing to the side: some tension. Alright for this type of hold.

Control: this grease is waxy and everyone who has read my reviews knows I’m not fond of these. But! Although feeling and being waxy, B’s grease works very well for me. My hair obeyed without strands popping out. What I laid down, remained like that. As said before, B’s feels on the drier side when you’re breaking it down but once it is in the hair; the petrolatum, lanolin and oils start doing their work balancing out the pomade. Did not have to deal with loose strays or annoying flyaways. My waves were gone. My cowlicks tamed well. Sides: slicked back alright. Height: good. No blocky shape. Clean and neat result. This pomade surprised me: so slick for a strong hold!

SHINE

Shine level given by the manufacturer: light shine. The site where I purchased it, describes this pomade as a high shine. To me: more of a matte which persists the whole day. I would like it to have more sheen. Shows some nice luster when in direct sunlight.

HOLD

On the tin, it says: strong hold (heavy). This acts like a firm for me.

ENDURANCE

Went through temperatures of 28° C (82° F), wind, a few walks, sweating due to heavy-duty chores. Overall: hair stayed around the same: a couple of flyaways, some waves coming through a bit. Good summer pomade and approved for thicker, curly, wavy hair. Ideal for a pomp or a lower profile hair style, using a light topper for sheen.

RESTYLING

Oil based pomades are made to restyle. Hair felt light weight and airy. Lost some hold.

BUILD UP

Don’t wash my hair on a daily base. Build up for me: water, tonic and 2 scoops to revive everything. The build up is clean and manageable, not waxy.

WASH OUT

Ease of wash-ability is different for everybody. A couple of washes and all will be gone, relatively easy to get out of the mane.

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