Similar to our previous review of The Bearded Bastard, I occasionally try a random pomade every once in a while. Or rather, I make an effort to agree to review a random pomade for a small company/brewer at least once every few months or so. This is one of those products.
But honestly, it was the packaging that really got me. It just looked interesting. This is Alex Miller Organics Pomade.
When you initially purchase the pomade, I believe you'll buy the wooden box and product itself. In future purchases or refills, you simply purchase only the product and its metal tin for a much lower price. The box is a solid wood cube with chamfered edges. The sides are laser etched, hollowed use hole saw with drill bit lead, and topped with a magnetic closure. The jar inside is super simple and fits loosely inside. However, there is one design flaw (not unique to this product).
Common knowledge among engineers is to never mix metal and water unless your working with very specific scenarios or know your surface treatments. I've yet to see an done successfully in the pomade world. If someone chooses to use metal tins with water-based products, it is imperative to use a plastic lining. Something needs to separate the moisture from the metal. Even if the metal surface is treated, the act of creating the can (i.e. sheet metal rolling) can break the surface and expose raw metal. This leads to rust and oxidation on the can, which leads to these impurities in the product.
The added salt content in this pomade (and other miscellaneous ingredients) often act as catalyst to speed up this oxidation reaction. In short, you need to separate the metal from the moisture (plastic lining) and also, ensure a very tight seal on the cap. The latter wasn't an issue with this pomade.
The smell of this pomade is actually quite pleasing. Even as I'm writing the review right now, I'm still enjoying the scent very much. Usually, when people opt to use a manufacturer for their pomades, the scent ends up very much like a shampoo. This one is no different BUT there is an extra element to it that I really like. It's got a little more depth and a deep masculine aspect to it. I can't really pinpoint it, but I like it nevertheless.
It feels a lot like Baxter Soft Water Pomade. It kinda feels like a jam when you scoop it out and isn't as thick as some of the other products we've seen.
Applying to you hair is easy -- as it should be.
I noticed that they added mica crystals to the pomade. This is common for many lab-cooked pomade. It's supposed to add shine to the product; however, I never see it work well in any situation. Nevertheless, given the performance of this pomade, it's better off not having any shine.
Not a slick pomade. However, it is stick in a way.
Though I highly doubt it was intended to be this way, this pomade ends up making your hair feel like you've been at the beach the whole day. I say that it likely wasn't mean to be this way because you wouldn't call it a pomade if this was your intention. This product performs more like a super fine clay (that unfortunately hardens because it's a gel-pomade). You'll have a good amount of hold to work with by using this pomade, but there's also texture and a dry paste aspect. It's like when you've been at the beach the whole day, and after, your hair dries but has salt in it, it styles as though you had like three days of buildup -- a dry and weightless hold. This pomade isn't exactly like that but gets pretty close.
Obviously, if you style it into a textured loose look like I did, you'll be chopping off hours of endurance by forming an unstable pomp. Nevertheless, this pomade (because it hardens) can at least survive a few hours. Even if you do style a formidable and solid pomp, the pasty characteristics of this pomade will limit it to only 3-4 hours of resilience. After that, you'll need to fix or restyle it.
You can get it back and out of the way without water and with a little discomfort. It maintains the beach-texture very well throughout the whole day. However, you can also add water to reactivate this pomade just as with any other gel-pomade. You lose a lot of the volume by diluting it, but it will allow you to reset to a clean look.
Hardens up, but unexpectedly doesn't go full-helmet mode like Suavecito would.
Washes all out in one go.
This pomade actually performs well and is unique in the way it made my hair feel. Lots of product embody the beach feel in their design and labeling, but no other really captures the feel of your hair after a day at the beach -- weightless volume and texture. Even if Alex Miller Organics wasn't imagining their product to be like this, it's something I really like about it. However, the issue with rust and metal oxidation on the jar is unacceptable. It needs to be addressed. I understand the desire to save plastic and what not, but plastic (as with many other synthetic materials) has it's purpose.
If you're interested to learning more about Alex Miller Organics or would like to check out their Pomade out for yourself, then you can find them here: