Friday, June 3, 2016

Edwardian Pomade Recipe

I just posted a video for a great vintage hair pomade on my youtube channel, and thought it would be a good idea to have a set of written instructions as well. This pomade is seriously the best I've ever tried and love the look it gives my different vintage hairstyles.

And here are the instructions:

You will need:
  • A clean glass jar
  • Small pot 
  • Cocoa butter
  • Castor oil
  • Essential oil (optional) 

  1. Measure out the cocoa butter and castor oil, in a ratio of 1 parts cocoa butter to 4 part castor oil.  Exact measurements will depend on your jar size. (I used 10ml of cocoa butter and 40ml of oil for my small jar, which filled it about halfway.)
  2. Pour the mixture into the jar and stir well.
  3. Fill the pot with some water then place the jar inside. The water level should reach an inch below the top of the jar. 
  4. Slowly simmer the pot, while stirring the mixture, until the cocoa butter has fully melted. Then carefully remove the jar from the water. 
  5. Add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil (if using). I opted for 10 drops of bergamot oil, to give my pomade a light scent, but you can use whatever scent you prefer.
  6. Stir until mixture has cooled and thickened. (I cheated and popped mine in the fridge to speed the process along)
  7. Add a label and voila! Fantastic homemade hair pomade!

I've designed a free label for the pomade, using an actual vintage label as the base. Save the below picture, and print to size on label/sticker paper. Alternatively, you could print on normal paper and glue in place. If you use label paper, I would recommend doing  a test run on normal paper first to make sure it fits your jar lid. 
Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

That's All.


  1. This is such a marvelous recipe! I, as someone with super sensitive skin (especially on my scale and face), sincerely appreciate how all natural it is. Thank you so much for sharing this gem of an antique pomade recipe with us (I'm going to include it in my next "Links, Life, Love" post this coming weekend).

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. I hear you on the sensitive skin thing. There are very few store-bought products I can use without having a reaction to. That's actually why I started experimenting making my own products :)

  2. really cool. I love how prettily you packaged it

    1. Thanks! Pretty packaging always makes products more enjoyable to use :)

  3. wow, I'm really loving the idea of making your own hair products (especially being able to scent it to your liking!), plus the packaging is so pretty

    1. Thanks! Making beauty products is a lot of fun :)

  4. Hi! Great video (and instructions). I was wondering if this is hard to wash off from hair? And do you think this is a high shine pomade?

    1. I've never had any trouble washing it out, but I never use a lot on my hair. I would think a good shampoo and the heat of shower should get most of it out without any trouble, even if you used a fair amount. It definitely adds quite a bit of shine, although I've only tried a few pomades over the years so I don't have enough to compare it to in order to say if it's "high shine" or just normal shine. Hope that helped.

  5. I enjoy all in your video!! I enjoy very much the vintage life!! We need to remember all antique life... I think it was better!!! Best regards from Mexico.