Sunday, December 07, 2014

Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade

My Limited Edition Birchbox for Men came with lots of goodies for me to try - everything contained in it was new to me and I’m yet to find something in there that I don’t like. The Mazorin Wash Trade Face Scrub left me speechless while earlier in the week I took the plunge and for the first time used a pomade to style my hair. The pomade in question? Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade.


Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade

Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade

Before I started blogging about beauty products and general things that I like I had never heard of pomade, in fact it wasn’t until around April this year that someone stumbled across my site after using Google to search for the phrase ‘cool grease z ultra hard hair pomade’. After my WTF moment I went to take a peek at what they could have been looking for. 

After reading about pomade I have to say it didn’t really strike me as something I really needed to try and thus until this arrived it was pushed to the back of my head with all the other unimportant stuff in my brain like how to cook, pick up clothes after myself and iron. 

I realise I’m waffling, so, what do Closed on Monday say about themselves and their Deluxe Pomade (lifted directly from their website - their capitals, not mine)?

‘CLOSED ON MONDAY, A GROOMING RANGE DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN BRITAIN.  OUR PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO THE CRAFT OF BARBERING CULMINATES IN A DELUXE POMADE, BEARD BALM, MATTE MOISTURISER AND DELUXE WAX THAT EMBODIES THE DISCERNING MODERN GENTLEMAN.

CLOSED ON MONDAY — PURVEYORS OF GOOD TASTE.

HAND MADE THIS TRADITIONAL POMADE HAS A MILD SANDALWOOD AND VETIVER FRAGRANCE AND LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE A LIGHT GEL WAX.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

RUB AN AMPLE AMOUNT OF CLOSED ON MONDAY DELUXE POMADE INTO THE PALMS OF YOUR HANDS UNTIL IT SOFTENS, THEN RUB THE FIRM BUT PLIABLE WAX ON YOUR FINGER TIPS AND WORK FROM ROOT TO TIPS AND STYLE TO ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRED LOOK.’

The first thing I did when I pulled this from the box was unscrew the lid and take a long deep sniff of the contents - boy, you really can detect the Sandalwood and Vetiver (two of my favourite smells). If anything, the Vetiver really comes through as the dominant fragrance. For those who haven’t come across it in the past you probably have, you just don’t know it. Vetiver is within around 90% of all perfumes and aftershaves! It is an earthy, grassy essential oil that is added as a base note.

Personally, I love the fragrance but was a little confused as to how a product that looks a bit like and has the consistency of Vicks Vaporub was going to keep my spikes up for a sustained period of time. My hair was cut down to about two inches in length and I was ready to try the pomade. 

I took a healthy blob of the pomade (as instructed) and rubbed it between my palms until it took on a nice silky consistency before rubbing it from root to tip. It was fairly easy to apply actually, as it warmed it became much more pliable and really easy to style with. As a first time user I posted this picture to my Instagram account to show off my attempt.


Ignore the crows feet and focus on the spikes!

Since then I’ve found the right amount to use (see picture below) for my hair and have mastered how to style the spikes properly (should I do a vlog?!?) to the point that one application is good enough to keep my hair styled for well over ten hours, and actually resembling the style from the day before when I get out of bed the following morning.


Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade
Just a tiny amount is needed - yes, just enough to cover a fingertip

When looking at whether I would recommend a hair styling product I always look at the residue that is left on the shaft of the hair and how easy it is to wash out. I‘m pleased to report that there was no sight of white flakes coming from or on my hair, no sticky residue when touching my hair and it washed out really easily. Result! 

Onto the bits that surprised me - well unlike a gel, cream or wax it doesn’t leave your hands and fingertips feeling sticky after applying it, in fact, when I first used it I didn’t have the instant urge to wash my hands, I didn’t need to. In addition to this, the finish on my hair was incredibly matte in nature and looked as though I wasn’t actually using a hair styling product. 

While £14.50 for 100ml may seem like a lot for a hairstyling product as you can see from the pictures, after 4 days of use I have hardly made a dent in it. A 100ml jar of the Deluxe Pomade is available as part of the Limited Edition Birchbox for Men here or direct from the Closed on Monday site here


Closed on Monday Deluxe Pomade

It won’t replace my favoured brands completely but it is a great addition to my hair styling collection (which is growing like you wouldn’t believe) and I’m immensely impressed with the hold, the finish on my hair and the fragrance. 

Top notch stuff - having never heard of Closed on Monday I will be keeping an eye on their products. In my opinion they can add purveyors of quality British goods to their website to go alongside purveyors of good taste.  

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by this pomade convert

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23 comments:

  1. I didn't have a clue what a Pomade was until your Birchbox arrived and now I think it is pretty cool x

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  2. I have to say I've never heard of Pomade either, but it looks lovely x

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  3. I've never heard of it either, but sounds like a lovely scented product!

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    1. The vetiver is really lovely in this one Elizabeth, well worth a try if that is something that floats your boat. Stephen :o)

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  4. Never heard of it either, sounds nice though!

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  5. this definitely sounds promising... :)

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  6. This looks like a good up to date version of the Gel we all used growing up xx

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  7. I have to say I have never heard
    of pomade, but if it smells
    good and does the job then it's a done deal. Oh and by the way, you don't have crows feet, if you want to see real crows feet have a look at my husband on my blog ;)

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    1. Will take a look Mellissa - hopefully mine will be gone soon with all the stuff I'm plastering onto them in the name of 'research' lol. Stephen :o)

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  8. heheh good to see men's heir products evolved too! I remember gel and wax when I used to have short hair!

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  9. I've never heard of pomade before. Seems a very good product for the price. I wonder how many people grab a great load of it the first time they use it?!

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    1. I scooped out enough for a week and ended up putting lots back into the jar. The consistency is weird though and it really does feel like Vicks Vaporub! Stephen :o)

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  10. Looks like a fab little product but my husband thinks he's too "manly" to use beauty products lmao ;)

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  11. The only Pomade I have heard of is from Anastasia Beverly Hill and is used to define your brows! This looks like a great little product and it is great to see mens hair products evolving etc. I must admit I don't like using a lot of 'putty' type styling products, however, when I need it I find these types of products so helpful when styling! Plus, how cool is the name?!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks for reading Sophia - the name is really cool, its what made it one of the first to be tested. I never thought of using it on eyebrows! Stephen :o)

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  12. I've never heard of this brand and this type of product... hey ho... we learn something new every day

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  13. I've also never heard of it but sound lovely

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  14. I have to be hones, I'm still confused about what a pomade is! LOL I do have a pomade for my brows, but that's different! I think it's great that these doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky, as I know most other products do, it';s the same for us women too

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  15. I've used this on my hiar when it was short. Works great on both men and women if you have short hair!

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  16. I've never heard of a pomade before, probably because my husband doesn't care for mens grooming products, he thinks they're all a waste of money and good old soap and water will do for him!

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  17. ooh I have short hair , this would work on me !

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  18. You find out so much good stuff through Birchbox!

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  19. this sounds like just the ticket for my son - he's always complaining that products don't hold his hair style for the whole day, and that some of them are really greasy on his hands.

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