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Murray's Pomade - Would you use it if you saw these ingredients?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM

It has 3 ingredients compared to many ingredients in other hair products.

The ingredients are:

Petrolatum. Mineral Oil. Fragrance (parfum).

This is what EWG's Skin Deep sight says:

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/12717/Murray%27s_Superior_Hair_Dressing_Pomade/

I know Fragrance could be a bunch of things, but do you think this pomade is a great alternative to other hair products?

Would you use it, if you saw these ingredients?

p.s. This stuff works awesome. I'm a guy and it's taken me years to find something like this. It's great for long or short hair. You just need to know how to use it.

Oh, and it's super cheap!

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:02 AM

Water = h2o = chemical. I'm not a dummy and I'm not hysterical. H2o isn't harmful to humans. There are plenty of chemicals though, be they naturally occurring or created in a lab, that are. And you can usually find a bunch of them in 'fragrance'.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Maybe all the chemicals are making me grumpy. :P

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Okay, I'm just laughing at the multiple hair product ads that popped up on this page.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Don't be a hater.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Warning: Product contains molecules.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Anti-chemical hysteria isn't helpful. Sorry, as a chemist, it irritates me.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:00 AM

The question was 'would you use this product if you saw those ingredients?' - I've answered the question, provided my personal reasons why, and provided a link (to a report by an organisation that the OP has referred to). If you think it's 'anti chemical nonsense' then take that up with the EWG, don't downvote me just because you disagree.

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:58 AM

The question was 'would you use this product if you saw those ingredients?' - I've answered the question, provided my personal reasons why, and provided a link (to a report by an organisation that the OP has referred to). If you think it's 'anti chemical nonsense' then take that up with the EWG, don't downvote me for answering the question.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 24, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Sorry, but this is just silly anti-chemical nonsense...

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:30 AM

petrolatum is a "semi-solid mix of hydrocarbons" and your worried about fragrance???

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Couldn't "mineral oil" be lots of things too? I guess label laws on products not for consumption are a lot less strict?

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Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

on April 24, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Personally I would never not in a million years use a product with any of those 'ingredients' - especially when these days there are so many non-toxic alternatives. Petrolatum and mineral oil - talk about unsustainable. And 'fragrance' has a rating of 8 on EWG! Hormone disruption, anyone? Read this article by EWG & The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. It's about perfume specifically but given the lack of labelling laws, anything that says 'fragrance' could contain 100s of chemicals.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Warning: Product contains molecules.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on April 24, 2012
at 08:00 AM

The question was 'would you use this product if you saw those ingredients?' - I've answered the question, provided my personal reasons why, and provided a link (to a report by an organisation that the OP has referred to). If you think it's 'anti chemical nonsense' then take that up with the EWG, don't downvote me just because you disagree.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on April 24, 2012
at 07:58 AM

The question was 'would you use this product if you saw those ingredients?' - I've answered the question, provided my personal reasons why, and provided a link (to a report by an organisation that the OP has referred to). If you think it's 'anti chemical nonsense' then take that up with the EWG, don't downvote me for answering the question.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on April 24, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Sorry, but this is just silly anti-chemical nonsense...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on April 24, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Anti-chemical hysteria isn't helpful. Sorry, as a chemist, it irritates me.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

(605)

on April 25, 2012
at 06:02 AM

Water = h2o = chemical. I'm not a dummy and I'm not hysterical. H2o isn't harmful to humans. There are plenty of chemicals though, be they naturally occurring or created in a lab, that are. And you can usually find a bunch of them in 'fragrance'.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 24, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Looks good to me. Petrolatum and mineral oil are simply unreactive hydrocarbons (think saturated fat, minus the reactive carboxylic acid end!)

Or was I supposed to knee-jerk some chemical-hate.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Maybe all the chemicals are making me grumpy. :P

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Don't be a hater.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:54 AM

As a former pompadour wearer during my wannabe rockabilly phase, Murray's was my favorite when wearing a very tightly cropped flat-top-pomp with whitewall sides...

Until a former Marine introduced me to DIY beeswax pomade - gently warm beeswax on a stovetop (or in a microwave) until soft (I suggest a double-boiler with a round-sided bowl to make cleanup easier), introduce some oil (I used crisco back then on his suggestion, but I bet coconut oil would work awesome! About a tablespoon of oil to a cup or so of melted beeswax btw...), then transfer to a jar and let it cool. He had mentioned that anything scented with a smell other than "soap, coffee, and gunpowder" was discouraged by his Senior Marines so he followed their lead and made his own unscented pomade.

When you take your shower, heat up the jar under a hot water tap to lightly soften it. Then spread it on a comb and comb it through your hair. Need a looser/greasier pomade? Use some kind of vegetable oil like olive oil instead of coconut oil.

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:19 AM

I use Aveda's "Pur-Formance" men's pomade. It's mostly plant-based and washes out very easily, only one 'poo application needed. Nearly all the others I've tried require about ten hand-washings to get it off your hands and about as many shampooings to get the grease off your hair.

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I used Murray's when I had super-short hair to slick back, a Matrix style. It was awesome. You just have to shampoo five times more than usual.

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