I love my Pete & Pedro Pomade, but the falling Aussie dollar has made it far too expensive ($67 for two tubs, including postage), so I have had to find an alternative. A quick google search lead me to The Pomade Shop. A fairly new business, The Pomade Shop helps to fill the massive void in the mens grooming product industry, and (more importantly), allowed me to finally try some products that previously cost too much to be worth it.
Murray’s is a thick, petroleum-based pomade that smells mildly of vanilla and vaseline, and has been around for more than 75 years, so they must be doing something right. On the upside, Murray’s gives incredible hold, decent shine, and a little goes a very long way. On the other hand, it takes about a week to wash it out (unless you are willing to use degreaser on your hair), and even getting it off of my hands was a challenge. Styling my hair the day after was as simple as heating it with the hairdryer to soften it, but I’m not sure that it was worth it. Also, being oil based, it’s probably not the best for those prone to outbreaks.
I can see why some people use it, but it’s just not for me; on the plus side, my brother seems to like it, so it probably won’t go to waste.
Bona Fide reminds me strongly of American Crew Pomade; it has a similar list of ingredients, a similar texture, and a similar citrus scent (although this smells more strongly of orange), and at this price, is much better value for money. The best, and worst, part is that it is water soluble, so I have no problem washing it out, but is also sweats out on a hot day. In all, until I find something that is better value, Bona Fide if going to become my new go-to product.
At $18 for a 4oz tub, the Bona Fide pomade is the clear winner in terms of value for money, and although Murray’s pomade has the best hold, it is far too difficult to remove and work with. In terms of hold and shine, Pete & Pedro is probably the better product, but the cost and smaller size are severe drawbacks. Bona Fide, with its larger size, lower price, better smell, and better overall usability, is the clear winner.