It all seemed wonderfully natural at first glance. The ingredients listed were:
Tepezcohuite Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Mosqueta Rose Oil
When I received my package and opened the pomade for the first time, I immediately got a suspicious feeling just by smelling it. It reminded me of something you might want to use for your car - yes, petroleum jelly. When I tried it on my hand, I was totally sure because of the stickiness, greasiness and non-absorption. Petroleum jelly is not listed as the main ingredient, but I guess the word pomade should make it clear to everyone. I am not a supporter of petroleum-based ingredients in cosmetics, so I was quite disappointed. I gave it a try many times though, but have not seen any miraculous results. Just like regular petroleum jelly, it forms a layer that prevents skin’s own moisture from escaping and in that way it can work for really dry skin. But it still feels like putting car grease on yourself. I have had some problems with eczema recently, but it has not improved with the pomade.
The website mentioned a wonderful fresh lime aroma, but I am sorry, for me it is nothing to write home about. It could definitely use some other perfume to cover the petroleum odour.
All in all, I wish I could tell you something more positive about this, but I really was not impressed.
I am aware that Tepezcohuite has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin conditions, to stop bleeding etc. I am not giving up on this ingredient, but mixing something so natural with petroleum jelly does not make much sense to me.
Update: I was giving this product another try when I had irritated skin, but it seemed to make it worse. I also found that there is tepezcohuite powder on the bottom, but even if i put this thicker version of the pomada on my hands, it did not ease the irritation. Instead, I really had to wash it off, which is not easy to do because petroleum jelly is very greasy.
For those of you looking for a natural cream with tepezcohuite, I have found one sold by ADSM Beverly Hills:
It's very light, absorbs well, smells nice and there's no petroleum jelly or other synthetic additions.
The ingredients are:
Distilled Water, Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil), Camellia Seed Oil (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil), Pure Emu Oil, [Bees Wax, HE-Cellulose, Polyglyceryl Oleate], Pure Tepezcohuite Extract, Niacinamide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Mango Extract (Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract), Honey Extract, Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Sorbitol, Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin), Lactobacillus Ferment