MY Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade can grow bacteria :(

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I just want to CRY RIGHT NOW

i woke up awaiting to oil my scalp with my pomade...when i looked in and i saw the weirdest little while flecks on my pomade and since ive been doing bacteria cultures in one of my Biotechnology classes i knew exactly what it was

MY OYIN WAS GROWING AND FEEDING BACTERIA EWWWWWW.......

i know its all natural but DAMN bacteria??really??
LADIES PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE U PUT THEM INTO ANY NATURAL HAIR PRODUCT PLZ

IT WILL SAVE U THE HEARTACHE OF HAVING TO SEE A CULTURE OF BACTERIA ON EXSPENSIVE NATURAL PRODUCTS....i just want to cryyyyy i had to throw it out and i wont be able to repurchase indefinitely cuz i dont have the money right now

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Thanks for the note! I didn't know natural products could do that. But like anything natural. All things can go bad. And washing the hands before I use products is a good habit to get into. WOW! Definitely will keep that in mind!
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Also don't use WET fingers to touch your products either especially the oil-based butters and creams.
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Or rather, when did you buy it? Oyin products usually have a long life-span. I bought the pomade also, and started to see white. I thought it was mold or something, and I looked on oyin's site to see what the lifespan was. It said up to a year. (It probably had been about 6 months for me.)

When the winter came, the pomade turned from a liquid to a solid and the white was gone. Even sometimes when my house temp rises and the pomade turns back into a liquid, still no white spots. I kept mine to see if they would come back or grow bigger or change colors. None of that happened. I hope yours is not truly a waste. Good Luck!
Or rather, when did you buy it? Oyin products usually have a long life-span. I bought the pomade also, and started to see white. I thought it was mold or something, and I looked on oyin's site to see what the lifespan was. It said up to a year. (It probably had been about 6 months for me.)

When the winter came, the pomade turned from a liquid to a solid and the white was gone. Even sometimes when my house temp rises and the pomade turns back into a liquid, still no white spots. I kept mine to see if they would come back or grow bigger or change colors. None of that happened. I hope yours is not truly a waste. Good Luck!
Originally Posted by trpd123
It was about a year but my mom got hers before mine and its perfectly fine....

and as for the white specks it was a ton of them all clustered together ive seen exactly what u stated above were there was like one or two little white balls but this was like that multiplied by 1000x and they were smaller i had to stare at them for a while to notice wat they were

they looked exactly like when scientists grow bacteria on an agar plate if that helps describe it
In looking at the ingredients(posted here on the site), the pomade does not include an anti-microbial, which prevents the growth of organisms in the product and extends shelf-life.

BECAUSE the ingredients are mostly oils and butters, it's generally stable, but when you apply products with wet hands or with hands covered with anything else or if the product is somehow exposed in some capacity, what happened to you CAN happen.
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did you actually do a test on the pomade or think this is what it is (bacteria)? some pomades (depending on the ingredients) can crystalize but still be free of foreign objects growing in it. also, have you contacted oyin?
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The best thing to really do is scoop out the amount of product you'll be needing with a plastic spoon and put it on a dish or whatever. This way no hands or bacteria get in it.


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did you actually do a test on the pomade or think this is what it is (bacteria)? some pomades (depending on the ingredients) can crystalize but still be free of foreign objects growing in it. also, have you contacted oyin?
Originally Posted by hippychic
lol no i didnt do a test on it (i should though)

but ive grown bacteria in the lab before and there is no mistaking it

no i havent contacted oyin cuz its primarily my own fault for not washing my hands the bacteria was growing exactly were i had stuck my fingers in it..pretty gross
Can any thing be done to keep them fresh?? Like putting them in the frige or swirling some tea tree oil over the top??
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Can any thing be done to keep them fresh?? Like putting them in the frige or swirling some tea tree oil over the top??
Originally Posted by Curly_Jammy
Personally, I feel a year is a really long time for a natural product that doesn't have anti-microbial preservatives.

I wouldn't advice introducing any other oils (I heard products can become unstable or something, Science-minded people can probably explain it better) and in the fridge (the condensation could cause bacteria to grow as you would be take it out and putting in back in your fridge very frequently) but try to adhere to the no wet/product-y hands, scoop out small amounts with a spoon of some kind
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Try to buy products in tubes. That way you just squeeze out the amount you need and don't have to touch .

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
Not all products come in tubes though- at least not Oyin. Unfortunately, we cannot determine the packaging that our products come in. Oyin is a good brand. With Oyin, as well as other natural products, it is important to maintain hygenic practices when using them because they dont have the chemicals that prevent any "nasties" from developing. If youre gonna dip your finger in the jar, make sure they're clean first. As soon as you're done close the lid and put it away. Also, try using the stuff within the shelf life to avoid problems. If you buy a 8oz jar of somethin and you don't use it alot or you have a TWA, or you rotate products, maybe you could do for a 4 oz jar. Buy however much you plan on using
Wow thanks for the warning, I guess I never thought of this happening to my hair products.
I have basil oil that got flecks on it (I'll be throwing it out soon).

Also, Oyin products are supposed to be natural (I have never used them, nor have I seen any of their products). Since moving to Africa, I've learnt that 'oyin' is an African word that means, "honey." I'm guessing not all Oyin Handmade products contain honey, but they relatively should contain natural products. I believe that natural things have a tendency to breed bacteria if they aren't refrigerated, if dirty hands are used when using them, if wet hands are used when using them and if they are left open.
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