One suggestion is LAL Power Spikes. It has strong hold and no glycerin. (In not glycerin sensitive, really, though I do try to lessen the amount I use in lower dews.). It does have protein, though, so if your hair doesn't like protein that could be an issue for you.
There is also a "man-ish" scent to it, but it's mild and all my other products (condish, etc) over-power it easily.

As for the Epsom - it often dissolved almost instantly in hair gel. Both LAL gels it does, but the gel will also thin out and get a little watery.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing