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jetam
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:57 am    Post subject: Propolis Reply with quote

I´m looking for topic about Propolis and products from this glue. I made tincture so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:33 pm    Post subject: Propolis Reply with quote

I experimented and ground up some frozen frame scrapings with wax and proplis mixed up
I had no Idea what I was doing or why.
I microwaved the mix and took off the molten wax.
It overcooked the proplois which went dark and gum like.
I tried again more gently and then mixed in some olive oil.
I put this 1 part to 2 into our grandchildrens surplus clear baby-wash and shook it well.
It turned to a magnolia coloured emulsion and has not separated since.
My wife refuses outright to try it ,but as I have little hair left anyway, I tried it as a shampoo.
Very nice indeed and acts a a conditioner too!!
It has a pleasing gentle aroma like you'd find in a victorian sweet shop.
The wax has a very faint whiff of it too ,so some candles might be on the cards.

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