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Proofide Recipe (cross-posted)
Cross-posted from SSFG:
Today I picked up a can of 16.00 Proofide from the LBS. I was struck by two things.
1.) This is an incredibly small container (40 grams). It works out to 40 cents per gram.
2.) The ingredients are very simple. There's no "rehydrolized phenlythalimine #18" or other strange chemicals.
So it made me think: Crap you could make this stuff in batches far cheaper than this.
The ingredients (listed on the can):
- which can be purchased under the name "Neatsfoot Oil" from any shoe store or in bigger quantities and cheaper at any equestrian center. Sheldon wrote an article
about using neatsfoot oil to break in your new brooks saddle.
- which can be purchased from any vitamin or supplement store or even grocery store
- You probably have it in your pantry
- Available from a craft store
- Available online
, if not elsewhere
- Available at any hardware store (as a natural mosquito repellent)
There's a reason that proofide smells like a citronella candle... because half of the ingredients are
a citronella candle!
So I can't help but think that if you mix a little neatsfoot oil, cod oil, and vegetable oil in with a citronella candle you'll have proofide for a fraction of a cent per gram instead of 40 cents per gram.
Has anyone tried this? I searched the forums but didn't see any one cooking their own brew yet.
Maybe we could get the proportions right through a little group experimentation.