Right nice haarquus recipe, for anyone who cares...

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Posted by Nick on October 16, 2001 at 21:40:22:

I was doing more experimenting today (fall is haarquus season!) and i
came up with this. It seems to be the best i've made yet. Recipe

frankincense (approx. 2-3 lentil sized chunks)
tiger balm (about twice as much as the frank.)
pine sap (about 1-2 lentil sized bits)
finely ground black charcoal powder (natural wood, not briquettes)
*or* i think kohl would work too, maybe better.

Heat a few smallish chunks of frankincense in some kind of metal
container over a candle. Add a small chunk of tiger balm to this. Let
this cook til it is bubbling and amber colored. Blow out the candle.
At this point, add your pine sap and another larger chunk of tiger
balm, re-lite the candle, and heat it just til it is well melted, at
which point you should add a tiny pinch of your charcoal. Mix well
with a toothpick, and blow out the candle again. You should have a
puddle of amber liquid, with the unmelted chunks of frankincense in
it too. Using a toothpick that has been bent into a tiny L-shape on
one end, but not broken, dip it in the liquid and use it with like a
stamp to make lines on your skin. Make dots by using only the end of
the toothpick. If the lines form peaks or strings when you pull the
toothpick away, you need to add more tiger blam to thin out the
Let the designs cool and harden a bit. With more of the
charcoal/kohl, powder the designs the same way as you would if you
were powdering liquid latex. Dab all areas with a little powder, and
then pat the rest of it off with your hand. This is what really makes
the haarquus look black. You can even get a damp cloth and lightly
dab the design to remove and grey smudges around it, and it will
remain visable.
When all is said and done, the designs are smudge proof to an extent
(i.e. vigorous rubbing is a no-no), and can hold up through a gentle
washing with soap and water.
I know that was long, confusing, and not terribly precise... but...
just try things, and you'll know when you've got it right. One
warning: DO NOT get the vapors from the melting tiger balm in your
face! They make the eyes water a tad, just like eucalyptus fumes.
Not highly painful, but still a nuisance.
This recipe works really well because the tiger balm keeps everything
melted while letting the temp drop a little, so you can work with it
longer, and it doesn't feel as hot going on.


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