I have long found it interesting that some people get stung more often than others doing the same thing. Why? I don't know. I find it interesting, but not especially critical. Personally, I often work my bees without a veil. Occasionally I get rewarded with a sting on my nose or cheek, so then I wear the veil for a while - a day or two. Last year it happened twice - my worst year ever.
In physiology texts, the only possible human pheromone (and it is controversial) is from apocrine sweat glands in the armpits and groin, and those are only considered to be pheromonal because women sweat more at certain times of the month. So that leaves us fellows out of the pheromone picture, entirely, as far as science goes. But any scientist worth his bibliography will tell you that science doesn't have all the answers, nor even all the questions. But if we don't have pheromones, why do bees sting some of us more than others? My opinion is that it is some (perhaps-non-pheromonal) odor. Perhaps something that is non-pheromonal to humans but pheromonal to bees. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Living in Texas, AHBs are sure to be close by, so it's comforting to know I'm not particularly offensive to bees in general, but I like the idea of the propolis oil making me even less offensive. I'd much rather be just one of the girls, as it were.
"Before I speak, I have something I'd like to say. . . . I will try to keep this short as long as I can." Yogi Berra