Playing with "kapur" aka "the white stuff" ...

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Posted by Jewel on June 29, 2001 at 16:27:29:

I received Catherine's book on Wednesday (YIPPPPEEEEE !!!) and boy did
I drool (still am) to see all her beautiful designs ... thank you so
much, Catherine !!! So I decided to try one of them ... and I'm kinda
in a Moroccan mood right now so naturally .... *grins* ...

Anyways last night I used my Pakistani premixed (found some stashed
away at the back of my fridge), did a beautiful traditional Moroccan
on my palm, left on overnight (~5 - 6 hours), no wraps, no LS, no
steam, no nothing. Next morning, scraped off (the stain was bright
orange), took a shower, did prayers and got ready for work. Then I
spied my newly bought "kapur". The label says it contains Calcium
Carbonate and Hydrogen Oxide (is it the same as quicklime ?). So I
slathered the kapur all over my palm and feet (did some of Catherine's
designs there too) and whistled as I iron my work clothes. 10 mins
later, the kapur on my palm has hardened and started to crack, leaving
trails of white powder wherever I go. So I washed it off (but left my
feet alone). I washed off the kapur on my feet just before I left
for work (about 20 mins after I applied). When I got to work (about 30
mins later), the colour on my palm has darkened to a deep red. This is
strange 'cos it normally takes about 3 - 4 hours for the Pakistani
premixed to darken to that colour. I think the kapur has accelerated
that process. I don't know what will happen if I left the kapur on
longer (that would mean another experiment). One thing though, my palm
was a little dry afterwards, which was easily solved by heaping some
hand lotion on it :).

I'm going to do another experiment later. Will use a month old Jamila
paste and see if the kapur will help nuke it. Will post my results
soon !

Pic : The stain, almost 18 hours later

Love & peace,



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