Re: You are not thick!!
Posted by Paul Cerra on May 17, 2002 at 18:11:18:
: Maybe someone with a more scientific mind can explain why the
: EOs don't make it more runny.
As a newcomer to henna, I can't really speak with authority on this
subject... so if anyone wants to correct me here, please do. But
although EOs are classified as "oils", my understanding is that they
are quite a bit different from the "fixed" oils we commonly think of,
like vegetable oils. EOs are volatile plant essences that include
many components, including the now-famous terpines that we seek for
our henna mixes. There are a number of other differences, but perhaps
the most relevant characteristics are solubility and evaporation: EOs
are partially water soluble (fixed oils, as everyone knows, are not)
and EOs evaporate (again, fixed oils do not.)
My own personal feeling is that there simply isn't enough EO being
added to really make a difference in the thickness of the mix. Oh
sure, there is definitely a noticeable difference in appearance and
texture; I notice that after I add a terp, my mix gets very smooth
and shiny and it appears almost creamy. But the only stories I've
heard of people having problems with runny paste caused by EOs is
when they were adding too much oil -- say, two kinds of terps plus
two more different EOs to make the paste smell nice. They used a
quantity of liquid (EOs) that was sufficient to change the viscosity
of the paste. But if you don't overdo it on your EOs, this will
probably never be an issue for you.
: Just play around with it to see how it works for you. Better to
: make it too thick and just add lemon juice rather than too thin.
: Good luck!
Yep, that's the best advice! Good luck, too.
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