Re: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy

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Posted by Lauren on May 21, 2002 at 15:20:49:

In reply to: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy posted by Erika on May 21, 2002 at 14:46:05:

: Here's what I've been doing. I usually make a batch of 50g of
: powder, mix in enough lemon juice (is lime better, or liquid from
: boiling dried limes, and should the juice be room temperature?) to
: make cookie dough consistency.

I think lime has a slight edge over lemon juice but CCJ's tests say
they work about the same. Room temp or warmer is probably better but
I tend to just use stuff from the fridge.

: Then I've ben adding tea-tree oil (probably not enough) should I
: adding quite a bit, mixing it with a carrier oil and should I be
: adding it later on in the recipe?

Usually you add oil as the last thing, after the dye has developed.
I use about a teaspoon of oil for every tablespoon of pre-oiled but
otherwise ready to apply paste.

: Should I NOT terp the Kimia if I want to keep it red?

Terping seems to brown out the brighter reds in some cases. Maureen
uses cajeput and seems to have good luck with it.

: Is Cajeput oil stronger than tea-tree oil?

They are related and have different properties but one is not
stronger than the other, I think. Tea tree has a more broken-up
demise while cajeput fades more evenly.

: I have a very dear friend who is pregnant and is also a black
: woman. I would like to do her belly for her. Should I use
unterped henna?

It depends on a number of factors. Cajeput, tea tree, cardamom, and
other henna terp oils are not dangerous to mom or baby when applied
to skin. The thin, stretched skin of the belly is not the ideal
place for henna, so terping will certainly help. However, some women
have more sensitive skin during pregnancy which may get irritated,
and some women are more sensitive to smells also. Terp smell can be
very strong and may be too much for her to stand. I never had either
of these problems during either pregnancy. I'd let her smell what
you're using first and do a tiny patch test just to be safe.

Would lavender oil be safe?

Lavender is one of the least reacive of the oils and one of the
mildest scents. If smell is an issue, you might also try cardamom.

Would the Kimia show up nicely
: on her skin or should I use a browner staining powder?

Kimia is really dark so should work fine. It may be brown on her
anyway- the color ranges depending on the crop you're using and of
course all the other things that cause henna differences- body
chemistry, heat, etc.



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