Posted by Maureen on May 22, 2002 at 23:57:51:
When we first received Sharkiyya, it really needed sifting.
Catherine got hold of some of this same batch. Since it required it,
the Sharkiyya I send out has been sifted and the "crud" (as Catherine
calls it) which is stems and such that no one wants, has been sifted
out. It was originally in need of sifting that it has received.
But to the question of coarseness. There are some powders that are
talc-like and there are some that are more coarse in nature. You can
see it when you are mixing it. Coarse is not a negative. It is
describing a difference. Coarse doesn't mean that the powder has not
been sifted or is hard to work with. It shouldn't be viewed as a
negative. I just find something slightly heavier and more coarse
about some henna powders than with others. So some I call talc-like
and some I call more coarse.
Sharkiyya is from the Sultate of Oman. Mazaya is from Syria.
They are packaged and processed in Lebanon. The major supplier for
these powders is Noli. Lauren and I are the suppliers here in the
U.S. for Sharkiyya and I am the supplier in the U.S. for Mazaya. I
can only imagine you are picking up information from different places
about the different powders or the difference between where they are
processed and where they are grown.
Hope this helps. If you got Sharkiyya, how is is working for you?
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