Re: Henna & spices....
Posted by Natx on June 2, 2002 at 02:33:20:
: prefer simplicity and get good results with my simple brew. I
: tried all the different combinations and nothing really enhanced
: the color of the stain. Some people add coffee or tea, but these
: don't really work, in my opinion. Coffee and tea don't stain your
: skin if used on their own and they don't really enhance the
: staining power of the henna. Tea has tannic acid which might
: be a factor but I couldn't tell you for sure.
: Cloves can make your paste stain darker but you can get a good
: stain even without them. I have tried fenugreek which is
: supposed to make the paste more stringy; I didn't notice a
: difference. Tumeric can give the skin a yellow color but it is
: temporary. Other than that, the ingredients you use in your
: will just be to enhance the fragrance of your paste.
: I believe in simplicity. I have to mix up henna too often to fuss
: with recipes that don't do much for the quality. I prefer lemon
: juice (often i will cook whole cloves in the lemon juice), sugar
: and henna powder. I used terp essential oils to ramp up the
: color and the fragrance and have been delighted with the results.
: If you want to know for sure what works and what doesn't, try your
: own experiments and see what kind of results you get. And do
: let us know what you find out.
Sure. will try out some experiments after i get my stuff all
together.. ;) thanks for the update too!
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