"How Much Oil" test results- you will NOT believe what I found out!!!

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Posted by Lauren  on June 6, 2002 at 13:33:09:

I wanted to find out how much oil we actually need to terp our henna,
so I did an experiment. I have pictures that will be posted when
this is all finished tomorrow.
I mixed up some good quality henna with lemon juice and white sugar
to mashed-potato consistency and sealed it overnight on the counter
at about 70 degrees. The next morning I had dye release so I added
more lemon juice to application consistency, then about noon I
separated the henna into eight batches of 50 grams each. Into these
I mixed 1/4ml, 1/2ml, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6ml of cajeput oil. I
sealed these and let them sit for about 26 hours on the counter. It
was probably up to 80 that afternoon and 70s at night. Yesterday I
applied the batches in the now-traditional leaf-test pattern up and
down one leg. I left it on uncovered and did nothing to heat it past
body temp and 80 degree room for two hours, then rubbed the henna off.
At paste removal there was NO DIFFERENCE between the 6ml and the
1/4ml mixes! Now, at about 16 hours, the 1/4ml is about half a shade
lighter than the rest and the 1/2 looks like it might be losing a
little ground, but both are still respectably deep. There is NO
difference between the 1,2,3,4,5, and 6ml leaves.
I'll post again tomorrow when the stain is finished developing with
more results, and again at one week to report fading differences, but
for now, I'd say I at least have been seriously wasting oil. I've
been putting way more than this in. This is especially good news for
those of us that love frankincense and cardamom oils, which are too
pricey to dump in but too lovely not to use.
Yay! More later...


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