I want to confirm oxygen is bad for henna.

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Posted by Faery Ring on June 6, 2002 at 19:03:24:

I am corroborating the experiment that Catherine Cartwright Jones did
with henna paste and exposure to oxygen. I had been mixing up my
henna in a plastic bag and leaving it in a little plastic butter tub
to develop overnight. The stains were decent but I always wondered
if the exposure to air was getting to it first. When I mixed up a
very small amount of paste the stain always seemed worse. But then I
decided to get a glass jar with an airtight lid and place my henna
bag in that instead. I also added some oxygen remover packets that
came with my big bag of beef jerky into the glass jar. I also blew
into the jar just before closing it to replace the oxygen in the jar
with carbon dioxide from my breath. After leaving the henna paste in
the jar overnight and adding tea tree oil the next day the stains
were significantly darker. Everything was done the same as I have
always done it. The recipe was the same and the amount of time I let
the henna paste develop was also the same: henna powder, citric acid
and bottled water, as well as tea tree essential oil. A plus is that
the henna paste with the essential oils doesnít stink up the freezer
when placed in an airtight container.


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