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Posted by Paul Cerra on June 24, 2002 at 19:45:13:

In reply to: Re: Well itís more of a hit or miss proposition with a lot of misses. posted by Paul Cerra on June 24, 2002 at 19:22:28:

I don't know what it is about this website today... if I so much as
cough, my message gets posted before I can finish typing it.

: : However, the price difference is hard to stomach sometimes. I
: : about a $1/100 grams at the store.

Agreed... the price is significantly cheaper at local stores and
markets compared to most online vendors. I left out the math
discussion from my previous message, but here is my thinking:

I paid about $3-$5 per 100 grams at the store(s). That works out to
an average of $4/100 grams. But out of 400 grams that I purchased, I
had to throw away 300 grams because the henna was stale and gave poor
quality stains. So in effect, I paid $16 for 100 useable grams of
henna... and even this was only useable thanks to the addition of a

Anyway, at that price, our friendly online vendors are bargains...
their prices range from $7-$12 for 100 grams, which is anywhere from
25%-50%+ off the $16 price I effectively paid. (Although admittedly,
shipping costs offset most of the savings.)

So if you can be sure about the quality of the henna you purchase
from your local store, then the prices are hard to beat... especially
if you can get it for $1 like Faery Ring said!

But if you don't want to gamble, buying online is the way to go. I
have tried five different powders (Sharkiyya, Kimia, Malimba, Tazii,
and Jamila) purchased from Maureen at, and every
single one has given brilliant, rich, deep stains. Plus, I know that
Maureen (and probably the other vendors, too) sifts her henna powders
before selling them, whereas 3 of the 4 store-bought powders I used
needed extensive sifting... I removed anywhere from 10-20% (by
weight) as chaff during sifting.



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