Re: I love to hunt the local ethnic grocery stores for henna powder.

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Posted by Paul Cerra on June 25, 2002 at 16:34:11:

In reply to: I love to hunt the local ethnic grocery stores for henna powder. posted by Faery Ring on June 24, 2002 at 23:21:03:

: I do enjoy the shopping experience and perusing the exotic spices
: stuff.

I enjoy this too... but finding henna this way is, for me, much too
hit-or-miss. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where we have a
very large Indo-American community, not to mention a large population
of folks who hail from the Middle East. In short, there are COUNTLESS
ethnic stores here. Several communities here have more movie screens
showing Hindi language films than English language movies. So I
thought I was perfectly positioned to find good henna locally.

But I've discovered that the henna on my local store shelves is
usually in dusty boxes, showing how long it's been sitting there.
When I've asked for fresh henna, I've been told "it is fresh!" or "we
just got that shipment in last week." But I think the feeble results
speak for themselves. Early on, I also tried one of the tattoo shops
up in Berkeley, where I bought a henna kit. This henna was one of the
unknown brands in my original post. Without terps, it was terrible;
with terps, it gave a decent stain... but it still rates well below
any of's powders.

Believe me, I'd love to be able to support my local merchants. You
know... maybe I've just had bad luck. So with this in mind, last
night I checked out the Indian store next to my local pet store. The
Indian store had the usual dusty boxes of henna on the shelf. On the
bottom of the boxes (I checked all 5 of 'em), they
said: "Manufactured in Sobat City, December 1998." I mentioned this
to the clerk. She shrugged. I shrugged too, and walked out with
purchasing any.

bahut accha,


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