simple answer is NO ...however (and hello from Brushwood)

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 23, 2002 at 13:33:55:

In reply to: Does this work? #1: Eucalyptus opening pores posted by Jenna on July 22, 2002 at 18:12:47:

First problem: there are a huge number of Eucalyptus species, and
even more ways of distilling the oil. Then ... many bottles of
Eucalyptus have some very *peculiar* unlisted additives, expecially
those Eucs from south and southeast Asia. So.... eucalyptus is not
necessarilly eucalyptus.

Second problem: eucalyptus doesn not open pores. You just think
something like that is happening because you're sinuses have been lit
up. The person who first wrote that was NOT a scholar or scientist,
he was just guessing.

Third problem: I've tried many comparison tests of prepping the skin
with euc and not and never saw one whit of difference.

Fourth problem: rubbing in euc doesn't make the skin hot, it just
makes it tingle.

However, the scent of eucalyptus does have a mild euphoric effect
such that both henna artist and client percieve the euc to be making
a positive contribution to the process. Photographs viewed later
show there is no actual improvement, though the perception at the
time was of improvement.

I've smelt 2 eucs from India that seemed to have a big hit of camphor
(unlisted, but I sure got a nosefull!) and that would possibly make a
difference. 3 others seem to have petrol, citronella lamp oil ...
other things that might act to darken henna, but I don't want to put
anything unknown on client's skins!

Monoterpene alcohols present in essential oils certainly can knock
henna stains up to the sky! I've not seen any substantial difference
in the prepping. There is no particular magic key in euc .... some
eucs have substantial levels of monoterpene alcohols, some don't. I
prefer Tea Tree, as it's distilled to government standards in
Australia, so I know what I'm getting! Euc is often a crapshoot for

Just posting from Brushwood, where its raining, so I have the morning
off! All last week Zimra and I hennaed, hennaed, hennaed. I've done
20 or so big body sections .... full backs with shoulders and down
the arms, chests breasts and bellies, legs ankle to hip. This has
been FUN! With the terped pastes, this is feasible and no
inconvenience to the client. I start by sketching on them with the
aquarellable pencils, just to lay out the design as if they were a
big canvas ....... then get a carrot bag with the tip cut wider than
usual ..... and start slinging! Huge swirling vines, flowers,
dragonflies, interwtining ferns ..... going thigh to shoulder. This
is FUN!!!!! I'll have sketches and pics when I get back!


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