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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 30, 2002 at 22:24:19:

In reply to: The Jamila story, continued posted by Anne Beltestad on July 30, 2002 at 22:03:24:

the "new" jamila smear is still as vibrant as ever, but the "old"
jamila has faded.
Interesting side-by-side on fresh vs stale staining.

: Thanks to the lovely and talented Willowhawk, I now have some very
: fresh Jamila (and Castle arts, which I'm saving).
: After Kenzi and I tried some we bought in a shop in her neighborhood
: which was grainy and stale, and after the talk about freezing henna, I
: decided to mix up the "new" Jamila as well as some "old" stuff from
: back when Jamila was all the rage- two or three years ago? I forget.
: It's been sitting boxed in my fridge and despite all the moving I've
: done (my apt in Seattle-my ex's place in Seattle-Manhattan-Brooklyn) I
: have tried to keep it cool.
: Last night I mixed up a bunch of Willowhawk's Jamila. It had that
: consistency I still remember from years ago: silky smooth, like
: cornstarch or talcum powder, and smelled divine.
: I decided to open the old box, and the color was not much different
: from the new stuff - nothing special, kinda khaki, but still silky to
: the touch.
: This afternoon, in weather that seems like it hasn't gone below 90 and
: is killer humid (really, people are not meant to live in such a
: climate!) I checked out both batches. They both had a blackish
: coating on the top - dye had released.
: In a few minutes I'll add some tea tree, but I mixed in a bit more
: lemonjuice to bring them to consistency, and dabbed a bit on my hand.
: The fresh stuff gave an amazing brilliant orange in less than two
: minutes. A five minute test of both it and the two-year-old,
: refrigerated Jamila do show a difference, but the old Jamila still
: shows a respectably bright orange - duller, but there.
: Now that whatever problems I've had seem to be abating I am eager to
: do some side-by-side tests of different hennaes before the big event
: of my sister's wedding in a couple of weeks.
: But I thought I'd share my findings on refigerated Jamila - I bet
: freezing would have kept it even fresher.
: peace
: Anne


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