Re: Terpineol is better?

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 27, 2002 at 11:43:31:

In reply to: Re: Terpineol is better? posted by Maureen on August 27, 2002 at 04:29:40:

A little background from when I went to do the Serious Mix tests. I'd
gotten a package of terpineol from Jani henna, from the excellent
Muhammad Karwadia (who has one of the top 3 cleanest hennaes!). It
gave me amazing results but I didn't know where to get high quality
terpineol. Aromatherapy grade EO's had some high levels of terpineols
and were easier to find, so that's one of the reasons I went with
them. No big suprise that Tea Tree with its high and well regulated
levels of terpineol was a winner.

Another reason I went with the aromatherapy grade oils is:
one person who used to post on the forum was pushing a "treat'em and
street'em pre-made paste" and kept claiming that the paste was "all
natural" and was good because it was made with a process that
"respected the life force". Balderdash, I thought, chemistry is
chemistry and I'm going to figure this damn thing out. This person got
quite nasty with me insisting that I was pushing poison with all these
long-scary-name-chemicals in the henna .... so I decided to work only
with aromatherapy grade EO's just to sidestep the accusations. Same
chemistry, but from a "purity and celestial light" resource. It all
got to the same place: terped henna.

I'm glad I went through the EO route, because I think I learned far
more about the characteristics of the different monoterpene alcohols
and that benefitted henna and henna artists more. They smell so
fantastic anyway!

Anyway .. that's why I didn't go straight for terpineol ... people
kept confusing it with terpentine, and I didn't know of a good, safe,
easily accessible source .

Last word? Don't annoy an Aries woman with balderdash about "
respecting life force" when it's basic chemistry in operation. I
tested the henna powder from that "perfectly pure and natural source"
... it's got green dye in it. (or was that distilled essence of third


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