the potential of older samples

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 28, 2002 at 12:40:27:

In reply to: Re: Nobody likes a pop quiz posted by Rymke on August 28, 2002 at 07:40:46:

: that would give a really red colour but you had to sift it, I would
still buy it.

Heck, yeh. I sift all my hennaes but one. And there are 2 hennaes on
the list that have faboo texture that never gave me a lick of stain,
so color is trumps! It would be nice if more exporters aimed for
cleaner henna .... that was my aim here, to give people a tool for
evaluating just WHY they can't get their henna to come out of a jac
tip, or why one henna is so bizarely green.

: for testing older henna's. Some people may still have them in their
freezer and if only
: the new crop was tested they wouldn't know what's in theirs.

I think there is a point to testing older hennaes .... in the tests I
knew I had some hennaes from same source, 2 different crops. I had
suspected that one henna supplier was very inconsistant in what was
sent over from one crop to the next, and the test verified that,
though the exporter, of course, vigorously denied such. THAT was
interesting. It would be fascinating to have far more samples, with
dates, even from different retailers, to see how much variation there
is in crops ... and perhaps whether exporters send identical or
different batches to their retailers. Can an individual retailer get a
better product from a n exporter by fussing, or does the exporter just
send the same stuff to everyone, and provide some folks with more
earnest assurances? There's a lot to be learned here!


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