Mumtaz Al Aroosa et. al.

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Posted by Maureen on August 29, 2002 at 22:28:16:

In reply to: Re: i've often longed for a harvest date on packaging too... NT posted by Jeanie on August 29, 2002 at 18:05:20:

I got a Mumtaz Al Aroosa about a year and a half ago from a store.
Then I received some from Angi a month ago. I don't know if the one
from the store had a packaging or expiration date on it or not. The
one from Angi had neither but was indicated as "export only" or
something like that. Both of these were excellently sifted...smooth
and stringy paste with no clogs. Both had some dye but less dye than
I had seen in most henna powders from off the shelves of stores. The
one I got last year did not stain well at all. The one I got from
Angi stained beautifully. Yet I got no stain anywhere near the sort
of purple color that Paul and someone else reported getting. My
stains even on my palms were a definite brown. Of course the color
results could well just be a difference in body chemistry thing.

What is it that has henna powders under the exact same brand and
packaging be such different products. I got a box of Afshan and
tested it out and it was too full of debris to be considered for body
art. That the Afshan was full of debris was obvious when spooning
out the dry powder. Things were sticking up out of the powder. And
when mixed with lemon juice, the paste remained lumpy and clumpy.
Yet, Afshan can also be obtained in identical boxes and not contain
the debris.

So how one would describe both the Al Aroosa and Afshan would depend
entirely upon their individual experience with it. And that would be
entirely different based upon what box they picked up. I remember
Kenzi and I believe Anne describing the same experience with a box of
Jamila obtained, I believe, from a store. Someone else had posted
similar experience with a box of Jamila they had purchased at a
store. And the boxes are identical. And I remember my first supply
of Jamila I bought from Michelle Rossfield. My first Jamila stains
from her supply went to a red on my palm and proceeded to a deep
berry color. I fell in love. But I never got the same stains from
subsequent crops and shipments of Jamila from another source. So I
move Jamila to a whole lot group!!! But then I attribute
the difference in stain results to the difference in crop.

There has to be a logical reason for this "is it finely sifted or is
it seemingly unsifted thing". I don't see this as being a quality
control issue. As if one time it was sifted and the next time a
mistake takes place and a batch is not sifted as a result. There is
a rationale to this that I would like to understand. It would be
nice to know how one can examine a box and tell if it contains the
sifted or unsifted versions. It seems in the case of Jamila that one
can say that the henna powder under the brand name of Jamila
purchased from online sources appears always to be sifted quality.
While henna powder bought in stores under the brand name of Jamila
may or may not be sifted. But the same can't be said of some of the
other brand names like Afshan that when purchased from store may or
may not be sifted.



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