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Posted by Jewel on October 9, 2002 at 00:49:06:

In reply to: Chuna posted by txilar on October 8, 2002 at 14:41:45:

Hey Txilar, Google must be your humble servant or something ;). You
find the most fantastic things ;) ...

Kapur is another
: term, Indonesian, for the same thing. I see some places it is
: as slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), a very common cooking
: Other references have termed it as calcium carbonate. I'm kind of
: guessing that's the difference between liquid and powder form. If
: get it in powder form, be really careful as the stuff gets
: *EVERYWHERE* It also gets on everything, even if you think you've
: kept it very well. I find it much more manageable in liquid form
: it seems to go bad after a while, or at least, it gets stinky.

Ok, I was guessing that chuna might be something like kapur. My
grandma used to add a tiny dab of kapur to her betel leaves (together
with gambir). I've used kapur for my henna before (pic). The henna I
used was runny, hence the thick lines. The cone has been in my
freezer for some time. I applied the henna, let it on the skin
overnight, scraped off and applied the kapur paste on the skin. The
paste was bright white and felt/looked like glue. The paste dried
very quickly and turned powdery (I had white powder all over my
clothes). I left it on my skin for about 30 mins. When it was drying,
my skin itches a little. Then I washed it off. My palm got VERY dry
after that. I noticed that the darkening process was accelerated. But
the stain stayed a reddish brown and faded quickly. I've never tried
it again after that (hated the itching and dryness).

: Slaked Lime (kapur sirih): A paste obtained by grinding sea shells
: in a little liquid. This is the lime which is chewed with
: gambir and tobacco.
: calcite, is one of the most common minerals on the face of the
: it's chemical name is calcium carbonate and refers to naturally
: occuring limestone.
: aragonite, is a polymorph (meaning same thing but looks different)
: calcite and is found in sea shells and sea creatures shells (note
: kapur description)
: calcium oxide is quicklime
: calcium hydroxide is slaked lime

The description on the bottle described it as "calcium carbonate &
hydrogen oxide". When I was youner I used to "paint" it on my school
shoes to make them look cleaner, whiter, brighter. I wonder if it's
REALLY safe for use on the skin.

Just sharing my experience ;)


Pic: One of Catherine's pattern ;)


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