Some thoughts on both sides of the fence, where the problem is that the henna *is* greener

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Posted by Lauren on October 10, 2002 at 23:03:58:

In reply to: Your clients sent me unopened, untampered samples posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 10, 2002 at 19:20:36:

I think that the idea of what CCJ is doing is terrific.
I agree with Noli and Maureen's arguments about the henna needs to be
correctly labeled as to when it is from. Especially in the case with
the newer powders, we are still trying to work out the kinks to get
the henna the best we can, so an earlier batch may not be
representative of what's available now.
I don't think anyone's trying to say that there is a perfect
achievable henna. Although- we have Jamila as a standard for
particle size and cleanness, so it can be a darn sight better than
what's mostly available. Being able to say to a manufacturer- Hey,
look, I need it like *this*, not like *that* is a very valuable
tool. Being able to set standards is useful and I see this as a
beginning step in doing that. No more than X amount of grit, no more
than X particle size, etc.
It didn't occur to me before, but I think Maureen does have a point
about collection of samples. I sent in some portions of samples I've
received through the years in little plastic baggies. Yes, *I* know
I didn't do anything to them, but a manufacturer could conceivably
complain that CCJ has no way to check, and that anything in there was
placed by me to soil their reputation. I suggest as a way to avoid
any possible issue that test results be published when gained only
from either samples in their original sealed plastic or samples sent
directly from the manufacturer or sole supplier. That way, nobody
can complain, and everyone knows exactly what CCJ has, with no
possibility of argument. This will limit the samples available but
make the results much more meaningful without anyone having to trust
anyone, which apparently is in short supply.


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