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Posted by Zimra on October 11, 2002 at 15:49:37:

In reply to: Dear CCJ... posted by Noli on October 10, 2002 at 19:11:27:

First, I believe that Catherine is doing a great service to the henna
community with her testing. Before this, an importer/supplier could
say "This batch looks excessively green/twiggy, could you make it
better next time?" to their supplier (which is a perfectly valid and
considerate thing to do). Now sellers know that with a microscope and
a certain set of procedures, they can have hard facts about what is,
or is not, in the henna, and communicate that with their source.

Catherine has no bias in this, she is simply testing what she has in
the most consistent way possible. Her goal is to increase the quality
of the henna that we receive. In general. She is not looking to
support or denigrate any particular business. She gets no financial
gain from this. She has an inquiring mind, she wants to know what is
in the henna she uses, and she is gracious enough to share her
results with the rest of us inquiring minds.

I have used the same henna & supplier for years, and I have no
intention of switching. There have been problems in the past, with
some batches needing a bit more sifting than others, or some
suspicious greenness... and I rest assured that when I call my
supplier and bring these points to his or her attention, these
concerns will be repeated to the source in India/Pakistan/wherever,
and changes/improvements will be made. I trust my supplier and
his/her product and integrity, which is why I keep my business there.

Quite honestly, the results of these tests *themselves* have not
made me change my mind about the henna I use, nor about which hennas
I would like to try. The reactions of some of the suppliers *have*
changed my mind about wanting do business with them.

I can understand wanting your product to be fairly represented... if
you feel it is not, get your own microscope and post the results. If
you are reluctant to do that, it makes me suspicious. It seems that
many people who are in an uproar because their product has
been "misrepresented" have product that could use some improvements.
It makes me wonder how they’d react if the results came out the other
way, and their hennas looked to be the finest and cleanest. I somehow
doubt they would be complaining if the current batch wasn’t
represented (or that they’d even mention it at all).

I think the reaction to these tests *should* fall under the category
of constructive criticism. It’s not always what we want to hear, but
how else are we to improve?



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