Re: Quality not Quantity?

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Posted by Stacey on October 18, 2002 at 20:24:16:

In reply to: Quality not Quantity? posted by txilar on October 17, 2002 at 20:53:28:


I had not heard about the specific alpha terpineols blasting the
stain (this topic is not addressed in my aromatherapy manuals or my
advanced course)... and I do know that they are incredibly variable
in terms of saturation in a particular oil. I would love to be able
to make a batch of paste with every single oil and test them side-by-
side but as a working artist, that's something I think I'll save for
retirement (or experience over lots of time!). I am thrilled by the
response to this post and I am going to do much more research into
it... mostly because I want predictability in my henna paste when I
henna, so that I can mean what I say, "It Can Last Two to Four

Thanks, guys, for all your experiences on the citrus oils... I have
had responses in my clients before on the citrus oils but never with
henna, and I really appreciate it. I think I will try the tea tree
with sweet orange to cover that noxious smell.


: Hey Stacey,
: Cool to have someone here with familiarity. Though it does seem
: it is certain types of terpenes- there are actual a few dozen
: precursors, and forms of monoterpenes, which is really just a
: word for a chemical chain. Cajeput and Cardamom have a specific
: terpene, which is... alpha-terpineol I think. (and that's not just
: the only form I don't think) They both blast henna stains. As to
: citrus oils, they too have pretty high levels, but are known for
: being photosensitizers and that can pose a problem for someone
: hennaing at a festival. I usually use bergamot and lime in my
: personal mixes, but I wouldn't use them outdoors. Especially on
: anyone who loves the sun!
: I've always been of the opinion that cineol/e is an important
: for henna as well, it's just hard to know when you have high ones,
: too bad we can't tell looking at a bottle! Cardamom can have
: from 550 ppm up to 56000 ppm- that's quite a difference! Rosemary
: have high numbers of this one and so do many different types of
: Eucalyptus. Do the alpha terpineols, terpin4eols and cineol/es all
: work together? Is it just one or just the other that affects the
: henna? Does it work on the henna or does it collaborate with the
: heat? Or the lemon juice? These are the questions that remain to
: answered. The more heads we have knocking, maybe the sooner we can
: nail down our philosophers oil!
: peace,
: txilar


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