What is Henna?
Henna, mehndi, or by its scientific name, Lawsonia Inermis is a shrub grown in dry, arid climates in the eastern regions of the world. It contains the dye, lawsone, that enables Art Sensations to create henna art on skin. The henna paste should remain on skin for several hours to produce rich stains. When removed, the stain will look a bright orange. This is normal as it takes two full days to reach its optimal brown stain. When oxidized, this natural dye produces shades of dark brown that can last up to an average of 14 days on skin. Henna maintains a vast history as it has been used for thousands of years.
Is Henna Only Brown?
Yes! Henna is only brown in its truest form. Henna will never be anything other than brown on skin. Commercial cones like Neha or Kaveri with the bright foil packaging that claim to be "natural' or "organic' are actually saturated with man-made preservatives and the infamous PPD dye (paraphenylenediamine). PPD is a chemical substance used in hair dye! All those skin-scarring reactions from henna paste you see online have one thing in common: the 'henna' used contained PPD. This is not real henna and should be avoided. The bottom line is if the artist using henna can not list the ingredients in the cone or are hesitant to do so, run away! As a paying customer you have the right to know what is being used for your safety. Furthermore, these commercial cones that contain PPD and other dangerous preservatives are unfortunately, readily available online on sites such as Amazon or Ebay. If you are looking to experiment with a cone as a novice learner, I sell henna cones. Here at Art Sensations, we use only top quality ingredients that are certified organic to ensure lovely stains and experience.
What is Found in my Henna Paste?
* Henna is a vegan formula! It will spoil if it is not placed in the freezer when not in use.
- Organic Henna powder (I use a 50/50 mix of Jamila and Rajasthani powder)
- Organic sugar
- Organic lavender or a blend of cajeput, tea tree, and ylang ylang essential oils
- Distilled water and lemon juice (1/4 a cup)
Is Henna for Everyone?
For the most part, yes. It is a vegan paste that has an extremely low rate for an adverse reaction. It is not recommended to be applied in areas of severe eczema or areas of Psoriasis. The only instance in which henna is not safe is for individuals with a G6PD deficiency (Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency). Applying henna on the skin for people with this genetic condition will cause what is referred to as a hemolytic reaction. Henna will actually cause the red blood cells of the individual to break down at a faster rate. It is to be avoided for children under 6 because they might have an undiagnosed G6PD deficiency or are carriers. This is why I usually give children the alternative of glitter henna.
What is Jagua?
Jagua (Genipa Americana) is a fruit found in the Amazonian regions of South America. Many of the indegenious tribes inhabiting these areas use the juice of the jagua fruit for bodily decoration, tribal ceremonies, and even as insect repellant.
What Color is Jagua?
Jagua stains the skin a blue-black color. It will resemble that of a real tattoo so it is a great tool to test out new tattoo ideas. Jagua lasts up to two weeks on the skin. The staining process differs from henna in that the jagua paste only needs to remain on the skin for 2-3 hours. After the removal of paste, there will be a light green-grayish stain. This is normal as the real magic starts to happen after 1-2 days of oxidation. After two days, this is when the full stain develops into the gorgeous blue-black stain that is advertised.
What is Found in my Jagua Paste?
- Organic Jagua powder (Fresh Jagua)
- Organic sugar
- Organic lavender essential oil
- Distilled water
Is Jagua for Everyone?
Jagua is a safe vegan formula. There is a low chance of getting an allergic reaction. However, it should be noted that jagua is a fruit so if any individual as any citrus allergies (especially to strawberries or kiwi), it is not a recommended product for you. Also it should not be applied in areas of severe eczema or if the individual has psoriasis as the citric juices can irriate the skin.