The dried leaves of the lawsonia inermis shrub have been used for thousands of years to dye skin, hair, leather, silk and wool. This particular mix is intended for body art purposes and produces a beautiful reddish-orange color that lasts for about two weeks. See the instructions tab for more information on how it works!
If it's a fiber specific Henna you're after be sure to check out our Natural Dyes page.
Looking for something just as fun, but on a smaller scale?
Jacquard has an all in one Henna Kit.
Something a little darker? Jacquard's Jagua kit lasts for weeks and looks like a real tattoo!
Or for some added bling try the Glitter Body Art kit!
Please note: The 1 lb. sizes are Special Order items.
Made in: UNITED STATES (USA)
Instructions for Henna Body Art mix:
Using 4 ounces of henna, about 28 ml of essential oil, distilled water, and two tablespoons of sugar (helps the henna to stick better):
- 1. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl or mixer
- 2. Add water and mix until a very thick paste is formed. It will be a bit lumpy at this point. You will be thinning out the henna a little later
- 3. Cover with some plastic wrap to let the mixture absorb the liquid for 15 minutes or so.
- 4. Add more water to thin the mixture a bit, and add your essential oils. Mix well. Cover again and let sit for an hour or so.
- 5. Mix your paste until all the lumps are gone. It should be sticky and a bit like mucus (Yum!).
- 6. The easiest way to get the paste from the bowl into an applicator bottle is to put it in the corner of a plastic bag (like a sandwich bag), snip the tip and fill your applicator bottle!
- 7. Leave henna on skin as long as possible (up to 12 hours for the best results) for a long-lasting, dark design (3 hours of set time usually results in a dark, solid color). If you plan on going to bed before removing the henna paste, cover the area with plastic wrap to protect the design and avoid staining your bedding.
A note on Essential oils: Tea tree, cajeput, and lavender essential oils are all affordable and easy to find, with lavender being the best for sensitive skin. Most eucalyptus on the market is low in terpenes (element that darkens the henna and causes it to stain better) and, while it is not a bad choice, it may not last as long and or stain as darkly as some other essential oils.
If you don't plan to use your henna on the same day, freeze the remaining mixture and use it as needed.
If you're prone to allergies or have sensitive skin, do a small test and wait a day before trying anything larger.