- To start off I realize some of you might be asking what is Henna exactly?
Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet) is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name “henna” comes from the Arabic حِنَّاء (ALA-LC: ḥinnāʾ; pronounced [ħɪnˈnæːʔ]) or, colloquially حنا, loosely pronounced as /ħinna/.
The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes (see also Mehndi). Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool, and leather. The name is used in other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna and neutral henna, neither of which is derived from the henna plant.
Historically, henna was used for cosmetic purposes in Ancient Egypt, as well as other parts of North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Near East and South Asia. It was also popular among women in Iberia and elsewhere in Europe during the 19th-century. Bridal henna nights remain an important custom in many of these areas, particularly among traditional families. ( wikipedia )
I have been a big fan of temporary Henna tattoos since high school when I got my first at a Renaissance Festival ! I think they are absolutely beautiful and have always wanted to purchase another kit and share the experience with my daughter…so when I had the chance to review the Earth Henna Premium Kit I was absolutely ecstatic! We received our kit in the mail very quickly! Unfortunately the box had to sit around a bit, as I was very very very sick for over two weeks…much to the dismay of my daughter who picked the box up literally every day asking when we could finally use it. Feeling a little better we picked the box up yesterday and got to work ! I have to admit that I didn’t do the best job —though no fault of the kit ! It had VERY detailed instructions, stencil transfer sheets, and even toothpicks to help out! I think I was squeezing the paste out a bit too thick which cause to it to run and make our designs not come out entirely clear…the good news? We had a TON left, stored it in the fridge and plan on giving it another go VERY soon. We had an absolute ball using the kit, and even though they aren’t the best, we really love our tattoos, and I will always have a fond memory of doing this with my daughter for the first time…and hopefully many more!
About the EarthHenna Premium Kit
All-natural — Safe — Dermatologically Tested
The Original Earth Henna Body Painting Kit is the most user-friendly kit on the market for creating beautiful temporary tattoos on your own body or for your friends. Each kit comes with all the ingredients you need to start creating your own body art today:
- Pre-measured natural henna powder directly from the fields of Morocco
- Pre-measured henna mixing solution for making henna paste
- Four grams of eucalyptus oil for applying stencil designs.
- Two reusable stencil transfer sheets with easy-to-apply designs
- Plastic squeeze bottle applicator with fine tip (used by professional henna artists!)
- Q-tips and toothpicks (a henna artist’s must-have tools!)
- Clear step-by-step instructions on how to mix the solution and apply your Mehndi designs, along with invaluable tips & techniques from professional Mehndi artists
- Cotton bag for storage of unused supplies
Contents of Kit
I recommend using this kit to anyone looking to try out Henna tattooing. This kit is put together VERY well, and is VERY informative. I know that it is much much better than the kit I purchased years ago in mall ( so skip the cheapie rip off kits that literally have no instructions and very little product, this kit has EVERYTHING you need.) I look forward to using this kit and my supplies again and again, and cannot wait to see my results and designs now that I have a better feel for it…I think I might even have my Mom convinced to give it a try 😉
Earth Henna has so many other wonderful products as well, for example, they offer various kits, cosmetics, hair color treatments, candles, t-shirts and so much more ( I personally would LOVE to try the hair color treatment next! ) !
Here are a few points from their FAQS section that I personally found helpful when thinking about doing Henna, and I thought I would share in case you were wondering as well!
Q. How long does a henna tattoo last on the skin?
A. Designs last from one to three weeks on the skin, depending on your body temperature, skin type, body chemistry, lifestyle, and where the henna is applied. The average person gets a stain that lasts 10 days to two weeks.
Q. How long does the paste last?
A. The paste lasts four weeks in the bottle once mixed, if it is kept in the refrigerator. The henna powder stays fresh up to two years if it is kept away from light and moisture.
Q. How do you take the design off?
A. You can’t just “take it off.” The stain fades gradually as your skin exfoliates. The time varies according to each individual. If you do want it to fade more quickly, you can rub it with soap and water. However, there is no quick fix.
Q. Has it ever not faded away?
A. No. Henna is a temporary skin dye. It always fades away.
Q. What’s in the Earth Henna kit paste solution?
A. Ingredients are listed on our packaging:
- Water sorbitol — corn
- Glycerin — vegetable
- Black walnut extract — tree
- Benzyl alcohol — flower oil, balsams
- Citric acid — fruit
- Eucalyptus oil — tree
- Disodium EDTA — processed salt
- Lactic acid — sugar cane
Q. Can you mix half of the powder and solution and leave the other half for later use, or do you have to use it all at once?
A. We strongly recommend you mix it all up at once. Getting the right consistency is very tricky, and we have gone to great lengths to provide the exact amount of powder for the exact amount of solution. Most people who try using half end up with a paste that is either too thick or too runny.
Information and Health Warnings
Earth Henna paste is safe and all-natural. However, allergic reactions to natural producs are not uncommon (think strawberries and peanuts). For your safety, lease follow these recommended guidelines.
- Before using Earth Henna paste, do a skin patch test first. Place a small amount of product on the skin; leave on for 2-3 hours and rinse off with water. Wait 4-5 hours before proceeding.
- If you are taking any medications, or have any known allergies, check with your doctor before using Earth Henna paste.
- We recommend waiting until tattoo has completely disappeared before making a second application in the same spot.
- All persons using Earth Henna paste should check the ingredients list for potential allergic reactions.
- For external use only. Do not eat or swallow. Keep contents away from children.
- Avoid contact with eyes. If this happens, flush with water.