Introducing Henna and Jagua Temporary Tattoos

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Henna tattoos have been at the fore front of the temporary tattoo explosion for years and are great, the beauty and elegance of designs can be sublime. Henna is a plant more commonly known as Mendhi or Lawsonia Inermis grown throughout most of India and Pakistan. The Lawsonia Inermis leaves are dried and ground into a fine powder which is mixed with a catalyst (usually a mix of lemon, tea, cloves etc, although everyone has their own secret recipe) to create Henna paste ready to use. It has been used in many countries for centuries and has become a traditional and iconic body adornment.

Jagua is very new to the established temporary tattoo market and has caused quite a stir with its ability to create very realistic blue/black temporary tattoos, something the industry has been searching for for some time.
It also has strong historical links to the past. It has been used for centuries by tribes of the South American jungles to adorn themselves with black temporary tattoos for rituals, ceremonies and festivals. The natural dye is found in the Jagua fruit locally called Genipa Americana,Caruto, Huito, Jenipapo these fruit grow on trees throughout tropical and sub tropical regions of South & Central America Jagua. Please note that Jagua is not so called ‘black henna’ which contains harmful PPD.

What is the difference between a Henna and Jagua tattoo?
The main difference between these two temporary tattoo products, natural henna creates a lovely red/brown tattoo, where as Jagua creates a blue/black ‘real look’ tattoo.

Jagua tattoo gel needs no pre mixing. Use it straight from the tube or use an application cone for more detailed work (included in all our kits). As it is a fruit based dye it  has a texture close to jam, it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour to dry*. Once Jagua gel has been on for two hours it is peeled away carefully and the tattooed area is lightly rinsed with water.

Henna comes in two forms paste and powder. The paste is pre-mixed and ready for instant use, whereas the powder has to be mixed with a catalyst. Henna tattoos take between 20 minutes to 45 minutes* to dry once applied and then the paste can be gently crumbled off.
*The drying time depends upon many factors, such as: Ambient Air Temperature, Body Temperature, Size of design, Type of Design

Both Henna Tattoos and Jagua Tattoos work by staining the epidermis (upper layer of your skin). They will not be seen immediately after application, DONT panic as the tattoos take 12-48 hours to develop full colour. Then the tattoo will gradually fade away after approximately 10-15 days. Duration varies from person to person due to skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle.

Thank you for reading my guide and I hope it has been helpful to you.
I have both Henna and Jagua kits and accessories available in my store, please take a look... Jagua Tattoo Store

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