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Earth Henna FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Henna and Henna Tattoos

Here are some answers to the most common inquiries from customers regarding our henna temporary tattoo products.

Henna tattoo kit

Q. How long does a henna tattoo last on the skin?
A. Designs last from 7–10 days.
Q. How long does the paste last?
A. Four weeks, once mixed, if refrigerated.
Q. Can you do your eyebrows with it?
A. Yes, but the stain is reddish brown.
Q. Can you dye your lips with it?
A. No.
Q. Can you apply it on a pregnant woman's belly?
A. Yes. It is completely safe.
Q. Can you dye your hair with it?
A. Yes. Just use water instead of the solution that comes in the kit.
Q. How do you take the design off?
A. The stain fades gradually as your skin exfoliates. There is no quick fix!
Q. Has it ever not faded away?
A. Never. Henna is a temporary skin dye. It always fades away.
Q. What’s in the Earth Henna kit paste solution?
A. The paste contains:
  • Water
  • Benzyl alcohol — flower oil, balsams
  • Citric acid — fruit
  • Eucalyptus oil — tree
  • Disodium EDTA — processed salt to prevent oxidation or discoloration
Q. What color will the tattoo be?
A. Dark reddish brown. Variations in color depend on your body temperature and skin type.
Q. Can you add anything to the henna to make it darker?
A. We hear about all kinds of homemade recipes, but nothing we can vouch for.
Q. What about black henna?
A. Black henna does not exist. The stuff on the market called “black henna” is a synthetic compound that contains industrial dyes (like PPD), inks, or chemicals—all of them potentially harmful to the skin. We strongly recommend that you stay away from so-called black henna mixtures.

FYI, the henna powder in our Earth Henna® Kits is completely natural and 100% safe. And if you want a temporary black tattoo, try our safe, all-natural Earth Jagua® Tattoo Kits!
Q. What’s the eucalyptus oil for?
A. The eucalyptus oil is for transferring stencils to skin. We also recommend swabbing the skin with eucalyptus oil before applying henna paste.
Q. How do you transfer the stencils?
A. Just follow these simple steps:
  1. Apply a liberal amount of eucalyptus oil to the skin.
  2. Cut off chosen design from stencil sheet.
  3. Place stencil, dark side down, onto skin and hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Peel off stencil.
  5. Trace over marking with henna paste.
Q. Are the stencils reusable?
A. Yes. They can be used four or five times each.
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 at once. Most people who try using half end up with a paste that is either too thick or too runny.
Q. How long does the paste take to dry?
A. 15–30 minutes, depending on size of design.
Q. How long do I have to leave the paste on?
A. A minimum of six hours. The longer you leave it on, the better.
Q. How do I take the paste off?
A. Simply peel it off with your nails, or rub it off with your fingers or a towel.

To learn more, please visit our Henna Info page.