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    Drawing With Henna

    Drawing With Henna

    I’ve been thinking about the adult coloring trend, which started in 2015. I remember being at the Craft & Hobby trade show in Anaheim in 2016, and watching in wonder as the booth across the aisle from us totally sold out, by show’s end, of its entire inventory of adult coloring books. I was blown away!

    At first I thought it was so weird. Grown people drawing in coloring books? But as friends (of all ages) started reporting on the feelings of serenity and peace that would overtake them as they drew, I stopped judging the thing (hate it when I do that!), and started looking at it from a different perspective.

    I can see how filling in pre-drawn lines with color would be an extremely meditative and relaxing pastime. And I can’t help feeling that it’s a lot like drawing on oneself with henna!

    First of all, let’s remember that the medicinal properties of the henna plant include that of soothing the nervous system. So, not only does decorating one’s body with henna naturally provide a totally chill experience to begin with, you’re also drawing, which engenders an opportunity for calming down and unwinding in the face of fast-paced, hectic lives.

    Check out this video and tell me that just watching it doesn’t make you want to lie down and dream pleasant, wistful dreams of you, adorned with henna tattoos, and looking gorgeous as you nap in a beautiful field of green grass and tiny pink and white flowers. Me too!

     

    That’s Paddy from our office, drawing with henna over one of the stencils that come in our Premium henna tattoo kit. You would first apply eucalyptus oil on the area where you want to create your tattoo, place the stencil face down for 30 seconds, lift it off, and trace over the design with henna--slowly. You can see how pretty the finished design would look if you did it on your foot, like our friend Katherine did in the above photo!

    If you want to get started drawing on yourself with henna, visit our website at www.earthhenna.com to get one of our all-natural, easy-to-use kits, which come with stencil transfers for the artistically challenged. As you head over our way, start breathing slowly and deeply…

    Here's How You Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

    Here's How You Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

    A good part of the time, what we do here, in our offices at Earth Henna, is sit around trying to come up with ideas we think our customers would like. And since Cinco de Mayo is almost here, Paddy (whose official title is Multimedia Communications Specialist for Earth Henna) came up with the idea of honoring Mexican culture and tradition by offering a free downloadable stencil of a Mexican Muertos or Day of the Dead skull. We all thought that was a great plan, and she went to work coming up with a design that anyone would find fun and pretty to tattoo on their body (she's also a great artist). 

    So check it out! Here's the stencil link. The design is available in three sizes. All you have to do is download it and print it out, as long as you use an inkjet printer. If you already have one of our kits, that means you probably have eucalyptus oil, which you will need to transfer the stencil onto the skin.

    Instructions:

    -- Apply liberal amount of eucalyptus oil to the skin

    -- Cut desired stencil from sheet

    -- Place stencil dark side down for 30 seconds

    -- Lift to see stencil outline

    -- Use product to trace over stencil outline

    -- Follow kit instructions

    Which product should you use? We think either Earth Henna Jagua Tattoos or our white henna tattoos, which come with silver and gold glitter, would be perfect for this design!

    Enjoy Cinco de Mayo!

     

    We've Gone International!

    We've Gone International!

    "And, if you are going to Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Coahella, etc.

    --for the first or tenth time--you will impress the other revelers

    with your deviant, dark jagua tattoos."

    "So, if you are contemplating getting a real tattoo, Earth Henna's

    Black Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit might be 

    the safest way to test out some designs before committing."

    From SOMA Magazine's Spring Fashion Issue    

    Just have to share! Earth Henna is featured in the April/May issue of SOMA Magazine, and we couldn't be prouder. Thank you to Leah Tassinari and all the great people at SOMA for including us in the coolest new wave magazine in the world! Here is a reprint of the entire article. Let SOMA know you like it by clicking here. Thank you!

     

     Hailed internationally as the seminal voice and vision of independent, avant-garde arts, fashion, culture and design for 27 years, SOMA Magazine has cultivated immense organic appeal and forged its place within the thriving creative industries and communities the world over.  

     

    Prepare yourself for an onslaught of “woke” Instagram posts and hippie-chic clothing lines flooding your Facebook feed; Festival season is upon us! As influencers and techies alike swarm the once desolate fields, swaying to the latest EDM mashups, clothing becomes scarce and glitter and flower crowns become apropos; mild appropriation occurs as fashionistas naively don cornrows or feathers purchased at the nearest fast-fashion retailer; and every sad sob stuck in an office rolls his or her eyes, feigning indifference at what, admittedly, looks like a damn good time. Henna, traditionally used for social occasions in select Eastern cultures (most recognizably in Indian weddings), has also recently become a trend in the fashion and festival worlds, with floral scrolls and linear abstractions climbing up the wrists of many a festival frolicker. Earth Henna, a family owned business, foresaw this trend when they started their business back in 1997 and branched out to offer creative kits as well as unique dye colors to stand out from the rest of the temporarily-tattooed crowd.

    Husband and wife duo, Pascal Giacomo and Carine Fabius, opened the first henna tattoo studio in the United States. It was through this direct work with pleased customers that the idea to package and sell henna kits was born. The pair earned media accolades for their work, and Fabius even published a book on the art form. Nowadays, henna artists can be hired for weddings and kits can be bought online or at certain retailers, so frankly, what sets Earth Henna apart is not obvious at first. However, the brand has a unique story and a commitment to keeping the product natural that distinguish it from others.

    Reading the Earth Henna story is almost like delving into The Alchemist — if you close your eyes, you can almost picture Giacomini wandering like a shepherd through the deserts of Morocco. In the Sahara Desert, Giacomini learned about the henna harvesting process, where a family of henna farmers showed him the mill where dried leaves were turned into powder for application. After finding the source for the tattoos, Giacomini and Fabius then proceeded to improve the shelf life while still keeping the product natural. After a plethora of tests and trial runs, their flagship product was born.

    After the success and popularity of the traditional “red” henna kits, customers began to inquire about black henna that mimics real tattoos, and so began the second international research journey. This trip brought Giacomini to the Peruvian Amazon where he met the very primal tribe of Matsés Indians in the jungle. After begrudgingly welcoming him into their community, they showed him the jagua fruit and the processes used to create all natural, non-harmful jagua tattoos, i.e. temporary, all-natural, black tattoos.

    So, if you are contemplating getting a real tattoo, Earth Henna’s Black Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit might be the safest way to test out some designs before committing. The kits also come with stencils if you don’t know what design you want, or if you just recently had five espresso shots. And, if you are going to Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Coachella, etc. — for the first or tenth time — you will impress the other revelers with your deviant, dark jagua tattoos.

    Text by Leah Tassinari

    jagua tattoo

    Photo courtesy of Violetta Villacorta

    Visit us at www.earthhenna.com!

    Golden Summer, Here I Come

    Golden Summer, Here I Come

    I am obsessed with what people are wearing at Coachella. Wherever I am online, there's something grabbing my attention because it's usually saying Best or Weirdest Outfits from Coachella. I'v become a click monster! And what have I seen upon clicking? GlitterGlitterGlitter. No surprise here, but still! It's literally glitter season! People don't care that their body art looks just like everybody else's body art. Which is fine. I have often gone to parties and festivals wearing the same exact outfit as my bestie. Everyone thinks we're twins, and that's so much fun.

    In any case, after seeing all that glittery, shiny, glimmery body adornment, even though I'm not going to Coachella, I totally got the jones for something gold. Ever since we came out with our white henna kits that come with silver and gold glitter, I have to say I've been more attracted to the silver than the gold. But last night, just before going off to a business dinner, I asked our resident artist, Paddy Hockett, to create something on my wrist, and when it came time to add the glitter, I thought Why not go for the gold this time? Next thing I know, I am the belle of the business. Every single woman there (of all ages) wanted to know where I got my gold glitter henna tattoo, where they could get one, and how easy is it to do?

    Obviously I love all those questions 'cause I've got the answers! Our two White henna tattoo kits, which come with silver glitter and gold glitter (for those times when you need to sparkle) come with everything you need to create fab temporary tattoos that make you stand out. For the next few weeks, I'm going gold! How about you?

    To get your kits, visit our website at www.earthhenna.com.

     

    Sometimes, You Just Want A Henna Tattoo

    Sometimes, You Just Want A Henna Tattoo

    Me, tooling around in my husband's giant Chevy pick-up

     

    I can’t draw. My company, Earth Henna, manufactures the Earth Henna tattoo kits, but I can’t draw. I wrote a book about henna titled Mehndi, The Art of Henna Body Painting, but I can’t draw. Isn’t that sad? So when I feel like getting a beautiful henna tattoo I am lucky to know lots of fabulous LA henna artists, whom I can call upon for body adornment, which is awesome. And often, when the mood for a henna tattoo hits me, I turn to the stencils that come in our Earth Henna temporary tattoo kits, which makes it really easy to create a cool design just by tracing over the stencil. Then I allow myself to get creative, adding little flourishes of my own as I go.

    But sometimes, I don’t want to schedule an appointment with an artist, and I really, really just want to pull out my applicator bottle and go to town, without worrying about how perfect the design will be. Still, I know my limitations! So that’s when I turn to my trusted “lines.” They’re not swirly, they’re not leading to something floral; they're not symmetrical, either, but they really appeal to me. So, I just go very slowly, and draw 3-5 lines around my wrist, trying to make them as equidistant as possible, without getting obsessive about it. My lines aren’t straight and they’re usually not even, but you know what? I always get tons of compliments on them. I guess there’s something a little tribal about them.

    My lines are simple and straightforward. Nothing fancy here—just a very satisfying answer to my recurring henna tattoo craving. Why am I telling you this? Just to inspire you to do your own thing! It doesn’t matter if it’s imperfect. Who cares? Perfection is for perfectionists, and they’re usually a little uptight. If you feel like a henna tattoo, forget about trying to compete with the great designs you see online. Do whatever inspires you. It's a lot of fun!

    Our henna kits are 15% off until April 21, with free shipping if you spend over $30. Use code: FESTIVAL15 and enjoy! (We called it festival 15 'cause it's festival season, and festival goers love henna tattoos, and buy lots of henna tattoo kits this time of year!)