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    Best 13 Quotes (so far) About Our Kits in 2017

    Best 13 Quotes (so far) About Our Kits in 2017

    “Reading the Earth Henna story is almost like delving into The Alchemist — if you close your eyes, you can almost picture Giacomini [one of the Earth Henna owners] wandering like a shepherd through the deserts of Morocco.”

     “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.”

    “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.”

    Soma Magazine

     

    “The great thing about this company is that for every kit purchased, they donate part of the proceeds to help the jagua and henna farmers with their day-to-day needs.”

    Tara Huston, The Doctor is…In Style 

      

    "White Henna" is the unicorn of #henna, and I really appreciate @earthhenna for introducing it to me.”

    @TheAwareBeauty

     

    “I had so much fun with my @earthhenna…! It was so easy to use the kit that was sent to me and even though my first try didn't come out right (the henna when it was dry was a very faint color because I didn't let it sit for long enough I was too excited) I still have some in the fridge to try again! “

    “It was extremely easy to use, and it's great for when you have friends over and you want to do something fun, or if it's the weekend and you want to have a little fun with your kids.” 

    @JerseyGirlTexanHeart 

     

    “It's one of the best art we can do in the summer. It's cute, it's fun, it's trendy! I'm excited to get my first henna tattoo done at the comfort of my home.”

    @petite.sole

     

    “Yes, kids it’s THAT easy to do Henna at home.”

    Le London Chic

     

     “I had enormous amount of fun doing my design and getting a little bit crazy with the glitter.”

     “What I love about this Earth Henna temporary gold henna tattoo kit is the fact that it was so easy to use. You have everything you need in this kit.”

     Beauty Trend Report

     

    “These kits are great if you're heading to a festival or something of the sort!”

     @saraleanne_mua

     

    “This jagua is so cool and great for going on vacation, to a music festival or just for fun. Even though the bottle looks small, there is so much jagua in there and with the amount we used/played around with I still have over 2/3rds left. You can create a ton of fun temporary tattoos with this kit (and they even sell just the henna and stencils so you can keep replenishing your supplies). If you love to have fun/ want to try out a tattoo you should absolutely try out the Earth Henna kits!”

    Redheaded Wonderland

    Face Tattoos a Grandmother Could Love

    Face Tattoos a Grandmother Could Love

    Last week's Hufpost Culture featured a wonderful article about photographer Yumna Al-Arashi's quest to document the origins of her grandmother's time-honored tradition of facial tattoos. It turns out there are several motives behind the lines, dots and symbols that adorn the faces of the women whose stories were in danger of disappearing, along with the women themselves--the women she interviewed are aged between late 70s and 109!

    One of the women she spoke to told her: “I wanted them to show my beauty, to highlight it. Every beautiful woman had tattoos. They symbolize my power, my beauty, and my ability to connect to the Earth. It’s something I’m so proud of.” 

    It turns out that the tattoos are "a symbol of matriarchal power" and also believed to protect from evil spirits, just like henna and jagua. Love it! If you're interested, you can read all about the magical beliefs and traditions surrounding henna iand jagua n my books Mehndi, The Art of Henna Body Painting and Jagua, A Journey into Body Art from the Amazon.

    I have to admit that when I see people walking around urban areas with facial tattoos, I usually think: bad idea. But looking at the photos of these graceful women and their facial tattoos, my first thought was: gorgeous.

    Photo by Yumna Al-Arashi, as published in Huffpost

    Talk About Body Art!

    Talk About Body Art!

    The winners of this year's World Bodypainting Festival are in, and you won't want to miss these photos posted on Huffpost of some of the amazing work by some of this year's artists, performers and contributors, who came from 54 countries to participate in the festival. It took place in Carinthia, Austria, and 2017 marks the festival's 20th anniversary. 

    As someone in the temporary body art business, I can't help being inspired by the innovation and imagination of these artists--how about this model painted to look like a storm! However, there didn't seem to be a category for henna or jagua body painting. I think this is a major oversight. :(  I'm going to write to them and lovingly suggest they expand their categories to include the fantastic temporary body art that can be created with these gorgeous natural dyes. Please do it too! Here's their contact info. Let them hear from you! Maybe you'll be the next artist to win in the henna or jagua body painting category!

    Image courtesy Jan Hetfleisch via Getty Images

    Natural Fashion

    Natural Fashion

    Several years ago, I happened upon a wonderful book by photographer Hans Silvester called Natural Fashion--Tribal Decoration from Africa. The photos are gasp-inducing! I ran to my computer and ordered several copies as gifts that Christmas.

    The book features breathtaking photographs of the nomadic people of Ethiopia's Omo River Valley, the Surma and Mursi tribes. Being in the temporary body art business, I thought I knew a thing or two on the subject; but the inventiveness of these gorgeous people blew me away. Using pigments from powdered stone, plants, berries and river mud, they bring a whole new meaning to what we think of as temporary body art with the magnificent designs they create on their faces, hands and bodies. In addition, the Omo tribes embellish their body painting with whatever nature provides, including flowers, roots, leaves, seeds, butterfly wings, buffalo horns, boar's teeth, feathers, fruits, and more to create spectacular body decoration.

    Lately there has been a lot of accessorizing in the body art realm, as festival goers gussy up their outfits, jewelry and body art with floral crowns, glitter, body jewels and more. Human beings are always looking for novel ways to adorn their bodies. No one stops wearing jewelry or makeup when they want a new look. They seek to add more! So, if you're looking for new body adornment ideas, I highly recommend you check out this book to see what Indigenous people do with what nature provides for free

    It's never been easier to stand out from the crowd. Don't just paint your body beautiful with henna, jagua and white henna tattoos or glitter tattoos, take a page out of the Surma and Mursi tribes' lookbook, and let yourself go wild with so many different ways to enhance your temporary tattoos!

    Photo by Hans Silvester from Natural Fashion--Tribal Decoration from Africa

     

    Body Talk

    Body Talk

    At their most basic level, jagua and henna are inks. For some reason, the subject keeps coming up in conversations with unlikely people, so these exchanges have served to remind me of a section in my book, Jagua, A Journey into Body Art from the Amazonwhich speaks to ink having stemmed from a desire for us to communicate on a physical level--with our minds and our bodies. Here is a reprint of that excerpt from the book. 

    From Jagua A Journey into Body Art from the Amazon by Carine Fabius

    "The popularity of permanent and temporary tattoos speaks to the propensity of human beings to turn their bodies into art, transforming their skin into the equivalent of canvas, paper, wood and stone—all mediums of communication. After researching the impulses behind tattoos, it occurred to me that there is another element which must be considered when discussing jagua and its place in the body art conversation. Before the Chinese invented ink five thousand years ago, messages were cut into stone or wet clay. Carrying stone tablets around took strength and determination even as it afforded that missive’s transportation from place to place—an impossible feat with the interior of caves! Ink revolutionized the way that people transmitted ideas, feelings and information, and facilitated transference of knowledge in a way oral histories never could.  

             Why am I bringing up ink? Because people have an innate need to communicate. Before paper was invented (again by the Chinese in 105AD), when there was no other surface available, and long before ink came along, people found ways to talk with their bodies. Back then, and today in prisons, where ink is not easily obtained, people used whatever they could to achieve permanent statements: silt, soot, charcoal, ash from burned brown paper bags or black plastic garbage bags mixed with water, urine, whatever, inserted into the skin with safety pins, guitar strings, brush wire, sticks, razors, bones—any sharp object. Ink is the medium that brought full circle early man’s desire for social, (and sexual) intercourse via messages transmitted on the body [or any other surface] in a safer, easier way. In addition to words, ink facilitated the conveyance of things not easily articulated; the transmission of subliminal, subconscious or conscious messages in a forceful way. Which brings me to the subject at hand, namely, the relevance of temporary tattoos created with henna and jagua because these, too, are inks.

             Mother Earth is rife with natural pigments and organic dyes from berries, fruits, plants and trees, like indigo, saffron, achiote, bloodroot, beets, cocoa, pomegranate and scores more. Precious inks, these can stain paper and other surfaces, and if applied under the skin, would take care of the job at hand, no problem. However, they all wash right off the body. To my knowledge, only henna and jagua stain the top layer of skin for extended periods, going through the complete exfoliation cycle (one to two weeks, depending on the person). The magical thing about these two body inks is that they provide us with the ability to change the message. Throughout civilization, body adornment has been used by humans to advertise their wares—look at me, I’m sexy! Animals do it, too; think no further than the peacock. But he only walks around spreading his fan when in courting mode, not all the time. I know men are supposed to spend something like two and a half hours a day thinking about sex and ways to get it, but that still leaves another twenty-one and a half when they’d rather be hunting, killing or watching the football game! (Sorry guys, I’m just trying to make a point.) Which leads me to conclude that these two natural inks are very powerful tools of communication because, in addition to functioning as permanent dyes—the Matsés use jagua under the skin, too—they serve the all-important and very valuable additional service of also being temporary. And, that’s significant, especially because if nature provided the possibility, that means it foresaw a need.

             From sharp bones to bamboo stems to quill pens made with feathers and dipped in ink wells, to fountain pens that carried their own ink (first patented in 1884 by Lewis Waterman), none had the effect of the ballpoint pen. Though patented in 1888 and improved by many others over the years, the ballpoint did not become truly famous until a French baron called Marcel Bich secured an earlier patent, perfected it and introduced the Bic pen throughout the world. Bic, a shortened version of Bich, became and is still a household word today.

    I swear, I feel like Mr. Bic (without his money!). I can almost imagine what he and his forebears went through to get the ink to flow through that instrument and create a stain that did not smear, which dried on contact, had a shelf life, and—even as it provided a priceless way to improve communication—was nonetheless affordable to the masses. We had to go through much the same process within our own little art and communication niche. So, if in addition to providing people with a way to adorn their bodies, we also expand the age-old tradition of speaking out(!) in one of the most creative ways possible, then that’s a good thing."

    If you're now feeling like you want to get some ink on your body, I don't blame you. I suggest you head on over to earthhenna.com, your one-stop shop for the best henna and jagua tattoo kits on the planet! 25% off sale for a limited time happening now! Use Code: Summer25.