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    Temporary Body Art—Oo La La!

    Temporary Body Art—Oo La La!

    Image courtesy of Callie Sedlacek

     

    I was in Paris recently and I am here to report that we are not alone in the States in love of glitter, floral crowns and temporary tattoos.

    My French husband’s cousin, Iris, one of my favorite people, and a lovely and talented 20-year-old, spent quite a bit of time plotting the ways in which she would earn her summer’s keep by painting henna tattoos, jagua tattoos, white henna tattoos and glitter tattoos on people in Paris. Should I set myself up by the Eiffel Tower? No, too much completion with other people offering so many different ways for tourists to spend their euros. How about in Montmartre?—legendary quarter, where famed artists of the early 20th century, like Picasso and Van Gogh and Salvador Dali had studios, and where artists sit in the streets daily, painting on easels and offering portraits and caricatures to passers-by. Yes!

    Iris had interned in our offices last summer, and she took to temporary tattoos from the get-go. She’s a natural at it, and when she went back home, we loaded her up with henna powder and jagua gel for her to draw on her friends. She became the hit of her pack, and the go-to-girl for cool designs. When she learned about our new white henna tattoo kits that also come with glitter, she was stoked. Can’t wait to see photos of her handiwork at the end of summer 2017.

    While in Paris, we visited with lots of family and friends, and one of the places we stayed was with my husband’s first cousin, Julie, who with her husband Julien, have two adorable little girls, who also went nuts when they saw our new glitter kit. The girls are 7 and 11 years old, and there were flower crowns lying about in their rooms, and glitter strewn all over the house. Some trends go global and keep on going!

    But I know that little girls and 20-year-olds aren’t the only ones who love temporary tattoos. Their moms, my friends and even grandmas love it. What’s not to love? Beautiful body adornment that fades in one to two weeks, and you get to start all over again with something new! It’s clear to me that, from Paris to Los Angeles, temporary tattoos are hot, hot, hot!

    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!

     

    Spring Flowers and Body Art

    Spring Flowers and Body Art

    You may be wondering what spring flowers have to do with body art, but over here at Earth Henna, we wait for spring more than most. Why? Because although we love the cool, brisk air of winter (I'd say something about those twinkly snowflakes, but we're out here in Los Angeles), and getting to wear heavy sweaters and boots, the truth of the matter is that it's when things start warming up that people begin thinking about showing some skin, and by extension, body adornment!

    It's not like no one cares about body art and temporary tattoos during winter--they do. We stay pretty busy around here during the winter months. But you don't have to be a psychic to know that once people start peeling off the layers, once the air warms up, and the days get longer, that's when folks seriously start imagining what henna designs or jagua designs or white henna and silver henna designs they might want to show off.

    I know all the girls in the office start talking about floral vines curling up around their arms and legs (like the one featured on our Earth Henna Classic Kit). So pretty!

    They also start thinking about festival season, what they'll be wearing, and how they'll be adorning their bodies. For this reason, we created the Festival Beauty Bundle, which comes with our Earth Henna Premium Kit, along with RoyalTats' groovy hair tattoos--flash tattoos that adorn your hair! 

    So if the spring equinox got you thinking about the longer, sunnier days to come; and about walks in nature, surrounded by gorgeous flowers, we're with you. (In Los Angeles right now, we are blessed with the magical and intoxicating scent of jasmines blooming everywhere!) That's why we got inspired to have our Spring Has Sprung Sale! Use Code: Spring 15. From now through March 28th, we're offering 15% off sitewide, along with Free Shipping over $30.

    Happy Spring!

    It's Official: Festival Season Is Here

    It's Official: Festival Season Is Here

    SXSW is already over and Coachella (4/14/17) and New Orleans Jazz Fest (4/28/17) are just around the corner. Oh my! What are you gonna do? What are you gonna wear? What will your body art look like? We think about these things, here at Earth Henna, because, of course, we've got the goods for people who want to stand out and sizzle at this year's music festivals.

    If you want to have the best designs, we can hook you up with our fabulous line of stencils. Choose your design, cut it off the stencil sheet, apply eucalyptus oil to your skin, place the stencil face down and hold it there for 30 seconds. Lift it off, and presto! The marking is now there for you to easily trace over with your henna or jagua. Check out the stencil we chose from the Earth Henna Premium Temporary Tattoo Kit and how the design came out.

     

    Not bad, eh? Especially for someone who can't draw, like me. 

    Since people also like to create their own designs, our White Lace/Silver Lace kit (aka White Henna/Silver Henna), comes with a sheet of patterns to give you ideas, like these:

    And then, of course, for those of you who want to go completely spectacular (and speak the truth to power, while you're at it--like me!), we can also hook you up with artists in your city (if we know someone there), who can use your kit to create really elaborate designs like this fantastic silver henna temporary tattoo!

    In case you hadn't figured it out yet, at Earth Henna, if your goal is to look beautiful and sport the most gorgeous body art in the world, we're here to serve you! Plus, at the moment, if you spend $30 or more, you get FREE SHIPPING! It's time to get your festival groove on, ladies.