Free Shipping on Orders over $50!
*Contiguous US only.
0 Cart
Added to Cart
    You have items in your cart
    You have 1 item in your cart
    Total
    Check Out Continue Shopping

    Temp Tat News — jagua juice

    Blog Menu

    Jagua From Head to Toe

    Jagua From Head to Toe

    People just love having painted hands. There’s something so exotic and tribal and just plain gorgeous about adorning your hands with a beautiful temporary tattoo; not to mention watching the surprised and delighted looks on people’s faces as they catch a glimpse of your unexpectedly decorated hands, as you talk animatedly about something, or make a motion, or reach for a glass. Look at this cool design, which graces the cover of our Earth Jagua Black Temporary Tattoo Kit:

    Fabulous, right? But ladies and gentlemen, why stop at your hands? Once you have your Earth Jagua gel in hand, why not consider your entire body a canvas? Jagua gives you the appearance of having a permanent tattoo, so why not go to town? If you could tattoo your legs, your back, the back of your neck, your chest, your feet, what design would you choose? At Earth Henna, our tag line is “Paint your body beautiful.” So, no surprise, we recommend experimentation! Check out these beautiful designs:

    Feeling inspired? Go for it! Our Earth Jagua gel is all-natural—it is not black henna, nor does it contain henna. The mesmerizing blue/black color comes from the jagua fruit, which grows deep in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. The Matsés people, who we’ve been working with for eight years, climb the trees, collect the fruit, peel it, grate it to get the pulp, which is then squeezed to get the juice. That juice is shipped to us here in Los Angeles, where the juice is used as the base for our Earth Jagua gel. No trees are cut down to create our product, and it is, hands down, the best jagua gel available anywhere. We’re biased, but we’re right!

    There’s a 15% off sale on all henna and jagua kits (and white henna kits, and all beauty products too!) at www.earthhenna.com until April 21. And if you spend $30, you get free shipping. What are you waiting for? Just use code: FESTIVAL15.

    What We Care About: You Looking Gorgeous, And Other things

    What We Care About: You Looking Gorgeous, And Other things

    If Body Adornment was a person, her goal in life would be:

    • Make human beings gorgeous
    • Help people express themselves
    • Give people options

    At Earth Henna, in creating henna tattoo kits, jagua tattoo kits and white henna tattoo kits (White Lace/Silver Lace and White Lace/Gold Lace kits), as well as lots of other adornment choices, we already partner with Body Adornment to make you gorgeous, give you options and facilitate your self expression.

    We care about helping you look and feel gorgeous inside and out, and seeing the smiles on your faces after you’ve adorned yourself for festival season, parties and special events. In addition, we also care deeply about doing what it takes to foster a caring environment for our employees, and assisting our suppliers, who, like most people on the planet, can use a helping hand.

    This year, we are funding the digging of a well for the family of Moroccan henna farmers we’ve worked with for years. Their desert region has suffered a crippling drought for a decade now, and without this well, they have no way to continue earning a living.

    Every year, we pay for malaria medication for the 200 members of the Matsés people, who live deep in the Peruvian Amazon in a village where our jagua fruit is harvested, peeled, grated, and pressed to expel the juice that’s shipped to us here in the States.

    Additionally, though you may not know this about us, my parter and husband Pascal Giacomini and I, for 25 years, have also owned a Haitian art gallery that operates out of our home in Hollywood. I am from Haiti. It is devastatingly poor there, but Haiti is also one of the biggest sources for black art in the world! We have helped to introduce and promote the works of Haitian artists—the desperately poor and those who are better off—for a long time. In fact, on Saturday, March 25th, Cal State Northridge is hosting an exhibition of Pascal’s Haiti-inspired photography, sculpture and documentary film, Out of Chaos, An Artist's Journey in Haiti*, about the thriving art scene in one slum in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. If you live in Los Angeles, you’re invited. We’d love to meet you, our gorgeous patrons!

    *To see a trailer for the film, click here!

    Earth Henna Goes Global

    Earth Henna Goes Global

    Earth Henna has been going strong in the temporary body art world for 20 years. Early on, back in 1997, when henna tattoos were just making their entrance on the body adornment scene, for some reason, we had more foreign than US customers. Eventually, it all came back around, and in the last 10 years, I would say that most of our henna kit and jagua kit business came from around the United States.

    As any small business owner will tell you, you can really get into the trees and forget you’re in a forest—the trees being about staying focused on what temporary body art customers want and expect; making sure your raw materials—like your henna powder and jagua guice—are the highest quality possible; keeping abreast of package design movements; staying on top of market trends, figuring out how to introduce your temporary tattoo products to other audiences (and here, we do really well because henna tattoos and jagua tattoos beautifully cross over into several categories, like fashion accessory, natural product, new age, craft and hobby, and art materials).

    In the midst of all this activity, certain things in your business can change without you noticing. Recently our webmaster added this nifty thing called an add-on that pops up while you’re on our Earth Henna site and shows you, in real time, what temporary tattoo products are being purchased, and where the buyer is located. It’s a visual that magically appears and then fades just as quickly at the lower left area of the screen. That thing is really cool for people looking to buy jagua tattoos or henna tattoos or body painting kits because they can see what other products are trending; and it’s riveting for us because, among other things, lo and behold, it turns out that quite a lot of our temporary tattoo customers are from all over the world!

    I didn’t know we were such a globe-trotting henna and jagua body art machine!

     

    What’s The Jagua Story?—Part III

    What’s The Jagua Story?—Part III

                                                             Pascal helps with jagua extract preparation

    When we left off last week, Pascal was running around trying to find a few more items to bring as offerings to members of the Matsés. The next morning, departure for the Matsés village was set for 5AM. That’s when he realized that the “boat” was nothing more than a dugout canoe outfitted with a motor. And thank goodness for that motor because, without it, the 8-hour ride would have lasted three days!

    In the foggy, gray dawn, several men worked furiously to load the canoe with all of Pascal’s supplies, Mr. X’s supplies, as well as Daniel’s own bulky packages (when you live in the heart of the jungle, there is always lots of shopping to be done when you go to the city). Upon completion, everyone noticed that the canoe was sitting way to low in the water. There was nothing to be done but to transfer everything into another, slightly larger canoe and hope for the best. When the task was done, the canoe sat just 4 inches above water. Still, this was an improvement over the 2 inches in the other!

    The next 8 hours on the mythical Amazon river were a combination of very hard benches as seats, humidity, extreme heat, and a breathtaking jungle landscape made up of, you guessed it, trees, trees, trees, majestic and endless, punctuated by flocks of exquisitely colored butterflies. A magical journey, for sure. Pascal said he felt like he was in the most remote place on Earth.

    There’s lots to tell—the welcome he received, the community meeting, where he handed out all the offerings, the food he ate while there (basically mashed plantains, rice, beans and very tough, gamey chicken every day), his rugged sleeping accommodations, the negotiations for pricing of the fruit and the associated work of getting it down to juice form, and other aspects of life in the Amazon, which cannot be condensed here.

    Next came the expedition into the jungle by two groups of Matsés men to look for the jagua fruit. As Pascal waited for the men to return, there wasn’t much to do except relax, take siestas, shoot photos and video, hang out with the kids, watch the guys play soccer, and interact with the resident monkeys and parrots. Upon their return, both men and women set to work peeling, squeezing, sifting, and then boiling and re-boiling the juice to reduce it down to extract; then bagging the juice for transport back to the States.

    After three weeks, Pascal arrived back in the military outpost, and was greeted with the news that there would not be a plane leaving for Iquitos for another week! He reluctantly headed back to the crappy hotel with the filthy mattress and hot, stinky room, but was saved at the last minute, when Daniel offered to put him up at his brother’s place. Five very slow days later, he heard that an aid group returning from the jungle had chartered a plane to Iquitos, and he was able to buy a seat. Yay!

    The next day found Pascal on a flight back to Lima, a gorgeous trip over the Andes, past mountains and an infinite sea of clouds. That night, to kill time, he visited his hotel bar and ordered a traditional Peruvian cocktail called Pisco sour, which made him sick, and he spent the whole terrible night throwing up. At the airport the next day for his flight back to Los Angeles, shockingly, he got no trouble from the customs agents. And why should they hassle him? After all, he was only carrying several large, bladder-like bags filled with a strange black substance!