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    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.

     

    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.

     

    White Henna, Anyone?

    White Henna, Anyone?

    The ongoing joke around here at Earth Henna is about how for 11 years, we had the smallest product line in the history of commerce: one product! Yes, we came up with variations on our Earth Henna Temporary Tattoo Kit—let’s see, there’s the Premium Henna Tattoo Kit; the Classic Henna Tattoo Kit; the Mehndi Book & Kit Set; the Henna Kit for Kids; and the Earth Henna Refill Kit. Still, those are all henna kits!

    Then came the Earth Jagua Black Temporary Tattoo Kit in 2009. To that original jagua kit, we added the Premium Jagua kit and the Jagua Refill Kit. Hey, we were moving up there in the world with not one, but two products. Woo hoo!

    And now—wait for it—comes our 3rd product! Are you impressed? We are! Last week, we formally introduced our “white henna” temporary tattoo kit, or as it’s known in our office, and on the package: the White Lace Temporary Tatoo Kit. It also has two other names: White Lace/Silver Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit and White Lace/Gold Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit. Are you confused yet? Here’s the deal:

    Although everyone in the world calls this hot, new form of temporary body art “white henna,” by now I’m sure you know there’s no such thing as white henna. The henna plant stains the skin a dark reddish brown, right? Right.

    The reason everyone calls it “white henna” is because designs created with this product—which is a mix of white body paint and medical grade adhesive—typically look just like good old, traditional henna tattoos. But in this case, the skin is not stained white. The design sits on top of the skin, is set with a sprinkle of corn starch, and presto, in five minutes, your design is done! Bye bye. have a good time!

    These designs, which last 1-5 days on the skin, depending on where they are on the body, are perfect for parties, weddings, music festivals, and any other special event where you want to stand out.

    Now, about this silver and gold business. We currently have two White Lace Temporary Tattoo Kits. A White Lace/Silver Lace Kit, and a White Lace/Gold Lace kit. The White Lace/Silver Lace Kit comes with corn starch (for setting white designs) and silver glitter (which you use instead of corn starch, if you want a sparkly look. They’re totally gorgeous, either way, but this gives you options!

    Our White Lace/Gold Lace kit, which comes with corn starch and gold glitter for you golden shimmery types, are available exclusively on our website and exclusively  at Urban Outfitters in March in their stores and on their website.

    Henna Tattoo Kits, Jagua Tattoo Kits and White Lace kits. 3 products! We’ve hit the big time!

    P.S. Check it out! Get an introductory 10% off White Lace Kits until February 28. Just enter promo code: whitehenna10 at checkout! AND, get free shipping when you spend $30 or more at www.earthhenna.com!