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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!

    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!

    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!)

    Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Stagecoach—How to Choose?

    Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Stagecoach—How to Choose?

    OK, so most of us have limited budgets, and we love festivals, so how do you decide which one(s) to attend, which ones to cross off your list, which one you’ll do next year, instead? Aaaargh! Sorry, but I don’t have any answers. I suggest eenie meenie myney mo, and enjoy yourself anytime and anywhere you are lucky enough to land.

    And what if, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to any of them? Gasp! Well, here I do have a solution: create festival season wherever you are! First things first, get your body art on. Of course, you expect that from me, but still, it’s true. Seems to me that people who love music festivals also love body adornment, just like us guys on the Earth Henna team. So to put yourself in the mood, I say choose among oh, so many options!—henna tattoos, jagua tattoos, white henna tattoos, silver henna tattoos, gold henna tattoos, and a whole assortment of flash and stick-on temporary tattoos from our Beauty collection, which offers shiny, shimmery and glamorous body art options for glowing, and even scented tattooed skin!

    I guarantee that, once you’re all decked out with gorgeous body art—watercolor butterflies on your shoulder; floral vines going up your arms and legs; shimmery gold flash tattoos around your eyes and on your finger tips; beautiful, symbolic henna tattoos on your hands; or beautiful, tribal jagua tattoos on the back of your neck, you’ll start to hear the music follow you around wherever you go!

    Get in the groove. From now until April 21, all temporary tattoo kits and Beauty products are 15% off, with FREE SHIPPING if you spend $30. It’s our pleasure to serve your body adornment needs!