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Ingredients:

HENNA* (Lawsonia inermis), DISTILLED WATER, SUGAR*, ESSENTIAL OILS OF LAVENDER*, FRANKINCENSE* & CARDAMOM*
 *Organic.  Mixed with love & sprinkled with giggles:) That's it!

Application & Staining

Henna body art (sometimes referred to as henna tattoos or temporary tattoos) is fun and pain-free. No needles are used. I apply henna on the skin freehand - without stencils - similar to decorating a cake. Sometimes it tickles:) Cosmetic-grade, biodegradable glitter is available to adorn your new henna design.

After several hours, the paste is removed leaving behind a stain that takes approximately 2 days to reach its darkest color. It can last up to a few weeks, and gradually fades as the skin naturally exfoliates.

Since henna only stains the keratin, or top layers of skin, the duration of the stain is determined by body temperature and chemistry, skin type, lifestyle, where the henna is applied and how well it is taken care of. Tougher, less oily skin will hold the stain longer. This makes the palms of the hands and soles of the feet the best place to apply henna. The further away from the palms and soles you get, the lighter the stain and faster it fades.           

​​​​​​​Origins of Henna

Historians document the henna plant being used as hair dye, medicine, perfume and adornment for hands and feet. Archaeological findings confirm its first use was in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago.

By the 10th century, age-old texts show henna's use had expanded extensively throughout the Mediterranean Basin - Sicily in the west, Greece and Turkey in the north, and Arabia to Persia in the east.

​The first documented proof of decorative henna body art in India is in the early 17th century arriving with the Mogul invasion. It finally made its way to North America in the late 20th century. After all this time, these cultures still maintain their own recognizable style and flair. ​​

​Fun trivia fact... My Sicilian ancestry comes from a little village in the modern day Province of Enna, whose name in ancient times was Henna (the oldest surviving city in Sicily) founded by the Sicani tribe sometime before 1100 BCE.

Henna Body Art ~ Timeless. Temporary.
Island Girl's henna paste is blended in-house using the finest organic ingredients that are considered safe even during pregnancy. Since all henna is applied freehand, custom ideas are most welcome. Have an idea for a permanent tattoo but want to try it in temporary henna first? I've created many henna 'tattoos' for folks looking to get a permanent tattoo but want to test their idea first.