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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.
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.
Texts 4,000 - 2,000 years old show henna's use as dye, perfume and medicine had expanded throughout the Mediterranean Basin. It first spread to Arabia and Persia in the east, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey in the north and then to Spain and Tunisia in the west.
Henna used as body art is over 1,000 years old. Written documentation finds it in the Mediterranean spreading with Islam, Judaism and Christianity. It arrived in India with the Mogul invasion in the 16th century and finally made its way to North America in the 20th century. After all this time, the various cultures have 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.