When applying henna paste, you want to ensure that your paste is organic and is made by a henna artist or by you. That is why I will be discussing the types of henna and dyes that you can use to make sure you decorate your hands with safe and organic products.
Organic Henna Paste
Organic henna paste should be made with organic henna powder, an essential oil (tea tree, Lavender, or Eucalyptus), sugar and water. If you are allergic to tea tree or eucalyptus oil, you can use lavender oil since it is much safer on the skin. The henna paste should be a green-brown color and have an earthy/essential oil aroma. If it emits a gassy or chemical-like odor, wash it off immediately because it can be poisonous for the skin.
Another thing to look out for is the color of the stain after the henna paste has fallen off the skin. Organic paste releases a dark orange color on the skin and darkens over 24 hour period (refer to the images below).
Here is the link to the supplier I buy my organic henna powder from!
Jagua is a juice derived from a fruit in South America. Traditionally, indigenous tribes in the Amazon use this juice to decorate their bodies for ceremonial purposes and for medicinal purposes. This dye stains the body a blue-black color, almost giving the skin a tattoo ink-like aesthetic. It is also completely safe to use since it is 100% natural. You can add this juice to the organic henna powder and essential oils to make a hengua paste or you can purchase Jagua Gel from henna artists or a distributor. They make sure that all of their products are clean, safe and organic. A safe and trusted organization that you can purchase this juice and other Jagua and henna products from is Fresh Jagua.
“Black Henna” is not henna (do not confuse with Jagua). It is chemical paste that has no organic ingredients in it and harms the skin. The chemicals that give a bad reaction to the skin are PPD (p-paraphenylenediamine), petrol, “henna oil” (no such thing), etc. Common reactions to the skin are tingling, rash, burning sensation and in some cases, blistering. The stain for this henna progresses the second it touches the skin and turns black. Even if this product is not causing any reaction to the skin, you should not put anything poisonous like this substance on your body (for more information, please refer to this article by clicking on the image below).
Overall, the most important thing is that you must stay safe and make sure that you know what is applied on your skin. A great way to ensure your safety is to always ask your henna artist questions about their paste and where they get it from. If their henna paste comes from cones that have commercial labels or looks and smells weird, make sure to wash your hands and be aware of any reactions that your skin might have. Even though a temporary tattoo looks fun and cool, it might become permanent if you are not cautious.