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    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!

    Jagua From Head to Toe

    Jagua From Head to Toe

    People just love having painted hands. There’s something so exotic and tribal and just plain gorgeous about adorning your hands with a beautiful temporary tattoo; not to mention watching the surprised and delighted looks on people’s faces as they catch a glimpse of your unexpectedly decorated hands, as you talk animatedly about something, or make a motion, or reach for a glass. Look at this cool design, which graces the cover of our Earth Jagua Black Temporary Tattoo Kit:

    Fabulous, right? But ladies and gentlemen, why stop at your hands? Once you have your Earth Jagua gel in hand, why not consider your entire body a canvas? Jagua gives you the appearance of having a permanent tattoo, so why not go to town? If you could tattoo your legs, your back, the back of your neck, your chest, your feet, what design would you choose? At Earth Henna, our tag line is “Paint your body beautiful.” So, no surprise, we recommend experimentation! Check out these beautiful designs:

    Feeling inspired? Go for it! Our Earth Jagua gel is all-natural—it is not black henna, nor does it contain henna. The mesmerizing blue/black color comes from the jagua fruit, which grows deep in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. The Matsés people, who we’ve been working with for eight years, climb the trees, collect the fruit, peel it, grate it to get the pulp, which is then squeezed to get the juice. That juice is shipped to us here in Los Angeles, where the juice is used as the base for our Earth Jagua gel. No trees are cut down to create our product, and it is, hands down, the best jagua gel available anywhere. We’re biased, but we’re right!

    There’s a 15% off sale on all henna and jagua kits (and white henna kits, and all beauty products too!) at www.earthhenna.com until April 21. And if you spend $30, you get free shipping. What are you waiting for? Just use code: FESTIVAL15.

    Earth Henna Goes Global

    Earth Henna Goes Global

    Earth Henna has been going strong in the temporary body art world for 20 years. Early on, back in 1997, when henna tattoos were just making their entrance on the body adornment scene, for some reason, we had more foreign than US customers. Eventually, it all came back around, and in the last 10 years, I would say that most of our henna kit and jagua kit business came from around the United States.

    As any small business owner will tell you, you can really get into the trees and forget you’re in a forest—the trees being about staying focused on what temporary body art customers want and expect; making sure your raw materials—like your henna powder and jagua guice—are the highest quality possible; keeping abreast of package design movements; staying on top of market trends, figuring out how to introduce your temporary tattoo products to other audiences (and here, we do really well because henna tattoos and jagua tattoos beautifully cross over into several categories, like fashion accessory, natural product, new age, craft and hobby, and art materials).

    In the midst of all this activity, certain things in your business can change without you noticing. Recently our webmaster added this nifty thing called an add-on that pops up while you’re on our Earth Henna site and shows you, in real time, what temporary tattoo products are being purchased, and where the buyer is located. It’s a visual that magically appears and then fades just as quickly at the lower left area of the screen. That thing is really cool for people looking to buy jagua tattoos or henna tattoos or body painting kits because they can see what other products are trending; and it’s riveting for us because, among other things, lo and behold, it turns out that quite a lot of our temporary tattoo customers are from all over the world!

    I didn’t know we were such a globe-trotting henna and jagua body art machine!

     

    5 Things I Love About Henna

    5 Things I Love About Henna

    1. I’m a writer, so I love words. I can write a word I love on my body with henna, and there it will stay for 7-10 days. Like ineffable, which means incapable of being described with words, like life! 
    1. I’m also an author, an art dealer and a freelance museum curator. Creating henna tattoo kits is my day job. I’m so happy that, like my other cherished pursuits, henna body art falls into the creative arts group. 
    1. Curating museum exhibitions and writing books requires research into the history of the subject matter at hand, which I love. Investigating the 5,000-year-old henna body artform brought me such magical knowledge about henna cultures throughout India, Africa and the Middle East! I am richer for it. And speaking of 5,000 years, it occurred to me that I’ve been saying henna is a 5000-year-old artform for about 20 years now. So it’s official, henna is a 5020-year-old artform! 
    1. While we’re on the subject of magic, in case you didn’t know, in all the different countries where henna grows, people believe the plant is infused with magical properties, and that whoever is painted with henna will be gifted with love, luck and prosperity. 
    1. I have witnessed people waiting in line for as long as 4 hours to get a henna tattoo (like at Vidcon last year). No matter how cranky they are by the time their turn comes, they always leave with a smile. Henna makes people happy!

    What’s The Jagua Story?—Part III

    What’s The Jagua Story?—Part III

                                                             Pascal helps with jagua extract preparation

    When we left off last week, Pascal was running around trying to find a few more items to bring as offerings to members of the Matsés. The next morning, departure for the Matsés village was set for 5AM. That’s when he realized that the “boat” was nothing more than a dugout canoe outfitted with a motor. And thank goodness for that motor because, without it, the 8-hour ride would have lasted three days!

    In the foggy, gray dawn, several men worked furiously to load the canoe with all of Pascal’s supplies, Mr. X’s supplies, as well as Daniel’s own bulky packages (when you live in the heart of the jungle, there is always lots of shopping to be done when you go to the city). Upon completion, everyone noticed that the canoe was sitting way to low in the water. There was nothing to be done but to transfer everything into another, slightly larger canoe and hope for the best. When the task was done, the canoe sat just 4 inches above water. Still, this was an improvement over the 2 inches in the other!

    The next 8 hours on the mythical Amazon river were a combination of very hard benches as seats, humidity, extreme heat, and a breathtaking jungle landscape made up of, you guessed it, trees, trees, trees, majestic and endless, punctuated by flocks of exquisitely colored butterflies. A magical journey, for sure. Pascal said he felt like he was in the most remote place on Earth.

    There’s lots to tell—the welcome he received, the community meeting, where he handed out all the offerings, the food he ate while there (basically mashed plantains, rice, beans and very tough, gamey chicken every day), his rugged sleeping accommodations, the negotiations for pricing of the fruit and the associated work of getting it down to juice form, and other aspects of life in the Amazon, which cannot be condensed here.

    Next came the expedition into the jungle by two groups of Matsés men to look for the jagua fruit. As Pascal waited for the men to return, there wasn’t much to do except relax, take siestas, shoot photos and video, hang out with the kids, watch the guys play soccer, and interact with the resident monkeys and parrots. Upon their return, both men and women set to work peeling, squeezing, sifting, and then boiling and re-boiling the juice to reduce it down to extract; then bagging the juice for transport back to the States.

    After three weeks, Pascal arrived back in the military outpost, and was greeted with the news that there would not be a plane leaving for Iquitos for another week! He reluctantly headed back to the crappy hotel with the filthy mattress and hot, stinky room, but was saved at the last minute, when Daniel offered to put him up at his brother’s place. Five very slow days later, he heard that an aid group returning from the jungle had chartered a plane to Iquitos, and he was able to buy a seat. Yay!

    The next day found Pascal on a flight back to Lima, a gorgeous trip over the Andes, past mountains and an infinite sea of clouds. That night, to kill time, he visited his hotel bar and ordered a traditional Peruvian cocktail called Pisco sour, which made him sick, and he spent the whole terrible night throwing up. At the airport the next day for his flight back to Los Angeles, shockingly, he got no trouble from the customs agents. And why should they hassle him? After all, he was only carrying several large, bladder-like bags filled with a strange black substance!