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    White Henna, Anyone?

    White Henna, Anyone?

    The ongoing joke around here at Earth Henna is about how for 11 years, we had the smallest product line in the history of commerce: one product! Yes, we came up with variations on our Earth Henna Temporary Tattoo Kit—let’s see, there’s the Premium Henna Tattoo Kit; the Classic Henna Tattoo Kit; the Mehndi Book & Kit Set; the Henna Kit for Kids; and the Earth Henna Refill Kit. Still, those are all henna kits!

    Then came the Earth Jagua Black Temporary Tattoo Kit in 2009. To that original jagua kit, we added the Premium Jagua kit and the Jagua Refill Kit. Hey, we were moving up there in the world with not one, but two products. Woo hoo!

    And now—wait for it—comes our 3rd product! Are you impressed? We are! Last week, we formally introduced our “white henna” temporary tattoo kit, or as it’s known in our office, and on the package: the White Lace Temporary Tatoo Kit. It also has two other names: White Lace/Silver Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit and White Lace/Gold Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit. Are you confused yet? Here’s the deal:

    Although everyone in the world calls this hot, new form of temporary body art “white henna,” by now I’m sure you know there’s no such thing as white henna. The henna plant stains the skin a dark reddish brown, right? Right.

    The reason everyone calls it “white henna” is because designs created with this product—which is a mix of white body paint and medical grade adhesive—typically look just like good old, traditional henna tattoos. But in this case, the skin is not stained white. The design sits on top of the skin, is set with a sprinkle of corn starch, and presto, in five minutes, your design is done! Bye bye. have a good time!

    These designs, which last 1-5 days on the skin, depending on where they are on the body, are perfect for parties, weddings, music festivals, and any other special event where you want to stand out.

    Now, about this silver and gold business. We currently have two White Lace Temporary Tattoo Kits. A White Lace/Silver Lace Kit, and a White Lace/Gold Lace kit. The White Lace/Silver Lace Kit comes with corn starch (for setting white designs) and silver glitter (which you use instead of corn starch, if you want a sparkly look. They’re totally gorgeous, either way, but this gives you options!

    Our White Lace/Gold Lace kit, which comes with corn starch and gold glitter for you golden shimmery types, are available exclusively on our website and exclusively  at Urban Outfitters in March in their stores and on their website.

    Henna Tattoo Kits, Jagua Tattoo Kits and White Lace kits. 3 products! We’ve hit the big time!

    P.S. Check it out! Get an introductory 10% off White Lace Kits until February 28. Just enter promo code: whitehenna10 at checkout! AND, get free shipping when you spend $30 or more at www.earthhenna.com!

    For the Love of Mehndi

    For the Love of Mehndi

    Mehndi, the Indian word for henna temporary body art, is the perfect thing to talk about on Valentine’s Day! For those who may not be familiar with the history and cultural practices surrounding henna tattoos in India, it’s all about love. The henna plant is believed to be infused with the positive power of the saints, so if your body is adorned with henna you can expect love, luck and prosperity to come your way.

    All Indian brides have their hands and feet painted with henna because, Indians say, the darker the color of her henna designs, the longer the love will last between the couple. So it follows that after her mehndi application, the bride-to-be becomes a de facto princess. She is not allowed to do any washing, cooking or other household chores as they may affect the quality of the henna stain. It has to be especially dark on the day of the wedding! They actually wrap the woman’s hands and feet in cotton or cloth to protect her gorgeous henna tattoos.

    I’d like to be able to sit back and let people serve me and take care of me after getting a henna design, but alas, I am already married. That’s okay, though, because I can still groove on the extra love permeating my body, soul and psyche, thanks to the henna gods!

    Need a dose of love on Valentine’s Day? That’s easy. Grab yourself an Earth Henna Temporary Tattoo Kit from www.earthhenna.com (we even have a Hearts & Valentine’s Stencil Pack that comes free with our Valentine’s special Henna Kits Bundle Package), and let the love roll in.

    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!