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    Gold Lace, Gold Henna, or Gold Glitter Henna?

    Gold Lace, Gold Henna, or Gold Glitter Henna?

    We are very proud and excited to announce that our loyal customer, Urban Outfitters, has introduced our White Lace*Gold Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit in their stores and on their website this March. This kit is exclusive to Urban Outfitters!

    When we started working on this product, we weren’t sure what to call it. “White Henna” had become all the rage online, and we were getting requests for it—except that there’s no such thing as white henna. The henna plant dyes the skin a deep reddish brown color—that’s been the case for thousands of years.

    What people were talking about is body art that look just like henna tattoos, created with a mix of white body/face paint and medical grade adhesive. The mix goes into the same type of applicator bottle used for creating henna tattoos—a soft, ½ oz plastic bottle with a fine tip—and is released onto the skin when the bottle is squeezed.

     

    Since the demand for a do-it-yourself kit was so high, we decided to create one for people who did not want to go through the hassle of figuring out how much of each ingredient it takes to get the right flow. Getting that right was a process! It took several more months to get the rest of the kit together, along with the package design, and a host of other considerations that come into play when coming up with a new product.

    Once we knew we had something good, I showed to our contact at Urban Outfitters, who loved it, and asked if we could create a “gold henna tattoo” look. We could have simply mixed gold paint with the glue, but, as you may have noticed, glitter’s a thing! So our kit allows customers who want gold henna tattoos to simply use gold glitter to set the design, as opposed to cornstarch, which is used to set the white henna designs.

    Next came the conundrum of what to call the product. We didn’t want to call it “White Henna” since that was causing confusion. The product doesn’t stain the skin white. It sits on top of the skin, dries within five minutes, and lasts 1-5 days. It does have a texture, but that goes unnoticed. It’s a temporary tattoo that is totally comfortable, and certainly a lot less noticeable to the wearer than jewelry! But it is most certainly not a henna tattoo.

    So we came up with White Lace Tattoos, because the designs created with the product, when used on the hands, look a lot like a white lace glove! Since Urban Outfitter’s kit would be offering both white and gold temporary tattoos, we started calling those Gold Lace tattoos. Seeing that the White Lace*Gold Lace kit is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, we created a kit for our other customers, which offers White Lace*Silver Lace tattoos. But, the glitter is still a factor!

    So, although our two new kits’ names are White Lace*Silver Lace and White Lace*Gold Lace, when talking amongst ourselves in the office, we call the shimmery tattoos gold glitter tattoos, gold henna tattoos, henna glitter tattoos, silver glitter tattoos, silver henna tattoos, and on and on. To us, they’re all a bunch of affectionate nicknames. Who knows which one will stick. Which do you prefer?

    What We Care About: You Looking Gorgeous, And Other things

    What We Care About: You Looking Gorgeous, And Other things

    If Body Adornment was a person, her goal in life would be:

    • Make human beings gorgeous
    • Help people express themselves
    • Give people options

    At Earth Henna, in creating henna tattoo kits, jagua tattoo kits and white henna tattoo kits (White Lace/Silver Lace and White Lace/Gold Lace kits), as well as lots of other adornment choices, we already partner with Body Adornment to make you gorgeous, give you options and facilitate your self expression.

    We care about helping you look and feel gorgeous inside and out, and seeing the smiles on your faces after you’ve adorned yourself for festival season, parties and special events. In addition, we also care deeply about doing what it takes to foster a caring environment for our employees, and assisting our suppliers, who, like most people on the planet, can use a helping hand.

    This year, we are funding the digging of a well for the family of Moroccan henna farmers we’ve worked with for years. Their desert region has suffered a crippling drought for a decade now, and without this well, they have no way to continue earning a living.

    Every year, we pay for malaria medication for the 200 members of the Matsés people, who live deep in the Peruvian Amazon in a village where our jagua fruit is harvested, peeled, grated, and pressed to expel the juice that’s shipped to us here in the States.

    Additionally, though you may not know this about us, my parter and husband Pascal Giacomini and I, for 25 years, have also owned a Haitian art gallery that operates out of our home in Hollywood. I am from Haiti. It is devastatingly poor there, but Haiti is also one of the biggest sources for black art in the world! We have helped to introduce and promote the works of Haitian artists—the desperately poor and those who are better off—for a long time. In fact, on Saturday, March 25th, Cal State Northridge is hosting an exhibition of Pascal’s Haiti-inspired photography, sculpture and documentary film, Out of Chaos, An Artist's Journey in Haiti*, about the thriving art scene in one slum in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. If you live in Los Angeles, you’re invited. We’d love to meet you, our gorgeous patrons!

    *To see a trailer for the film, click here!

    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.