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    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!

     

    Voodoo Love

    Voodoo Love

    As Valentine's Day approaches, our minds turn to love. For some of us that means What am I going to get him for Valentine's Day? For others, it's I wonder if he's going to remember to get me something? Me? This year I've been thinking about love in Haiti, where I come from, the land of Vodou (aka Voodoo). 

    Did you just get a chill up your spine at the mention of the word? Like maybe someone sticking pins in dolls? Just to set things straight: none of that happens in Vodou, that's Holllywood. Vodou is one of the two national religions, alongside Catholicism in Haiti. It's a long story having to do with African slaves brought to the Caribbean Island in the 1700s, and sneakily merging their gods with Catholic saints so they could practice their religion in peace. In Vodou, there is a Supreme Being and a host of gods and goddesses called lwas with personalities and powers used to bring blessings and aid to worshippers, who do the right thing by them. A little like the Hindu religion with all its gods and goddesses.

    Erzulie Freda and Erzulie Dantò are two very popular love goddesses in the Vodou religion. People seeking love shower the beautiful, fair-skinned Erzulie Freda with offerings like perfume, flowers, jewelry, mirrors, pink and white items, and Salem Lights cigarettes. Give her what she likes and she'll get you what you want. She is known to act more like a mistress than a wife, and she is quite the coquette, but she is a powerful and magical deity who gifts people with romance and love. You too, gay men.

    Erzulie Dantò, on the other hand, is Freda's dark-skinned cousin, a warrior love goddess, who lives in the woods and looks out specifically for women and children. She is fierce! Offerings to Dantò include black pigs and hens, rum or beer, jewelry with blue and red stones, dolls, florida water and unfiltered Camel cigarettes. She's also mute, great with a dagger and will spill your blood, if necessary because she is, foremost, a mother. She's also reputed to be a lesbian. Serve her well and she'll serve you, wild women!

    At Earth Henna, our Hearts & Valentine Stencil Package comes with an Erzulie Freda symbol that you can draw on yourself with henna, jagua or White Lace. Haven't gotten around to making an actual Dantò symbol yet, but the one with the dagger is a pretty good start. Paint your favorite goddess on your body, don't forget to make offerings to her, and wait for your love to come true.

     

    Featured image: Erzulie, Mixed Media by Jose Delpe 

    Guess What Busy Season is About to Start!

    Guess What Busy Season is About to Start!

    HINT #1: It’s the New Year

    HINT #2: Time flies, time to start planning ahead

    HINT #3: March is just around the corner

    ANSWER: Come on, you haven’t guessed? 

    IT’S ALMOST FESTIVAL SEASON!

    We get really busy around festival season ‘cause henna tattoos, jagua tattoos and cool beauty adornment accessories play into everyone’s desires to be and look as distinctive as possible. So we thought we’d help you get your festival season on with our free and very comprehensive listing featuring detailed info of over 45 of the hottest festivals of 2017! Just download our "Must Attend" Festival List of over 45 festivals. Our list delivers the detailed schedule of festivals, dates, and where to buy tickets. You’re welcome!

    We’re excited about festival season because we love ‘em! We attend a bunch ourselves, so we know that getting ready for them is part of the fun. Figuring out your trips, your digs, your posse, your gear, outfits and accessories is best strategized ahead of time so that you don't miss out on anything. 

    And what better way to express yourself on the festival circuit than painting your body with cool henna and jagua designs and beauty adornments? Think about the kind of design you’ll want to show off. Floral? Tribal? Words? Symbols? Practice, practice, practice. So that by the time you are ready for your first festival, you’ll have your entire look down.

    Now’s the time to get yourself an Earth Henna Tattoo Kit, Earth Jagua Tattoo Kit or White Lace Temporary Tattoo Kit and maybe a Stencil Pack or two so you can decide what you’ll be sporting at your first festival. SXSW and Coachella are just around the corner.

    Yep. It’s the festival season!

    Download your free Festival Schedule here NOW!