Countless hours have gone into finding reputable sources for these organic ingredients to ensure only the finest quality goes into my henna paste. I hand blend my paste in small batches right here at Island Girl Henna. A minimalist blend of just henna and distilled water is available for appointments with advance notice. The stain will darken, just not as dark as with my signature blend.
The ingredients I use are:
Henna¹ (Lawsonia inermis), Distilled Water, Pure Fructose², Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils of Lavender¹, Frankincense¹ and Cardamom¹.
¹Certified organic, ²Non-GMO.
Mixed with love :)
Not all henna paste is created equal. Not all henna paste even contains henna! I care about you and what I'm putting on your skin.
THREE GREAT QUESTIONS TO ASK ANYONE DOING HENNA:
"What's in your henna paste?" A reputable artist makes their own paste and will happily share the ingredient list.
"Can I smell your henna paste?" Real henna paste has an earthy floral scent. Fake paste has a toxic chemical smell.
"Do you have henna insurance?" Reputable artists have a registered business and carry liability insurance and will show you proof of insurance upon request.
Not sure if someone is a legitimate henna artist? Send me a photo of their business card or a photo of their work and I'll try to help you out ASAP. Need a henna artist recommendation near you? I can help with that too!
"Henna paste" purchased in cones at room temperature usually don't even contain henna. The additives and adulterants in these chemical cones are dangerous and can cause sensitivity, allergic reactions, blistering, permanent scarring and even a trip to the hospital. Reactions may or may not happen the first time it's used but when it does you'll always be hypersensitive to those and other chemicals.
A common additive to chemical paste so it can stain dark quickly is Para-phenylenediamine (PPD for short) creating what's known as "Black Henna". PPD is illegal to use on the skin in the United States.
No matter where you go for henna, always ask the artist what's in their paste. If they can't tell you or they say, "Don't worry, it's safe"... walk away. If the paste has a chemical or gasoline smell... don't get it. You'll literally save your skin! Take a moment and search Google Images for "dangers of black henna".
NEVER buy henna at a store or an online retailer if it's not kept frozen.
NEVER buy henna that has no ingredient list or is cryptic. You have no idea what's really in it.
NEVER buy henna that labeled along the lines of Emergency Henna, Fast Acting or Quick Staining.
Don't be fooled by the word "Natural" - it's use on products (including food) is not regulated. Any manufacturer can use "Natural" regardless of ingredients.
Here's a sample of chemical pastes that are dangerous for the skin: Afrin, Alia, Al-Maaz, Arzoo, Bansuri, Dulhan, Golecha, Hemani, Inaya, Jannat, Kajal, Kashmir, Kaveri, Malika, Mehak, Mumtaz, Naaz, Nadra, Nazma, Neha, Rani, Real, Rivvai, Ruhani, Satrang, Sehnaaz, Shama, Shankar, Singh, Versha, Wama. There are many more to avoid.
Henna is a plant and, just like fruits and veggies, will spoil in a short amount of time.
SAFE HENNA is made with ingredients that are easily recognized.
SAFE HENNA expires within hours at room temperature so it's kept refrigerated or frozen. Professional artists/ suppliers of safe henna will tell you what ingredients they use. Want to smell the paste? Just ask - we don't mind! Expect an earthy, floral scent that's pleasing.
SAFE HENNA paste will ship frozen via overnight delivery so it doesn't demise before you receive it (you'll probably pay more for shipping than the paste). This is the only way to buy safe paste.
SAFE HENNA powder is also available if you want to mix your own. You'll need other ingredients (distilled water or lemon juice, sugar and specific essential oils).
I make my own paste. The henna powder I use is from Rajasthan, India and is Certified Organic. It's imported by fellow artist and business owner, Jody at Beachcombers Bazaar in Orlando, Florida. Feel free to check out Jody's website for supplies, ready to mix henna kits, how-to's, classes and other cool stuff.
If you want to learn how to do henna go to a henna conference. There are several in the U.S. that offer classes with world-renown instructors. It's a great way to learn, find suppliers and connect with other artists in our community.
You're welcome to contact me if you have any questions. And remember, safe henna is never black!
Best wishes and have fun,
P.S. I don't sell my henna paste or receive any compensation for the recommendations given.