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Henna tattoos for years has been at the fore front of the temporary tattoo explosion and are great, there beauty and elegance of designs can be sublime. Henna is a plant more commonly known as Mendhi/ lawsonia inermis (various spellings) throughout most of India and Pakistan and has been used traditionally for centuries for body adornment.

Jagua is not so called ‘black henna tattoo’ which contains harmful PPD. Jagua is very new to this established temporary tattoo market, but also has strong historical links to the past. It has been used for centuries by tribes of the South American jungles to adorn themselves with black temporary tattoos for rituals, ceremonies and festivals. The natural dye is found in the Jagua fruit (locally called Genipa Americana,Caruto, Huito, Jenipapo) these grows on trees throughout tropical and sub tropical regions of South & Central America Jagua.

Tattoos within our culture are extremely popular, a poll conducted online estimated that 16% of all adults in the United States have at least one tattoo.

So whether you're planning a tattoo for a night out, a holiday or as a trial run for a permanent tattoo, set your imagination free and give temporary tattoos a try.

tattoo colour
how it works

This is the main difference between these two temporary tattoo products, our natural henna creates a lovely brown tattoo,
where as Jagua creates a blue black ‘real look’ tattoo.


Its best to practice on paper first. Don’t worry if your first attempts are a bit poor think what it was like when you first used a pen. The more you try the better you will become. We recommend using Hectograph Tattoo Paper or Hectograph pencil and transfer paper as both these products will leave a crisp and clean outline on the skin for you to easily follow making any design easier.

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1.original design
2.hectograph copy
3.traced onto skin with jagua
4.finished tattoo

Begin in the top left hand corner of your design (top right if left handed) to avoid smudging.

For best results regularly clean the tip of the applicator with tissue.

For fine line work use a application cone
(provided in our kits or sold on our refills page)

Safety wise obviously avoid contact with eyes and avoid contact with clothing and furnishings as it will stain.

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Jagua tattoo gel needs no pre mixing. Use it straight from the tube or use an application cone for more detailed work (available in some of our kits or in the refills & more page).

Jagua gel where it is a fruit based dye has a texture close to jam, it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour to dry*. Once Jagua gel has been on for two hours it is peeled away carefully and the tattooed area is lightly rinsed with water.

Henna comes in two forms paste and powder. The paste is pre mixed and ready for instant use, whereas the powder has to be mixed.

Henna tattoos take between 20 minutes to 45 minutes* to dry once applied and then the paste can be gently crumbled off.

*The drying time depends upon many factors, such as: Ambient Air Temperature, Body Temperature, Size of design, Type of Design.









how they work  
Both Henna Tattoos and Jagua Tattoos work by staining the epidermis (upper layer of your skin). They will not be seen straight away, DONT panic as the tattoos take 12-48 hours to develop, then will gradually fade away after approximately 10-15 days. Duration varies from person to person due to skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle. back to top
After your temporary tattoo has developed its important to look after it.For best results…

Do not bath or soak the tattooed area for the first 24 hours as this will effect tattoo development.

When bathing or showering do not scrub your tattoo.

After bathing or showering pat skin dry gently.

If swimming in a chlorinated pool we suggest covering your tattoo with a barrier cream as otherwise it will bleach out.

Saunas and steam rooms will greatly shorten your tattoos life.

Apply aftercare cream liberally and often to your design after it develops. This will reduce skin ex-foliation and help your tattoo last for longer.




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