Henna/Jagua Tattoo Workshop

During this workshop, you can learn to make simple or complex henna or jagua tattoos, first on paper, then on your own skin.

Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) is a plant with tinctorial properties, that produces a copper/brown dye when in contact with the skin or hair. In paste from powdered dry leaves, it has been (and is still) used for making tattoos for celebrations and weddings in north Africa, India, and Bangladesh.

Jagua (Genipa Americana) is a tropical fruit that leaves a dark blue stain; mixed with water and guar gum, it produces a gel that one can apply on the skin; after drying and removal of the gel (2 hours after application), the print of the drawing on the skin turns into dark blue after 12 hours. A dark blue tattoo is obtained, that lasts for 2-3 weeks. This tropical fruit juice has been used by tribes in the Amazonian rainforest for centuries.

I heard of henna tattoos during a wedding in Mauritius and loved a lot the idea of those non-permanent tattoos. I started making my own in 2020 and would like to share all the relaxation and fun it gives. I also started using jagua, to diversify the colors obtained.

During this workshop, you can learn to make simple or complex henna or jagua tattoos, first on paper, then on your skin.
We can inspire from simple usual patterns, and patterns inspired by lace from Rauma. Feel free also to bring patterns you would like to draw.
Free improvisation is very welcome!

During the drying of the henna, some tea, fruit juice, and homemade cakes (gluten-free, possibly vegan) will be served; removal of the paste can be done during the workshop.
The tattoos will get their full color 24-48h after the workshop.
Those tattoos are not permanent and last for 7-10 days for the henna and 2-3 weeks for the jagua.

For who? No need for any experience in henna tattoos. All persons of all ages are welcome!
As there is eucalyptus essential oil in the henna, it might not be recommended for pregnant women.
Besides, if you have an allergy to tropical fruits, eczema, extremely sensitive skin, and/or G6PD it would be better to avoid jagua.

Risks of allergies?
The henna cones (Neha herbals) used have the following composition: water, henna, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, terpineol, polysaccharide, and eucalyptus oil.
The jagua is purchased from the jagua henna website: https://jaguahenna.com/faq/about-jagua/, the main component of the formula is the fruit juice of Genipa Americana. In addition to this, it contains an Olive oil derivative (Phytosqualane), a thickener (Xanthan gum), water, a preservative (Sodium benzoate) a preservative (Potassium Sorbate), and Citric Acid. All these ingredients are 100% natural and are also used in food products.
Usually, they are not allergenic and shouldn’t be. Nevertheless, we’ll proceed to a small allergy test at the start of the workshop, just to be sure.

– Emilie