Henna is a shrub, commonly found in the Middle East, North and East Africa, Pakistan and India. The flower of the henna plant is used to make perfume, and the leaves of the plant contain a strong orange/red/brown dye that binds permanently with protein.
The leaves of the henna plant are picked, dried and ground into a superfine powder, called BAQ (Body Art Quality) henna powder. Antoinette imports the highest quality henna powder available from India and Pakistan.
The henna paste is made using the henna powder, distilled water, essential oils and sugar. The essential oils could be any of the following: Cajeput, Lemongrass, Geranium, Lavender, Clove Bud, and Sweet Orange. Often we use a blend. Please ask if you have any questions about the ingredients! We’re always happy to discuss our recipe and address any concerns!
Remember that henna is always stains natural brown color, and it takes time and air to darken. After the henna paste has been on for the recommended 4-8 hours, you remove the dried paste to reveal the stain. Henna stains should always start off an orange color and turn brown gradually over a couple of days.