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About Jagua

How does Jagua work?

Jagua gel by Jagua Henna dyes the skin into a dark blue/black color which will last for 10 to 20 days. Exposure to air (oxidation) activates the gel which gives you a 100% natural tattoo.

Where does Jagua come from?

Our fresh Jagua fruits are sustainably collected in Colombia by working with local farmers. Our farmers never used jagua before but can now enjoy an extra income.

Our first acquaintance with Jagua took place deep in the Amazonian rainforests. Local tribes shared their stories and traditions and told us about the importance of Jagua during their daily lives. Each tribe has his own methods of creating Jagua tattoos with which they create intricate patterns for ceremonies and parties. They’ve used the Jagua fruits for hundreds of years and passed on their knowledge from generation to generation.

How is Jagua different from ‘traditional’ henna?

Differences between 'traditional' Henna and Jagua Henna are:

  • Traditional Henna will dye the skin red/brown while Jagua Henna will dye the skin dark blue/black.
  • There is no such thing as safe black 'traditional' Henna but Jagua Henna can safely provide a blue/black color.
  • Traditional Henna has been used for centuries throughout the Middle-East and Asia.
  • Jagua has been used for centuries by the local tribes of Central and South America.

What’s the difference between Jagua gel & ink?

Jagua gel is an EC 1223/2009 certified, ready-made product which you can apply directly to the skin and gives you a stable result. Jagua ink is freshly squeezed juice of the Genipa Americana fruit. Its consistency is like water which makes it unsuitable to be applied directly to the skin. With Jagua juice / ink you can create your own Jagua products. Use it to mix your own Jagua gel or Hengua paste, boost your stain, create a consistency of your liking or alter your colour.

We offer several sizes of Jagua gels and Jagua ink (juice).

How do Jagua products stain the skin?

The colourless Jagua juice (Genipa Americana) oxidizes when exposed to air. This oxidation process is the reason that your skin can gradually darken. Therefore, when our tattoo gel touches the skin for ~2.5 hours, it will take 12 to 24 hours before the tattoo will reach its most intense colour.

What tattoo colour does Jagua give?

Jagua dyes the skin black with a hint of dark blue. The exact colour depends on your specific skin type.

Are Jagua Henna tattoos visible on dark skin?

Absolutely. Whether you are dark or light skinned, Jagua will create a beautiful distinct temporary tattoo. Generally, the stain tends to be black on a dark skin while it tends to be dark blue on light skin.

Does Jagua come in other colours?

Unfortunately not. Jagua products will only dye the skin dark blue / black.

What is the shelf life of Jagua Henna products?

Freeze Jagua products at -20 degrees Celsius to preserve its staining capacity for 12 months. When used within 30 days, freezing is recommended but not required. Oxidation (exposure to air) will activate the gel. Before storing the tubes: squeeze out excessive air, seal by using the plug and screw on the cap. Contact with oxygen and improper storage conditions will reduce Jagua staining properties.

How to store and preserve Jagua?

Freeze Jagua products at -20 degrees Celsius to preserve its staining capacity for 12 months.

How often can I freeze & thaw Jagua?

Freeze Jagua products at -20 degrees Celcius! You can freeze and thaw Jagua Henna many times as the deteriorating effect is negligible. Just be sure to freeze immediately after you’re finished using the gel! However, to avoid unnecessary thawing, it might be wise to repack large bottles in smaller containers

How long does it take to thaw Jagua gel?

Thawing a 10ml tube will take about 30 minutes.

Is it really a two week tattoo?!

Absolutely! And everything is safe and natural. :-) Jagua Henna tattoos will gradually fade as your skin regenerates. The tattoo will last for 10-20 days due to this process.

What is Jagua exactly?

Jagua by Jagua Henna is a 2 week tattoo gel made of 100% natural ingredients. Jagua Henna creates a dark blue/black tattoo that lasts for 10 – 20 days. Jagua (Genipa Americana) is derived from a fruit that grows in the rainforests of Central- and South America. These fruits are also used for traditional jams, desserts and beverages. Due to its antibacterial and antibiotic properties it even helps against colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and other illnesses!