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How to make hengua paste?

If you are an experienced henna artist, please use your standard henna paste recipe and experiment by replacing henna powder with Jagua powder. We recommend to start with a 50% Jagua powder 50% henna powder formula and alter by adding less or more Jagua powder for different staining effects.

This recipe gives you approximately 100 grams (100ml) of hengua paste.


  • 12.5g Jagua powder
  • 12.5g henna powder
  • 67.5g water
  • 7.5g essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus or squalene)
  • 10g sugar

How to mix:

  1. Add Jagua and henna powder to a mixing bowl
  2. Add water while mixing thoroughly
  3. Add essential oil while mixing thoroughly
  4. Add sugar when you are living in a dry heat setting, do not add if you are in a humid setting
  5. Mix thoroughly and let the formula settle for at least 12 – 24 hours. Please note: The time for Henna powder to release its dye depends. Please see tips below.
  6. Mix thoroughly again to remove any lumps. Strain your Hengua paste through a stalking if needed
  7. Now you can put your Jagua paste in an applicator bottle or a cone.

General tips

  • Always use top quality essential oils and henna powder to ensure a good stain. 
  • It also depends per henna powder when its dye will be released. As every henna powder has its own properties, please work with henna powder that you are familiar with so you know how long it takes for it to release its dye. 
  • We recommend you to add less or more Henna Powder to get different staining effects.
  • For Hengua paste using our Jagua Powder, we recommend to remove the Hengua paste by peeling it of the skin. It takes 24 to 48 hours for Hengua to reach its most intense stain. Avoid contact with water in the meantime.