First Time Henna User- Need Advice

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VirginiaNatalie
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First Time Henna User- Need Advice
Hello, I am in need of some advice. I have just purchased my first Henna kit and am concerned that there is no ingredients list. The kit is called 'ganesha henna paste kit' and I can see there are stockists online with it aswell. It contains a ready-made henna paste, henna oil, henna powder and several other things (stencils etc)... There are clear instructions but no ingredients list, as mentioned. I am wary to use the henna incase it is unsafe. The colour of the henna ready-made paste is a brownish green (on a bit of paper!) and the powder a greyish-green. I wonder if anyone knows 'Ganesha' to be a tried and trusted brand. I'm really keen to get using it straight away so would appreciate anyone with knowledge on this. Thankyou xx VirginiaNatalie xx
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Virginia, most likely I
Virginia, most likely I wouldn't touch the stuff. Henna is a plant powder and it can lose its power after a long time, and there's no way of knowing how long that stuff has been sitting on someone's shelf. The other worry is the "henna oil." I personally have a great time with henna oil, burning it to show how much petroleum product (like gasoline, kerosene, turpentine, etc.) is often in it. I would NOT recommend putting it on your skin, as you point out,m there's no way of knowing what's in it! I don't know that brand, but the "kit" setup is often doomed to fail. You're smart to avoid stuff that's unlabeled! If you want to do henna body art, buy some henna powder from the page here and mix your own - there are oodles of advice on how to do it, and you're going to get a safe, known product and not have to worry about yucky stuff in it. I personally love Jamila or the Purity henna that's available in the shop at mehandi.com, there are others who also supply awesome henna, and you'll be MUCH happier with those results! Good luck!
VirginiaNatalie
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Thank-you for your
Thank-you for your advice... I will definitely check out what the site has to offer- I'm really keen to start using it.. but better to be safe than sorry!! Never know what you are putting on your skin these days!
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If there is contact info on the package I suggest you ask them what the ingredients are. We are required by law to list ingredients and weights on everything . It sounds suspect, but without knowing the ingredients it is hard to answer .
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Re: First Time Henna User- Need Advice

Hi VirginiaNatalie!

You're right to be concerned about the ingredients. I've found kits with nasty additives in the pre-made paste such as harsh clove bud oil and ammonia!  Stuff you definitely DON'T want to put on your skin.  I hate to say it, but you're going to be disappointed with the results. The paste is likely chunky, so you won't get fine lines.  And the stain will be wimpy, because it was pre-made and waaaaaaay past it's peak dye release.

Making henna paste is very easy. Trust me, you can totally do this!  First and foremost, you will need to get henna powder from a reputable source. You can't get a dark stain without properly-packaged and stored henna powder.  Other than that, you'll need an acidic liquid like lemon juice and sugar (or honey, syrup, etc).  Essential oil is optional (look up "Terp It" in the 'How To' section of Hennapage.com).

Like I said, you can do it and there's a big henna community here for support (and help)!

Holly

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Henna paste in tubes: Lead Warning!

Imported tubes of ready-made henna paste are apt to have nasty lead comtamination levels.

If you can see that the INSIDE of the tube is made of a silvery, soft metal (you can see where its been cut off to close the bottom of the tube in the manufacturing process) ... that's a red flag for lead.

If the tube containing the henna paste is made of lead, and the paste is acidic, the acid will leach lead from the tube into the paste.  Some henna pastes purchased in Saudi Arabia by a group of researchers had seriously dangerous lead contamination.  I'm testing some random tubes of henna paste purchased at a local import grocery store this week.

I sent a round of henna powders from our warehouse  to the lab for lead tested and their lead assays came back as ... undetectable. Tain't none there. Lead doesn't penetrate skin all that easily, but .... better to not have lead on your skin if you've got the choice.

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