One of my favorite things to do around the springtime is to make a fresh batch of my natural henna recipe. Now that it’s starting to warm up and we aren’t layered in clothing, it’s a great time to get creative and practice doing henna tattoos. So today I’m sharing my Natural Henna Tattoo Paste Recipe. It’s super easy and fun, and you can’t beat the fresh natural aromas and dark stains!
Natural Henna Tattoo Paste Recipe
What you’ll love about making your own henna is that you get to customize the scent and consistency exactly how you like it! So use this recipe as a guide but get curious and play with the consistency of each ingredient. Henna is like cooking. It can take some time to get it perfect, relax and have fun with your creating the henna paste that best suits you!
One of my favorite things about doing henna is practicing and getting all the fun art kits and stencils. But before you go and get started, it’s important to know how to make a proper henna paste to use for your designs. Below are the different ingredients I add to my henna recipes and why. In order to create the best possible henna mix, it helps to understand why you add these specific ingredients, so let’s start there!
- Henna Powder
- Lemon Juice
Obviously, you need some sort of liquid to make your henna powder into a paste. Lemon juice is a great acidic liquid that allows the dye molecules in the henna powder to be released. If you use something other than lemon juice, the dye release can be drastically different. I’ve tried a few teas and other liquid blends but lemon juice has always worked the best!
Adding sugar to your henna powder is optional but I highly recommend it. Sugar makes the henna stay wet against the skin longer and stick to the skin better helping you achieve a darker stain. It also helps give your henna great consistency. You may find you like more or less sugar with different brands of henna but play around with the quantity to find the consistency you like best.
- Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils
Natural Henna Tattoo Paste Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 24 hours
- Total Time: 24 hours 10 mins
- Category: Natural Beauty
- 1/2 cup Henna Powder
- 3 teaspoons of powder sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons essential oil
- Place your ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Slowly stir with a fork until you get a concistency similar to tooth paste.
- Then with a plastic wrap cover the paste and gently press down so it’s touching the surface and there’s no air contact
- Let the covered henna paste sit in a warm location for 24 hours (about 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
- When 24 hours has passed, take off the plastic wrap and give it a good stir, adjusting the consistency if needed. To thin the paste add 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice at a time until your desired consistency is reached. To thicken the paste add a pinch of henna powder.
- Then fill your applicator cone or bottles and go draw beautiful designs! Enjoy :)
Store leftover paste in the freezer for 6-12 months.
I like to fill a cake decorating bag with henna first so I easily fill my cones.
Products I used in this recipe…
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Well, I hope you found this post helpful. Comment and share what products you like using for making fresh henna. Also if you give this henna paste recipe a try please let us know and share a picture tagging me on Instagram @livesimplynatural. I can’t wait to see all your beautiful designs!
Very nice blog. Thanks for sharing.
It’s wonderful that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our dialogue made here.
How dark can it get if you add all the ingredients that make the colour darker?
It varies from person to person but the darkest it got on my skin was a chocolate brown. Hope that helps :)
Thank you for this lovely Article.. I really love them these tips of how we can make mehandi …
I wonder what to use for cones. Can empty ones be purchased? Or is there an alternative? I used a hair dye applicator but the hole was too big. Thanks for the inspiration!
I use these Henna Cones from amazon!
Hello, i live in Morocco, and we use Henna in every special events, for both hands and feet, Henna have a very good health benefits for the skin and other part of the Body, Hair for example.
tattoos are great
I visited the Henna Hut that you buy your henna from. They say not to mix with lemon juice or sugar. Can you explain to me why you do if it’s not recommended? I am new and trying to learn. Thank you
I understand your concern. My thoughts as to why would be because typically Henna is used for hair and since lemon juice dries out the hair, most companies will recommend avoiding this. For body art, Henna Hut recommends using walnut oil extra instead of lemon juice. But I just prefer using lemon juice and have gotten the best results when I do. The sugar just helps to maintain a good bold and stickiness to the body. I hope this helps!
Where do you get henna powder from in Canada
Great information. Thanks for the wonderful article, it may be very helpful for everyone who is conscious about.
Hi, how much does a «cup» represent in mililiters or tea/table spoon ?
16 table spoons to a cup in usa
I don’t know of any others that will safely stain the skin. Let me know if you find any, thanks :)
where do you get your henna powder from ?? i’d really appreciate it.
I actually buy my henna from Henna Hut, a local business here in Houston. I love the quality and color :)
Where do you get your henna powder from? Can you comment the link to the website?
You can get it at Etsy that’s where I get it
I shipped in henna from Morocco, but I got it from my family there. I definitely recommend not relying on the Walmart brand henna, or even the henna that is made in the USA. You might want to look at an online store called Earthbound, inorder to buy henna.