What's the difference between Jagua and Henna?


In this blog post, we'll show you the difference between our Inkster gel, which is made from the jagua fruit, and the henna paste, which is made from crushed leaves and stems of the henna bush. 

First things first! Here's a little summary, so you get all the facts:

Jagua fruit:

  • Comes from South America and the Amazon region
  • The color result is black-dark bluish and thus looks like a real tattoo
  • Should be left on the skin for at least 90 minutes
  • The ink is absorbed into the first layer of the skin (epidermis). As the skin breathes, the ink oxidizes and turns your skin black.
  • After washing off, the Jagua tattoo is barely visible but develops over the next 24-36 hours.
  • The Jagua tattoo is visible on your skin for up to 2 weeks.

The special feature of Inkster is the composition of the natural tattoo-gel. The exact proportions of each ingredient, down to the milligram, give Inkster the unique vibrant black color that develops on your skin. 

It's not as simple as: "Why don't you mix some Jagua fruit and vegan Xanthan gum and get your natural 2-week tattoo."

We've spent a lot of time and energy figuring out that one composition and proportions of the different substances to give you your unique experience with our natural 2-week tattoos.

Other special features of Inkster are that it is easy to apply, water-resistant immediately after application and you can easily take a shower or even go to the sauna. 

A little tip: A sauna visit will make your natural 2-week tattoo develop even faster and blacker, as your skin opens additional pores in the sauna.


Henna Bush:

  • Comes from India, Africa, and the Middle East
  • The color result is reddish-brown
  • Should be left on the skin for at least 5 hours and ideally 8 hours
  • The henna color is absorbed into the first layer of the skin (epidermis).
  • Henna tattoos should be protected from water for at least 24 hours to achieve the best result.
  • The henna tattoo develops within 24-48 hours and is visible on your skin for up to 2 weeks.

If you want a reddish-brown color result, henna is the right choice for you. However, you need to be aware that you need to allow plenty of time for an optimal color result, as henna develops over a much longer time than Inkster's natural 2-week tattoo. 


IMPORTANT: There is no such thing as black henna!

Avoid applying black henna to your skin at all costs!

Black henna contains the substance para-phenylenediamine (PPD). This substance is often used in hair dyes and causes severe skin irritation in most cases and can lead to severe scarring in extreme cases. 

Unlike natural henna and the jagua fruit, it is not recommended to apply black henna to the skin.

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