Jagua comes from a South American plant called the Genipap (Genipa Americana). This blue-black temporary dye is obtained by squeezing the juice from the unripened fruit. A gel is then mixed from the fruit juice using all natural ingredients and applied to the skin.
The gel can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to dry to the touch and should remain on the skin for 2-3 hours. This creates a temporary tattoo lasting roughly 1 to 2 weeks. The stain develops to full darkness within roughly 24 hours and slowly fades away as your skin exfoliates.
This ancient method of body adornment has been used safely for countless generations in many South American cultures. You can find further information on the Genipa Americana fruit and it’s origins Here.
Jagua gel does not contain any harsh chemicals and should not be confused with “black henna”, which is a term used to describe some of the various chemical-containing products being sold for use as henna. For more information on the dangers of using “black henna” please check the link at the bottom of this page.