INKBOX VS. HENNA – inkbox temporary tattoos
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INKBOX VS. HENNA

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What's the difference?

 

SCIENCE

Henna

Henna has a tannin dye molecule, Lawsone, or hennotannic acid, that is small enough to penetrate a skin cell. If you put henna paste on skin, the dye molecules will penetrate down the columns of skin cells.

     

inkbox

inkbox works similarily to henna, however it uses a different molecule to penetrate the skin cell (an extract from the Genipa Plant). It reacts with organic compounds to change your skin's color. 

Both henna and inkbox tattoos are temporary because they sit in your epidermis and therefore only last 2-3 weeks, which is the natural regeneration time of your skin. 

  

COLOR

Henna

Orange when the paste is first removed, but darkens over the following three days to a deep reddish brown.

 

 

 

"Black henna" should never be used on your skin as it contains PPD, a chemical that can leave permanent scarring (commonly found in hair dye). Google the results at your own risk!

 

inkbox

Light greenish / blue when first removed and darkens to a deep blue / black. 

 

   

APPLICATION

Henna

Commonly it's applied directly to the skin using a cone tube. Then a mixture of lemon juice and white sugar is applied over the design to remoisten the henna mud so that the henna will stain darker. It is left on the skin for 2-6 hours and develops over the next 24-72 hours.

 

 

inkbox

Formula 1S freehand ink is applied directly to the skin using our needle tip bottle. After 1 hour it can be completely removed. The color gradually darkens through oxidation over 24-36 hours.

 

 

Formula 2 is applied with our patented applicator, which requires just 15 minutes. No artistic ability? This is your best solution to a realistic temporary tattoo!

 

 

CULTURE

Henna

Henna (Mehndi) is a ceremonial art form which originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent. It is typically applied during weddings - for brides. The use of mehndi is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books.

 

inkbox

inkbox is inspired from a fruit that primarily grows in the jungles of the Darién Gap, Panama. This area is home to the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna indians, who still rely on their local forests for survivalWe're proud to donate a percentage of every sale to the Darién Initiative, who for 30 years have helped the indigenous people of the Darién Gap, Panama.

 

   

Here at inkbox we love all forms of self-expression and body art. Wether it's henna, stick-n-peel temporary tattoos, permanent tattoos or inkbox, you do you!

 

- Braden Handley

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