This weekend, we tried the natural skin dye, jagua gel tattoo. The product was described to be similar to henna for for temporary tattoos, but instead of a dark reddish brown color, it’d be black. Jagua itself is an extract of a plant Genipa Americana. The dye is natural and non-toxic, although similar to henna some people can have a mild skin rash or allergy from the product.
Before applying the product, it has to first be brought to room temperature. We used a relatively small container of the gel, so it took 30 minutes. During this time, we chose the images and decided where it would go (jagua stains on arms and legs best). After this, we put it into the container which it can be applied from. The container provided or a zip lock bag with a corner cut off can be used for this. Once the jagua gel became the right temperature, the gel can be applied to the cleaned skin surface (use hand sanitizer or soap and wipe thoroughly with clean towel). It has to be applied carefully as the consistency is runny. If the tattoo is large, try first applying how it’ll generally look like, and then draw in the details, to keep the proportions you want. Once the tattoo is finished, it has to be left out open to dry off. It can then be wrapped in the medical tape provided, and left on for at least an hour, although the longer it’s left on, the better the stain. It can even be left on overnight, although remember to cover the tattoo fully, as it stains fabric, and can possibly smudge.
At first, the tattoo will be a light grey color, but after 12-24 hours, it’ll gain color, becoming very dark grey or almost black. It’ll stay that way for around 5 days, and slowly start to lighten, although an after-care balm can be used to extend the life of the image. Remember that results may vary from person to person.
Day 1 (two hours after application)
Day 2 (twenty hours after application)
In two weeks after application