Making Hennagua

Hennagua is the term for a mixture of henna and jagua juice.  There are different ratios of hennagua mixes, making them very different from each other in the shade that they dye the skin.

A 100% blend of hennagua means that all of the added liquid is jagua juice. (100% of the liquid that would be added to mix henna would be jagua instead of water or tea or lemon juice).

A 50% blend of hennagua means that only half of the liquid added would be jagua juice, and the other half would be water.

This week's Workshop post will go over how to make hennagua 100% blend.

Below is a list of items you will need to make the hennagua paste.  (note, this is just the paste making tutorial.  You can learn how to fill cones and seal cones on our blog).

  • 50 grams henna powder
  • 120 mL jagua juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons sugar (white table sugar)
  • glass bowl to mix in
  • stainless steel spoon to mix
  • measuring cup, scale to weigh, dropper or pipette to measure essential oils
  • saran wrap
  • cello or mylar cones or an applicator of your choice

First, you will need Jagua Juice.  You can find all of our jagua products here: (including hennagua cones)

Our jagua juice features undiluted, unpasturized jagua juice from the unripe fruit of the jagua tree.  Learn more about our jagua juice here:

You will also need some empty cones (mylar or cello).  You can get your hands on some empty cello cones here:
You will need to get your hands on some good quality henna powder.  Here, we are using organic henna powder.  Get yours here:

Add some sugar.  Please do not try to get fancy here.  Just use some regular or organic white table sugar.  Sure, you can opt for the vegan sugar, or something more complicated--just try to keep it white sugar.  There have been times when using organic brown sugar or raw sugar will mess with the stain quality of the henna.
Then, add in the jagua juice.  In this batch, we are mixing a 100% jagua blend, meaning that all of the liquid used to mix the henna will be Jagua.  There are other proportions that you can use, but for this particular hennagua recipe, we use all jagua juice (well almost).
Then, mix your henna until it forms a smooth paste.  Do not add any more liquid at this point.  The sugar in the paste will help bring in the moisture from the air, so the paste will get softer as it rests. 

Once, the paste is mixed, add essential oils.  The best oil to add here is lavender essential oil.  It smells absolutely divine, and is perfect to use with jagua.  You can get your hands on other essential oils here:

Once you have mixed everything together, let the paste rest for 15 minutes.  Then smooth out the paste, and fill your applicators.