KISS Recipe Large Batch

quick henna tips
  • 1 box of henna + 1 ounce essential oil
  • Mix 24 hours in advance for a lemon juice recipe, at 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix 4-6 hours in advance for a water recipe at 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Use a kitchen mixer and mix all ingredients at once
  • Test for readiness by putting a big dot of paste on your palm for 5 minutes. If it's bright pumpkin orange when removed after 5 minutes it's ready to use. If it's light yellowish it needs more time to dye release.
  • Store your freshly mixed, ready to use paste in the freezer up to 6-12 month
  • Yields approximately 15 ounces henna paste
  • Fills 15-30 cones depending on their size 
  • Creates approximately 300 small designs

If you want to, you can find a thousand variations for henna recipes. Some have beautiful stories surrounding them (a memory of Grandmother stirring cloves and spices together with tea over an open fire) and others sound just crazy enough to work (mix 1 part coffee with 1 part camel urine). We promise, with quality ingredients and a little patience you will get excellent results every time with the Henna Caravan KISS recipe. 

What's the KISS Recipe, you ask? Keep It Simple, Sister! You just need four ingredients, starting with premium quality fresh henna powder. Add an essential oil high in mono-terpene alcohols, some sugar to balance the consistency, and lemon juice to keep the paste stable, and you're nearly there. This is the only henna recipe you'll need for reliable, consistent results time after time. 

KISS Recipe Large Batch 
100 grams of henna (1 box/pouch)

 kiss recipe henna 100 gram

Begin mixing 24 hours before you plan to use the henna. It takes about 24 hours to prepare the henna paste for application.

 

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Gather your Supplies

For large batches an  electric kitchen mixer is awesome.

  • 1 Box (100 grams) Body Art Quality Fresh Henna Powder 
  • Lemon Juice, Bottled or Fresh, strained
  • Sugar, 1/4 cup
  • 1 ounce HC Essential Oil 'terp' Blend
  • Measuring Cup & Spoons
  • Spoon, or Spatula for stirring
  • Plastic Cling Wrap
  • Applicator Cones or Bottles
  • Kitchen Mixer

 

sugar in henna paste

essential oil in henna recipe

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24 hours before you plan to use the henna begin mixing

  • In a mixing bowl add ingredients
  • 1 Box/Pouch Body Art Quality Natural Henna Powder
  • Add a bit less than 1 Cup lemon juice
  • Mix on low till fully incorporated

 

You can mix all 4 ingredients at once. I just find it to go a bit smoother if I dump them in two steps and blend henna and lemon first for a few minutes then add the sugar and oils.

lemon juice in henna paste 

stirring henna pasteconsistency of henna paste

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Add the rest

  • Add 1/4 Cup sugar
  • Add 1 ounce HC Essential Oil Blend (or Cajeput, Niaouli, Tea Tree, Lavender)
  • Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are fully incorporated and there are no lumps

 

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Wrap it up

  • Cover the surface of the henna paste with plastic wrap (or a plastic bag) and gently press down so it's touching the surface and there's no air contact.

 

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Keep it warm for 24 hours

  • Let the covered henna paste rest in a warm location for 24 hours (about 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • It’s always best if you use a thermometer to monitor temperature. You don’t want to ‘cook’ your henna and ruin it. Digital candy thermometers work great. Just stick the thermometer right in the bowl of paste.
 

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Check consistency

  • When 24 hours has passed, take off the plastic wrap and give it a good stir.
  • Adjust your consistency. To thin the paste add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice at a time until your desired consistency is reached. To thicken the paste add a pinch of henna powder.
  • At HC we like a henna paste that 'ribbons' or flows off the spoon. Some like it thinner, some like it thicker.
 

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Fill applicators and go draw!

  • Fill your applicator cone or bottles now
  • Go draw beautiful designs!
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  • Store leftover paste in the freezer for 6-12 months.
  • Defrost at room temperature.
  • Only defrost the amount you’ll use that day, multiple freeze and thaws will compromise the stain quality.