WHAT IS GENIPA FRUIT GEL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Jagua is the trade name for the skin dying gel made from the rainforest fruit Genipa Americana. For thousands of years, the South American and African natives have used the blue stain obtained from the squeezing of the unripe Genipa fruit to adorn their skin and ward off stinging insects. This dark blue non-permanent stain creates a temporary tattoo when applied to the body and wears off only as the epidermal layer of skin to which it is applied wears off.
WHY GENIPA FRUIT GEL? IS IT REALLY BETTER THAN HENNA?
The fruit gel creates a dark blue, realistic yet temporary tattoo. Currently, it is the only safe method of producing this kind of image. Henna in itself is not dangerous and produces a red/brown temporary tattoo. Black henna on the other hand has additives to alter its color and produce a realistic temporary tattoo. It may sound good in theory, but the chemicals added are harsh and can cause blisters and permanent scarring.
HOW LONG WILL MY FRUIT GEL TATTOO LAST?
Your skin type, lifestyle, and the location you choose to place your tattoo will all affect the duration of your temporary tattoo. In most cases, a fruit gel tattoo will last for 1 1/2 weeks up to one month. Frequent swimming, trips to the sauna and exfoliating, hand sanitizer, and lotions (alcohol based) all shorten the life of your fruit gel tattoo. Tattoos on the hands, face, and neck wears off the quickest and those on the arms tend to last the longest. No matter what skin type, lifestyle, or location of your temporary tattoo taking care of it will extend its lifetime.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY FRUIT GEL TATTOO?
Apply our light on the go oil to your tattoo before and after washing hands. Apply our Aftercare body cream before bathing, swimming, or sleeping. Avoid any abrasion of any kind in the tattoo area. Apply our light on the go oil to your tattoo before activities that may cause you to perspire and use sunblock when tanning. Keep your body well hydrated and your skin moisturized.
IS THE FRUIT GEL REALLY SAFE?
*The fruit Genipa is very new to the western world and we all still learning! Although Genipa is a natural food product and has been used for thousands of years on kids, woman and man as part of their daily routine and not only for nutritional purposes and skin stains, but for herbal healing as well. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to any foreign substance applied to the skin. We encourage People with sensitive skin, before applying a full sized fruit gel Temporary Tattoo to test a small patch by applying a small dot of Fruit gel behind the ear to test your sensitivity to Genipa.
Many companies have sold thousands of Genipa temporary tattoo products and we provide it as a service at our shop and had 1 very mild case of allergic reactions in 7 years. An allergic reaction to the fruit gel will appear as a dense rash of hard red bumps and may look similar to the allergic reactions. Unlike PPD or Black Henna, an allergic reaction to the fruit gel will not create a lasting scar. This rash can be treated like any other allergic rash with the application of anti-itch cream and/or Cortizone. Before treating any allergic reaction, it is essential to consult your health care professional!
We speculate that there is a connection between high alcohol/drugs levels and how the body reacts to the fruit gel.
It is not wise to expose heat in any form to a fresh applied fruit gel tattoo in the first 48 hour of the tattoo development or painful scarring will occur.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY TEMPORARY TATTOO TO DRY?
Your fruit gel will be dry to the touch in one hour, but should sit on the skin for at least two full hours before you peel the gel. The longer the fruit gel has contact with the skin, the darker your temporary tattoo will be. Always make sure to remove the gel and cover the area before sleeping.
DOES FRUIT GEL COME IN OTHER COLORS?
Sorry, no. the fruit gel is a natural product and is always Blue/Dark Indigo. The exact shade is determined by the individual’s skin tone.
I GOT A FRUIT GEL TEMPORARY TATTOO, BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW UP. WHY?
Relax, its not suppose to show up right away. When you peel off the gel, your fruit gel temporary tattoo will be light grey and look like a shadow on your skin. Give it a few hours and you’ll notice it starting to darken. In 12 hours you will have a Blue/Dark Indigo tattoo that depending on your skin type may continue to darken for another 24 hours.
WILL THE FRUIT GEL SHOW UP WELL ON DARK SKIN?
Absolutely! The original Genipa fruit artists are dark skinned beautiful people! On light skin, the fruit gel shows up more in the bluish end of the color range and on dark skin it is more of a deep dark Indigo. It appears with in the Dark blue/Dark Indigo tattoo color range on all skin tones. Remember, the fresher the fruit gel, the darker the stain.
HOW IS A FRUIT GEL TATTOO MADE?
The fruit gel temporary tattoos are made using a blunt ended cone to draw a design on top of the skin. Even though the applicator is called a cone, this process does not hurt. It is just like icing a cake. The Genipa fruit gel is squeezed onto the skin and then left to dry for two hours. During the drying time, one must be very cautious not to smear the fruit gel on to clothing or other parts of the body to avoid staining and/or distortion of the tattoo. Once the temporary tattoo has dried, the fruit gel is then peeled off and the area washed with warm soapy water to remove all traces of stain. At this point, it will be tempting to freak out. It doesn’t look like the fruit gel you purchased is any good, but just relax. The light grey “shadow” on your skin will start to darken as it reacts with your skins pigment and will continue to darken for 12-48 hours.
ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO THE FRUIT GEL
Although the fruit gel is a natural product, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to any foreign substance applied to the skin. People with sensitive skin are encouraged to test a small patch of skin before applying a full-sized fruit gel Temporary Tattoo.
An allergic reaction to the fruit gel will appear as a dense rash of hard red bumps and may look similar to the allergic reactions. Unlike PPD or Black Henna, an allergic reaction to the fruit gel will not create a lasting scar. This rash can be treated like any other allergic rash with the application of anti-itch cream and/or Cortizone. Before treating any allergic reaction, it is essential to consult your healthcare professional.
Fresh Genipa Tattoo Gel is made from Organic Genipa Americana Fruit. Our special Gel blend is 100% pure and pasteurized, mixed with the highest quality food-grade ingredients.
Our product has passed performance tests and quality assurance tests and meets all European regulations qualification criteria stipulated.
Selling/Applying Geinpa fruit gel for 7 years all around we can tell that the reported reaction rate to the fruit gel with our Fresh Genipa fruit is less than 1% and easily can be treated with topical Cortisone.
THIS CERTIFICATE IS GOOD ENOUGH BY LAW TO PROTECT ANY ARTIST THAT MAY CONCERN REGARDS ANY CUSTOMER’S SKIN REACTION THAT MAY ARISE TO JAGUA.