To make 20 cones of fresh henna you will need:
- 100 grams HH Sojat Henna Powder – For best results use Natural Organic Sojat henna or Jamila Henna powder. You are looking for BAQ (body art quality) or Bridal quality henna powder.
- 30 grams Organic Sugar – Sugar helps henna stick better to the skin. If you live in a less humid area you can experiment with more sugar.
- 30ml (1 oz) pure Essential Oil – We prefer Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender. Use steam-distilled all natural essential oils only. Lavender is preferred for pregnancy, children and cancer patients.
- Liquid – Distilled water is our preferred liquid. You can also use lemon juice (do not use lime juice) or tea
Lets get started:
Step 1 – Mix your dry ingredients (henna and sugar) in a bowl or a kitchen aid mixer. You can also use a hand mixer.
Step 2 – Add your choice of liquid and mix until its all mixed in.
We will be thinning out the paste after dye release.
Step 3 – Add in the Essential oil and mix.
Step 4 – Cover with plastic wrap and keep aside for 3-4 hours for Sojat powder.
Jamila can take upwards of 24+ hours.
Step 5 – After a few hours you can start thinning out the paste. Add small amounts of liquids to your paste to get it to the right consistency.
You are looking for a creamy/stringy free flowing consistency. Make a small cone to check for consistency and also the stain.
Step 6 – Once you are happy with the consistency of your paste, you will need to strain it to get any lumps out before coning the paste.
Follow the below steps to strain your paste using a carrot bag and a stocking.
Step 7 – Once you have the strained paste in a carrot bag, you are ready to make cones.
Step 8 – Fill your cones about ¾ of the way full and tape shut.
You can use small rubber bands to close the open mouth of the cone
100 grams of henna powder makes about 400 grams of paste. My average cones weigh about 15-18 grams and can yield upto 23 cones. You can freeze your cones for upto 6 months. Pull one out of the freezer 10-15 minutes before you are ready to use it. Happy Hennaing.