I was experimenting with a new recipe tonight and wanted to test it out on my arm. My first problem was that the goop was too thin, so I had to add more powder. I worried that the henna had indigo in it again, because it was bright green, but it didn’t. It’s just fresh.
I don’t think this design will turn out very dark. I had to scrape it off after an hour because my skin was itching. I thought maybe it was lemon juice in tiny cuts, but it was hurting all over, not just in one or two places. The culprit is the mustard seed oil. They didn’t have eucalyptus oil for sale at the Indian Grocery, and I didn’t want to think that I drove five miles out of my way for nothing, so I got mustard oil. I’ve heard it’s a good mordant for henna, but that it can be harsh on the skin. They got that right. Next time I’ll stick with olive oil.