Many people are asking if we test our henna for PPD and if it is organic. What about other crops bleeding into henna crops? I hope below will help those understand how natural henna and indigo both are grown. FDA, DPA
We do have laboratory tested henna, we just do not use a scare tactic to get you to buy ours.
Ours is organic, we just are not allowed to market it in the USA as organic. The fact is it is extremely difficult if not impossible to get an official organic license because it is grown India, not in the USA.
We also test for PPD and lead, etc. Matter of fact we even test our natural shampoo for gluten and it is gluten-free as well.
We see a lot of smaller companies doing just that but it will not be long before the FDA/DPA catches up with them.
We even see companies saying it is FDA approved. We deal with the FDA on a regular base and it is not a drug or food so it will never be FDA approved. They do however take samples of every shipment we bring in. If a company says it is FDA approved or the FDA does not allow returns, this is a sign to look elsewhere.
Henna is only harvested once a year along with indigo unless you are doing commercial crops twice a year (China) and some parts of India near China.
Henna is also grown in extreme climates with no or very little water. Basically in the sand of the desert. The water from monsoons is usually enough water for the henna to make it a season.
Henna is not a plant that bugs like and it is a hard climate for them to survive.
With that said most henna is pesticide-free and yes wind and water can carry almost anything anywhere. (Obviously, Monsanto is a perfect example, even though evil, not toxic).
But also keep in mind, it would have to drift a long way and most pesticides are sticky waxy to prevent rain from washing them off (Shows on an apple, cucumber, tomatoes, etc very well). Also, Cotton is not grown in the desert. That is what makes henna and indigo so extreme. It thrives in a harsh environment; where most other plants could never survive. You can Google earth India and you will see a green side and a desert side (near Rajasthan). This would be the henna side vs. the cotton/cashews/tea side. India is huge on cotton, but cotton is easily grown in the USA.
Not indigo or henna, they have to have a desert climate, none like the USA can provide. Matter of fact blue jeans uses to be made from real plants of indigo. Now it is made from synthetics. So blue jeans are not even real indigo any longer.
Fact is Chemical hair dye is being washed down the drains so often on a regular basis, it is shocking. This is like second-hand smoke that goes unseen.
Think about it, they ask us not to toss meds in the trash or down the sink, so why aren’t salons regulated? I will tell you why it is a 15 billion dollar industry! So I would be more worried about what the salon across the street is washing down the drain, not what is in the henna :).
3 kinds of henna, fresh henna and old henna, commercial henna. If it has chemicals it is sitting in the store on the corner. Anyone bringing in large quantities will be subject to the FDA. And it would be very costly for them to open it or buy in bulk and package it themselves to add chemicals.
Most fresh henna is great on the hair. Commercial henna is harvested twice a year. Doing so depletes the soil and produces poor henna.