Body Art Quality henna is often referred to as BAQ henna which is to be applied on the skin. Body art quality henna has absolutely no added chemical dyes, no added metallic salts, or any other ingredients that may harm your health or cause damaging reactions as synthetic dyes. It is a pure henna powder that has a higher natural dye content than uses for hair henna. Hair henna usually has to have other chemicals added to make it different hair colour shades etc. Hair henna has a lower dye content (lawsone content at 1% or less) and is not as finely sifted, cleaned and sorted as the henna for body art quality. Only real BAQ henna powder is a pumpkin orange colour to a light brown shade. Henna for body art must have a finer sift, so artists can make fine patterns with deep long-lasting stains. ‘Lawsone’ (the red-orange dye that naturally occurs in henna leaves) normally ranges from 0.3% to 3% or higher at harvest. Henna crops vary through the growing regions and vary from season to season. With good packaging, in ideal conditions, the lawsone content expires very slowly but if the packaging allows moisture, light or heat to damage the henna, then it may quickly become worthless no matter how high the lawsone content is, so good handling of the henna powder and packaging is a must.