How Jagua Works

How Jagua Tattoos Work

The Colouring Process

The active ingredient ‘Genipine’ that occurs naturally in the unripe Jagua Fruit (Genipa Americana L) is preserved
within the Jagua Tattoo products.

  • Once the Jagua Tattoo product comes into contact with your skin the dye starts to work and begins to stain the skin.
  • The Jagua Tattoo product needs to stay on the skin for 2 hours to make sure the skin takes on a good colour.
  • After 2 hours when the Jagua Tattoo product is washed off, you will see a very pale greyish coloured design.


The Developing Process

  • The Colour of your Jagua Tattoo will begin to darken immediately.
  • It will gradually darken over the next 12 – 48 hours.
  • Your skin type dictates the specific development time, some people’s Jagua Tattoos reach their best colour in the first 12 hours, whilst others can take up to 2 days.

The Final Colour

  • After 48 hours you will not see any further colour darkening, your Jagua Tattoo has reached its optimum colour.
  • The exact shade of your Jagua Tattoo is dependent upon your skin type & condition and your initial aftercare. The usual colour is within a ‘Tattoo Black’ colour range.
  • If you have ‘peeling’ skin from sunburn, or any areas of ‘flaky’ dry skin, then do not apply Jagua Tattoos to those areas, as the colour will appear to peel away or flake off when your skin does.
  • When you first remove your Jagua Tattoo products and during the colour development time you need to be gentle with your skin. Avoid scrubbing, or rubbing it, only use mild soap and warm water when bathing/showering, pat the area dry etc…

The Fading Process

  • Jagua Tattoos products contain a natural permanent dye. The Jagua Tattoo only fades away because the body naturally regenerates its epidermis (the upper layer of skin) where the Jagua tattoo has been applied.
  • So, as your body sheds its skin naturally, your Jagua Tattoo will begin to gradually fade away, until it has completely disappeared.
  • On average a Jagua Tattoo generally lasts between 10-15 days, it can sometimes take a further 7 days to completely disappear.
  • The specific fading timescale for a Jagua Tattoo is dependent upon the area of your body where it was applied, as well as your lifestyle at the time.
  • As a general rule, Jagua Tattoos on the face and neck fade away within 1 week because the epidermis is thinner, continuously exposed to the elements and washed and dried more frequently than other areas of the body. Whereas Jagua Tattoos on the arms tend to last for around 2 weeks, because the epidermis is thicker, and more protected from the elements etc…
  • Your lifestyle also effects the fading time of your Jagua Tattoo. If you are in and out of swimming pools, saunas & hot tubs etc… you will encourage your body to regenerate its skin at an accelerated rate, hence shortening the lifespan of your Jagua Tattoo.

Jagua Tattoo Products Ingredients
Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Genipa Americana, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate

Please Note
Jagua Tattoo products only produce ‘temporary’ stains on your skin because your skin wears off a little bit at a time everyday.

So, be very careful when you are working with these products as they will also permanently stain everything else that they make contact with, e.g. clothing, curtains, carpets, soft furnishings etc…

Also take care to rinse off all the product residue after your 2 hours are up. Otherwise you might get prints of your Jagua Tattoos on your bed linens if you’re not careful!