The Latest From The FDA On Temporary Tattoos

The FDA is not in the business of approving cosmetics before they go on the market, but it can and does take action against any product it deems potentially harmful to consumers.

Every year the agency puts out an advisory warning people against “black henna.” This year’s advisory is no different, except that it looked at a number of temporary tattoos currently available on the market, including:

o Transfers and decals
o Henna tattoos
o Black henna tattoos with PPD (p-phenylenediamine)
o Jagua

The advisory’s conclusions are that allergic reactions to pure henna are negligible; that anyone in their right mind should stay away from so-called “black henna;” and for the first time officially acknowledges jagua as the new temporary tattoo kid on the block. As taken from the advisory:

— Jagua tattoos
— From unripened fruit of S. American tree
— Used by indigenous Amazonian tribes to stain skin
— Deep blue-black color formed

Apart from a general classification of what a temporary jagua tattoo is, the agency issued zero warning against it.

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