Here at The Henna Peacock, I believe in an ancient, natural art of beauty and divinity.
I believe that henna is a powerful plant, it has many medicinal properties as well as its amazing staining qualities. It is closely regarded with the Hindi goddess, Lakshmi, who is the goddess of prosperity and wealth (not always physical wealth though, for love, family, knowledge, happiness, and good health are all forms of wealth).
I believe that we all carry a piece of divinity within ourselves, but sometimes cannot see it. Adorning ones self with something as pure, natural and divine as henna can help you to see the beauty of nature-and of yourself.
Henna is an ancient tradition, and not just as an art, but as a ritual.
A ritual of women gathering together to apply henna to each other, appreciating and enjoying their company, with the designs themselves each having their own meanings and depictions.
Henna is believed to be a protective plant to all those who wear it, and I truly believe in this.
I also believe in the beauty and the magic of nature, which is why I sivv and mix my henna by hand with all natural ingredients, and letting it take its own time to develop.
I love the tradition of getting together to celebrate with the henna, the beautiful earthy smells of the oils, the henna, and rose incense wafting around and filling up a space. The peacefulness of application and the relaxed chatter while it dries on the hands, and the excitement of the paste removal several hours later, or (even better) the next day, and finally the fun of watching the stain develop over the next few days. The patterns seem to come alive and bloom like flowers, lasting a week or two then slowly fading, dying, but leaving behind a permanent memory of its gentle blessing upon the skin, and of the happiness and peace that came with it.
At The Henna Peacock, henna is more than just a form of art or self-expression. It is a way of life, of natural beauty and of love. I want pass this beauty to you and all who see or receive my art, and I hope that even for a brief moment- all you see is beauty and that you feel its peaceful embrace.
These are the beliefs and dreams that I live by.
At The Henna Peacock, I believe that every business owner should take responsibility to do their part to keep our earth safe, and clean for future generations. Thats why I have been slowly removing single use plastics from my business. Here are is what I have achieved, and the goals I have set myself so that I can do my best to help out the earth.
What has The Henna Peacock achieved to help the environment?
- I have removed plastic bags from my stalls and offer eco friendly paper bags instead. If you are after something a little more fancy, then I also offer gift bags.
- I recycle all my waste correctly according to the local facilities.
- I use biodegradable rubbish bags instead of black bin liners. I make sure that they are recycled properly.
-I swapped over to using flannels to keep my henna cones clean, rather than using paper towels. This means I don't end up with a load of unnecessary rubbish. I wash the cloths and they are ready to go again and again and again!
- When coning up my henna, I use a reusable silicone piping bag. This means that I can cone up my henna with minimal mess, and no worry about the environment, as I just wash the bag and its ready to go again.
- When I must use plastic, I try to find plant based plastics, or I use packaging that is intended for multiple uses. For my henna cones, I use a plant based cellophane wrap. I have tried to find other alternatives but so far there is nothing comparable that I can use. I intend to change this as soon as it is possible. Until then, I recycle everything I can.
- I've changed a lot of my packaging. All orders are posted in cardboard boxes or paper envelopes, which are decorated before posting. I use shredded tissue paper and natural flower petals to pack my products. This means beautiful products that don't cost the earth.
What is The Henna Peacock working on, and what are the goals for the future?
Eventually, when it is possible, I would love to be plastic free. But until then, here are some of the goals I am working towards
- Removing plastic packaging- Pamper packs have bath salts and lotions that is packaged in plastic. I am currently researching products and packaging that are plastic free. By 2021, I hope to have a plastic free range of pamper packs.
- Sourcing locally made materials- I'm looking around for local Devon based companies and businesses to trade with and to source raw materials from.
- I'll be adjusting my candle listings so that I offer tea lights and maxi lights in plastic free packaging. Pillar candles are already plastic free.