Which Indigo do I need?

All our indigo is from Tamil Nadu, India, which is the central desert of the world for indigo plant cultivation ! We sell India Desert Earth Pakeezah Indigo ( which is the one in the boxed multi hair colour kits) and we sell India Desert Earth Organic Indigo which comes from certified organic sources. And that’s it. Not as confusing as it might seem at first glance ! The indigo which we sell is 100% crushed dried leaves of the indigofera tinctoria plant. Nothing added. DEFINITELY NO PPD in it !!! ( IF THERE WAS, WE WOULDN’T SELL IT.)

* I am reproducing below the answer to the question WHICH HENNA SHOULD I USE? as the information given is exactly the same in response to the question WHICH INDIGO SHOULD I USE ? Just substitute “indigo” for “henna” and “indigofera tinctoria” for “lawsonia inermis” as you read it :

Sometimes folk ask which henna should they buy? The honest answer – it doesn’t matter which one you buy off this page ! Henna is henna as long as it’s 100% lawsonia inermis with nothing added to it. The end colour result will generally be pretty much the same whichever one you use (herbal henna mix on grey is the exception – only use herbal henna mix on grey if you have less than 20% grey otherwise it’s just as much an option for you as any other henna on this page). Which one you opt for in the long term is very much a matter of personal preference or in some cases, just sticking with whatever works best first for you first time round. The determining factors for some people in deciding which long term henna to opt for are mainly : powder consistency, ease of application, and earth source and environment. If you’re new to henna, I recommend you start with Pure Pakeezah ( which is in our boxed Renaissance Henna Multi Hair Colour Kit). Then if you choose, experiment, with the others and compare the experience. For the avoidance of doubt, Pakeezah is not “certified organic” but it’s as pure henna as you’ll get from a non certified source. And there are non certified sources that meet the standards in all respects but, for various reasons, often financial, they cannot afford to get certification. I generally prefer henna hair newbies to start with non organic, non “body art”, straight pure henna, with nothing added except water……that way you can get a real feel for what it is, how it works, and how it compares with organic, or body art, or whatever, later on. The point is : if you don’t have a straight yard stick to start with, you won’t be able to properly measure and compare experiences and results later on. If you’re going to be drawing conclusions, at least start at the humble roots of henna, the raw data at it were, and then progress from there.

We are sometimes asked if it’s pesticide free. This is as near to an answer as I can offer…..the final answer is yours to give yourself once you’ve researched the whole field of hennas, organics, pesticides, chemicals and the like…….

In relation to “non organic ” henna and other products, our suppliers work closely with local farmers to ensure that standards are as close to organic standards as possible. That includes a total ban on the use of pesticides. However, in a land mass such as India where pesticides are used in a number of industries there can be wind contamination. This is a risk with any products, from any source, in any given region of the world, which is either geographically located close to another region that uses pesticides, or in the line of wind trails which can carry pesticides and other contaminants over far distances.It is an unfortunate risk. Very few regions of the earth are free of this risk. So whilst I can say that our henna is pesticide free, to the best of my knowledge ( certainly our sources have instructions not to use them and as a matter of routine do not use them) , I would have to say honestly, that I can’t guarantee that everything is pesticide free – and in all honesty I don’t think anyone in India really can !