The dry powder is mixed with lemon juice and /or strong tea, essential oils,fructose to make a preparation with toothpaste-like consistency, which can be used to make finely detailed body art. The henna mix must rest for 8 to 10 hours before use, to release the lawsone from the leaf matter. Essential oils with high levels of monoterpene alcohols such as tea tree, eucalyptus, cajeput or lavender will help it to release dye.