Welcome to The Henna Den Journal

  Simi & Sam Aydee We are henna artists in London, on a journey to discover and create all things henna and incense. We’re really excited about launching The Henna Den Journal as we’ve finally found the perfect way to engage with all the beautiful people we’ve met on our travels so far. Love and gratitude to those we’ve met at London markets, festivals across the country, and fabulous henna adventures round the world. We’d love to welcome more lovers of henna and scent into our little Henna Den family,...

Incense for World Peace Day

September 21st is the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. It’s a day dedicated to thinking about World peace, specifically the absence of war and conflict. Just like most of you, I pray for world peace, sign the petitions and share the posts, with the hope that all together we’re making a difference, even if just a tiny bit. However, I fear that it’s not bringing about as much change as I’d like and maybe I could concentrate on things a little closer to home. Perhaps...

Our TOP 10 best-selling incense sticks list

We’re often asked what our most popular incense sticks are; so we took a look back over the last couple of years, to find the most purchased and loved by all of you. So, here’s a list of our TOP 10 BEST-SELLING INCENSE STICKS. If you’re not sure what you like, or simple can’t choose from our entire range, these would be a great place to start. Click here to browse our complete incense selection. 1. Oudh Our Oudh incense sticks take the top spot as the most purchased. Once you...

Happy International Women’s Day

International Women's Day & Mother's Day wishes to all women around the world. Especially to the incredible ones in our family. As a few of you might already know, we lost our Grandmother a few weeks ago. During the time that followed her passing, many came to pay their respects. They shared stories about the matriarch of our family, her ancestors, and shared a lot of their own. Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day celebrations have made me think about some of those stories and struggles. Social, economical and cultural...

How to cleanse your home – a step-by-step guide

We can’t believe it’s Spring already… as usual this year is flying by. We took a little bit of much needed time out but we’re back, ready, and busier than ever. An age-old tradition has helped us get back into things. You know what we mean- the big Spring clean. A big cleanse helps us focus, feel fresh and other people can feel the difference too. We are often asked about space cleansing – how and why we do it. So here’s the answer… The first step to a cleaner, more liveable space...

7 ways to use your Sacred Stones

It's no secret; our Sacred Stones are our best selling product. Hand- made using signature oil blends and pumice, they're the leading way to scent your home without fuss. If you've already tried them then you know why they're so popular. If you haven't, try some for yourself and find out why! The most of us use our stones in an oil burner which gives amazing results (it's why they were created!) however, you may be surprised at all the different ways they can be used. Here is the low down on how...

Frankincense – why it’s the original Christmas gift

Dear friends, happy December! I know, we can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already either. To be honest, we don’t quite have the same excitement this year as we had before, and we don’t seem to be the only ones. I don’t know whether it’s because of recent events around the world, the realisation of costs and pressures, or just maybe we don’t feel like it just yet. I’m not giving up though, it’s early December, there are Christmas markets to enjoy and trees to decorate, I have faith it will...

The TEN Virtues of Incense ‘Koh’

We’ve been engrossed in the world of incense discovery for a while now and our appetite for new incense hasn’t diminished a bit. We explored (tip of the iceberg we’re sure!) India, Marrakech, Dubai and Oman for scents. This time, we thought we’d start with a different incense tradition...the wonderful world of ‘Kodo’ - the ‘way of fragrance’. That’s incense the Japanese way to you and me. We love the Japanese attitude to incense, it's history and their faith in healing scents. Here's a bit about it.. Kodo is highly...

10 tips for perfect bridal mehndi

It's the ideal, filmi wedding setting - the sound of laughter, lively music, plenty of food and a great party vibe. As bridal henna artists in London, most of our bridal appointments are done at either mehndi/ sangeet style functions, which make for incredible photos and beautiful memories, but also take a little more organising. So ladies, although we promise to do most of the work when it comes to getting your mehndi just right, there is a little bit you can do to help get it just perfect! Here...

For the love of chai – Secret HQ recipe & new scent!

The first priority at The Henna Den HQ is always a fresh pot of masala chai. Rich with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and clove, it’s the way we start our mornings. For the fundamental part of our day, the time we get our thoughts together and make plans, a masala chai is what’s in order. Sam, our honourary resident ‘chai-wallah’, has the job of fixing up the ultimate pick-me-up, put-a-smile-on-our-face cup of gorgeousness. In fact it’s not just the taste of chai we love; it’s the scent of the magical marriage...