Giving Myself Temporary Tattoos with Inkbox

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I love getting tattoos but they can be rather expensive depending on the designs. And all the ones I currently want are way outside of my budget so in the meantime I still want to represent those ideas especially the ones I don’t have finalized. So temporary tattoos are perfect for that but a lot of companies don’t have free hand temporary tattoos. But I finally found once thanks to Flesh Blush, a beauty channel on YouTube that was in the Top 6 for NYX Face Awards in 2015. Inkbox has an organic temporary tattoo that is both cruelty free and vegan. You can choose the design in one of two ways: pre-made or free hand.

About Inkbox

Though the application and concept is similar to henna, it is not henna. Natural henna comes out brown and takes 2 hours to set. Black henna contains PPD which is not safe for the skin as it causes permanent scarring. Inkbox is 100% natural and safe for the skin, it also has a blue/black result and sets between 15 minutes to 1 hour between on if you are using a patch or free hand. The blue/black is from the Genipa Plant Extract that is in the formula for the ink.

How To Apply

Patch Formula

  • First you pick your design on their website, of which they have hundreds to choose from.
  • Apply the tattoo pressing down on the pattern for 15 minutes.
  • The design will develop within 12-24 hours similar to that of Henna.

Freehand Ink Bottle Formula

These 10ml needle tip bottles can be purchased individually or in a set of two or three. Then you just draw on the design where ever you like, but make sure you apply a thick amount of the ink to get the full result. Much like decorating a cake. Then you leave it sit for 1 hour, making sure you do not touch or disturb the pattern in any way during that time period. When that hour is up, wash away the ink with soap and water. Then the pattern like the patch formula will develop in 12-24 hours.

My Designs

cbd96-inkboxtattooinkboxtattooImmediately after free-handing the design

7f170-imgAfter wiping away the ink with soap and water

79aef-imgEight hours later – Moon and Tree design


888d7-imgEight hours later – Veritas design (Pixie bumped it while it was setting, thought I had fixed it but guess not as you can see where it got smudged)

21e3d-imgNext day decided I wanted to add a few more.

3b1d4-imgImmediately after washing off design

27845-img12 hours later

e9794-imgRing design: Immediately having washing off design.


Ring design 12 hours later.

Overall Thoughts

I really enjoy this product, I got the freehand bottle because I wanted to design my own temporarily tattoos. And it lasted around 12-15 days which is a good time period for a temporary tattoo. I did see it fade a little when I was in the shower but that was because I scrubbed my skin. If I didn’t scrub off the dead skin, then the tattoo was completely unaffected. But you can use oil lie vaseline to help counteract the exposure with water. And because I was curious, the shelf life of the ink is 1 year which is perfect because I know either 1. Finish the bottle by then, or 2. Use it sparingly and want to have it for a long period of time which a year sounds about right.


  1. Arya
    March 12, 2021 / 1:46 PM

    Hi! Thank you for this great review, I am glad you had a good experience and I love inbox and their concept however I think it’s important to note that some people have had allergic reactions and even permanent scarring with this…huge raised bright red burn scars that aren’t pretty… you can see pics on Amazon reviews.
    I myself had an allergic reaction and I have no allergies and have never been allergic to anything in my life, in fact when I was younger I could virtually roll around in poison ivy! But something in this ink did me in somehow so I want to warn others because it’s kind of scary . Just be careful and know the risk…and read inkbox policy and buy some anti scarring, and cortisone cream just in case. I thought I would be the last person in the world to have this and was shocked and unprepared. I have even used black henna before and tons of henna,other kinds of temp tattoos, mehndi, etc. I just hope my thing goes away and is not permanent but so far it has not budged in a week.

    • Mae Polzine
      March 12, 2021 / 1:55 PM

      I have not used Inkbox in years, but looks like they have changed the application from the looks of it since I tried it. I don’t recall having that experience, but that is good to note for others.
      ♥ Mae

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