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Advice before purchasing:

When considering a temporary tattoo supplier, check carefully to ensure that the products are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA certified).

Make sure that a complete list of ingredients is printed on the reverse side of the tattoos and instructions.

To evaluate quality, ask your supplier for free samples produced for other clients.


Why is quality important?

Because temporary tattoos are frequently used by children who have, in general, more sensitive skin than adults.

Because tattoos adhere directly to the skin. Often, they are applied to the arm or hand but can be put on other parts of the body, including the face, where the skin is more delicate.

In general, temporary tattoos will remain on the skin from 5 to 7 days, even after several washes. During this time, the tattoos’ ingredients penetrate the skin.

Lastly, temporary tattoos are considered cosmetic products and therefore must meet strict cosmetic standards to avoid significant risks.

It is, therefore, extremely important to ensure that the tattoos you purchase are of premier quality and that they respect the highest quality standards to protect your clients and minimize your liability.

All the ingredients of the tattoo must be listed and printed on the reverse side of the tattoo.

These tattoos must be manufactured with safe ingredients (ink and glue) that pass all U.S. FDA certification tests and are hypoallergenic.

Some temporary tattoos contain paraphenylenediamine, which causes delayed allergic reactions. As a result, the tattooed zone becomes inflamed and irritated. Even more serious, this allergy can lead to long-term hypersensitivity. As well, some inks used in printing low quality temporary tattoos, especially in Asia, contain carcinogenic substances.

A conventional printer cannot manufacture temporary tattoos because their ink often contains toxic metals.

Ask your supplier to send samples so that you can see and test the product yourself. Some temporary tattoos have excess glue, which can stain clothing and causes the tattoos to come off when rubbed. This frequently occurs when tattoos are printed using the silkscreen method.

Request offset printing that guarantees a top quality result and transfers perfectly to the skin.

Silkscreening is a lower quality printing technique used in small quantity production. The number of dots per inch is far lower in silkscreen printing than offset printing. As a result, silkscreen printing of small details produces a mediocre image. It is strongly recommended that offset be used to produce detailed designs. With offset, you obtain the print quality of a photograph!

Lastly, silkscreen printing is often used by small companies so ensure they use safe inks!


In summary:

It’s best to test products like temporary tattoos before buying them. Ensure a high level of quality and safety by examining their ingredients and visual effect.