A touch of kajal or kohl can make you look brighter and prettier even on a ‘no makeup day’. Kohl has been considered the most popular eye cosmetic since ancient days around the world and across cultures and civilizations. The primary use of kajal is to contour as well as define the eyes for a bright and mesmerizing look. It is called “Surma” in urdu or punjabi, ‘Kanmashi’ in Malayalam, ‘Kaadige in Kannada, ‘Kaatuka’ in Telugu and ‘Kan Mai’ in Tamil. So here is my detailed recipe to make Kohl / Kajal at home .
Since ancient days Kajal has been made by mixing galena (lead sulfide) powder and other ingredients, giving it the deep black color. But the daily use of Leadsulphide on the eyes has been proven to increase the lead concentration in our bodies as a side ill effect. The commercially available Kazals have been identified to have high concentrations of lead sulfide, green malachite, chemicals, and artificial colors. Hence demeaning the authenticity and the purpose of a pure Kohl.
Today lets go back to our roots and make organic kohl from scratch with ingredients we can find at our home. This Kohl is not only beneficial for our eyes, but it also gives us a charismatic look and enhances our eyelashes too.
Ingredients to make kajal at home :
To make simple kajal or kohl at home we will need a pigment for the color, hydrating agent which acts as a moisturizer for the eyes, a perfume, and fat to make the ingredients into a paste.
There are numerious recipes in circulation all over the world making the Kohl or Kajal using locally available ingredients.
I know the reason we all shied away from homemade kajal to commercial ones. They are not smudged proof making us look like polar bears in a few hours. So in the formula today I have added hydrating agents like aloe vera to reduce the irritation on the eyes. I have added tips to apply the kajal and in making it smudge-proof too at the end.
Substitutes for the ingredients listed.
Buy Aloe vera Gel instead of making it from scratch.
Buy Castor oil instead of clarified butter.
You can buy ready made Clarified melted butter also known as Ghee instead of homemade ghee.
Use Sandalwood powder with a few drops of water, instead of fresh made sandalwood paste.
Step by step instructions.
Step by step instructions to make Kohl / Kajal
Kajal or Kohl
- 1 tbsp Aloe vera gel Can make it from Alovera or substitute with alovera gel.
- 1 piece Almond powdered or crushed
- 1 tsp Caraway seeds
- 1 cup Clarified melted butter
- 1 tbsp Sandalwood paste
- 4 inch cloth to make the wick
- 1 piece lamp (Brass, copper, candle or mud )
- 2 piece glass or support to raise the plate.
- 1 piece Brass or steel plate to collect the soot.
- Make the sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood on the grinding stone with 1 tsp of water.
- Dip the cloth in the sandalwood paste throughly. Set it to dry for 10 hours or more.
- Start the work only after the cloth is completely dry.
- Make the Aloe vera gel from a fresh alovera. Detailed instructions in the video.
- Aloe vera gel can be substituted instead of making alovera gel.
- Crush the Almond into fine pieces.
- Pour the clarified melted butter into the lamp till 3/4th is full.
- On the piece of cloth, add the caraway seeds and almond pieces gently along the length of the cloth.
- Twist the cloth to make a wick.
- DIp the wick in the lamp with melted clarified butter. Set aside.
- Take the plate which will collect the soot, apply the aloe vera gel on the side which collects the soot.
- Keep two containers or structures which would help in keeping the plate 1 inch above the lit lamp. See video for more details.
- Light the lamp, place the plate above the lamp with the help of the other two vessels, holding the plate in place.
- There should be enough gap of 1 inch between the burning lamp and the plate to efficiently catch the soot.
- Let the lamp burn all night.
- Next day the soot for our pigment is ready.
- Collect it into a small container.
- Add 1 drop of clarified melted butter into it. Mix well with a toothpick.
- Our Kajal of Kohl is ready to use. Holds good for 6 months.