5 days of Fun with Lotus Herbals: Day 4- Natural Kajal

Sarah, this one is for you. πŸ™‚

What is Lotus herbals Natural kajal?
100% natural kajal that relaxes & soothes eyes through the day. Smudge-proof & long lasting, it contains botanical extracts of camphor & almond oil to pamper eyes & promote lash growth.

Price : Rs 115 (Indian Rupees)

Kajals make a staple part of my makeup routine. I have been using kajals/ surmas since childhood so to me, differentiating between one kajal to other becomes pretty easy. As far as cosmetic kajals go, I have used Lakme, Biotique kajal, Himalaya kajal, Shehnaz Hussain’s Kajal and Lotus Kajal. I would say Lotus’ is the the best Kajal I have come across.

Lotus Herbal Kajal
Lotus Herbal Kajal
  • It does not smudge on my eyes. A lot of people say it smudges on their eyes but it does not smudge on mine.
  • The camphor cools my tired-burning eyes after hours of working on computer.
  • Comes in a comfortable bullet packaging.
  • It gives a nice shine to my eyes.
  • I like the packaging.
  • It is very black, which I like.
Cap and Swatch
Cap and Swatch

My only problem with this kajal is that it comes with this tiny cover. The probability of losing it is pretty high and then my whole kajal is going to go for a waste.

Would I purchase this product again?

Heck, yes! This is my Holy Grail kajal. πŸ™‚

IMBB Rating :4.5/5 +0.5

Here are the addresses for Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh region for Lotus Herbals. πŸ™‚

Kantilal CBE T.N.
Grindy PONDY T.N.
B.world PARRY’S T.N.
shopping singapore Royapuram T.N.
S N V Nilgiris RS Puram Coimbatore T.N.
Pawan PARRY’S T.N.
Kathiawar Store Abids A.P
Kathiawar Store MG Road A.P
Q Mart Banjarahills A.P
Health & Glow M.G.Road A.P
Health & Glow Vikaram Puri A.P
Health & Glow Banjara Hills A.P
Health & Glow Madhapur A.P
Big bazar Tarnaka A.P

Note: The product shown in this entry has been purchased by me.

Read Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog review on Lotus Herbal Nail Paints


96 thoughts on “5 days of Fun with Lotus Herbals: Day 4- Natural Kajal

  1. Yup this kajal is a darling πŸ™‚ . I gave mine to my cousin back in my hometown coz it’s not available there. So right now I have to use my Himalaya one


  2. i prefer pencil kohl liners but i guess natural ones can’t be packed that way. how do you apply this when the pointy tip gets used up and you’re left with a thick stick?

    1. No the pointy tip does not become too thick as well. I also thhought the same initially but it’s not the case. The image that you see is the image of almost quater used up kajal. The bullet use dto be longer and more pointed.

  3. I always loved this kajal..

    And like you said, I have used kajals from a very small age-homemade, eyetex, himalaya, Khojati, Lotus, Shahnaz,Biotique..

    Now I am using Himalaya and it works for me πŸ™‚

    @Rima : generally these kind of traditional kajals are used only on the water line(God!! or am I the only person doing that??) unlike the Kohl Sticks and Eye pencils. So even if it loses the pointed tip and becomes thick and bullet like, it works perfect on the waterline.

    1. I used to like Himalaya unil I started using this one. πŸ™‚ DO give it a try after you are done with the Himalaya Kajal. πŸ™‚ And I also use kajals on waterline. I mean pencils are better to use on lash lines.

      Never used Eyetex and Khojati (funny name :P).

    2. poornima, eyetex is quite a trusted name though their promotion and advertising is pretty poor. most stores don’t even stock these any more! i am yet to come across their dazzler cosmetics line even though its been a long time since they were launched. never used eyetex though i’ve heard a lot of good stuff about it.

  4. rati! i don’t know whether you sent mr. lotus the email or not, or probably he read my comment, but the website has been updated! the nail polishes and floralstay lipsticks have been included! :D:D:D how sweet!

    1. I didn’t send them the mail but asked the team to keep a track of the comments. I did notice that they have included the new products on their site. That’s a sign of a consumer-friendly company. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi all… Rati, I have been using kajal since I was born.. My mother(and myself) swear by her home made kajal in ghar ka desi ghee…… I know you said the kajal doesn’t smudge on your eyes but it does on mine.. A trick I always do to avoid smudging- After i have applied kajal on the waterline I clean off my lower lid with a Q-tip wet with cold water. Then I apply a little loose powder or a light, shimmery eye shadow just below the kajal line. The kajal just doesn’t feather and the contrast makes my eyes look bright.. Useful?

    1. Same here. I have been using kajal since I was born. Infact, I got famous at a lot of places because of my kajal. πŸ˜›

      Very useful. πŸ™‚ Do the similar thing myself but only when I am going out for a long day and won’t have time to do touch ups. Kajal does smudge on my eyes a bit but on some people it smudges a lot. I think a lot depends on Kajal as well. I hated the Shehnaz Hussain Kajal, I used to end up with racoon eyes most of the time.

      Loved the cold water idea. It would be such a relief during summers.

  6. I tried a lot of brands in my teens.. but none was as soothing as the home made.. I never bought Shanaz Hussain.. Got frightened by her own smeared eyes..:D πŸ˜€

    1. lol!! i know her hair and eyes scare me as well. And would you believe she has personal hair dresser who has only been cutting her hair from past 25 years. lol!!

      For some reason I have never got a hygienic kind of feeling from her products so I never picked any of her product. It’s weird but that’s just me. πŸ˜€

      How do you make this kajal? If you would like to share your secret formula… πŸ™‚

      1. oh god yeah this came in the papers a week ago, didn’t it? reading that line made me all giggly. πŸ˜€ and i would rather not comment on shahnaz hussain’s personal sense of style.
        there’s an exclusive outlet of shahnaz hussain products at this mall in rajouri. i entered it once and was mighty disappointed. somehow the products don’t appeal to me! is it the packaging? the inclusion of unnecessary products? beats me. i have never seen a soul in that store apart from the staff.

        1. Lol!!! Yes it was in papers a week ago and my cute mom is so thoroughly impressed with Shehnaz Hussain that she called me up specially for this article. later the two of us were laughing. πŸ˜€

          Her products never attracted me as well but in small towns women know about Shehnaz Hussain than Vineeta Jain or Blossom kochhar. The beauty parlour walis swear by the gold and diamond facials by shehnaz. I got a diamond facial done for my marriage and trust me my face didn’t look diamondy at all. πŸ˜€ Waste of money! My issue is the hygiene factor. I always get this dirty kind of feeling whenever I see those white bottles. lol!!No sleep tonight?

      2. Rati,

        The homemade kajal process mentioned by Mrunmayee is very simple. In fact, my grandma used a slightly complicated one, as in with the process of preparing the wick. Will do a post on my blog.

        And yes, Khojati is a brand in India. It was my staple kajal and surma when I lived in Mumbai. Sadly none of the shops over here have that brand πŸ™

  7. What????? The personal hairdresser must really hate hair… Nothing else can explain the hair (read scare)
    The formula is not secret.. its ancient.. You just light a lamp with desi ghee.. The kind used in pooja.. hold a large spoon over it till it gathers enough soot.. cool it. blend the soot again in desi ghee with some powdered camphor. The trick is to use as liuttle ghee as possible to make it thick and colour intense. My mom makes enough to last a week. So it has been a weekly sunday ritual.. But now with all the kohl pencils and liners, she rarely makes it.. But whenever she does I know I have a great week ahead!!

    1. Okay let me try this. I exactly know what you are talking about because I have seen my mom do this with srason ka tel. But mixing the soot with camphor and ghee again is something new to me. Let me try this out this weekend and will let you know for sure. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

      And I don’t even want to think about SH’s hair at this hour of night. lol!!

  8. Thanks a ton Rati for letting me know where it is available in TN / AP region. This one does look really good – as most desi girls, I have been using Kajal all my life. Mom used to do the home made one when I was a baby / kid, then started using eyetex which was my regular for a long time and now I use Himalayas / other eye pencils… – no loyalty to one brand now. May be Lotus might change that πŸ™‚

    1. Most welcome A Kay. πŸ™‚ Lotus guys have been pretty professional with the whole activity of my reviewing their products and they have not put a single restriction on me about writing the cons of their products. Infact, they are reading comments by all of us and working on that. The site is already showing some updates. So whenever you guys have a request, they are trying to find a solution to it. I guess thanks to them.

      I also keep moving from one product to another. This one has really impressed me. Himalaya’s one is also nice. Most Indian women have kajal as staple in their makeup routine and I kind of like how beautiful eyes look with kajal.

      I seriously need to see what eyetex is. I guess I am the only one who does not know about it. πŸ™‚

      1. Yeah Eyetex was quite popular where I grew up – the green and white packaging was unmistakable πŸ™‚ To the Lotus folks who are listening, any plans to ship internationally?

      2. hey rati on ur advice i bouht lotus kajal & i must say its much better than biotique.i apply brown eyeshadow over it to prevent it frm smudging though it does not smudge as biotique does.thx 4 all the information u provide 4 us.its really helpful.

        1. Most welcome, Ritu. πŸ™‚ Kajals don’t smudge on my eyes too much but if I have a long day, i do apply a black eyeshadow on top. I like the black intese eyes. πŸ™‚

          Applying brown eyeshdaow is a nice option. πŸ™‚

  9. Nice to know tht u girls r enjoying this kajal so much πŸ˜€

    Since u mentioned tht Lotus ppl do read the comments – maybe they could come up with a dark brown kajal for light eyed girls like me.. Tho I guess tht won’t be traditional na – I mean how do you make soot turn brown instead of black.. πŸ˜›

    1. Tanveer, I guess most INdian women enjoy using kajal. It’s so part of us since childhood. πŸ™‚

      Brown herbal kajal??* wondering** wondering*. πŸ˜›

  10. Rati,

    Mrunmayee’s method of making kajal is the same as my mum does. She made this for both my son’s when they were new born upto almost a year and a half (we use it as a tikka on the fore head for boys too).

    Only difference is instead of holding a spoon over the diya, place two bricks a few inches apart and keep a small steel plate on top ( like how a chula works in villages) . then you place the ghee lamp under the plate and leave it alone. keep refilling the ghee till enough soot collects. This saves you the trouble of holding the plate over the diya until the soot collects..:)

    Later mix it once again with ghee or castor oil which is also cooling to the eyes….

    1. Swati, you have a son? πŸ™‚ Aww!! Do share pictures with us sometime. πŸ™‚

      Actually you are right. The only reason I don’t make surma at home is that I have no patience to hold the kadchi and collect soot. But mrunmayee’s method attracted me and I thought I’ll give it a try. Now I am gonna mix a and match both methods and will let you know how it goes. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing. Have a long day today. Will share with you guys when I come back in evening. Good Day! πŸ™‚

    2. Hey! The steel plate method is good.. But as my mother makes it in small amounts (desi ghee.. so it should be used up pretty fast to avoid bacterial contamination.. ) she uses the spoon.

  11. its pure love!!! even i dreamed about it the night we were talking about it on twitter, lolz..i saw tat its available in Lahore, and i own it ..lolz. please don’t call me kajal freak πŸ˜‰ i love the way its very black, quite intense black it is.i loved only one thing about shehnaz kajal that it gave my eyes a little cooling effect. i even saw a fake MAC kajal in Lahore ..lolz. i will hunt for some herbal kajals when i hit the big city this time. loved the reviews and thanks for doing it πŸ˜€

    P:s if lotus guys are reading this , could they please send some kajal samples to Pakistan too? exclusively for me? i wouldn’t mind if my name is written on the kajal tubes.ehmmm.

    1. Gawd!! dreaming about kajal. What is it with you? It’s an intense black and gives that shiny look. Me- Droooll!! I guess MAC has all kinds of dupes in the world. Here they sell MAC as MAC from Hongkong. Imagine? I ended up laughing on SAs face once. πŸ˜€

      I got nothing to say about the singnatured “Sarah” Kajal, baby! ROFL!!

      Such a kajal mania going on here. πŸ˜›

    2. Sarah,

      I totally understand your Kajal mania.. πŸ˜€

      And I am sooo waiting to get hold of their Tinted moisturiser and concealer..

      @Rati : Please tell the Lotus people a big thanks from all of us for considering our suggestions.

        1. Oh yes Sarah.

          I need to make it to H&G to try it..

          With all this metro work going on all over Bangalore, its so difficult to get around the main shopping hubs πŸ™

          Waaah…I love Delhi πŸ™‚

          Will surely update as soon as I get to try or buy πŸ™‚

  12. OMG !! such a big fan following for Lotus kajal !!
    I think I shud get one , seems like em missing a LOT !!
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. @Rima :

    Yeah. Eyetex has been a trusted brand for more than 70 years I guess. Btw, now the have a wide range of products from Kajals, mascara, Lipstick(more than 72 shades in just one category),compact,nail colours(this is also a huge collection),makeup removers etc etc..

    But sadly in Bangalore, I found only the Kajal,nail Colour and makeup remover.

  14. Hey Rati,

    Have been following your blog for sometime…. Tanveer and you have been a reason I am getting a lot of compliments…Thank you..

    Have a query… I am very fond of putting kajal and have tried to put various kajal and eye pencils…from Revlon, chambor, lakme,himalya , Shahnaaz( will be trying lotus soon) on waterline and it looks good on me but it smudges big time I mean i have seen girls wearing the same thing and it doesnt smudge on them and even if it does, the smudged look looks good on them but in my case it spreads really bad and not only below the lash line but way beyond ,…. Can you pls help/guide as to what i must be doing wrong ? …


    1. Hi SHweta, welcome to my blog. I am glad you finally took time to comment. πŸ™‚

      I do exactly what mrunmayee mentioned in her comment above.

      I take a little loose or pressed powder and press it with a puff or a sponge right on my lash line (right below where your kajal is applied) . Another thing that i do is that I take a black or brown eyeshadow and make a thin line on my lowe lash line. Loose powder or the eye shadow make a preventive barrier for the kajal to smudge way too much.

      In fact, if you apply a little eyeshadow on your lashline, it gives a nice smokey effect. Try doing that? πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks Rati….Shall definately try your tips on Kajal application….

        Sorry for delay on commenting… Its just that apart from being new addict to make up n all am also new to blogging world….and also not half as good with words like you, Tanveer, Divija,Rima and so many ( I think of all of you as my Virtual friends)

        You have a great blog….Really look forward to your ( and also Tanveer’s ) post everyday…


  15. Oh certainly yes. My mom too makes small amounts for hygeine sake but uses the plate only coz it’s easy to place on the bricks and she doesn’t have to stand around holding it πŸ™‚

    But yes the amount she makes is also what wuld last a week or so. πŸ™‚

  16. Thanks Rati….Shall definately try your tips on Kajal application….

    Sorry for delay on commenting… Its just that apart from being new addict to make up n all am also new to blogging world….and also not half as good with words like you, Tanveer, Divija,Rima and so many ( I think of all of you as my Virtual friends)

    You have a great blog….Really look forward to your ( and also Tanveer’s ) post everyday…


    1. Shweta you don’t have to be good with words. It’s just that all of us here share whatever little or more we know and that keeps us close knit. I am very proud of the fact that our Indian makeupp community is growing. YOu are also a part of community and we would like to hear more from you on day to day basis.

      Thank you for all the kind words. πŸ™‚

      This reminds me that Divija has not visited my blog from many days, I must knock at her door. πŸ˜€

    1. Hey Alpa,

      Very busy. Was telling ‘him’ today only that we are not getting too much time to spend with each other. …

      You tell how is it with you? Howz S? πŸ˜›

  17. Mr S is going to Australia …. Wish to join him there in sometime … And why dont you guys come here for a vacation :)… i ll make sure you guys have lovely time πŸ˜› … Am going to Paris next month .. Any must buys from there ?


    1. You are going places, babes. We are very busy and especially the next month is going to be crazy. We badly need a break but honestly, can’t take it right now.

      You have loads of fun. Will mail you about the Paris thingy. πŸ™‚ And join Mr. S there.

  18. To everyone…
    Guys, you do post so much, unlike me who gets bare minimum time to browse the site, I simply read the articles that pop in my email everyday… and i do wait eagerly for each one.
    I wish I could be so active here as well.
    Lucky you all… πŸ™‚
    Continue the good work Rati… I always await your great articles – I really liked the one on lush face packs that can be made at home.. really good!
    One suggestion – keep a link somewhere on the site where you can update us on any free samples available for us to try as consumers – would be a great addition to this blog site

    1. Hi Asli Nakli,

      Didn’t know you were still reading my blog. πŸ˜› Okay I will take your suggestion and see what could be done. And do comment more, it feels good. πŸ™‚

  19. I suck at doing make-up. I often just put kajal and gloss and off-I-go! Even for weddings. I need to learn to do it .. and it’s about time I practice it πŸ™‚ You do it so well!!!

    1. Hey Tanvi,

      Welcome to my blog. I think makeup could be learnt. It’s not a rocket science. πŸ™‚ Stay around and I am sure you’ll learn. πŸ™‚

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Shirly,

      Welcome to my blog. Lotus Herbals is easily available at general stores in Delhi. May be you could check out at the cosmetic stores there.

        1. Yes the new one has a very fine tip and you you use it, the tip doesn’t remain that pointed. πŸ™‚ The pic that you see is of the one that I have used for atleast 20-25 days.. πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Rati I really value ur review on lotus kajal i was searching for sum good kajal and i came here.Really likes this kajal but i have a query,i want some glossy eyeliner for my eyes not that usual matte look buty some nice shine on eyes,hope u will answer it. :chic:

  21. Hey, I just purchased this eyeliner while visiting Kerala. I live in the US, and unfortunately I can never find a decent Kajal around here for a decent price πŸ™ So I bought the Lotus Kajal, and it was around 200 rupees for me. The quality is really amazing, I wish I could find one here πŸ™ I guess I will have to stock up the next time I visit India!

  22. Hi Rati,

    I wear lenses regularly. But I have enormous eyes and if I dont wear kajal i look ill!!!
    Lakme was my staple.. but lately started causing irritation. Switched to maybelline unstoppable, they never bleed but again.. if a spec of it remains on my eyes.. i wake up itching.. I was looking for a herbal kajal, biotique/himalaya/SH/lotus??? plz suggest

  23. i have dark circles a bit ..but love to wear kajal…i have tried himalaya one and it gave me ghost like look… πŸ˜₯ wanna try lotus ..will it be good for my dark eyes?

    also i want to use eyeshadow..but due to dark circles no shade is visible on it .what to do? :waiting:

    1. You will have to use a lighter concealet to cover up the dark circles around your eyes. Finish it off with a light coat of powder foundation and then you are ready to use any shade of eyeshadow to like and any kajal you like. If you dont want your kajal to smudge use a powder eyeshadow below your kajal line. Follows these steps for a flawless look. As for the kajal i would suggest making your own kajal at home, maybe until the time himalaya and lotus starts listing their full list of ingredients!

  24. Hi Rati…….

    Iam new to your blog…and am very happy to spend time with IMBB. I love it… You had done a wonderful work………. Iam from Kerala… You said an absolutely right thing about Shahanaz Hussain products. We keralites are spending a lot of bucks in beauti parlours for her facials……It doesnt make any lasting effects….. πŸ˜₯ :headbang: ………Your blog is helpful for us (from small townships). I am a reserch scholar, and i seldom spent time on make up. But now Iam addicted to your blog. I love this change(in between the hectic shedules of my Ph D work)….For sure this relaxes me…… :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :rose: :rose: :rose:

  25. Lotus kajal is nothing but a tube full of chemicals and synthetic fragrance. They dont even list their entire ingredients. I wonder what they have to hide from us. Its like they want us to see only what they want us to see. It might even contain lead sulphide for all you know. I would err on the safer side and make my own kajal at home. No wonder the kajal smells so fake.

  26. Hi all,
    Nice to know so many things regarding the Lotus kajal…….
    M a fan of kajals…
    Im using eyeconic by lakme…..i really want to try the Lotus kajal
    can i apply it on the the upper eye lid……and i generally appy kajals on my lower lashline rather that the waterline:)

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