Kohl or Kajal is one of the first make up product that most girls learn to use. And rightly so, eyes are the window to the soul, and every girl has the right to dress up her ‘window’. While kohl is widely available in any part of the world, its ingredients are a mystery to all. Kohl brought from stores is heavily diluted and processed in chemicals.
Why home made kajal is better than commercial kajal / Kohl –
Today everything has changed; the commercially and industrially produced kajal is causing harmful effects on the eyes. Today no one produces the homemade pure kajal. Some of the impurities found in kajal are charcoal, which is added for getting dark colour, silver nitrate, which gives kajal a glow and if it is used more than 2%, it causes problems like irritation, burning and redness to the eyes and another impurity found is the lead content. Even the kajal container also is very often not sterilized and cause diseases like conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.
Do you eyes a favour, and make natural, chemical-free kajal !!
1. 50 ml Til (sesame) oil OR pure cow ghee (preferably ghee over oil)
2. 1 Big Silver lamp that can accommodate 50 ml oil\ghee
(If silver is not available, any other lamp will do)
3. 1 long thick cotton wick
4. 1 copper plate (the ones used in poojas)
1. Keep half tablespoon of ghee\oil aside, pour the rest into the lamp, put a wick and light the lamp.
2. Place the copper plate on top of the lamp in such a position that the flame touches the plate. Fixate the position of the plate with the help of a stand.
3. Place this lamp in a place with no wind blowing, let the lamp burn over night, or as long as the oil burns. This will approximately take 10 hours.
4. When the oil is burnt, you will see a thick powdery black residue on the copper plate. This is the base of your kajal.
5. Take the half teaspoon of oil you had kept aside in the start, and pour it into the black residue, drop by drop. Rub the residue and oil with one finger for a minute or two. Make the kohl as consistent as you want it. Ideally, it should have the consistency of eatable butter. Too thin and your kohl will smudge, too thick and it will be in lumps.
6. Your kohl is ready to use. Put the kohl in an airtight box. Refrigerate it for 2-4 hours before the first use. Remove and store it at room temperature.
7. Apply on your eyes.
Wash your face and hands. Take very little kajal / kohl on your finger, a q-tip or, as Courtney Cox does it, a match stick. Apply lightly on your eyes.
Home made kajal is VERY dark, so one of the ways to use it is, put heavily on eyes at night before going to sleep, wash your face in the morning\after bath, the remaining kajal leaves a beautiful , natural tint on your eyes, which no makeup artist can replicate.
Advantages & Disadvantages of home made kajal / kohl–
- Extremely long lasting with no adulterants, undiluted and herbal.
- Hygienic, healthy, and can be used for medicinal purposes too.
- The colour that you get is pitch black, won’t fade as hours go by.
- Possibility of smudging, especially on the skin is high.
- Colour is so dark, that it might be hard to get out at the end of the day.
Beauty Use –
Home made kajal will be with you for years to come, it comes with no expiry dates. Women in small towns make kajal once every few years, and don’t have to worry about it finishing up fast. The reason why it remain for years and years, is because it is concentrated, so every time you use, you will just need literally one drop of kajal. Those of you who are big fans of dark eyes MUST make kajal at home . This kajal is best used on the upper water line and the lower waterline. You can use it on skin as well, but smudging is possible. Nevertheless, it just might work on your skin, so give it a try.
Medicinal Use –
If your eyes burn from all the pollution or for any other reason, Apply lightly at night before sleeping. Your eyes will water, washing away all the impurities in your eyes. You will feel a lot better.
Kajal is also said to improve eyesight. When you apply kajal, it massages the underside of the eyeballs, which in turn results in better blood circulation and hence, better eye sight.
Home made kajal is made from pure ghee and lamp residue, which when applied on eyes, will burn your eyes, and water them. So be careful about applying it for the first time, apply VERY small amount. Get used to the burn for the first few times and then move on to heavy application.
The burning sensation is NOT BAD FOR YOU AT ALL, the burning just means that the impurities in your eyes are being worked upon, and watery eyes rinse away the impurities.