DIY Kajal Recipe: Ayurvedic Kajal Preparation At Home

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Ayurvedic kajal commonly called Kohl or the black eyeliner that is used to line the lower eyelid has been used for many centuries in Indian, Egyptian and many other cultures throughout the world. Apart from making the eyes look brighter, they are considered to have many healing properties, cool the eyes, and remove any excess dirt or impurities from the eyes. There is also an old vedic recipe for how to prepare kohl which is listed below. In Egypt, women burnt home-made muslin cloth in castor oil to obtain what they call sirma/surma and this was used extensively.

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Ayurvedic Kohl/ Kajal Preparation

Preparation Of Natural Kajal Using Castor Oil At Home

What you will need:

  • A copper plate with upward edges
  • A silver box
  • Pure castor oil
  • Cotton threads made out of cotton (commonly used to light clay lamps)
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Spoon
  • A bronze deepam
  • Camphor


Preparation of ayurvedic kajal at home

Two Steel Glasses, Copper Plate (turned upside down) and a Bronze Deepam


1. Fill pure castor oil in the bronze deepam to 1/4th capacity. Sock 1 or 2 cotton threads in the oil and light it.

2. By using two tumblers, support the copper plate on top of the deepam. The plate should be high enough to not completely put off the lamp light and close enough for the lamp fire to deposit the black ink.

3. If you lie down and observe you can see the fire lapping at the copper plate making it black. Wait until the entire oil is exhausted.

Making Ayurvedic Kajal At Home

Black Ash collected after the process


4. The black ash collected is your kohl. Collect using a spatula in to the silver box.

5. Take a small amount ghee and mix it into the collected ash.

6. Add a few small beads of camphor and mix well and store in a cool place


How to make ayurvedic kajal at home?

The Final Product- Kohl Ready To Use

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Preparation Of Natural Kajal Using Almonds At Home

Things You Need:

  • Insulator stands
  • A thin metallic plate
  • Lighter
  • A long needle
  • Almonds and Almond Oil
  • A non conductor needle handle


1. Place two stands in a 180 degree line leaving 15 cm distance between them. Gently place the thin plate on the top of these two stands. There should be enough space inside to hold the burning almond.

2. Gently insert the needle into an almond and hold the needle’s end with a non conductor. This prevents heat transferring and thus your fingers will be safe. Be careful, you shouldn’t break the almond by over powering.

3. Now using a lighter or a candle, light the almond and take it under the plate, allowing the smoke touching the base of the plate. After the almond stops burning, throw it out and follow the same procedure with few other almond nuts. Let the dark soot be collected on the base of the plate. Remember, the more almonds you burn, the more soot you get.

4. Finally, scrap all the black soot in a small old jar with the help of a cake knife or some other scrapper. Add a drop of almond oil and mix well with a spoon’s end. Add the oil drop by drop until you get the thick and creamy consistency you expect. Two drops of oil is enough for 6 almonds.

5. Your homemade natural kajal is ready for use now. Store this in a clean and dry place. Make sure to wash and dry your hands before every use to prevent it being unhygienic.

6. Homemade kajals usually have a good shelf life even though no preservatives are used, but it is better to prepare it fresh at least once every 4 months.

7. Leaving this kajal overnight on your eyes, cleanses and clarifies your eyes.

Benefits Of The Castor Oil Kohl

1. Rich in Vitamin E:

Pure castor oil is the richest form of vitamin E. It helps heal the eyes, makes your eye lashes thick and blacker and known to relieve stress.

2. Anti-Bacterial:

Copper is well-known for its healing properties and is considered a purifier. You will get a very minute amount of copper in the kohl because of the heated copper plate where your ash gets collected. Copper helps keep your eyes free from external and any makeup infections. It also helps in lens and eye muscle strength and relaxing.

3. Relaxes Irritated Eyes:

Bronze and silver are known for their regenerating properties. They also help in healing allergies, relaxing irritated and swollen blood vessels because of over rubbing.

4. Provides Coolness To Eyes:

Camphor helps for providing coolness and gives stress relief. It helps subside minor eruptions in the eyes.

6. Keeps Dark Circles Away:

Ghee keeps dark circles away by relaxing them. It cleans your eye of salt deposits from tears and removes minute makeup residue trapped under the upper and lower eye lids.

This ayurvedic kajal is used to treat eye cataract, which used to occur only in the elderly is also commonly seen in young people today. Regular use of this kohl can prevent eye cataract. Medicinally this is supposed to be applied at night, so that it makes the eyes water and removes the impurities.

You must remember that this kohl is not smudge-free. If you’re concerned about smudging, dust powder after application to help prevent smudging. But if you’re using it mainly for the medicinal properties, then you can wear it at night and wash it off in the morning. The kohl can be easily removed by using baby oil.

Another version of home-made ayurvedic kajal is made using almonds. Almonds have natural oils that are very beneficial for the eye and is also known to improve eyesight.

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Today, kohl is commercialized and has many chemicals like any other cosmetic product. For instance, Lead sulphate, commonly known as Galena, is widely used in the preparation of Kohl eyeliners. Even globally reputed brands have found themselves caught in controversy for using dangerously high levels of lead in their eye and lip cosmetics.

The good news is that you can easily make your own kohl at home which is completely natural.

This recipe and associated pictures were published originally here.


  • http://www.wiseshe.com/2012/04/how-to-make-natural-homemade-kajakohl.html#
  • http://www.makeupandbeautyhome.com/2013/07/my-homemade-black-kajal-preparation.html
  • http://www.feminiya.com/diy-make-almond-kajal-kohl-at-home/
  • http://www.naturalbeautyauthority.com/chemical-free-skincare-recipes-you-can-make-at-home/ayurvedic-natural-kohl-recipe/
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Gloria Renaud-Pugsley
Gloria Renaud-Pugsley 5pts

Sounds complicated, but, if you have the patience, it would be better then the bought commercial type. Lena Holland Raquel Kingerski

Padmanandhini Appandairajan
Padmanandhini Appandairajan 5pts

See if this helps u. U can do the same with any flammable (say almond )by sticking it with a fork. Show it over stove and catch the fumes in a spoon by placing the spoon above the almond.

Carmen Van Derbeck
Carmen Van Derbeck 5pts

Sounds complicated, as a teen and in my early twenties I was able to purchase natural Kajal stick in Europe.

Iris May
Iris May 5pts

Well living in hawaii it's hard to find all those materials. If I could get half if the material u post I would try making this.

Sylvester Joseph
Sylvester Joseph 5pts

Sindhu Jacintha Abhiram Nuggehalli Sridhar u guys should try this

Jyotsna Patel
Jyotsna Patel 5pts

My mum used to make this all the time when I was young. Not as complicated as it sounds. I have been making this also. It is very good and soothing. I apply it at bed time.

Deepak Mittal
Deepak Mittal 5pts

Yadi sauveer uaani surme ko apne ghar mein pees kar use bhringraaj n neebu ke ras ki bhavna di jaye ( bhavna dena matlab kisi aushadhi dravya ko anya dravya roop aushadhi ke saath tab tak ghotna chahiye jab tak mishran sookh na jaaye) to netro ke liyen aashirvad roop ho jaata hai.....radhey radhey

Ayurveda 5pts

Kindly refer to the link! :)

Madhu Ramesh
Madhu Ramesh 5pts

The same way my grandmother used to prepare kajal n home

Zarina Ishaq
Zarina Ishaq 5pts

My mother used clay deepak and clay plate and burn ghee instead of castor oil

Vtc Sba
Vtc Sba 5pts

but why i cant use copper due to allergy by kajal

Evelyn Singh
Evelyn Singh 5pts

Yes my grandmother told me about that nice lesson!!!\U0001f33a

Hemal Thakkar Jobanputra
Hemal Thakkar Jobanputra 5pts

For how long can dis b used ..I already have one which is made 8 years back can I use it for me and my daughter

Ayurveda 5pts

Home made ghee is good :)

Hemal Thakkar Jobanputra
Hemal Thakkar Jobanputra 5pts

What's d expiry of dis kaajal..and which ghee to use .is home made ghee OK .or cows milk is more good

Gandikota Laxmi
Gandikota Laxmi 5pts

This is how my grand mother used to make kajal at home

Sowjanya Ramana Reddy
Sowjanya Ramana Reddy 5pts

Yes I make my own kajal with ghee from childhood instead of castor oil, taught by my mother. It's very safe n leaves a feeling of happiness, reminding me of mummy :-)

Avanika Nayyar
Avanika Nayyar 5pts

It's truly helps your eyes strengthen strong and beautiful. since birth I been wearing homemade kajal by my mother.

Sharika Kurumathur
Sharika Kurumathur 5pts

Not commercial ones... When babies are born in family, it is a tradition for grandmas to send homemade kajal ... Helps to prevent that white formation that happens in the new born eye

Shaila Shroff
Shaila Shroff 5pts

Did anybody tried this? Are the Kajal bought in India are made similarly?

سحر هاشم الفوزان
سحر هاشم الفوزان 5pts

Indeed but the number Sifr is arabic not hindi, they were 9 numbers only, and they used this number system to develope Algebra and other sciences. And as i know Indien had many number systems, why arabs chose this one we don't know. Interesting that arabs today do not use this system. Im sorry for my English, it is not good :)

Ayurveda 5pts

Indians do use a variety of words in Hindi today, which has urdu words with Sanskrit origin as well. These inturn have been inspired by arabic words. Similarly, the knowledge Hindu-Arabic number system. The west got it from Arab traders, who got it in turn from India.

Margaret Marie Ross
Margaret Marie Ross 5pts

Because VA RU SHA...The manufacturers do not use organic ingredients they use stuff that actually clogs your pores and can actually make you break out in a rash because they use chemicals! whatever the cheapest ingredient is, is what's going to be on your face! which can actually make your face look ugly, gross, disgusting, filthy dirty, and can make you sick! If you end up allergic to everything then you cannot wear make up ever again!!!. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ABOUT MAKEUP....DON'T USE THE MAKE UP...THERE ARE EVEN MAKEUP...MADE With whale fat.if you know what a whale is..