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Query from: Vini K, India, 08/09/06
Topic: BEAUTY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: How to make Kajal(Kohl) at home

Hello everyone,I want to make kajal at home,and I know the process that my mother follows.She says that a wick made of new white cloth must be lighted in a small lamp containing castor oil.I am not sure why she says that only a new piece of cloth(only white coloured)should be used.Can I use a piece of an old white cloth for this?

If any of you make or have seen kajal being made at home,can you share with me your methods?I am very much interested in knowing about the various methods followed to make kohl at home.Thanks.

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Response from: Keep Smiling .,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Yes, that is the only procedure to get pure kajal:

The soot from an oil lamp is collected on an inverted basin. This soot is mixed in pure castor oil & pure kajal is ready.

http://www.saigan.com/heritage/alan…

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Response from: B Gupta,   
Council Member on Ask Agent
My mother used to make Kajal at home similarly for me and my children.The process is almost same except that the cloth used for the wick is taken from a well washed old cotton mundu[dhoti]for softness and is dipped in the juice of betel leaves,tulsi leaves or kayonni leaves.Then she used to put it for drying for a few days.When it was fully dried she made wicks of the piece of cloth,dipped in castoroil and lit a diya.Any old steelplate is then kept slanted over the lamp n such a way so as to not extinguish it.Over a period of time the soot collected is then mixed with a few drops of castoroil and used for any one even newborn babies[both my kids have benefitted from this kajal].So try it out and best of luck!

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Vini,

Please see this link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajal…

Kajal (Hindi: ????, kajal) is a type of black eyelid liner make-up used by Indian women, which is put around the edge of the eyes to make them more conspicuous and appealing.

Even now in Southern Rural India,especially Kerala women of the household prepare the kajal.This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision.

The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process.

A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade.

This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day. After sunset, make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil.

A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight.

Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box.

This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like Ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads of babies and children, to protect them from 'buri nazar'. 'Buri nazar' literally means 'bad glance', and is comparable to the 'evil eye', although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people.

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Response from: ariana jon,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi Vini,when your mother a new white cloth she must mean a clean cloth.I havent actually made it myself ,but iv heard of the process.The castor oil is burnt with the cloth to make the black paste.Theres not much else i can tell u about this process,as iv never tried it,but Im sure you'll get good results.Good luck.

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajal…

Even now in Southern Rural India , especially Kerala women of the household prepare the kajal.This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Kajal can also be a girls name in India.

Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads of babies and children, to protect them from 'buri nazar'. 'Buri nazar' literally means 'bad glance', and is comparable to the 'evil eye', although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people, or even lustful eyes, in the sense of men ogling women, as is passingly mentioned in 'Devdas', the movie starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and others.

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Response from: Edarrel Huber,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
If you use a dirty or old cloth it could contaminate.

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Response from: Badshah .,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear Vini, http://www.ayu.de/atmasantulan/kaja… For thousands of years, Kajal has been used in the Indian tradition for the health of the eyes. It is a mixture of black carbon deposits with wax, medicated ghee, coconut oil, camphor, etc. Sometimes pearl ash (moti bhasma) is used instead of black carbon to give a more intense result and to avoid giving a black colour to the eyes. To make real Ayurvedic Kajal, a silver or copper plate is filled with water and kept on a stand. Ghee lamps or castor oil lamps are burnt below the plate in such a way that the flame deposits black carbon on the bottom of the plate. The carbon is scraped off the plate and mixed with other desired ingredients. Just adding carbon powder to some oil or wax doesn’t make real Kajal.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
Registered Member on Ask Agent
u see the following:

Even now in Southern Rural India , especially Kerala women of the household prepare the kajal.This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Kajal can also be a girls name in India.

u can see in the following link:

http://natasha.ammas.com/a1/advisor…

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Response from: Gaz ,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
I think a new white cloth is for hygene reasons as an old piece even clean might have things that irritate your eyes and cause infection.

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Response from: Latha Jayaprakash,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear Vini,

What I have seen my mother doing is to take an old , clean cloth and make a wick out of that ,like we all do in homes for Vilakku . I have never seen her taking a new cloth. I also actually don't understand why your mother is asking for new cloth. We used to use my father's old 'mundu' ie dhothi, for all these things. She has been using either castor oil or gingelly oil. Both are cool for the eyes. Put oil in a brass vilakku , put the wick and light it. Hold a plate ( brass or steel ) smeared with oil either castor or gingelly, over the fire. Slowly the black colour will form on the plate . You can use it atonce. If you like you can do this daily. We use it for newborn babies from the 28th day onwards when the naming ceremony is held in the malayalee nair families. So if you like ,you can do like this. It will be cool and will not burn the eyes. But one thing I'll tell you , that it'll spread and won't stay there for long. Eyetex black kajal is also good which is available in a small black colour box.

If we couldn't make 'mashi' ( kajal ) at home we used to buy eyetex and use it. Hope you have enough information. If you want anythingmore write to me and I'll try to find out from the other elders in my family. Ok. All the best

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Response from: Shabana Khatib,   
Featured Member on Ammas.com
Hi Vini as regards to the method to make Kohl at home your mom is absolutely right. using a new or clean white cloth is to ensure its free of any dirt or germs and any color additives which might be harmful to the eyes. The soot which gets collected on the sides of the glass is then extracted and stored in a clean and dry container for use. Kohl not only beautifies the eyes, gives the eyes body but also it acts as a cleanser too.

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Response from: Seetha Hariharan,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear Vini.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajal…

Kajal (Hindi: ????, kajal) is a type of black eyelid liner make-up used by Indian women, which is put around the edge of the eyes to make them more conspicuous and appealing. Even now in Southern Rural India , especially Kerala women of the household prepare the kajal.This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Kajal can also be a girls name in India.

Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads of babies and children, to protect them from 'buri nazar'. 'Buri nazar' literally means 'bad glance', and is comparable to the 'evil eye', although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people, or even lustful eyes, in the sense of men ogling women, as is passingly mentioned in 'Devdas', the movie starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and others.

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Response from: Sharadha Sundaresan,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear Vini, This is how Kajal is made at home. This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajal

But now the traditional method of preparing "Kajal" is not practiced because of lack of time and about the ignorance of its method. You get good eye-liners and kajal of various branded companies which you can try which has a long lasting effect just like it is prepared from home itself.

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Response from: Usha Gurnani,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
This may have a hygenic reason behind it as it is going to be used for the eyes.

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