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Celebrate Holi Safely With These Organic Holi Colours

Last Updated on March 9, 2022

I haven’t played Holi in years but I wanted to create an easy guide to help you buy or prepare organic holi colour using simple and safe natural ingredients.

As we all know, Holi is all about smearing colours on each other. After a long and stressful pandemic, we are craving some fun, and Holi has arrived to fulfil our wish.

But sometimes this fun may turn into a health concern due to the synthetic colours that can cause irritation and a variety of other skin issues.

5 Reasons To Choose Herbal and Organic Holi Colour

Earlier, people played Holi with organic colours prepared from flowers, fruits, and leaves. It was only after industrialization that we turned to synthetic colours as they were easily available and cheap.

But it’s worth thinking about, is it cheap? Or we are paying a higher price by risking our health?

So before I dig into the options available in India and how to prepare DIY organic holi colours, take a quick look at key reasons to switch to organic gulal this Holi.

  • Synthetic colours contain heavy metals that may cause skin allergies and other issues.
  • Using synthetic colours can also trigger hair dryness.
  • Synthetic colours have a negative impact on the environment. For example, fresh drinking water can be polluted because of these chemicals.
  • Synthetic colours leave behind strong stains on skin and clothes taht are hard to wash off and . If you want to save yourselves from stains, organic colours are a great option for you as they are easily washable.
  • Syhthetic colours are also harmful for your pets and kids.

Where to Buy Best Organic Holi Colour in India?

1. Phool

Phool Organic Gulal is one of the leading organic holi colour brands across India. They prepare herbal colours for holi by recycling flowers and are certified natural by Ecocert COSMOS.

Their chemical-free gulal is soft and also has natural essential oils for a subtle fragrance.

Available Colours: Pink, Yellow, Green, and Blue

2. Itokri

Itokri has a wide range of organic holi gulal colours prepared by using multiple natural ingredients such as maize starch powder and various herbs and flowers. The gulal is eco-friendly, soft on the skin, and also easily washable.

Available colours: Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, Yellow, and Green Colour

3. Serenus Homes

This brand prepares 100% natural herbal Holi gulal using fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other edible items. The colours are available in five shades. For fragrance, they rely solely on the natural scents of flowers.

Available colours: Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple, and Pink

4. Advait Living

Advait Living gulals are made entirely of edible agricultural products like flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They provide soft gentle colours in pastel shades.

Available colours: Pastel Pink, Sky blue, Tangy Orange, and Bright Yellow.

5. Petalists

Petalists’ holi colours are created by transforming discarded flowers collected from temples and ceremonial venues into non-toxic, safe, and skin-friendly colours.

These colours use up to three times less water to clean up when compared to regular colours and are completely safe for the skin.

Available colours: Orange, Blue, Pink, Green, and Yellow

6. Antarkranti

Antarkranti Herbal Organic Colours are created by an NGO that works for prisoner rehabilitation. They provide biodegradable colours with tesu flowers, rose, marigold, sandalwood and food colours.

Available colours: Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Pink

7. Nirmalya Fragrances

Nirmalya Fragrances organic gulal is certified skin safe by IIRT (Institute of Industrial Research and Toxicology). They provide 100% natural herbal gulal handcrafted by rural women using only flowers and natural extracts.

Available colours: Blue, Orange, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green

8. Monks Bouffe

Abeer By Monks Bouffe provides 100% natural holi colours handcrafted by BHIL (tribal community). They are handcrafted using only edible ingredients from the forest and farm. These are edible and safe for children too.

Available colours: Pink, Green, Orange, and Yellow.

9. Gulmeher

‌Nestery’s selection of kid-friendly holi colours from Gulmeher are chemical-free and made by a collective of waste-pickers and underprivileged women in Ghaziabad.

They prepare eco-friendly holi colours using flowers and vegetables which are gentle on the skin and easily washable.

Available colours: Yellow, Orange, Green, Pink.

10. Ekgaon

They prepare herbal colours for holi using 100% natural ingredients such as marigold, palash, hibiscus flowers, spinach, annatto and subabul leaves.

For fragrance, they use attar, a type of natural perfume made from herbs.

Available colours: Orange, Green, and Yellow

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11. Green Practices

Green Practices provides bright coloured gulal prepared with cornflour, natural food colours and essential oils. These colours are 100% natural, eco-friendly and skin-friendly too.

Available colours: Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Purple, Pink, and Green.

12. Avani Earthcraft

Avani Earthcraft gulals are handcrafted in the Himalayan regions of Uttarakhand using ingredients like Himalayan indigo, lac and turmeric.

The colours are available in earthy shades and use rice powder as a base.

Available colours: Purple, Yellow, Orange, Blue, and Green.

13. My Pooja Box

My Pooja Box provides herbal gulal which is made from herbs, flowers, edible materials, fruit, and vegetable extracts, making it safe, non-toxic, and easy to remove.

They also contain natural oils to make colours soft, healthy, and easily washable.

Available colours: Blue, Pink, Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange

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How to Make DIY Natural and Organic Holi Colour at Home?

You can easily make organic holi colour in your own home too. Here are a few ways to make gulal colours using simple ingredients to help you prepare your natural colours for Holi.

(P.s Boil these ingredients in water and cool it overnight for coloured water.)

  • Blue: To make blue gulal, crush dried blue hibiscus, indigo or jacaranda flowers into a fine powder and combine it with equal amounts of rice flour or cornstarch to increase the quantity.
  • Red: To make red herbal gulal, crush dried red Hibiscus or rose flowers into a fine powder and combine it with equal amounts of rice flour.
  • Pink: Dried beetroot and pink rose flowers can be used to make pink gulal. Grind them well to make a fine powder and mix it with rice flour.
  • Yellow: Take dried marigolds and chrysanthemum flowers. Grind them finely, and add rice flour or gram flour to increase the quantity. You can also add a small amount of turmeric powder fro brighter shade.
  • Green: Green herbal gulal can be made using a variety of leaves like Nneem, spinach, and henna. Grind them to make a fine powder and mix it with maize flour or rice flour.
  • Gray: Activated charcoal has numerous skin benefits. It’s fine black powder you can mix with rice, maize, and gram flour to achieve the desired shades of grey.
  • Brown: Coffee is widely used in skin care for its antioxidant properties. So it is a great option to mix it with maize flour and use it as a brown holi colour.
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Safe Holi Beauty Tips

Along with choosing these safe and non-toxic holi colours, your must also take care of your skin before and after playing Holi to keep it healthy and minimize skin irritation. Hence I created a list of Dos and Don’ts that will ensure your skin and hair are not damaged amidst the fun.

You can download the free PDF guide of Holi Beauty Tips from my free resource library which has several other beauty guides to help simplify your routine. Tap the image below for access.

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