Last Updated on February 24, 2023
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. It’s a fun festival that you can enjoy with family and friends.
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 in recent years that we turned to synthetic colours as they were easily available and cheap.
But it’s worth thinking about, is it really 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. They also leave your hair dry and frizzy.
- Synthetic colours have a negative impact on the environment. For example, fresh drinking water can be polluted because of these chemical colours.
- Synthetic colours leave behind strong stains on skin and clothes that are hard to wash off. If you want to save yourself from stains, organic colours are a great option for you as they are easily washable.
- Synthetic colours are also harmful to your pets and kids as their skin is more sensitive than ours.
Where to Buy the Best Organic Holi Colour in India?
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
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
3. Nirmalaya Fragrances
Nirmalaya 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
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.
5. 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
6. 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
Lattooan Holi Gift Box has 4 kid-friendly holi colours that are lab tested for safety. The colours are made from natural ingredients like spinach, turmeric, rose, strawberry, neem and saffron.
The colours are bright and super-soft on the skin and can be used by children over 18 months.
Available colours: Yellow, Blue, Green, and Pink.
Itokri has a wide range of organic holi gulal colours made by artisanal families using various 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
9. Advait Living
Advait Living’s premium organic gulals are free of synthetic dyes and made entirely of edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The packaging is plastic free and the lab-tested, eco-friendly colours come in soft and beautiful pastel shades.
Available colours: Pastel Pink, Sky blue, Tangy Orange, and Bright Yellow.
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
11. 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.
How to Make DIY Natural and Organic Holi Colour at Home?
Want to make DIY organic holi colours and gulals? Here are a few ways to make gulal colours using simple ingredients to enjoy the festival of Holi.
(P.S. You can boil these ingredients in water and cool it overnight to get coloured water too.)
- 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: To make the yellow colour, you need dried marigolds and chrysanthemum petals. Grind them finely, and add rice flour or gram flour to increase the quantity. You can also add a small amount of turmeric powder for a brighter shade.
- Green: Green herbal gulal can be made using a variety of leaves like neem, 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 a fine black powder you can mix with rice, maize, and gram flour to make various 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.
Safe Holi Beauty Tips
Along with choosing 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. I created a list of Dos and Don’ts that will ensure your skin and hair are not damaged amidst the fun.
Download the free PDF guide of Holi Beauty Tips from my free resource library right now.
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