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Ayurvedic Method Of Making Organic Baby-Safe Kajal

By Kumutha

They say eyes are the window to our soul, perhaps that's why, we spend hours lining our eyes with kajal to give it an exotic touch.

Beautifying that window to make the soul look a tad-bit less grimy, perhaps? We leave the topic of soul for you to ponder on. What we are here for is to discuss more about kajal and how to make an organic baby-safe kajal.

Did you know that kajal, which has become such a basic necessity of our everyday beauty routine, actually has a deeper significance?

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In bygone days, kajal was applied predominantly to protect the eyes from the sun and the harsh outside elements. Tribal people used to draw distinct marks on their bodies with kajal as a projection of aggression to scare enemies.

In infants, small dot of kajal is applied below the ears to shield the baby from any evil energy. And the most interesting, not to mention, shocking fact that we found out is the chemical composition that counter-bought cosmetic kajals contain!

Kohl, for that matter, even eyeliners and mascaras are highly concentrated with mercury, parabens, propylene glycol and lead. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause skin irritation and can even cause blindness.

Blindness is least of your worries. Some of these toxic chemicals also get absorbed into the body, which triggers cellular level changes in the nervous system and also increases the risk of breast cancer.

To think we were actually applying these toxic chemicals on infants is rather disturbing.

So, we got down to research to find out how kohl was made in the ancient days that were free of chemicals. Here is a step-by-step method to make pure kohl at home that is definitely safe for your baby, take a look.

Also Read: 8 Safety Tips For Eye Makeup

Ingredients Required

  • Muslin cloth
  • ½ a cup of sandalwood paste
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil or almond oil

Method Of Preparation & Application

  • Take a muslin piece of cloth and dip it into the sandalwood paste. Lay the cloth out under the sun to dry for an hour or two.
  • Repeat the dip and dry method throughout the day.
  • Following this process, make a wick out of the sandalwood-dipped muslin cloth. Place it on a mud lamp. Light the lamp with castor or almond oil.
  • Place a brass vessel over the mud lamp in such a way that there is a tiny space left in-between for oxygen.
  • Leave the lamp burning overnight.
  • In the morning, collect the soot in a tiny jar, mix a few drops of pure ghee or clarified butter to the soot. Using a small spoon. Whisk until it combines well.
  • Store it an air-tight vial. Your organic kajal is ready to be used as and when required.

Do give this easy and baby-safe organic kajal a try and let us know your views.

Story first published: Friday, August 12, 2016, 12:15 [IST]