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Tips for Making Eco-friendly Colours for Holi

Tips for Making Eco-friendly Colours for Holi

Holi is an exuberant festival of colours. Since the colours are applied on face, skin and hair, it has become important that we pay attention to help prevent environment from further damage. Read on to learn about the tips for making eco-friendly colours for Holi.

Holi is a festival when spring of colours shoots in the air because people douse each other with colours and water to get the actual fun and excitement of playing and celebrating Holi. However, the harsh chemicals used to make the colours dampen the spirit of many people.

Experts are of the opinion that the chemicals used in the colours available in the market not only harm your skin and hair, but also affect the respiratory system. Eye and skin allergies are quite commonly seen in most people these days. Here are some tips for making eco-friendly colours for celebrating an eco-friendly Holi.

How to Make Natural or Eco-Friendly Colours?

Staying indoors and keeping yourself away from the fun and joy of Holi is not the only solution to stay away from the harmful effects of Holi colours. You can make organic or natural colours at home to play with the help of the following tips.


Yellow colour can be made by mixing turmeric powder and gram flour. The best thing about this is that it is a wonderful face pack also and it will make skin soft and subtle in turn. You can use talcum powder or fuller’s earth or multani mitti in place of gram flour.

Dry marigold or chrysanthemums can also be used for powdered yellow colour. You can also mix this powder with gram flour and use. Soaking peels of pomegranate overnight will also give you a good yellow colour to play with.


Traditionally it is believed that Lord Krishna played Holi with Tesu flowers. You can soak these flowers overnight or boil them for instant use. You will get a nice and naturally smelling saffron colour ready. You can crush dried tesu flowers and mix with sandalwood powder to get a smooth touch and natural smell.


Red is one of the favourite colours of all in Holi. You can make red colour with the help of red sandalwood powder. This is good for the skin also. Red hibiscus can be dried and crushed to be used as gulal or dry colour. On the other hand if you soak these flowers overnight you will get the wet red colour also.


Soak slices of beetroot overnight and boil them for few minutesin the morning. You will get wet pink colour ready for use.


Mixing henna powder or mehendi with any flour will help you get the lovely green shade. Remember, henna or mehendi leaves colour on skin or hair only when it is wet. Dry henna powder can be easily brushed off without making anyone have lasting colour effect on skin.


Gooseberries or amla when boiled in an iron container for few minutes can give you a black colour. Just set aside for some time after boiling them and mix with water to dilute it. This works as a conditioner for hair also.

Health Hazards of Chemical-Based Holi Colours

There are different types of chemicals used to make Holi colours and all of them have harsh effects on skin, hair and even different parts of the body.
  • The copper sulphate used in green colour causes eye allergies and even results in temporary blindness in some.

  • The chemical used in making silver colour can cause cancer.

  • The chemical used in dry red colour can cause skin cancer, mental retardation and even paralysis.

  • The chemical used in purple colour causes different types of allergies and asthma.

Play Holi the Natural Way

With plenty of stores selling organic colours these days, you will not have to stay away from the fun and frolic of Holi just to avoid the side effects of colours. You can buy these colours or make your own and you will be surprised how much people welcome you and your colour this year.

So, it is time we celebrate Holi in its traditional old way when the festival was to celebrate the arrival of spring season. You can play in a natural and less wasteful way this year.

What hazards can be caused to due chemical based Holi colours? How to make natural and eco-friendly Holi colours at home? What are the benefits of using natural or eco-friendly colours during Holi?Discuss here.

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Manthan.5 years ago
These days eco-friendly colours are available in stores so how to trust the authenticity of these colours?
Hetal.5 years ago
It is better to make your colour at home rather than buying it from stores.
Preeti.5 years ago
Very nice tips! We must encourage our kids, relative and neighbours to use eco-friendly colours during holi.
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