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22 March 2012


       In India, Kajal is a form of eye makeup, which has been in vogue since the ancient times. It's the womenfolk of India who mostly apply kohl to darken their lower eyelid. However, it is also applied in case of children's and earlier, even the Indian men used to wear kajal. Kajal accrues the word Kohl, which is also at times spelt as Kol, Kehal or Kohal. Traditionally, it was prepared at home by females, as protection against eye ailments.

       However, today, it is easily available in almost all the shops. Infact, the concept of applying Kajal has become more of a fashion trend in urban India in the recent times. Those people who prepare Kajal at home make it out of soot and other ingredients. In old times, people believed that kajal or Kohl provided relief from the sun's glare. Another perception pertaining Kajal was that it wards off bad luck or vibes.
       As such, many women even today apply the Kajal as a small dot on the forehead of their toddlers as well as in their eyes. It is also applied at the nape of a child's neck, where it is not visible. Some people believe this will strengthen the child's eyesight. Applying Kajal is a strong tradition practiced by inhabitants of almost all the regions in India.

Method of preparing Kajal at home

       Kajal preparation begins with dipping a clean, white, thin muslin cloth about four by four inches square in a sandalwood paste. The cloth is then dried in shade. After the sun is down, a wick is made out of the cloth and then used to light a mud lamp filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is positioned over the fire, leaving enough gap for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp. This is left burning overnight. Next morning, one or two drops of pure ghee or castor oil is added to the soot on the brass vessel and stored it in a clean dry box.

Kajal/Kohl Eye Make Up
       Eyes are one of the most alluring and noticeable features, using Kohl/Kajal eyeliner helps define them. Various colour options means Kohl/Kajal can be used lightly for a daytime look and more intensely for an evening look. Use brown for a subtle daytime look or a more natural look.

       The use of Kohl on eyes by women and men is thought to originate from ancient Egypt, being applied generously and often extending outwards from the corner of each eye.

       Kajal was traditionally made in South Asia by women in their homes. A mixture of soot from an oil lamp and pure castor oil would product pure Kajal. The castor oil gave provided a cooling effect to eyes. Kajal powder was applied with fingers or a thin wood, bone silver or ivory applicator. The applicator would be dipped in water, rosewater or olive oil before dipping into Kajal pot. Other names for Kajal include Al-kahl, Surma and Anjur.

       Application method today is simpler and can be carried in your bag for re-application.

Kajal by "Husain" (India)
    ...This one I bought from one Ayurveda Pharmacy in Sarojini Nagar (Sarojini Market) in New Delhi, India! It's really natural - smells like natural oils! It's also medicine!...

Kajal (Oriflame)
       ...This one I bought from Oriflame this Summer! It doesn't smell like the other, which I bought from Delhi, but really - once applied, stays whole day in the eye, without any black to go out and to spread around as messy spots! So, if it's easy for you - because Oriflame is almost everywhere nowadays, order this one without to hesitate!...

Kajal (Flormar)
       ...Newest known Kajal product by Flormar! Carbon black for amazing eye impression and contrast! Light texture!  This one I bought approximately one month ago from Turkey - it just had been launched on the market soon!...
Effect - speaking eyes!...


       Q: I love to wear kajal but my problem is that when i wear kajal by afternoon it spreads all over and makes my eyes look dark.

       A: Try using an kohl eye pencil instead of kajal. If you don't want to switch, first apply compact powder under your eyes, dust out the excess powder, and then apply the kajal. The kajal should not spread. You could also try applying kajal to your eyes at night, and then wiping out the excess in the morning when you wake up. What is left in the eyes doesn't leak out.

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