How to make Kajal at home | Homemade Kajal | Kohl | Surma | Kan Mai Recipe

How to make Kajal at home | Homemade Kajal | Kohl | Surma | Kan Mai Recipe:

Learn how to make kajal at home very easily with 10 minutes of your time. The total time for making homemade kajal is 35 minutes approximately. But it takes only 10 minutes of your time. If you are someone like me who applies kajal everyday, you must try to make kajal at home. Most of the commercial kajals have high amount of lead which is harmful. You can even it as black bindi / black pottu for babies.

The best part is you do not any fancy things or ingredients to make it. A good quality ghee and castor oil work best. You can even make it without castor oil and replace it with ghee. But I recommend using castor oil as it has wonderful benefits. 

I do not need to explain how good the homemade kajal is when compared to commercial ones. Instead of using chemical kajals for your beautiful eyes, switch to homemade kajal. Though older generations claim that kajal improves eye sight, increases the size of eyes and protects eyes from various diseases, there is no sufficient scientific evidence to substantiate it. It is better to avoid using kajal for young kids.

You can also use pure almond oil instead of castor oil or you can use both. You can also add a pinch of camphor which can give you cooling effect. But I have never added it as I do not get pure camphor here.

Health benefits of homemade Kajal:

1. Hygienic and pure
2. Castor oil softens your skin and acts as a barrier between the skin and harsh wind, dust and dry air.
3. Almond oil nourishes your skin. It is also an anti-aging ingredient.
4. Pure camphor keeps the eyes hydrated and cool by retaining the moisture. 
5. Free from harmful and hidden chemicals unlike commercial kajals.

Some people even uses this homemade kajal for blackening the grey hair strands naturally and temporarily. It works well.

Homemade Kajal Recipe - How to make kajal at home for eyes:

There are lot of methods available to make kajal at home. This is the most commonly followed method to make kajal at home. Kajal made using this recipe comes about for a month approximately for me as I apply twice daily. The yield varies as some kajal gets wasted during transfer and mixing.

Ingredients for Homemade Kajal Recipe - How to make kajal at home:

  • Clean Silver lamp which can accommodate at least 1 tbsp of ghee.
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Thick and long cotton wick
  • A stainless steel plate or Silver plate or brass plate or copper plate
  • Two stainless steel bowls to support the plate
  • Castor oil - 2-3 drops approx
  • A stainless steel spoon
  • A stainless storage container with tight lid(preferably an air tight storage container)

Instructions for Homemade Kajal Recipe - How to make kajal at home:

1. Take a clean and dry silver diya. Keep it on floor. Fill it with 1 tbsp pure ghee. Place a thick and long cotton wick(or 2 thin cotton wicks bound together). Coat the whole cotton wick with ghee. Light the diya with a match box. Place the stainless steel bowls on both sides of the diya.

                                    Lit diya - How to make kajal at home

2. Place the plate upside down on the bowls. The light should touch the plate. Choose the bowls accordingly with appropriate height. The purpose of bowls is to support the plate. so adjust the bowls accordingly.

Place plate upside down - How to make kajal at home

3. Let the diya burn till the ghee gets over.
4. Carefully take the plate with a help of a tong as it will be very hot.

Homemade kajal soot - How to make kajal at home 

5. Scrap the soot(the black residue collected on the plate) with a spoon. It comes out easily. No hard scraping is required.

Scapr soot with spoon - How to make kajal at home

6. Transfer the soot to the storage container.
7. Add castor oil one drop at a time on the soot and mix the soot well with your finger. I had to add three drops. It might vary. Make a lump free smooth kajal.

Your homemade Kajal is ready to use.

By this time, your fingers and plate would be super black. Do not worry. It will go off in 2-3 washes.


1. Choose a big and thick pure cotton wick(panju we use for lightening diya) as one tbsp of ghee might be burning for at least 20-25 minutes. Mine was burning for 25 minutes.

2. Make sure that the storage container, plate, lamp, cotton wick, spoon which we use to scrap are clean and dry. If they are not clean, we do not get hygienic homemade kajal. Fungus will develop if they are not clean or dry. Do not mix water with the homemade kajal. If the kajal is exposed to even a drop of water, dry it under sunlight until it becomes completely dry before closing the container. Never leave the homemade kajal closed when it is wet.

3. Try to use homemade ghee or pure ghee for making homemade kajal.

4. Make sure you use good quality castor oil.

5. You can add a pinch of camphor while mixing with castor oil which can give you cooling effect. But the camphor should be pure and free from chemicals. As I do not have access to pure camphor, I do not add camphor.

6. Never leave it unattended for safety purpose.

7. Always use a tong to handle the plate as it will be very hot after heating.

8. It is always good to use very old and well used plate & storage container as the polish(if coated) might have got worn out.

9. It is better to store it an air tight container for long term storage. It keeps well for years with no expiry.

10. It is safe to keep the set up on floor. Also you need to be careful that your children should not go nearby. I always make when my kid goes to school.

11. If you feel that the plate is getting too hot, you can sprinkle little water on top of the plate which I always do. But the edges should not be plain. In that case water might run out and fall down to diya. Check the below photo of my plate which I use. The edges stop the water from dropping out. Even in that case, we should not add more water. We have to only sprinkle.

Sprinkle water - How to make kajal at home

12. If you have added excess castor oil or if the kajal smudges, dry it under sun till it becomes thick.

13. Adding less castor oil will form lumps.

14. Like every other kajal, you have to carefully apply it as it might stain your clothes and face. You can wash your face and remove it.

15. If you do not have castor oil, you can melt ghee and add it in drops instead of castor oil.

16. If you feel the kajal is thick, you can add a drop of castor oil and mix anytime.

17. Some people used to tell that homemade kajal smudges easily. But it is based on how correctly you are mixing with castor oil and the correct quantity of castor oil you use. I never got it smudged.

18. Always add castor oil only after transferring the soot to the storage container to avoid wastage.

Till now, I have kept the plate upside down. I am thinking to make kajal at home without reversing the plate and keeping some water on top. I will update this blog post as soon as I try it. It might take few months as I have just made a fresh homemade kajal at home.

Hope you got an idea on how to make kajal at home. Make your own homemade kajal right now. If you have any doubt regarding this post, you can leave them in the comment section.

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  1. Great Idea....By using this method we can get homemade kajal without adding chemical..
    Friends please check my blog and give your support .

  2. Thank you for your nice tutorial. Yours is ever the easiest to understand what to prepare or yo do!

  3. Replies
    1. Hello again!
      Finally I made it without any big mistakes.
      This is totally thanks to you ^^ !
      Can I share this article on my blog?

  4. Yes. U r welcome. It would be great if u can give a link to my blog post.