How to Make Holi colors at Home that will make you feel like spa!

make holi colors at home

Holi is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to prepare our Gulal and herbal colors now! Yes, you read it right. We are telling you simple ways to make Holi colors at home to make your holi more fun and healthy.

With these herbal homemade colors, you won’t have to worry about your skin. These organic homemade Holi colors will give your skin a healthy glow with these amazing ingredients. Don’t worry we have the easiest trick for the lazy ones of us!

The reason behind making these Holi colors at home is the rise of harmful chemicals in the store-bought gulal colors. Many studies have suggested the rise in skin diseases in children due to holi colors.  Here is the recipe for the homemade holi colors.

1. Make Burgundy Red Gulal

red holi color

Beetroot  – It gives amazingly bright color and is great for skin too. Grind the beetroots and make a paste. Let it dry in the sun. Mix with gram flour/besan or corn flour or wheat flour.

Hibiscus Flowers – Dry these flowers, and grind them. Mix with any flour of your choice to increase the quantity.

Palash or Tesu Flowers – They work well to give the amazing red color. Dry in shade, grind them, and mix with flour.

2.  How to Make Marigold Yellow Color

yellow herbal holi color make at home

Turmeric – Mix 1 cup gram flour (besan), cornstarch, white flour (maida) with half cup turmeric/haldi. It will give a nice yellow color., but use this with caution as the turmeric can stain your clothes.

Marigold – 1 cup wheat flour (or any flour of your choice) + 1 teaspoon turmeric/haldi + 1 cup marigold flowers + 1 tablespoon orange peel powder + few drops of any essential oil, mix all these and your yellow Gulal is ready.

Marigold easy – Dry the flowers in shade along with the orange peels. Grind them and mix with the flour of your choice.

3. Sandalwood Brown Gulal


holi color make at home

Sandalwood – Talk about spa and face packs! The sandalwood and fuller’s earth are known to make your skin supple and clean.

Use sandalwood powder or raktchandan ( the red sandalwood powder) and mix it with fuller’s earth or any flour of your choice to make your holi color at home.

4. How to Make Auspicious Green Holi Color

holi color make at home

Mehendi/Heena – Crush Mehendi leaves or use the powder and mix it with dried leaves of Gulmohar tree. You can add any flour too but it will lighten the color. Add any food color to enhance the shade. Mehendi will stain if gets wet, so either take precautions or just don’t use henna. Its great for turning your hair black with this simple trick!

5. Easy-peasy Color Making Strategy

Here is our bonus, for all the lazy ones out there (like us :))

Mix any food color with water, add it to the gram flour/besan, let it dry and grind well. Voila! make any color of your choice and its herbal and 100% safe too!

How to Make Wet Colors/Gulal for Holi

you can mix

  1. Haldi/Turmeric with water (gives bright yellow color)
  2. Mehendi/Heena with Water (gives light green)
  3. Hibiscus flowers soaked overnight in water (gives bright red)
  4. Beetroots boiled and then diluted in water (gives magenta color)
  5. Indigo powder diluted in water (gives blue color)

Enjoy this Holi with herbal colors and celebrate a dry Holi and please don’t waste water. Here are other interesting ways to pay back to nature!

Must Read – Holi Hacks to protect your skin from harmful colors

Things to Consider while Making Holi Colors at Home

  • You can use any base you want, such as rice flour, cornflour, white flour, gram flour, or even wheat flour.
  • Mix the dried color by mixing in between your palms to get an even color all along.
  • Sieve the dry color many times to get a fine gulal-like finish and feel.
  • You can make red color by mixing turmeric powder and lemon juice. Use this in your choice of flour and create a beautiful red holi color.
  • You can add rosewater or essential oil of your choice to add fragrance and goodness to your homemade holi colors.
  • Also, don’t forget to prepare your skin before holi to protect yourself from the color that your friends may carry. Or else, share this post with them as well! Wink wink.

Happy Holi Everyone and don’t forget to pin it on your board. We would love that!

Pratishtha is a Physical therapist (orthopedics) by education. She loves Nature, Skincare, Organized Spaces, Researching, and Holistic Healthcare. Whenever She is not working, she is Definitely watching Netflix and procrastinating on reading a book! Find her on Linkedin.

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