Kohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes, and several national and international brands are catering to those who use it. But how about giving it a personal touchand using homemade kohl?
Priti Mehta, founder and director of non-toxiclifestyle brand Omved, explains how to make that black beauty stick sitting at home.
– Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee.
– Keep aside a teaspoon of it.
– Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.
– Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze.
– Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting on top, between the supports.
– Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.
– Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot from the flame on the inside of the plate.
– Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished.
– Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover into a clean container.
– Cool and add the ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.
– Close the jar and keep in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter.
Homemade kajals have a good shelf life. Mehta advises to prepare it fresh at least once every four months to be on the safer side.
Since homemade kajal is very dark, Mehta suggests a way to use it. Apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.
Temporary vegan on the rise
More people are opting for vegan diet for seven or 30 days, reveals the Vegan Society.
The temporary menu of people, who pledge to vegan, consists of animal-free products or by-products.
According to BBC, Vegan Society has found that there were 40 percent more people signing up to this temporary menu in the first two months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Juliet Gellatley, director of the vegan and vegetarian group Viva, says most people do it either for health concerns or because they have developed greater awareness of animal rights.
“People might be prone to heart disease or want to get their cholesterol down. Or it might be because they’ve seen something on factory farming. But once people turn to veganism, they usually open their minds to the other issue too,” said Gellatley.
“The third factor, which is more unusual, is environmental reasons such as global warning or deforestation,” she added.