The festival of colours is upon us and we’re wondering how to immerse ourselves in different shades of the rainbow without destroying our skin and hair and having to go for numerous rounds of champi for the next couple of months. Here’s where to get your fix of Holi colours and gulaal for a fun, yet safe Holi.

Avacayam

A programme by Trash to Cash, Avacayam is a temple flower recycling movement. Every day flowers are collected directly from the temples along the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Narmada; sorted, cut, dried and hand rolled by differently abled people to make Holi colours.

This year they are packaging the colours in special papier-mâché containers embedded with flower seeds. So once you’re done playing with the colours, you can plant the container and watch it grow.

Where:  Shop here. 

Price: INR 550 onwards

Contact: +91 9810003512 or write to madhumita.puri@gmail.com

Red Earth

readearth2Red Earth is celebrating Holi with Swarang this time. The colours are pure, natural, really luxurious and self-made, made from flowers. These 100% floral gulaals have artisanal blends focussing on colours, aromas, textures and your health!

The ingredients are mostly edible materials like arrowroot, cloves, turmeric and cardamom. They have various sets, so do have a look at their colour catalog. 

Where:  Red Earth Studio, F 342 A, Second Floor, Old M.B Road, Lado Sarai, Behind Crescent Mall

Nearest Metro Station: Saket

Price: INR 550 onwards

Contact:  011 41671100/ 41764054

I say Organic

I Say Organic is offering a range of hand-made Holi colours, made from edible maize starch and rose petals. Made by an organisation called Antarkranti, these are available in different colours and even fragrances. There’s Lily of Valley {pink}, Kesar {orange}, Lemongrass {green} and French Rose {red}, among others.

P.S. If you buy a pack of six, you get a kilo of apples free.

Where: Shop online here or call 011 41087447

Price: Starting at INR 90 for a 100 gram packet

Organica

organicaJoy by Nature is doing these super pretty pink colours that are a natural mix of carrot, wheat and beetroot, along with turmeric. They are pure and easy to remove. We also really like their Basant Yellow and Dhani Green colour.

Where:  Shop online here. 

Price: INR 75 onwards

Color Cart

Color Cart is a website completely dedicated to Holi colours, snow sprays, paste colours and spray colours. They’ve got some bright powdered colours and some metallics as well, but we’d recommend sticking to the herbal gulaal section.

Where: Shop online here.

Price: Starting at INR 120 for a box

Ek Gaon

ekgaonThese colours even look healthy. Available in orange, yellow and brown, you’ll be contributing to the welfare of a farmer every time you buy one of these packages. If you buy the three packs of these colours made from palash flowers, you’ll also get a pack of flax seeds completely free of cost. They have free shipping, so avail while the offer lasts.

Where:  Shop online here. 

Price: INR 237

Contact: 0452 2602433

Organic Shop

Skin-friendly, safe and completely natural, the Omved colours will do good by you. The Indigo Blue has a nice pastel shade, as does the Manjishtha Red. They also have sets, so that they are easy on your pocket.

Where:  Shop online here. 

Price: INR 100 onwards

Jaivik Haat

avacayam2Jaivik Haat is doing its bit for the environment this year with their collection of gulaal by Avacayam. Made out of discarded temple and restaurant flowers, these are available in five colours: yellow and orange {from marigolds}, red and pink from roses, and green from henna. You can get these at their Rohini store or call them up for delivery {charges will apply}.

Where: 386a, Block C, Pocket 8, Sector 8, Madhuban Chowk, Rohini {opposite Metro Pillar 377}

Nearest Metro Station: Rithala

Contact:  011 27944386, 011 47597091

Price: INR 60 per packet

Featured image courtesy: Red Earth