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Holi is such a beautiful festival, originally celebrated in India. On the day you will see many rituals going on and colors all around you. If you are also planning to throw lots of color on your friends and family members then you should know the truth behind the making of these artificially and organic colors.

While it is good to play with colors, as colors have such an important place in our lives, here is what you need to know about the world of Holi colors.

Artificial colors

While traditionally when Holi festival introduced people play with natural colors, but over the time when Holi become business, artificial colors took over the market. Traditionally, cornstarch was used as the base and food coloring was used for giving white cornstarch color. But with the use of artificial colors, manufacturers have started using a chemical to add hues of colors.

Do you know that low-quality oil, oxidized metals, and industrial dyes are mixed to color the powders? Let us see which harmful ingredient is mixed in artificial Holi colors.

• The green color comes from copper sulfate, which is agriculture poison.
• The purple color is come out when chromium and bromide compounds are mixed.
• Red color derived from mercury sulfite, which can cause skin cancer.
• And, the shiny hues that you usually see on the faces these days, are manufactured from powdered glass.

Organic Colors

After seeing the results of playing Holi with artificial colors such as skin irritation, skin allergies, skin cancer, and eye flu and so on, people are now moving towards organic colors. It is the fact that organic Holi colors are made using natural ingredients like turmeric powder for yellow color, henna for green color, different flowers for bright colors.

Red sandalwood powder is used for making a red color that is absolutely right for skin and never harms. Instead, sandalwood is considered as one of the best ingredients for skin.

Dried Palash leaves are used for bringing out the saffron color, blue hibiscus is used for the purple and blue, while beetroot for pink, tea, and coffee is used for bringing out hue of brown.

Author- Simran Bhatnagar

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