FAQs - Frequently asked Questions

Safety and Cleaning

Is Ministry of Colours Holi colour powder safe?

In a word, yes. Our colour powder is non-toxic. It is the safest available on the UK market. We work closely with our factory to ensure the quality of our colour powder. It is created in a factory in India, the traditional way, using corn starch and natural dyes to ensure the safest product possible. Read and download the Ministry of Colours Safety Data Sheet.

Does the colour powder stain clothing?

Like any other colour powder, Ministry of Colours colour powder can stain clothing.  Please be aware of this when using the colour powder and advise participants to wear clothing they don't mind having more colours on them after the event than before!  If you are organising a colour powder event, why not have a branded T-Shirt as part of your event pack - it will provide a fun and lasting memento of the day?

How do I fix the colour powder to my T-Shirt?

1. Do not shake off any excess colour powder on the T-Shirt .

2. Carefully remove T-Shirt (the more you move, the more powder will fall off)

3. Put T-Shirt into a bag to keep it safe, until you can . . 

4. Lay your T-Shirt flat and soak with white vinegar - use spray bottle and generously spray T-Shirt (note, colours may bleed together as the fabric becomes wet).

5. Dry your T-Shirt flat.

6. Iron the T-Shirt to set the colour.

7. Put the T-Shirt In the tumble dryer for about 10 minutes on high to further set the colours.

Can I wash colour powder out of my hair?

Yes you can!

  • Brush your hair to remove excess powder
  • Rinse your hair with cool water
  • Wash using a good quality shampoo
  • Rinse and repeat if required
  • Condition and follow your normal hair care steps
  • Your hair should now be free of colour powder

You can also use a conditioner/oil before the event. Apply liberally to your hair and leave in for the event. This helps create a barrier between the colour powder and your hair.  Alternatively, wear a hat, scarf or even a shower cap to protect your hair. We think the wackier the better!!

Does the colour powder wash off floors, buildings and plants?

It sure does!

Our colour powder washes away in the rain, and because it's made from corn starch and natural vegetable, cosmetic or food-grade dyes, it's safe for the environment and doesn't cause any risk to wildlife or the environment.

If, however, you want to clean up quickly and remove any traces of colour from the area, please follow the below instructions for cleaning:

  1. Sweep up any excess colour powder.
  2. We recommend using a jet wash to clean the powder from concrete, tarmac, tiles and other hard floor surfaces.
  3. If further cleaning is required, use warm soapy water.

Please note, colour powder is corn starch based and so can be very slippery on smooth surfaces. Please wear suitable footwear for your colour event. 

Most of the colour powder will be found at colour stations and on the finish line, so if you are worried about mess, it's worth considering this when placing the colour stations.

How is your Holi colour powder made?

Our colour powder is made the traditional way, just corn starch and natural vegetable, cosmetic or food-grade dyes.  We have however gone that extra step to ensure our colour powder is safe and non-toxic. We thought this was essential to make our product perfect for the modern marketplace.

Is colour powder safe for children to use?

Ministry of Colours colour powder is safe for everyone to use.  However, we do recommend that younger children are not left alone to play with colour powder.

Please read and download our full colour powder product Safety and Cleaning Data Sheet for further information.

If you are in any doubt about the safety or cleaning of Ministry of Colours colour powder then please contact us.

Buying colour powder from Ministry of Colours

Can I buy the colour powder in bulk?

We sell our standard non-flammable colour powder in 5kg bags.  You can choose from 7 different vibrant colours. The bags are made from toughened transparent plastic and include a string handle for ease of carrying.  These bags of powder are ideal for large colour powder events where the powder can be shared by the handful, or by using disposable cups to throw the powder.

Can I buy individual packets of coloured Holi powder?

You can buy individual 100g packets of the Ministry of Colours colour powder.  We sell packets of our standard non-flammable powder, which you can mix and match from 7 vibrant colours.  Packets of colour powder are a great way to involve everyone at a smaller colour party, Holi celebration, or fundraising event.  You can also include them in an event pack, along with sunglasses, T-shirts, and a running number.

Do you sell colour powder in colour fountains?

We do!  Ministry of Colours colour powder fountains are an excellent way to really make an impression at your colour powder event or gender reveal parties.  We stock all 7 colours of the powder in colour fountains.  The fountains look great when let off at the start of an event, or as part of a finish-line celebration.  Please refer to these operating instructions and read the colour fountain labelling before use. At present, we are unable to ship colour fountains overseas.

What colours of Holi colour powder are available?

Our non-flammable coloured powder is available in 7 bright colours: blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow and turquoise. You can buy the colour powder in bulk 5kg bags, 1kg bags or as individual 100g packets.  View more information on our coloured powder here.

Do you deliver colour powder to the whole of the UK and Ireland?

Our network of couriers can deliver across the UK, Ireland and the EU. Please refer to our Shipping and Returns page for information on delivery costs and timing. At present, we are unable to ship colour fountains overseas. Please note that bulk powder deliveries in excess of 8 cartons (160kgs plus) will arrive on a pallet. You should make plans to be ready to receive this when ordering large quantities of colour powder.

Do you supply Holi festivals with colour powder?

We supply our colour powder to Holi festivals across the UK and Ireland. We find the combination of bulk colour powder and colour powder in 100g packets works well for these colourful celebrations for the beginning of Spring.

Do you supply colour runs and other fundraising events with colour powder?

We are the largest supplier of safe colour powder to fundraising events large and small.  We have partnered with charities across the UK and Ireland to advise on the best way to generate an exciting event for the participants.

Is Holi powder the same as colour powder?

Colour powder comes with many names.  Traditionally the colour powder was first used by the Hindu faith as part of Holi festival celebrations, hence the colour powder is sometimes called 'Holi Powder'.  It is also referred to as 'Gulal powder'.

Can I buy your colour powder online?

You can securely purchase our colour powder in 5kg bulk bags, 1kg bags, 100g packets, 70g packets or colour powder fountains via this website. We also sell a number of exciting accessories to make your colour powder event a success - sun visors, sunglasses, T-shirts, wristbands, headbands... and more!

Do you offer discounts on bulk purchase of colour powder?

We price our colour powder competitively to ensure our customers get the best deal possible.  If you receive a better like-for-like price from another supplier we will be very happy to try and price match where possible. Please be aware that our colour powder is a unique product.  It is the only non-flammable colour powder available in the UK.  Please be aware of cheap, potentially dangerous imitations.

What are your delivery times?
  • We aim to deliver our orders in 2-3 working days (weekends and public holidays excepted).
  • Next day delivery is available at an additional charge. If your order is time critical please call us to discuss your options (0330 321 3996).
  • All delivery times are subject to stock availability, warehouse capability and location of delivery address.
  • Please place your order a minimum of 7 business days before your event to ensure it arrives in time.
  • Full shipping details available here
What is your returns policy?

We are happy to discuss the return of goods if they are not to your satisfaction. We look at each request on a case-by-case basis.

Please note, all returns must include a completed Product Returns Form.

 If you are unhappy with you order and would like to discuss returning your products please contact us.

How Do I Organise My Own Colour Powder Event?

How much colour powder do I need?

How much powder you need is very much dependent on the size and type of event you are creating. Please refer to our 'how much do I need' page that provides information on quantities we think you will need.