The Mehndi cone-making business is another small business that can be started by many individuals from home who are interested. It can be a  business that might grow on a large scale from a small scale. This is most prevalent in India as many Indian women apply Mehandi both on their palms and feet during many special occasions like their weddings or some relatives’ weddings. Generally, the Mehndi for easy application is packed in a cone-shaped package and is then given in wholesale to many local shops to be sold to customers. This particular substance is grown on a commercial scale in India and then it is collected, processed, and packed so as to start the business. This is also commonly known as the Henna Powder.

If someone wants to start a henna powder or Mehndi manufacturing unit, one can check out the following 8 steps which include the manufacturing process, licenses, cost, and profit, that one can follow for starting the Mehndi business:

1. Henna Powder or Mehndi Cones Market Potential

One of the first and foremost steps that entrepreneurs must know is the potential market of the business they want to start. The Mehndi cones market has the potential for both national and international markets. The demand for henna powder or Mehandi cones has increased over the years and this product is well-known, especially in Asian countries. The entrepreneurs must also know the other major importers of henna powder and Mehndi are the US, Canada, UAE, Australia, Russia, and many European countries.

During earlier times the henna powder or Mehandi is used by women only at times of special occasions but nowadays, the product is in demand even on days when there are no such occasions and therefore the plant is required to be grown throughout the seasons. Moreover, apart from Mehndi which is applied on palms and feet, the entrepreneurs can also focus on producing it as an item for hair care. This particular product helps in nourishing the hair. Hence, starting a henna business plant is highly recommended these days as this small-scale business can also be helpful in the herbal industry.

2. Business Registration & License For Setting Up A Manufacturing Plant

In order to manufacture mehndi cones & mehndi powder, one needs a license as this particular product falls under the category of herbal cosmetics. Hence, in order to start the business, the company needs licenses and different permits before it starts. However, it seems that this criterion varies from location to location where one wants to set up the plant. This particular category also differs based on the end-users of the products. If the entrepreneur wants to sell their products commercially then this particular category needs to be considered.

However, for local production, one must consult a consultancy that is locally based and ask about the requirements and specific permissions. As a general rule, the company must register first and after that, the company can apply for other registrations, Trade Licenses after their business registration is approved. The State Pollution Control Department must also give a Non-Objection Certificate to the company before its start-up. In India nowadays, even GST registration is also required for running a manufacturing business. For selling the product in the global market, and IEC number is needed.

3. Investment In Starting A Mehndi Manufacturing Business

The cost for starting such a business initially depends on how much production is required whether on a small or large scale. The different features of the types of machinery need to be looked upon before purchasing them. A pulverizer is a machine which is required in this business and the cost of it ranges from ₹ 25,000 to 2 lakhs. Also, the land is required for the manufacturing unit. For a small scale, a plot with a floor area of around  500 to 800 sq. ft is needed and a rough estimation of around ₹ 5 lakhs to 10 lakhs will be needed. Apart from this initial investment, the land cost is extra.

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4. Arrangement of Finance for Mehndi Plant

Initially starting up this plant requires a lot of working capital. Not just this the entrepreneur also needs fixed capital investment to procure machinery which is needed for setting up the manufacturing sector. Therefore, before starting the entrepreneur has to make sure that he/she must have good financial planning and support and that a considerable amount of funds needs to be kept into marketing, distribution as well as logistics. The working capital will mostly involve expenditure in buying raw materials, putting more manpower, on utility bills, and many other initial expenses.

5. Setup of Henna Powder/Paste (Mehndi) Making Plant And Types of Machinery

In order to set up a unit one will need a good space and as mentioned before the actual area which is needed depends mainly on the production output. Not just for types of machinery, the space is also needed for the storage of raw materials. An area of 500-1000 sq. ft is sufficient for a small-scale unit. The space must be easily accessed, and the water supply should be there for general use and also for proper electrical connections. Some of the important machines required for setting up Mehndi-making machines are:

  1. Grinder or a pulverizer with the required accessories
  2. Drying machine for leaves
  3. Weighing balance
  4. Packaging machine
  5. Paste making mixer

6. Mehndi Manufacturing Process

The mehndi manufacturing unit or processing unit is very simple where no complex materials are required. The first step starts with getting the leaves from the farmers or the fields if the plants are grown by them. The leaves are separated from the plants and other impurities are removed. The next step is to dry the leaves under the sun. If one uses the machine it will provide faster drying and provides better results. Grinding and sieving are the next steps so as to get the desired quality of the finished product. The product can be in the form of powder i.e., henna, or can be made in a paste form to obtain the required mehndi, and then packaging of the products will take place. The product quality may vary depending on the clients. Some may want pure with any unwanted element or impurity and also some may want colored mehndi cones.

7. The Profit That One Can Make From The Mehndi Making Business

Again, the profit depends on the production rate and how much can be sold. Also, the more the production of the materials less will be the cost of Mehndi or henna powder per package. On an average profit, manufacturers expect a profit of 20-30% when they distribute the products to wholesalers or distributors.

8. Promoting the Henna Powder/Paste Making Business

There are several ways in which one can promote their brand of mehndi so as to make their business big and in establishing a network with local sellers as well as international sellers. Nowadays, the online platform is another area where one can promote their products be it through their social media accounts or advertisement via various television channels, electronic media, radios, and so on. Online marketing is also there where an entrepreneur can sell their products online and this has become an effective tool where one can promote their brand. Finally, a website is a must so that the clients can easily look into their products with full information. Promoting a brand is important so that the product can reach the global market and can compete with the best mehndi cone brand.


These are some of the few tips that can help an aspirant in the mehndi business. The entrepreneur can also look into schemes available for start-ups and so on so that he/she can get the proper support financially and so on.

FAQs: Mehndi Cone

Q. Which paper is used for the mehndi cone?

Ans. Cellophane Paper is the most widely used paper in making Mehandi Cones. The size is around 30microns.

Q. What are some of the best brands of mehndi cones that are available in India?

Ans. Some of the best brands of Mehndi cones that are available in India are:

  1. Prem Dulhan Mehndi Cone.
  2. Neha Herbals Mehndi Cone.
  3. Bansuri Mehndi Cone Henna.
  4. Kaveri Mehndi cone.
  5. Neeta Mehndi Cone.

Q. What is the average price of mehndi cone in India?

Ans. The average price of most Mehndi cones in India is ₹ 40 per piece.

Q. Does the mehndi cone expire?

Ans.  If the Mehndi cone or powdered henna is stored in a container that is tightly sealed then it should be applied or used within a year from the manufactures date. This can be done only if the products are kept in a completely and tightly sealed packaging that is air-tight. However, if the user wants to use the same opened Mehndi cone again then the products should be stored in a sealed container where the packaging is resealed and refrigerated. This product can be used within 3 months from the date of opening.

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