Interesting about Cosmetics
Cosmetics are products that people put on their bodies to make themselves feel more beautiful. There are many types of cosmetics, including face makeup, nail polish, lotions, perfumes, and shampoos. Cosmetics were also used in ancient times. Today millions of people throughout the world use cosmetics every day.
Ancient Egyptians were the first people known to use cosmetics. Egyptian men and women used perfumed oils to keep their skin from drying out. They also used natural coloring on their eyelids and eyelashes. The Romans later introduced more types of cosmetics.
Historians argue that the first lipstick appeared 12 thousand years ago. It could be juice of berries, mush made from plants or bark of trees. The first documentary evidence of the use of lipstick was found in the chronicles of Ancient Babylon. The Mesopotamian nobles used a creamy substance made from crushed semiprecious stones and minerals.
The inhabitants of Ancient Egypt began to use lipstick 5 thousand years ago, and the original ingredients were dried seaweed and bromine. It was also used not only by women, but also by men, and even by children. However, due to the presence of toxic bromine, it was unsafe. Therefore, the Egyptians called it “the kiss of death”. The lipstick recipe for the Egyptian nobility was much more difficult. The carmine, which had a bright purple-red color, was mixed with beeswax and animal fat, and fish scales were added for shine.
In the XIV century, the Pope issued a bull, that a woman using cosmetics offended the image of the Virgin Mary. That is, the Vatican unambiguously hinted that cosmetics were weapons of the devil, and people who used them were burned.
In Eastern Europe women used crushed brick, beet or raspberry. Nevertheless, they gave color to the lips and were absolutely harmless.
In 1770 the English parliament passed a law saying that “artificial” women were witches who seduced men for marriage. Therefore, a husband who suspected his wife in using cosmetics could easily dissolve the marriage and even insist on burning the “witch” at the stake.
However, progress was inexorable. In particular, European actresses used lipstick not only on stage, but also in life. Millions of women wanted to be like them.
The wealthy women of Ancient China, for the youth of the skin, rubbed their faces with silk cloth. Special attention was paid to nails. Long and well-groomed nails were a symbol of wealth and well-being.
In the Dead Sea region, archaeologists discovered an ancient cosmetic laboratory of the 1st century BC. There were millstones for grinding medicinal herbs, boilers for aromatic mixtures, amphora with fragrant substances.