The word cosmetics originates from the Greek word "cosmos" meaning order of arrangement. This business has evolved within the last half-century. In less than 60 years, the American cosmetic industry has evolved from bathtub and garage operation to a big business seducing teens. The forms of cosmetics include lipstick, lip gloss, foundation, powder, rouge, mascara, eyeliner, and nail polish. Women who didn't make their own had two choices: they could go to a pharmacist who compounded preparations under a "house" label or purchase commercial products. Recipes for cosmetics began to be published in the US in the late 18th century to the late 19th century. Womens access to information about cosmetics expanded.
The earliest known cosmetics come from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt (about 3100-2907 BC). Tombs of this era have yielded unguent jars, and from remains of later periods it is evident that the unguents were scented. Such preparations, as well as perfumed oils, were extensively used by both men and women to keep the skin supple and unwrinkled in the dry heat of Egypt. Egyptian women also developed the art of decorating the eyes by applying dark green color to the lower lid and by blackening the lashes and the upper lid with kohl, a preparation made from antimony or soot. It is likely that the Jews adopted the use of cosmetics from the Egyptians, since references to face painting appear in the Old Testament.
In Greco-Roman women wore white lead and chalk on their face to attract attention. Egyptians wore foundation to lighten their skin and kohl eyeliner. Europeans followed the Greco-Roman trend of pale faces . During the time of Louis X14 and Queen Elizabeth 1st, we took a few chances to look our best with catastrophic results. Pale skin was the flavor of the month and unknowingly, the skin was whitened with lead and it caused many early deaths. They were not satisfied with their hair either, so they bleached it…


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