The word cosmetics comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means “of this world, worldly.”
The Swiss food company Nestle owns 1/4 of the world’s largest cosmetic company – L’Oreal.
The ancient Romans detested wrinkles, freckles, sunspots, skin flakes and blemishes. To soften wrinkles, they used swans’ fat or asses’ milk. Sores and freckles were treated with the ashes of snails.
A popular therapy called ‘urine therapy’ is used by many celebrities and personalities to stay healthy and beautiful. This includes rubbing your first urine of the day on your face, and \ or drinking a few drops.
There was a phase around 3000 BC where ‘pale look’ was considered fashionable. This was achieve by bleeding themselves. Leeches were used. Or an extreme ‘cupping’ method was used. A vein was slashed and blood was drained into a bowl. Demi Moore admits to using Austrian leeches to look young and beautiful.
In the 1400, hairless look was in. To the extent that women shaved their foreheads, plucked their eyelashes and brows.
Ground fish scales has been used for years in the western societies to add shimmer to lipsticks and eye shadows.
After Coco Chanel popularized tanning, fake tan started to flood the market. But in the Asian region, the skin whitening products were more popular since Asians prefer paler skin. This just goes on to show that the grass is always greener on the other side.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug- Administration mouthwashes are considered cosmetic.
Lakmé was named after a French opera, but in itself means ‘Goddess Laksmi’.