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A Different Take on the Beauty of History – Part 1

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Apr 18, 2007

This article should really have the title "The History of Beauty." There's a lot to say because it goes back in time quite a bit. Beauty care has been important since the very first civilizations. It is known that the cave people of the Mesolithic period (around 10,000 BC) softened their skin with castor oil and grease, and also used plant dyes to tattoo their skin. Skin softening lotions go back to biblical times. Sore feet were rubbed with lotions made from olive oil and spices. Powders were made from finely ground barks and roots. To keep hair smelling sweet, aromatic oils were rubbed into the scalp. Natural products did abound. Lipsticks first appeared near ancient Babylon, around 5000 years ago. The Egyptians also had beauty treatments. Henna and walnut rinses were used to keep the shine in dark hair. It was commonplace to bathe in equine milk and to apply face packs made from barley and crushed sesame seeds. The metal antimony was ground into a fine powder and used in black kohl crayons. These were used to draw around the eyes.

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