What did women use for makeup during ancient times? We know from scripture that women wore cosmetics:
Now the young lady pleased him and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and food… Esther 2:9
However, I have often wondered what they used so long ago.
What is it? One of oldest known natural pigments in the world! Consists of silica and clay owing its color to iron oxide. It is found throughout the world, in many shades and hues from yellow to brown, and even faint blue.
Women used this natural pigment as as lipstick and blush.
Grinding it they applied it to their cheeks and adding water they made it into a lipstick.
Red ochre was also used to tan hides and paint some of the ancient cave drawings we still see today.
From the plant Lawsonia inermis.
We still use henna today to color hair, for body art and as a natural cosmetic.
Ancient Egyptian women used this to paint their nails which in turn conditioned them.
A well known cosmetic originating from ancient Egypt. It is made from heavy metals with high concentrates of lead salt. Yikes!
What is curious is the Egyptians processed and filtered the materials for up to 30 days before creating the eyeliner prototype. This lowered the level of lead which in turn worked to protect their eyes from the sun and boosted the skins ability to protect it’s self from infections.
We can also thank the Egyptian women for their creation of ‘the cat eye.’
In current day cosmetics the FDA does not allow lead in our makeup, however, information has been released reveling how little control the FDA has over imported cosmetics. Read more >>>
Yes, burnt almonds. Woman 5000+ years ago burned almonds and applied it to their eyebrows and eyes for eyeliner.
This is a beauty trend that still exists today. Women who want vegan cosmetics will make their own and it’s crazy just how easy it is. Take a look:
It’s interesting to see makeup returning to the days of old. We are looking back at nature to supply us with cosmetics that are free of chemicals and synthetics…
There has been a rise in mineral makeup for this exact reason. Minerals that come from the earth aren’t toxic. Mixed with the right amount of oils and clay (both protect and soften the skin) they are becoming better than the chemical laden commercial brands.
Young Living!!! That’s right – known for their essential oils you wouldn’t expect them to have a cosmetics line but they do.