The (Horror) Story of Cosmetics

So, I’ve been making my own beauty products for a little while now. It started when I was researching cosmetics in the middle ages…and realized that from the beginning of time women have had the choice between safe cosmetics and cosmetics that are harmful to their health. I wrote a little bit about that here.

Even in the times of the Romans there was pressure to achieve an “ideal” beauty standard that most of the women had to work very hard at. To get the prized unibrow, they drew them in. To smell nice, they used scented olive oils. To appear pale (difficult for these naturally olive toned women) they used powder made with lead. Yep, the poisonous stuff. It looked (sort of) ok at first (as long as they didn’t mind the greyish tint, or go out in the rain, or sweat), but eventually it caused their skin to pit (akin to corrosion) and lose elasticity. Then, of course they just piled more on (and on top of little patches made of linen placed over the pits) to hide the effects of the harmful cosmetic. Ugh.

If that sounds horrible, wait until you learn what we are marketed as healthy/happy cosmetics today:

To learn more about which cosmetics have toxic ingredients read about safe cosmetic choices at this website http://safecosmetics.org/ and search the cometics safety database for the brands you use or are thinking of using to see what’s really in them: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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