Cosmetics

The history of cosmetics

4000 BC The Egyptians
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Perfumed oils Painted eyebrows Cream made from sheep’s fat

The East 1500 BC
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Rice powder Shaved eyebrows Painted teeth

1000 BC Greece
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A wig Real white-chalk, face powder Little colour-ochre clays, red iron

100 AD Rome
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Barley flour and butter Sheep’s fat and blood Mud and crocodile excrement

14 Century
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Regarded as a health threat Egg whites Slices of raw beef

15th-16th Centuries
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Aristocracy Laborious process -producing modern cosmetics -arsenic kill wearer more faster

17th-18th Centuries
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Health, wealth, gayety (fun) Used by all classes of society - except the poorest classes

19th Century
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Chemical processes Zinc oxide Poisonous substances

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