THE COSMETIC INDUSTRY – Origin Of Name And Introduction.
The word cosmetics derives from the Greek κοσμητικὴ τέχνη (“kosmetikē tekhnē”), meaning “technique of dress and ornament”, from κοσμητικός (“kosmētikos”), “skilled in ordering or arranging” and that from κόσμος (“kosmos”), meaning “order” and “ornament”.
The Cosmetic Industry can be simply described as the manufacturing and distribution of beauty products and aids which may be made of makeup, hair, skincare and sometimes, toiletries. The manufacturing industry is dominated by a small number of multinational companies, but the distribution and sale of cosmetics is spread among a wide range of different businesses.
HISTORY BEHIND COSMETICS.
Cosmetics can be traced back to at least 7000 years ago, where cosmetic body arts was said to have been the first and earliest form of preparation for rituals in human culture: specifically Egypt, Africa.
In ancient Egyptian times, both men and women yielded to makeup and beauty rituals, as they believed not only enhanced their appearance, but also had some magical and religious powers.
Cosmetics were not only used to enhance appearance by the Egyptians but also for their health. The ingredients used in their ointments, oils, and creams helped to soften the skin, protect from sunburn, protect the eyes, and improve their self-esteem
Cosmetics were not only used to enhance appearance by the Egyptians but also for their health. The ingredients used in their ointments, oils, and creams helped to soften the skin, protect from sunburn, protect the eyes, and improve their self-esteem.
The oils were used to combat wrinkles, soap paste to nourish and heal the skin, milk and honey mask to smell sweet and stay hydrated, Dead Sea salt, body sugaring and milk baths to also heal, repair and rejuvenate the skin.
Despite the fact that cosmetics is said to have originate from Africa, Africans were not the only users of cosmetics.
It was also said that cosmetics were used in Ancient Rome regardless of the fact that it was unacceptable, according to some Roman literature. Lead based formulas for skin whitening and kohl used for eye lining were said to have originated from Rome.
And oh – might I remind you that cosmetics are mentioned in the Bible – 2nd Kings 9:30 where Jezebel painted her eyelids and the book of Esther recounting countless beauty treatments as well.
Dare to look it up for yourself love.
The world of cosmetics has evolved so much since the BCs till this day and it keeps evolving and adding onto its value. In our coming chapters, we will be discussing the three major types of cosmetics that make up the cosmetics industry and how much they are worth. Starting with the market industry.
Let me leave you with another dazzling painting of once-upon-a-time Egyptian Queen wearing beauty products, specifically, makeup.