Monday, April 29, 2013

A List of Toxic Materials That Humans Have Used As Makeup

  • Malachite (ancient Egypt, used for eye makeup)
  • Antimony (used mainly to make kohl)
  • Dung (used terrifyingly often, mostly for complexion creams)
  • Arsenic (used for whitening creams, mostly)
  • Sodium bicarbonate (the ancient Romans ate it to sweeten their breath)
  • Acidic juice (this wouldn't be bad except women in 1600s Europe used it for EYE RINSES)
  • Bleeding (this isn't a toxic material technically but you guys, women would actually bleed themselves in order to look paler, I just want everyone to know this and to laugh hysterically the next time you see a tanning salon making money hand over fist)
  • Nightshade (drops of it in your eyes give you a dreamy look... because it's a hallucinogenic. Also, poisonous)
  • Mercury (used terrifyingly often for eye-liner, mascara, and lipstick)
  • Aniline (used for eyelash dye in the US in the early 1900s)
  • Lead (used by EVERYONE, used for EVERYTHING)

P.S. The hilarious thing about lead is that dating back to the time of the Ancient Romans, everyone KNEW that lead was toxic. They just used it anyway, because "live fast, die pretty" is by no means a new concept to the world.

1 comment:

  1. BEAUTY IS PAIN!! I was interested to find out that in India (and maybe elsewhere) they use cow dung for such things as bald cream (to induce hair growth), shampoo, toothpaste/toothpowder and drank cow urine.