Everyone wants to look their best at all times. In fact, looking good has been pursued by mankind for centuries. Cosmetics in general and even organic cosmetics have pretty long history.
If you have ever looked at pictures of Egyptian Hieroglyphics, then you must have noticed that the faces of the people in those depictions were painted. The eyes are striking and the mouths are defined. The intention of depicting people in that manner was to draw attention to the sharp features.
Egyptians strongly believed in the adage 'cleanliness is next to godliness'. So they came up with many products and cosmetics not just to keep clean but also to enhance their looks. You might find this little hard to believe, but by around 15 to 20 BC they had already developed cosmetics that could get rid of scars, wrinkles, and even stretch marks.
After this long and interesting connection with the past, the cosmetics industry as we know it today established itself only in the 20th century.
The Rise of Natural Cosmetics
Organic and natural cosmetics are unduly a roaring success as an industry. But how did it come to be the way it is today? Where did the idea come from after such a long dependence on chemical cosmetics?
There is an old saying 'beauty is dangerous'. While the veracity of this statement is open to discussion, many of us do not realize that what is actually dangerous are the products full of chemicals that we use to look beautiful. History has recorded a multitude of cases wherein beauty products that were very popular and in wide use contained such harmful substances as formaldehyde, arsenic, mercury and lead.
Even after all the research that proves these chemicals are dangerous, they are still used to some degree in cosmetics today. While most people do not really bother thinking about long-term consequences, there were people within the industry who had higher standards of ethics and who felt that an alternative needed to be found.
This led to the creation of cosmetics that used only natural and organic ingredients. Natural skin care is a very old concept. Natural products were used in China and the Middle East as early as the 4th millennium BC. There were several skin conditions that were easily treatable when natural remedies were used. Even today, many people who have ultra-sensitive skin or other skin problems turn to natural products for relief.
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