Recent research reports that there may have been medical benefits to the 100 mink lashes heavy eye makeup worn by Ancient Egyptians. Specifically, it was found that when used at low levels, the lead compounds in kohl, actually help the immune system!
However, during the 1930’s the formulation for 100 mink lashes mascara used very toxic ingredients; causing many reports of blindness and death to its users…
The main causes of the tragedies were linked to the pigmentation and preservative ingredients – Aniline, Turpentine, and lead containing Kohl:
ANILINE – a pigmentation hair dye ingredient that is also used as a compound for gasoline.
– Aniline is formed by the burning of plastics or by 100 mink lashes burning tobacco.
– Exposure to aniline may lead to upper respiratory tract irritation and congestion.
TURPENTINE – was formulated in mascara as a preservative to help extend the life of the product and avoid contamination.
– It is a fluid obtained from the resin of live pine trees.
– Although turpentine oil is considered possibly safe if used in the correct dosage, it is considered unsafe when ingested by mouth.
LEAD CONTAMINATED KOHL – used for pigmentation.
– Eieth Kohl is a powder used to darken eyelids, eyebrows, 100 mink lashes.
– Traditionally made by grinding lead sulfide and other ingredients.
– Lead contaminated Kohl is linked to lead poisoning and lead intoxication.
– In stores, you may find some products labeled as Kohl, but there is no kohl in the product and the name is only used to describe the shade or color. This is true because kohl is illegal to import into or sell in the United States, and it is not on the list of color additives approved by the FDA.
… Despite the harmful formulations of the past, the demand for the “magical mascara wand” with its power to create long lush 100 mink lashes increased. As a result, the formula was changed to replace the harmful ingredients with safer contents that included; Carbon Black, Iron Oxide, and the preservative Thimerosal:
CARBON BLACK is a fine carbon powder used as a pigmentation and reinforcement in rubber and plastic products.
– Carbon black is created by burning petroleum oil into fine particles of pure carbon or by burning cattle bones.
– Carbon black is listed as a safe color additive for cosmetics by the FDA, provided it does not include other impurities such as ash, lead, or mercury.
IRON OXIDE is a naturally occurring mineral deposit used as pigmentation in cosmetics.
The Food and Drug Administration ( the FDA) lists iron oxides as an indirect food additive that is safe.
Preservatives are added to prevent contamination with microorganisms, prevent spoilage and undesirable chemical changes. However, there is some concern about the preservative called thimerosal:
THIMEROSAL is considered an antiseptic and antifungal agent. It is also known as merthiolate.
– It is rumored that exposure to thimerosal causes eyelid dermatitis (an eye rash).
Nevertheless,thimerosal is still used in today’s mascara formulations. Though, it is not required to be listed on the packaging label.
In ancient times, there may or may not have been package labels, but it is recorded that Roman women wore mascara, not necessarily to get “the look” of long thick lashes, but to prove their chastity. I’m guessing to ward off stares from “the evil eye” – as it was believed that short falling out 100 mink lashes was a sign of over sexuality.
While “the art of warding off evil spirits” as practiced in ancient times may seem outdated, “the art of warding off evil spirits” may not be far off from the reasons we wear mascara today; which, as advertised, is to get the “smart, beautiful, clean, worth it look”.