History of Cosmetic in Egypt, India, and China

Manjula Nayak, Virendra S. Ligade

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Cosmetics are preparations used to improve and enhance human appearance. The concept of beauty and cosmetics is as ancient as mankind and civilization. The use of plants and herbs for cosmetics was started in ancient times. Egyptians believed that healing plants possess supernatural power. Herbs used for cosmetics in China are popular and are biologically active in today's cosmetics. The most commonly used herb, as a cosmetic in India, is turmeric, which is still in use as the beauty routine before the wedding. In Egypt, around 10,000 BCE both men and women were using scented oils and ointments to clean their skin and mask body odor. The use of cosmetics in India dates backs to the Vedic and Puranic periods. Due to the increased consciousness about beauty, demand for the products is increasing, which results in the growth of the cosmetic industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-441
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Dermatology


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