14 Little-Known Facts About Lipstick

Lipstick really came a long way... from attempts to ban it (yes, you read that right) to the international celebration (July 29 is considered to be International Lipstick Day). These interesting facts, some of them little-known, will change the way you look at a tube of lipstick.

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The first documented lip tint was made with crushed red rocks and white lead and dates back to Queen Schub-ad or Puabi of Ur, a Sumerian ruler around 2500 B.C.

Early in the Greek empire, red lipstick or lip paint signaled that a woman was a prostitute, given that most women during that time typically went without makeup.

During the Roman Empire, lipstick was used to indicate social status. Even men wore lip paint to suggest their rank.

During the Dark and Middle Ages, lipstick was worn by lower-class people in various European countries, including England, Germany, Spain, and Ireland. They used herbal and plant-based dyes to redden their lips. The Church deemed the look to be "Satanic".

Queen Elizabeth I was such an avid user of lip rouge to the point where she believed that it had healing powers and even the ability to ward off death.

In 1650, the British Parliament attempted to ban the wearing of lipstick or as they called it "the vice of painting." The bill, ultimately, did not pass.

By 1770, the British Parliament declared that women who wore makeup and "seduced men" by using it would have their marriages annulled and also be accused of witchcraft.

In 1884, the first modern lipstick was introduced by perfumers in Paris. It was wrapped in silk paper and made with deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax.

By 1908, it was okay for women to apply lipstick at the table during lunch at a restaurant. It was not okay to apply lipstick at dinner though.

In 1915, the first twist-up lipstick tube was invented, making lipstick even more popular, as it was much easier to carry around.

In 1915, a bill was introduced into Kansas legislature that would have made it a misdemeanor for a woman under 44 to wear makeup because it "created a false impression."

At the turn of the twentieth century, lipstick continued to symbolize femininity, but due to the endorsement of leading suffragettes, it also began to symbolize female emancipation.

During World War II, all cosmetics except for lipstick were rationed. Winston Churchill decided to keep lipstick in production because he felt it had a positive effect on morale.

Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick shade to match her coronation robes at the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue was called "The Balmoral Lipstick," named after her Scottish country home.

The average woman uses 4 - 9 lb of lipsticks in a lifetime.

The last fact should really hit home for everyone that uses lipstick. How much of those pounds do we actually ingest? Make sure the lipstick you are wearing doesn't contain any chemicals. When you reach out for a tube a lipstick, look beyond colour, packaging and price. Always read the label and choose one with ingredients that you'd be okay eating.

Now, let's put some lipstick on!

Achieve Natural Beauty With John Masters Organics Cosmetics

The general rule of natural beauty products is that you shouldn't put anything on your skin that you wouldn't put in your mouth, and John Masters Organics cosmetics certainly sound and smell edible. A quick check of the ingredients confirms that this company is committed to using organic, natural ingredients wherever possible.

John Masters is a New York hair stylist who became one of the stylists of choice for celebrities in the 1980s. John has always had a personal interest in organic ingredients after realising the potential harmful effects of the harsh products that were commonly in use in hair salons at the time.

Check out his personal – and strict- product guidelines:
1. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs
2. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism)
3. No petro-chemicals
4. No animal testing
5. No artificial colors, fragrances or fillers
6. Ingredients must be as organic as possible
7. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible
8. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol – which kills the effect of the oils
9. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled – which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils
10. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin
11. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)
12. All ingredients must be biodegradable as possible
The first John Masters Organics product was produced in 1991 - a de-frizzer spray for dry hair in poor condition. Since then, the line has expanded into a luxury haircare line using high quality ingredients including essential oils, natural ingredients and plant extracts.

Cosmetics and a skin care line were added to the company's organics line in 2001. These products include a selection of facial and body creams, oils and cleansers without harmful parabens and other potentially nasty ingredients. The business' skin care line was awarded the Soil Association award for Best Organic Product in Europe in 2004.

The philosophy of the John Masters Organics brand is that caring for yourself and caring for the earth should go hand in hand. The company partners with local farmers using traditional organic and sustainable farming techniques and every ingredient must meet strict guidelines. The products are also cruelty-free and endorsed by PETA. All packaging is biodegradable, unbleached and recyclable.

Shopping from the John Masters line is almost like browsing a gourmet deli supermarket and the products smell as good as they sound. Try out rose and apricot day creme, blood orange and vanilla body wash, or orange and ginseng exfoliating body bar.

Whichever products you choose from the John Masters Organics cosmetics line, you can achieve soft, nourished and protected skin with the peace of mind that comes from using an organic and natural product.

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